The unexpected adds a playful energy to a room. For his first home, designer Tommy Chambers adapted a Craftsman tool chest as a nightstand, building a simple alderwood base himself to raise it to a more convenient bedside level. “The splash of color is great,” he says, “and I love the nostalgic element of this common item from my childhood.”
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Amy Howard at Home has a very exciting product out — High Performance Furniture Lacquer (in a spray can!).
If you’ve ever wished for a thick, rich, hard-high-gloss finish of actual lacquer on a piece of furniture, frame or home decor — Amy’s paint is for you. Just prime your piece, spray it on — and a pale, faded piece of furniture transforms into an edgy, chic high-fashion statement piece set in lacquer. And did I mention it’s in an easy-to-use SPRAY CAN?!
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HGTV fans, we have a big surprise for you. One Kings Lane has paired up with HGTV to bring you all the outdoor furniture, accessories and gardening supplies you need to hop right into spring. HGTV has inspired each and every item featured in this month’s sale, so you know you’re getting our seal of approval when you purchase that polka dot pillow. The sale starts today, April 3, at 11 a.m. and ends on April 8 at 11 a.m. And listen to this: The folks at One Kings Lane are offering 30 percent off all first-time purchases (for the first 24 hours of the sale)! So, you have no reason to not buy that rug or bistro set you’ve been coveting. I mean, it’s 30 percent off! Go ahead, add it to the shopping cart.
Check out some of the incredible items you’ll find in this HGTV-curated sale at One Kings Lane. From outdoor dining and grilling supplies to lighting and gardening accessories, your outdoor space will be set for the upcoming seasons.
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A headboard is your ultimate chance to make a statement, but it can run you hundreds of dollars if you buy one brand new. Luckily, you can make a headboard out of practically anything. Just take Kara Paslay, who loved the look of a Moroccan-style headboard from West Elm. However, she didn’t love the price so she made her own out of – yep, you guessed it – doormats.
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Just look at what Jenny Komenda from The Little Green Notebook was able to do with store-bought IKEA bookshelves.
Have you turned a store-bought piece into something uniquely yours? Tell me about it in the Comments.
You may not have an electrical spool lying around the house, but they’re oftentimes free at many home improvement stores. Wooden spools are excellent for keeping the garden hose tidy outdoors; they can be cushioned and repurposed into an ottoman, or they can be turned into a flea-style craft storage table like this.
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What clever DIY project have you taken on recently? Tell me in the Comments.
Like HGTV.com, DIYNetwork.com put together a list of their most pinned images of 2012. This photo from an episode of DIY’s Man Caves was a huge hit for our sister network.
The beer keg bar stools are an irresistible project to try — and if you start now, perhaps you can have yours completed in time for your Super Bowl party (February 3)?
Tell me in the Comments, are you hosting a Super Bowl XLVII gathering? Don’t you think these keg bar stools would impress your guests?
We’ve seen a spike in the number of online readers searching for tips on how to paint furniture. It’s a quick, inexpensive way to give old pieces a dramatic new look, which can transform an entire room.
Designer Tyler Wisler says, “Painting is always the easiest and quickest way to give any outdated piece of furniture an instant makeover, but the key to all of it, regardless of the color choice, is to prep. Prep, prep, prep those pieces correctly! Just grabbing a can of paint and having at it will inevitably end in cracked and peeling paint in no time. A good once over with a fine grit sandpaper, then a thorough wipe down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust particles, is the simplest way to get the paint to stick to the piece and will last so much longer!”
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Students at University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) created a chair that will fashion its user a beanie as they leisurely rock back and forth, activating gears that put the machine to work as its sitter relaxes.
Watch this video of the chair in action.
Ah, don’t you just love design?!
Just look at what you can do with old pieces of furniture. Our friends over at DIY Network are offering up easy how-tos for multipurpose pieces for you and your furry loved one.
Credit: Brian Patrick Flynn
Credit: Brian Patrick Flynn
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