Turn an Awkward Side Table Into a Dual Purpose Dog Bed

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 08, 2010

Being a dog bed maker myself, I'm tickled to see Lisa's project on Design Sponge. This style of heavy, cumbersome cabinetry is plentiful in the secondhand market and you better believe I scurry past it like it has The Plague. Lisa, on the otherhand, had… Continue Reading

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How To: Create a Rustic Farmhouse Dining Table from an Inexpensive, New Table

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 01, 2010

It's true, you can get three years of a weathered wood look in 24-36 hours. There's a secret method for turning fresh, new wood into gray-ish, weathered looking planks, and it's "green" to boot. I learned about it 10 minutes ago and am… Continue Reading

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Monday Night Tear Down

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 25, 2010

created at: 10/25/2010

(Gu-rosssss! Old leggings used as stuffing in a REALLY old rocker. Also, a pair of mens PJ pants.)

Sounds like a wrestling bout. Wait! It is like a wrestling bout. On the floor, on your knees, under a big ugly piece of filth. Yup, that's what it is. Until you're ready to build 'er back up.  Take a look at what the ladies of Monday Night DIY Upholstery are working on.(Teacher's pets.) There's no order to these photos but progress photos will be … Continue Reading

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Inside and Out Dumpy Dresser Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 21, 2010

It's not Monday so I hope Curbly doesn't ground me, but I just HAVE to share this makeover with you. Why the hurry, you ask? Because on Tuesday I read a comment left on a big important design blog in which a disgruntled commenter got his undies in a bunch over not being privy to the writer's step by step re-do process. To soothe some unnecessary DIY angst, I hope he finds his way to this very thorough tutorial by Mrs.Continue Reading

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Ugly Sunroom Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 11, 2010

created at: 10/11/2010

In these parts, you need to suck every bit of sunlight out of the day to make it through the winter. An hour in the sunroom can do wonders.  The homeowners flipped this sunroom from a hideous sidenote to an unbelievably inviting hangout. And, they accomplished this  transformation on an itty bitty  budget. See, it can be… Continue Reading

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How To Fill Wood During Furniture Refurbishing

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 08, 2010

When it comes to valuable furniture rehab skills, knowing some basic wood repair is a must. I can't tell you how many times I've decided to change out the hardware on a nightstand or dresser, only to realize I have an extra knob hole to… Continue Reading

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The Spray Painter's Guide to Perfection

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 06, 2010

BEFORE spray paint

Using spray paint is a mixed bag. It's fast and easy, but sometimes uncontrollable. (Our garage has a few spray paint disasters tucked away.) If you've had your share of spray paint malfunctions, but you just can't quit the stuff, this all… Continue Reading

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How To: Bed Bug Free Thrifting

By: Modhomeecteacher Sep 29, 2010

created at: 09/29/2010

Two months ago I got clean. I stopped buying used furniture and other cast-off household decor. Until last Friday. One little left hand turn off the road to Lowes and I was back at my favorite Goodwill store. Oh so what?  I'm not throwing my money away. I'm making charitable contributions. It was different this time. (I mostly bought slick surfaced… Continue Reading

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NO SEW: Make a Pillow Form Look Like French Linens

By: Modhomeecteacher Sep 23, 2010

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When planning this little tute, it occurred to me, "Why even bother with a pillow cover, just use the form AS IS". How can you miss with natural, white, clean, pure, and contrasting trimmed out details? Come on - It's NO SEW! 

When you tire of it, you can strip off the details and stuff it in a boring old pillow… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Jewelry Organizer from a Secondhand Table

By: Chrisjob Sep 22, 2010

created at: 09/22/2010

Anyone who lives near a university or remembers their own college days can attest to the massive amounts of furniture that sit curbside during early summer. I happen to live near one of the country's biggest, which possesses a huge post-graduate population, and thus lots of transitions year round. On any given week, you can expect to find an entire room's worth of furnishing within a few blocks.

Of course, most of it is trashed and cheap laminate covered particleboard, but every once in a while, there are the gems. I found this foldable outdoor table (and the mirror in the photo next to it!) atop a pile of trashbags...with the price tag still on. It was a tiny bit bent, but no worries...I had other… Continue Reading

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The Motherlode of Master Bedroom Makeover Projects

By: Modhomeecteacher Sep 07, 2010

Just you wait and… Continue Reading

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DIY Simple Cat (or Dog) Bed

By: Diy maven Sep 02, 2010

Who doesn't want their fur-children's furniture to match their design aesthetic? Daniel and Valeria, for one...or two, rather. They decided to make their kitty, Lambi, a bed/cubby that would blend seamlessly with their flooring. The outcome… Continue Reading

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Turn a Old Wooden Gate Into an Outdoor Table

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 31, 2010

Fenceposts rot before the exposed wood rots. Lucky for Layout, over on Instructables, that his wife is so resourceful. She's the one who suggested that this pile of still useable wood be turned into a rustic  outdoor… Continue Reading

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Turn an Old Door into a Side Table

By: Diy maven Aug 20, 2010

Old Door Box Table - My Wee Vignette

It's hard to imagine it from this angle, but the lovely side table pictured above actually started out its life as a door. Kim was inspired by a photo of Frank Flavell's side table and decided to run with the concept. She and her cohort, Greg,… Continue Reading

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Adirondack Chair Made of Pallets

By: Diy maven Aug 16, 2010



Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama makes furniture out of wood pallets, which she sells. She also sells plans to make some of the furniture as well. The up and downside for Ms. Tolstrup is that her for-sale plans are simple, which also means they're knock-off-able… Continue Reading

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