How To Fill Wood During Furniture Refurbishing

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 08, 2010

When it comes to valuable furniture rehab skills, knowing some basic wood repair is a must. I can't tell you how many times I've decided to change out the hardware on a nightstand or dresser, only to realize I have an extra knob hole to… Continue Reading

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The Spray Painter's Guide to Perfection

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 06, 2010

BEFORE spray paint

Using spray paint is a mixed bag. It's fast and easy, but sometimes uncontrollable. (Our garage has a few spray paint disasters tucked away.) If you've had your share of spray paint malfunctions, but you just can't quit the stuff, this all… Continue Reading

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10 Ways to Eclectify Your Space

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 05, 2010

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That's right, I said eclectify.  What exactly does it mean and how do you do it?  The first step is to… Continue Reading

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How To: Bed Bug Free Thrifting

By: Modhomeecteacher Sep 29, 2010

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Two months ago I got clean. I stopped buying used furniture and other cast-off household decor. Until last Friday. One little left hand turn off the road to Lowes and I was back at my favorite Goodwill store. Oh so what?  I'm not throwing my money away. I'm making charitable contributions. It was different this time. (I mostly bought slick surfaced… Continue Reading

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The Motherlode of Master Bedroom Makeover Projects

By: Modhomeecteacher Sep 07, 2010

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Buy a bit of Sterling Cooper

By: Diy maven Aug 18, 2010

If you haven't heard, Mad Men is having a charity auction on Ebay. They're selling off bits of Sterling Cooper (and even a bit of Betty and Joan). Bid on vintage 60's furniture and props from the show as well as a few… Continue Reading

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Secondhand Chic Makeover Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 19, 2010

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One of the projects that I contributed to Curbly's Make It! Secondhand Chic featured the above side table. I snagged it at a local thrift shop for about 4 bucks. (The reason it was so inexpensive, I assume, was because the marble top was chipped and fractured. Good for me, because I didn't want the top anyway. The simple cherry wood bottom was all I wanted.) My first thought was to make a frame for the top, paint it up and then tile the center. But since tiled table top tutes… Continue Reading

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Hippy Kitchens

By: Diy maven Jul 16, 2010

Bloglovin loves kitchens that belonged to hippies. Actually, the people in the collection of vintage photos might not have been hippies. However, the decor surrounding them screams a certain era conducive to peace, love, and dope. Far out,… Continue Reading

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Use Your Antiques as Sculptural Art

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 15, 2010

First, let me start by saying that the word 'antiques' makes me feel all claustrophobic and cluttered. Maybe it's because the people I know who love antiques can never walk by an antique that's for sale without lugging it home and stuffing it in an overcrowded house. But, as illustrated in Elle Decor, it IS possible to use antiques sparingly so that each one stands out as a unique piece of sculptural… Continue Reading

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Get Your Hands On Used Kitchen Cabinets for Your Garage

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 14, 2010


Slick garage organization systems look great but could break your bank. A responsible alternative would be to use USED cabinets in the garage. The beauty of this is that you can turn off your "picky" radar. If they're missing a countertop-just add thick plywood and varnish it. If they're missing  knobs - go find anything that works. If they're missing a door or two-open storage is even… Continue Reading

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Garage Sale Table Turn Around

By: Diy maven Jul 13, 2010


Rachel recently nabbed this end table at a garage sale for 3 bucks. As she says, "It wasn't the prettiest chicken in the coop." But it did have potential. A little spray paint and some masking tape and… Continue Reading

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Vintage Ladder Turned Display Shelf

By: Diy maven Jul 12, 2010

Last week we considered using ladders in the construction of shelving units. This idea from The Inspired Room is much more subtle but no less interesting. A perfect way to add a little color and character to the room. Because the ladder doesn't need to be… Continue Reading

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Trash to Treasure: A New Dress a Day

By: Diy maven Jul 06, 2010

Wanna get famous and sign a book deal? Maybe have somebody make a movie out of your life? Think of an idea like this and then do it. Marisa Lynch's determination to turn thrift store dresses into fun, contemporary dresses and documenting the journey puts her in the running to become the next Julie… Continue Reading

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Getting Mid-Century Right

By: Modhomeecteacher Jun 22, 2010


Forget about your original Eames chair and Wormley sofa for a minute. If your design goal is authentic mid century modern, you need to start with the available color palettes of the day. Today, we tend to take modern liberties with our interpretation of retro. If you're a mid-century purist, or simply curious about what colors were offered, RetroRenovation has found original advertisements for the modern homeowner of the 1950s, 1960s, and even the 1970's from Motorola, Eichler Homes, Kohler, and St. Charles kitchen… Continue Reading

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Turn an Upholstered Chair Into a Tree Swing

By: Modhomeecteacher Jun 21, 2010


Two sisters, Amy and Jeni, write the Peppertowne blog. One loves furniture and chairs so I'm assuming she's the one who reworked this $8.00 upholstered chair into a waterproof tree swing. Though, I would probably add a seat belt of some sort to keep the kids from flying out.  Jeni (I'm assuming) shows you how to waterproof this cushy swing, as well as how to string the chair securely onto the end of the… Continue Reading

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