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I gave myself the daunting task of making over my three-season porch. I live in New England, so this porch is used only for about five months of the year at best, but I can see it from the kitchen sink, and it connects the kitchen with the backyard, so I wanted it to be a calm, welcoming space for my family. During the...
Make a Gorgeous (Cheap!) Pillow Using Vintage Clothes
If you can sew a straight line, you can easily and inexpensively create the most interesting throw pillows from vintage clothes on your sewing machine. The most brilliant thing is that you can use the existing closures like buttons or zippers as your...
Turn a Shipping Pallet Into a Stylish Ottoman
A low-slung upholstered ottoman is an easy, budget-friendly and high-impact DIY upholstery project. And because you make it yourself, it's completely customizable. The first thing you'll need for this project is a frame. Retrofitting a shipping...
DIY Project: Sit Pretty with Mismatched Chairs
About a year ago I was on the prowl for totally un-pedestrian, one-of-a-kind furniture for my breakfast nook. After an hour or two strolling through designer showrooms, it became apparent that what I wanted to spend for the entire room would simply cover...
Make a Beautiful and Long-Lasting Driftwood Centerpiece
Colorful succulents tucked into a pretty piece of driftwood make for a long-lasting centerpiece that brings the beauty of nature indoors. To make this piece, I planted exotic succulents and tillandsias in a piece of driftwood I found on the beach in Washington....
The Easiest, Most Versatile Cake Stand You'll Ever Make
Why should cake have all the fun? Cake stands can display many other foods, such as fruits, cookies, candy and cupcakes, serving as great centerpieces and dishes for your parties. So whether you're hosting a holiday buffet, birthday party or baby shower,...
Get Organized: Make Your Own Stylish Corkboard
So 2014 is here, and it’s got me craving a little more organization. Corkboards are perfect for organizing papers and calendars in an office or kitchen command center. I decided to deviate from the traditional corkboard and create one using two thick...
Make Your Own Rustic-Chic Headboard From Salvaged Doors
I hate watching home remodels that result in destroyed architectural components that could have been either reused or donated. Old doors are a good example. Here's how to turn a pair of weather-beaten cast-offs into a handsome headboard. If...
Revive Your Space With a Homemade Pillow Cover
One of the fastest ways to update your bed or sofa is to swap out pillow covers. Store-bought pillow covers can be costly, but you can experiment with colors and try unusual patterns by buying the fabric and sewing the covers yourself. I am nowhere near...
20 Tools Every Homeowner Should Have
If you love tools or just need to stock a basic toolbox, here are the top 20 necessary items to get your small project done. How many do you have? Related: 14...
DIY: The Secret to Hanging a Plate Collection
Hanging a group of plates is pretty easy if you have the right tools and a helper. When you do it yourself, getting the spacing right can become a finger-whacking, wall-scarring spackle fest. It does not have to be this way. Read on for the secret to...
From the Pros: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets
The right cabinet color can transform your kitchen or bathroom's look. And because replacing cabinetry can be expensive, a fresh paint color could be the best bet for your budget. But before you start in on this seemingly simple DIY, keep a key point...
Make a Cool Mail Organizer for Your Wall
We have a small, narrow entry in our home that seriously lacks storage. So having a designated place (off the floor, that is) where we can organize mail, receipts and other important papers is vital to helping that area stay clutter free. A few hooks...
Create a DIY Homework Station They’ll Really Use
In our home the end of summer ushers in back-to-school time for our three children; it also marks the beginning of crazy sports schedules, homework sessions and other school projects. Needless to say, this is the time of year when I’m always looking...
Trick Out Your Kitchen Backsplash for Storage and More
Besides having aesthetic value, backsplashes can also be a useful, easy-to-access storage area. Hanging frequently used items such as knives, utensils and cookware on wall space in front of you rather than hiding them behind cabinets saves time...