BOTB 8.16.13

By Kate Riley August 16, 2013

Hello all, it’s another fine summer weekend! We’re excited to attend a farm to table dinner tomorrow at a friend’s ranch, party of ten, as a way to say farewell to summer since the kids are back to school next week. Also I’m working on a painting project I’ve been putting off for ages, so there’s a full weekend of activity ahead.

Time for another Friday round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ where Amanda and I scout out our favorites, here are our picks gathered from around the web, enjoy!

Tour a beautiful craft and family room makeover in muted shades of gray at The Creativity Exchange.

craft room the creativity exchange


Here’s a great tip on how to lengthen drapes by Courtney at A Thoughtful Place.

how to lengthen drapes athoughtfulplace


Simple yet stunning is the result with this IKEA Tarva dresser makeover at Smitten Studio.

smitten studio online ikea tarva makeover


We’re all asking where can we get a diamond bulb to make a wood and diamond pendant like Gretchen Gretchen.

wood ball and diamond light gretchengretchen


Oh how fun is this? Painted logs in a summer fireplace at The Art of Doing Stuff.

painted logs the artofdoingstuff


And another beautiful use of paint, a watery ombre effect up a staircase featured at Apartment Therapy.

staircase before and after


Tile a mirror with wood with a tutorial by Angie’s Roost.

wood tiled mirror angies roost


Make simple abstract watercolors for dose of color with a how to by Burlap and Blue.

abstract watercolors burlapandblue


Build an outdoor storage box with a supply list and step by step at Sand & Sisal.

outdoor storage box sandandsisal


Cut out sweet shots and silhouettes from the pages of magazines and make colorful gift tags with Decor8.

gift tags from magazines decor8


And ten ways to preserve summer fruits, vegetables, and herbs without canning.

freeze summer fruit


We’ve posted many more ideas in the past two weeks over at Best of DIY, hop on over to check out the features!

new content bestofdiy


Have a great weekend!



  1. Just added “paint end of logs” to my to do list. My husband said “What logs?” My response: “The ones I’m gonna buy so I can paint the end of them. Duh.” So pretty.

  2. Such a great round up Kate! Thank you so much for including my craft room revamp in BOTB this week! I’m thrilled to be included and now I’m off to go check out all of the projects. Have a great weekend girl!!

  3. so many wonderful ideas! and yes can’t wait to see what I’m sure will be gorgeous pictures of the dinner party….have fun!

    PS. Taynia, that’s hysterical :-) sounds a bit like the exchanges at our house.

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