How to: Make a Cruelty-Free Zebra Skin Rug

by Craftmel

How to: Make a Cruelty-Free Zebra Skin Rug

My dear friend Mandi has got to be the "Queen of DIY."  I was in a craft competition with her once, and when I found out she was a fellow contender, I practically threw in the towel before it began.   I don't know if any square foot of her house hasn't been affected by Mandi's Touch.  See that dimensional zebra rug?  Yep, she made that. No zebras involved.

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How To Create an 8' x 10' Chevron Rug

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Create an 8' x 10' Chevron Rug

Back in July of 2008, I showed you how to turn black and white striped fabric into chevron upholstery fabric. What I really wanted, but didn't know exactly how to execute it, was a chevron patterned area rug. This is by far the best tutorial for a chevron patterned rug that I've seen. Carissa from The Fabulous Design File shows exactly how to do it. Think of the color possibilities. (gray and cream, gray and cream, gray and cream)

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How To: Make an Easy, Hand Painted, Delightful Doormat

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make an Easy, Hand Painted, Delightful Doormat

Looking down onto her front porch, Jennifer had an epiphany. "It's July," she observed, "but that's a Halloween-themed welcome mat." So, she grabbed some paint and got to work.

The results? A fun and playful welcome mat that spans the divide between handmade and standing up to the elements. Using some soft fabric paint, she created a bold border, then used an embroidery pattern to give the whole thing some character.  

  

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Comb-Over Carpet

by DIY Maven

Comb-Over Carpet

All hail the comb-over! Not on bald dudes' heads; on this carpet by Meirav Pled Barzilay, which has a bald spot. (Not the designer, the carpet.) Its comb-over is supplied by 'felt strands of varying lengths'.  So long are they that they can be used as a blanket or pillow.

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How to Get Stains Out of Carpeting

by DIY Maven

How to Get Stains Out of Carpeting

Although I included links to these handy guides in my CSI: Carpet Scene Investigation post, I thought they deserved a post of their very own. First, from Fabric Link comes an alphabetical who’s who of horrible stains. From acid toilet cleaners to wine, there’s something for everybody. Also worth a look-see is 3M’s stain removal guide, which they bill as alternatives to using one of their own products. How magnanimous of them.

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CSI: Carpet Scene Investigation

by DIY Maven

CSI: Carpet Scene Investigation

If you’ve ever been in the market for carpeting, you know what a daunting job it can be. Besides color and style, there’s a whole carpet lexicon that only makes matters worse. By identifying and defining these individual terms, we might be able to get to the bottom of the conundrum of choosing the perfect carpeting.

Carpet Anatomy

There are three terms that describe the construction of a carpet’s surface. They are weight, density and twist.

Weight...

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Cartoon Carpets by Dan Golden.

by Chris Gardner

"Dan Golden is a New York based artist who has shown his playful yet sophisticated work in galleries for nearly a decade.

In 2006, born from a desire to reach beyond the art world, Golden partnered with interior designer Ford Lininger. Together, the two developed a line of luxurious, contemporary rugs based on Golden's art and launched the collection in Spring 2007." 

These handtufted rugs come in four standard sizes, with custom sizes and schemes...

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Fish Tank Coffee Table.

by Chris Gardner

Fish Tank Coffee Table.
 
Have a look at this excellent coffee-table shaped aquarium from Clear-Seal. Each coffee table comes with a "toughened glass top" with polished, rounded edges for safety, a light diffuser, a progressive filter system. In your choice of finishes: Dark Oak, Light Oak, Limed Oak, Medium Oak, Yew, Mahogany or Mirrored glass, and in several size.
 
But, with the tips offered by these guys, one could surely come up with a DIY version customized to fit...

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