I recently found a (somewhat ugly) little footstool at an estate sale, but I saw its potential the moment I laid eyes upon it. With a little paint and some new fabric, I had a bright new piece of furniture in my living room!
Ah, the ubiquitous storage ottoman! These multi-functional bad boys can be had for cheap, cheap, cheap from just about any discount store, thrift store, yard sale, or "super mega market". Of course, they're usually covered in some sort of horrible quality, lime green microfiber... maybe even hot pink with sparkly purple piping. You know what I'm talking about. Fortunately, there's an easy solution to all this garishly-colored madness!
Don't let the unassuming title or cover of industrial designer and artist Christopher Stuart's new book, DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide fool you. The work is filled with some of the most interesting DIY furniture I've ever seen--and I've seen a lot. Chris collected 30 projects from the best designer-makers out there and put them into the collection that includes projects for every room in your home, and they're all constructed of supplies...
So, how awesome is the really cool piece above? I wish I could take credit, but I can't - it was invented by my friend Jimmy. He's a prop master working on Hollywood films and TV shows and crafty by nature. When I saw this really cool piece in his home I had to know all about it! It looks like a mod piece of art that could be sold in a museum gift shop. It can be constructed with items found at the local home improvement store, and Jimmy was kind enough to share the full how-to with Curbly. So, read on!
Polsia wanted to elevate a couple of speakers to give them a 'mod look'. The thought was perhaps using a couple of vases, but when Polsia spotted the IKEA's Lampan Lamp ($7.99), inspiration struck. Instructions
I've been a fan of the whole leaves-on-the-table decor for Fall decorating, and have wanted to incorporate it in my home for a while. Unfortuately, just collecting leaves outside isn't an option, since all we've got are cacti and Mesquite trees 'round these parts. This is where some deliciously soft faux leather came into my life, and now I've got exactly what I wanted. Want to make one too? Read on to find out how, and get a 20% discount on the fabrics used in this post!
I know that the time to host family and friends for cozy dinners and parties is upon us, so I thought it would be a good idea to make some napkin rings to make place settings a little more festive. Read on to make this VERY easy project!
My miniature poodle, Zuzu, needed a dog bed, but I couldn't find one that went with my decor, so I decided to get some inspiration from the internet. I saw some suitcase dog beds for sale on Etsy, but they were too expensive for my taste. Being the tight wad that I am and refusing to pay $50 for a dog bed, I took it upon myself to recreate the same look for a lot less money. The result was an adorable, affordable bed that Zuzu the poodle...
Whether you're on the fence, passionately opposed, or enthusiastically in favor of painting wood furniture (see Melanie's recent post "To paint or not to paint?"), you've got to admit that the "after" in this case looks pretty dang good.
If you're thinking "Hey, that kinda looks like one of those IKEA stools!", you would be correct. It's the ubiquitous Frosta Stool, one of the most hackable of IKEA products, but this playful felt cushion takes it up a notch--or ten, really, because it's that awesome!
Think back to all those goofy candlesticks you saw the last time you were at the thrift store. Now think of all that ugly art you also saw. Now think about how they'd look turned into a pedestal table. Now think....oh forget it. Just look at this:
Whether your Eames wire chair has seen better days or you just feel like having some fun with your furniture, this DIY idea offers a clever handmade touch!
Every time I see someone trimming a tree or cutting one down all I see are slices of possibility. Stools, wall plaques, coasters, so many options! Well, here's another one to add to the list.
What do you do with three mismatched chairs you thrifted at different times?? Why, make a colorful chair bench, of course!