Reuse a Discarded Interior Door by Creating a Designer Headboard

(How to Turn an Interior Door into a Headboard)

Recycling and making wonders out of what once seemed unusable is never out of fashion. After all, there is a certain pride and uniqueness one tends to attach to something crafted and salvaged by one’s own hands. Also, you can make something customized to suit your needs without having to buy it and invest your leisure hours in some creative as well as rewarding activity.

Old doors made of solid wood are too good material-wise to throw away or leave up in your attic to molder. They usually are made of maple, mahogany, oak or chestnut and are sturdy and don’t have a hollow sound to them when thumped. The rails and stiles too make up well framed panels in decorative styles. Such doors can be easily found at salvage yards as well and are perfect to convert into headboards or wainscoting to add some innovation to your interior walls. Wall-hung headboards are a perfect touch of both the Victorian and rustic.

What to Consider Before You Begin

  • Panels are oft-missed out when people tend to look for doors to convert. Pay attention to the shape, size and evenness in space of the panels. Many a time you might find some to be mis-matched. This is especially noticeable when you want to convert the door into a headboard by turning it on its side. Symmetry is important for a balanced and pleasing design. Ladder type panels or five panel doors look well, or those with stacked rectangles forming ladder rungs.
  • After panels, the height of the door too matters. Depending on the size of the bed, you might have to trim the door down to balance both the sides so as to maintain a proportionate feel.
  • A quick walk-through step-by-step guide.
  • Door measurement is fundamental and should be carefully and accurately done. To trace the cut lines, a combination square can be used.
  • Use a saw to slice off the extra length or overage of the door. Clamp a straightedge along the cut lines so that you saw the wood straight and have a guide fence as uneven edges will ruin the look.
  • Patch the holes of the lock using wood scrap tapped in. In case there are holes in the surface, you can make putty out of glue and sawdust mixed. The sawdust caused by the off cutting can be used here. Spread it evenly using a putty knife.

  • If the door is stripped, you need to get rid of splinters and round the edges with a random sander. If the door is painted, the finish has to be removed first. A liquid stripper works well.
  • Mark out the length of the door face on the crown molding and cut it down to size leaving off cuts so that you can have decorative returns on the door’s outside edges. Secure the crown by glue and reinforce it by nails tapped at a six-inch interval.
  • Natural furniture polish will return the door’s luster and bring out the grain pattern.

Guest blogger: Jamith Peterson is an avid blogger and an Interior Designer. He feels that taps are important thing to consider while designing the bathroom.  Before buying Bidets taps and Latest shower taps get some assistance about taps.  It will help you to get best taps for your bathroom.

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Symmetrical Artwork Displays for a Stylish and Modern Home

If you are all set to innovate and improve upon your home décor, one avenue which is easy to look after and an instant style booster is the type of artwork you display and how you display it. Artwork display can enhance the way your room looks by adding a touch of uniqueness and taking home interior decorating to the level of art. Asymmetric and the eclectic type of display modes have been used oft and on but the real style statement emerges from symmetric displays of artwork.

Symmetry is also easier to do and it has a balanced feel to it. It also gives a focal point and is attention grabbing subtly. Asymmetrical arrangements on the other hand lack a centered appeal. Actually, generally the trend is to opt for symmetrical displays as they are considered to be more soothing to the beholder. You’ll find that most of such designs come in frame patterns that have a consistent size displayed side by side in a row. This is easy to pull off and can suit any room theme with ease and will complement casement windows.

Rowing Together

A row pattern of arrangement can be pulled off in a series of three to four similarly sized and themed art pieces. This look is solid enough for your bedroom and stylish enough to even grace your living room wall. The simplicity of the look fails to bring to the surface its irresistible style. The frame style, color or the pattern and design of the pictures should of course complement each other, otherwise there won’t be a sufficient balanced feel.

All About Grids

Grids too are a hot favorite in symmetrically placed artwork displays. When placing such artwork, try to keep them in a tight close fitting pattern as too sparsely spaced pieces will have a broken look. It should look compressed and have a sense of order that works well with most contemporary and Victorian themes. Also, choose simple art pieces as too elaborate ones tend to confuse the overall effect. Artwork in various colors in plain white frames can really add some vibrancy and geniality to an otherwise drab room.

For a more modern edge, try black frames with white backgrounds on which black and white pictures are placed centrally. Placing grids in odd numbers like threes and nines will give you a rectangular shape that can add a slight element of surprise.

When Size Doesn’t Matter

If the same size of frame seems boring, then even different shapes and sizes can be incorporated into a symmetrical frame design. Placement here is crucial. Try centering with an oblong rectangle with a broad frame on either side as well as on the top and bottom. You can balance this with oblong rectangular shaped frames in the four corners.

If you have one large frame while the others are small and approximately of the same size you can use the larger one as a focal point and place two of the smaller frames on either side.


Not Limited to Frames

Artworks can vary from shadow boxes to even circular baskets; you needn’t stick only to frames. What matters are that you are able to build an image of the home projected.



Guest blogger:  Martin is an interior designer. He accurately gauges the importance of each and every small bathroom accessories. According to him Towel Rings and Towel warmers are not just the hooks for hanging towels but when made of great designs and finishes, look stunning beauties in a bathroom.

Virtual Open House – Tuesday, July 24th

LinxWest.com would like to extend a welcome to all artists and crafters to attend our upcoming Virtual Open House this Tuesday, July 24th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m that will take place on our Facebook page.  During the open house you will have the opportunity to explore the site and chat directly with the LinxWest.com team.

“The goal of the Virtual Open House is to allow artists and crafters to speak directly with the LinxWest.com team and find out how the LinxWest.com site can help them in their artistic ventures” says our founder, Diana Apostolova.

This is a great opportunity for artists and crafters to discover all that LinxWest.com has to offer and to learn how artisans, just like you, can create your own online gallery to display and sell your one-of-a-kind artwork.

So join LinxWest.com on our Facebook page on Tuesday, July 24th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST, to learn about LinxWest.com and how LinxWest.com can enable artists and crafters to connect with buyers from around the world!

Featured Artist: Jon Fine

LinxWest.com is excited to introduce to you to our July 2012 Featured Artist – Jon Fine from Jon Fine Crafts!

Jon is a wooden scroll saw craftsman with a variety of unique creations such as clocks, puzzles, and decorative pieces in his arsenal.

Jon’s Background

While at a mall some years back Jon stopped to watch a scroll saw demonstration.  It was a love at first sight for Jon who found himself inspired by what the demonstrator was able to create.  He purchased a saw of his own immediately and began mastering the techniques and patience required for the wood crafting artisanship.

After he had been working with the saw for about seven years, Jon’s friends and family began encouraging him to sell his work.  Jon mulled the idea over for some time and eventually decided to take the chance and begin selling his work.

Although he still holds a full-time job, Jon now runs his own successful wood crafting side-business with his sons, Scott and Mark.  He creates pieces that are designed and inspired by his own ideas, as well as custom ordered requests from his clients.  “I find working with my scroll saw to be a therapy now,” says Jon.

Where to Find Jon

Jon can be found as a Featured Seller on LinxWest.com.  His pieces are part of the featured items rotating display on the home page and can also be found under the category “woodworking.”  You can contact Jon to place a custom order on our site or at jonfinecrafts.com.

Jon’s work is beautifully designed with handcrafted elegance.  We are thrilled to have him as a Featured Artist on LinxWest.com and we are sure you’ll love his work as much as we do!

Benefits of Online Markets for Artists and Crafters

The road to becoming a successful artist isn’t always an easy one. Often times you must contend with traveling from market to market and gallery to gallery, unpacking and repacking your work just to get it in front of as many prospects as possible. Having to be on the go and constantly seeking out new buyers and gallery representatives doesn’t leave much time for creativity.

This is where the benefits of the online market place come in to play. Online markets give artists an avenue via which to display and present their work to a limitless number of gallery representatives, buyers and art enthusiasts from around the globe.

Finding the Right Venue

Once you’ve made the decision to sell your work online, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is deciding what sites you want to connect with. I’m sure you’ve already thought about sites like Etsy, eBay or Craig’s List, but on these sites you’ll be one of thousands and you’ll have a hard time being discovered.

You’ll want to find a site that is dedicated to the promotion of handmade crafts and original art from emerging artists, a site that cultivates a support system via which artists can connect and share with each other. You’ll also want to ensure the site you choose has a payment system in place that is verified, easy to use and has minimal fees or charges to use its services.

Benefits of the Right Venue

The most obvious benefit of working with an online market place is the exposure it provides for you and your work. Online market places have a limitless reach as they are global and are open 24/7. You will be able to get your work in front of more people in a day than you could possibly do on your own going from market to market in a year.

With the right market place you’ll also have the added marketing support that a large, online market place can provide. Typically these sites create weekly press releases, social postings and blogs to get the word out about their site. Often times you can also contact them about becoming a featured artist or a guest blogger – both of which are great opportunities to get your name out there even more.

Another great advantage to selling online is the cost which tends to be a lot less than having to sell through galleries as they charge somewhere between 40% and 60% which leaves very little to the artist. Typically online markets allow you to set your own prices. This system ensures you’ll retain the most money from the sale of each of your pieces and that you’ll be in complete control.

The LinxWest Market Place

LinxWest.com is an online market place that is dedicated to helping emerging artists and crafters display and sells their work to buyers from all across the globe. They handle all of the marketing for the site at no cost to you and provide tools to assist you in creating the best online store possible.

The environment of LinxWest.com is one of connected community of artists where you can share ideas and connect with other like-minded artists. LinxWest.com also allows you to set your own price for your pieces and even gives you the option to sell your work at a fixed price or via an online auction.

LinxWest.com is dedicated to supporting emerging artists and artisan crafters and to providing them a venue to sell their work and expand their connections.

Getting the Bigger Picture – How to Evaluate Paintings

Our individual opinions of artworks are entirely subjective – what one person may interpret as a talentless mess of random daubings the next may view as a masterpiece – but there is a sufficient richness, diversity and abundance of art worldwide that virtually everybody should find something that appeals or ‘speaks’ to them.

Beyond the initial aesthetic impact of a painting there may be subtleties and subtexts that only become apparent upon closer inspection, evaluation and reflection. Looking at a painting in such a way can hugely enhance our enjoyment and appreciation of it, helping us to understand something of the thought processes and feelings of the artist and what they are trying to convey. Whilst art connoisseurs may spend a lifetime examining every nuance and brush stroke of a painting in fine detail, a consideration of the following five basic questions can make evaluating paintings just as rewarding for beginners.

What is the subject of the painting?
This isn’t necessarily as straightforward as it sounds. When you begin evaluating paintings, all kinds of questions may spring to mind, the answers to which will help you to understand and enjoy the painting. Is it a depiction of a cityscape? Which city? And when? Why was the artist there? Why did he choose this particular scene?

Similar lines of questioning can be applied to portraits – who is the sitter? Why are they being painted? Are they important? – and to still-life paintings, which may reveal a story or meaning that isn’t immediately obvious.

How has the painting been composed?
The way in which a painting has been laid out – composed – is significant to understanding the motive and skill of the artist. An expertly composed picture will subtly lead the viewer’s eye around the painting via techiniques such as contrasting areas of light and shade, and the careful deployment of horizons and vanishing points. Consider how the way in which a painting has been composed affects the mood of the scene; how would the same painting work if the elements depicted had been composed differently?

Is the artist’s use of colour significant?
Colours have a strong subconscious link with human emotions, a fact that artists exploit to elicit different feelings and moods with their paintings. Not only can colours be used to stimulate emotions, they can evoke character, mood and a sense of visual depth in a painting. The use of colour in abstract art is particularly important; it may be the greatest visual clue to as to the artist’s intentions for the painting.

Whether a conventional or abstract painting, consider whether the overall use of colour suggests warmth (reds, oranges, yellows), coolness (blues, greens) or solemnity (darker browns, greys, black and white), and whether the colours have been balanced to suggest calm and harmony or to suggest unrest or turmoil.

What is the artist’s particular style or technique?
Has the artist captured the finest of detail to create an almost photographically realistic reproduction of a scene? Or have they used broader strokes which don’t resolve themselves into a discernible image unless viewed from a distance? What is the artist’s preferred medium – oil, watercolour, acrylic, pastel? Do they have a single style or more than one?

An artist’s particular style and use of materials can often tell us just as much about a picture as the subject and the composition – try to consider whether the artist’s choice of material and execution of the painting was intentional and if so what these choices add to the painting.

How does the painting make me feel?
Your reaction to a particular piece of art is perhaps the most important aspect of its evaluation. Successful art will provoke some kind of response, feeling or emotion in the viewer, be it positive or negative. The key to evaluating and enjoying a painting is to acknowledge how it makes you feel, why it makes you feel the way you do about it and how the artist has managed to evoke this feeling.

If you dislike a painting, don’t summarily dismiss it but explore the reasons why you dislike it; has the artist intentionally combined subject, composition, colour and style in such a way as to deliberately provoke negative feelings or dislike in the viewer? In art, anything is possible…

Guest blog provided by: The Enid Hutt Gallery sells artwork by contemporary artists such as Mackenzie Thorpe

There’s a lot going on at LinxWest this month!

Welcome to the New LinxWest Blog

LinxWest is proud to announce the launch of our new blog!  Our goal is to create a community of emerging and established fine art and crafts artists that can share creative ideas, offer suggestions, and lessons learned from personal experiences.  And what better way to do that than to invite you to become a guest blogger for us?

If you’re an emerging artist or handmade crafter and are interested in becoming a guest blogger for LinxWest, please let contact us with your name, email and blog topic.  We’d love to have you!

Social Movements

We, at LinxWest, understand how important it is to build a large social network to spread the word about your artwork.  Our network allows us to bring more buyers to the market place to see your one-of-a-kind creations.  Here are the various places you can now find us in the social atmosphere:

LinxWest Brings the Market Place to You
At LinxWest, we bring artists and buyers together via a global, online market place that is always open. Inside our market place you’ll find artists from all walks of life, specializing in a variety of genres and mediums including photographers, sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, illustrators, quilters and more.

Sellers: Create Your OwnArtGallery
Looking for a way to reach more potential buyers for your art? Then become a seller on LinxWest.com today! Let buyers from around the world discover your creative talents and purchase your unique arts and crafts goods and services.

Connect with buyers instantly online rather than wasting your valuable creative time going to local craft fairs and festivals or from gallery to gallery. Selling online with LinxWest will give you back your time so you can spend it on what you like to do best – exploring your creativity! Don’t pack, unpack, travel, or wait all day long for buyers. Become a seller on LinxWest and work from the comfort of your own home or studio while your art work sells online.

When you sell on LinxWest.com you not only connect with buyers, but you can create a portfolio of your work, visible to collectors, galleries, museums, universities, and guilds allowing you to build your reach and get recognized.