Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DIY Decoration Inspriations-By Lea Placek, Designer

Happy Wednesday to you all. Lea here, to share some great DIY projects! I have recently become overtaken by ideas of DIY Decorating Grandeur! Perhaps it's the "Nesting" effect being 32 weeks preggers has me, or perhaps it is just enabled by my addiction to Pinterest! Either way,  I am super excited about a ton of projects I think I can get done before "Baby P" arrives (please note, this is totally unrealistic by the way, but still fun to think about!)
I want to share with you a few of the really easy, moderate, and more advanced projects I have added to my list of "must-try's"...

This is a french writing desk I found on the curb, someones trash become my treasure! (sorry for the lack of "before" pictures) I washed it with dish soap first to remove all the cob webs and dirt, then sanded any sharp edges for splinters. I used good old Benjamin Moore house paint (Grey Owl) with a small sponge roller and a gold metallic craft acrylic for the desk's edge.

A painted a French writing desk for the nursery! Next on the list is an ornate large oval frame (painted in antique white) for over the desk, with either a cork board or mirror.
(My dog Bozzy approves of the new look)

DIY Home Decorating: Weekend projects, tips and tricks that fit your budget!

Kilz Primer is key for all your painting projects, and if you choose to use spray, Krylon is tops, hundreds of colors and metallics!

cute decor idea with wine corks and succulants I saw on Pinterest, from

How to distress your cabinets and furniture on

Hardware Hooks found on 
source Flax & Spindle submitted her quick tutorial on how to make a coat hook rack.

This is a great idea, cereal boxes, some craft paper or stationary, and Modge Podge, so easy!

Paper Orb Chandeliers-Unbelievably beautiful but an advanced project! Inspired by Anthropologie's  Rhododendron Chandelier, created by Heather Jennings of Poppy Haus.

Love the Restoration Hardware $3000 birdcage chandelier, Yeah, me too. Want to drop that kind of coin on a light fixture, NO THANKS! On they show you how to DIY your own knock-off, rope cord and all. You have got to see this blog!
*Note this is a very advanced project*

Shabby Chic Lavender Hall console, Love the choice of unexpected color! I did mine in blah-blah-black, so this is going on my re-do list next!

One of the coolest finds yet, Fabric spray, the how to found on

DIY Subway sigs, lots of examples of
source Lil Boo Blue

Antique Teal painted chest from

Pretty simple tools for above chest project.

Hope this inspires the do-it-yourselfer in you! Post and share your projects with us! 


  1. I love this DIY yourself antique writing desk! Any idea where to buy a look alike the lazy way?

  2. These projects look amazing! I'm always looking for realistic DIY projects to do, and these all seem to be attainable!