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You don’t have to spend the big bucks to get a designer-worthy, custom headboard for your bedroom. Why not put your DIY skills to the test and make it yourself? Designer and Design Star fan favorite Dan Faires and his wife live in a 375-square-foot apartment in the Lower East Side of NYC. It’s decked out in rustic, industrial-inspired furniture and decor much of which is constructed by Dan. One of the design elements often commented on by guests is the custom headboard in the master bedroom, made from a canvas drop cloth, plywood and carpet tacks. Little do they know how budget- and time-friendly this project really is.

Canvas Headboard With Nail Head Urban-Style NYC Master Bedroom

Canvas Headboard With Nail Head How to Make a Canvas Headboard With Nail-Head Trim

Dan provides a complete step-by-step tutorial on creating this exact headboard, so head over to his how-to and get started! Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>

Looking for more urban, rustic and industrial design ideas? You don’t have to live in the city to bring the look and feel into your home. Get inspired by our newest guide to Urban Design.

With summer almost officially here, it’s time to get your outdoor space in tip-top shape. Whether you plan on hosting summer shindigs every weekend or casually spending time on your deck with friends and family, you can ensure your outdoor space is looking its best for the season. In just six simple steps you can enrich your wooden deck — old or new — by staining it with a warm finish that will keep it beautiful for years to come.

So, pick a nice, sunny day with no rain in sight and get started! You can have your deck stained and looking like new just in time for Fourth of July festivities (or maybe even Father’s Day, if you plan on working this weekend). Take a look at the step-by-step instructions below.

How to Stain a Wooden Deck

how to stain a wooden deckTransform the appearance of your deck for summer in just six simple steps.

how to stain a wooden deck before and afterBefore :: After

Check out that before and after — what a difference! You won’t believe how simple this project is. First, make sure your deck is completely clear of all dust and debris. If you’re staining an older deck, you’ll need to pressure-wash the entire surface. If you’re working with a newer deck, however, you just need to sweep with a broom. After cleaning, use painters’ tape to protect your exterior walls from stain.

how to stain a wooden deck1. Gather supplies on your work surface. 2. Apply solid coat of stain to entire surface of deck.

Next, gather your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need: a gallon of high-quality deck stain, broom, drop cloth, paint pad, paint pole, paint-pad tray, 3-inch paintbrush, painters’ tape, paint stirrer and a pressure washer (only if you have an old deck).

Lay down your drop cloth in the corner of the deck to be stained last and pour your stain into the paint-pad tray. Attach the pole to the paint pad, dip it into the stain and apply a solid, even coat of stain to the entire deck surface. Once the top is complete, apply stain to the sides with a paint pad. If you can’t cover the creases with the paint pad, use a paintbrush for ultimate coverage. Allow 24 hours for stain to dry completely before moving furniture back onto deck. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>

What outdoor projects are on your to-do list this summer? We’d love to know! Share them with us in the comments below.

Hello, (almost) summer! Warm weather means more days outdoors, which means you need a charming garden path that’s both functional and attractive for you and your guests when it’s time to entertain. When most people think of laying a pathway with bricks, pavers or stones, they instantly envision days of labor. Well, this project is perfect for beginners and can be completed in just one day — no contractor required. And wouldn’t it be the perfect addition to your outdoor space? (Yes, yes it would.)

Laying a Path, Step-By-Step

garden path walkway landscaping

For the best results, use small paving units such as bricks, blocks, cobblestones or carpet stones (like the ones used in this project). Once you have all your materials, you can complete this project in no time. Get the Full List of Tools and Materials >>

garden path pavers walkway landscaping

Start by marking out the path and digging out the soil between the string markers to create sufficient space for the graded base and sand. Then, nail guide rails to the spaced pegs to help enclose the pathway. If necessary, cut bricks to fit the particular pattern or any obstacles of the pathway, like the edge of a wall or a tree.

garden path pavers walkway landscaping

Spread a layer of graded base and then masonry sand along the entire path. Level the surface by pulling a piece of wood along the guide rails towards you. Fill in any gaps or holes with sand. Begin laying whole blocks and once complete, fill in any gaps with pieces cut to fit. Ensure the pieces are placed firmly into the sand with a hand tamper on a flat piece of wood.

garden path pavers walkway lanscaping

Remove the guide rails, pegs and string and start digging on both sides to lay the edging stones. Position and secure the edging stones in place with a rubber mallet. You can either set them flush with the path stones or keep them a bit taller to prevent soil and other remnants from dirtying up the pathway.

For finishing touches, add masonry sand into the joints of the pathway. Remove an occasional block on the edge of the path to create a planting pocket and plant an aromatic herb, such as thyme (above). Then, just brush some gravel into the joints between the stones for a beautiful, high-end look. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions Here >>

Do you plan on adding this garden pathway to your outdoor space? We’d love to hear your tips and see the before and afters. In the meantime, give your porch, patio or courtyard some design love with these summer-inspired inspirational ideas from our design guide, At Home, Outside.

So, there’s a bit of a design dilemma in our home. I have a love for all things vintage and a bit retro, and that includes industrial-chic, too. My boyfriend, well, let’s just say we would own the most sleek and modern furnishings available if he had his way. We’re talking Star Trek-style modern. See the problem here? It’s virtually impossible to marry both of our styles, so we usually agree on something contemporary or retro/modern-inspired, shake hands and move on. But I stumbled across this reclaimed wood coffee table and I just couldn’t let it pass me by. (Especially if I can make it myself.) Dan Faires, Design Star season five fan favorite and host of DanMade, created this rustic, industrial project that’s surprisingly easy to make and incredibly charming all the way around. And I’m pretty positive boyfriend won’t object to this living room centerpiece, especially if he knows it was handcrafted by moi.

how to make a reclaimed wood coffee table

To make this coffee table, you need four thick pieces of reclaimed wood, L-brackets, screws, casters, polyurethane paint or stain, a circular saw and sandpaper. Get the Full Materials List and Step-by-Step Instructions >>

Watch the video below to see Dan in action and to pick up some helpful tips:

So, are you dying to bring this rustic piece into your home, too? Start building and let us know how it turns out.

Wedding season is in full swing, as evident from my Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest feeds. I’m not making my way to the altar quite yet, but I can’t help but sit here and browse through hundreds of images of table settings, dreamy receptions, invitations, finger foods, flowers and all the other details that make that day so incredibly special. Plus, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been planning my wedding (to Leonardo DiCaprio) since I was at least 9 years old. So, this week I’m putting a little spin on our traditional how-to project. Our sister site,, has created the ultimate DIY wedding guide with everything you need to know to plan your wedding from start to finish. So, that’s what we’re going to do — give you everything you need to plan your dream wedding.

Invitations, Save-the-Dates + More

diy printable wedding invitationsDIY Weddings: Download Invites and Printables

Save money by using a matching set of printable invitations, save-the-date cards, banners, place cards, food tags and favor tags throughout your wedding. Download and print this complete wedding set by featured blogger Kim Stoegbauer.

Over-the-Top Floral Arrangements

diy wedding flower arrangement10 Money-Saving Tips for Creating Wedding Floral Arrangements

The centerpieces, bouquets and various floral arrangements are often the most stunning pieces of a wedding. But with gorgeous, exotic arrangements comes a hefty pricetag. Pull together budget-savvy bouquets and arrangements by combining affordable blooms with those that may be on the pricier side, and then mix in some greens to bulk them up even more.

Perfect Place Settings

bohemian wedding table settingsDIY Weddings: Table Setting Ideas

Gorgeous tablescapes at a reception can instantly set the tone for the entire celebration. I was smitten by this bohemian-inspired wedding decor. Everything about the color palette, centerpieces and patterned place settings lets you know there is a vibrant celebration ahead. (I wonder if my future husband would mind all the pink?)

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Do you remember when hiding your TV was the best way to keep your living room looking chic and polished? Well, now it’s the other way around. A sleek flat-screen can easily be an aesthetically-pleasing focal point in a space. Whether they’re mounted on the wall or situated on a stand, TVs still need the perfect console to house (and hide) all those clutter-inducing media components, wires and remote controls.

I know what you’re thinking, media consoles aren’t cheap. (Although the high-gloss red unit that I’ve been coveting from IKEA is a refreshing $249.) That’s why our very own featured blogger, Brian Patrick Flynn, has come to the rescue with a project that’s simple, stylish and most of all, affordable. Now, you can get a designer look without the price tag.

multipurpose family room small spaceMaking the Most of a Small, Multipurpose Space

OK, raise your hand if you stalk the furniture section on Craigslist every day. (Raises hand!) I thought so. Now, how many times a day do you see a wooden dresser for a killer price but you just don’t need another dresser? Give that dresser a whole new life, my friends, as a media console with high-end style that’s perfectly suited for spaces both large and small. Here’s how:

small space media console repurposedBefore :: Dresser

This vintage dresser was picked up at a flea market for $35. As you can see, it has some flaws on the exterior but nothing a little sanding and paint can’t fix.

small space media console repurposedAfter :: Media console

First, remove the drawers and pre-drill pilot holes into drawer base and drawer front for each. (This will be where the hinges go.) Remove the drawer fronts from each drawer base using a jigsaw or table saw. Add screws through holes in hinges. Drill holes in backs of drawers for cords and wires. Sand the exterior of the dresser, and then paint to add a fresh, new finish.

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We turned an old dresser into a modern media console. Have you embarked on any repurposing projects recently? Share them with us!

Summer has felt so incredibly far away here lately. Then, I saw Briana’s Daily Delight this morning — the amazing zebra hide-shaped beach towel — and suddenly, summer feels like it’s just on the horizon. I can feel it! Are you dying for some sunshine, too? This week’s how-to will immediately leave you with thoughts of seaside lounging, crashing waves and sand beneath your toes. Plus, it’s the perfect accessory for a coastal cottage or seaside retreat.

Make a Seashell Mirror

how to make a seashell mirror hgtv

Update a plain mirror with collected seashells to give your home some summer-inspired, coastal charm.

how to make a seashell mirror hgtv

Here’s what you’ll need: a framed mirror (round, square or rectangle), hot glue gun, seashells, stiff paintbrush, straight razor, window cleaner and a paper towel.

how to make a seashell mirror hgtv

Use a variety of seashells in several sizes to make sure you can cover the entire frame. If you’ve collected your shells from the beach, make sure they’ve been rinsed and dried. (You can also pick up shells at craft stores.)

Then, working from the inside of the frame, start gluing your shells. You can either place them at random or glue them in a pattern. Continue to apply glue in small sections, adding your small- to medium-sized shells. Apply larger shells last as more visible embellishments.

Use a stiff paintbrush to sweep away any excess glue strings. Then, use a straight razor to remove any glue from the mirror itself.

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Do you have any coastal decor in your non-coastal home, or do you leave all the seashells and anchors for the beach house only? Tell us in the comments below!

I’m OBSESSED with HGTV Green Home 2012. The one and only downside to working at HGTV: I can’t enter to win this drool-worthy home. I could whine about it all day long, but that just means that you, my friends, need to get busy and enter twice per day, everyday, so I can come visit all the time. (HGTV par-tay!) In the meantime, if you’re dying to bring in some Green Home charm to your casa, why not take inspiration directly from the home itself? One of my favorite rooms is the master bedroom; it’s so soothing with a natural green, blue and brown color palette. The most eye-catching part of the room, though, is the raffia-upholstered headboard that goes all the way up to the ceiling. You’re dying to make it, aren’t you? We have the step-by-step instructions below, and you’ll be shocked at how simple it is.

HGTV Green Home 2012 giveaway master bedroomAdd an eco-friendly, raffia-upholstered headboard to your queen-size bed.

HGTV Green Home 2012 giveaway master bedroom headboardTwenty-five 12-inch squares upholstered in natural raffia are then set in five rows of five to create this grandeur design.

HGTV Green Home 2012 giveaway headboard project

Cut fabric into 16″ x 16″ squares. Lay a single fabric square down, center the padding on top of the fabric, and then center a 12″ x 12″ plywood square on top of the padding and fabric square. Press one side of the board down, sandwiching the padding between the fabric and the board. Fold the fabric over the side of the board and staple, starting in the center and working toward the edges. Leave 2 inches upstapled on each side of the corners. Continue stapling all other sides.

HGTV Green Home 2012 giveaway headboard project

Staple the corners. Lay out five of your finished upholstered squares, face-down, edge-to-edge. Make sure the squares are perfectly aligned, and then add a 1″ x 4″ board on top of the seam between the two headboard segments. Place pilot holes (one per square) in the board, centered along the edge. Continue this process for the remaining upholstered squares. Follow the instructions for the French cleat packaging to attach your completed headboard to the wall.

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Come back and let us know how you did, and be sure to share pics of your finished headboard, too. Until then, fill us in on all-things Green Home – what’s your absolute favorite room or design from the Georgia home? Tell us below!

Has spring sprung in your neck of the woods? It certainly has here at HGTV headquarters! We’ve got 75-degree or warmer days, and so many April showers, of course. (But that means May flowers will be on the way, right?) Even if you’re still battling your way through winter weather, you can at least give your home some springtime love with one of my favorite seasonal projects. The whimsical greenery of this moss monogram will instantly evoke the feel of spring, even if snow is still melting in your lawn. (I’m talking to you, friends in the Pacific Northwest!)

HGTV How-To: Make an Easter Egg Garland

moss monogram spring easter craft

First, gather all your materials. You’ll need an oversized chipboard letter, hot glue gun (with hot glue sticks), reindeer moss, ribbon to hang, scissors and artificial sprig with buds for embellishment.

moss monogram spring easter craft

Preheat your glue gun. Once it’s hot, start applying glue to the chipboard letter and immediately press moss into glue and hold until it’s cool. Continue this process until the entire letter is covered on the front. Cut ribbon about eight inches long, form a hanging loop and attach to the back of the letter with glue.

You can easily embellish your letter by cutting buds off artificial sprigs and gluing them into the moss. Arrange your embellishments however you choose, either by placing the blooms separately or forming them into clusters for a more natural look. Once your letter is complete, you can hang the letter on your front door in place of a traditional springtime wreath, or sit it on the mantel to bring this fresh feel inside.

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Looking for other spring-inspired ideas? Get your home ready for the season – inside and out – with our ultimate spring cleaning, decorating and gardening guide.

Have you started decorating for spring? If so, what was the first room in (or outside) the house to get a taste for the season? Tell us in the comments below!

Briana’s Daily Delight from this morning reminded me how incredibly close Easter is (April 8!). It feels especially early this year, don’t you think? I typically spend Easter afternoon at my mother’s house eating a delicious Southern meal. That being said, I don’t usually decorate my place for the holiday, but I’m always coming across projects I can’t wait to try whenever Easter brunch finally rotates to my place. If you happen to be hosting this year, you should definitely grab the kids and give this festive, hand-painted egg garland a try. With a little paint and glitter, you can bring a sweet, spring-inspired touch to your mantel or banister just in time for Easter.

hand painted easter egg garlandFinished Easter egg banner hanging above a stylish spring vignette.

First, round up 52 large, white chicken eggs (you can use more or less depending on where you plan on hanging your garland), an egg-blowing kit, skewers, acrylic craft paint, craft glitter, glue, white tissue paper, twine and an upholstery needle.

hand painted easter egg garland projectPainting eggs; Glittering eggs

After blowing out the eggs, use bamboo skewers to hold the eggs and start painting. Marian Parsons from Mustard Seed Interiors suggests painting 36 of the eggs with acrylic paint, and then coating the other 16 entirely in glitter. You can add swirls, polka dots and other designs to your painted eggs with glue, glitter and a 1.0 liner paintbrush. The more variation you add to your garland, the more vibrant and exciting it will be!

hand painted easter egg garland projectThreading eggs; Making tissue spacers; Finishing garland

Once the eggs are dry, insert the twine through the top hole of the egg (Image 1). Do this for all the eggs, alternating your various designs and patterns. Using white tissue paper, cut out squares and fold into accordion folds (Image 2). Use the needle to thread tissue onto twine (Image 3), and then pull the layers apart to form a flower (Image 4). Place flared tissue flower at every third egg or so on the garland (Image 5). To finish, cut the twine and create a loop for hanging. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>

What Easter projects do you have planned? Egg dying? Creative baskets for the kids? Share them with us!

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