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A large stack of PVC pipes.

Making a Beach Wheelchair from PVC Pipe?This is a page about making a beach wheelchair from pvc pipe. Help someone who can not walk have the mobility to get down to the beach with a PVC pipe chair.

 

vintage sewing machine

Removing Foot Pedal from Inside a Singer...Vintage sewing machine cabinets can be repurposed in a multitude of ways. However, the foot pedal can be large and in the way of prime storage space. This is a page about removing foot pedal from inside a singer sewing machine cabinet.

 

Neck Ties

Making a Neck Tie Chair?This page is about making a neck tie chair. These clothing accessories can be reused in a variety of creative, crafty ways.

 

The finished Upcycled Chair Bench

Upcycled Chair BenchI saw this idea in a magazine.

 

The finished upcycled stool.

Upcycled StoolIn our neighbor's trash with a broken leg. Cost of project: free. I had fabric and paint and glue on hand and it looks like a new stool for my shabby chic bedroom I have been decorating. If I hadn't snatched it, it would have gone to the dump!

 

The finished painted buffet.

Dry Paint Distressed BuffetBought this vintage buffet for $60. I wanted to try out a different type of "distressed" paint look and found this interesting method called "Dry Paint Distressing".

 

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Cool stool painted to look like a watermelon.

Watermelon StoolSand the top so it will take the paint. If it is an unfinished stool, you may want to paint the legs. Apply acrylic paint to make it look like a watermelon.

 

The completed upcycled dresser.

Dresser UpcycleAnother dresser upcycle. I picked this up for $40 at a yard sale. There were marker scribbling all over it, so I decided to paint it to go into a room I was re-decorating. It is painted to match some of the other pieces of furniture I have in the room.

 

A white dresser with sticker designs on the front of the drawers.

Dollar Tree Cabinet UpcycleThis project cost me $1 to do! All I had to buy was the $1 decal from Dollar Tree. I got the cabinet from "loose trash" from the next door neighbor. It was in good condition but in need of some exterior improvement to "doll it up" a little!

 

Chair Upholstery Upcycle

Chair Upholstery UpcycleAnother inexpensive upholstery project and easier than my last one.

 

A painted table top.

Recycled Painted TableAfter finding this bent and torn child's table, we recycled it into an adult side table.

 

table painted pink and light green with a decorative vinyl top

Upcycled Wooden TableI got this table for free and upcycled it for about $5. (I already had basic supplies of paint, brushes, stain, varnish, and sandpaper. The only things I purchased was the vinyl and a small bottle of acrylic craft paint.) The top was not wood, but the legs of the table were, so I decided to do a combination of wood, paint, and vinyl for the top. It turned out rather unique!

 

The wrought iron table after being painted.

Paint Touch Up on Side TableJust a little color can change the look of something and add a new "feel" to your decor.

 

Distressed Finish Stool - wooden stool with a light blue distressed wash finish

Distressed Finish StoolThis project involves using a "wash paint" technique to make a distressed look on furniture.

 

Double Distressed Farmer's Table - finished table

Double Distressed Farmer's TableAlthough this table was already distressed, I distressed it again using the "wet" method for distressing.

 

Re-Upholstered Ottoman - finished ottoman

Re-Upholstered OttomanI found this ottoman for $7.50 at Goodwill. Then, I found the "material" (actually a curtain from Goodwill for $4.50) that went with the colors in the room where I am using the ottoman. It needed to be re-upholstered because the leather was worn and I didn't like the dark color. You can use this same procedure with reupholstering chairs if the seat is removable.

 

Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - finished cabinet

Boxy to Shabby Chic CabinetThis was a boxy looking little cabinet with drawers and I wanted to upcycle it to make it look shabby chic. So this is what I did. I found the cabinet set out for trash pick up, but didn't know what it was or what to do with it. After a couple of months, we came up with this idea for storing my daughter's Bath and Body Works collection!

 

A chair with a woven fabric seat.

Repairing an Old ChairI love this little chair, but it needed help. I sanded it, stained it with natural Minwax stain. Then I started the seat. I made the seat by using rag strips, braiding, and finally weaving.

 

A vintage sewing machine before restoration.

Vintage Sewing Machine RestorationIf you have a vintage sewing machine in its original cabinet, you might want to consider a makeover. The restoration can include getting the machine into good working order and restoring or refinishing the cabinet. Whether you use it for sewing or as a piece of decor this can be a very rewarding and enjoyable project. See how it was done here.

 

Decalicious Dresser Makeover - painted three drawer dresser with large rose decal.

Decalicious Dresser MakeoverRefinishing an old or castoff dresser can include the use of pretty decals along with new paint or stain. This page offers a dresser makeover including the addition of a lovely rose decal motif.

 

Repairing A Bamboo Coffee Table - table top half covered

Repairing A Bamboo Coffee TableIf you have access to sticks of bamboo, you can repair the top of a bamboo coffee table. This project shows how to replace a broken glass top with a mat of bamboo, while reusing the original frame.

 

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pine chest

Turn Pine Wood Furniture into Objects of ArtUsing a heat gun to darken and define the knots and grain on pine furniture is one way to improve the appearance of this inexpensive wood. Add painted stencils, unique handles, and other decorative touches to create a lovely piece that complements your home's decor.

 

Tree Stump table and chairs.

Making a Table Out of a Tree StumpTree stumps make solid and attractive bases for tables. This is a page about making a table out of a tree stump.

 

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Making Sleeper Wood Shelves?I am attempting to make shelves out of sleeper wood. I have prepared them with teak oil, 2 coats. Do I leave them like that or do I coat with clear varnish?

 

The finished nightstand from a wooden stool.

Turn Wooden Stool Into a Night StandA small stool can easily be converted into a nightstand with any decorative theme you like. Here's a great idea about how to turn a wooden stool into a night stand.

 

Pallet Door Spice Rack

Pallet Door Spice RackWooden pallets, which can still sometimes be gotten for free, can be dismantled and reconstructed into an attractive and useful spice rack. This is a page about pallet door spice rack.

 

An old chair all dressed up.

Dressing Up an Old ChairThis is a page about dressing up an old chair. There are many ways to embellish an old piece of furniture to give it an entirely different look.

 

DIY Vintage Medicine Cabinet

Making a Vintage Medicine CabinetThis is a page about making a vintage medicine cabinet. Recycled materials help give this handmade medicine cabinet a rustic, vintage look.

 

recovered stool

Reupholstering a FootstoolThis is a page about reupholstering a footstool. Recovering a favorite footstool or a recent thriftstore find is actually quite easy and requires few tools.

 

Fiberglass Chairs

Making Fiberglass Furniture?This is a page about making fiberglass furniture. Manufacturing this type of furniture, you can use different techniques and materials.

 

Painting a wood chair.

Decorating Wood FurnitureThis is a page about decorating wood furniture. Update older worn furniture or new plain pieces using a variety of methods, such as painting, stenciling, decoupage, and more.

 

Playpen Reading Nook

Making a Playpen Reading NookThis is a page about making a playpen reading nook. When your toddler outgrows their playpen consider this creative makeover.

 

Child Painting at Play Table

Making a Child's Play TableThis is a page about making a child's play table. You can have as much fun designing and building a play table as your children will have using it.

 

Man Making Wood Furniture

Wood Furniture Craft IdeasThis is a page about wood furniture craft ideas. Furniture making is a rewarding craft allowing you to put your creativity to use in producing a lasting gift or addition to your home decor.

 

Brass Box Feet

Shopping for Brass Box Feet?This page is about shopping for brass box feet. Finding the small craft hardware that you want for your project can be a challenge.

 

Child's Art Table

Making a Child's Art Table?This is a page about making a child's art table. Your artist in the making will really enjoy having her own creative space to pursue those early masterpieces.

 

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Bean Bag Chair

Making a Bean Bag Chair?This is a page about making a bean bag chair. Bean bag chairs have been around for decades. These comfortable lounge about chairs can be cheaper to make than they are to buy.

 

Glass Top Table

Designing a Glass Top TableThis page is about designing a glass top table. Whether modifying a table or starting from scratch a glass topped table can be made very attractive.

 

Covering a Tabletop With Pennies

Covering a Tabletop With PenniesThis page is about covering a tabletop with pennies. An attractive finish to a table can be these coins.

 

A man measuring wood.

Making a Shadowbox Coffee TableThis is a page about making a shadowbox coffee table. Making a coffee table that can also display heirlooms or your special collections is a fun and functional project.

 

Wood plank headboard.

Making a HeadboardThis is a page about making a headboard. Making your headboard can be fun and creative. There are so many possibilities depending on the materials you choose. Try repurposing and recycling other items into a one of a kind headboard.

 

Recovered stools.

Recovering StoolsI re-cushioned my two step stools today. One had a tear in it and the other had rust on it so it was nice and easy to recover them with a vinyl table cloth that I had bought to compliment my kitchen colors and design.

 

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Changing Drawer Facing on Bedroom Furniture Set?I am turning an old dresser into a dining room buffet, any ideas are welcome, I would like to change drawer facing, but would need the inside to function as such.

 

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Measuring Foam Larger Then Cushion?How do I measure foam, larger than actual size of cushion?

 

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Homemade Glass ShelvesI just recently discover a great way to make a "homemade" bookshelf, by stacking glass or plexi-glass on glass blocks. Glass blocks come in a great many styles and colors.

 

The finished painted buffet.

Dry Paint Distressed BuffetBought this vintage buffet for $60. I wanted to try out a different type of "distressed" paint look and found this interesting method called "Dry Paint Distressing".

 

Double Distressed Farmer's Table - finished table

Double Distressed Farmer's TableAlthough this table was already distressed, I distressed it again using the "wet" method for distressing.

 

The completed upcycled dresser.

Dresser UpcycleHere is another dresser upcycle. I picked this up for $40 at a yard sale. There were marker scribblings all over it, so I decided to paint it to go into a room I was re-decorating. It is painted to match some of the other pieces of furniture I have in the room.

 

Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - finished cabinet

Boxy to Shabby Chic CabinetThis was a boxy looking little cabinet with drawers and I wanted to upcycle it to make it look shabby chic. So this is what I did. I found the cabinet set out for trash pick up, but didn't know what it was or what to do with it. After a couple of months, we came up with this idea for storing my daughter's Bath and Body Works collection!

 

Distressed Finish Stool - wooden stool with a light blue distressed wash finish

Distressed Finish StoolThis project involves using a "wash paint" technique to make a distressed look on furniture.

 

The finished upcycled stool.

Upcycled StoolIn our neighbor's trash with a broken leg. Cost of project: free. I had fabric and paint and glue on hand and it looks like a new stool for my shabby chic bedroom I have been decorating. If I hadn't snatched it, it would have gone to the dump!

 

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Making a King Size Headboard?Husband and I just got rid of our waterbed, and have gone to a regular bed. But we can't find a headboard we like. We are thinking of making our own, but need ideas. We live in a new house, but it was built to resemble an old farmhouse.

 

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Bird Safe Paint and Glue for Making a Birdbath?Can the person who posted how to make a terra cotta fountain describe what type of paint will hold up outside and not cause any health issues for birds. Also the same question for the glue she used. Or if anyone can help me with these questions I would be grateful. Thank you.

 

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Applying Glitter to Furniture?I am trying to design my own children's line of furniture and who doesn't love glitter! My only problem is I've never worked with glitter on anything but paper. Does anyone have suggestions on how to make this work? My question is how do you make it stay on the furniture piece and not get all over the kids? What are your ideas on glitter and furniture?

 

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