I (Vicki) have been known to stop and pick up trash along the road, not just any trash—I’m particular about my trash. It needs to be a piece of furniture in terrible shape that the owner has determined is not even fit to donate to a thrift so out to the curb it goes. This little sewing machine bench was on the curb in my neighborhood along with its water damaged, beyond repair sewing machine cabinet buddy. I passed this sad little pair three times before I decided to load up the bench. The cabinet was just in too bad of shape to take and try to rehab.
The bench sat outside another week before I had a idea for its transformation. I decided it would make a great clothes hamper for my bathroom. I’ve needed one for a while and just hadn’t found anything I’d want sitting out in the open where it can be seen.
A Saturday afternoon project... we created a convenient place to store the split logs for our wood burner and fire pit. The logs are kept off the ground and will be ready for the action. We used simple tools and pressure treated wood to create this much needed organizer for our yard.
I have my laundry basket for 14 years now. I wanted a new one, but couldn't find one that I liked or they were wayyyyy too expensive. So I decided to revamp my basket. If it turned out OK. Happy days, if not I'd continue to look.
Hey guys! Today we’re gonna walk through how to make an easy DIY entryway coat rack, magnetic key holder, organizer shelf…. DIY thing to put your stuff on when you walk through the door.
I built this hat rack as a fun project to help celebrate baseball season! This project is perfect for the kids room, game room or anywhere else you'd love to show your baseball pride!
We recently moved into a new apartment. And though we are excited about it, it needs a lot of love and quite a few tweaks. If there is one thing I have learned from my fellow Hometalkers it is that nothing is impossible. There has to be creative alternatives to even the toughest of conundrums.
The first thing we noticed in the kitchen was lots of cabinet space! In our haste however, we somehow overlooked the big problem: most of the cabinets are really really really high up!! I am on the shorter side at 5”3 and my husband is not much taller. My sister and her 6”3 husband generously offered to help us organize but unless they moved in full time, we were going to have to figure out some long term solutions.
So far we have come up with a few and are still on the market for some more.
Okay, so I couldn't resist with the title. I used to be on the high school newspaper staff and one of my favorite things about it was coming up with "creative," off-the-wall titles for things so you could get the readers' attention quickly. I know....I'm a nerd. I'm also have a math degree and sometimes solve problems using calculus when I could easily use algebra to get close enough. When I was in college, my engineering teacher would pick on me and make jokes about the "differences between an engineer and a mathematician." Basically the bottom line was that engineers live in the real world and eventually they say "close enough" but mathematicians live in a fantasy world and always say "but that's not exact." Whatever...I'm the best of both worlds I guess....
Okay, so enough about me...I'd much rather be building something than reminiscing about college. That being said, my latest creation was a wooden laundry hamper. A friend of mine requested this and sent me this picture as an example.
My latest DIY project is an old, beat up wood hamper and transforming it using paint, stencils, burlap and wax finish. For the complete tutorial, please check out my blog.
Good morning, my DIY decorating friends! We here at Cutting Edge Stencils strongly believe that life should be filled with fun patterns and bold colors. Don't you agree?
I had to face facts! My Laundry Room is small and cramped, but I needed to make the most of the space. That included a small space between my stacked washer and dryer and the wall. I totally had a brainstorm one day for a project that was soooo easy. And to my surprise, it became a multi-functional piece,
Have been wanting something to store my nail polish on so that I don't have to take them all out of the old purse just to see what colors I have. Finally seen a couple of 1" x 8' boards and a small piece of paneling at Home Depots' scrap pile.
Here is another project from shop scraps. I built this saddle rack for my wife's dressage saddle from 3/4" plywood, 1/2" plywood, iron-on birch edging, and select pine 1x6 ripped to 1 1/2" for the slats. It was sized based on the profile of her saddle. The unit was assembled with biscuits (to function as tenons for the shelf), dadoes, glue, and a few pins to hold the slats in place during glue-up. After it gets a few coats of polyurethane, I'll add a garment hook to one side for other equipment. The shelf below can hold boots, gloves, helmet, etc. I routed the horse silhouette freehand from a printout sketched onto the side.
I had found 10 cabinet doors on Craigs List and snatched them up, not knowing what I was going to do with them.
I cut a piece of wood the length of the door and cut two little support brackets and screwed them on.
With a little green paint leftover from another project so I mixed up some DIY chalk paint. ...
Repurposing has become a new challenge for me! Any time I think about throwing something away, I try and think if there is any way I can reuse it in a new way. I’m pretty sure it drives my husband crazy, since I think he wishes I would throw out most of my craft supplies. I simply told him, we need a bigger storage space for craft supplies, he disagreed! Besides marriage bliss, I think repurposing is great for saving money, and testing creativity. I had a plain white hamper that was in my son’s nursery. When babies are little, they tell you to wash their clothes separately, and with a gentle detergent, so this means you want to keep their clothes in their own space, so that you don’t have to sort them later. This plain white hamper was very useful for the first couple years of my son’s life, but now that he is a crazy (and smelly) toddler, I wish his clothes with ours! This leaves me with an unused hamper!I still love anything and everything ombre, from hair to décor, and that was my inspiration for this hamper. I wanted to create a girlie DIY ombre hamper that was so adorable that it could be for a nursery, but so chic that it could work for an adult. I chose pink, but you can really do this with any color you like. You can make it simple subtle, or bright and fun. I finished it off with a faux flower to make it a little extra girlie and special.
I love this garden fork. We found it being tossed out at a thrift shop that was going out of business. I took it home, cleaned it up. It was very rusty and dirty. Painted it black
I have a wine glass rack above my kitchen sink that I had totally quit using. I was always knocking glasses off and breaking them. I wanted my cast iron pans and frequently used skillets close at hand. Using some very inexpensive twine and shower curtain hooks I had I hung the the pans using the existing wine glass rack.
My house is 107 years old and my kitchen is a galley style. The stackable washer/dryer and hot water heater are also in here!! (Can I get 5 more feet please!) I need all the storage space I can muster!I found this funky and rusty metal shelf at a garage sale and figured i could make it work SOMEWHERE! Plus, I scored big when i found this wooden spice rack with the metal embellishment. So cool!I cleaned the metal shelf really good and spray painted it copper to match my backsplash. Once it was dry I took a 2-pack of long velcro strips and stuck them onto the shelf and made sure they were adhered to it well. Next I just decided how high i wanted it to be (so my hand towel could hang) and used brute force to hold it in place for about a minute before letting go. I knew i shouldn't put anything heavy on it, since it's stuck on the dryer which moves a bit when in use. So I decided on my colorful towels and an empty coffee can. It's never fallen off once!Al I did to the Spice Rack was clean it. My husband screwed it to the wall for me, just high enough that I can reach the spices and I can also fit my pasta containers below.
I keep buying old chisels at sales. I have been keeping them in a box. This is not good for the edge and makes it hard to find the one you need. I thought it was about time I made a rack for them.
Is your place lacking in closet space? Need more hanging room for your clothes or coats? Build this simple DIY clothing rack in under an hour with hardly any tools!
This fun project is the perfect way to try out those new Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint spring color mixes or any leftover paint you may have around! Using scrap wood, paint and some hooks, you can create this Flip Flop Towel Holder in just a few hours.