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Meet the Brightest Woodworkers in the Carolinas

Whether you love minimal modern design or have an eye for fine woodworking, prepare to be blown away by Shelli and Seth Worley's exciting wood lighting designs.

Worley's Lighting portrait

Photo: worleyslighting.com

Meet the duo behind one of the trendiest lighting companies around. Shelli Worley and her husband Seth started Worley’s Lighting, a shop specializing in sleek, modern, and minimalist designs made from quality materials. With the help of their family, this Charlotte, North Carolina-based pair is creating some of the most beautiful—and functional—lighting designs we’ve seen in ages. The pieces are well-considered and beautifully crafted, hinting at Shelli’s long family line of woodworkers and designers. In a meeting of the minds, we posed our most burning questions about the creative process to the the folks behind this charming specialty store—read on for what Shelli had to say.

The reason we started doing what we do is…
Worley’s Lighting started as my dream. I always had a passion for decorating and interior design. Deciding to focus my energy into lighting took a bit of time, but I eventually developed a real excitement for it! Lamps are a vital part of any room, and they vary in shapes, sizes, textures, and materials. That’s why lighting has become a great and broad avenue for me to express my creativity and build things that I love.

Bookend lamp - Worley's Lighting

Photo: WorleysLighting.com

We started our company when…
I started the company at a time of transition in my life. I was in between jobs and had a lot of design ideas for home accessories. Those ideas turned into actual products, and, after listing them in our online Etsy shop, they began to sell! Three and a half years later we continue to sell on Etsy and now our own e-commerce website.

We’d define our design style as…
Modern/minimal, balanced by the warmth and natural look and feel of hardwood.

Related: 7 Totally Unique Table Lamps for a Modern Home

My first job was…
When I was 16 I got my first job at a thrift store. We mainly bought and sold clothes. Growing up, my parents encouraged my sister and I to get jobs and earn our own money as soon as we could. I’m thankful for the lessons I learned at such a young age because they lead me to become an entrepreneur.

Our main sources of inspiration are…
I am always inspired by the wood that we work with. I try to keep all of our designs simple to showcase the natural beauty of the wood. I am all about clean, modern lines and wholesome, woodsy materials.

Swinging arm desk lamp - Worley's Lighting

Photo: WorleysLighting.com

The most challenging thing about our work is…
The most challenging thing about our work is keeping up with production in our current facilities. We are thrilled about every single order that comes in, be that from one of our online stores or from a retailer. But currently, we have about outgrown our 1,300 sq. ft. workshop and office space, which creates quite a few challenges for us. We get creative with space-saving solutions—we’ve got a lot of wall shelving and always try to go vertical for storage.

Related: 7 Totally Unique Table Lamps for a Modern Home

Our favorite part of the process is…
My favorite part is the initial designing process. I usually sketch things that pop into my head and spend quite a bit of time contemplating new designs. I love taking what started in my head, putting it down on paper, and then bringing it to life with my two hands.

Gem Stacked Lamp - Worley's Lighting

Photo: WorleysLighting.com

Our favorite materials to use are…
We love wood! Walnut is our favorite. We also love hard maple, cherry, and sapele.

Our all-time favorite go-to tool is…
We absolutely could not function without our multiple JawHorses—they are so versatile. We use them for glue-ups, holding pieces in place to work on them, and lots of other stuff.

If you like Worley’s Lighting as much as we do, check them out online or follow them on Facebook to keep an eye on their newest products or take home a totally unique lamp.


5 Things to Do with… Stair Spindles

Even after they've been banished from the banister, stair spindles can still play an important supporting role. If you have a few left over from a renovation, see how you can reuse them in five surprising repurposing projects.

On your last trip to the architectural salvage yard, you doubtless saw scores of antique sinks, windows, and at every turn, balusters. Most often made of wood, these spindles once supported the handrail along a staircase. When that staircase came down, the spindles—with their slim profiles sporting decorative notches and curves—were freed to be used elsewhere in and around the home. Scroll down to see five creative ways DIYers are reusing balusters.

 

1. SLEEP WELL

Baluster DIY Projects - Nightstand

Photo: etsy.com

The long and slender shape of stair spindles makes them preternaturally fit for use as supports for small tables. With four spare spindles—or even three—plus your choice of tabletop, you can, quickly and pretty easily, put together an elevated surface that would function perfectly as a nightstand or end table.

 

2. TAKE A SEAT

Baluster DIY Projects - Bench

Photo: My Repurposed Life

This charming little bench from My Repurposed Life illustrates how you can upcycle two leftover materials at once. A quartet of balusters, combined with a couple of shutters, creates a bench destined to sit pretty on the porch. To complete the look, give both the shutters and spindles the same distressed finish.

 

3. LIGHT A FIRE

Baluster DIY Projects - Candelabra

Photo: hipcycle.com

Hipcycle shows how well spindles lend themselves to reuse in a candelabra. It’s a simple process, perfect for beginning woodworkers. First, cut each spindle to a different height. Next, use a drill with a hole-cutting bit to form the candle-holding slot in each baluster. Finish by attaching the spindles to a wood base.

 

4. RACK IT UP

Stair Spindle Magazine Rack

Photo: etsy.com

A bevy of balusters may be used to create a magazine rack or a similar storage piece, assuming you can handle yourself in the woodworking shop. In something like the piece pictured, spindles would form not only the furniture legs, but also the vertical members corralling the reading material kept within.

 

5. FOR THE BIRDS

Stair Spindle Birdhouses

Photo: RoboMargo.com

Balusters can help you build a birdhouse that oozes with cottage character. Whether the baluster itself serves as the birdhouse (left) or spindles add on as ornamentation for a larger assembly (right), it’s obvious that for an imaginative maker like Robo Margo, spindles are a stairway to new DIY heights!


Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The Best of 2014 Competition Begins Today!

Vote now—and vote daily—to choose your favorite from among this years previous Bob Vila Thumbs Up winners and pick one to be the best of the best!

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Best of Bob Vila Thumbs Up 2014

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Six months ago, we started Bob Vila Thumbs Up as a way to recognize the incredible work of DIY bloggers—from the well-established pros to the up-and-coming makers. Along the way, we’ve been impressed again and again by the ingenuity, craftsmanship, and creativity of all the Bob Vila Thumbs Up competitors. And your votes have determined 6 amazing winners from among those ranks.

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So this December we’re highlighting those past winners once more—and we’re asking you to vote your favorite to award the winning blogger a $250 Amazon gift card. All of these bloggers are winners, without a doubt, but only the project with the highest number of votes can win the prize. So vote today and everyday through December 17, 2014 (midnight EST) to help us choose this month’s winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up blogger!

A hearty congrats to each and every Bob Vila Thumbs Up competitor in 2014. Thank you for sharing your inspiring projects—and good luck to this month’s competitors!

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, Domestic Superhero. Read more about her winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

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Meet the Detroit Couple Giving New Life to Salvaged Lumber

For these two artists, making custom furniture reveals their true passion for materials, craft, and their hometown.

Mutual Adoration

Meet Mutual Adoration—the power couple behind one of Detroit’s coolest furniture design studios. Wayne and Clare run a design house and experimental craft workshop in their hometown, building furniture from reclaimed materials. With degrees and hands-on experience in seemingly every art and craft, from photography to printmaking to woodworking and lithography, this pair have combined their powers to create truly unique pieces. They currently sell their custom wares regionally—and on Etsy.

The reason we started doing what we do is…
A couple of months into our relationship, Clare had an art show at a gallery in Southwest Detroit. She created a huge installation using abandoned wood that she had scavenged throughout the city. As we were taking down the show, there were a lot of beautiful pieces of lumber that neither of us could bear to just throw away. We added that wood to a massive collection of maple hardwood flooring that Wayne had stored in his basement. With a hoard of materials and some big ideas, Mutual Adoration was born! The name speaks to our love for each other and also the love we have for our materials, our city, and our work.

We started collaborating when…
Early on in our relationship, we talked about building things together. We each came with different experiences, talents, and skills. After fumbling our way through a few small tables, we got our first custom job. It was incredible! To be able to create together and make money was a dream come true. We quickly learned that to succeed we would have to trust each other and work hard. As we have done that the demand for our work has increased.

We love working together. Seeing our complimentary skill set click into place while creating beautiful objects is the best feeling in the world. And then feeling the love and appreciation from our customers is amazing. Not only are we more connected to each other in doing this work, but the connections we have made with retailers, clients, and consumers is so incredibly satisfying.

Related—7 Incredible Uses for Salvaged Lumber

We’d define our design style as…
Refined rustic. Our work is equal parts big city loft and cozy log cabin.

My first job was…
Wayne: I was in the final generation of after-school paperboys. From the age of 12 to 15, I delivered The Detroit News on my old Schwinn cruiser. I was the kid knocking on your door during dinner, looking for my $2 for the previous week’s paper. I think this makes me sound like I grew up in the ’50s or something, but this would have been the late ’80s.

Clare: When I was in middle school, I earned my allowance by helping my mother. She ran the theatre department for a high school. During their rehearsals, I would help out with props, costumes, and set design. Mostly I was just trying to impress the teenagers by reading poetry and song lyrics out of my diary.

Our main sources of inspiration are…
Our inspiration really comes from our city and the materials it provides. Much of our wood comes from various locations in Detroit, from abandoned homes, warehouses, factories, and shops or as salvage from remodeling projects. Everything is so steeped in history—dirt and rust, wear and tear by generations.

Mutual Adoration - Reclaimed Materials

Photo: mutualadoration.com

We have a deep reverence for the material and its past. The fact that we are working with wood that was cut into lumber over 100 years ago—and, before that, started as just little sapling trees in the late 1700s—is truly inspiring. Our clients also prompt the direction our projects take. Many of our designs have come to Clare in her dreams. She often wakes up with ideas and visions for products, and then during our morning coffee, we’ll make sketches and figure out ways to engineer her ideas.

The most challenging thing about our work is…
Doing it all! We just hired our first employee (the amazing Brenda!) to give us a hand with production and our online store. Up until recently, it was just our four hands juggling all the design work, production, material sourcing, retail and wholesale sales, website design, and the hundreds of other things running a business entails.

In the future, we plan on greatly expanding our wholesale and retail sales, which will necessitate bringing in more employees. Supporting our local economy is very important to us. Detroit has an unmatched workforce of skilled craftspeople and manufacturers. We plan to hire and train additional production and administrative staff and provide much-needed jobs, as we expand and the demand for production increases.

We choose our salvaged materials by…
We take them as we can get them, whether that means quarter-sawn oak flooring from an 1860s home slated for demolition or knotty pine paneling from a suburban bungalow. Any given week might mean hundred-year old hand-hewn beams from a rural barn, cast iron tool bases from a factory, or recycled paint and stain from someone’s basement. We try to find a way to repurpose whatever materials we can get in a way that respects the original form while providing new function, all while keeping waste out of the landfill.

Related—7 Incredible Uses for Salvaged Lumber

Our biggest DIY success is…
The Union Table. Our first Union Table was made as a wedding gift for some dear friends. We wanted a piece that was symbolic, as well as functional. The Union Table is a set of two tables that can be used together as a coffee table or separately as end tables or bedside tables. We create the piece as one, split it into two in a diagonal pattern, and then finish each piece to operate in a variety of ways. The finished product can unify a variety of spaces and, when put together, is truly beautiful. Two becomes one. Maybe a little corny, but we LOVE it. It is the piece that really brought our complimentary skill set together and holds a lot of meaning for us.

Mutual Adoration - Union Table

Photo: mutualadoration.com

Our favorite materials to use are…
Clare: By far my favorite material is knotty pine paneling. It’s beautiful, warm, classic, and abundant. In its un-refinished, amber-hued, heavily varnished state, it is reminiscent of dive bars and ski lodges. To work with it is a dream! It’s forgiving and versatile. The grain contains gorgeous dots and stripes, and, when planing or sanding, it smells like summer camp.

Wayne: I love old flooring. Quarter-sawn oak is my favorite. There’s something about it being stepped on, spilled on, and abused that gives it a beautiful look and feel. It might sound sappy, but when I run a dingy dark piece under the belt sander, uncovering the flecks and grain that was hidden under all the muck, I feel like I’m rescuing it and able to give it a second shot at being beautiful. I’m not sure that the wood cares, but I like it.

Our all-time favorite go-to tool is…
Clare: That would have to be my beloved Flex Cut hand carving tools. I am a printmaker and spent many years making relief prints from wood blocks. Whether I am making a frame, a piece of furniture, or carving a block of wood to be printed, these are my favorite tools for achieving a variety of marks and executing fine detail.

Wayne: I am in love with our new Grizzly 3hp cabinet saw. Most of our early work was done on my mid-70s Craftsman table saw, but it just couldn’t keep up with larger work or give me the precision that I needed. The new saw is like a dream.

To get the latest from Mutual Adoration, check out their website and follow them on Facebook or Instagram.


Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The DIY Pallet Project Competition Starts Today

Vote now—and vote daily—to choose your favorite among the DIY pallet projects competing to win this month's Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition!

Bob Vila Thumbs Up Pallet Project Competition

Bob Vila Thumbs Up Pallets

There’s no doubt about it: The humble pallet appeals to the imagination. There’s almost no end to its possibilities and it seems like every DIYer, blogger, and Pinterest user has considered the pallet’s raw potential at one time or another. But only a few have truly unlocked this material’s full potential. Each and every one of this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up competitors has done just that—elevating this leftover shipping supply into benches, beds, desks, and more. And that deserves a big thumbs up.

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Some of these projects are simple enough to complete in an afternoon, while others take muscle, special tools, and time to complete. But regardless of complexity, they are all completely deserving of taking home the prize—a $250 gift card to True Value.

We love each and every one of this month’s pallets projects, but only the project with the highest number of votes can win. So we need your vote to determine the winner of this month’s competition. So vote today and everyday to help us choose this month’s winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up blogger!

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, Crafting in the Rain. Read more about her winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

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Meet the Furniture Designer Who Discovered the Beauty of Concrete

Maker Ben Uyeda of Homemade Modern opens up about what inspires his passion for DIY—and shares with us his latest how-to.

Ben Uyeda Homemade Modern

Meet Ben Uyeda, a champion of smart, green, and affordable design. With a pedigree in architecture, he’s also an award-winning designer, lecturer, blogger, and co-founder of ZeroEnergy Design and FreeGreen.com, a company specializing in green house plans. And when he’s not doing all of that, he teaches and inspires folks to build beautifully simple, streamlined furniture at Homemade Modern. It makes you wonder if he’s some sort of home improvement superhero! We interviewed him to find out why he does what he does, the tools he can’t live without, and how his industrious and ingenious family inspires his work. Plus, click through to see a gallery of some of his most incredible DIYs and one insanely easy video tutorial.

The reason I started doing what I do is…
The median household income in the US is about $55k a year. Most people simply can’t afford well-designed furnishings made from real materials, and most designers focus either on doing custom work for the wealthy or lower-quality plastic goods designed for mass production. I love the work that my architecture firm, ZeroEnergy Design, does, but learning that the average house designed by an architect costs almost twice as much as the average sales price of an American home made me want to find a new outlet for sharing affordable design ideas. I love the idea of showing that we can all afford nice things; some of us just have to make them ourselves.

I feel most at home when I am…
Making! I have always associated the concept of home with sense of domestic industry and production done with and for the people you care most about. Whether it’s making dinner or the table on which dinner will be served, I feel home is the place where you make nice things with family for family.

I’d define my design style as…
Modern, industrial, and pragmatic with a dash of whimsy.

Related—Project Showcase: Ben Uyeda’s Modern Furniture 

My first job was…
My brother and I started a cookie business when I was 8 and he was 10. We drew order forms by hand and delivered them door to door. People in the neighborhood could fill out what kind of cookies they wanted and at what time they wanted them delivered. We charged $1 for a dozen cookies and made a killing! Since then, I think I have had every service industry job at some point in my life and quite a few different construction jobs.

My main sources of inspiration are…
Wow, this is hard, I feel like there are so many awesome designers and makers out there, but, if I had to narrow it down, I would group them into categories.

In my professional life, architects like Samuel Mockbee and David Adjaye inspired me to critically consider not just what I am designing but who I am designing for.

Visual inspiration comes from some of the amazing design bloggers and Pinterest curators. In particular Satsuki Shibuya, Jonathan Lo, Victoria Smith, and Myan Duong have provided awesome visual fuel.

Daily inspiration comes from my family. In particular seeing their drive towards self-sufficiency and responsible consumption inspires me. My parents are constantly adding to their suburban homestead—four chickens are the most recent additions. My brother Nathan has an amazing ranch in Argentina and is always building cool things. Most recently he devised a way to use heat from a compost pile to create hot water for his guest house. If you are ever interested in an educational vacation full of animals and sustainable homesteading, book a vacation in one of his guest houses.

My best DIY success is…
The Bucket Stool! I shared this idea about a year ago, and it has been made by thousands of people on five different continents.

Homemade Modern's Concrete Stool

Photo: homemade-modern.com

My favorite material to use is…
Concrete in general, but Quikrete Countertop mix in particular. Concrete is such an amazing and cheap material. What other material is less than $5 for 80 lbs and can be manipulated without power tools?

One tool/material I haven’t mastered (but want to!) is…
A sewing machine! Far too often we segregate tools into disciplines like sewing, woodworking, and blacksmithing while the really cool opportunities are in mixing these pursuits together.

My all-time, go-to tool is…
My Ryobi 18 volt drill. I use it for everything from driving screws and drilling holes to peeling apples, blending smoothies, and mixing pancake batter.

Related—Project Showcase: Ben Uyeda’s Modern Furniture 

A recent project I’ve finished is…
I built an outdoor fire pit out of Quikrete 5000 as a 40th wedding anniversary gift for my mom and dad.

Homemade Modern Concrete Fire Pit

Photo: homemade-modern.com

To me, failure means…
That you have a mess to clean up and more work to do.

Want to DIY like Ben Uyeda? Make your own DIY plywood “Flip Desk” like this one:

To get the latest from Ben’s workshop, follow him on Instagram!


Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The PVC Pipe Competition Starts Today

Vote now—and vote daily—to choose your favorite among the PVC pipe projects competing to win this month's Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition!

PVC Projects

PVC pipes are a ubiquitous fixture in many homes, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the surface. That’s because PVC pipe, a tried and true plumbing product, is usually hidden behind walls, in basements, or even underground. So that’s what makes this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up competitors so incredible; each and every one of these bloggers has transformed an often overlooked home staple into an extraordinary—and affordable—DIY project.

Most of these projects can be completed in an afternoon, but don’t let their apparent simplicity fool you. No matter how long they take to accomplish they get big points for creativity—and any one could be this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up winner and take home the prize—a $250 gift card from True Value.

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Each of these projects gets the Bob Vila stamp of approval, but only one can win. That’s why we need you to vote now and each day this month for your favorite projects. After all, it’s your vote that will determine who will be this month’s winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up blogger.

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. Read more about winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The DIY Headboards Competition Starts Today

Vote now—and vote daily—to choose your favorite among the DIY headboards competing to win this month's Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition!

Bob Vila Thumbs Up DIY Headboards

The headboard is no mere decorative accent; as the focal point of the bedroom, it sets the mood and style tone for the most personal space in your entire home. If you’ve ever shopped around for a headboard, then you know that in a retail store, it can cost you a pretty penny to pick up a quality headboard. Being that it’s a relatively straightforward construction anyway, it makes a lot of sense to go the DIY route.

Countless people have done so in the past, using almost every material you can think of, following a wide range of designs. But not every headboard turns heads like the inventive, eye-catching, and all around remarkable projects we’ve chosen for this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up. Some are simple, while others are more complex, but all worth your attention—and your vote!

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We put our stamp of approval on each of these inventive headboards, but only one can win the prize—a $250 gift card to The Home Depot. We need you to make the call, so vote as often as once per day for your favorite project! And thank you for helping us recognize the work of creative and dedicated DIYers just like you.

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, DIY Pete. Read more about winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: Announcing the Concrete Projects Competition!

Vote for your favorite among the six DIY concrete projects competing to win this month's Bob Vila Thumbs Up! competition!

Bob Vila Thumbs Up Concrete

DIY Concrete Projects

Every day, we see tons of incredible DIY projects. Some are done by seasoned veterans of the do-it-yourself world. Others are the result of hard work by total beginners. Indeed, no matter your skill level, there’s virtually zero cap on the creativity you can introduce to home projects.

By the same token, it seems like there’s no material that clever people out there haven’t found a way to make beautiful. For instance, concrete—that humble, utilitarian staple of the construction yard—is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of furniture and decor. But around the Web, we’ve noticed DIY bloggers—a select few, in particular—using concrete to create highly functional or super eye-catching pieces for the home. And that—no doubt about it—deserves a thumbs up.

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So this month, we’re shining the spotlight on some of our favorite instances of DIY brilliance with concrete. Vote for your favorite, and help us choose this month’s winner of Bob Vila Thumbs Up.

Each of these six special projects represents something extraordinary being made from perhaps the most quotidian building material. So they’re all winners, in our book. But only one competitor can win this month’s prize, a $250 gift card to The Home Depot, so we need you to vote for the one you think is most deserving. Thank you for helping us recognize the incredible work of DIYers like yourselves!

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, Johnnie of Saved by Love Creations. Read more about her winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

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As temperatures rise this summer, who wouldn’t want to keep the house cool with a reliable, refreshing, and high-efficiency cooling system. That’s why we teamed up with Lennox to bring you one of our biggest give-aways ever. The winner gets Lennox cooling or heating products and installation worth up to $10,000! So whether you need to cool down now or prepare for the coming cooler seasons, now’s the time to enter.

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