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Before and After: A Stale Kitchen Gets a Simple Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover

by Lidy Dipert

We had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.

The Before

Before and After: A Stale Kitchen Gets a Simple Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover

When we first bought our home, the kitchen was quite dull and uninteresting. Which was ok at the time, because we just needed it for practical reasons. And to be honest, after making a big move to a new country, the last thing we wanted to do was tackle the...

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Five Stylish DIY Christmas Decor Projects You Can Make For Less Than $15

by Jennifer Farley

5 Decor Projects Under $15 using Amazon Prime

It's a harsh reality: we all want to do Christmas decor DIYs, but the busy holiday season is always packed family and friends. We want to spend money to "deck the halls" but are saving our pennies to buy Christmas gifts. Hopefully this post will be sweetness to your eyes, ears, wallets, and Christmas decorations. Today I'm sharing five simple DIY Christmas decor projects that can each be had for less than $15, and all the materials are available on Amazon Prime! Now you can make your home festive, save your money for that new/old Nintendo NES Classic for you kid (err, I mean, husband), and have another reason to stay in your flannel PJs longer. Read on to see all the projects ...     

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Inspiration Galore: Fall Idea House Tour

by DIY Maven
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I recently had the opportunity of touring an "idea house." The property, a charming 1920's bungalow, belongs to and is maintained by a local family-owned company called Bachman's. The idea house is near their flagship store on Lyndale Avenue in south Minneapolis and is maintained as a landmark to celebrate the family's ancestors who lived in the home, conducting business just a few hundred feet away. Although the company is known primarily as a premier garden center, it also offers home decor items a-plenty. They

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A Seriously Extensive Shopping Guide of Gold, Copper, & Bronze Kitchen & Bathroom Fixtures

by Jennifer Farley

Shopping Guide: Gold. Bronze, and Copper Plumbing Fixtures

I know you feel like you just ripped out the 80s gold fixtures in your bathroom renovation five years ago, which, by the way, was a good decision, but the truth is... gold fixtures are back. No, it's not a scary resurgence like the fashion trend of acid washed jeans a few years back. Gold fixtures can be a part of a stylish and timeless style. Gold isn't the only fixture finish getting all the attention either. Don't forget about the resurgence of copper and bronze into the design world. Today I'm going to share an extremely thorough list of where you can buy gold, copper, and bronze kitchen and bathroom fixtures for any design style.   

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How To: Make Your Own Stylishly Spooky Decorations with Vintage Halloween Printables

by Jennifer Farley

Halloween Decor With Vintage Printables

Vintage prints of animals and specimens definitely have a Halloween vibe so I decided, for my decor this year, to do a simple DIY using free vintage prints I found online. This post has the instructions on how to do this simple DIY project and a roundup of some sweet vintage Halloween prints for you to download and use.   

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Make It: Upcycle A Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

by Jennifer Farley

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Can you have enough baskets? I don't think so. Here is a fun and easy way to upcycle those super inexpensive thrift store baskets you can find anywhere.   

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

I found these two baskets for 25 cents each at my favorite local thrift store. They are the perfect size for what I call "drop zones" for random things I need to set down.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

I am personally loving embroidered straw hats and totes. This look on a hat or tote is totally a summer vibe, but I thought the idea could be used year round in home decor. The plan was to attempt it on the 25 cent basket for my entryway. [Left Photo: Koko Polenki; Right Photo: Smallable.com]

Materials

 

Here is what you need:

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn
Source: Yarn: Hobby Lobby; Chalk Pencil, Scissors, & Upholstery Needles: Joann
  • Basket: I chose the round basket because it had a tighter basket weave. It looked like a better option for stitching writing.
  • Yarn: You do not want thick yarn but you don't want thin string either. I got mine here.
  • Chalk Pencil or Fine Tip Dry Erase Marker: I used the dry erase marker so you could see my tutorial. Next time, I will use a fabric chalk pencil. The dry erase did easily wipe off on my basket. I am sure this is not the case for all baskets.
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery Needle

Step

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Write your word on the basket. I wanted the word "stuff" because this little basket was going to hold my stuff. If you are using a dry erase marker, first test it on the back of your basket to see if you can wipe the marks off.  I free handed the word, and had to erase it a couple of times. I used a disinfectant wipe to erase my lines. A baby wipe would work as well.

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

String your needle. I tried to double my string at first thinking the stitching would go faster. It was just harder to feed through the basket so I did a single string and made the writing thicker by repeating the stitch.

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Start your stitch on the back and tie a knot to secure the yarn. Do not cut the excess string immediately. Leave a little excess so you can tie off the string when you need to start a new one.

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Stitch along your lines.

I will tell you this might take some time, depending on the basket. The stitches would be much easier on a straw basket. Give yourself a little grace with the stitches. I was okay with my lines not following the markings perfectly because I knew the dry erase pen would wash off.  There is not an easy 1,2,3... for how to make a stitch. I simply stitched in a way that the letters would take shape. I learned that sometimes if a stitch would not stay in a direction I wanted it to go, I could get it to stay in place by tying it off in the back and starting a new string.

I would also advice ending strings often. This will help you if you don't like the way your letter is looking. I didn't like how part of the letter "f" was turning out so I used a seam ripper and my scissors to undo the letter. Since I had used another string for the other half of the letter I didn't have to rip out the part I liked. 

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

To tie off your stitches. You will do this the same way for a new string and when you are completely done. To do so, tie a knot. For extra security, feed the string through one of the back stitches. Leave a little excess on the end to be able to tie a knot with the start of the new string.

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

When you are all done, clean up the back of your basket by cutting any excess strings.

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Finally, clean off your chalk or dry erase markings with a wet rag. I used a disinfectant wipe.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

My advice is don't try to make it perfect. With some baskets this is not possible. I did my best to make it readable with clean lines. A straw basket would be much easier to stitch perfectly straight stitches.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

This project could be used to monogram a smaller or larger basket to hang on the wall. It also could be a unique way to label a storage basket like this one

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

For me, my basket is used for a drop zone for my keys, mail, and....well, stuff.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn
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If you love simple and inexpensive DIY projects, check out this tutorial for a stylish task lamp or this post on how to make a stylish pillow from thrift store clothes.

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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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Roundup: 10 Thrift Store Lamp Projects That Look Fabulously Store-Bought

by Jennifer Farley

I don't know about you but I hate spending money on lamps. Don't get me wrong, I love a good lamp... they bring function, balance, and style to a space. I just don't understand why they're so expensive? The good news is that there are plenty of lamps taking up shelf space at your local thrift store for super cheap. Hopefully these projects will inspire you to make a stylish lamp for a fraction of the cost!   

 1. Add some panty hose to a shade and you have a stunner. So easy right? How many times would you have passed up the above lamp at the thrift store. Not now, right? See the tutorial and the other "panty hose lamp" that Mandi from Vintage Revivals makes here.

 

 2. Don't pass up those ceramic lamps in the thrift store. Just like the metal ones, they can be painted. See how Jen from I Heart Organizing painted her ceramic lamp here.

3. Buying a thrifted lamp is cheaper than buying lamp parts at your hardware store. Grab a cheap lamp, a cool vase, and make a new lamp. See how Jessica from Mom for Real made this lamp. She figured out how to do it without even drilling a hole!

4.  Pick a thrift store lamp with interesting detail. It will look expensive and one of a kind once you paint it. This DIY post goes into how you can prep an old dirty lamp for paint. (Hint: you can also spray paint a lamp shade too!)

5.  Dress up those skinny little table lamps with a thrifted ceramic animal. Check out how it's done here.

Thrifted Lamp Updates That Look Store-bought
Two Butterflies

6. Did you know you can tint glass with alcohol ink? Alcohol ink is scrapbooking ink commonly found in local craft stores. I didn't know this either but I might have to try this one!

7. Give a thrift store lamp a little abstract detail. You need to check out the "before of this lamp" to understand how stylish this lamp has become.

8. This lamp was once a $2 thrifted lamp. It got a little updated with foam board and spray paint. Yeah, you need to check this one out.

9. I'll be honest, painting marble intimidates me. But, this DIY looks seriously easy! It requires a tub of water, spray paint, and the ability to roll the lamp base in the water. Check it out here.

10. The ombré effect can make a vintage lamp look super unique. I love the fade from black to white on this lamp. See how it's done over on A Beautiful Mess.

Thrifted Lamp Updates That Look Store-bought
Pin It: Thrift Store Lamps that Look Store-Bought
Looking for more thrift store updates? Check out this Roundup of updated thrift store china hutches.

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