Old bureau dresser turned into Buffet - Sideboard

by Nimue

*2 Photos have been added to the bottom of this post because I've updated the dresser turned sideboard AGAIN.

For years this old dresser has sat either in our guest room or the 'junk' room - too ugly to use when we had better options.  It was inherited from my husband's Uncle so we've been hesitant to get rid of it.  Turns out that with a little paint & new knobs it makes a nice buffet for the dining room.  The extra drawer space really comes in...

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Wheelbarrow, bucket, or mixer: how to mix up a batch of concrete

by Alexrussell

Wheelbarrow, bucket, or mixer: how to mix up a batch of concrete
You don't really need an industrial mixer like this one to mix up a batch of concrete. Or mortar. Or tile grout. When it comes to mixing any cement-like material, the process is essentially the same. If you'd like the thrill of renting a big mixer, I don't blame you. They're bad ass. But there are other ways to do it.

A couple things to remember before getting started:

Wear gloves. Cement will dry out your hands like nothing else.

Wear eye...

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Save money this winter on your electric heating: get rid of that ugly baseboard heater

by Alexrussell

Save money this winter on your electric heating: get rid of that ugly baseboard heater
The trouble with baseboard heaters is complex. They are both ugly and they use a lot of electricity to keep a room warm. You really need a heater that moves the air and heats a room quickly. The answer is to replace that baseboard heater with an electric wall heater, and you'd be surprised how easy it can be to do this job yourself.  

A wall heater is a single unit that sits inside the wall and forces hot air throughout the room with a fan. It's...

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Couture Crapper

by DIY Maven

Couture Crapper

Kohler, those purveyors of everything plumbing, has added to its cadre of crappers the Purist Hatbox Toilet. Gone is the tank and added is a .2-hp pump to eliminate eliminations. I can appreciate the minimalist design of this john, but there are two things that prove bothersome.

First, I think it would confuse people. I imagine guests coming out of the bathroom asking, "Where do I ‘go’?" and me saying, "In the white garbage can-looking thing."

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A recipe for a great tasting home office.

by Timbenzinger

A glimpse into my home office.

One thing that always seems to be a problem is keeping organized in my home office.

I am a cofounder of a design firm responsible for designing and developing really cool looking websites, logos, and more. At the moment, there are three people in this small 10’x12’ room and to make matters worse, there are 5 computers in here that turn it into a living hell because of the heat, but that’s a story for another day. We plan on moving into a office...

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How to Make a Paper Clip Lampshade

by DIY Maven

How to Make a Paper Clip Lampshade

This is a simple and effective way to tart-up an inexpensive paper lampshade using office supplies.

The Materials

Paper lampshade

Decorative paper clips (I found these circle paper clips at Target; 50 for $2.99.)

Small paper punch (Or anything pointy will do.)

The Process

Mark shade with pencil at uniform intervals. I spaced my markings 1 inch apart.

Punch holes at markings.

Slip paper clips into holes.

For another office supply alternative, how about...

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Space Invaders on your walls: blik graphics wall decals

by Alexrussell

Space Invaders on your walls: blik graphics wall decals
Think of them as stickers for your walls, but they don't have to be of Space Invaders, that Taito smash hit that today still gets play by teenagers around the globe. The blik Surface Graphics decals are made from designs by pop artists like Keith Haring and Matthew Haggett, but have their own original designs as well.

If there's something you want done custom, they'll create it and even come to do the install. They've got a pretty impressive...

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Formica kitchen cupboards painted over.

by Bjorkfansoph
I've hated my formica kitchen cupboards for a few years now and i've finally changed them this past year,here how I did it: Before pic:
Formica kitchen cupboards painted over.
Step 1. Get this special kind of Primer called "UMA" for hard to paint over surfaces.
UMA Primer
Step 2. Wash your cabients, especially if they are greasy. Unhook all hard to paint doors that you can't reach and lay 'em down somewhere. I had to run my cat off a few times or pet hair end up in the primer...

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