Nailed it.

I found this:

and had to try it myself on a smaller scale:

I don't know if I quite have the hang of it.  I used that string I used to use for friendship bracelets back in the day.  I think maybe I need to use more string...


always something new

I got this dining set a few months ago at an estate sale.  I had been looking for a few months and could not find a thing I liked.  This was in a dusty corner of the basement (yes, I said basement!) covered by a bunch of other crap.  I got the table and 6 chairs for $65.  One of the chairs needs a little fixing, but for the most part, it is in good shape.  I recovered the chairs with a Marimekko oilcloth (pictured below) that I ordered on txtlart.com.  I only ordered enough for 3 chairs, unfortunately, so I covered the other 2 working chairs in a fabric from Wal Mart until I am ready to pay the outrageous shipping again.


Fauxdenzas for all!

I saw this post this morning at The Brick House about a new trend sweeping the DIY/Modern/Hipster Homeowner nation:  the Fauxdenza.  It is basically a wall hung credenza.  Here is a picture from Door Sixteen:

*Notice the requisite giant ampersand and Herman Miller chair.  Not that I am above any of this.  My snarkiness here is a result of jealousy.  I wish I could find an authentic HM shell rocker in somebody's Craigslist curb alert.   Not that she found it there.  I really don't know where she got it.  This is turning out to be a much longer aside than I intended.

As an unwilling participant of the Not So Big House movement, I am always looking for clever, cheap, DIY storage ideas.  These Fauxdenzas can be made from Ikea wall cabinets (Akrum) and are only a foot deep, so they can be hung on a hallway wall or, as in my case, along the one viable wall in my not-really-a-room dining area.  I like that it is unobtrusive and, as previously mentioned, cheap.  The basic white cabinet is just $58.  Two would make a cabinet 48" wide by 30" high.  The perfect size for my dining area.  I was thinking I'd see what I could find at ReUser to top it with.  The possibilities are endless!