At Ellery Designs, Michelle was trying to convince her husband that they needed some floating shelves on their dining room wall when he said he thought those shelves would look better against a background of rustic wood. “I have to admit I wasn’t totally sold on the idea,” Michelle admits, “but let him run with it and now I can say I’m totally obsessed!” For this project, her husband used wood pallets that they already had.
“Being DIY/crafters we often run into situations where people have old furniture that they just“knew’ we could do something with,” laughs Jaque at The DIY Village. These schoolhouse chairs came to her in just such a situation. She had no clue what she was going to do with them until her sister mentioned that her collie would really love a raised feeding station.
The lovely Nicole from The Felted Fox saw some amazing African print sweatshirts while browsing Pinterest. As she says, “I already owned a plain grey sweatshirt and still had a stash of African print fabrics I collected in South Africa.” So she decided to make one of her own.
When her husband sent her a text asking if she wanted a couple of wire spools, “I immediately said yes!” says Lisa at Mabey She Made It. Since the stools were too small to use as a table, and too large to turn into children’s furniture, Lisa decided that they could serve best as stools.
At The Golden Sycamore, Allison and her husband found this old wash stand when they were cleaning out their basement. Free furniture is always the best kind to experiment with, so Allison seized the opportunity to try using milk paint for the first time by giving this piece a little makeover.
“My Step-Dad found this dresser at the side of the road on garbage day,” confesses Shelly at 100 Things 2 Do. She was in desperate need of a place to corral miscellaneous winter gear, like hats and gloves, and decided that the old dresser could serve a new purpose.
Taryn from Design Dining Diapers had a side table in her home that just didn’t go with her current decor. She considered selling it, but then decided to try and make it work with her current decor.
Over at Domestic Imperfection, Ashley has been admiring gold side tables for some time now. Wanting a pair for her guest room, she started to shop around, but was discouraged to find that most of them were either well out of her budget range…..or out of stock! Instead, Ashley decided to experiment with things she had around the house to see if she could DIY something similar. “And what I had was tomato cages, wire, spray paint, and lots of scrap wood,” she notes.