Recycling for Interiors
We have all seen the old-dresser-made-to-look-new by re-painting it. But what about some more creative and innovative ways to furnish and decorate your home, while recycling materials that otherwise would end up in a land fill? Some of these pieces can be accomplished by the do-it yourself crowd, and some might need more shop skills that the ordinary person has.
Take a look at some of these pieces:
Here we have a modern chair whose seat and back is made from old CDs (probably might need some shop skills for this one).
Old ball point pens used to create a chandelier.
Old leather belts used to create flooring, but could also be applied to walls.
Wind chime created using glass rings cut from bottles.
Old entertainment center (for the giant TVs no one uses anymore) repurposed into a play kitchen for the kids.
And to reuse the giant TV, turn it into a fish tank.
Here is another chair, but this one is made from plastic water bottles.
Another chair requiring shop skills, but a great reuse for old shopping carts.
A chair made from old hard sided luggage.
A tiered movie/TV room made from wooden pallets.
Teacups turned into pendant lights.
As you can see, there are plenty of ideas out there to help you get those creative juices flowing. Have fun creating!
The Latest 2012 Design Trends!
World Market Center in Las Vegas, NV
Having just completed the previews of the winter 2012 Interior Design and Accessory Market here in Las Vegas, we thought we would share what are the latest and greatest interior design trends coming for this year and next year! As we dust off 2011 and the winter months, here are the newest ideas and trends!
Hope you are inspired!
Do It Yourself Painting Tips
Last time Larry talked about paint, but now comes the best part, the painting! It doesn’t have to be hard, and anyone can do it. Here are some of my tips for getting a great paint job – by doing it yourself!
There are plenty of sites that offer how-to’s on painting, but here are some of the basic ideas with my tips that I have used on my many painting projects.
Most of the difficult and tedious part of painting is the prep work, and about 75 percent of your time will be spent doing this.
Patch holes and cracks with a filler product, sand lightly when dry; home centers or paint stores have knowledgeable personnel to guide you to the best products for the job
Remove light switch and outlet covers and any hardware or light fixtures that you can, replace the screws in the outlet if you have a tendency to lose things, then tape over what is left on the wall
If you can’t remove something, cover it with plastic bags or plastic wrap and tape edges
Sand or clean areas to be painted; any old dirt, grime, flaking paint, dust or debris left on the wall could cause your new paint to peel
Tape all door and window trims and baseboards; this keeps goofs from getting on the trim
Cover the floor with a plastic or canvas drop cloth
Now For The FUN Part - Painting!
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