Stephanie Albares

DIY Contributor
Stephanie Albares is a graphic designer who blogs about bringing a mod aesthetic into her weatherboard house over at Saltbush Avenue. She is enthusiastic about modernist design, collecting too many plants, sewing her own textiles and weird secondhand goodies.
Custom Picture Frames For Standout Memories Full tutorial

Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on December 13, 2020

Custom Picture Frames For Standout Memories

Nearly every frame in my house is secondhand. It’s not hard to find solid timber frames with intact glass panes. And even if the glass is broken or missing — there’s a fix for that. If you’ve got a mantel that needs a few framed prints, or if you’re wanting to create a gallery wall or...

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How To Make A Macrame Plant Hanger Full tutorial

Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on December 13, 2020

How To Make A Macrame Plant Hanger

Bohemian fiber art is undergoing a huge resurgence. This includes tapestries, macrame wall hangings and yes, macrame. As someone who experienced the 1970s first-hand, my mother shudders to think about those once-ubiquitous knotted rope hangings becoming fashionable again. But my mother is also the same crafty lady who taught my younger self how to make...

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DIY Wooden Magazine File Holder Full story

Posted in Office Design Ideas | by Stephanie Albares, on December 12, 2020

DIY Wooden Magazine File Holder

You might be thinking, “Aren’t magazine file holder already easy to find and pretty cheap?” It gets even easier and cheaper, my friend. One sheet of plywood = EIGHTEEN files! At $3.50 per top-grade plywood file, I was totally on board. I was inspired by Ana White’s plans for the same, and I followed her...

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Scandinavian DIY Dresser Makeover Full tutorial

Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on December 12, 2020

Scandinavian DIY Dresser Makeover

You’ll never know what you’ll find under the surface. With a little work, I took a plain dresser and gave it some Nordic flair. Here’s how that went down! It didn’t look like much, but its simple, attractive pulls tipped me off that there could be potential lurking under its four coats of paint. Scandinavian...

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Dollar Tree Contact Paper  – Wood And Marble Decorative Pattern Full tutorial

Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on November 28, 2020

Dollar Tree Contact Paper – Wood And Marble Decorative Pattern

You’ll never guess what materials I used for these marble and wood patterned containers. Can you work it out? Hint: they’re made from what lots of people would consider to be their unwanted leftovers.   Here’s what’s hiding under the pretty packaging… old gift tins! Whether they were picked out with care or hastily grabbed off...

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DIY Branch Jewelry Tree Display Stand Full tutorial

Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on November 28, 2020

DIY Branch Jewelry Tree Display Stand

Bring a little bit of the outdoors inside with this DIY jewelry tree stand! Mother Nature is the original designer out there, and I’m delighted by her simple solution for storing my necklaces. Materials you’ll need for the jewelry tree stand: Tree branch. Preferably dead (not still green), with branches that are a finger thick and...

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Felt Crafts – DIY Geometric Coasters Full tutorial

Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on November 28, 2020

Felt Crafts – DIY Geometric Coasters

It’s satisfying to have objects that are both useful and beautiful, and these felt coasters fit the description. Create a few to keep around the house for serving up drinks in style, or make a collection in order to give away as a sweet, handmade housewarming gift. Materials you’ll need for felt craft: 3mm thick...

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DIY Vintage Lumbar Cushion Tutorial Full tutorial

Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on November 27, 2020

DIY Vintage Lumbar Cushion Tutorial

This restored mid-century modern recliner was like macaroni without the cheese: the dish wasn’t complete without a complementary cushion. Here’s how I made this (zippered!) lumbar cushion that provides support and adds a splash of color without going overboard. Think vintage flair with a modern sensibility. If you have vintage furniture, and you’re looking for era-appropriate...

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