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Learning a New Skill to Rescue a Sentimental Seat

This rescue by Amanda at House Revivals really touched my heart.  When Amanda's mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly, her children were tasked with going through all of her belongings.  By the time Amanda and her husband had arrived, this little stool had already been put in the dumpster.  "I had lovely memories of my mother-in-law sitting on that stool at the head of the picnic table in her kitchen at mealtime (when you have seven children, sometimes a picnic table is the only way to squeeze all the kids in)," Amanda explains.  She had her husband pull the stool out of the dumpster, and it went home with them. House Revivals broken stool before
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Heating Things Up in the Office with a Drab to Fab File Cabinet Makeover

When Sarah from Home-Ology started working on this office space, she had one issue that guided a lot of her design choices.  "Since we're not certain this space will be a permanent commitment, I want to begin with a low-budget version that we could easily upgrade or move, should we choose," she explains.  "A thrifted a pair of cabinets from my local Goodwill was the perfect solution." Homeology file cabinet before
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Mudroom Bench Made from Reclaimed Objects

The little shelf sitting next to Sherry's back door just wasn't any fun to look at, she tells us over at Upcycle Addict.  After living with it for a while, she decided it was time to build something that would function as both storage and a place to sit down in the mudroom.  Instead of purchasing new materials, Sherry decided to use what she had on hand, and this old crib was a good starting point. Upcycle Addict mudroom bench before
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Making a Simple Wastebasket Look Fabulous

Anne from Circus Berry has been working on putting together a craft space in her basement.  Every crafter knows that it's good to have a waste basket handy for scraps, threads, and mess-ups.  But Anne didn't want just an ordinary garbage can--she wanted something extra fabulous that would look great with the rest of her decor. Circusberry waste basket before
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Rustic Fall Sign Made from Reclaimed Wood

At Design, Dining + Diapers, Taryn was putting together a pretty Autumn vignette.  "After having it almost complete I felt that it was lacking a statement piece, so I went into my garage to see what I had to work with," she says.  In the garage, a simple piece of stained wood caught Taryn's eye, and inspiration struck. Design Dining Diapers fall sign before
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Jack-o-Lantern Fun from a Tin Can

Here's a fun little upcycling project that will be great to try out with the kids.  File it away for next year, because this looks like something that will keep the little ones busy for hours.  Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom came up with this, and it all started with pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Canned Pumpkin
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How to Keep Your Laminate Counters Off the Curb

Chelsea, the Pinterior Designer, has been working on updating the kitchen in her home to suit her personal style since the day she bought the house.  I think a lot of us can relate to just how much work it can be to update a kitchen on a budget!  Chelsea had done just about everything she could to the kitchen without a demolition:  painting the cabinets and walls, updating appliances.  Everything looked so much better, but somehow the laminate counters looked worse. Pinterior Designs countertops before
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Coco keeps track of her projects at A Dash of Coco.  When she spotted this bench on her neighbors' curb, she was torn.  It's the dilemma of many a roadkill rescuer when faced with neighborhood roadkill:  grab it and run, or ask for permission to turn their junk into something fabulous?  In Coco's case, she went and asked for it, and they neighbors were beyond thrilled to let it enjoy a new life at her house.  Hooray! A Dash of Coco bench before