Roundup: Office Chair Makeovers

by DIY Maven

 

Roundup: Office Chair Makeovers

Seat, back, wheels. Office chairs can be so ho-hum, which is why many see them as blank canvases just itching for a punch of personality, as evidenced by the plethora of makeovers scattered across the internet. Here are some of the fun and funkiest out there. But beware, gazing upon them might make you realize your office chair is a bit of a snoozer. 

First up is Kendra's project who not only

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Unbelievable $1000 Kitchen Makeover

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Unbelievable $1000 Kitchen Makeover

Andrea's kitchen looks nothing like it did when she and her family first moved into their home. A makeover was in order, but the budget was small. In this case $1,000 small. The fact that she and her husband were able to accomplish the re-do for that price tag certainly drew my attention. They did have some things going for them when they started, however. Like a

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Step by Step Piano Makeover

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Step by Step Piano Makeover

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.

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Refinish Your Wood Front Door

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Refinish Your Wood Front Door

Photo Images: Kit Latham

Long ago, I watched out next door neighbor painstakingly strip the paint off, sand, stain and seal his west-facing front door.  The next year he was sanding and refinishing it again. What gives? I wondered. He said the hot afternoon sun had fried the finish. He was now wiser and decided to try marine Spar, a urethane varnish used for boats. He then made it through 2 full summers without

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Garbage Day Rescues Get Re-Do

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This before and after is the reason why we should all keep our eyes peeled on garbage day. Rescued from the curb-side (they had a 'free' sign attached to them) the chairs fell in to capable hands. The shoddy paint job was sanded down and covered with a black, low-luster, latex. The cracked seats were repaired with glue and clamps and then hidden with a lovely black and white fabric, which was applied with artist's medium. You can see the entire...

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My New Favorite Polyurethane

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My New Favorite Polyurethane

When it comes to water-based polyurethane, I’ve been a Minwax girl for quite awhile. I started using their Polycrylic because it dried crystal clearly, had low odor and clean-up was a snap. But this weekend when I went to my local hardware store for a fresh can of my old standby, I was introduced to Aqua ZAR and thought I’d give it a try. As soon as I opened the can’s lid, I was impressed. The Aqua Zar was quite a bit thicker than the Minwax...

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9 Incredible Bookcase Make-overs

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BHG has some completely inspiring before and after shots of rather easy bookcase make-overs.

Simple unfinished offerings like this one can be transformed to suit a variety of styles.

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First up is the contemporary version. It was stained in a deep ebony and then a roller shade was installed to cover the less tidy bits.

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Next it takes a country turn. Shutters were used to create doors. A forge-iron shutter bolt was added to keep them...

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Style Make Over: Country Conversion

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The great thing about country-style furniture is it’s falling out of favor, which means you can pick it up for just about nothing. Another thing, it’s almost always made out of real wood–generally pine–which is more than I can say about most of the furniture at IKEA. The not-so-great thing about country-style furniture, is, well, it’s country–not that there’s anything wrong with that if that’s the way you roll, but if you don’t, you’re going to...

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Finished with finishing!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Ever wonder what happened to those Fix-It videos? I do. It has been ages since we got up the energy to put one together! But that doesn't mean we haven't been fixing things.

For the last two weeks we've been refinishing our woodwork, and let me tell you, it would've made a great Fix-Its video. Alas, the work was gruelling and left little energy for videography. I'll try to post some before/after and process pics laster on. But for now, here's the...

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