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studio update & DIY shelves

smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // diy shelvesI am embarrassingly still not quite settled in the new studio (although it is doing better then the house right now), but these shelves I put up are helping A TON. I needed some organization in my life more than I can express (If you are remembering the corners of the house that I kind of had finished, like the living room and the entry way… erase them from your mind because they are now almost empty rooms with an inch thick of construction dust!).

Anyway… the studio is now my happy place :) You may notice I also painted the floors again. Thanks to my obsession with seeing other peoples workspaces, I’ve seen so many all white studios and I wanted to switch it up a little, so I went for this floor paint called georgia peach (I had them tint it 20% lighter). It’s bright and light like the white on white spaces I still love, but brings a subtle bit of color in.

Still to do in the studio is: Replace the light fixture, install skylights, find a place for a mood/layout board, and decide what to hang over that love seat.

Shelf DIY instructions after the jump…

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DIY: Sculptural bookends

DIY Gold Bookends // smitten studioI was on the hunt for some bookends when I remembered this vintage pen and pencil holder on 1st Dibs that I had been eyeing and thought I could whip up a little something inspired by it. The making of the bookends turned less into a whipping up and more into a blister inducing fight with my backsaw, but I’m thinking it was worth it. This DIY would have been easier with a sawzall (santa can you hear me. oh wait I mean birthday fairy can you hear me?), but I’m sure my manicure will recover eventually. :)

I shared the full DIY on A Beautiful Mess, so pop over there for the step-by-step.

See more of my DIY projects here.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

DIY – copper wall hanging

Entryway // DIY wall hanging // smitten studioThis weekend I also put my crafting muscles to work with a little project to spruce up our entryway. I’ve been spending so much time in Home Depot that I started looking at the materials in a different way and thought of this simple way to bring the aesthetic of a macramé or woven wall hanging (with a little metallic flair) into our space.

All of our money is going into the renovation right now so we don’t have a lot to play with to decorate and I am SO over having blank walls. So, while I still plan on getting a real deal macramé piece made by fellow Michigander Sally England once our bank accounts have recovered, I made this to tide me over.

DIY wall hanging // smitten studioEntryway // DIY wall hanging // smitten studioPaired with some art, some of my favorite objects and this storage piece, I think it made a big step forward in shaping up our entryway. We bought that credenza, which is really a mini bar, from CB2 when we first moved into our old house (6 years ago) and have never actually used it as a bar. In our last home it was in the bedroom and here it works out perfectly as an entryway piece. I love that it has drawers for small things like keys and sunglasses and bigger doors for hats or bags (hiding all the clutter that usually lands on the kitchen counter).

Entryway // DIY wall hanging // smitten studioGet the full DIY instructions and list of materials needed in the post I shared over on A Beautiful Mess!

To see more of my DIY projects look here.
To see our entryway before look here.

Product Sources: Mini Bar/Credenza is from CB2 (old) similar sized one here // Rug from Rugs USA // Glass dome terrarium (homemade with an A Sunny Afternoon hexagon) // Octahedron Terrarium by ABJ Glassworks // Antler Art by Keri Herer // Brass xo & brass goblet are vintage // Leopard boots by Zara (old) // Basket holding the fiddle leaf fig is from Target

Photography, design, and styling by Sarah Sherman Samuel

DIY – painted floors in my studio

DIY painted floors // smitten studioHere’s the first peek into my new studio! Until recently it has been filled with moving boxes, with the exception of where I carved out a small corner for my computer desk (a glance in here last week and you would swear I was a hoarder), but I have slowly cleared it out so that I can start planning how to turn it into an inspiring workspace. I was getting pretty sick of looking at the ugly brown (poop brown to be exact) flooring and although I haven’t had a chance to do anything else, I figured I might as well start from the ground up, literally.

So, when A Beautiful Mess asked me to share a few DIY’s with them, I new this would be the perfect chance to bring some personality into the space that I’ve been spending most of my time.

DIY painted floors // smitten studioAs this is A Sunny Afternoon headquarters I wanted to make sure to get a little pattern in there but nothing that would compete with all of the products. I’m liking that it turned out looking like an extension of the collection and also as though we just had a party in my office and all that is left is the confetti on the floor.

What do you think? Too much, not enough? The best part is that it is so easy and inexpensive, I could even switch up the pattern whenever the mood strikes.

Get all the DIY details over on A Beautiful Mess and also see the before & after and furnishing sources after the jump…

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DIY a Modern Pendant Lamp

DIY pendant lamp // smitten studioThe ladies over at A Beautiful Mess invited me to contribute on their site with a few DIYs. With a blank slate for a house I figured I would have more then enough projects to go around so I’m happy to be able to share a few over there in the coming months.

First up, is this super easy DIY pendant lamp. My friend Lauren came up with the genius idea of creating a light out of this Ikea dish and I brought the idea to life with just a short list of supplies.

DIY Pendant lamp, IKEA bowl // smittenstudioThis DIY really is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Head over to A Beautiful Mess to see the full process.

If you like this, you might also like my garment rack DIY

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

DIY garment rack

diy garment rack - smitten studioWe have a serious shortage of closet space around here and in the new house it is going to be even less, so I made myself a garment rack that I wouldn’t be ashamed to have out on display. Now my favorite items won’t get lost in the wardrobe abyss. Here are the supplies needed if you want to try this out for yourself.

garment-rack-suppliesSupplies:

1: 1/2″ Steel conduit pipe. (if you buy it from a hardware store like Ace or Do it Best, they will cut them down to the size you’d like and also thread them for you)
2: Flat black spray paint
3. 2 floor flanges
4. 2 elbow joints
5. 24 wood screws
6. 4 casters (only 2 shown)
7. wood base (I used an old armoire drawer front but most any wood would work. Mine was approx. 42″ x 14″)

garment rack DIY // Smitten StudioThen all you need is to put it all together. I started with spray painting all the pipe & joints black. Then I screwed the casters into the base. Next up was screwing down the floor flanges to the top of the base, inserting the two pipes and the elbow joints, and finally the middle pipe. Ta-da!

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

cabin progress: bedroom storage

DIY ikea dresser upgrade // smitten studio If  you remember from the bedroom “before” photos, there were initially two sets of identical bunk beds. Each of those bunk beds had a closet at the end. By removing one set of bunk beds (to fit the double bed) we also removed one good sized closet, and replaced it with just the tiny linen closet you see here. This meant less storage, but I has happy to make that compromise for a non-bunk sleeping option.

To add a little extra storage, we hit up Ikea and found this dresser that was the perfect width to fit between the two bedroom doors, it just needed a little something.

ikea dresserIn order to keep the dresser from taking up to much visual space I painted the bulk of it white. I also cut about 2″ off of each leg (I wasn’t loving the proportions) and then painted the base pieces with a metallic gold spray paint. After that I just swapped out the wooden knobs for these brass ones (in the “antique brass” finish).

ikea dresserSometimes all you need is a nice and simple Ikea hack. Have any of you switched up an Ikea piece?

To see all of the previous cabin progress check here.
To see all of the “before” photos check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Product guide: Ikea Tarva Chest // Brass knobs from Menards

DIY: metallic dotted vessel

DIY christmas metallic dot vaseI’m getting ready for a little holiday party at our house this weekend, so that means pulling out my go-to party accessories like this little vessel I made and used as a candle holder for my birthday party. Or, you might also have spotted it in my studio on Design Sponge where I used it as a pencil cup.  Now, I am putting it to work as a bar accessory, holding the printed straws that are a must at every party, right?

supplies neededSupplies needed // 1: Simple drinking glass (I picked up mine at the 99 cent store). 2: White spray paint (make sure to get FLAT paint. That is what makes it look porcelain like). 3: Gold leafing pen (also by Krylon, find it here)

step 1 spray paintInstructions: 1: Spray paint the glass. (two coats worked form me)

step 2 gold dots2: Starting at the top, press firmly on the very tip of the pen to create a small dot. 3: move the pen over about 1 cm and place another dot. It’s nice to do it freehand so that it doesn’t look too perfect.

step 3 gold dots repeat4: Continue all the way down the vase (I left about an inch at the bottom of free white space to anchor the pattern). That’s it! and you are done. Easy peasy right?

Christmas vase porcelain-like DIY

Images by sarah sherman samuel

 

cabin progress: DIY curtains

curtain rods from plumbing partsOur curtains were another full family DIY session (like the flooring and the bedroom ceiling, which you can see here and here).

Supplies needed for the curtain rods:
2 ten foot lengths of 1″ steel pipe
3 floor flanges
2 elbow joints
1 T joint (I don’t really know what that is called but you can see it in image 4)
matte black spray paint
12 screws

curtain rodcurtain rods We bought the pipe at our local “Do it Best” hardware store (image 1) and they cut the pipe down and threaded it to our exact size requirements. Rupert and I painted them (image 2 – 4) while my mom sewed the curtains (the fabric being re-purposed from my Smilebooth background I made for my 30th birthday… remember that? If you didn’t catch it the first time you can see it here), and finally my dad installed them, using the T joint in the center to connect the two pipes (image 5) and the elbow joints at the end to attach them to the floor flanges, securing them to the wall (image 6).

To see all the cabin progress head over here.

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