Created to use as a dining table, wouldn't this make quite the design statement as your home office desk? Up until now, the DIY ones I've seen aren't quite up to snuff. Knock Off Decor just featured this one yesterday with a link to the tutorial.
You've seen these clunky monsters at Goodwill, garage sales, or possibly in your own basement. I've got to say, I never saw this coming. These sturdy, state of the art play kitchens are some of the best examples of furniture re-use I've ever seen. See what I mean...
Like me, Chrissie is a used furniture junkie. She also loves auctions. Right after selling one of her made-over pieces on Craigslist, she found this pecan finish (ugh!) credenza at an auction and turned it into one sassy green tart of a credenza. Just for fun, she gave the top a chalkboard paint finish.
Jim Healy loves making lamps from junk. They're not your everyday junky lamps, mind you. To prove it, check out the spindle lamp he put together from this bundle of wooden spindles.
In case you forgot the appropriately themed luminaries to line your cold, dark sidewalk, all you need
Each year, I never really feel Christmas-y until the week before, and then it totally overtakes me. So, if you're like me, here are 10 things you can do that are sure to lift you up and out from Scrooge's grip.
Warning: once you start this program, you suddenly feel warm and tingly all over. There's even the possibility your eyes will tear up while watching Christmas shows.
I'll admit it, most crafts lose me. However, this craft-ish wall decor is right up my alley. A small investment of time and money yields an eye popping payoff on your wall or mantel. (Inexpensive way to cover up big nail holes in a blank wall too.) Grace, from Sense and Simplicity, made this this textural joy (ha!), as well as divulging insider tips for not screwing it up. Look at those letter ends! All you need is
It's not Monday so I hope Curbly doesn't ground me, but I just HAVE to share this makeover with you. Why the hurry, you ask? Because on Tuesday I read a comment left on a big important design blog in which a disgruntled commenter got his undies in a bunch over not being privy to the writer's step by step re-do process. To soothe some unnecessary DIY angst, I hope he finds his way to this very thorough tutorial by Mrs. Adventure.
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)
In these parts, you need to suck every bit of sunlight out of the day to make it through the winter. An hour in the sunroom can do wonders. The homeowners flipped this sunroom from a hideous sidenote to an unbelievably inviting hangout. And, they accomplished this transformation on an itty bitty budget. See, it can be done.
A scroll arm bench is a scarier looking reupholstery challenge than it turns out to be. Eliana from Refinish It All found that out after she rolled up her sleeves and took care of business. Her one tip, with which I completely agree, is to not wait too long after tearing a piece down to reupholster it. One's mind tends to forget the assembly order. Hint: Always take photographs of the tear down process See her fresh, finished makeover and how she accomplished welt cord without a sewing machine.
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 fill.
A custom mat and frame job can do wonders for a mediocre piece of wall art. Unfortunately, the cost can be prohibitive unless you start matting and framing your own collection. ApartmentTherapy posted a tutorial that will give you the confidence
These life-size birch trunks are made from cut-up cereal boxes and left-over house paints. This is an excellent way to utilize packaging that usually ends up in the bin and
It's a commitment unless you've got an ugly, boxy white refrigerator you need to disguise. Look here what you can do with black matte contact paper. ApartmentTherapy
Baz (Papa to Atomic Indy blog) and crew sometimes cruise around town looking for mid-century cast-offs. When he comes across a find, he quickly posts it on Facebook and it's usually grabbed up within the hour. This time he scooped up a 1972 Sony TV-750 for himself and got to tinkering with the little bugger.
DIYer Charles Visnic must have been wearing his thinking cap when he thought of hacking two Ikea birch salad bowls into a gliding, two-way outdoor death star speaker. Wanna see the innards?
A friend of mine is teaching piano to kids in her home and making a killing. Parents and experts agree that learning how to play the piano is still a very good thing for kids and adults alike. A new piano can be quite pricey while a used one can be had for practically nothing. True, sometimes free! They may not look pretty, but if they play well, you can perform a makeover and save tons of money, all for the betterment of the kids. And maybe you, too.
Black out window shades kind of remind me of support (panty)hose that stewardess' wear. Heavy duty and not so pretty. Well, simple solutions are always the best don't you think?
Remember the Turkish Tufted Fainting Couch done by the master himself, Kim Buckminster of Falls City, Nebraska? Here he is again, but this time he's teaching lots of 'greedy for knowledge' upholsterers how to properly restore a piece of horsehair stuffed, diamond tufted furniture. (He scoffs at foam.) Kim, or Buck as he is known, is a perfectionist like you wouldn't believe. Enjoy your class...