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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...
Get Grout Magically Clean — Stains and All
Tile — whether it's used as flooring, in the kitchen as a backsplash or for counters, or in the bathroom — has one great downfall: grout. Since grout is porous in nature, unsealed grout absorbs all kinds of stains, from mildew to coffee and everything...
How to Replace a Button on a Tufted Chair
Upholstery repair can be a lucrative facet of an upholstery or interior design business, for someone who has both upholstery and problem-solving skills. But some simple furniture repairs, such as fixing a button, can be accomplished by anyone with patience...
Fashion a Greens-Laden Tablescape for Spring
For a fresh and personal way to decorate your spring table for brunch, Mother's Day or any day, combine special pieces from your china cabinet with a beautifully casual mix of fresh flowers and bright green foliage. Get the how-to from New York floral...
See a Soothing Backyard Bathhouse Born From a Salvaged Tub
When a lilac tree died in Sloan Schang's yard in Portland, Oregon, last summer, it left behind a blank corner. It also provided him with an opportunity. A secluded backyard spa appealed to Schang, a writer and creative director, but the $6,000 bill required...
The Worst Rug Ever: 6 DIY Missteps
The best do-it-yourself projects are the ones that use materials that everyone has on hand. It's even better if said DIY happens to get rid of a pile of junk. There are some incredible...
Reinvent It: Grow a Mini Vertical Garden in Printing Press Drawers
After renovating the living room in her San Francisco condo, Stephanie Van Dyke wanted a living wall to add some life to the large, open space, but she experienced some frustration at first. "Most of the ideas I found were far too complicated and/or expensive,"...
My Houzz: Thrifty, Crafty and Charming in a Portland Bungalow
Chris McCormick bought this north Portland home in his bachelor days and did some structural work to fix it up. When he married Jennifer four years ago, it was time for a new phase of remodeling and redecorating. They tore up the carpet, refinished the...
Turn a Wooden Pallet Into Unique Photo Frames
What is it about shipping pallets that is so endearing? For me it is the rustic, aged quality of the wood, combined with the mystery of what kinds of goods the pallet may have supported. When left out in the elements, the wood of pallets can take on...
Make an Upholstered Headboard You Can Change on a Whim
“Functional" might as well be my middle name. I usually create furnishings and accessories that serve more than one purpose, or that can be easily changed out for a different look. After way too much fussing over a complicated...
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