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How to make a cheap, awesome, professional Curtain Rod. First off, thank you so much for being so kind about my new curtains in the dining room!

How to make a cheap, awesome, professional Curtain Rod

I am taken aback daily by how many genuinely nice people there are in this blogging community. Thank you for loving the curtains along with me, and also thank you for just being plain ol’ nice. Vintage Revivals. DIY: Starburst Clock. I love clocks and especially love clocks with personality! Starburst Style clocks appeal to me in many ways but they're usually a little too retro or gold for my style-- so I was excited to try making a new version of the Starburst :) I'd love to see you do the same using the tutorial below!

These clocks were my inspiration! 21 ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture. Wood pallets have been around for decades as mechanisms for shipping and storing larger items (among other things).

21 ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture

Recently, however, wooden pallets have become much more than a once-and-done packaging piece. They’ve become a useful resource in home décor and design. Used by beginner to professional DIYers in projects from wall coverings to large and small furniture pieces to home décor accessories, wood pallets can be disassembled into wood planks that can be used for any number of projects. The wood can be like new, rustic with patina, or somewhere in between. And, best of all (to the DIY world, at least), is their price: Free!

Before & after: rustic refinished desk. I see desks like these in thrift stores and on the side of the road all the time, and honestly, I can’t say that I feel inspired when I look at them.

before & after: rustic refinished desk

However, now that I’ve seen this refinishing job from Rebekah Disch, I’m reminded yet again that every piece of furniture can have potential in the right hands. I really like the color she’s chosen, and the subtle aging is a great little detail. Nice work, Rebekah! Before & after: creative chair reupholstery. I might be angering some die-hard upholstery experts out there when I say this, but I’m a firm believer in thinking outside the box when it comes to choosing fabrics.

before & after: creative chair reupholstery

Clothing, rugs, industrial materials and even recycled non-textiles can be used to make an amazingly awesome upholstered chair. I love this chair from Katie Steuernagle for this reason. Her creative use of a Mexican embroidered dress to gussy up this old Louis chair is right up my alley. DIY Chevron Rug. One of my favorite parts of my most recent project has to be the rug I made.

DIY Chevron Rug

From the very beginning of the project I kept talking about how I was going to make the rug, blah, blah, blah then the time came to actually make it and I freaked out a bit, but in the end it really was super easy. Here it is in all it’s glory: Print Hula Hoop Rug Page. This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age What does it take to transform a pile of old T-shirts into spectacular works of woven art?

Print Hula Hoop Rug Page

Just a spare hula hoop or embroidery hoop and the techniques we'll show you here. The oversize looms and easy-to-use loops of T-shirt fabric make these projects particularly appealing to beginning weavers. Learn the basic hoop weaving technique by crafting a colorful accent rug to brighten up a room. I am SO proud of my DIY zig zag rug. You've all seen those zig zag rugs around on design and home dec catalogs, websites, magazines...

I am SO proud of my DIY zig zag rug

The zig zag/chevron pattern is everywhere this season and I have been craving it as I redecorate our bedroom with something more contemporary! I was so excited to copy these gorgeous zig zag rugs: (West Elm) How To Create Paper Blossoms. Previous image Next image We've talked about using paper decorations to punch up a last minute party, but there are ways that you can incorporate paper into your everyday décor as well.

How To Create Paper Blossoms

My favorite paper creations of late are tissue paper cherry blossoms, which are as pretty as they are easy to make.A few weeks ago I was charged with the task of decorating a ballroom for my daughter's school auction. The theme was cherry blossoms, and the result was magical…and budget friendly too! Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » sewing 101: machine appliqué. Here’s a great way to snazz up simple textiles with an easy embellishment technique – machine appliqué!

This technique allows you to apply cut-out shapes of fabric to the surface of another fabric, achieving colorful and interesting effects that would otherwise be complicated to sew. In this post I’m appliquéing a tablecloth, but you can use the basic instructions here to appliqué shapes on just about anything around the house — curtain panels, throw pillows, cocktail napkins, duvets, even totes. Branch Bookshelf. Starburst mirror. So sorry for the suspense regarding my toolbox dresser project .

Starburst mirror

I haven’t made much progress on it yet. In the meantime, I decided to make a starburst mirror. This project was a cinch because I learned from the mistakes I made on my sunburst mirror . David stark’s post-it fridge project. [i'm so thrilled to welcome one of my design idols, david stark, to the site today. david is sharing a fun post-it diy project inspired by his fantastic new book, david stark design. welcome, david!]

david stark’s post-it fridge project

I am really excited to share our new book DAVID STARK DESIGN with you all, and I look forward to your feedback on it! As an artist, it is both exhilarating and strange to stand back and view the trends and thought processes of your own work. Working on the book forced me to zero in on and articulate a design strategy that is instinctual to me. Functional Space Saving DIY Coat Hooks. Functional and space saving coat hooks aren’t easy to find. Some manufacturers have such hooks among their products but most of them are quite pricey. You would be amazed what you can make similar hooks from… Dictionary Sacrifice Rosettes DIY. I’m a little in love with the rosettes I use to top my origami gift boxes. They come from the humblest of beginnings, but end up looking pretty sharp smart when all’s said and done.

Wanna make one —or sixty-three, like me? First, gather your materials: paper grocery bag cut-up-able dictionary page (or other contrasting paper)glue stickglue gun and glueselection of vintage buttonspaper cutter (or ruler and scissors) Next, cut your bag crosswise into 1.5″ strips.