How To: Make Super Easy, Super Quick Low-Cost Graphic Art

By: Chrisjob Jul 19, 2011

This month, Krylon is sponsoring a series of thrifty, creative DIY projects:

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Artwork. For my money, it's the number one way to add personality to a room. Sure, a $25 can of paint can make a big impact, but I'll take a white room with loads of art over boldly painted walls any day.

But, of course, you can't just go to the artwork store and scan the aisles until you find just the right piece of scale and color that matches your decor. Real art takes time to create, and fetches appropriately not-cheap prices, and isn't widely available at the local shopping center. Sure, family photos are nice, and an artfully framed poster will do, but don't you dare head to that kitchen and bath supply shop and paw through the faux-Tuscan paintings.

Instead, make your own. Quickly, easily, inexpensively, and no artistic… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Recycled Paint Can Planters!

By: Capreek Jul 19, 2011

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Okay you guys.  If there was ever a "Why didn't I think of that?!" project, this is it!  I mean, we're talking beyond brilliant, beyond clever, and beyond EASY.  This DIY idea is just plain smartContinue Reading

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How To: Turn Logs into Affordable Wall Art!

By: Capreek Jul 18, 2011

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Last week, we shared a budget-friendly wall art idea that used doilies and cupcake liners.  This week, we're back in log land (What can we say?  We love logs!) with this super simple, super affordable art… Continue Reading

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Water Damaged to Wonderful: A Chic Dresser Makeover!

By: Capreek Jul 18, 2011

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This flea market find was in dire need of some TLC.  Fortunately, it landed in just the right hands!  Ready for the after?  Read… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Colorful Baker's Twine for Cheap!

By: Capreek Jul 14, 2011

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It's no secret that I'm obsessed with wrapping paper and ribbon (Remember my closet? And yes, it still looks the same, only now it has even more wrapping paper... and about three times as much ribbon!).  One of my favorite go-to, wrap-it-in-a-pinch, easy peasy gift wrapping strategies is the no-fail "brown paper package tied up with string" approach.  The best string to use in such a case?  Baker's twine.  It's got just enough pizazz to keep things looking pulled together and charming.  There's only one problem: it can get pretty dang expensive.  So, what's a crafty gift wrapping fiend to do?  Make her… Continue Reading

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Make Your Own Stylish Sunglasses Pouch

By: Kellyb Jul 14, 2011

When I'm not losing a pair of sunglasses to life, I'm losing them to scratches. I am awful at keeping them in a case or pouch while they're not on my head! That means they're in my purse, banging around and scraping up against whatever happens to be floating around in my bag that day. I just couldn't find a pouch that fit my requirements, but then I saw this sweet project idea to make my… Continue Reading

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Two Crocheted Rose Pillow Patterns

By: Diy maven Jul 13, 2011

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You know those rose pillows that are hugely popular these days? The look really was made for re-creation in crochet as evidenced by these two lovely patterns. The first one (pictured above) comes to… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: High-Impact, Low-Cost Wall Art!

By: Capreek Jul 13, 2011

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When I first spotted this image on Flickr, I fell in love with the idea immediately.  What a beautiful installation this would make in a guest room, living room, or even the master bedroom!  It's soft and whimsical, crafty and nostalgic all at the same time.  Can you guess what it's made… Continue Reading

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How to Make A Sliding Interior Barn Door On The CHEAP!

By: Diy maven Jul 13, 2011

Killer b admits that she is impatient and cheap. I will add that she's also very clever. My proof? Her $140 sliding barn door design, and that's INCLUDING the hardware, which can be very expensive all on its own. How'd she do it? Well, first she… Continue Reading

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From This to That: More Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

By: Bruno Jul 13, 2011

This July, we're focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. Last week, Chris rounded up eight cool repurposing projects, and this week, I'm bringing you six more!

First up: our tricked-out tricycle makeover:

A shabby secondhand trike gets a facelift

I bet you wouldn't believe these pretty decorative trees are… Continue Reading

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Make It: An Easy DIY Crisscross Ribbon Lampshade!

By: Capreek Jul 12, 2011
Images removed at the request of MidwestLiving. Sorry, everyone!

Last week, we showed you how to give a thrift store lamp base a quick and easy update but what if it's not the base that needs help?  If you have a lamp with a shade that's seen better days consider treating it to this easy no-sew… Continue Reading

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Functional Art: A Garage Sale Find Gets a Painterly Makeover!

By: Capreek Jul 11, 2011

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We've all seen them; they're at every yard sale and garage sale across the globe: plain, boring, or otherwise uninteresting pieces of furniture.  But if there's one thing to be learned from our many Makeover Monday posts, it's this: think twice before you pass them up!  With a little creativity and skill, the potential to transform those forgotten pieces is virtually… Continue Reading

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How to Dye Clear Glass ANY Color

By: Diy maven Jul 11, 2011

So you LOVE blue Mason jars, but don't have the cash to run to your nearest antique store to buy any. OR you LOVE the idea of colored glass but just not blue glass. No worries. Craftberry Bush teaches us how to dye any old clear glass jar rescued from the recycling into any color we desire. The cool thing is, we probably have… Continue Reading

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Before & After: How an 80s-style Bathroom Became A Show-stopper!

By: Capreek Jul 11, 2011

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Ahhh, the 80s: the decade where style went to die.  Also, the decade when this bathroom was first imagined, complete with a pastel pink, blue, and white color scheme.  Hold on to this image for a moment before you check out the "After" of this unbelievable makeover, because really, it's pretty unbelievable.  Okay.  Ready?… Continue Reading

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Card to Ace Hardware

By: Bruno Jul 11, 2011

UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

created at: 07/11/2011The folks at Ace Hardware are going to help you out with a few DIY project this week: they're letting us give away a $100 gift card! Read on to find out how to enter to win (it's quick and free!).

But before you do that, make sure to check out Chris's post on the top five essential DIY tools under $20; what are your essential DIY tools?

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How To Enter to Win:

To win this giveaway,… Continue Reading

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