Roundup: 20 DIY Projects Using Reclaimed Materials

by DIY Maven

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Is there anything more rewarding in the DIY world than using reclaimed materials to make something? Seriously. A dejected object on a layover to a landfill is spotted by a keen eye. The object is swooped up and turned into something marvelous, getting a second chance on life and love. (We should all be so lucky.) The reclaimed materials featured in these 20 projects were the main characters of such fairytales. They now act as inspiration to...

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Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover

by Faith Provencher
Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: Twelve On Main

This laundry room looks like most do - functional and not so pretty. But just wait until you see the space after its makeover... it looks so nice, you'd actually look forward to doing a load of wash. Keep reading to check out the incredible transformation.   

 

Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: Twelve On Main

So much better, right?! The tiling and new work surface were the biggest changes, while the rest were mostly cosmetic. Make...

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Roundup: 8 Unbelievable Dorm Room Makeovers

by DIY Maven

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It's almost time. Back to school, or college as the case may be. You can tell by the scent of #2 pencils in the air and Bed Bath & Beyond ads for dorm room doo-dads. It's no wonder BB & B and Target and such push dorm room decor this time of year. Back in 2012, the National Retail Federation estimated that dorm room

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Before & After: 1990's Kitchen Gets Much Needed Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

1990's kitchen before
Photo: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

Faux wood laminate countertops, dark cabinets with raised panel "cathedral" doors, boring beige flooring and that peculiar 1990's green that was ever so popular at the time made this kitchen dark, dated and in dire need of a makeover. The homeowner chose to go the pro route and employed DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Ann Arbor, MI.   

1990's kitchen after
Photo: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

 

With a fresh white and...

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Before & After: Traditional Family Room Gets Dramatic Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

Family Room Before
Photo: Robeson Design

Designer Rebecca Robeson was up against some tricky constraints when designing her client's family room in their Spanish/Mediterranean-style Carlsbad, CA home. Those restraints came in the form of non-negotiables and included an existing red, white, and blue Persian rug, two nautical-themed art pieces, and the family dog Vesper's favorite well-loved leather chair. Oh, yeah, and the client didn't want a nautical...

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How To: Make Watercolor Cactus Art

by DIY Maven
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Photo: Inkstruck Studio

Zakkiya, the talented illustrator behind Inkstruck Studio, recently released to the world a watercolor cactus tutorial that can make even a beginner look like a pro. If you feel her creation is a bit of a reach for your abilities, not to worry. Zakkiya has an entire

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How To: Make a Concrete Mason Jar Lid

by DIY Maven
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Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Once again, I'm super psyched to be able to share the second of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! (For the first project, click here.) Like the hanging air plant planter, this project can also be found in the "Crafts" section of the book. UN-like the last how-to, this one ranks easy on the easy to hard scale...

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How To: Make a Mason Jar Hanging Air Plant Planter

by DIY Maven
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Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

So psyched to be able to share the first of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! This DIY hanging air plant (tillandsia) planter is found in the "Crafts" section of the book and it's one of my favorites. (Although, to be honest, there are a lot of favorites in the book--as it should be, otherwise they wouldn't have made it into the book!) This project ranks medium on the

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