Fresh Dining Table Set Makeover

By: Diy maven Sep 02, 2013

This dining table was well-made, but the finish had worn out its welcome. Its makeover included a refinish in a darker stain. The slipcovered pair are new IKEA Henriksdal chairs while the other two were rescued from a neighbor's trash. A coatContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 DIY Projects Using Felt And Wool

By: Faith-towers Aug 29, 2013

Felt used to remind me of grade school craft projects. Until I realized that it's an incredibly versatile material that can be used to make everything from coasters to decorative pillows to garlands! Here are ten of my favorite projects using felt and wool.    

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Roundup: 10 DIY Decor Projects Made from Old Clothing

By: Faith-towers Aug 26, 2013

We all have old, unused clothing hiding in the back of the closet, so why not upcycle it into something beautiful for your home? Here are ten great ways to give new life to that old sweater.   

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Before and After: A Worn, Dated Chair Gets a Bright and Colorful Makeover

By: Chrisjob Aug 22, 2013

My friend Britany has a hard time getting rid of things. She's not a hoarder by any means, and her home is actually quite clean and clutter-free. But it is full of beat up, hand-me-down pieces of furniture that she got in college. (And, though I wasn't there, likely weren't all that attractive when they were new). Case in point? This chair, in all its early 90s green-and-cranberry glory.Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: Great-Looking and REAL Dorm Rooms

By: Diy maven Aug 19, 2013

The problem with rounding up a bunch of images of great-looking dorm rooms is many on the interweb aren't real. I mean, they're real in that there are walls, windows, beds, bedding, etc. in the vignettes, but they don't look like most you'd see in the real world. For instance, take a look at this image courtesy of IKEA. Pretty, yes, but an actual dorm roomContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Fresh New Ways To Use Ombre In Your Home

By: Faith-towers Aug 13, 2013

I'll admit it, I wasn't completely on board with the ombre trend when it first became popular - but I'm certainly a big fan now. There are so many different ways it can be utilized around the home, and I'm going to share some clever ideas with you today.   

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10 Tasteful Ways To Use Neon In Your Home

By: Faith-towers Aug 08, 2013

As a kid growing up in the 80's, I most certainly did not use neon subtly. But now that it's 2013 and neon is back, it's important to use it sparingly. Here are ten ways to utilize these bright colors without overwhelming your space.   

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Roundup: 10 Extremely Easy IKEA Hacks

By: Faith-towers Aug 01, 2013

Sometimes it's nice to do an easy project. One of those "why didn't I think of that" ideas that doesn't take two weeks to finish. So today I wanted to share some simple IKEA hacks with you - everything from garden torches to kitty litter hideaways to pendant lights.   

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Make It: DIY Floor Pillow Made from a Thrifted Blanket

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 30, 2013

Recycle an old blanket with tattered edges and a cool pattern into a comfy floor pillow, perfect for additional seating.   Continue Reading

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Oh-So Ombre Chair Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 29, 2013

I swear I see a chair not unlike the one pictured above every other week sitting dejectedly at someone's curbside. Usually, there's a 'free' sign attached to the thing. NextContinue Reading

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How to: DIY Bright and Shiny Bistro Table Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 27, 2013

When I bought this sweet little yellow bistro table a couple years back, I loved it. It was the perfect size for romantic meals under the sky. Then, after the first season, the paint on all three pieces started peeling. See?

I touched it up, with yellow, but I couldn't keep up with the weathering. By the end of the second season, the cheery yellow had turned sickly, powdery yellow. When this spring rolled around I considered replacing the set with something new. That notion lasted about a minute, because, really, it wasContinue Reading

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Unbelievable Painted Chair Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 23, 2013

Mandy was given a leather (or possibly naugahyde) chair for which she had BIG plans. Recovering it was on the top of the list, but when she maybe-not-accidentally dripped some paint on it, her plans changed. She decided to paint it withContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: 6 Modern Red, White and Blue Rooms

By: Diy maven Jul 04, 2013

Today in the U.S. we are celebrating Independence Day, or as my English brother-in-law might say, the day 'We were freed of them." But be that as it may, I thought I might take the opportunity to find some modern red, white and blue interiors, because, let's face it, oftentimes that particular color combination stirs up images of country. Not so forContinue Reading

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Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 21, 2013

(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.Continue Reading

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Kid-Centric Living Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 19, 2013

This is one of those unbelievable 'before' photos. Could it possibly be the same room as the after?? According to HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse, it is. Dark panelling and furniture straight out of That 70's Show were cast aside forContinue Reading

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