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DIY tissue box cover

DIY tissue box cover - before

I’m fed up with ugly tissue boxes. Even the semi-cool ones never match my decor. I used to buy the white tissue boxes from Target, but they discontinued them. So I took matters into my own hands. I found this wooden tissue box cover at a thrift store for a couple bucks. After removing the peeling decoupage and adding embellishments of my own, it’s transformed from eyesore to mod statement. Read more »

Stencils & silhouettes - Aspen's room

Stencils & silhouettes - wall paint

Stencils & silhouettes - pom poms

My new friend, Heika DeHart, shared these images of her daughter Aspen’s adorable bedroom. Nearly every decoration in the room was created from scratch by Heika herself. My favorite project is the stunning dresser. I loved the result so much, I asked her to share her instructions. She tells how she made her own stencils, how she cut silhouettes of her daughter, and more. Thanks, Heika! Read more »

Salvaged window mirror - after

Salvaged window mirror - before

I saw this window frame at a salvage yard and coveted it for a few months before finally buying it. Instead of the opaque Plexiglass it came with, I inserted mirrors. I love mirrors because they can make a small space feel airy and bright. This one offers an added bonus: the illusion of an additional window. I planned to paint the frame, but decided that I like the natural, rustic look of it. Plus, it matches the wooden doors in my apartment. Read more »

Bedroom closet - beforeBedroom closet - after

Closet cleaning isn’t a flashy subject, but I can’t help it: I’m in full organization mode. I blame the new year. I simplified this closet by chucking old clothes and sticking with just one type of hanger (padded hangers and skirt hangers are on the left side).

Shoebox shelf unit

The solution to the shoe mess: plastic shoe boxes from The Container Store. Plastic shoe boxes are also available at and I built a simple shelf unit for them out of plywood that I got on Freecycle. Rick at The Barn Woodshop was kind enough to cut the wood. Once the pieces were cut, assembly was a cinch. Read more »

Stuff for sale

I’m selling some of my old projects to make room for (and generate funds for) new projects. So far I have just a few items listed on Craigslist, for those who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Smaller items will be listed on Etsy soon. Click on the “For sale” link above or click here to see what’s for sale. More to come, so check back often. Thanks in advance for your support of Craftynest!

UPDATE: Sorry, no items have been listed for sale for quite some time. I will let you know when new items have been listed. No need to check the links above.

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