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How To: Give Old Furniture a Colorful, Patterned Makeover with Wallpaper

by Capree K

Let's say you find an old piece of furniture at your local thrift store: it has great bones but the finish has seen better days (sound familiar?). You know you can do something awesome with it, but what? All-over paint? A new stain? Boring!

Instead, bring it back to life with this colorful, pattern-tastic DIY idea from ModCloth! Whether you choose to go bold or keep it subtle, this technique allows for nearly infinite customization and creativity. Ready to get started? Let's go!       

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The Curbly House: Our Dining Room Makeover with Emily Henderson

by Alicia Lacy

Last week we told you all about the magic that's happening in our master bedroom, thanks to Ms. Emily Henderson and the lovely folks at Sherwin-Williams! This week, we're back to give you a little preview of what's in store for the dining room. 

But, before we get into the details of our new-and-much-improved dining space, let's take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?

When bought the house, the dining room...

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

by Ciburbanity

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 on the 3rd floor.

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How to: DIY Bright and Shiny Bistro Table Makeover

by DIY Maven

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 was

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Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover

by DIY Maven



(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 love and some Moroccan spice.

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