Turn an Upholstered Chair Into a Tree Swing

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

chair

Two sisters, Amy and Jeni, write the Peppertowne blog. One loves furniture and chairs so I'm assuming she's the one who reworked this $8.00 upholstered chair into a waterproof tree swing. Though, I would probably add a seat belt of some sort to keep the kids from flying out.  Jeni (I'm assuming) shows you how to waterproof this cushy swing, as well as how to string the chair securely onto the end of the ropes.

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How to live an Eco-Frugal Life

by DIY Maven

Earth Day Sacramento 2009

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate the event, the Coupon Sherpa has put together an online Eco-Frugal Life Guide (also available in PDF format) to remind us that living a green lifestyle will actually SAVE us money. And I'm not just talking green appliances that start saving you money in 10 years. Oh, no, no, no. The Sherpa's eco-frugal advice will start saving us cash NOW.

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Reuse & Repurpose: Present Lives

created at: 04/06/2010


Mark Ciolli of Carl & Co. is the kind of New York decorator who is able to take what seems like a piece of junk and transform it into an alluring treasure. His keen eye is able to see beyond an ugly glass tabletop and spy a priceless giradon or take a broken down Victorian piano and use it's supports to make a pair of exotic table lamps as pictured here.
created at: 04/05/2010

If you'd like to see more of Mark's magic, pick up my book The Find, The Housing...

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Modern-Looking Scrap Wood Walls

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 03/31/2010

Image: LumberJocks

If you're trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn't be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the dynamic wall.

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Turn an Armoire Into a Custom Kitchen Pantry

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 03/05/2010

Do you cry out in the night for a kitchen pantry? It's not impossible, if you have a few square feet of floor space, you can easily convert an unwanted armoire into a smart, stylish pantry that either fits in your kitchen or stands right around the corner. Ebay and Craigslist are inundated with old TV and bedroom armoires, available for next to nothing. Here are few we found for sale and ideas for customizing...

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Modern-Fabrics: A Business Based on Recovery and Reuse

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2010/01/30

Modern Fabrics, way down in Shaaa-lut, Noth Kayah-lina, is holding up their end of the deal by reclaiming and reselling loads of perfectly good and unused yards of fabric that are being dumped daily. If you love MODERN, and you and love fabric, you'll find new selections at a fraction of retail costs, as well as the fact that they've rescued the fabrics from going into landfill. Can you imagine that bolt ends of perfectly good fabric are thrown away daily?

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