DIY Coffee Table Ideas

We enjoy a good cup of coffee, even if it’s hot in the Philippines. Got steel pipes lying around? Why not start a DIY coffee table project? It’s a great way to spend your free time, and you can turn either second hand items, or construction materials into something useful!

In this DIY article, all the materials used can be found at yard sales, thrift stores, or around your home!


  1. Recycled metal trash bin

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This DIY coffee table-slash-sort of-nightstand looks easy enough to make, right? All you’re going to need is an unused metal trash bin and some paint. Turn it over, and voila!


  1. Up-cycled Window

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How about that? Nail some legs onto that window, paint it a complementing color, and there you go, a coffee table! It can also double as storage space, which is great for small houses. Be careful not to get any paint on the glass, though!


  1. Wine Crate Coffee Table

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Wooden crates will make great tables. For this DIY project, you’re going to have to arrange the crates in such a way that you’ll also get a table that doubles as storage space for books, or any other items you can store in the living room. Secure those crates together, brush some varnish over them, and you’ve got your vintage chic wine crate coffee table.


  1. Wooden Planks Coffee Table

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For this coffee table, you’ll need several 2×4 boards of wood, some cut smaller for the support underneath, and hairpin legs. Offset the boards by a few inches before you screw them all securely together with the hairpin legs. Seal it with some polyurethane, and you’re good to go! You can also stain the wood if you want to, but the photo above does not have stained wood. It depends on how your table looks in your space, and if the table complements your design. Don’t forget to sand them down! They’re going to be rough if you don’t.


  1. Reuse old wooden doors


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This coffee table is going to need a big door, if you want to do something like the picture above. The table in the photo used a five paneled door cut in three pieces. The smaller pieces of the door were secured to the bigger one, then some new pieces of wood (or old, if you keep some old ones around), were attached to the bottom to create a shelf. You can either use wheels (like the above), or little nubs of wood for feet, whichever you prefer, to finish off your creation.

It doesn’t take too much, maybe some carpentry skills an adult supervision, to create these beautiful DIY pieces of furniture. Not only will you be able to go greener and save the earth in your own way by creating something of higher quality from discarded materials, but you’ll be able to spruce up your living space with them!


Author’s Biography


Pam De Guzman, a.k.a the kid from the North, is a frustrated writer, event organizer, business owner and an aspiring director and writer of a personal/fashion/movie/book/travel blog. She’ll be writing about pretty much anything under the sun.



Affordable Ways to Decorate Your Kid’s Bedroom

Decorating your kids’ bedrooms is one of the more challenging aspects of parenting. Whether you live in a posh 8-bedroom house or a cramped condo unit, you can’t squirm away from the task of making your children’s bedroom as enjoyable to live in as possible. Here are some tips on how to decorate your kid’s bedroom, without breaking the bank:

Make a gallery. Designate one corner of your child’s bedroom as an art gallery of sorts (yes, your fridge door isn’t the only place to stick your kid’s artwork on!). You can put your kid’s drawings in various colored frames and hang them on the wall.   Drawings or paintings in different sizes, when clustered together, make for an interesting piece.


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Add décor to the floor. Instead of a boring rug, opt for one of those colorful play mats to go on your kid’s bedroom floor. It’s not only decorative, but also provides your kids with a safe and clean surface to roll around on. Because it’s made of foam, you won’t have to worry about your kids accidentally hitting their head on the floor.

Get long-lasting furniture. Pull out all the stops and scour different furniture stores– both online and offline- for pieces that will grow with your child. Instead of buying something he’ll outgrow, get stuff he can use for the long haul. For instance, invest in a quality cabinet or dresser that he can use from infancy well into his teen years.

Beautify the walls with decals. Add a touch of flair and color to the room by sticking some stencils or removable decals to the walls. Get them in your child’s favorite color or pattern and just fill out an otherwise bare, solid-colored wall.

Iron speaks louder than wood. Ditch the wooden bed frame, and instead go for a cheaper alternative: an iron bed. It still looks decorative, as it gives off a minimalist appeal. This is a good option for smaller spaces.

Get savvy with sheets. Wait for the next mall sale and grab some eye-catching bedding to go on your child’s bed. You can pick out bed sheets in your kid’s favorite cartoon character, perhaps. Even a simple comforter in a nice colorful plaid pattern will add pizazz to the room.

Use chalkboard paint. We all know how kids love to doodle on walls, don’t we? Why not indulge them by painting a section of the wall in chalkboard paint. They can then spend hours drawing or scribbling away on their very own chalkboard wall. This can even serve as a communication medium between you and your child.

When it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom, the possibilities are endless. Even the proverbial old woman who lived in a shoe (who had so many children, she didn’t know what to do) would realize that all she needs is inspiration to make her shoe-house more livable for her kids. Just keep thinking outside the box- and looking around on Pinterest- and you’re sure to come up with ways to transform that bedroom into a kid’s universe.


4 Things to Think About When You’re House Hunting

Are you thinking about moving? Are you buying your first home? If so, you’re probably experiencing a mixture of excitement and apprehension. Buying a house is a wonderful thing. But it can also be incredibly stressful. If you’re looking to move soon, here are four things to think about when you’re hunting for your dream home.


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1.  Your budget

Before you even start looking at brochures or browsing online, work out your budget. It’s essential that you know how you have to spend before you start your search. There’s no point in looking at houses that are far too expensive. Work out how much you have available for a deposit and then arrange to see a mortgage adviser. It’s best to have a solid figure in mind and written mortgage offers to hand before you look at anything. You can work out a rough mortgage estimate at

2.  Location

Some people know exactly where they want to live. For others, a move is an excellent chance to discover a new part of the country or a different town or city. If you know where you want to live, you can start focusing your search on that area immediately. You may find that there are lots of houses for sale. Alternatively, you may soon realize that properties pop up once in a blue moon. If you are struggling to find anything suitable, you may wish to expand your search area. Even adjusting it slightly could open you up to a whole host of options you’ve not seen before.


If you’re not familiar with the area you’re looking at, it’s best to do your research. Have a look at agencies like online. Make some calls to find out more about the local property market and have a drive around to see which areas you like.

3.  Amenities

Some people like to be marooned far away from the madding crowds. For others, it’s essential to be close to good schools, cafes, shops, and transport links. When you’re looking for a new home, think about how it suits you and your family. If you’ve got young children, you’re probably interested in getting into the catchment area for the best schools. If you travel for work, you may want to be close to major roads and rail networks. If you don’t drive, you may want to have supermarkets or leisure facilities within walking distance.

4.  Space and potential

Space is a concern for many of us when trying to find the dream home. You may fall in love with a house, but if it’s too small, it’s just not going to work. Sometimes, it’s wise to consider smaller houses if there is scope to extend. If you’re not afraid to do a bit of work, you could turn an unsuitable option into a perfect home. Make sure you seek advice about planning and building consent and get some quotes if you are thinking of adding an extension. It’s often a good idea to have a look at other houses on the street if they have already extended. This can give you an idea of how your home could look if you did decide to go ahead.


House hunting should be fun, but it can also be hard work. Hopefully, these tips will help you to find the perfect place. Good luck with you

The Jobs We Hate To Do at Home and Some Tips On How To Get the Best Results

Taking care of your home can be no easy task, whether you are at work all day or stay home with your kids. Whatever your situation, household chores are not easy to keep on top of. So I thought I would share some of the worst household chores we have to deal with and a few tips on how to get the best results.


The carpets

It’s all well and good using a vacuum on your carpet, but when do you get a chance to clean them? Hardly ever, I can imagine. It’s just not the easiest task to do is it? You can get special carpet cleaning machines or even try and scrub them yourself, but both can be time consuming. So sometimes it’s easier to call in a service which offers carpet cleaning to do the hard work for you. It will get done in half the time it would take you to do it, and possibly give you better results.


Blinds and curtains

Cleaning your blinds and curtains can also be a task that takes time. They can gather dust in your home and leave marks on them that need cleaning. Curtains are much easier to sort by taking them down and popping them in a washing machine. However, blinds can be a lot harder. There is a DIY solution that you can make to clean your blinds well. All you need is water, white vinegar and two old socks. Mix equal parts of water and vinegar. PLace your hand in the sock and put into the solution. Then use your hand to wipe the blinds. Then use the dry sock to wipe away any excess. The results are amazing.


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Oven cleaning

I think this may be one of the worst jobs to do in the kitchen. It’s all that grease that can be difficult to scrub off. So a great solution is to use baking soda and vinegar. Use a sponge and rub the solution into the grease. Leave for a few minutes and then wipe away. The grease comes away easily. It is handy to have a bucket of water close by to keep your sponge clean.


The windows on the inside and out

Cleaning windows on the inside and out can be a task that takes you ages. It’s not the easiest as some of the windows are not easily accessible. So if you have a window cleaner that has a round including your street next time you see them ask to be added to the round. It doesn’t cost too much, and it is money well spent to keep them clean and save yourself a hard job.



The garden

Finally, the garden can be a real chore, unless you enjoy it. While getting a gardener can be a great solution, this can be quite costly. A great tip is to invest a little time in making your garden an easy maintenance or maintenance-free garden. That way, when you do need to give it the attention, it’s well within your skill level and time.

I hope this helps you get to grips with some of the most hated household chores.




Tips For Purchasing Electrofusion Fittings Supplies

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When working with pipes, there eventually will come a time when we need to make repairs or routing modifications. For a majority of homeowners, they need easy access to user-friendly tools and supplies when undergoing their piping projects. Fortunately, with the progress of technology comes available the necessary tools and equipment to make complex modifications and repairs a walk in the park. Depending on what type of pipe material you use (i.e. PVC or PE), the various fittings available for purchase will either limit your chances for conducting self repairs, or even greatly improve it. For example, if we use a pipe grade material that can crack or break within harsh impact, conducting repairs might require the entire unit at length to be replaced. On the other hand, if we are to use a plastic or rubberlike pipe material or fitting, only part of the damaged section can be dealt with quite quickly within a matter of minutes. This ability is complements of the pipe welding technology known as “electrofusion”.



In a nutshell, electrofusion allows you to weld pipes together without much struggle. If you are aiming to improve a current piping system or repair one, using an electrofusion fitting system will help you a lot. If you happen to use PE based pipes, then all the better. Electrofusion works simply by heating two ends of an elastic pipe material together. The process is done with only limited tools. If you want to know what they look like, check out some videos online or pay a visit to your electrofusion fittings suppliers to experience this piece of marvel first hand.


You basically trim two ends of the pipes to be fitted so that they fit in the electrofusion welder. Once connected and the ends cleaned, they are fitted in the opposite ends and the coils inside the electrofusion welder heat up the pipes inside the unit (normally with an automatic digital setting). After a while, the pipe materials will melt, and hence a natural weld is created evenly and joins the two ends of the pipe if not perfectly. It is then left to cool for a moment and the weld is then completed. Welding two ends of an elastic pipe together by using electrofusion requires patience and some practice. It is recommended that if it is the first time using electrofusion fittings, practice is required to get it done right.


Tips when buying electrofusion fittings


When selecting an electrofusion fittings supplier, there are a number of things to look out for. If it is the first time you are buying these fittings, some of the considerations are:


  • Do you have the supported pipe types (PE, PEX, HDPE, etc.)?
  • Is the product durable and able to sustain impact?
  • Is it made of low quality materials?
  • Does it have a clear user manual for first timers?
  • Is there a heat/temperature adjuster?
  • Does the product/shop provide a warranty?
  • Can you get discounts on large order purchases?
  • Are there various models available for purchase?
  • Does it have an automatic failsafe system (heat control, etc.)?
  • Can they be reused?
  • How often will you use them?
  • How many do you need?
  • Do you really need one (if only for small-scale repairs)?




Electrofusion is a true marvel when it comes to conducting pipe repairs. Their ease of use and general user-friendly functionality really help pipe workers generate repairs and modifications quickly. Pair them with flexible pipe materials such as PE based pipes and you should be able to work without any difficulties. Make sure your pipe supplier store has the parts that you need in stock and look out for some great deals available nearby. Lastly, it is also recommended that before you make a serious purchase that you buy a low grade electrofusion kit for practice purposes since they take a bit of practice to get the hang of.

Start Weatherproofing Your Home Today With This Helpful Checklist

No matter what time of the year it is, weatherproofing your home should always be a top priority. Many homeowners take their homes for granted. Which can often mean many maintenance checks are overlooked or forgotten about. Whether you experience, wind and rain or blazing sunshine, your home will take the full force of these elements. If unmaintained your home will eventually deteriorate, which will decrease it’s comfort levels no end. You could begin to have leaks, damp and draughts in your home which could have easily been avoided. If these issues continue to develop, you may even be forced out of your beautiful home. You may think that weatherproofing your home is a time consuming and challenging task to undertake. But the following checklist will show you just how quickly and easily it can be done.

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Check all doors and windows
It’s likely that you use the doors and windows in your home on a daily basis. Whether it’s entering or leaving a room or letting in fresh air and light. But overtime these essential areas can become vulnerable due to age and damage. Which in turn can raise the chances of them letting the elements like rain, wind and snow into your home. Go through the exterior and interior of your home and thoroughly check for damage. This is particularly important on the doors and windows that are facing outwards. If you do find any holes, gaps or ageing, you need to either replace the item or repair it. Your could call in an expert to do this or do it yourself, as it’s considered a basic home maintenance task. For specialist doors like storm doors and garage door, it would be wise to get a professional to do any replacements and repairs you may need. You can go online and discover details from Or search for storm windows and doors specialists in your area. Doing this task will reduce the risk of draughts and leaks while also keeping your home insulated and fully protected.



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Clean your gutters and drains


This is a task nobody enjoys doing, but it’s one of the best ways to weatherproof your home. Leaves, twigs and other debris can easily get caught in the gutters and drains on your roof. Which can create a dam-like effect on any rainwater you may get. If left long enough, this blockage can cause rusting, flooding and can even make your gutters so heavy that they become unattached. All of these can cause damage to your property and be hazardous to you and your family. So grab yourself a ladder and some suitable tools to remove the debris. Always make sure someone is spotting you and keeping the ladder secure. If you have drains and gutters on your roof, always hire a professional as you may not have the skills and experience for this specialised task. Research experienced exterior cleaning experts on sites like for more information.

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Repair pipework


Water damage can easily be caused by a damaged or bust pipe. Causing a flood in your home and damage to your belongings. If the water is allowed to flow for a long period like when you are on vacation, it can even compromise the structures of your floors and walls. Leaving you with expensive repairs to deal with. So it’s vital that you check that the pipework in your home, paying close attention to your bathroom, basement and kitchen. If you do find and cracks or leaking, find repair service at or via your local hardware store. Contact them immediately to get this problem fixed as soon as possible. It would also be advantageous for you to insulate your exterior pipes too. If the temperature drops, these pipes can freeze and crack, which again can cause leaking. So fit these pipes with insulation wrapping to protect them all year round.



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Trim back tree branches


Trees are beautiful essentials that we need to survive. But they can be hazardous to our homes too.  If you have any tree branches that are hanging over your property or nearby electrical wires, they need to be trimmed back. Storms can cause unsteady trees to topple over. Freezing temperatures also produce ice which can add additional weight onto the branches. Both instances could be incredibly dangerous not only to your home but to your family too. So it’s crucial that you trim them back to reduce the risk of this happening. It’s always wise to get a professional to do this kind of work to avoid an unnecessary accidents. You can find tree cutting services on or by searching on Google. Not only will this give you peace of mind but it will also improve the look of the trees too.



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Add window treatments


Window treatments are valuable home accessories that you need to have in your home. The most common of these being blinds, drapes and curtains. Not only do they add style to your property, but they can also save you money on your energy bills. They can keep you cool in the summer but blocking the sun’s heat. Whereas in the winter they keep more heat inside and help to get rid of draughts. Go round every room in your home and ensure your current window treatments are not ripped, old or have holes in. These may seem like minor problems but they could become worse and cost you more overtime. Repair these holes yourself by sewing them shut or by adding tape and fabric. Or buy some new blinds and curtains from or This will ensure that no matter what the weather is like, you’ll feel comfortable in any room.

Now you know what you have to do, there’s no reason why your house can’t be protected from the unpredictable weather. If you make the necessary home improvements and changes to your home it could also increase in value and be more appealing to potential buyers. So it’s a job well worth doing.




Design Tips for Small Bathrooms

Whoever designed our bathroom at home must be a huge fan of contortionism. It is so small, you cannot comfortably move around the area. Taking a bath is a struggle and pampering yourself is impossible. With barely one square meter of space, the bathroom almost reminds me of a torture chamber.

If your bathroom-like mine-poses you with the challenge of making it look and feel bigger, then here are some tips to help you along:

Install a corner sink. This way, the sink is not an obstruction to traffic when coming out of the shower or walking around the toilet bowl.

Believe in the magic of mirrors.  Extend a mirror across the entire length of one wall. This obviously gives the illusion of space. Mirrors also transform a dull bathroom into a stylish and sophisticated room.

Get huge patterns to fool the eye. Use tiles or tile stickers with big patterns such as thick stripes to make the bathroom appear more spacious than it actually is. You can decorate the floor with boldly printed mats. Selection won’t be a problem as there are a lot of bath mat sets available at Harris Scarfe, an online store for household needs.

Maximize available space. Install overhead shelving to store your bathroom doodads and whatnot. A towel rack behind the door also saves you space, and makes towels accessible after taking a bath.

Paint your walls white. It has been proven that white walls make your bathroom appear bigger. White reflects light, so if you use it as main theme of your bathroom, it can help make it look airy and less constraining. In addition, white gives an ambiance of sophistication and class.

Light up the room. Let the light flood the whole bathroom to make it appear bigger. If you can create a window where natural light flows, then better. Avoid using opaque curtains in your bathroom. Sheer curtain and frosted windows might be expensive, but this is a good investment to make your bathroom look wider.

A home is not a home if it lacks a bathroom worth retreating to. Given the right tools and knowledge, a cramped bathroom can still serve its purpose of being a sanctuary for the weary and bowel-irritated soul.

Get Help With Your Art Collection

If you’re one who has a stunning art collection, you have every right to feel proud.  You might need some expert help though when it comes to organizing and displaying your fine art.

Boston art consultants are available to perform a complimentary on-site consultation and give you a virtual preview of your chosen exquisite artwork and how it will integrate with the other elements in your environment’s decor.

They are well experienced and would be pleased to come to your home or office to consult in detail regarding scale, palette, framing, lighting, placement and more. They will measure, photograph and document your designated spaces and then assist you in choosing works that reflect your personal desirable art pieces that you want to enhance your interior.

If you are searching for the perfect work of art to fit into a particular location, a virtual preview creates that for you by utilizing digital photographs of your designated space. Preferred works of art from the gallery or website will be superimposed to scale. The picture that results will look exactly as if the artworks are actually hanging on your wall!

Lanoue Gallery in the dynamic Arts District of Boston’s South End is an excellent example of a full service gallery that features Boston artists as well as established and emerging ones from around the globe. They showcase rotating exhibitions in their 4,000 square foot art gallery,

The techniques and materials featured in their artwork include:

Layered and sewn pigment prints
Mixed media on panels
Mixed media on canvas
Mixed media and oil on canvas
Photo, oil, text and resin on panels
Mixed media on hand-sculpted acrylic
Acrylic on canvas
Acrylic and mixed media on panels
Pen and ink with watercolor
Textiles and unspun wool
Archival pigment print
Pen and ink with watercolor
Porcelain on wood panel
Acrylic paint and gel medium on linen
Glass, bronze and mixed media

The Lanoue Gallery would be happy to facilitate your art collecting experience and give you the unique ability to see for yourself what your art purchases will look like in your own surroundings. Whether you discover a few favorites at the gallery or from the extensive art collection online at, consultation services allow you to actually view how those possible pieces will appear right in your own home or office.

Personalized Living Room Art

If walls could speak, then the ones in my living room would be shrieking in despair! Heaven knows my living room needs a major makeover. Everything just looks so drab and lifeless- and to think that that’s where I go to recharge after a long day’s work!

What I think it needs is a touch of art. But instead of spending a fortune on paintings by renowned artists, I figured it would be better for my daughter and I to make our own artwork.

I consider myself lucky as one of my friends holds weekly art workshops for kids. She teaches them various art methods- including painting on canvas. I’m guessing she’ll take my daughter in as a student in exchange for me showing her where she can get loads of wholesale canvas online! Anyway, even before my daughter starts going to art class, I already have a few ideas in mind.

Outdoor scenery always works. If I paint desert dunes or a green meadow, for instance, that’s going to bring a sense of calm to the room. Nature never fails to relax us.

Anything with water is also soothing. A painting of fish swimming or a rolling brook will evoke tranquility.

Caricatures of people will bring an element of humor to any space.  I know my daughter wants to paint pictures of her friends looking silly.

Art is usually a reflection of one’s personality. With my daughter and I creating our own pieces for our living room, we’ll be making our living space truly our own. Now that’s bespoke art at its finest!


Garden-Fresh Ideas: How to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

Going on maternity leave has given me lots of time to plan for the future- and watch endless reruns of Friends! Now that I have two kids, I realize that this growing family needs a bigger home. So begins my search for a house to suit our needs.

What I’d like is for us to have a home with a garden, but the ones I’ve seen so far leave much to be desired. I did a bit of research and found some tips on improving your garden from a landscaping blog.

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Plants. I’m stating the obvious here, but yes, an assortment of plants and flowers will prettify any outdoor space. Those of the same kind can be arranged in a neat row to serve as boundaries to separate sections of grass in your backyard. They can go along the sides of walkways or pavements to accentuate certain areas.

Water. We all know how this element has a calming effect on our unnerved and overworked bodies. I’m thinking of having a mini fountain of sorts installed on one side of the garden. It’s either that or a Koi pond. The kids are sure to love feeding the fish!

Lights. Proper lighting can set the mood at night. Lights along a pathway, for instance, evoke a feeling of warmth as you welcome visitors.

Deck. This is essential in any outdoor space, as this is where most activities take place. I’ll need this space as a reading nook on quiet days, and the kids can use it as a play area as well.

Once we finally get our outdoor living space set up, I’m pretty sure that my kids and I will spend many a relaxing and playful day hanging out there. Better gardens make for better homes, which then make for happy kids, and even happier 90’s sitcom-watching moms.