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… 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 actualContinue Reading

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Petunia and Bistro Table Update--One Hailstorm Later

By: Diy maven Aug 14, 2013

Time to update some summer projects. First is the leggy petunia problem. As you might remember, when we last left them, they were shorn down to about 2" stalks. After three weeks andContinue Reading

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Outstanding Secretary Desk Makeover

By: Diy maven Aug 12, 2013

Lindsay found this old secretary desk on Craigslist for $125. It looks like a quality piece of furniture. Someone may have even paid extra to have a wharf scene etched into the fold-down desk. All in all, it was prime for a… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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How to: Strip Wooden Furniture and Give It a Freshly Painted Makeover

By: Ciburbanity Aug 05, 2013

I never had visions of being a stripper, but here I am... almost middle aged, living the suburban dream and, BAM, I did it. It wasn't pretty, but I swear I'll be better the next time.

Painting furniture is an easy and affordable way to give it a quick makeover, but after decades of facelifts, sometimes you gotta get rid of the paint and start as freshly as possible. This mini-dresser has been mine for an eternity, but now it's time to pass along to my daughter Eleanor for her new adopted bedroom onContinue 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,… Continue Reading

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Fresh Steamer Trunk Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 15, 2013

I'm torn. I kinda love the rough, pirate-y personality of this steamer trunk before its makeover. But I also love it after its makeover. Shannon, to whom the trunk belongs, taped out the leather straps, the wood cross beams and metal parts and… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Mid-Century Yard Sale Find gets a Makeover

By: Brittnimehlhoff Jun 28, 2013

This mid-century dining set had a lot of cosmetic issues, but good bones. And priced at just $40 at a yard sale, it was worth trying to bring it back to it's former glory. It's amazing what some sanding and a whole lot of elbow grease can get… Continue 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. 

painter's tape, scotchblue painter's tape, tape

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… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Dramatic Dining Room Overhaul

By: Faith-towers Jun 03, 2013

Yes, maybe this color palette was on trend... at one time. But its owner decided it was time for a change. A drastic one. See how this dining room was transformed into a light, airy and inviting new place to… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Geo-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover

By: Brittnimehlhoff May 28, 2013

Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of the 'before' version of this Heritage table, from Amazon. It feels a little bulky and lacks personality. All that is about to change though because this table just got a face lift. Check out the… Continue Reading

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Rusty Plant Stand turned End Table Makeover

By: Brittnimehlhoff Apr 16, 2013

credit: Smile and Wave [http://smileandwave.typepad.com/blog/2013/04/40-projects-plant-stand-to-end-table-diy.html]

If you're looking for a small table or stand for a couple of knick knacks or spring plants, check out this DIY for converting a rusty plant stand into an end… Continue Reading

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Un-Makeover! A Painted Dining Table Shows Its Woodgrain Again

By: Capreek Apr 01, 2013

created at: 03/25/2013

We're often sharing makeovers that involve painting pieces of furniture some awesome color or pattern. But what if your furniture is already painted, like this dining table?  … Continue Reading

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Before and After: Goodbye, Grungy Purple Dining Room

By: Diy maven Mar 27, 2013

created at: 03/27/2013

Why paint a dining room 'Friends' purple? Its owner has no idea, but lamented having that particular color on the walls. After saving up some cash, she put a weekend aside and transformed the room into something rather spectacular. Total cost for the new furnishings was… Continue Reading

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