DIY Nail Polish Ledges

My daughter, true to her age, has a vast collection of nail polish.  I had seen images on Pinterest of the Ikea Ribba picture ledge as nail polish storage on the wall, and loved this idea to get the nail polish off of Hannah's desk and use the colorful bottles as functional art in her room.

The only problem:  Massachusetts' only Ikea is kind of a roadtrip in a direction I don't normally travel, and picture ledges for Hannah's nail polish collection weren't meriting a trip and my gas.

However, I DO have some big box hardware stores in close proximity to me and here is the inexpensive and easy idea I came up with.

Whatcha Need
PVC BRICK MOULDING (I used 8 feet, cut into 4 2' lengths)
Nail set
Spackle/nail hole filler
White paint

This is really self explanatory - here is the basic "design".  I basically made ledges, or very narrow shelves, out of moulding.

1// Cut your molding into 4 even lengths 
(oops!  "one of these is not like the other"…I missed the class on measuring)…
if you are not comfortable with a saw you can ask your hardware store to cut the moulding for you.  They would probably measure a bit better than me. :)

2// Nail the first piece onto the wall, placing a nail right in the center.  
This way you can check for level, tweak the position of the moulding if needed, and then add nails to either end of the molding.  Don't worry too much about driving the nail all the way into the moulding yet, just get those suckers up on the wall.

3//  I used the tallest nail polish bottle to determine how much space I would need between ledges.  After adding the second ledge, I just marked on a piece of paper how far apart the first two were and then marked the other ledges accordingly.

 4//  After you nail all the ledges to the wall, use a nail set to sink the nails into the moulding a little bit, just past the surface of the moulding.

5//  After sinking the nails, fill with spackle, let dry for a few minutes and give those spots a quick sand.

6//  Paint the front of the ledges to disguise your filled nail holes and then you are good to go!!!


This turned out to be a much less expensive alternative to the Ikea ledges.
The Ikea Ribba ledges are $9.99 for a 22" length - I would have needed 4 = $40.
One 8 foot length of moulding, chopped into 4 24" pieces = $12.50.
Even if you have to purchase nails, nail filler, and paint, this way is still less than 4 store bought ledges.

Easy to make, easy to install, and the gratification from doing it yourself = priceless!  

Have a wonderful day my lovelies!



do they bother you?

If you have them and they don't bother you - all the power to you.  There is nothing wrong with them!

I WISH they didn't bother me.  The funny thing is they don't bother me in other people's houses.  I've noticed them on both ready-made furniture the likes of Ikea's Billy bookcases (3 of which I used for my living room built-ins) and also in fine custom built bookcases.

To have the flexibility of moving shelves is a wonderful thing, I think we can all agree!

I appreciate the styling and storage options the ability to move shelves provides, but I knew they would bug me in my own house.

So I filled in all the holes that I wasn't using.  All 236 of them.  And sanded.  All 236 covered holes.  It was a big pain in the butt.  And then painted the interiors of the bookcases, which I was going to do anyway to match my trim - but oy vey - the holes were time consuming.

In retrospect, I'm really glad I took the time to attend to that detail, because you know - 
those little holes were gonna drive me nuts.

And I knew I could easily pop out the DAP filler with a screwdriver if I ever want to move a shelf.

If the holes bug you too, instead of filling each and every one - 
the most tedious job outside of painting stair spindles or scraping wallpaper - 
consider this alternative!

These little plugs are not flush with the bookcase or cabinet, but they are a heckofa lot easier than filling and sanding each and every hole.  The definitely minimize the visual clutter of the shelf holes and they are fairly easy to remove if you want to change your shelf height.

*Bonus tip*  
While you're at it, paint right over the little shelf brackets to minimize their appearance - 

There you have it -  earth shattering quick tips for a Tuesday!

Happy day lovelies!


Built In Alcove Desk

Happy Monday friends!!

One of my sisters from another mister (and mrs.) has worked for the same financial institution since we graduated from college a very.very.very long time ago. This year she took a new job that allows her to work from home and gives her 2+ more hours a day that she had previously spent commuting to spend with her two cutie pie boys.  She is one of the smartest and hardworking women I know, and to top it off her whole life is about her family, she is the most enthusiastic and fun mama, and THE most devoted and loyal friend.  She gives everything her ALL and she also happens to make me cry laughing almost every time I talk to her.  I couldn't love her more or be prouder of her accomplishments!!

To give her a quiet spot to work, I built a desk into this little alcove in a hallway, inspired by similar projects by The Yellow Cape Cod and Halifax Bloggers.  I wish I had some real pictures from my camera to share with you; please excuse the cell phone photography.

This was the alcove before, a little space outside the boys' bedrooms that is set apart from the rest of the house, with beautiful natural light and a view of a garden.  There is a bathroom and a great closet for office supplies in this hallway too.

I had a very cute helper on the job with me, he took his sanding job very seriously but what he really wanted was to use the hammer and nails :)

An adjustable shelf for the printer went underneath the desk.

The desk itself is a simple design - I attached a frame to the walls, and then the top was attached and trimmed out.  

The bracket is an idea we got from The Yellow Cape Cod and is perfect for hiding the framing without compromising leg space at this tiny desk.

After the paint cured for a few weeks, I had a piece of tabletop glass cut and that really finished off the desk.

We were thinking that down the road this would be a great spot for homework or a shared computer for the kiddos.  It's just simple construction but it takes advantage of the space.

A faux roman shade is getting added to this space soon and I hope to share with you some pictures of the finished "alcoffice"!

What are you up to today?  Whatever it is, work or play or a little of both, I hope you have a wonderful day.  Tomorrow I am back in the saddle with Quick Tip Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by!



Wax Paper Graphic Transfers

This summer I showed you a glimpse of a pillow with a fish graphic in my living room.  
This little fishy was the beginning of a graphic transfer epidemic that happened around here over the last couple of months.

Transferring an image that you print out from your computer is SO easy!!  
Once I got the hang of it I couldn't stop.  
Trust me, even if you aren't crafty, you can do this!!!!
I have traced or hand lettered many signs over the years, and tried all sorts of methods, and this is undoubtedly the easiest way to put a graphic on fabric, wood or a painted surface.

This brilliant method is by Angela at Unexpected Elegance.  

Angela came up with the idea to print onto wax paper and then burnish an image or text from the wax paper onto a substrate (a box, piece of wood, furniture, cutting board, pillow cover…..
the possibilities are endless!)
1// Print onto wax paper (for text, make sure to print a MIRROR IMAGE)
2// Rub onto to a substrate
3// Take a peek to see if it is transferring fully
4// Enjoy your handiwork!

I've transferred onto several different surfaces using this method 
and here are a few tips I learned along the way.

TIP #1:  
adhere your wax paper to regular paper to run through your printer.

Angela successfully prints graphics right onto pieces of wax paper, but I swear I heard my printer laugh out loud at that idea before it chewed up and spit out my perfectly cut piece of 8x11 wax paper.  

I tried sticking the wax paper to a piece of cardstock with double sided tape, but that didn't work, so I turned to the trusty old spray adhesive and it worked like a charm.

I simply sprayed the cardstock with the adhesive (outside, away from anything because the stickiness goes EVERYWHERE) and then placed a piece of wax paper on top, then trimmed the excess, put it into my printer and printed away.  

TIP #2:
for a painted or wood surface, slightly wet with a damp rag first to help the ink to transfer.

TIP #3:
tape down the paper so it doesn't shift while you burnish the image to the substrate.

After rubbing the image onto the substrate, remove one piece of tape and use the remaining piece as a hinge to keep the paper in position.  If the image hasn't transferred evenly you can place the paper back down and continue to burnish.

TIP #4:
remove imperfections with a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol…...
…..unless you didn't take the advice from #3 and the image is so blurry that it makes your eyeballs ache, in which case, 
get out the palm sander and start over!

TIP #5:
use a fine tip Sharpie marker to fill in your image if desired.

You may want your image to have a distressed, vintage quality to it, but if not, use the transfer as a tracing mechanism and go right over it with a Sharpie.  (Keep in mind that if you are using a Sharpie on bare wood, it may bleed a bit.)  My printer was running out of black ink when I printed this (isn't that always the case?), so the transfer was very light pre-Sharpie.

This little box above brings me to the next tip…….

TIP #6:
find a non-copywrited graphic for your transfer.

The graphic I used on the box above is all over Pinterest and the internet in general, and I spent EONS looking for an original source for it.  I never found the artist who created it and I did NOT have permission to use it.  That's really not fair to whoever created it, it's kind of ripping off someone's art, unless I know for sure that it is offered to the public for free.  I regret that I didn't just opt to create my own graphic or find a free one to use.
(If you know the original source for this graphic, please fill me in - thanks so much!)

An incredible source for free graphics is The Graphics Fairy.  Not only does Karen, The GF have tons of free printables to sort through (many of which are already in a mirror image version for transferring!), she also has hundreds of project inspirations to check out.  Don't miss #graphicsfairy on Instagram for all sorts of cool uses of GF graphics too!

Also - the New York Public Library Digital Collections has a vast array of vintage photos, signs, and graphics for free.  

Here is my Printables Pinterest board if you are looking for more sources.

TIP #7:
seal the deal.
For wood or painted surfaces, protect your graphic with a coat of poly.  
I used spray-on poly by Minwax over both wood and paint, and it was perfect.  I didn't have any smearing.

Keep in mind that polyurethane is not food safe.  When I used it on the graphic on my cutting board, I knew I would not be using that side for food preparation.  There are food safe sealants like walnut oil, but I'm not sure how they would react to the printer ink.  If I find out I'll let you know.

TIP #8:
take special precautions when transferring onto fabric.
*The finer and smoother the fabric, the better resolution you are going to get with the transfer.  
The details of the fishy above got a bit hazy when I transferred because 1 - I didn't tape down the paper and the graphic shifted a little, and 2 - the fabric has texture.  I'm okay with this look. 

*Consider using the back of pillows for a graphic transfer!  Two looks for the price of one :)  The fish graphic on this pillow is for summer; flip it over and voila - totally neutral.

*A product called Citra-Solv makes transfers onto fabric washable.  I haven't tried this myself, but I'm thinking of monogramming cloth napkins and perhaps the back of my upholstered dining chairs, and will definitely want those to be washable.  Citra-Solv gets great reviews all over the interwebs.

TIP #9:
a pretty new Graphics Fairy graphic on a cutting board + fresh hydrangeas from the garden are the perfect distraction from unsightly bologna colored countertops!!

Like the Nester says…..it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.  Kinda like life, no?

Have a beautiful weekend my friends!



Apparently some of you have been busy bees this summer!  There were so many great projects linked up to the August Best of the Nest - here are just a few of my favorites!

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life shared her DIY Acrylic Tray, such a simple and clever idea that I will be putting to use on my vanity in the near future!

Check out this Masculine Office in the home of Robin of Design By Robin's Nest.  I love that fabulous pendant light with the cool grays of the room.

These Anthropologie-Inspired Confetti Glasses by Cassie at Kent Heartstrings would make a cool Christmas gift, don't you think?

Angela at BlueiStyle shared her Floating Photo Shelves that fill out a funky niche perfectly!  The best part is that the hanging hardware is completely hidden.

For more fabulous features from the August BOTN, head over to 
Driven By Decor is in the midst of a gorgeous makeover, be sure to check it out next week!

I hope you'll join us for the next Best of the Nest on Friday, 9.26 with any project home related - room design, art, furniture makeover, recipe, or organization!

Last but not least, thank you so much for all your kind words these last couple of months.  I continue to get kind emails of sympathy and support after the sudden death of my brother, and I can't tell you how much it means to me to have this community of friends.  

Wishing you all a wonderful September weekend ahead!  XOLisa


Best Of The Nest Party // August

Happy end of August my friends of the blogosphere!  You know what that means……

My one and only project for this month was a vintage-y sign I made for our dining room that reminds us of the Cape.
You can find me here…...

Jennifer amazed all of us yet again with her Horchow-inspired fur ottomans (you will never believe the source of the fur!)
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Pam framed batik fabric to create a stunning gallery wall (I'm still swooning over her Craigslist settee too!)
Pam @ Simple Details 

Kris brought some warm wood tones into her kitchen with these gorgeous and functional herb crates that hang on hooks next to her table.
Kris @ Driven by Décor 

What was your favorite project of August?

Share and inspire with a  DIY, art/craft project, recipe, major renovation or even minor tweak.  

Link up a blog post below, 
or if you're not a blogger, you can either 

share a picture of your project on Instagram 
with the hashtag #bestofthenestparty and a tag to one of the BOTN hosts:

 or even use Pinterest to link up (easy directions on how to do that here). 

ONE link per person - the best from your nest this month!
Link to a specific blog post, not your home page, 

by clicking on your post title and then copying the http url for that post.
Be social and visit a couple other links in the party.

The link party is open today until next Tuesday at midnight.   I'm always so inspired by the BOTN link ups and am looking forward to some weekend reading of what you've been up to!  
to this party to be considered for a feature!
You can post a button in your blog post or provide a text link to any one of our blogs.

Next week KrisJenniferPam and I will each feature some of our favorite links so stop by for a visit.  

Happy weekend friends!


A "Vintage" Sign

I subscribe to the philosophy that your style doesn't have to be 
If I had to describe what I am most drawn to, I think it would be something like 
eclectic-traditional-rustic-industrial-artsy- and casually elegant

Maybe not so casually elegant whilst a very sweet, but very slobbery senior citizen Saint Bernard has domain over the house, but I can still love a home that feels "casually elegant"! 
Just love him more.

The summer that we moved here I picked up a copy of Cape Cod Home, fell in love with this huge sign, and thought a big vintage looking sign like that would fill up the awkward space above my dining room bay windows.

Easy enough to make, but what kind of sign.  That was the question.  

This past spring Mark & I spent a weekend at the Cape to celebrate 3 or 4 years of anniversaries which have been woefully neglected.  We ate at some great restaurants that weekend, and one of them was the

Not because the restaurant itself is so special to us (it does have an amazing lobster bisque, I won't lie), but more because it represents a place we love,
where we've had good times and made happy memories over the years -
Cape Cod in it's entirety, with all it's varied towns, villages and beaches.
A place that says to us - relax and have a good laugh.

And also because the name just struck my fancy.

I took some creative liberties with the style and font because I wanted it to look old to contrast my traditional cane-back chairs a bit.  

Here's a quick tutorial on making a vintage looking sign.
If you live locally and would like to order a custom sign, send me an email at lscibilia (at) verizon (dot) net.
I will be posting a link to sizes and pricing info in the near future.
1//  find yourself a board.  (Scraps are handy for signs - this one came from the bookcase project.)
2//  have some fun banging it up a bit like it's been out in the elements for a long time.
3//  (not pictured) give the board a light coat of stain or paint.
4//  print out your text and play with the scale and fonts.
5//  color the back of the text with colored chalk.
6//  use a pencil or ball point pen to trace the outline of the text onto the board 
(a bit of tape is helpful to keep your letters straight).
7//  fill in the letters with a Sharpie
8//  if it occurs to you that you want a border on your sign, 
cover the text with newspaper and painter's tape, and give the edges a quick coat of spraypaint. 
(I later taped the border again and went over most of the gold with black).
9//  pull off the tape to reveal your masterpiece - almost done!
10//  wipe on a little stain to add some dimension and age.
11// (not pictured) give the sign a good sanding to take away the shiny new-ness.
12//  use short screws to attach two triangular hangers to the back of the sign
(both can be found at your local hardware store - buy a box of each - they come in handy!)
13// Hang and enjoy!

Then, go out and have some fun before summer officially draws to a close!!  
Remember my mantra?


A quick reminder!!!
This Friday, it's time for the August Best of the Nest!  Come join Kris, Pam, Jennifer and moi to share your one most favorite project from this month - any home improvement, design, gardening, organizing,  art or craft project.  I'm looking forward to seeing all your creative goodness!!

xo, Lisa