On a recent visit to the annual Design Harvest we sipped hot cider, perused hand-made and custom furniture and made a quick pass through Urban Remains, where a small sidewalk sale happening. This little bright blue toolbox caught our eye immediately. While the original $75 price tag was staggering, the sidewalk sale price of…
  • Jacki - October 15, 2012 - 8:39 AM

    Absolutely love this project! Now I need to go find an industrial toolbox to shamelessly borrow your idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Kat B. - October 15, 2012 - 9:01 AM

    Liquor, cooking oils, unrefrigerated sauces/syrups . . . this box project has infinite possibilities! Pinned to my “When I Feel Like Martha Stewart” board. ~ KatReplyCancel

  • Heather - October 15, 2012 - 10:34 AM

    This is really cute, although we could never fit all of our liquor into it. Embarrassingly, we’d probably need something the size of a suitcase. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - October 16, 2012 - 11:19 PM

    I’ll be honest, when I saw the first picture I thought “booze box – oh, perfect it has a place for a little lock on there.”

    My kids are way too young for me to be worrying about them swiping booze out of the liquor cabinet, but I know it’s going to happen one day. I’ve concluded that I’ll do what I can to try to stop them, but at the end of the day I will just beg them not to re-fill with water the share they’ve taken, lest they ruin the whole bottle (as I now understand I did more times than I care to admit). Teenagers. Ugh.

    Anyway, definitely like what you did there. I also like how you can look at that box and think “is it time to work? or time to drink?”ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2012 - 8:42 AM

      Jimmy, great points! (And too funny.)ReplyCancel


When we picked up these finds from The City Flea, we told you we had a plan for each. The frame will be used as – get this – a frame (she’s actually in her new home, and she’s beautiful – more on that next week!), but the metal crate?…
  • Lindsey d. - October 12, 2012 - 7:50 AM

    Love the crate! I have a very similar backdoor shoe holder, thanks to a $6 antique soft drink crate. Even when I don’t always manage to get my shoes into it (or they overflow), it gives me incentive to keep my pile of footwear at the backdoor a bit neater. Love it!


  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - October 12, 2012 - 10:28 AM

    Oh, you guys are so cool. It’s perrrrfect. We had a serious shoe problem by our door. Like, 10 pairs at a time. I don’t even know where they all came from! We went with the slim shoe storage from Ikea which has been working like a charm, but it definitely isn’t as charming as this.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - October 12, 2012 - 11:05 AM

    I’m from the Grand Rapids area….lovin the crate!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - October 12, 2012 - 12:10 PM

    We are trying to rehab an old dresser. We have a TON of shoes and they always end up in a pile.ReplyCancel

  • emily @ go haus go - October 12, 2012 - 12:50 PM

    I love all the Cincinnati mentions on this blog! The Foxy Shazam shirt is the icing on the cake.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 14, 2012 - 1:40 PM

      Lindsey, what a great find!

      Emily, bravo for mentioning Foxy! Scott and I fight over who gets to wear that shirt all the time. We hope you’ve had a chance to see them live – they are TOO much!

      Thanks, guys!ReplyCancel


Now that our living room windows (+ 1 smaller kitchen window) have been dressed in shades, we were able to move forward with curtains. While Scott insisted he had grown to like the look of the clean, open windows sans curtains, I pointed out that not…
  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - October 10, 2012 - 8:24 AM

    Love it all. I think you were right to want curtains. If nothing else, they soften the hard lines.

    Actually, I might like it so much because we’ve got something nearly identical in our living room, complete with gray canvas curtains: http://ourhumbleabowedblog.com/2012/08/07/i-just-dyed-in-your-arms-tonight/ Instead of clips, I sewed ribbon snap tabs on the back. Love the look of the pinch pleat so you don’t see the clips! Genius!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2012 - 6:40 PM

      Amanda, how did I miss that post? Love the way yours turned out!

      Terreur, the total cost for all the rod supplies came to just under $30.

      Thanks, everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Kyley @ Painting Pony - October 10, 2012 - 8:24 AM

    This is so funny, because back when you made the paper hanging rod I LOVED the idea. So I made my husband make me a set of them to use at curtain rods in our bedroom on the windows.

    I love the look of them! Plus the fact that they cost so much less then buying them from west elm is a bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - October 10, 2012 - 10:50 AM

    Great ideas and thoughts in curtains decor. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • terreur - October 10, 2012 - 1:12 PM

    I have been thinking about pipes about curtain rods for a while so it’s amazing to see it done, and beautifully too! i couldn’t figure out how to put the curtains on the rod while being able to take them off easily for cleaning, the rings + clips are genius! sometimes the answer is easier than we think haha. i love the pinched pleats!

    would you mind sharing costs?ReplyCancel

  • Marie - October 10, 2012 - 5:05 PM

    I really love your style, you’re absolutely fabulous !
    I think I’ll share your very good idea with my husband, we really need to work on this to redecorate our living room.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon @ Fabulously Vintage - October 11, 2012 - 9:11 AM

    The curtains add so much to the space — though the shades are also very lovely!

    I actually prefer the look of your curtain rod to the west elm one, plus I love the thriftiness!! Great job! :)

    Fabulously VintageReplyCancel

  • Jane @ the borrowed abode - October 11, 2012 - 12:59 PM

    Awesome! I love it. I used pipe in college as a curtain rod because I couldn’t afford a real rod. We thought we were so cute becuase we got copper pipe and then attached faucets to the ends :) Kind of dorky, but at the same time it did look pretty cool in copper.

    So this past wekeend Ryan and I were buying pipe and flanges for a few decorating projects, and we were dying over the names, like 4 inch black nipple (we were getting black steel) and then we had to buy insert nuts.
    Yeah. . . we felt very immature for laughing at these things. So I felt a little better when I started reading your post! :)ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin @ Desert Domicile - October 15, 2012 - 6:28 PM

    Love this! Probably because I too DIY’d a pipe curtain rod and hung gray Aina drapes on it in our loft! Great minds think alike :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 15, 2012 - 6:35 PM

    Ooh, awesome! We’re so great. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess Lively - October 16, 2012 - 5:45 PM


    Oh my gosh. I just went to your site to find the tutorial on this since I know you were doing it (I’m thinking about doing one and painting it gold).

    Lo and behold, you just talked about pinching the drapes like I just discovered on my own two days ago! I’ve been walking around all proud of myself for figuring out a better way to clip the curtains and here you have already beat me to it!

    I am sure we aren’t the first ones to come up with it either… but I was pretty darn impressed with myself when I thought it up. A bit of humble pie, huh?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 16, 2012 - 6:32 PM

    Jess, you are too funny! I found the idea from another blogger, but I thought, it’s so obvious! YAY for custom curtain rods!ReplyCancel

  • Phred - October 18, 2012 - 3:05 PM

    Faking the pinch pleats? Genius. I’ve been tweaking my curtains for two years and you’ve solved my problem.ReplyCancel

  • […] recently on a trip to Kim’s blog to find her tutorial on how to make your own pipe curtain rods for our bedroom, I discovered she and others had already beat me to the […]ReplyCancel

  • RACHEL B - December 18, 2013 - 1:05 PM

    First time to your blog. I love this post, really helpful in inspiring me to put some curtains in my otherwise shades only windows.

    Curtain ShopReplyCancel

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  • Neema - April 15, 2014 - 12:10 PM

    Silly question… but since you needed your steel pipe cut down to fit your window, you could only screw one side in correct? Did you secure the other end some kind of way?
    They look great, and I plan to make some myself this week, but that part confused me a bit.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 15, 2014 - 12:57 PM

      Neema, not a silly question! When they cut the pipe down for us, it’s also threaded. So it’s not just a harsh cut. The guys at Home Depot will thread it for you automatically!ReplyCancel

  • Liliana - November 27, 2014 - 4:18 PM

    Love this! Can’t wait to make it to see how it is for the woven blanket I have of my pack :)ReplyCancel


Good gracious, we love a good over-estimation (well, in this case anyway!). Our up-to-10 week wait for Dandelion velvet? It’s over. It took just 2 weeks, and sweet jeebs, it was worth every day of checking in on my West Elm account to see the word shipped. (Okay, maybe I…
  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - October 9, 2012 - 9:46 AM

    Oh, it’s soooo pretty…You can already tell how awesome it’s going to look just with it draped around the wooden frame. Can’t wait to see it all done! And good luck with the restoration – If anyone can do it, it’s you guys =)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 9, 2012 - 10:06 AM

    Thanks, Carrie! We’re gonna try, but it’s so scary!ReplyCancel

  • katie - October 9, 2012 - 10:19 AM

    we have a similar looking chair, although ours was in really bad shape. i tried to repair the chair by just putting wood glue in each joint, but i ended up having to put a few stragetically placed screws into the frame to hold it all together. no ideal, but after staining it, you really do not see the screws. good luck with your restoration!


  • Kim - October 9, 2012 - 10:25 AM

    Katie, $5 for that chair? Insane! It looks beautiful! Good to know that some dark stain can help hide the screws – we were also thinking we could get some of those wood caps.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - October 9, 2012 - 10:51 AM

    You lucky ducks! 2 weeks? Love that. And you’ll get it done. Sometimes I think the projects that I am most scared to do, turn out the best because I am so careful and mindful. Can’t wait to see it!ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - October 9, 2012 - 5:19 PM

    I’m looking forward to your refinishing project. I bought two great chairs on Craigslist last year. The upholstery project turned out to be more than I could handle, so I contacted your awesome upholsterer. The upholstery price was awesome, but I couldn’t swing the finishing too, which would have made each chair cost more than $500… I’m hoping to try my hand at refinishing the wood so I can finally get these chairs redone. If not, I’ll try to sell them again.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 9, 2012 - 5:32 PM

    Bernadette, whoa, it can get expensive fast! We’ll try our best to do this chair justice!ReplyCancel

  • katie - October 10, 2012 - 8:34 AM

    i was planning on using the wood caps with the screws, but honestly the parts that i was trying to attach were so thin i was worried if i recessed the screw enough to use a wood cap, i might potentially split the frame. you could probably figure out a way to do is using a very shallow cap, it would look so much better than the exposed screw. our chair was in such bad shape i was just hoping that it would be usable again, so i wasn’t as worried as i probably should have been about the finish.ReplyCancel

  • Marti - October 10, 2012 - 8:37 AM

    Thanks for sharing the name of your upholstery shop! I got in touch with them yesterday for an estimate, which came in $150 cheaper than the estimate I received from my usual shop (Eli Wyn, which does do great work, but I’m realizing may be on the spendy side).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2012 - 6:45 PM

      Marti, so happy you gave them a call! We worked with Kevin on the details – he’s the best!ReplyCancel


While Scott spent his Saturday at a car show in the ‘burbs (I think; he’s told me three times where he was that day, and as soon as he said car, it was in one ear, well, you know ), I lounged around the home in cozy clothes. If you think this meant I took…