DIY Projects

Read all about what you can build for your home, how you can upcycle or repurpose an item, or when it’s beneficial to turn a generic piece into a beautiful, customized item that you’ll love forever. This DIY section is full of helpful how-tos and creative ideas for everyone, from people who were born with a hammer in their hands to those who break a sweat at the thought of picking up a paintbrush. You’re sure to find a project that will make your home happy.

Easy DIY Desk With Ikea Table Tops and Legs

This nice project , like many others was born from a necessity. The need of a grater working space that would run the length of those big windows pushed the owner to an custom made individual project. Already knowing what she wanted, Jenny  picked some wooden table tops and matching legs and start working. First she assembled the legs and tops to look like a desk. The three leg design turned out great, looking really stylish and modern. The next step was to paint the wooden structure with some water based paint. Because she wanted to be able to see the knots and some of the grain in the wood through the paint job a little more water was added so the paint layer was not necessarily thinner but less dense.

It all took around 10 minutes and then  was left to dry. To achieve a cool bras look on the legs Jenny used  a foam brush and a drop of metallic parlor gold. NO primer, just two or three coats sealed with Polycrylic  should be enough for you too.As we can see the setting is perfect for the finished product and I love the combination of pickled wood with modern brassy legs.After you jum see more Diy desk ideas.

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Modern upholstered bench made from a table

We’ve noticed the weather has become more friendly lately so we decided to show you something a little more appropriate. Since spring is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of all the fun things you can do outdoors. If you have some outdoor space available, we have a nice project that you’ll love. We’re going to show how to turn a simple table into a cozy and modern bench. For this project you’ll need an old coffee table with straight sides, some measuring tape, ½’’ plywood, ¼’’ double strength glass, sandpaper, a 2’’ piece of foam, one yard of Dacron, spray adhesive, a yard of fabric, a staple gun, spray paint three 1 ½’’ wood screws and a drill. Now let’s see what can you do with all those materials. First you need to decide on the dimensions for the seat and the table. Then cut the wood and glass so that they fit those dimensions. Next attach the pre-cut foam to the wood using spray adhesive.

You’ll also need to cut a piece of Dacron to place on top of the foam after applying spray adhesive. Then cut the fabric and make sure it fits around the Dacron covered bench top. You’ll need some extra 2-3’’ for stapling. Then upholster the fabric on the wood and foam insert. Use the sandpaper to smooth off the edges and then cut the glass, clean it and let it dry. Spray one side of the glass with spray paint, let it dry and repeat. Do that until it becomes opaque.

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Creative DIY rug railings

Traditional rugs are not very fashionable these days. In fact, most homes don’t have any rugs at all. Most modern and contemporary homes prefer wooden floors of tiles. And since we all have to adapt to these changes, we often find ourselves with old rugs and we don’t know what to do with. But if you have a house of lots that include a stairwell, we have an idea of a very creative project for you.You can use old rugs or even blankets to create rails for the stairwell. It’s actually a very interesting and original and for me it’s the first time I hear about it. It’s not a bad idea at all. This way you don’t have to throw away the rugs that you have used for so many years and you can repurpose them. The project is actually very simple and no instructions are needed.

All you have to do is take the rug or blanket, preferably more than one if you want to cover the whole stairwell, and figure out the dimensions and a way to cut them. Then cut them in smaller pieces and staple the pieces to the stairwell. It would be very easy if the stairwell is made of wood. For metal or other types of materials it’s going to be a little more complicated but not impossible. You’ll just have to adapt your design and ideas to the circumstances.

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From an electrical wire spool to a modern ottoman

I know that sometimes you want to be creative and save some money by constructing  yourselves some pieces of furniture, but most of the times you encounter difficulties which discourage you. Now, if you are interested by this ottoman made by Shelly from Design Sponge, I will describe you the right steps to do one alike. First of all, you will need the materials and tools, and after that, you can start your project. For making the frame you have to take the spool apart and make a pattern from paper, because you will use it for cutting out the foam, batting, fabric and a dustcover for the bottom.

Glue and screw 6-8 posts evenly around the wooden  circle, then add the other pieces of wood on top of the posts and attach them. For the padding you have to use a staple gun to attach a long piece of cotton muslin around the outside edges of the circles, to fill the open spaces between the support posts. Cut a piece of foam using an electric knife, the same as your paper pattern, and after that, use spray adhesive to glue the foam to the top of the frame. Cut the batting to match the frame , and then another long strip of batting equal to the total height of the ottoman, plus two extra inches, than pin them down.

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How to create a budget friendly faux pillow using felt

We all buy pillows to decorate our homes, because they look sophisticate, and also because  they are very cozy when we sit on them. But what we do when we don’t find the perfect model of pillow we want? It’s simple. We create one. In a few lines, I will try to describe you how Samantha Baldwin from The New York Examiner created a pillow inspired by a Suzani décor. For this project you will need the following materials: a 24”square pillow form, a 24”square solid color pillow cover and white, fuchsia, pink, yellow felt ( or other colors ), fabric glue and a piece of paper.

After cutting three different models of pink flowers, and another special white one, you will have to follow the next steps: center the medium flower in the center of the large one and adhere with fabric glue, then center it on the pillow, also with fabric glue. Then place the suzani circle around the flower, being very attentive to have the right angles. Fold over half of the circle and apply glue, then lay it back down and stick to pillow cover.

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Chic DIY vintage stools

There are a lot of beautiful and practical pieces of furniture that you can create by yourself. Chairs and tables are the simplest ones. In this article we’re going to take a look at some very beautiful and artistic stools. They have a lovely vintage design and it’s very fashionable. It’s also a project that requires a very small budget.The chairs have similar designs and equally beautiful looks. The best thing about them is that you can make them yourself. The easiest way to make a vintage stool is to use other existent stools.

You’ll need to sacrifice those in order to create a new one. You can use one or more stools with flat wooden tops. You’ll also need some paint in case you want to change the color of the texture, sticky back plastic or wallpaper, mod podge and vintage or self-printed decals.

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Riding a Vespa Piece of Furniture

Wasps are some small noisy beings that work day long in order to produce the sweetest thing: honey. I guess everybody loves this products and I am sure that not too many of you love the appearance of a wasp. If they are disturbed they can become really aggressive and a confrontation with them is not so nice. So it is better to leave them alone, do their ob and enjoy their sweet product.

In Italian “vespa” means “wasp” and it was used by Enrico Piaggio for his scooters when they have appeared in 1942 for the first time. Their retro appearance and noisy engines were the perfect features that could be associated with the name of “vespa”. At that time the Vespa scooters were very fashionable and loved by everybody but in time they turned to be unhealthy for the environment and they were replaced by some other models.

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