One week ago, Ellen, author of NouveauStitch and my new online BFF, purchased this "before" chair at her local HomeGoods store with the intention of slipcovering it. As always, she knew exactly what she wanted and set right to work creating a slipcovered version of her inspiration chair. Well, things didn't go as planned. Here's where her passion and perseverence paid… Continue Reading
Many books are works of art in and of themselves. Old, worn hardbacks can look lovely as is. However, other titles are less than comely. Take any out of date reference book for example. (Damn you Encyclopedia Britannica!) Those and other ugly ducklings are just waiting to be given a makeover. Here's three ways to breathe new life into books, thereby turning them into objets d'art.
First are burlap wraps, kind of like the ones in… Continue Reading
Facing this kind of mess when you come and go would be enough to make you stay away, right? Hallways are like the overworked stepchild of the house; not being a destination room, they tend to suffer from neglect. Cat, author of TheGoldenTouch blog, took charge, decluttered, organized and gave this sliver of her client's space a jolt of electric… Continue Reading
Josh Ramsey, young Dallas homeowner and entrepreneur, set out to create a spa-like oasis for his wife, Hannah, an ER nurse, to help her unwind at the end of a long day. But remodeling is hard, and Josh got stuck midway through.
No, the old bathroom wasn't too terribly bad, but nothing about is soothing. The tile looks outdated and, quite frankly, creeps me out a little.
Now feast your… Continue Reading
Makeovers. Even if the end result doesn't appeal to my tastes, I still adore ogling them. Case in point, here are a plethora of flea market chairs that got the makeover once over, not all of which would suit my decor but each and every one are inspiring. Plus, they make be want to head out to my local flea markets REAL… Continue Reading
Furniture isn't the only thing being DIY reupholstered these days. Take a look at the After photo of Innocenti Mini's first project for an upholstery class-- a Recaro seat pulled from an old… Continue Reading
I have to admit two things. One, I've been meaning to make one of these, and two, I've been a smug one at Goodwill when I discover some of these ornate looking frames are really plastic under some tricky wood grain effect. Once I tap and hear the hollow, I toss it back like its got the plague. But for this reuse project, it honestly doesn't… Continue Reading
You've seen these clunky monsters at Goodwill, garage sales, or possibly in your own basement. I've got to say, I never saw this coming. These sturdy, state of the art play kitchens are some of the best examples of furniture re-use I've ever seen. See what I… Continue Reading
Tired of always closing the doors to her home office when guests came over, Kate decided to give her home office a complete chic makeover. Kate was initially inspired to do the office overhaul after purchasing the two bookcases that now flank her desk. And while the project took five months to complete, she was able to do it right under $1000!… Continue Reading
Brooke and her husband Jacob found themselves in an interesting situation. They'd just paid for their own wedding, Jacob had just earned his degree, and they were doing their best to pay off student loans. When they moved into Jacob's grandmother's house, they knew it needed an update, and completed a total facelift for under $5000.
One of Brooke's favorite projects was her own office space, where they created custom built in furniture for under $100… Continue Reading