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.

Friendly rocking chair for kids got a makeover

Everyone knows what a rocking chair is. We usually associate it with the grandma image. This is how we usually see it on TV or in cartoon series. I still remember Muriel and how she loved to sit in her rocking chair and watch TV. But rocking chairs aren’t only for old people. Kids can enjoy them too. Here’s a very cute rocker that got a beautiful makeover and that has the perfect size for kids.

The rocker has a very chic look but that’s after the makeover. Before that it used to look very sad. It was an old piece of furniture with a nice overall look but in bad need of a makeover. The chair got a fresh new look and it’s almost unrecognizable now. The frame was painted white and this changed everything. The glossy white paint makes it look ore modern and fresh. The fabric was also a very important element. It’s chic and modern and it completely changes everything.

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Top 20 ways to bring the outside in through birch

Today is a special day, a day where natures claims its place in the calendar. Thereby I propose to talk about nature and the wonderful things it has to offer. Among  them there are trees, wonderful building materials and the base for many of the decorative ideas. Today we’ll focus around birch , a tree closely related to the beech or oak . This type of wood has been the subject of many wonderful projects, made by specialists or simply by any of you.  You wouldn’t imagine how many possibilities of creating original decorations  and useful items that could surround us  in every second and in any type of activity, exist.

In the first part of the material we’ll take a look at some wonderful ideas and objects build with or from birch wood, and then in the second part we’re actually going to see step by step how could you do similar projects by yourself.

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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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