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    August 25, 2015
    Put Up Your Drawers

    I was at an estate sale this weekend and ran across several great-looking vintage file cabinets. I love the look of them, but don’t really have the space for another piece of furniture. Then I ran across this post from SF Girl By Bay featuring some vintage drawers hung as shelves. It’s a great industrial look and a nice way to upcycle a banged up file cabinet. You can even find smaller vintage drawers being sold on Etsy. Below, set of 2 army green industrial drawers, $22.


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    August 18, 2015
    Awesome West Elm Hacks

    Buzzfeed has compiled a very doable list of fantastic West Elm hacks for those of us who love the West Elm look, but throw some serious shade at West Elm prices. Above, industrial curtain rods very convincingly recreated with threaded pipe from the home improvement store. I’ve done a few projects with threaded pipe and I can tell you it is both affordable and fairly easy to work with. Just make sure to clean off the oil first. Check out the whole list here.


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    August 4, 2015
    Stepped Up Shoe Storage DIY

    Fashionable shoe storage made from a wooden ladder and 2x4s. This project is super simple and, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may be able to find a wooden ladder out on bulk trash pick-up day. I actually saw one on my way to work this morning. Get the instructions here. Via A Pair and a Spare.


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    July 20, 2015
    A Little Monday Marbling

    Did you know you could use spray paint to marble hard surfaces? Me either. Luckily, Vintage Revivals has a great tutorial for upping the cool factor on your plain white vases right here. Now I’m wondering if this would work on Ikea furniture.


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    July 8, 2015
    Cheap Ways to Make Stuff Look Expensive

    Buzzfeed has compiled a great list of Ikea hacks that make inexpensive pieces look like they cost a pretty penny. Above, an Ikea kitchen cabinet laid on its side and topped with wood from trendsender.

    A simple paint update for an inexpensive Ikea step stool from Bloglovin.

    My personal favorite is this jute cord update for the Foto pendent from design sponge. There are over 30 ideas on Buzzfeed’s list – many for pieces you may already have at home.


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    June 2, 2015
    DIY Dreams: Printed Rag Rug

    A very cool DIY from I Spy DIY – this is a cotton rag rug hand-printed with a geometric pattern. The best part is you only need painters tape and fabric paint to pull this off. Get the instructions here.


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    May 22, 2015
    DIY: Upcycle Your Vintage Plates

    Like me, you’ve probably seen smartly updated vintage plates like these available on Etsy. Finally there’s DIY for making your own. Honestly WTF figured out the right materials and wrote up a very thorough set of instructions here, so keep your eyes peeled at the flea market this weekend.


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    May 20, 2015
    Steal of the Week: Assembly Home Midcentury Vanity

    I love the unusual mirror on this Assembly Home Midcentury vanity. The mirror can also be hung on the wall, but I think the wooden support is what makes this piece so interesting. $230 at Urban Outfitters.


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    May 19, 2015
    DIY: Dress Up a Plain Wooden Chair

    This is a great idea for dressing up an inexpensive wooden chair – just add fabric with Mod Podge. Get the tutorial from All Things Thrifty. This might be especially striking on Ikea’s Vilmar chairs ($39 for seat and base)


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    May 15, 2015
    Office Supplies

    Curbly has a great tutorial for updating an old metal filing cabinet. I run across these at garage sales all the time and they seem so handy, but they’re usually so ugly. It’s nice to see how one could be transformed with some paint and a little elbow grease.


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