At Inspiration for Moms, Laura has been working on a spruce-up of her sons room. Wanting to create a reading nook, she'd selected the bed as the perfect spot, but needed better lighting. Laura almost shelled out money for a set of new sconces, but remembered just in time that she'd be removing the wall lamps in her master bedroom for an upcoming remodel.
"In the past, I would go to yard sales and see amazing upholstered vintage chairs, and I would pass them by," confesses Shanna at Restoration Redoux. After figuring out that it was possible to actually paint upholstery, however, her days of passing by vintage chairs are over. Shanna was thrilled when her mom spotted this tufted number on a neighbor's curb.
Here's a fun, cheap, and easy project you can make for a little Fall glitz. And this time of year, it's easy to find the main component for this quick autumn project from Architecture of a Mom: acorns! "You can recruit your kids to collect the acorns," Rachel suggests.
Over at Create.Craft.Love., Jill claims her dad's basement is a real treasure trove of saved and forgotten items. "I swear the man has never thrown anything away. As a DIY fanatic, it’s like going to the thrift store every time I visit!" she laughs. On a recent visit, Jill came away from her dad's with some old kitchen cabinet doors.
Lauren from The Thinking Closet had been checking Craigslist for a roll-top desk when her in-laws offered her one they had. Free furniture is awesome! Lauren loved the idea of having lots of storage space that was easily concealed...but didn't love the original oak finish
At My Craftily Ever After, Ashley confesses her love/hate relationship with jewelry. "I LOVE LOVE LOVE earrings...but when it comes to bracelets, necklaces, and even rings that aren't my wedding ring...I just feel awkward." To prove her point, Ashley submits these silver bangle bracelets which she'd owned for a few years but rarely wore because the jangling noise they make bothered her.
At Stow & Tell U, Amy was looking for a way to use some of the glass canning jars that were gathering dust on her shelves. By combining them with some thrifted glass plates, she figured out a way to make pretty bird feeders. Amy does caution, "I’ve labeled these bird feeders as 'ornamental' since they may not pass a rigorous bird feeder enthusiast’s examination."
When Amanda from Mommy is Coocoo inherited her parents old bedroom set, she did so with mixed feelings. It was solid wood and in fantastic shape. But that wood was pine with a shiny varnish, and that was a look Amanda wasn't crazy about. Makeover time!
Rachel from Architecture of a Mom found this cookie tin at her office during the holidays. She brought it home and decided to turn it into something fabulous that would provide fun, durable storage for her kids.
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