DIY Projects 268 Ideabooks

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...
Embellishing Tricks for Cost-Effective Custom Curtains
One of the most expensive elements of a well-designed home can be custom curtains. Throw in the fabric, lining, rods, rings and tracks, and before you know it, you've spent thousands of dollars. In this economy that's a tough sell. But one easy way to...
On Trend: 10 Hammers That Nail Great Design
Whatever project I'm working on, I've found I enjoy it more — and am more likely to finish the tedious steps within that project — if the tools I use work well and are pleasing to look at. There's something about a quality tool that makes everything...
Weekend Project: Reinvent a Wine Crate
Sometimes a large DIY project just isn't what the day calls for. If you need a quick DIY fix, look no further than an inexpensive wine crate. Imagine what you can do with a neat little box that may have traveled from overseas and still smells of lovely...
Reinvent It: Penny for Your Thoughts on This Antiqued Table?
Homeowner Debbie Murray loves to decorate and always keeps her eye out for clever ideas. "I had noticed creative people on the Internet using pennies on floors and backsplashes, and I wanted something done in pennies," she says. "I said to my husband,...
Reinvent It: Salvage Savvy Keeps an Urban-Farmhouse Bath on Budget
Suffering from Carrara marble sticker shock, homeowner Jennifer Brown knew she had to get creative with the rest of the elements in her bathroom renovation. "We bought our house as a new build 13 years ago, and the master bath was the one room we didn't...
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