BOTB 1.17.14

By Kate Riley January 17, 2014

Y’all. Best of the Blogosphere is back! I’m excited to be starting up this series again now that we’ve all recovered from the holidays and are back in DIY mode. Amanda and I hunt down these ideas from all over the internet, and bring the best of what we spy to you in this bimonthly series. Here are our latest finds sure to inspire you!  

Pipes plus wood equals impressive industrial open shelving with supplies from Lowes, read the how to over at The DIY Showoff.

diy industrial pipe shelving


A brick wall is transformed with planks and gray stain into a striking modern focal point fireplace – full step by step over at Design*Sponge.

gray plank fireplace makeover


We can’t help falling in love with this two tone midcentury dresser built from scratch at Makely Home for Girls.

diy two tone midcentury dresser


We love a great IKEA hack, this rustic farmhouse table was constructed by East Coast Creative with two IKEA Ingo tables as a base, distressed and stained, and now it’s a unique piece worthy of praise.

diy farmhouse table


Don’t miss another great hack, this fabric covered TRYSIL chest from Driven by Décor combines an IKEA chest and a Target window panel with modern ring pulls.

fabric covered ikea dresser


Fabricate your own industrial copper geometric pendant with a supply list and tutorial spied over at Design Milk.

industrial copper pendant


This is one of those “now why didn’t I think of that?” projects. Add prep space to your kitchen with burner cover cutting boards that utilize those valuable inches of cooktop. Via The Kitchn.

burner covers the kitchn


No doubt this will make its way onto the Honey Do list of every new mom. Skip the mass produced versions and build your own barn door style baby gate like this one at Simple Kierste, then paint it a color to coordinate with your home.

barn door baby gate simplykierste


Build your own statement plank wood wall art with That’s My Letter – chic and unique!

plank wood art


The popularity of marbled patterns continues – don’t miss this easy to follow technique on how to make you’re own marbled scarf (or fabric) via Etsy.

diy marbled scarf


  Find even more project features from previous weeks over at Best of DIY!

best of diy features

If you’d like your project or post considered for a feature in this series or at Best of DIY be sure to send it our way to [email protected]

Have a great weekend!




  1. Thank you Kate & Amanda for featuring my wood planked quilt wall art! I must admit this round up is one of my favorites (and not just because my project is included :)) but more so because all of the projects are DIY builds (or makes) anyone can do. You’ve hit the mark with this BOTB and a special spot in my heart. Thank you.

  2. In love with that fireplace makeover! Maybe after my husband and I get done with our kitchen renovation we can start to work on other pieces of our house.

  3. Love all of these ideas! Especially the two-toned dresser. I’m trying to convince my boyfriend to build us one from scratch for our bedroom. Our project list is long, but hopefully one day! Also, love the baby gate. I’ll have to definitely remember that one in the future!

  4. This is so fun. I saw that industrial shelving post over at DIY Showoff and loved it then. Seeing it again here just made me love it more. I’ll make sure to check back for more BOTB posts!

  5. I love BOTB! You always bring us the best ideas! Thanks for all the work you do in finding great projects – I usually end up pinning several of them and they always inspire. Every project in this BOTB is so creative and wonderful!

  6. All great projects, but I am a bit concerned that there might be too much space underneath the baby gate. A baby’s head could get stuck there

  7. What a great round up, thanks for including the Ikea hack farmhouse table. I love that plank wood art, such a great statement piece.

    PS, I’m the new blog assistant over at East Coast Creative! :)

    Thanks again,

    Diana :)

  8. Regarding the wood slatted fireplace, as pretty as it is, it is NOT fire code compliant.

    Section 1001.11 of the IRC (2006 edition), Exception 4: “Exposed combustible mantels or trim may be placed directly on the masonry fireplace front surrounding the fireplace opening providing such combustible materials are not placed within 6 in. of a fireplace opening. Combustible materials within 12 in. of a fireplace opening shall not project more than 1/8 in. for each 1-in. distance from such opening.”

  9. How exciting to see my pantry makeover/shelves featured! Thank you so much! Love the other projects too – such talent!

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