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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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    May 14, 2015
    Bracketology

    Here’s a super simple, super inexpensive way to add subtle color to a room: painted shelf brackets.

    Ikea’s untreated birch  EKBY VALTER brackets ($4 each) would be perfect for something like this. Just add a little paint.


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    May 12, 2015
    Ikea Hack: Modern Planters

    Summer’s almost here, so it’s the perfect time for this Modern Planter Ikea hack from Brady Bunch Remodel. All you need is a pair of the large (9.5″ diameter base) KARDEMUMMA planters ($20 each) and some liquid nails to put these together. These look just like the expensive tall planters I’ve seen at stylish gardening centers and will save you a ton of cash.

    Via Everything Etsy.


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    April 29, 2015
    Fabric Scrap Twine

    I love this idea for recycling fabric scraps into a gorgeous, colorful fabric twine. How great would this be for gift wrapping? Get the tutorial at My Moppet. More ideas for recycling fabric at Curbly.


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    April 7, 2015
    DIY Plant Holder

    I’ve been seeing this colorful cord plant hangers all over Pinterest. Good news: Urban Outfitters has a how-to for making them on their blog. The knots don’t look too hard, but I may end up consulting the local Boy Scout troupe. Get the instructions here.


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    March 5, 2015
    Evolving Doors

    If you live in a home with those flat, featureless hollow-core doors (as I do), here’s a great idea for adding some color to your room: wallpaper. Even if you’re renting (as I am), you can try removable wallpaper or just commit to replace the door should you move. Just ask your landlord first! Above photo by Brittany Ambridge of Domino Magazine via sfgirlbybay.

    Find the above brief how-to from Martha Stewart here.

     


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    February 12, 2015
    The Golden Hour

    I just found this great post from Annabode featuring 10 Ikea hacks that require only a can of gold spray paint. I don’t know what it is, but gold paint really does elevate these simple, inexpensive pieces. Above, gold paint added to the inside of a $20 FOTO pendant lamp. Below, gold paint on the metal bases of TOBIAS chairs ($79 each).

     


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