If there's one thing that's better than scoring extra storage, it's creating said storage out of unused items you have lying about the house! And lucky for us, there are plenty of great tutorials online for repurposing old items and turning them into something that's not only functional, but also looks a million dollars. Click through for my favourites!
What do broken doorknobs, salvaged pavement chunks, and pieces of unused sewer pipe all have in common? Some serious - and surprising - DIY decor potential!
Minimalistic, boxy and transparent. What is this lamp made from?
If it came down to it, I could live in this modern looking, sliced up, silo-turned-house. Each section contains one living space, kitchen, living room and bedroom. It's surprisingly cozy inside.
Mandy from Vintage Revivals is one industrious DIY-er. I just love this 3D, three panel wall art she created out of wood panels and branches. I'm a sucker for trees and branches. She even admits her first attempt at painting the wood panels was a flop. A true DIY-er always has some mishaps along the way. Her final product is wunderbar!
One of my all time favorite things to find at Goodwill or the Salvation Army is one of these two-tiered, laminate tables. The legs and dividers are solid wood, the base pieces are covered in an ugly laminate. To see how to turn one of these into an upholstered footstool, with parts to spare, check out the entire project on ApartmentTherapy. It so happened
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The houndstooth check is the only new material in this stool and it was even a leftover piece I had in my fabric stash. So it turns out that the entire stool was made from used and found materials that came together in this new design. Check out my DIY Journal at
Photo Image: T.O.M.T.
Can you guess what ordinary household item this Noguchi-inspired hanging light is made from? I came across this photo over on Dudecraft and just had to see more. You've got to see these way-out, clever conversions designed and implemented by artist, Rodney Allen Trice.
Check this out...a 747-200, circa 1976, retired in 2002 and in 2006 was turned into a hostel. Located at the Arlanda, Sweden airport, the 25 room, 85 bed hostel has fully operational bathrooms--bigger and more comfortable than the typical airplane toilet.
It could be an expensive work of art, but it's not. Read about the origin of this star and how simply you can make your own Minimalist Christmas star at OunoDesign, the blog of two very creative designers from British Columbia. Once you see their work, you'll understand why they consider themselves artisans with modern sensiblity. And just look at the modern patchwork throws they've made with silk scarves from the 60's and 70's.....
If you're condsidering handmade gifts this holiday season, you most likely have some creative genes already in place. For that reason, this is a quick "off the top of my head" list of found objects you could artistically and lovingly incorporate into your own sweet handmade offerings. Feel free to expand this as the ideas start flowing. Don't be tempted to buy used and re-give in the same condition. Your family and friends will treasure...
There are no hard and fast rules on re-gifting Goodwill treasures or merely using "gently used" materials as building blocks for your handmade, made with love, tremendously creative holiday gifts. Most people aren't tickled to have your oodwill bargain passed along to them, however, if you've commited to giving HANDMADE this season AND you are the one hand making the gifts, where you buy your materials is up to you. You can save more than a...
My Recycled Inside Out Throw Pillow ensemble are handily made out of shirts, jackets or skirts that either button up the front or have a long zipper closure. The beauty of this is that there's no need to handstitch a pillow closed or insert a zipper or add buttons or buttonholes. Look for modern patterns and stylish color combinations while shopping for "vintage" and I mean CHEAP used apparel that you can easily transform.
Holding up pants is honorable work but it's possible that your belt is actually aspiring towards some other job, like organising jewellery, or being a handle on a storage box or even forming the seat of a sassy little stool. Readymade Magazine has the know-how to put your belt on a different career path.
Add flair to basic storage boxes—and make them easier to pull down from your shelves—with pulls made from colorful belts....
Donnie Deutsch always says "Look at what everyone is doing, and do the opposite." That's what Mr. ModHomeEc got when he asked me to help him with booth decor at a medical techhie trade show he's doing. Once I saw all the dark blues, silvers, tech signs and graphics, I knew his booth would stand out, good or bad, I have yet to hear. The vintage living-room-like setting already attracted many customers, just during set up. Time will tell if...
Scarabike is described as a ‘bicycle producing company’, which means, I guess, that they make bicycles and their requisite seats. Of those seats, they fashioned a sofa and stool. Extraordinary! Via Designboom.
They start as Bic™ pens, which are heated until their plastic becomes malleable. The pens are then blown in such a way as to fashion these lovely little Daisy Vases. Available through Design Bloom for $19. By Giffin’ Termeer.