Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Style Swap: Room Makeovers by Lesley Graham and Anna Liesemeyer

Style Swap: Room Makeovers by Anna Liesemeyer and Lesley Graham

When bloggers Anna Liesemeyer and Lesley Graham decided their rooms needed a new look, they took a leap of faith and gave each other’s spaces stylish room makeovers with furniture and décor from The Home Depot’s Home Decorators Collection. It was two talented designers with individual styles turning parts of their homes over to another designer– a living room makeover for a dining room makeover.

How did the room makeovers work out? See for yourself! We have the before and after photos and descriptions of what’s new in each room.

(Spoiler: The rooms look awesome!)

Two Room Makeovers for Two Designers

Lesley’s Living Room Before the Transformation

Lesley Graham in her living room before its makeover

Living room with playful, eclectic style

Lesley’s living room showcased her playful, eclectic style with vintage pieces, bold patterns, and bright colors, but the busy blogger and mother of two was craving a calmer space with a more focused aesthetic. Anna was more than happy to take on the challenge.  

Lesley’s Living Room Makeover

Anna Liesemeyer adjusts throw pillow in living room makeover

To anchor Lesley’s new living room, Anna replaced the vintage couch with the Gordon Tufted Sofa in Natural Linen. The classic shape and neutral tone brought an instant sense of calm and a stylish focal point to Lesley’s space.

The Milton Arm Chair from Home Decorators Collection

Once Anna established the room’s signature piece, she replaced Lesley’s vintage chair with a complementary Milton Polyester Arm Chair and chose the Anjou Coffee Table to ground the room with its simple lines and rustic materials.

Continuing with the neutral color palette, Anna selected the Home Decorators Collection’s antique-inspired Old Treasures Gray Rug to tie the room together.

Anna Liesemeyer with hammered aluminum bowls from Home Decorators Collection

Bella Round Aged Gold Glass End Table with the Milton Arm Chair from Home Decorators Collection

Anna added contrast to the soft, neutral fabrics with a set of Hammered Aluminum Bowls and a gold-brushed Bella Glass End Table.

To bring a pop of color to the room, she selected several throw pillows in complementary cool and warm tones.

Lesley’s New Living Room


Style Swap: Room Makeovers by Anna Liesemeyer and Lesley Graham

Lesley Graham enjoys her new living room

Lesley was thrilled with her living room makeover.

The new space is a great fit for the blogger’s home: sophisticated enough for entertaining, functional enough for everyday, while still expressive of her fun, eclectic sense of style.

 Anna’s Dining Room Before the Transformation

Anna Liesemeyer in her dining room

Dining room with open floorplan

Anna recently moved into a new home to accommodate her growing family. Her simple décor worked well in her previous house, but with a new open dining area, her space felt a little sparse.

Luckily, Lesley had some great ideas on how to add style and balance to her challenging floorplan.

Anna’s Dining Room Makeover

Highland 7 ft. Rectangular Sandblasted Natural Dining Table from Home Decorators Collection

Lesley chose the Highland Dining Room Table for its generous size, classic lines, and rustic texture. It’s big enough to comfortably accommodate Anna’s family of six.

Garden Side Chairs and Highland Dining Table from Home Decorators Collection

Anna paired the wooden table with metallic Garden Side Chairs for a modern contrast.

To finish the look, she selected a Downing Terrarium centerpiece, a perfect fit for Anna’s desert chic sense of style.

Penley II Harvest Khaki Rug from Home Decorators Collection

To differentiate the dining room area from the rest of her open floor plan, Lesley chose a natural fiber Penley II Harvest Khaki Rug from Home Decorators Collection.

Polished Chrome Glass Pendant with Vintage Bulb from Home Decorators Collection

Lesley replaced Anna’s existing lighting fixture with Polished Chrome Glass Pendant Lights to give Anna’s space a touch of industrial charm.

Oxford 2-Drawer Wood Buffet from Home Decorators Collection

Lesley chose a substantial Oxford Buffet table to fill out Anna’s window nook. The versatile piece of furniture can serve as an everyday coffee/ breakfast station or as a serving area for entertaining.

Anna’s New Dining Room

Anna Liesemeyer sees her new dining room decorated by Lesley Graham

Anna couldn’t believe how much Lesley’s makeover improved her dining room.

The unique pairing of stylish furniture and décor brought out the best in Anna’s floorplan.

Anna Liesemeyer in her newly decorated dining room

As you can see from these two room makeovers, taking a chance paid off for both style bloggers.

Lesley’s quirky living room got a sophisticated makeover that let her personality shine, while Anna Liesemeyer’s open dining room layout was transformed by an eclectic mix of desert-chic, rustic and modern pieces from Home Depot’s Home Decorators Collection.

Lesley Graham was born and raised in Georgia and now lives with her husband and two girls in a 1910 farmhouse near Atlanta. When she’s not writing about motherhood or home design on her blog Lesley W Graham, you can find her freelancing for stylists, children’s stores, and more.

Anna Lisemeyer is a designer, DIYer and entrepreneur. She writes about fashion, design and motherhood on her blog In Honor of Design. She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and three children.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

DIY Copper Pipe and Marble Top Side Table


This copper pipe side table is as beautiful as it is functional. It’s almost hard to believe it’s a DIY project that you can complete over a weekend.

Noted DIY blogger Ben Uyeda, of HomeMade Modern, created this copper pipe project for our DIY Challenge here on The Home Depot Blog. We asked him to come up with a fun and practical DIY project, with the only requirement that it include copper pipe.

Just follow Ben’s tutorial, and soon you’ll have this gorgeous copper pipe side table in your home.

DIY Copper Pipe Side Table




STEP 1: Cut the copper pipes


I used my tubing cutter to cut the copper pipes to length. This is a safe and easy tool to use. Just clamp it gently on the pipe and then twist it around the pipe tightening it after every full rotation.

I recommend cutting the pieces that I have indicated measurements for and then doing field measurements to make sure that the copper base fits under the tile.

STEP 2: Assemble the straight pieces of copper




This is a large project, and I recommend gluing the copper pieces together into linear assemblies before trying to assemble the entire rack.

I squirted Gorilla glue into the fittings and then moistened the ends of pipe with a damp rag before inserting them into the fittings.

STEP 3: Scrape off the excess glue


I let the glue dry for 12 hours and then used a knife to scrap away the glue that had foamed out of the fittings.

Step 4. Assemble the base



I recommend doing a test assembly first to make sure everything fits before gluing the entire rack together.




I started by gluing the base and side panels together before rotating the panels up and using the end pieces to secure the side panels.

Even with glue the structure is vulnerable since the tile top hasn’t been glued on yet so handle it with care while trying to get it straight.


Step 5. Prepare the tile



I bought a pack of four 12 in. x 24 in. marble tiles. I used my orbital sander with a 150-grit pad to round the corners of the tile and sand down the top.

You don’t need to sand the top, but I prefer a matte finish and the 150-grit pad can achieve this quickly.

Step 6. Scrub the copper


I used steel wool to clean and shine the copper.

I recommend wearing gloves and mask while doing this since small pieces of steel wool can become airborne.

STEP 7:  Hot glue the copper to the tile



I placed pipe straps on the center pipes that touch the underside of the tile and used my hot glue gun to secure them to the tile.

This isn’t structural. Its just to make sure everything stays in place while the construction adhesive cures.

Step 8: Use construction adhesive


I want the tile to be securely connected to the copper since it will be providing the sheer support to keep the copper form racking.

I used Gorilla construction adhesive along the all of the sides copper pipes that touch the marble. I used a stick to smear it evenly and push it into firmly in between any gaps.

I let the adhesive cure for 48 hours before flipping the bar over.

The Completed Copper Pipe Side Table


Wine glasses with stems should fit in between the upper bars and wine bottles fit between the lower ones.




Ben Uyeda is a designer, lecturer, and entrepreneur focusing on the field of affordable and sustainable design. Ben is the co-founder and design director of FreeGreen.com, as well as a visiting Lecturer at Northeastern University. See his designs and DIY projects on his blog, HomeMade Modern.

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Build this Cool Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf

Serena Appiah, of Thrift Diving, came up with this clever pipe project. It’s not just a copper pipe headboard. It’s not just a copper pipe bookshelf. It’s a copper pipe headboard with a bookshelf!

This is Serena’s contribution to our DIY Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog, in which we ask some of the best design and DIY bloggers on the internet to come up with fun and practical DIY projects featuring a specific material. In this case, copper pipe was the material for the challenge.

Just follow Serena’s step-by-step tutorial to build your own copper pipe headboard and bookshelf.

A couple of weeks ago, if you’d asked me, “What’s the one product you’ve never used for a DIY project?” piping probably wouldn’t have even come to mind. Although we’ve all seen how magical copper pipe looks around the home, it’s just not something that I have ever thought about using.

So when The Home Depot invited me to participate in their DIY Challenge, where they assign bloggers a surprise material and they have to make something cool from it…well, I about choked when I saw the word ‘piping’ in big black caps.


What in the world was I going to do with piping?!

Turning to Pinterest isn’t something I usually do for inspiration, because I like to think of my ideas as original (even if they aren’t)–totally uninfluenced by what’s saturated the ’net. But sometimes, staying purely original is silly; why totally create the wheel? It’s okay to get inspiration, right? Isn’t that what my blog, Thrift Diving, is for, anyhow?

One of my ideas was to make a copper pipe headboard for my oldest son’s room. This idea really spoke to me because I’d been meaning to get his room together, so this would be the perfect idea. I decided I would create built-in book storage on top for him, as well. I knew it would be a good idea.

Now, my oldest son has a cool bedroom with character….and a copper pipe headboard with a built-in bookcase!

DIY Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf

Here’s how I created the copper pipe headboard. Keep in mind that dimensions will depend on the size of your bed or your style preferences.


Materials for Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf

Which Copper to Use?

Since I had never used copper pipes before, I had no idea there are different types. The two types I saw at The Home Depot was Type L and Type M. The difference is the wall thickness of the pipe. Type M is a bit cheaper and will totally work for this project. I had bought the more expensive Type L because I didn’t know. You’ll be all the wiser, though!

Copper Pipe

Cut List

You’ll need the following cuts to the copper pipes:

2 pieces – 56½ in. each
3 pieces – 36 in. each
2 pieces – 6 in. each
2 pieces – 3 in. each
2 pieces – 1½ in. each

NOTE: Your exact measured cuts will depend on the size of your bed and your style preferences. My son’s bed is a twin size, so these measurements should fit that sized bed.

Ridgid 1” Close Quarters Tubing Cutter

How to Cut Copper Pipes

This was the part I thought would be super complicated, but it wasn’t! Not the least bit. I simply used my Ridgid 1” Close Quarters Tubing Cutter and cut the pieces after measuring them with a measuring tape. The tool simply scores the metal and after several rotations, it breaks off easily in your hand, with a nice clean cut!

Cutting copper pipe with a Ridgid Tubing Cutter

TIP: Before gluing your piping together, construct it first to ensure that all pieces will fit properly.

Step 1: Connect the Top

Copper Pipe Elbows

Now that all your pipes are cut, it’s time to start assembling the headboard.

Start with two 90-degree elbows and the two short 1½ in. pieces of copper pipe. Insert the short pieces into the elbows.

Step 2: Add the Tees

Copper pipe elbows and tees

Next, connect the elbow, 1½ in. pieces, and the tees.

There should be two assembled pieces.

Step 3: Connect One 36 in. Pipe

Copper Pipe

Now connect one 36 in. pipe between the ends.

This forms the top of the headboard.

Step 4: Connect the 56½ in. Pipes and 3 in. Pipes

The copper tee is now ready for the 56½ in. pipes and the 3 in. pipes.

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

The 56½ in. pipe is what will form the base of the bookcase.

The 3 in. pipe is the extension so that we can build the built-in bookcase.

Step 5: Add Another Copper Tee

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

Now we’re ready to add another copper tee.

This copper tee will hold the bars that will create the bookcase.

Step 6: Add the Second 36 in. Copper Pipe to the Tee

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

This forms one of the pipes that will support the books.

Step 7: Connect the 6 in. Pipes, 90-degree Elbows, and Last 36 in. Pipe

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

This step completes the built-in bookcase for the books. Getting it to fit may take some shimmying of the pipes.

Step 8: Tape the Pipe to the Wall

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

Now that the copper pipe headboard is all constructed, and you’ve checked that it fits, this is a great time to tape the headboard to the wall with painter’s tape. This allows you to see how it will fit in the space.

An extra pair of hands is helpful, too, if you’ve got someone around to help.

Step 9: Securing the Bookcase to the Wall

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

You could do this step one of two ways: You can either glue to secure all the joints prior to installing the headboard, or you can start building it and adding glue as your go.

I did a combination by installing the longer pieces to the wall first with two-hole tubing clips and screws. I wasn’t as concerned about using anchors on the bottom because they weren’t going to bear any weight. Their role was to just hold the pipes in place and allow the baseboard to hold up the pipes.

Step 10: Glue the Bookcase Together

This part was a little challenging when the project started because I had heard that you must solder in order to join and secure copper. However, since this copper wasn’t being used for its intended purposes (plumbing!), I knew there would be a way to glue it together to secure it.

I used epoxy to secure it instead. But first I sanded lightly in between the elbows and tees, for a better adhesion. Then I mixed the epoxy, applied it quickly, and let it dry.

Step 11: Cleaning the Copper

After handling the copper, it’s going to look pretty grimy! You can clean it prior to hanging it on the wall, or wait until you’ve installed it to clean it.

Cleaning Copper Pipe with Lemons and Salt

Rub a lemon with salt over it.

Copper Pipe After Being Cleaned with Lemon and Salt

You’ll see the dramatic difference and instant shine!

Wipe it off with a clean cloth.

Step 12: Lay Out Your Copper Pipe Headboard

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

Lay out the copper pipe headboard so that you can get ready to glue it together.

Step 13: Rough Up the Ends with 150 Grit Sandpaper

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

The directions on the back of the Gorilla Epoxy advises to sand the parts that will be glued, so I took 150-grit sandpaper and roughed up all the ends and inside of the elbows and tees.

Step 14: Glue the Headboard Together with Epoxy

The epoxy has to be mixed for 20 seconds and then used within 5 minutes, or else it will be less effective (and get gunky).

Gorilla Glue Epoxy

Because it dries so quickly, I only mixed a little at a time and coated the inside of a couple of joints and tees, and then I would mix a new batch to do a few more. This worked really well so as not to waste the epoxy.

Step 15: Add Anchors to the Wall

The part of the bookcase that will be anchored to the wall is now ready to be secured with anchors while the bookcase arm is drying.

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

Using the strap as a guide, mark where the screws will be placed, and then use a screwdriver or a drill to insert the anchor.

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

I painted the anchor to match the wall so that the white wasn’t visible.

Step 16: Secure the Screws

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

Step 17: Paint the Screws to Match the Copper

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

There weren’t copper screws, so the easiest way to blend them in was to paint them. Worked really well!

The Completed Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

Once it was all done, I cleaned up the pipes again since they had my fingerprints all over them, added in some books, and some other room furnishings, and I love how different the room looks!

Copper Pipe Headboard and Bookshelf Project

The Rest of the Bedroom

A boy's bedroom

A boy's bedroom

The shelf above his desk area came from an old dresser top I had, and I used my circular saw to cut it for a mini shelf, with brackets. The chalkboard was an old thrift find. The desk was repainted and had been a curb-side find in our neighborhood when we’d moved in.

The chair is a mid-century mod chair found for $5.00 at my favorite thrift store!

I am totally in love with this room!

What started as a boring room ended with a colorful room perfect for a tween boy who’s growing up!

My son keeps thanking me for the room makeover, and I couldn’t be happier that he’s happy! Having a beautiful, cozy room when you’re a kid is something you always remember and cherish. I’m just glad he loves it!

If you’d like to see more of my room makeovers and furniture re-do’s, visit ThriftDiving.com and subscribe to get inspired to make over your next space!

Serena Appiah is a blogger, entrepreneur, artist, thrifter, wife, and mother of three young sons. Since 2012, she’s been inspiring readers at Thrift Diving to decorate, improve, and maintain their home on a DIY budget.

Browse The Home Depot for the copper pipe and fittings you  need for your next copper pipe project.

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