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More DIY Ideas: Creative Salvage Makeovers

More DIY Ideas: Creative Salvage Makeovers
One of my favorite topics to blog about is DIY / Makeover project ideas. I really wish I lived in a house with a garage and/or backyard (instead of an apartment) so I could take on more of my own DIY weekend projects...but for now, I"ll just have to settle with scoping out other people's fabulous transformations for inspiration. I found this gallery via Sunset Magazine with some great ideas! Do you have any DIY projects in the works? BEFORE (ABOVE): Chandelier lampshades and lumber BEFORE (ABOVE): Window frames, lumber and door hinges BEFORE (ABOVE): Old mismatched candlesticks BEFORE (ABOVE): $45 Outdated Table from Craigslist BEFORE (ABOVE): Shabby dresser found on Craigslist BEFORE (ABOVE): Wooden Spools BEFORE (ABOVE): Salvaged ladders / lumber / dresser drawers....

How-To - Dirt Cheap Wall-Sized Whiteboards - __Update3:__ Somewhere between Wordpress, TextMate, and the Markdown plugin, my post got corrupted and ended up in mixed HTML/Markdown. It should be fixed now. Updated Update: FYI… As the weather gets hotter and more humid here in Seattle, my board has started to noticeably warp and it doesn’t lean nicely on my wall anymore. This obviously won’t be a problem if you mount the board directly to the wall, but if you want a freestanding board like me, you may want to look into using a stiffer backing board such as real plywood or OSB, or build a stiffer frame. Update: Welcome, Makers! Disclaimer: I can’t claim to have come up with this myself. I’ll admit it, I’m a geek, and a very visually-oriented geek at that. Unfortunately, big whiteboards are expensive. Fortunately, the same material that they make most commercial whiteboards out of is available at most big-box lumber stores like Home Depot for less than $15. More details after the jump. Step 1: Procure Your Supplies Step 2: Glue

A Few Features… Hey Guys!! Thanks to all of you who joined our last I Made it Without My Hubby! We loved the new setup with the picture links. It made it a bit more fun don’t you think?? My hard drive crashed during that party and my dear friends over at Geek Squad got it all fixed up for me. Wonder if Show & Tell wants to trade me laundry rooms?? How fun is this idea?? What a great armoire makeover at The Clever Chic… Although I did love it old and chippy too :)! This great knock off here is now on my project list thanks to Erin! Now how fun was that!?? ~Whitney DIY Project Gallery: Furniture I asked you all last week what you'd like me to blog more about in 2012 and many of you suggested DIY projects. Thank you so much for your input and thoughtful comments! (If you haven't put in your two cents yet, please do by clicking here, you'll automatically be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to Modern Chic Home!). Today I've rounded up several DIY furniture projects to inspire you. If you're feeling creative and crafty this weekend, maybe you'll want to take a stab at one! Just click on the name of each project to view the instructions. DIY Nightstands Turn an unused table into a pair of stylish and useful nightstands with these easy-to-follow instructions (via DIY Network) DIY Tray Table Couple an adjustable-height stool with an oversize tray to create a chic side table (via BHG). DIY Bookcase Buffet Convert bookcases into a custom store-and-serve buffet. Create a stylish place for your dog (or cat!)

Lomography DID YOU KNOW… You’ve probably heard all about the amazing uses of distilled vinegar, using olive oil to condition leather and even that nifty trick of using a potato to loosen a broken light bulb. But today, we are going to talk about some of the not-so-known uses for everyday items like coffee filters, marshmallows and dryer sheets. COFFEE FILTERS – The little paper-like liners that make your morning cup of joe possible have many more uses than just getting your morning started. Because coffee filters are lint-free and absorb oil very well, there are many, many uses for these little guys. Did you know… You can use coffee filters to clean glass, CD’s/DVD’s, computer monitors and even your iPad. DRYER SHEETS – Speaking of dryer sheets, did you know… If you plan on storing your luggage for a long period of time, stashing a dryer sheet inside each piece can help prevent musty odors. MARSHMALLOWS - Yes, it’s true. CLEAR NAIL POLISH – Handy for more than runs in your hose.

Build a PVC Greenhouse How to build a PVC greenhouse to extend growing seasons. Free plans and projects out of PVC pipe. DIY green house to raise or grow plants at home. PVC Greenhouse Built by Michael Arnold. Return to pictures of PVC projects Baking & Dessert Recipes & Videos - *Tested Recipes* DIY Furniture Makeovers I've been busy finalizing the design of the room I'm decorating for the Good Shepherd Charity Design Project, which I start on next week (is it really almost JUNE?!). I blogged about this amazing project a couple of months ago and have been obsessing about how I'm going to design the space ever since. It's basically a small bedroom, about 12' x 14' in size, with 1 to 2 windows. We are required to have certain pieces of furniture in the space (bed, desk, nightstand, etc.), but the rest is completely up to us. The sky's the limit, as long as the end result is functional, livable and of course, beautiful! Because this project is entirely pro bono, many of us have been relying on vendors, designers, family & friends to donate goods that we might be able to use.

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