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Experiment with These 5 Fun and Easy DIY Bathroom Projects

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Experiment with These 5 Fun and Easy DIY Bathroom Projects

Do-it-yourself (DIY) bathroom projects are a fun and easy way to liven up your bathroom space.  Bathroom items tend to be inexpensive, and the space is relatively small, so the projects also tend to be cost-effective. Also, you can do several projects all at once for a complete makeover, or stick to just one or two DIY projects.

Here are few DIY bathroom projects that you can try out and have fun with:

Message Candles

For this project, you’ll need some thicker candles that come in a glass case. Simply choose a message, and write in on the glass! Greetings and inspirational quotes work very well for bathroom message candles. You have several options here — you can paint directly onto the glass, use metallic paint pens, or use stencils. If you have a set of candles, you can paint one letter on each candle to form a word (sort of like baby blocks).

Experiment with These 5 Fun and Easy DIY Bathroom Projects

Bathroom Pallet Shelves

As we’ve mentioned before, DIY upcycled pallet projects are super easy, and are a fun introduction to basic woodworking. The good thing about pallet projects is that you can size them perfectly to fit in your bathroom space. You can make them wider or taller as needed, and can pretty much design the shelf space as you please.

DIY Industrial Pipe Bathroom Shelves

Along with DIY pallet projects, another upcycling project that’s perfect for bathrooms is industrial pipe shelves. Industrial pipes are strong, sturdy, and functional. You can saw them short to make little hanging nubs on the wall, or you can use them as the framing for a more traditional shelf. And, of course, the wood that you use for the shelf can come from pallets as well!

Industrial pipe shelves work excellent for bathrooms with lots of wood or stone accents and can add a nice rustic, vintage touch.

Mason Jar Storage

One of the things that can make a bathroom look messy is when supplies are strewn about all over the place. To remedy this, you can use mason jars to organize items. These are perfect for loose supplies like Q-tips and toothbrushes; they also work well for storing lotions and creams, soaps, and other liquid items. These can also be decorated with paint and other materials, and many of them now come in different colors.

If you’re not feeling the whole mason jar thing, you can opt for other jars — just make sure they’re uniform and you’ll get the same effect of eye-pleasing orderliness.

Experiment with These 5 Fun and Easy DIY Bathroom Projects

Ceramic Milk Jug Plant Pot

Milk jug plant pots are a popular item nowadays, and they look absolutely great in a bathroom setting. They work well for both real and artificial plants, and create a nice country/home-style vibe for your bathroom area. As with the message candle project, you can also paint a message on this jug-pot creation of yours!

Another idea is to have several small milk jug plant pots instead of just one. This creates a more distributed, less imposing look that’s perfect for smaller bathrooms.

With just a little bit of care and attention, your bathroom can benefit greatly from a few DIY projects. It’s also an excellent way to practice and hone your crafting and decor skills! If you need more extensive arrangement and furniture options, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have complete room packages as well as individual items to help you renovate and improve your home spaces as needed.   

Easy DIY Projects for Nightstands

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Easy DIY Projects for Nightstands

Besides the coffee table, nightstands are some of the most highly used surfaces in the whole house. They’re located right near our bed, so it’s often the go-to spot to place our phones, glasses, books, and other items. Thus, any nightstand DIY projects should take into consideration both the aesthetic look of the furniture piece as well as its function.

The following are a handful of easy-to-do projects for your nightstand(s).

Alter the Height

Most of us use our nightstands as places where we can lazily reach for our phone or reading glasses while still half asleep upon waking up. An easy DIY project is to adjust the height of your nightstand to make it easier for you to reach your belongings. If your nightstand is too tall, you might want to consider sawing down the legs, if that’s an option. For nightstands that are too short, you can install furniture raisers.

You’d be surprised at how much more comfortable you can make that reach over from your bed!

Use a Valet

You can make it easier to find your stuff by using a small valet (a tray for holding miscellaneous items). That way, your items will always be in the same place every time — hopefully you won’t need to rummage through couch cushions looking for your phone anymore! It’ll also keep your nightstand relatively free of clutter.

Valet trays can sometimes get cluttered too over time. Try out a standing valet and limit it to just a few items to keep things neat.

Easy DIY Projects for Nightstands

Decorate the Top

Decorating a nightstand is similar to decor for a dresser: feel free to add some nice flowers or a photo frame, and keep them relatively centered. However, it may be a good idea not to overcrowd the nightstand surface. That way, you can still use it as a place for placing your wallet, etc.

Lay Down a Doily or Crocheted Towel

Speaking of decor, a simple DIY improvement is to cover the nightstand top with a doily. These crocheted works of art create a simple, non-intrusive pattern on the nightstand top and are great for putting under lamps, pots, fans, and other round items. You can also use a square or rectangular doily to cover more of the surface area. Lastly, they have the added bonus of preventing items from slipping off the nightstand!

Easy DIY Projects for Nightstands

Repaint the Nightstand

And of course, a final DIY project to consider is to repaint your nightstand. This is an easy one, since most nightstands are relatively small and don’t involve that much surface area to cover. Popular colors include turquoise or lavender; another option is to re-stain it to preserve the natural wood-grain textures. Adding in some gold trim is also a nice touch, especially if the nightstand is a neutral color, like white or black.

These super-easy DIY projects can really help you dress up your nightstand. You can also apply these tips to other similar furniture pieces located throughout your home. Are you looking for more comprehensive changes to your interior decor and design themes? Renting furniture can provide you with additional options for your home. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental — we have complete room packages, as well as individual items, including nightstands.

 

The Most Exciting DIY Front Door Ideas to Try Out

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The Most Exciting DIY Front Door Ideas to Try Out

The front door is one of the most important parts of the house, yet it is often overlooked as a factor in home decor. Your front door and porch area are the first thing that your guests and visitors will see, and they set the tone before anyone even enters your home. In order to put your best foot forward, check out these exciting DIY front door projects that you can start on today!

Easy DIY Front Door Project: Paint the Door a Bright Color

Bright, eye-catching front doors are super fashionable right now. They create a very hip, modern, and expressive effect for the house. Popular choices include fire engine red, sun yellow, ochre/orange, or bright blue. Experiment with contrast to emphasize the door even more.

Install a Traditional Door Knocker

A knocker can make your front door landing area look very formal and stately. The most traditional design for a front door knocker is the lion’s head. It creates a sense of security and safety for the home. Other choices include cherub faces, Celtic knots, family surname monograms, and ornate braids. Colors will usually be gold, brass, silver, copper, or matte black.

Note: some knockers can be large and imposing, which is good if you’re looking for that effect. A smaller knocker can create a more inviting feeling.

The Most Exciting DIY Front Door Ideas to Try Out

Customize the Handle to Your Liking

Door handles can also enhance your home’s personality. Looking for a more rustic feel? A black-matte pull handle goes well with neutral wood colors. Looking for a more urban effect? A ruby red or emerald green glass doorknob can add a charming feel. Also, some DIYers like to go by touch and feel — for instance, you might prefer a traditional round knob over one with beveled edges.

Experiment with Classy Address Numbers

A feature of the front door area that many people overlook is the address numbers. Besides being functional, the front door address numbers also provides another opportunity to express your individuality. You can go for a more modern, minimalistic design, or for more fancy, bubbly numbers.

It’s also a great way to incorporate themes. For instance, if you live by the beach, you can create a backdrop for the numbers with anchors, surfboards, a lighthouse, or other beachy items.  

Set Up Some Holiday-Themed Decor

It goes without saying that holiday-themed decor is a must for the front door and porch area. The porch is probably the most decorated area for holidays. Whether it be Halloween pumpkins, fall wreaths, or Christmas themes, decking up the front door lets you get in the spirit. It helps to liven up the neighborhood, and also provides a nice greeting for guests.

The Most Exciting DIY Front Door Ideas to Try Out

Bonus: Change the Porchlight

Sometimes, a change of lighting can have dramatic effects on the appearance of your home, including the front door. For example, moving your current porch light to a different spot can accentuate new aspects of the area. Installing a small spotlight can highlight a wreath. Even changing the wattage or filter color of the bulb can set a different mood for your guests. String lights can do wonders, too.

Nothing says “Welcome” like a newly decorated and upgraded front door area. If you need additional home decor, design, and furniture options, you may want to consider furniture rental. It’s quick, affordable, and allows you to really maximize your creative expression. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for awesome selections for individual rental items as well as package deals.

 

DIY Coffee Table Ideas to Spruce Up Your Space

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

DIY Coffee Table Ideas to Spruce Up Your Space

Coffee tables are the center of the living room, and they create a focal point around which other furniture pieces can be placed. Thus, it’s important to select a coffee table that truly expresses your unique style and individual personality. One way to ensure that your coffee table is not like the others is to spruce one up with a DIY project. Here are some great ideas to try:

Create a New Table Out of Driftwood

The natural wear and imperfections in driftwood can create beautiful asymmetry. This makes for a one-of-a-kind driftwood table that can’t be reproduced or found in a store that mass-produces furniture. Be sure to pick a piece of wood that is still stable and strong enough to function as a coffee table.

Depending on the state of the wood, you can use the piece as a base with a fresh, flat piece of wood on top for the surface. If the wood is flat enough, you can use it as the table top portion and apply stain and lacquer for added presentation.

Glass or Mirror Tabletop

You can transform any plain table into a classy and elegant piece by placing mirror or glass over the top. The mirror has the added benefit of hiding worn or unsightly table tops, and the glass can provide protection for a newer top. This creates a very clean, minimalistic look for your living room. For an even classier look, you can line the edges with gold or silver binding. Be sure to keep the reflective top clean and shiny!

DIY Coffee Table Ideas to Spruce Up Your Space

Bottlecap Mosaic

Use your existing bottlecap collection (or start one) to decorate your coffee table with a bottle cap mosaic pattern. You can make rigid, square shapes, or flowy, wavy patterns à la van Gogh. All you need is bottle caps, and some glue or resin. If you like, you can add a glass top to preserve the design over time. You can also use other materials instead of bottle caps, such as coins or buttons.

Bare, Stripped Down Vintage Look

One technique you can apply to a used coffee table is to strip down the paint. This creates a worn “vintage” look that can make a bland table look like an antique. Score the surface with a steel brush or other implement to add texture. “Imperfections create character” is an oft-spoken quote, and it’s true for furniture as well. Bonus: This technique is cheaper, as you don’t need to add any additional paint or materials!

 

The technique of advancing wood’s natural corrosion and wear process is very highly sought after in many other circles. For instance, in the guitar world “reliced” guitars (guitars made to look like historical relics) can fetch very high prices.

Upcycled Pallet Coffee Table

As discussed in a previous blog post, pallets make the perfect base for DIY upcycling projects. In particular, it’s very easy to convert a pallet into a coffee table. In some cases, all it takes is a little trimming and some finishing, and you’re good to go.

For added versatility, add some custom legs to fix the height, or add some wheels to make it moveable. In a pinch, wooden wine crates also make good materials for an upcycled look.  

DIY Coffee Table Ideas to Spruce Up Your Space

Coffee tables need to be both aesthetically beautiful as well as functional. These DIY coffee table ideas can help you create your own working coffee table that is as easy to look at as it is to use. If you need more extensive furniture arrangement and decor ideas, you might want to try out furniture rental. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for convenient, affordable rental packages and items to customize your entire home!

 

Upcycling Continued: Behind the Upcycled Pallet Trend

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Upcycling Continued: Behind the Upcycled Pallet Trend

Last week we delved into the general topic of upcycling. This is where old items are repaired or repurposed to add value and new life to the object. This week we’ll be looking more deeply into a super-popular upcycling trend: DIY wooden pallet upcycling. Wooden pallets are used for shipping cargo, stacking goods, and various other uses. You’ve probably seen them at Home Depot or Costco and other similar places

Are you wondering how to create your own upcycled pallet decorations? Read on to learn more about this fascinating trend:

Why Did Upcycled Pallets Become Super Popular?

In the past few years, you may have noticed pallets being upcycled into various uses. They’ve become popular for use as home furniture and in hip places like independent cafes, bookstores, and retail stores. Why did this start happening? No one is quite sure who started this trend. However, when you consider what wooden pallets are, it’s no surprise that you see them everywhere.

Here are a few reasons why upcycled pallets probably became popular:

  • You can often find them easily in junk piles or at construction sites (be sure to ask a foreman for permission to remove them)
  • You can typically get them for free
  • The wood is usually clean and in good condition
  • They have an immediately recognizable shape
  • They are easy to reshape and repurpose

Let’s get cracking and see what these pallets can do!

Upcycling Continued: Behind the Upcycled Pallet Trend

DIY Wooden Pallet Ideas

Here are a few DIY upcycled pallet ideas to try out:

  • Hang them on the wall to make a wine shelf or spice rack
  • Hang them on the back of a stage or behind a retail counter
  • Cut them down to size to be used as stools, chairs, end tables, and other furniture
  • Connect pallets together to make longer furniture (these make excellent patio decor)
  • Place wheels on the bottom to make them portable
  • Paint different designs or logo on them
  • Write on them (the layers and rows of word work excellent for sentences)
  • Make a planter out of them
  • Place hooks on them for hanging clothing, mugs, or other items
  • Turn them vertically to fence off small areas

These are just a handful of projects that you can make with wooden pallets. With your imagination and materials, we’re sure you can come up with even more creative variations!

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A Few More Upcycled Pallet Tips

One thing: You might not want to dismantle the pallet to the point that you can’t recognize it as a pallet anymore. At that point, it’s just become plain wood, and that would be more recycling (using the materials) rather than upcycling (repurposing the original item). The effect should be, “Wow, that’s a very creative use of that pallet!”. If it’s been reduced to just wood, it no longer becomes a pallet upcycle project. On the other hand, the dimensions of the wood used are fairly recognizable, so use your discretion.

Another tip: if you’ll be using the pallet for functional purposes such as sitting or as a table, be sure to sand down the wood and maybe add a few coats of lacquer. Pallet wood can be raw and unfinished.

Lastly, as mentioned, pallets can often be found in places like dumpsters and construction site wood piles. While these are usually free game for taking, be sure that you have the proper permission to remove items and that you’re not trespassing. On the other hand, once you find a good source for pallets, you might want to stock up before the source runs dry!

Getting into upcycled pallets is just one way that you can spruce up your home or business. If you need more expansive interior design and decoration options, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have a wide array of home furniture, staging, and office furniture rental packages and items for you to choose from. Furniture rental is another exciting trend that allows for the beautification of spaces at minimal costs and effort. Try it out today!

 

What Does Upcycling Mean? How to Truly Appreciate Your Belongings

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

What Does Upcycling Mean? How to Truly Appreciate Your Belongings

You may have heard of the terms like “upcycling” and “upcycled furniture.” This is a very hot topic these days, but what does upcycling mean? Basically, upcycling is when you take an old item and improve upon it to make it useable or more beautiful. People have been upcycling for decades, centuries even. However, it’s become very popular recently due to its many benefits and opportunities for creativity.

Here is some basic info and tips to get you started on this awesome trend:

What is Upcycling?

As mentioned, upcycling is the art of transforming an old or discarded item into a more useful and more beautiful one. This is a popular trend these days, and for many good reasons: it helps you to save money on materials, saves the environment, and more importantly, allows you to exercise your creative eye.

There’s something heartwarming about salvaging materials or furniture items that were headed for the trash heap, and then welcoming them back into your home as functioning works of art. Commonly upcycled items include:

  • Pieces of furniture
  • Fabric
  • Glass bottles, jars, and cans
  • Various containers
  • Engine parts (great for creating a steampunk theme)
  • Wooden items

Lastly, upcycling is popular these days because they can often involve vintage items, and vintage is wildly popular in the interior decor and design world at the moment!

Upcycling Versus Recycling

Is upcycling the same thing as recycling? They sound similar, but there’s actually a few key differences between the two. Upcycling is really a matter of increasing the value of an object or appreciating its value despite its old or used state. In most cases, the basic shape/structure of the item is not changed and its parts and materials generally remain intact. In this regard, you can think of upcycling as “repurposing” or “refashioning.”

In contrast, recycling technically refers to processes where raw materials are extracted from the item. This can sometimes involve physical changes to the item, such as melting, or even chemical processes to extract key elements. A common example is where glass bottles are melted down in order to provide fresh glass for new bottles.   

Upcycled Furniture

A popular upcycling trend is to take worn or used furniture and upcycle it. Here, furniture such as a couch can be salvaged in different ways, such as changing the upholstery to make it usable again. Or, the furniture item can be altered to give it a totally new function (such as when a desk is transformed into a shelf). As with any upcycling project, the possibilities for upcycling furniture are endless — there are no rules, and you can pretty much do whatever you want!

What Does Upcycling Mean? How to Truly Appreciate Your Belongings

How to Upcycle: A Few Principles

If you’d like to get started on upcycling, here are a few guidelines and tips:

  • Any container can be made into a container for something else.
  • Paint, paint, paint: Painting can help transform an unpresentable item into a work of art. Be careful though, as paint can mask the true meaning of some items.
  • Consider function: It’s not always about how the item looks, but what it can do. For instance, anything hook-shaped can be a coat hanger, etc.
  • Really observe the item: Sometimes all you need to do is rotate an item or look at it from a different angle and it takes on a whole different meaning and purpose. For instance, a box can turn into a wall cubby if you simply rotate it.
  • Imperfections or even damage can make an item more unique. Try to work with imperfections to bring out yet another aspect from the upcycled piece (this is the main concept of the art of “Kintsugi” fixing broken pottery with gold).

Lastly, one of the best parts of upcycling is identifying objects that can be upcycled. After a few projects, you might begin to develop an “eye” for potential upcycle projects (“hmm, that jug would make a lovely flower jar…”). Be sure to keep a look out for materials and potential projects!

What Does Upcycling Mean? How to Truly Appreciate Your Belongings

Upcycling objects is an awesome hobby, and it’s also a great way to keep your house decor fresh and innovative. If you need extensive interior decoration and design renovations, you should also consider furniture rental as an option. Renting furniture also helps you save time, money, and resources, and is super-convenient as well. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for complete rental packages, accessories, office items, and more!

 

Boost Your Creative Powers at San Diego Comic Con

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

 

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San Diego Comic-Con goes down this month on July 21-24. Like a Charger’s or Padre’s game, Comic-Con can cause San Diego to get all riled up in the participation spirit. People flock from all over the country to dress up in their favorite costumes, attend seminars, and meet their favorite actors. What many don’t realize is that this grand event has become an epicenter of artistic creativity and handiwork, as many participants make or build their own costumes, props, and sets.

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How a Messy Room Affects Your Home Staging Efforts

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

How a Messy Room Affects Your Home Staging Efforts

When it comes to home staging, the old saying, “less is more” could not be truer. Some think that adding more and more items to a home or apartment will make it more presentable and appealing to potential buyers. 

However, balance is key when staging a home—a home can (and should) be clutter-free without being sterile. We’ve identified a few ways that a room can look “cluttered”, and how it can make or break a sale. 

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7 Easy-To-Make DIY Flower Projects

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

7 Easy-To-Make DIY Flower Projects

April showers bring May flowers—both outdoors and indoors!

May is the opportune time to put together some awesome flower-themed decorations for your home. As mentioned in our previous blog post, flowers can be a mainstay for spring decor. Get creative with these DIY flower projects that you can put together in no time.

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Fresh Spring Decor Ideas to Beautify Your Home

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Fresh Spring Decor Ideas to Beautify Your Home

April showers bring May flowers—and along with them, heaps of innovation and inspiration!

Spring is one of the best seasons to get the creative juices flowing and let your imagination run wild. Warmer weather, fresh air, and blossoming flowers provide the inspiration for your own unique spring decor and designs. Read on and learn some tricks for spring decorating this year:

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