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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.

Find out what this stunning headboard is made out of and get instructions on making your own on HGTV.com's blog, Design Happens.

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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.

Repurposed Wooden Spool

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 What clever DIY project have you taken on recently? Tell me in the Comments.

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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)?

Keg Bar Stools

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?

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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Designer Tyler Wisler says, “Painting is always the easiest and quickest way to give any outdated piece of furniture an instant makeover, but the key to all of it, regardless of the color choice, is to prep.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!”

How to Paint Furniture

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“There’s a reason a good suit (or favorite flannel) never goes out of style. Menswear patterns are classics that are meant to stand the test of time. So, naturally, you should be decorating with them, too.” — Cassandra Lavalle, coco + kelley 

PHOTOS: MENSWEAR-INSPIRED DECOR

Menswear Patterns

I couldn’t have said it any better, Cassandra. And as the resident dude at Design Happens, I appreciate the shout-out for my fashionable gender. And folks, don’t you think this look goes perfect with November’s Color of the Month?

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The HGTV.com team recently visited High Point Furniture Market to rub elbows with the design world’s movers-and-shakers and take the pulse of what’s to come. After several days of (blissful!) interior design saturation, I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that antiques are HOT! Think mid-day-sun-baking-asphalt-in-the-middle-of-the-Mojave-desert hot. To capitalize on the trend, most showrooms had a curated, collected-over-time look that mixed their newly-manufactured products with a few vintage-inspired pieces.

Traditional furniture and accessories have always been a Market mainstay. Reproductions of everything from heavily ornamented Louis XVI settees to pale Gustavian commodes have never really gone out of style; but at this Market they were joined by the real deal: centuries-old case goods, lighting, classical sculpture, architectural salvage and quirky, one-of-a-kind accessories.

Here are just a few of the goodies I spied at Market; unfortunately, most of these gems are available only to the trade so I couldn’t include links — hit local antique shops or online sites like V&M, 1stdibs or Ruby Lane to search for similar items.

Antiques at High Point Furniture Market*burled wood chest: Luisana Designs  *early American ship’s compass: Design Legacy
*iron basket pendants: Bobo Intriguing Objects  *carnival chick: Design Legacy

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Hi everyone, Kate here for the final round in the Secondhand Sprucing series. Today we’re looking at some inspiring home office makeover ideas from creative DIYers. Setting up a small home office in your home requires two essentials — a desk and chair. Beyond that a lamp and a storage solution for files are an added bonus.

Desks are easy to come by if you keep your eyes open. Just look what can happen when you dedicate a few hours to revamping a discarded secondhand desk.

Desk(Repainted curbside desk find by Sunset; White Craigslist desk makeover by How Does She; Mint painted desk by Bridgey Widgey; Striped desk makeover by Because I Like to Decorate)

Desk chairs are often the ubiquitous and mass produced swivel varieties. If you’re going to spend hours of your time working in one place, introduce a dash of panache to your office space with a reupholstered or repainted desk chair.

Chair(Office chair makeover via Apartment Therapy; Office chair makeover from Design*Sponge; Spray painted office chair by Young House Love; Office chair makeover by Sincerely Co.)

Finding a great desk or chair can happen if you head out early to garage sales or get lucky when stopping by your favorite thrift store. With Craigslist, it’s just a matter of finding what you need in your area when you happen to be online. Craigeasy is a helpful tool for narrowing down what you’re looking for with an image search. Thrifting is always a treasure hunt, and you never know what you’re going to find. Here are a few of my best tips for shopping thrift stores for great secondhand furniture finds.
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My first thought when I saw the Swing Table was: “Why didn’t I think of that?!” My second thought: “I need one.” Designer Christopher Duffy just made dinnertime, boardroom meetings, casual around-the-table conversation and morning coffee much more exciting with his conception of the Swing Table. This four-poster table uses its steel structure to suspend eight hanging chairs and a GEO lampshade in the center. His idea is to create a room within a room, allowing the chairs to float playfully around the table. It’s like an indoor swing set for adults!

Duffy Swing by Christopher Duffy

via Design Milk

What do you think about this playful table? Would you put it in your home?

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I was born and raised in Tennessee, but I probably won’t live in this lovely Southern state forever. What better way to remind me of my home than a contemporary table shaped like Tennessee from UncommonGoods? The white looks especially pretty and mod with wooden legs, but I wouldn’t mind giving it a custom color like grey, sky blue or red. (Too bad they don’t have orange for the Tennessee Volunteers — now, that would be a perfect pairing!)

Custom State Tables

Custom State Tables

What state would you “memorialize” in your home? The place where you grew up? Your favorite vacation spot? Tell me below!

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The thing I love about this continuing series on sprucing up secondhand finds is it reminds me how very creative and resourceful people are with reinventing thrift store scores. This week’s focus is on the dining room, and what do we all consider essentials for any dining space? A table and chairs to start, and a sideboard, console, or hutch is always an added bonus. Great lighting certainly plays a part too.

Every time I visit a thrift store or go to a yard sale there is always a chair or two sitting around, looking for a new home. Often they cost $5 or less, and you’re lucky if you find a set of four or six. Side chairs don’t need to match end chairs or each other for that matter; in fact a dining space can be more interesting and have a ‘collected over time’ look when the chairs aren’t from the same set. Take a cue from these secondhand finds revamped with a fresh new look, both modern and classic in style.
Dining Room Chairs

(Craigslist black bamboo chairs by Design Manifest;  mismatched chairs unified with paint at This Old House;  Black pair of Goodwill chairs by Beneath My Heart;  French slip-covered chair by Miss Mustard Seed)

We all need a table, and you can score a great one if you keep your eyes open at thrift stores or frequently visit Craigslist. They can be sanded and stained, painted, or given an intricate stencil treatment for big impact after the dishes are cleared.
Dining Tables Image

(Restained Craigslist dining room table by 4Men1Lady; inlay stencil by Kim Myles; painted dining room set by Loving Life; Dining set score by Sand and Sisal)

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Every three months, those of us that work at HGTV Headquarters are lucky enough to see the beautiful design vignettes created by the HGTV Home Studio interns as their final project before returning home. Over the summer, Savannah College of Art and Design students Rachel Kelly and Justin DiPiero worked closely with design experts and HGTV professionals, including Vern Yip, to create a unique concept to represent both current and iconic design trends that could ultimately live right here on the second floor of our building. What did they come up with? Find out!

HGTV Home Studio InternsHGTV Home Studio Interns Justin DiPiero and Rachel Kelly

The Eames Chair:

HGTV Home Studio Display - Eames Chair

Kayla Kitts: Why the Eames chair? What was your inspiration for choosing this iconic piece above anything else?

Justin DiPiero: Well, even if you don’t know Eames chairs, you actually do know them on a subconscious level. After working with Vern, he suggested that I expand upon something well-known and shed some light on the piece and the people that designed it: Ray and Charles Eames.

KK: Was there ever a period of time since its production where the Eames has been absent from design?

JD: No, never. It’s been in production since 1948, and you can find it in schools, churches, homes and restaurants. This is what makes it so iconic!

HGTV Home Studio Display - Eames Chair“Their clean, simple forms cradle the body. Today’s chairs are authentic, original design updated with eco-friendly materials and manfacturing and a large selection of base, shell and color combinations.” – from Herman Miller

KK: If you had to pick, what’s your favorite design setting for the Eames chair?

JD: Oh, that’s tough! It’s extremely versatile. It can go anywhere. It can be paired with an ethnic woven rug on wood floors (above). You can use it anywhere you want to — it’s a chameleon! But if I have to choose, I prefer the model with wooden legs. Or the gold-leafed seat with metal legs. (That’s my favorite, too! – KK)

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Hello hello everyone, it’s Kate back again in Part Three of this continuing series, and this week’s focus is on sprucing up secondhand finds for the entry! The first space you encounter each day as you come through the door is your foyer, and a smart entry has a few key essentials.  When you come through the door, you need a place to set the daily mail, your keys and your phone. It’s also nice to have a place to sit and kick of your shoes!

Consider that the entry is also the last space you leave each day, so a mirror is not only decorative but a place to add lipstick at the last second, fix your hair, or straighten your tie or scarf. Mirrors can be large or small, but how fun is it to transform a tired piece found at the back of a thrift store or in the corner of a garage sale? Study these stylish transformations for inspiration for your foyer.

Secondhand Mirrors(Ebay turquoise mirror by Our Lake Life; Convex rope mirror by Meridian Road; Acid etched mirror by Vintage Revivals; Thrift store plate mirrors by CraftyNest)

A small scale bench in the entry is a natural choice for taking off shoes at day’s end. Again, like in the bedroom, paint and fabric are your best friends! Personalize an entry bench with a stylish stripe, a punch floral, or an eclectic textile.

Entry Benches(Flea market bench makeover by Eddie Ross; Floral bench by Wonderfully Domestic; Coffee table to entry bench from Style At Home; Bright entry bench via Design*Sponge)

A place to drop your keys, mail, and phone is a must in an entry. Take the opportunity to bring both style and function into your home with a revamped thrift store console or Craigslist dresser placed in your foyer. Style it up with art, lamps, or a tray to corral the mail and keys.

Consoles and Dressers(Green cabinet from Young House Love; Painted entry console from Design*Sponge; Garage sale score from Decor Chick; 70s dresser turned console from Sweet Pickins Furniture)

Entries need not be merely functional, they can be stylish too, all with pieces scored on a weekend treasure hunt or reinvented with new stain or paint. I hope you all are enjoying these inspirational finds. Next week we’ll take a peek at some very cool ideas for turning secondhand finds into chic dining room accents. Stay tuned!

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The Eames Wire Base Low Tables, first introduced in 1950, are both practical and beautiful. Standing only 10 inches high, they are veneered in ash, treated with an aniline stain and have a correspondingly colored wire base in a durable powder coat.

The Herman Miller Collection is offering these colorful Eames tables through the Spring of 2013, when the company will cease production, giving added appeal to collectors interested in classic modern American design.

Eames Wire Base Low Table

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Greetings all, Kate here from Centsational Girl beginning a five-part series on one of my favorite topics: sprucing up secondhand finds and turning them into stylish home decor. Anyone who follows my blog knows I frequent a lot of thrift stores in search of pieces to transform into something fresh and fabulous. Let’s get started today with a peek at the potential that awaits some secondhand finds for the bedroom!

These creative bloggers show that with a little vision and some paint or fabric, you too can have a one-of-a-kind accent in your home, all on a dime. They all took a tired piece found in a thrift store or on Craigslist and revamped it into something unique and chic.

Headboards add style and structure to beds, and since they’re the focal point in a bedroom, consider some of these clever revamps for a contemporary look.

Headboards(Tufted headboard by Little Green Notebook; Coral painted headboard by Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss; Upholstered headboard by High Street Market.)

Dressers are a common thrift store find, and when you compare them to the cost of mass produced retail versions, a thrift store dresser is a cost conscious choice but also possesses unique character. Whether you choose a neutral or a bold color, an old dresser gets a new lease on life and packs a lot of style with a coat of primer and two coats of paint!

Dressers(White dresser by Live Love DIY;  Gray dresser turned TV console by Living with Lindsay; Yellow Dresser by 4 Men 1 Lady; Craigslist blue dresser by Primitive and Proper.)

Don’t forget such lovely accents as chairs and benches which can be reupholstered professionally or with a little DIY know how.  Lamps get refreshed with a quick coat of spray paint and vintage textiles are reinvented as accent pillows.

Accents(Bench by Style by Emily Henderson; Accent pillows made with vintage fabrics via Sunset; Painted lamp by DIY on the Cheap; Reupholstered accent chair by Budget Wise Home.)

You can rework an entire bedroom, whether it’s yours, for a guest, or for a child, if you’re willing to do a little treasure hunting.  Paint and fabric are always your best friend; if you find something with the right proportions, you can make it work for your space, and chances are, you’ll love the cost savings and originality that comes from adding your own style to a secondhand piece.

Coming up next week, a look at the potential that hides in secondhand revamps in the family and living room, stay tuned!

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