Roundup: 20 DIY Projects Using Reclaimed Materials

by DIY Maven

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Is there anything more rewarding in the DIY world than using reclaimed materials to make something? Seriously. A dejected object on a layover to a landfill is spotted by a keen eye. The object is swooped up and turned into something marvelous, getting a second chance on life and love. (We should all be so lucky.) The reclaimed materials featured in these 20 projects were the main characters of such fairytales. They now act as...

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Before & After: Traditional Family Room Gets Dramatic Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

Family Room Before
Photo: Robeson Design

Designer Rebecca Robeson was up against some tricky constraints when designing her client's family room in their Spanish/Mediterranean-style Carlsbad, CA home. Those restraints came in the form of non-negotiables and included an existing red, white, and blue Persian rug, two nautical-themed art pieces, and the family dog Vesper's favorite well-loved leather chair. Oh, yeah, and the client...

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How-To: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

by Faith Towers

Before and After: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

The front wall of our living room needed something. It was just begging for an accent wall, but we weren't sure what sort of material. Until we found Timberchic, a company that creates reclaimed wood specifically to be placed on the wall. It would lend a bit of a rustic feel to a space desperately searching for an identity, and some much-needed textural interest. Click through to find out how it turned out - and to learn how to do it yourself.   

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How To: Give an Old Wooden Bowl a Gold Leaf Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

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Photo: Delineate Your Dwelling

I don't know about your favorite thrift store, buy mine is LOADED with wooden bowls and canisters and stuff. Honestly, I don't spend much time in that aisle. After seeing Amy's wooden bowl makeover I just might be making a beeline for that particular aisle on my next visit. Some inexpensive gold leaf, glue, Martha's patterning tape, and a soft-bristle brush is all you need. And...

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Before & After: Lucy's Home Makeover

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Lucy's living room before
Photo: Cup of Jo

Makeover stories are usually uplifting. This one is too, but it didn't start out that way. You see, Lucy's home didn't feel like home anymore as she had recently lost her husband. Lucy's sister Jo brainstormed with her interior designer friend Jenny Kmoenda and came up with a plan. They decided to

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Before & After: A Rustically Refined Living Room Makeover

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Rustically refined living room before
Photo: Lindsay Stanford Photography via The Rustic Life

 

Sandra lives in an 1871 farmhouse, so when it was time to furnish her formal living room she decided to keep it refined--as formal living rooms quite often are--but she also kept true to the room's historical shell, populating it with rustic elements as well. Since she's only lived in her home for under a year, the before didn't look very lived-in, but from the photo above, you can see what

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