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Crates (sold at Michaels), stained and nailed together to make a coffee table.

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DIY Upholstered Ottoman

I am so excited to share with you my most recent project... turning an old table into an upholstered ottoman! It was actually really easy and I think the result is a very professional looking ottoman! Here's how I did it. I already had this coffee table, but you could easily find one like this on Craigslist or maybe you already have one around the house. Anything that has legs that you like and an easy shape to cover will work. If the table is taller, you can cut the legs down so that the…

Lay a world map over 3 canvas, cut into 3 pieces. Coat each canvas with Mod Podge and wrap the maps around them like presents. Let dry and hang on the wall about 2" away from each other. Then add pins to all the places you've been.

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turn an old drawer into an ottoman with storage!

Old drawer ottoman - Beyond The Picket Fence

A blog about interior decorating with YOUR upcycled salvaged finds.

A $20 IKEA plain white coffee table...pick your wallpaper print, spray adhesive to get it to stick...apply mod podge and spray shellac over the wallpaper as a protective coating...and lastly, add decorative nails as a border...and BAM.

Lizzie’s Wallpapered IKEA Lack Table

With a $20 price tag and simple design, the Lack table from IKEA is just screaming for customization. Ssshh … listen carefully. Can you hear it? Please, dear DIY diva, take me from a cookie cutter cheap-o table to a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of furniture! Lucky for you, little table, Lizzie heard your pleas. Oh, humble IKEA Lack coffee table. How we do love to see what clever DIYers can do to enhance your simple little design.

DIY bench - cost ~$10

Providence Bench for my Front Porch

Free plans to help anyone build simple, stylish furniture at large discounts from retail furniture. All woodworking plans are step by step, and include table plans, bed plans, desk plans and bookshelf plans. Thousands of readers are saving by building their own home furnishings.

DIY studded Thin Bracelets via Martha Stewart

Handmade Necklaces to Make and Give

Turn tiny treasures, trinkets, and trims into handcrafted jewelry that's much more than the sum of its parts—pearls, shimmery lariats, molded clay, and so much more.

Next time you are standing in that thrift store (or your great aunt's living room) pondering whether to take home the groovy chair with the hideous and shredded upholstery, this tool may come in handy. Because sometimes it is hard to imagine just how much fabric would be needed to redo a chair or sofa. And every yard counts.

Organizing Cleaning

Articles about organizing cleaning on Apartment Therapy, a lifestyle and interior design community with tips and expert advice on creating happy, healthy homes for everyone.

Painting fabric chairs instead of re-upholstering...I thought it was going to be a mess and I was WRONG.


Chevron Chairs!

Rustic & Dreamy Holiday Decor

michele made me: Newspaper Rose Wreath. Wish I was more crafty - love to fill me home with beautiful things like this.

Newspaper Rose Wreath - Michele Made Me

Edited to Add {18 Jul 2011}: Here’s my little newspaper-rose-making tutorial to help you achieve the look of my paper roses. Hope this gets you on your way! I decided to make a rose wreath when I visited Alisa Burke’s Blog. Such a lovely blog! I dare you not to be inspired! The tutorial for...Read More »

DIY Necklace Holder. Love that you can customize this with any wood or knobs you like!

25 Easy DIY Projects for the Home!

Hello lovelies! As I've already talked about in my post on the best websites to shop for home decor, I'm a little decorating obsessed lately! I'll be moving into my first apartment this Fall, and I really want to fill it with pretty things that will inspire me and make the place feel like home. So I decided to make a list of all the DIY projects I plan on making for my apartment! These ideas are all super easy to make, because to be quite honest I am not the most patient or DIY-saavy person…