DIY 252 Ideabooks

Neat Little Project: Create a Simple Entry Bench
It can be said that you can never have enough places to sit. A little bench like this one can be used in a number of places around the home, both indoors and out. Keep it natural, as shown here, or add any number of finishes. It has a slight country look,...
Light Up Your Night With an Easy Outdoor Table Lamp
This might be the easiest lamp makeover you'll ever see. A quick trip to Goodwill, where I found a really cool pink acrylic lamp, and to the hardware store and a few minutes with a pair of scissors were all it took to add some soft light to my outdoor...
Neat Little Project: Make a Simple Garden Tote
It never fails that when working in the garden you need one more little tool, or just something to help you carry the unexpected harvest. You can avoid extra trips by building this handy garden tote.
20 Wonderfully Inventive DIY Projects by Houzzers
Home dwellers can show great creativity when faced with less-than-ideal circumstances such as a tight budget, a small space or a boring rental. Even the most mundane and unexpected items — FedEx boxes, mason jars, metal salad bowls and wine bottles...
Get a Grip: Create Handle Openings With Just 2 Tools
Trays, totes, stools and even some benches feature handle openings that allow you to carry them easily and comfortably. You can attach mass-produced handles or knobs to these items, but they often stick out, ruining a sleek profile. Plus, it's often difficult...
Furniture Clinic: Quick DIY Glides for Sofa, Chair or Table
When I was doing custom upholstery for clients and designers, I used to add a little complimentary service. Instead of leaving the furniture with its original harsh metal glides, plastic glides or those drippy, sticky felt pads, I'd replace them with...
The Taming of the Screw
Screws are used today for many of the fastening tasks once performed by nails. If a nail is set on a job today, it's generally done with a nail gun. Nail guns are fast, but if you are doing a DIY project, you may not be able to justify the expense for...
Lace Goes Modern in an Upholsterer's DIY Pendant Lights
These delicate DIY pendants fulfill the functionality of providing the right illumination for the front of my studio, and they also reflect the exact nature of my work: fabric, texture, DIY-ibility, shape and form. These beauties take a little forethought...
Neat Little Project: Make a Sturdy Wood Serving Tray
Serving trays typically evoke thoughts of luxurious mornings spent with breakfast in bed, as shown in the first image below. But their utility extends beyond this decadence; they can be means of carrying supplies outside for grilling, toting popcorn and...
29 Home Projects to Make You a DIY Superstar
Even though home improvement knowledge gets passed down from generation to generation, many of us still somehow manage to punch a dozen holes in the wall while looking for a stud, or screw up something as simple as painting the walls. And while many dream...
Build Your Own Wooden Deck Chair From a Pallet — for $10!
The days of old iron patio furniture are behind us. We're all about going green and reclaiming materials for new purposes! Today the possibilities with pallets are endless, and the materials are often free. If you've got access to pallet wood and
DIY Fix: How to Repair a Broken Glass Door Pane
A moment of cleaning motivation quickly turned to frustration and panic when I made a rookie mistake — as soon as I leaned an old window against my mudroom's old glass paneled door, I heard the heart-wrenching sound of broken glass. A broken glass pane?...
Cool Tip: Mimic Stain With a DIY Color Wash
Not many folks dislike the look of stained natural wood. It enhances the beauty of the grain and over time patinates to a rich luster that entices you to run your fingers across the wood's surface. However, the process of applying an oil-based...
Stressed Out? Try Hitting the Woodshop
Could it be that we’re in a renaissance of working with our hands? I mean really working with our hands? You know, with heavy tools that leave calluses, on projects that at the end of the day, week or month give you something that can't be emailed...
Neat Little Project: Make a Basic Wood Stand
Most woodworking projects can be streamlined down to simply making a box. That's essentially what they are. A good way to enter into the world of hand crafting your own decor and bits of furniture is to start with a basic project that features the elements...
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