Our editors came up with these simple and efficient projects that can be tackled over a weekend.
Photography: Kana Okada1 of 5
Giddyup and Go
Riding boots and jodhpurs are two sharp ideas we’ve harnessed from the equestrian world. Now your home can get in on the action by adopting the feed-bucket holders and lidded galvanized buckets that hang in stables to hold horse snacks. Attach the rings to an exterior wall of your house, and fill the pails with seeds to replenish bird feeders, and sand or deicer for the driveway. Come spring, replace your cold-weather reserves with garden tools, pool toys, or car-washing supplies. The minute you step outside, you’ll be off to the races.
THE DETAILS: FarmTek collapsible bucket holders, 12", $15 each, farmtek.com. The Cary Company black steel pails with gold phenolic lining, 5 gal., from $20.50 each; and 24-gauge black steel lug covers with gold phenolic lining (not shown), from $4.25 each, thecarycompany.com.
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Radiator screens do a nice job covering heaters, but they’ve got so much more design potential. With their graphic patterns and polished finishes, the inexpensive overlays can make a basic bulletin board look like a million bucks. Use extra-long thumbtacks to pin up a calendar, phone numbers, and invitations. Add a clip for keys, and a magazine holder beneath to stow mail. Organized and chic? Indeed.
THE DETAILS: M-D Building Products Union Jack aluminum radiator screen, 24" by 36", in Brass, $20, homedepot.com. Hay Denmark giant gold push pins, $6.50 for 5; and clip for 2 pens, $8, themodernshop.com. Coco gold wall pocket, $10; and Grid brass magazine rack, $30, cb2.com.
Photography: Raymond Hom3 of 5
Update an old chest with a wink of color you’ll appreciate every morning. Paint the outer sides of the drawers in a favorite shade—this silvery blue-green contrasts nicely with all kinds of wood—then trim the edges in a slightly lighter hue. Line the drawers in complementary patterned wallpaper, swap in shiny knobs, and top it all off with a matching accessory or two. A Tiffany vase and a leather-lined tray (we trimmed a swatch to fit) hint at the beauty beneath.
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Here’s a winning pregame strategy for corralling athletic gear. Get a barebones shelving unit that holds sturdy bins and baskets. Drill holes in two shelves to anchor bungee-cord hooks, stretch the cords between them, and stash balls inside. This system slows their roll and keeps them visible, so your home team can grab, go, and clean up (score!) with ease. Tip a pallet upright to serve as a streamlined caddy for bats, rackets, and sticks.
THE DETAILS: IKEA Ivar 2-section shelving unit, $71; Ivar label holder, $1; Sockerbit box with lid, $10; and Observatör clip-on basket, $3, ikea.com. Reese Secure standard bungees, 36", $5.50 for 2, amazon.com. The Container Store white wire basket with wooden handles, $20, containerstore.com.
Photography: Raymond Hom5 of 5
Here’s a space-saving solution that’s worth its salt (and pepper): Cut down on morning bathroom time and carve out a quiet space just for you by mounting spice racks on the back of a closet door to corral your beauty essentials. You can even invert one of these narrow shelves and use it as a towel-bar-slash-accessories-perch; just slip out the two keyhole-shaped brackets on the back, flip them, pop them back in, and hang it upside down. Behold: your very own stress-free dressing station, with no one knocking to come in.
THE DETAILS: IKEA Bekväm spice racks, $4 each, ikea.com.
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