How To: Build a Stowable Upholstery Workbench

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Build a Stowable Upholstery Workbench

How are you all ever going to get that chair reupholstered without a proper upholstery height workbench?  The right tools are a must. You see, upholstering on the floor is no good. You get up and down and have to flip and lift furniture to get all around it. A normal table height is no good either, a chair is way too high up to get the leverage you need.  Now there's an answer. Just follow my simple instructions and photos of the Mr. making my...

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Hunter’s Historically-Inspired Portable Fans

by DIY Maven

Hunter’s Historically-Inspired Portable Fans

When you think of Hunter Fans, you probably think of ceiling fans. However, Hunter also makes portable fans, all with a distinctly vintage look. This weekend we picked up the Classic model # 90017 (pictured above) at Target for about 50 bucks. That might sound like a lot of cash for a 12" portable fan, but if you’re looking for a whisper quiet and stylish portable fan, it’s well worth it. This particular model is finished in brush nickle, but...

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The Portable Fireplace

by DIY Maven

The Portable Fireplace


Conmoto’s Travelmate is a smokeless, portable fireplace that's fueled by bio-alcohol. And yes, it produces a real flame! It’s promotional material says you can set it on carpeting, next to a sofa, on the dining room table or outside on the terrace or in the garden. For easy transport, it comes with an attached handle. Available at encompassco.com for £1,291 or $2,558 U.S.

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Attention Nomads: Is this Yurt for you??

by DIY Maven

Attention Nomads: Is this Yurt for you??

The Nomad is like a traditional yurt in that it is modular, portable and easy to use, or so its manufacturer maintains. Its base measures 12 feet in diameter, and its interior height measures a lofty 7 feet 6 inches. For $6,800 you’ll get a bamboo frame and a base, but a bamboo base is available for only $2,600 more. Oh, and you’ll need a fabric cover, which will set you back another $1,300. Unfortunately the Nomad is temporarily out of stock...

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How to Turn a Tote Bag into File Tote

by DIY Maven

How to Turn a Tote Bag into File Tote

Portable file totes are a great way to store papers, but they’re generally very utilitarian. However, if you want a more attractive and inexpensive alternative, you might want to convert a straw handbag or basket into a personal file cabinet. The whole process took me about ten minutes and cost–no kidding–$2.50.

 

What you’ll need:

A straw tote or basket that will accommodate letter or legal-sized manila file folders (I found the perfect straw tote...

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