IKEA TRONES in the Bathroom


Think these shoe storage bins only belong in the entryway, think again. At an exceptionally shallow depth, they also work wonders in a small bathroom that can’t spare a storage footprint.

These two wall-mounted bins store hair tools {hairdryer, curling iron, products} on top and bathroom supplies {Magic Erasers, cleaning spray and toilet paper} on bottom.

DIY Concrete Planters – Round One: Rocky

Our first attempt at making concrete planters included understanding the difference between concrete and cement. Concrete, it turns out, is cement + rocks or gravel. We really wanted cement planters – so this aesthetic was a surprise! This isn’t really a tutorial, but you can check out some images of our project – in addition to how I painted and stained the finished planters – after the jump!

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DIY Jameson Whiskey Bottle Bird Feeder!

You know what I think is the best about this picture?
The closet door that I cleverly removed from our bedroom closet and left outside to die –
there’s some MarlaneDesign underbelly for you.
The little walkway behind our house has always been so glum, and you can see it from one of the office windows. So I decided to put a birdfeeder here in hopes of livening it up!


Got the directions from “Esprit Cabane: The Magazine of Crafty and Green Living Ideas” which I cannot vouch for as a publication, but their “make a bird feeder out of random things” got me moving!
bird feeder
Theirs looks a little more au natural, but mine was truly from found objects: random wood, random wire, used screws, an empty bottle and a cat food can from the recycling.
Now we wait~!

No Tools Jewelry

By popular demand I bring you this necklace holder that requires no tools!

Simply remove the glass from a nice picture frame, and insert cork in its place. This is actually three different pieces I had leftover from another project, but it would be easier if it was one unbroken sheet. Make sure the cork is the same size as the glass, so it will stay put. Depending on how thick the cork is, you might want to line the back of it with cardboard, to provide extra room for the tacks. Replace the original back and hang! These tacks were already silver, but a simple coat of spray paint meant for plastic could make them any color you like. To keep things from looking messy, I like to group the jewelry by color. Two necklaces that were usual lengths, I hung from cup-hooks (they are SO multi-useful) to the side.

And because I believe in waste not, want not, here’s another idea for your left-over cork:

I used it to stabilize the olive oil bottle on the shelf above the stove. Heavy glass on slick wood is not my taste when I’m in a hurry to make dinner!

Voila! (I am accepting submissions for new ways to say that. Thus far I have: Voila! Ta-da! and Woo-hoo!)


APPALLED by the cost of a belt hanger ($7.99 and rising –  for a hanger with tiny hooks) I decided to make just that – a hanger with tiny hooks.

You will need:
A wooden hanger

Tiny hooks (also called cup hooks)

A drill
A drill bit smaller than the cup hooks. I don’t deal in bit, screw, or nail sizes yet. Working on it.

To do:
Mark where you want the holes, drill them, and twist the cup hooks in using pliers. So you probably need pliers too, unless you have monster fingers.

Ta da!

And depending on the angle of the hanger (this one angles slightly forward) you can use the lower bar to hang belts or sashes or your guy’s tie that you found on the floor because he doesn’t have one of these yet. Not unless you have two hangers…