DIY Tutorial: Copper Fittings Stationery Holder

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It has been a while! This time we’re back with a super simple industrial-chic-ish stationery holder for your desk. Custom your tabletop accessory with your desired number of compartments!

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Here are the materials you’ll need:-

  • Acrylic Block 15cm x 7cm x 1cm thick
  • Copper Fittings (Socket joints)
  • Copper Tubes (the ones pictured are 20mm and 15mm)
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Superglue
  • Sandpaper
  • Steelwool (Optional)
  • Ruler

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1. Using the pipe cutter, cut the 15mm and 20mm pipes to your desired length. I staggered the length of the pipes between 2-7cm to create a more interesting combination.

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2. Using steel wool, brush and polish the tubes and copper fittings to reveal a nice rose gold colour. Skip this step if you like the rustic uneven copper finishing. You might also want to use the sandpaper to smoothen out the edges of the copper tubes. It might be uneven and sharp after cutting!

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3. Here’s the fun part. Play with the various joints and tubes and arrange it around until you’re satisfied with the placement.

OOH - Copper Fittings Stationery Holder Superglue

4. Lightly line the bottom inner edge with superglue and place back in position on the acrylic block, allowing the glue to flow down and secure the joint in place. Repeat to all the joints and tubes and leave to dry.

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Ta-da! Now wasn’t that easy? How do you like the industrial/raw trend and would you make this? It could totally work in silver as well!

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OOH x IKEA Task 3: Bathroom DIY Ideas

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by IKEA and Operation Overhaul is part of the 2015 IKEA Singapore Bloggers Program. All opinions and reviews are our own, and very honest as well. x


It’s time for another IKEA post! This month, we were given the task to revamp the bathroom. Let’s admit it, the bathroom is a private little space for your everyday grooming and as girls, there are just so many products to use! There are products for hair, skincare and all the nifty little things we simply need in our everyday routine. IKEA has always been my go-to for organisation solutions, be it in the home or workspace. There are so many options, from shelves to storage boxes, to help even the messiest person. Now, let’s find out how IKEA can help us to get organised and get that bathroom looking presentable. To make this extra special and true to the Operation Overhaul spirit, we will be throwing in a couple of DIY ideas on how you can make the products unique to your home!

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This DRAGAN 2-piece bathroom set is just the right size for storing loose cotton pads and q tips. You can choose between stacking the boxes or using them separately like we did to hold soap bottles and your toothbrush. We especially love how it’s made of bamboo, which will be able to withstand water, so it’s perfect by the sink. One thing I notice around my bathroom is how I always end up with small tubs of cream or bobby pins lying around, so these are really great for hiding the clutter (heh).

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Another storage piece that caught our eye is the FRYKEN box set, made of peeled rattan. One of the things I’ve noticed after shopping at IKEA a lot lately is how they try to do their part for the environment by including information on how certain products may be recyclable and encouraging consumers to do their part too!

DIY IT! – Grab some acrylic paint and start decorating these baskets to personalise them to your home. Paint on patterns, colour blocks, or even solid colours if you are really looking to add a pop of colour to your bathroom.

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During our tour at the IKEA Tampines store, we were introduced to these STUGVIK hooks that really caught our eye. They are designed to grip onto common kitchen and bath materials, like tiles and glass, and are able to hold up to 3kg. They come in different designs that are good for holding up towels, loofahs and soaps, and the best part? No drilling needed so you can change things up anytime.

DIY IT! – Looking to personalise your towels? Sew on a simple embroidered monogram or get iron-on patches from the craft store for a quick and easy way to do so.

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These BESTÅENDE bottles are from the kitchen section in IKEA, but hey, they work great as shampoo and soap dispensers too!

DIY IT! – Create labels for the bottles using stencils and spray paint, or even try out etching on the glass for a subtle effect. Don’t forget to spray on a layer of sealant to make sure the design will remain waterproof in the shower!

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We hope this inspires you to give your bathroom a quick and easy revamp! If there are any DIYs that you’d like us to do a tutorial on, simply leave a comment below and we will definitely get to it! Look forward to our next post! x

 

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OOH x IKEA Task 2: Living Room DIY Ideas

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by IKEA and Operation Overhaul is part of the 2015 IKEA Singapore Bloggers Program. All opinions and reviews are our own, and very honest as well. x


We’re back with our second post for IKEA! This time we were given the task of sprucing up our living rooms and we immediately came up with a list of simple diy projects we’ve always wanted to try. IKEA is one of our usual go-to places to get affordable diy materials and we believe it’s always the little things that make a difference.

We picked 3 of our favourite diy ideas that were suitable for the living room and brought them… to IKEA! We thought that it’ll be a whole lot more fun and interesting to shoot in the IKEA showrooms and to be able to showcase more living room inspiration rather than just shooting the products alone.

All of the IKEA Singapore showrooms are modelled based on real life living situations and thus you can find floor plans and room sizes similar to our usual HDB flats/apartments locally. The interior design team in IKEA even does house visits every year to understand the Singapore living situations to ensure that the solutions are relevant. These showrooms are also revamped yearly so we always get updated furnishing ideas and tips!

Sure, we had a couple of stares while shooting this entry, but it was all great fun! Plus, we heard that IKEA never chases anyone out! (Now now, please don’t go and cause a ruckus!)

 

diyidea1For the first DIY idea, we took the much-loved RAJTAN Spice Jars and spiced them up a little (no pun intended). We spray painted some plastic animal toys with metallic silver spray to match the lids, and then simply glued it on when done. It looks super cute with this particular setup that we found in one of the IKEA showrooms!

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This makes entertaining guests so much more fun! Also, the chocolate mint candies from the Swedish market are SUPER YUMMY.

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Definitely a super cute way to upcycle some of the old toys/trinkets you might have at home!


 

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For our second DIY idea we created some super cute pom cushions for the living room sofa! We chose to use simple monochrome cushion covers such as the TRÅDKLÖVER cushion cover (black and white spirals) and the GURLI cushion cover in grey. These are 50cm x 50cm covers which fit the ULLKAKTUS cushion perfectly. We also bought the pom trims from local craft stores (Spotlight or Chinatown). The length of pom trim needed depends on your design, but 2m should be more than sufficient for each cushion.

Using the pom trim, pin down on the cushion cover and sew with a zigzag stitch/hand sew it down. Make sure you only sew through one layer or you wouldn’t be able to fit the cushion inside.

IMG_3166IMG_3159 IMG_3153We love that pop of colour! Plus poms (and ros) just make everything extra fun and cute.

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This was also shot in one of the super comfy living room showrooms in IKEA Alexandra. While shooting, we also couldn’t help but notice the amount of effort that was put in into each showroom! All the furniture is labeled to ensure easy shopping and it even goes down to the smallest detail such as photos in the photo frames and actual magazines in racks.


 

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For our third DIY, we used a LÄTTAD place mat and the clock mechanism from the RUSCH wall clock. We’ve seen the RUSCH clock used in so many other DIY projects on the web and it must almost surely be because of its 1.50SGD pricetag. The possibilities are endless! Changing up the clock face by replacing the paper, painting the plastic frame, mounting the clock mechanisms on another surface like we did…

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Because we weren’t too sure about mounting our self made clock on the IKEA walls, we shot our placemat wall clock at The Refinery Workspace, a super cool co-working space + artist residency at Jalan Besar. Find out more about the space here!

Hope you enjoyed our simple diy ideas using IKEA products and we’ll love to see your creations or if you have any others to share! Till our next post!

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SHOP: Fruity Puns Valentine’s Day Gift Cards

IMG_3116Tell your loved ones how much you love them this Valentine’s day with our super cute fruity puns gift cards!

We’re way excited to tell you that our online store is now live! Both Ros & I have been wanting to make this happen for the longest time and we’ve been working on the e-commerce version on top of the blog, trying to make sure that everything works.

You can definitely look forward to more craft materials and supplies, DIY Kits as well as handmade items that you regularly see on operationoverhaul.com! Meanwhile, check out our new vday cards and show some love by purchasing them on our store. (It’s free shipping for these babies all the way till vday!)

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IMG_3112“You’re The Apple Of My Eye!” Gift Card

 

 

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DIY Tutorial: Valentine’s Straw Toppers

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Valentine’s Day is just round the corner! If you’re planning to cook a romantic dinner for your loved one or spending it throwing a party with girlfriends, here’s a little vday gift from us to you (yes, we love you all!). These straw toppers turned out super cute, plus it’s so easy to make!

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Materials:

  • Straw Toppers Printout (get them here!)
  • Scissors
  • Straws
  • Double Sided Tape

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1. Cut out your desired designs from the print out.

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2. Stick some double-sided tape on the back of each straw topper.

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3. Secure the straw to the back of it and attach the strip to keep it in place.

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4. And you are done!

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Here’s an extra tip – use washi tape for a quick and temporary way to decorate cutleries!

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Download the free printable here!

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Have a lovely Valentine’s Day! x

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