DIY Shelf Accents

First thing, I promise this will be my last post about contact paper! But it’s sure given me a lot of use for only $2! Today I’m sharing a fun way to enhance a rather boring shelf unit you may have on the wall. I purchased these Ikea shelves a few years ago. They are practical and useful, considering we have no shelving anywhere in our living room.  Ever since we painted our living room walls white, the shelves no longer pop. Rather, they blend in. Our fun decor is now kind of floating in mid air and so I wanted to figure out a way we could enhance this area without having to spend more money on shelving.  Using my contact paper, I accented the shelves by creating a fun backdrop. I decided to have the wood patterned paper ascend upward to really draw the eye across the shelving. I simply measured the length of both shelves and height between the two shelves. I cut downward from the upper left corner to the bottom right of the other (and the opposite for the bottom shelf). This created a triangular shape, rather than just a boring large rectangular background. Now, the decor pops from the background and you are more likely to notice our fun little vintage finds and DIY pieces more than before. I love the look this small area of the room now has! It goes perfectly with out midcentury pieces and really brings that retro vibe out. I love the white with that touch of brown and how it still works well with all the black...

Geometric Light Fixture

While I’m still on the hunt for the perfect geometric fixture (if there is such a thing), I decided to revamp my Ikea lamp we’ve had for some time now. I wanted to turn this fun lamp into something even more unique for our home! If you haven’t guessed, I’m currently obsessed with my  Magic Cover Self-Adhesive! It’s SO versatile! I’ve managed to create a fun wall decal and give my kitchen a makeover with this fabulous stuff! Did I mention it’s super cheap too? I simply started to cut some triangles to create a pattern for my pendant lamp. The adhesive will cling to practically any hard surface. I cut 12 triangles in total to create my pattern and stuck them to my light fixture!  This was an easy way to revamp my lamp and add my own twist to it! I’ve had a lot of curious people ask why I am so in love with geometric shapes and other specific things I am doing right now. They want to know where I get my inspiration, so feel free to check out this article! It gives you some of the top trends for 2013. Plus, you can find this stuff all over Pinterest! Gotta give credit to someone, right?!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Black Wired Pyramid

I am becoming more and more obsessed with Danish designs. I find myself perusing blog after blog, soaking in all that clean and simple interior design and figuring out ways on how I can implement this fabulous style into our home. Our living room is slowly looking more and more the way I have always imagined,with our mid century inspired pieces, yet adding our own personal flare! I’m just working on the rest of the house.  I created a simple black wired pyramid for our home. It’s a cute little guy that decorates my space just a bit more. I love the clean design, with that funky twist.  What you will need: Black floral wire Wire cutters I simply started to shape one triangle at a time, creating four in total with one solid piece of wire. I laid it out flat, then pulled each triangle into the center to make it pop into a 3D figure. I secured each bottom corner of the triangles by twisting additional wire to connect one triangle to the other. I fixed the shape to where I felt I wanted it and I was done!  It has that look I love , where the black blends seamlessly alongside other pieces. I am really loving black and white as contrasting colors in each room, it seems to add the perfect amount of funk and neutrality. So, what are your thoughts friends?! Likey or no likey?  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

I’ve been itching to revamp my kitchen in a small way. It’s probably my least favorite room by far. Perhaps it’s the lack of space and storage. There isn’t a whole lot that can be done, since we are working with such a small area. The cabinets were a basic white and there wasn’t a whole lot of color in the room. However, I was able to give the kitchen a whole new look by making one small change – and I love it!  Using the same shelf adhesive as my DIY Deer Wall Decal, I measured each one of my cabinets. I wanted to create a modern, but vintage look to our kitchen atmosphere. I cut my adhesive according to the measurements and applied it carefully to the outside of my top cabinets, leaving the bottom ones white. I have to admit, this process took a very long time. It was all very simple, but the measuring, cutting and applying took commitment! When I had finally finished, I was so pleased with how it turned out! It really improved the look of the entire room. It somehow became much brighter and a lot more modern, but keeping that vintage vibe. It truly looks like the cabinets were once wood. Who knew this sticky, thin adhesive would come in so handy! I was able to give my kitchen a makeover under $10! I am inspired to create/find some midcentury window treatments and perhaps find some new knobs for the cabinets!  There you have it, a simple and cheap solution to improve the look of some rather boring cabinets! What...

Yarn Plant Holder

It’s Friday and I have a DIY you can play around with over the weekend! Yay! It’s easy (duh) and cheap (of course). It’s a lot of fun too, so enjoy!  What you will need: Yarn Scissors Plant (mine might be a fake one from Ikea from ages ago. Just saying.) Take your yarn and cut 4 LONG strands. I didn’t measure exactly , but they are long! Think about the height you want to hang your plant, then cut there. On a flat surface, double up your yarn and create an X. Tie the two strands of double yarn in the center. Place your plant in the center of the X. Collect your 4 strands and create knots all the way to the top. You can space them out every 2-4 inches. You can also add beads after each knot, to create a fun little touch. A pop of color would be great! Secure at the top and hang. I have mine in a little corner of the living room and I love it. It adds just that bit of green I was looking for! And I don’t even have to water it! What do you think?  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

DIY Fiber Art

I don’t know if you read the blog Brick House? But you might have heard the name. I am obsessed. I find myself constantly reading blogs heavily focused on interior design, because it’s always been something I’ve enjoyed doing myself. I’m constantly rearranging, changing and adding things to my home! If you don’t believe me, follow me on Instagram! You will see me changing things all the time! I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember, it keeps me feeling inspired.  When I saw the post on Brick house about Fibers, I was instantly drawn to her AMAZING finds! They are so oddly wonderful and she makes it work in the most gorgeous way. I’m sure if I had those pieces in my house, someone would just make fun of me. Maybe because my house is no where as cool. I don’t know.  Nonetheless, it didn’t stop me from trying! I wanted to create a smaller scale Fiber art piece for our home. I used materials I already had and made a very simple design. I took an old vintage wood hanger from my closet, some colorful yarn and started to cut varying lengths. I looped the yarn onto my hanger and created a pattern.  When my husband first saw the finished product, his words were, “What is it?”. Ha, hilarious. So now, I just refer to my source of inspiration and all is well again. I love it and now kind of want to buy a TON of yarn to make a larger piece! It can be done.  So, what do you think of Fiber...

Prototype Diamond Shaped Shelf

I came across some great pieces of wood at the craft store. They were thin sheets of plywood and were pretty lightweight. I decided to take them home and experiment. See what I could do! I thought I would design a prototype for a larger scale shelf I was thinking of making down the road. Sometimes it’s nice to have an idea of what something might look like once it’s out of your head and on the walls! The first thing I tried to do was remove the barcode stickers. Fail. They were stuck on there good – such a shame. I decided that I would have to resort to painting one side with black paint in order to hide the stickers, it was the best thing I could come up with. I just didn’t feel like having a war with these silly things longer than I needed too.  After all the sides were painted and dried, I began to play around. I resorted to creating a fun shape and making a little shelf to act as an art piece for my walls. See what this baby was going to look like! Since the wood isn’t as sturdy as other plywood (these are super thin sheets and very temporary), I can only have very lightweight decor pieces for display. Even then, it looks pretty neat on it’s own!  I simply used hot glue to attach all the edges together, which worked pretty good. I haven’t had any problems as of yet! It looks nice with the inside walls a contrasting black and the outside a nice light wood grain...

DIY Hanging Triangle Mobile

Hello Monday! It’s a bitter sweet week, seeing as the summer is officially over in our home. My hard working hubby is back to teaching and I’m back to being a full time stay at home mommy! I am so thankful for the great life we are able to enjoy and live.  Today, I created another project to fill your home with cheer! I created a modern hanging triangle mobile, using some left over wood craft sticks from a previous project and a hot glue gun! I threw in the bright polka dot garland for some color!  I simply hot glued my sticks to form triangles and pieced them all together. I attached twine and a wood stick to create nice balance at the top, while still keeping the triangle shape. This DIY took minutes and I love how it turned out!   It’s such a great feeling to do something creative on a daily basis. It relieves my mind of worry and stress, keeping me focused on a task that makes me feel happy! My kids had a great time helping me out, since this DIY is very kid friendly (just watch out for the hot glue gun)!  I am still experimenting with materials for my DIY light fixture. I’ve thought about using these light weight wood craft sticks. We’ll see what we can do!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

DIY Geometric Paint By Numbers Poster

I like to try my hand in all sorts of creative outlets. Although my passion is graphic design, I also like to challenge myself any other way I can. Sometimes that is doing things that I don’t often do much of lately and that is draw by hand!  I decided to create my own art piece for the home. I thought it would be fun to create a modern take on paint by numbers. I went with some geometric inspired mountains and added the numbers (even though there is no painting going on here).  I think it just adds another great graphic element to the piece. I also added the word “Explore” to the top: a little reminder to not hold myself back from pursuing new things. Even when I’m afraid of failure or unsure of what the future might hold.  I thought about incorporating colors, but I think the simplicity of this piece is also what makes it. I also added the wood pine crafting sticks in the appropriate length to create my poster. I hot glued two on the top and bottom and simply used twine to hang it. It was an easy solution to feature my print and display it on the wall. For the art itself, I used thick poster paper and a white pencil crayon for my design. It was really simple!  It’s not the most amazing thing I’ve ever hung on my walls, but it feels good to do something out of the box sometimes. I feel satisfied knowing that I am trying new things again! What are you wanting to try your...
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