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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Before & After: A Rickety Coffee Table Becomes a Comfy Ottoman

By: Ciburbanity Aug 07, 2013

 A couple of months ago, I stumbled into this warehouse of discarded furniture and I grabbed this beat up, run down, wobbly and barely held together coffee table. $10 give or take. Great purchase, right? What...you don't see the potential? Well, it took me awhile too, but I got there eventually.… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Easy DIY Projects Made From Plywood

By: Matt allison Aug 07, 2013

10 Easy DIY Projects Made From Plywood Plywood is inexpensive, easy to use and extremely versatile. I've rounded up several easy to make projects covering simple decor accents through attractive storage solutions. Many of them can be cut to size at your local hardware store, so even those with modest woodworking skills should be able to attempt… 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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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… Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: 8 Outdoor Tablescapes That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 31, 2013

The first day of August is tomorrow. To me, August is the last month of the summer. I try to get all of my outdoor partying wrapped up by the end of the month. You still have time to have plenty of dinner parties! Here are 8 inspiring table settings for your next evening bash.  … Continue 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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How To: Make a Mid-Century Modern Inspired DIY Coffee Table

By: Capreek Jul 25, 2013

Whether you're looking for a temporary coffee table or just an affordable DIY option, you'll want to give this Mid-Century Modern inspired version a… 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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How To: Stencil with Stain

By: Diy maven Jul 10, 2013

Jil found a side table at her local thrift store for $6.95. She turned up her genius switch and decided to stencil it with stain. She taped off her design with Edge Lock Painter's… Continue 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.… 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. 

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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… Continue Reading

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5 Dining Tables You Can Build Yourself

By: Lexy.b.ward Jun 06, 2013

We recently moved and have been on the hunt for all kinds of furniture. I've been searching for the perfect dining table for months now, and haven't been successful in finding The Table. I've decided it's easier to build my own and here are five tutorials that are inspiring me!  … 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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