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Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover

by DIY Maven



(HEY! We're giving away a $200 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of this post! Read on to find out how to win!)

My dad was a jack of all trades as far as DIY was concerned. Plumbing, heating, engine repair. He did just about everything. The one thing he rarely did was make furniture. Only two such projects come to mind: a coffee table that was long gone by the time I came around, and there is the bench you see above. Dad's bench, as we refer to it, was never meant to be a 'beauty' piece, but rather a workbench of sorts for my mother. 

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It went on the auction block when they downsized about 6 years ago. As I stood watching the auctioneer offer up the bench, I decided I couldn't part with it and entered into a heated bidding war with a total stranger. I paid five bucks for it.

For being 60+ years old, it's in pretty good shape, and, thanks to box nails, it's still super sturdy. All it needed was some love and some Moroccan spice.

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How To: Make a Modern Dip-Dyed Rope Dog Leash

by Capree K

Colorful rope dog leads have been all the rage in the pet accessories world lately -- and I am obsessed! But, with prices ranging anywhere from $70 to over $150, they're a little outside most people's "dog stuff" budgets. If you'd still like to get your paws on a stylish leash for your pooch (in whatever color your heart desires) without breaking the bank, give this easy DIY rope leash project a whirl!       

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Roundup: 6 Very Cool and DIYable Cat Trees

by DIY Maven

Kitties love to climb, so what better way to treat your feline fur-children than to make them a kitty tree? These six ideas range from easy to more advanced on the DIY scale, but all are sensational in their own way. 

Love this creation from Meow Cat. The instructions are slim, but it seems easy enough to make for the a woodworker with the right tools. The circles and cat-head shapes give it personality, don't you think?

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