BOTB 6.19.11 + Happy Father’s Day!

By Kate Riley June 19, 2011

Greetings all, how about another quick round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ on this Father’s Day.  Abi and I teamed up to bring you a few fun finds, we hope you enjoy them!

If you’ve ever considered making a slipcover for your sofa, then you must read Part One and Part Two of Honeybear Lane’s slipcover how to posts.

couch slipcover honeybear lane


If at first you do succeed, then of course, you may try again to make it even better!  Anne reframed her picture frame wainscoting into a taller board and batten style, and even though she claims pregnancy made her do it, we still love the look!

hello newmans board and batten


Typhanie at Shoebox Decor made her own teapot lamp using a various ceramics and a teapot, pulling her inspiration from the one-lump-or-two Anthropologie version.


anthro teapot lamp

Another fun IKEA hack for you folks, this time it’s a simple cart.  Susan from Homeroad gave her old IKEA kitchen cart a fantastic makeover with a rustic top.

 ikea cart makeover


Fern at Life on the Balcony created an incredible garden in a pallet, be sure to check out her very clever design! 

pallet garden



We’re loving these PVC summer camp chairs by Simple Simon & Co, a simple DIY project with a fantastic result!  Bravo Elizabeth!   

summer camp chairs via ucreate


You can now make your own custom decorative paper tape just like Cathe of Just Something I Made.  Genius!


handmade custom paper tape just something i made


If you’re thinking of starting a blog, then be sure to read 8 things to consider when starting out, a great article for beginners over at Tip Junkie.

8things to consider tip junkie


Thanks Abi for partnering with me again to round up a few picks for the Best of the Blogosphere this week!  Catch up with Abi at her blog Gadding Gal

abi bio

If you’d like your project considered for this series, be sure to send it our way to [email protected].

Today, we’re off to the coast with some friends, chasing blue skies and hoping for some fresh seafood and a beach picnic in celebration of the Dads.  Wishing all of you hardworking and inspirational Dads a day of pure relaxation and a very . . .

Happy Father’s Day!   



  1. That teapot-lamp is a charming idea! I actually had to scroll back up to get a better second look at it. It looks so fun!

  2. I love this series, you guys amaze me what you find out there in blog land. The tape is genius, time consuming but beautiful and worth it. Although I have a confession to make, every time I see the post title BOTB I always have to remember what it means. I guess it is because I have been conditioned over the years… BYOB..Bring Your Own Booze LOL

  3. thanks for featuring our dining room. :) I love the other great ideas on here too! Such a fun series!

  4. Thanks for sharing the great features!! There are definitely wonderful ideas out there right now!

    My “Make a List Monday” linky party is up right now. I would love it if you would join! :)


  5. Gardens in a pallet, such a clever idea to go vertical, they’re really something else. Thanks for sharing the best ofs have a fabulous week :)

  6. Wow, what a great group of ideas today! I love the cart and especially the pallet garden! That opens up so many opportunities too… being able to paint it however you want, mount it on a wall, it’s mobile if someone is a renter. Love it!

  7. Great ideas! What a cute teapot lamp! I also have the same Ikea cart collecting dust in my basement, perhaps I should dust it off and recreate it =)
    I love your blog!

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