15 SPRING DIY'S - EASY TO DO! by Joanne Palmisano

With over 250 projects completed for DIY NETWORK… and at least 2 dozen DIY’s in my books… I thought I’d show you a handful that felt like spring to me. I love this time of year because we are all ready to get outside and work with our hands. Here are some easy ones for you— so give a it go! HAVE FUN!

Made these Picnic Clips Weights to Keep the Picnic Table Cloth from blowing around. So much fun. A rock, a curtain clip and some vintage colorful sheets and ribbons — fun and easy.  Here is the STEP BY STEP on DIY NETWORK.

Made these Picnic Clips Weights to Keep the Picnic Table Cloth from blowing around. So much fun. A rock, a curtain clip and some vintage colorful sheets and ribbons — fun and easy. Here is the STEP BY STEP on DIY NETWORK.

Then there is the colorful Chevron Pattern Dresser… I’m big on dresser redos :)  Here is the STEP BY STEP on DIY NETWORK.

Then there is the colorful Chevron Pattern Dresser… I’m big on dresser redos :) Here is the STEP BY STEP on DIY NETWORK.

Who doesn’t love a photo pillow for Mother’s Day. These IRON-ON TRANSFERS make is SUPER SIMPLE.  PLUS… More EASY PILLOW IDEAS HERE.

Who doesn’t love a photo pillow for Mother’s Day. These IRON-ON TRANSFERS make is SUPER SIMPLE. PLUS… More EASY PILLOW IDEAS HERE.

Love old canning jars, especially the blue ones. If you are going to use them with candles, make sure the flame is close to the top so you don’t heat up the inside as much. I love this spring shot that  Susan Teare  took…

Love old canning jars, especially the blue ones. If you are going to use them with candles, make sure the flame is close to the top so you don’t heat up the inside as much. I love this spring shot that Susan Teare took…

I still can’t believe this DIY, recycled glass bottle picture frames (memory jars) went viral on DIY NETWORK. Crazy EASY!  HERE IS THE STEP BY STEP on DIY NETWORK.

I still can’t believe this DIY, recycled glass bottle picture frames (memory jars) went viral on DIY NETWORK. Crazy EASY! HERE IS THE STEP BY STEP on DIY NETWORK.

Get ready for those Bar-B-Ques and Picnics with these mason jar chalk paint glasses.  Here are 11 WAYS to use Mason Jars and Recycled Glass Bottles in DECORATING…

Get ready for those Bar-B-Ques and Picnics with these mason jar chalk paint glasses. Here are 11 WAYS to use Mason Jars and Recycled Glass Bottles in DECORATING…

This summer’s project with your kids… make a cork message board for their rooms out of an old picture frame. Crafting together is a great way to spend time together.  Here is the STEP BY STEP.

This summer’s project with your kids… make a cork message board for their rooms out of an old picture frame. Crafting together is a great way to spend time together. Here is the STEP BY STEP.

Time to clean out the sunroom and/or porch and get it ready to be used. This built in bench was one of the eight videos I did for DIY NETWORK. Crazy affordable and you can do it in a day!  HERE IS THE VIDEO!

Time to clean out the sunroom and/or porch and get it ready to be used. This built in bench was one of the eight videos I did for DIY NETWORK. Crazy affordable and you can do it in a day! HERE IS THE VIDEO!

I really can’t do a SPRING DIY COLLECTION without this baby!! One of my favorite dresser redos— painted with blue and white stripes and some pink paper flowers.  HERE ARE 19 PAINTED DRESSERS — YOU’LL SEE A COUPLE OF MINE IN HERE… HAPPY SPRING DIY HERE!

I really can’t do a SPRING DIY COLLECTION without this baby!! One of my favorite dresser redos— painted with blue and white stripes and some pink paper flowers. HERE ARE 19 PAINTED DRESSERS — YOU’LL SEE A COUPLE OF MINE IN HERE… HAPPY SPRING DIY HERE!

If you want to create a container garden or a raised bed this year…  check out this movable shipping pallet DIY…  Affordable solution to a raised bed — and it is on wheels!

If you want to create a container garden or a raised bed this year… check out this movable shipping pallet DIY… Affordable solution to a raised bed — and it is on wheels!

A little yarn and a couple of sticks — and a glue gun! MIKE DROP. This easy (but a little time consuming) DIY is in my book , Salvage Secrets Design and Decor.

A little yarn and a couple of sticks — and a glue gun! MIKE DROP. This easy (but a little time consuming) DIY is in my book, Salvage Secrets Design and Decor.

And then there is the adorable… dog bed DIY made out of an old drawer.  Click Here to Make it in an Afternoon.

And then there is the adorable… dog bed DIY made out of an old drawer. Click Here to Make it in an Afternoon.

The driftwood is starting to float up on my beach — time to go collect it — and make a heart, or a wreath, or a chain… so many options… so much driftwood!  HERE ARE A NUMBER OF BUDGET FRIENDLY WAYS TO DECORATE WITH NATURE I MADE.

The driftwood is starting to float up on my beach — time to go collect it — and make a heart, or a wreath, or a chain… so many options… so much driftwood! HERE ARE A NUMBER OF BUDGET FRIENDLY WAYS TO DECORATE WITH NATURE I MADE.

LOVED making this curtain for my book,  Salvage Secrets Design & Decor.  Can be used as a privacy curtain, shower curtain or any other fun decor spot you can think of.

LOVED making this curtain for my book, Salvage Secrets Design & Decor. Can be used as a privacy curtain, shower curtain or any other fun decor spot you can think of.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST — STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITE PICTURES… DIY VASES — This second hand glass vase was wrapped in chicken wire, a purple ribbon and a vintage brooch. I LOVE LILACS!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST — STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITE PICTURES… DIY VASES — This second hand glass vase was wrapped in chicken wire, a purple ribbon and a vintage brooch. I LOVE LILACS!

HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE! Follow me on INSTAGRAM and sign up for my BLOG posts (only a few a year). Can’t wait to share my news about another upcoming book! XOXO Joane


PIZZA and BEER, DESIGN WORK! by Joanne Palmisano

Recently, I did a BLOG about the amazing LAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDS new TAPROOM, RETAIL STORE and BREWERY, but I can’t help that another project completed around the same time was a PIZZA restaurant. I know…you think I have a theme going… and that may be true…considering I’ve done a PUB, another BAR, a BURGER JOINT, an ICE CREAM shop…and a few other similar types of places…but I swear I didn’t plan any of it — it just happened! :) I’m just lucky I guess.

I’d love to introduce you to PIZZA 44. If you haven’t already been there — I highly recommend you go. Not for the design…of course, I would appreciate it if you enjoyed that as well — but for the amazing pizza and food. Steve (the chef and manager) and his team really rock it out of the park.

When Tim Williams and Doug Neede (BFF’s for 44 year— hence the name) decided to open up a counter service wood fired pizza restaurant they contacted me right away. Basically Tim called and said — “Hey — want to do a Pizza Restaurant?” and I said “Hey — Ya!”. (Tim and I had already worked on two places together — he is the owner of Archie’s Grill and The Scoop).

They had the perfect spot already — the empty warehouse space that was in the same building as Queen City Brewery. Working with Paul of Queen City Brewery, on Pine Street, and the owners of the building, we can up with a layout and concept for the space. They brought in a PIZZA whisperer from Seattle to help layout the kitchen equipment, wood fired oven, etc — and the rest of the space was up to me. With some original concepts, we all worked together, to tweak, enhance and recreate the design it is today.

Those who know me…I’m a hands on designer — so the white striped tables (I painted with my niece), the word search (created over 3 weeks in my sun room), the pizza peels (some vintage, some made from old wood, I banged up in my front yard) and a few other hands-on touches around the space. With the help of local folks to build, install and custom create seating and tables, it all came together. I hope you enjoy the space — but better yet — the food and the company you keep!

I’m not going to lie…I had an absolute blast working with Tim and Doug on this project — and I’m scheming up other ideas of places we can create to work together again.

XOXO Joanne

HUGE THANK YOU TO LINDSAY SELIN for the MOST AMAZING PICTURES!!

P.S. I’m about to LAUNCH a HUGE GIVE AWAY FEST on MY INSTRAGRAM ACCOUNT. I’m going to be giving away a night away at Main and Mountain Bar and Motel , some copies of MY BOOKS, and thanks to a brilliant idea from my friend and marketing helper, Jen Wyman at Accomplice Marketing, I’m going to be giving away some of my amazing homemade DIY’s. So follow me so you don’t miss out on a chance to WIN!

Warm woods, natural touches, live plants, vintage pieces, custom seating, modern lighting, paneled walls… a perfect rustic modern blend for this counter service wood fired pizza space, called Pizza 44!

Warm woods, natural touches, live plants, vintage pieces, custom seating, modern lighting, paneled walls… a perfect rustic modern blend for this counter service wood fired pizza space, called Pizza 44!

Want to watch your pizza being made, then belly up to the bar…and choose these cozy seats to watch the show.

Want to watch your pizza being made, then belly up to the bar…and choose these cozy seats to watch the show.

The interior design started with creating comfortable custom booth seating, a community table, cozy couch areas and bar seating to watch the pizza making, ensuring every square inch was accounted for, and the flow of the space was comfortable and welcoming. Instead of trying to cover up the old warehouse details, they were incorporated into the design. A pipe painted black with wood tucked into it, and couple more vintage brick columns were added to highlight the ones that were already there. Old concrete walls were paneled in modern stained square plywood pieces. Unique lighting, vintage pizza peels and other special touches, such as hand painted striped booth tables, have made this counter service restaurant an instant hit.

The interior design started with creating comfortable custom booth seating, a community table, cozy couch areas and bar seating to watch the pizza making, ensuring every square inch was accounted for, and the flow of the space was comfortable and welcoming. Instead of trying to cover up the old warehouse details, they were incorporated into the design. A pipe painted black with wood tucked into it, and couple more vintage brick columns were added to highlight the ones that were already there. Old concrete walls were paneled in modern stained square plywood pieces. Unique lighting, vintage pizza peels and other special touches, such as hand painted striped booth tables, have made this counter service restaurant an instant hit.

Community tables, bar seats, couches, and booths…there is a little something for everyone here.

Community tables, bar seats, couches, and booths…there is a little something for everyone here.

Keep yourself occupied while you wait for your TO GO pizza — or if the kids are getting restless in their seats.

Keep yourself occupied while you wait for your TO GO pizza — or if the kids are getting restless in their seats.

Cheers!

Cheers!



10 EASY Colorful Kid Friendly DIY's Just in Time for Valentine's Day by Joanne Palmisano

Yes… I mostly design large scale hospitality projects, like restaurants, motels, inns, vacation rentals and bar projects… BUT I also like to do smaller (instant gratification) DIY crafts as well. :) It‘s fun, easy and relaxing for me. This weekend, sit down with the kids (or your gal pals) and make some easy crafts — that would make for some AMAZING VALENTINE presents. Hint…Hint…

Most of these DIY CRAFTS you can make from stuff you’ll find around the house — even better! A few of these projects I made for DIY NETWORK…so you can link through. Others… I just made because I’m addicted to making things…

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

LOVE CRAFTS. LOVE DIY. LOVE HANDMADE.

But mostly, LOVE the TIME YOU SPEND TOGETHER MAKING SOMETHING.

XOXO Joanne

Hanging Fabric and Ribbon Bohemian Stars. Cardboard, Scissors, Scraps of Ribbon and Fabrics. You can make lots of shapes…Hearts, Crescent Moons, Fish…  HOW TO DIY NETWORK

Hanging Fabric and Ribbon Bohemian Stars. Cardboard, Scissors, Scraps of Ribbon and Fabrics. You can make lots of shapes…Hearts, Crescent Moons, Fish… HOW TO DIY NETWORK

Memory box made from a cardboard perfume or chocolate box. Add shells, costume jewelry, whatever makes you happy in how you want to decorate your memory box. Don’t forget the LOVE NOTE that goes inside before you give it as a gift.

Memory box made from a cardboard perfume or chocolate box. Add shells, costume jewelry, whatever makes you happy in how you want to decorate your memory box. Don’t forget the LOVE NOTE that goes inside before you give it as a gift.

An old tire rim, some ribbons, Grandma’s dollies, and some yarn and you can hang these beauties above any bed.

An old tire rim, some ribbons, Grandma’s dollies, and some yarn and you can hang these beauties above any bed.

Hardware store magnets, hot glue gun, some fabric, old earrings and maybe a rock or two and you have instant refrig dramatic presence.

Hardware store magnets, hot glue gun, some fabric, old earrings and maybe a rock or two and you have instant refrig dramatic presence.

Mix a second hand store lamp with some colorful pom poms— and voilia! Instant happy lamp for the kids room!

Mix a second hand store lamp with some colorful pom poms— and voilia! Instant happy lamp for the kids room!

Keep those color pencils upright — with a slice of a log, and a few holes. A drill and a wide drill bit…perfect time to teach the kids how to use power tools :)  DIY NETWORK

Keep those color pencils upright — with a slice of a log, and a few holes. A drill and a wide drill bit…perfect time to teach the kids how to use power tools :) DIY NETWORK

Don’t throw away that moth eaten sweater. Create plant cozies… Hand stitch on some hearts or words and these make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.  HOW TO HERE

Don’t throw away that moth eaten sweater. Create plant cozies… Hand stitch on some hearts or words and these make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. HOW TO HERE

Simple! Left over yarn and a glue gun and a really cool stick or two. Do a little at a time and take these times for catching up. DIY from my second book,  Salvage Secrets Design and Decor

Simple! Left over yarn and a glue gun and a really cool stick or two. Do a little at a time and take these times for catching up. DIY from my second book, Salvage Secrets Design and Decor

Rainy day fun! Simply cover a piece of cardboard with fabric, paint some clothes line clips and add your favorite pictures — hang anywhere. HOW TO HERE:  DIY NETWORK

Rainy day fun! Simply cover a piece of cardboard with fabric, paint some clothes line clips and add your favorite pictures — hang anywhere. HOW TO HERE: DIY NETWORK

The Hearts Have It. Making crafts makes me my heart happy and when I can bring in my friends or family to join me — it grows three sizes :) This driftwood heart — is so easy to make — a piece of stiff cardboard with pieces of driftwood hot glued to it.   Have fun collecting, making and displaying.    Sign up for my newsletter to see what’s happening and get more DIY ideas. THANKS! Joanne

The Hearts Have It. Making crafts makes me my heart happy and when I can bring in my friends or family to join me — it grows three sizes :) This driftwood heart — is so easy to make — a piece of stiff cardboard with pieces of driftwood hot glued to it.

Have fun collecting, making and displaying.

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