Customize It … DIY Copper Knobs

In my old dining room, I had these cute built-ins with these stupid huge knobs (no before photos, sorry) so I asked my friend Samantha, (you may remember her from Oh Joy’s Studio project) to see if she could do a DIY for them. I wanted something that wouldn’t cost too much money as it was a rental so no point in throwing dough into it. While I love a lot of knobs out there (Anthropologie and West Elm both have great ones) they can often be like $12 each and we had 4 of these built ins, with 14 knobs each which equals like $22K. So, Sam came up with these simple, inexpensive but incredibly chic copper fronted knobs … And then we redid my built-in (like just weeks before we moved out … whoops).

DIY Copper Knobs

Alright so here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Copper Knobs Ingredients

1. Scrap piece of wood and screws,  2. 5 Mil copper sheets,  3. Sand paper sheets (60 grit for palm sander, 220 grit for hand sanding),  4. Wooden knobs (if you can find knobs with a flat face, get them!  I could only find knobs with a slightly domed face, which made sanding necessary),  5. Super glue,  6. Palm sander,  7. Circle  template (optional),  8. Scissors,  9. White spray paint

DIY Copper Knobs How To

1.  Start by taking your piece of scrap wood and pre-drilling holes all the way through, leaving about four inches between each hole.  Insert the screws through the holes and twist your knobs onto the screws.  This ensures your knobs will stay steady, rather than rolling all over the place while you’re sanding, spray painting and adhering the copper sheet.

2.  Attach your 60 grit sandpaper to your palm sander.  Set the board with knobs attached on a flat surface.  Hold the board steady while you sand each knob with the palm sander.  It’s important to apply pressure in a steady downward fashion (if you hold the sander at an angle, the face of the finished knob will be angled instead of flat.  I messed up one knob in this way, but then I got the hang of it and the rest were easy!).

3.  With the knobs still secured to the board, spray them with a first coat of spray paint.  It’s much easier to paint them while still attached to the board to avoid fingerprints in the paint.  Wait for them to dry, then do a second coat of paint.

DIY Copper Knobs Process

4.  While the paint is drying on the knobs, start prepping your copper sheet.  I had a circle template with a circle the exact size of the face of my knobs, so I used that.  If you don’t have this tool, just trace one of your knobs onto the copper.

5.  Once you’ve lightly traced the circles onto the copper, cut them out with scissors.  5 Mil copper is thin enough to cut easily with scissors, but thick enough that it doesn’t crumple to bits like copper foil.  Still, be careful when cutting it because it can bend and pucker a little.  You might also want to wear gloves because the edges of the copper can be sharp.

DIY Copper Knobs Steps

6.  Once the paint on the knobs is fully dry, apply super glue to the face of the knob and center one of the copper circles on top.  Hold it in place so the glue can set.

7.  When the glue has fully dried, take your 220 grit sand paper and lightly sand the edges of the copper.  This will sand the copper totally flush with the edge of the knob and soften any sharp edges the copper might have had.

8.  Lastly, install the knobs on your cabinet or piece of furniture and enjoy that pretty metallic shine!

DIY Copper Knobs Finished

Thank you, Sam. Of course when we moved I was dying to take these and hoard them but my stupid landlord (the one that wouldn’t let me redo the kitchen AT NO COST TO HIM) would have subtracted like $1400 from our deposit for new knobs, so these bad boys are still there.  So I’ll hoard these photos instead.

DIY Copper Knobs

Go for it, folks. Re-knob your house and your face. Copper plating is my new favorite thing …

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Customize It: Fabric Braided Mirror

Its another DIY post by my friend Stephanie Todaro of Maker Made. This time its a pretty darn cute braided fabric mirror for all of your vanity needs. Take it away, Steph!

Customize It: Fabric Braided Mirror

Hey y’all! If you’re anything like me, you tend to keep a mirror in every room. No, it’s not a vanity thing. It’s a mirrors-create-a-larger-room-effect-and-reflect-great-light thing…with just a dash of vanity. But if you’re also anything like me, you always like to add a bit of spice to the simple and traditional.

So when seeking inspiration for this DIY project, I decided to keep it easy but fun by simply adding a hint of whimsy with a braided fabric detail.  It’s a pretty straightforward project with a nice personal touch.

Customize It: Fabric Braided Mirror

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Mirror (We chose a circular mirror for this project, but you could very well go with a square, rectangle, oval, octagon…embrace the geometry people!)
  • Serving tray is the same shape as mirror (Here’s where the circular mirror made things simpler. This IKEA one we chose just happened to be the perfect size!)
  • Fabric of your choice (Quantity will be based on the size of your mirror. You will be braiding this, so make sure you get enough to cover the circumference of the mirror with a little extra for hanging and obviously make sure it can be easily braided)
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint
  • Gorilla glue or hot glue + glue gun


1. Take your fabric and cut it into three, 2-inch wide strips along the longest side of the fabric.

Customize It: Fabric Braided Mirror

Customize It: Fabric Braided Mirror

2. Tie the three pieces together by knotting one end and start to braid the lose fabric. (If your fabric starts to fray, no worries, you can just trim those pesky strings later.)

3. Once braided, tie a knot at the other end to seal the braid.

4. Take your serving platter and spray paint it.

Customize It: Fabric Braided Mirror

5. Then take your Gorilla glue and glue the mirror to the inside of the serving platter. You’ve now created a lovely, framed mirror. And the edge of this serving platter will act as a surface for you to glue your braided fabric too.

6. Go ahead and polish that mirror so it’s nice and clean!

*HELPFUL HINT: Before gluing the fabric to the mirror, make sure to size the braid long the edge of the mirror so you can make sure you end up with enough of the braid at the top to act as your hook.

Customize It: Fabric Braided Mirror

7. Take your Gorilla glue again and adhere the braided fabric to the edge of the mirror. Be sure to press down on the braid along the edges to keep it in place.

8. Once the braid is securely glued down, take your two knotted ends at the top and fashion them into a single knot.

*HELPFUL HINT: You can get a bit creative here. You can tie one large knot. You could tie them in a bow. You could tuck the knots into one another (like in our version). You could wobble them to-and-fro…joke. Secure them however you like!

Customize It: Fabric Braided Mirror

9. Hang in your desired location and compliment yourself endlessly as you stare at your gorgeous face!




Stephanie Todaro is a Midwest-bred, West coast-raised, globetrotting gal who spends her days running a creative digital agency in Los Angeles. She recently opened up a small wood shop, Maker Made, with her dad where they handcraft simple and rustic items for the home and garden. In her time off, Stephanie likes to craft, blog about her pup, Mr. Harvey, and roam the streets of LA looking for inspiration and marvelous things to photograph.

All photos by Tessa Neustadt

Customize It … Pegboard Nightlight

Customize It: Pegboard Nightlight

While Charlie and I are busy cuddling, snuggling and coo-ing at each other, Stephanie has taken over some of the DIY/customization posts for y’all. Take it away Steph!

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the planetarium…well honestly…mostly just the large dome room where they project the solar system onto the ceiling.  I could lie on the ground staring at those lights for hours on end.

So when thinking about designing a kid’s room (perhaps baby Charlie would appreciate this too one day), I thought it would be wonderful to have a light that cast a peaceful glow on the walls and ceilings too. A very mini faux-planetarium for the mini ones in your life!

Customize It: Pegboard Nightlight

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • peg board sheet (You can get varying sizes of pegboard sheets at your local hardware store, but we went with this white option)
  • circular saw or hand saw
  • light socket kit (you can order online or get at your local hardware story)
  • light bulb
  • wood block scraps (to brace the light walls)
  • Gorilla glue
  • spray paint
  • saw
  • 13/16 or larger drill bit (sized to your light socket)
  • drill


1. Conceptualize your design and cut your pegboard accordingly. (see detailed graphic below.)

*If you are following the measurements of the nightlight I made, you will cut the following pieces – 9” x 13” (back panel), 9” x 10” (front panel), 9” x 7.5” (top), 7″ x 13″ – with the top angle cutting down to 10″ (two pieces for each side panel).

Customize It: Pegboard Nightlight

Customize It: Pegboard Nightlight

2.  Spray paint your pegboard in your desired color and let dry.

3. Once painted, take your back panel and drill a larger hole (sized to your light socket) in the lower-center section of the panel.

Customize It: Pegboard Nightlight

4. Next, you will start to assemble the pieces by gluing your wood block braces long the edges of your boards in order to glue into place.

*HELPFUL HINT: If you don’t have any wood scrap pieces lying around (I always seem to have a couple) you can definitely use alternative items to brace the pieces together or just buy a scrap piece of wood from your local hardware store and cut them down to size.

Customize It: Pegboard Nightlight

*HELPFUL HINT: In order for your walls to line up along the seams, you will want to leave a little bit of space between the edge of your wood block brace and the panel edge. 

5. Once all of your braces are securely fastened, start to glue the boards to the blocks to secure them in place.

6. After it’s fully assembled, attach a bulb to the light socket and insert through the back panel hole you created.

Customize It: Pegboard Nightlight

Customize It: Pegboard Nightlight

Customize It: Pegboard Nightlight

7. Plug it in and let that light show commence!




Stephanie Todaro is a Midwest-bred, West coast-raised, globetrotting gal who spends her days running a creative digital agency in Los Angeles. She recently opened up a small wood shop, Maker Made, with her dad where they handcraft simple and rustic items for the home and garden. In her time off, Stephanie likes to craft, blog about her pup, Mr. Harvey, and roam the streets of LA looking for inspiration and marvelous things to photograph.

All photos by Tessa Neustadt

Customize it … Embossed Velvet Heart Pillow

DIY Embossed Pillow

It’s that time of year when love and romance just fills the air so how embarrassing would it be if you got caught without a heart pillow in your house? So embarrassing. But whats even more embarrassing is when its heart overkill. I actually did this DIY 4 months ago and I’m actually a bigger fan of it when it’s not Valentines day (its a little on the nose) but it seemed like such a good time to post about it, so I hoarded the post til now.

So with the help of my friend and designer Samantha Gluck, we designed and made these pretty adorable and subtle pillow if I do say so myself. Check em out, folks!

DIY Embossed Pillow Ingredients

Rubber $5.49, tracing paper $3.09, velvet pillowcase (we already had this one but this one could work) , lino carver $8.50, spray bottle, pencil and iron.

DIY Embossed Pillow How To

1.  First you need to make your stamp.  Draw your desired shape or design onto tracing paper.  You could also use a store-bought stamp if you have one you like.  If you go that route, skip ahead to step four.

2.  Lay your tracing paper graphite side down onto your blank rubber stamp block and trace your pattern onto the back side of the tracing paper.  This will push the graphite on the original side of the tracing paper onto the stamp block.  Remove your tracing paper.

3.  With your pattern now transferred onto the stamp block, use a lino cutter tool to carve away the excess rubber from the block.  Your pattern will be left as the smooth, raised portion, which in our case was a heart.

DIY Embossed Velvet Pillow How To

4.  Lay your stamp block with the pattern facing up on your ironing board.  (TIP: you may find it helpful to lay something rigid, like a board, under your stamp to counteract some of the ironing board’s cushiness). Prepare your velvet by misting it with some water. Don’t soak the fabric, just get it a bit damp.  Lay the velvet over the stamp block with the knap side of the velvet facing the block.

Turn your iron to a medium-high setting, but turn off the steam.  Press the iron onto the velvet and hold it for 10-15 seconds.  If you’re using a homemade stamp, beware of pressing the iron onto the fabric for too long. Sometimes the heat of the iron can start to melt the block and cause some of the rubber to stick to your velvet.  Try pressing for 10 seconds, removing the iron so the fabric and block can cool slightly, then press for another 10 seconds.  Repeat until your pattern is embossed into the velvet. (TIP: if you’re embossing a larger patter, avoid the steam holes on your iron as they can get embossed into the velvet.  You could try using a dry iron in this case, which has no steam holes).

DIY Emobossed Velvet Pillow

5.  Slowly remove the velvet from the stamp block and allow it to cool completely.

This is a project with a lot of possibilities.  We had a really pretty velvet pillow on hand, so we used that for our project.  But this could easily be applied in other situations, like maybe along the edge of velvet curtain panels for example, or hell, even that velvet gown that you’ve been wanting to make for a long time.

Obviously if the iconic heart is not your thing you could do crosses (not a crucifix kinda cross although I’m sure you could do that, too), or a simple triangle, circles/polka dots, lines, or even Guy Fieri’s profile – kinda whatever you want. Actually I highly recommend Guy Fieri’s profile, make sure to include the sun glasses on the back of his head, that would be an amazing Valentines day present.

Meanwhile pick up February’s Redbook Magazine where this pillow DIY was featured.  Thanks Sam for helping on this project and Tessa Neustadt for shooting it!

velvet heart pillow

Customize It… Office Wall Pockets

Some of you may have seen a new column in Redbook last month featuring some DIY projects by me (and some people on the team). January is always a huge organizational month for me, I throw out all systems that don’t work (which is basically all of them) and start new systems (that I’ll surely fail at as well). So Beth Ziegler from Bneato (the lovely organizational expert in LA that I work with) came up with some very cute and functional wall pockets to help keep paperwork off my desk and up on the wall in a very cute way.


That was the article but I know its kinda hard to see on just that page, so we broke it down for you.

Here’s what you need, and pretty much everything can be purchased at a hardware store, except the lucite file folder which came from Staples.


1. Painter’s tape $6.58 2. white spray paint $3.87 3. artist tape $5.79 4. tweezers 5. kraft paper $4.99 6. stick on letters $5.99 7. color spray paint $6.95 8. screws 9. clear wall pocket $13.49


1. Apply your letters: Measure the file so you can center the stick-on letters that you’ll paint over and peel off later. I used two-inch vinyl letter stickers from Staples—they’re only $5.99 a pack.

2. Create a center line: Roll ⅛-inch art tape diagonally across the file, going over the letters. This way, you ensure there’s a straight line between the paint colors, and it will be see-through like the letters.

3. Time to paint: Affix a piece of painter’s tape and paper over the art tape so that only the top half of the file is exposed. Spray-paint this half and wait for it to dry before removing the tape and paper. Repeat the process for the bottom half.

4. Remove the letters: It’s so important to use tweezers—you don’t want to scrape off any of the paint with your nails. Then follow the directions on the file to hang it on your wall, step back, and admire your job well done.


I chose to do ‘To Do’, ‘Invoices’, and ‘Receipts’ because those are all the categories that I hate dealing with in my life so they just pile up and up on my desk which really just creates anxiety in my life. So now they are up on the wall (although full disclosure, we shot this at my friends Scott’s house (because he has that killer Farrow and Ball Hague Blue wall).


I’m like a little kid and need organizing (and cleaning and paying bills) to be fun and pretty or else I won’t do it, so every idea like this totally helps.

Thanks Beth from BNeato for collaborating on this project and Tessa Neustadt for the lovely photography.