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Upholstered Headboard-IKEA MALM Hack

Our 6 years old Malm Bed came to it's new life. We upholstered the headboard and now it's a completely different looking piece in our master bedroom.

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Part 2-directions for Concrete Bench Base

The base is not your customary 2 blocks under the bench-
I wanted something unique and to push my limits of creating a one of a kind concrete bench. I also thought this could be sturdier than the traditional type benches that can wobble if the ground is not stable. I will be working with other forms soon to create yet another bench base and inspire all of you to create your very own concrete bench.
The base takes a full 80lb bag of concrete mix and I would use the Sakrete 5000 plus or other concrete mix with fibers for durability and strength. I hope the directions are easy to understand and follow-if not please let me know so that I can 'tweak' them.

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DIY Affordable Tufted Headboard!

I fell in love with this tufted style headboard, I saw in stores until I saw that the price was $400 dollars! Thanks but no thanks, I can make it myself. I want the headboard to be lightweight so I would feel safe with mounting the headboard to my wall. This whole headboard costed me $26 dollars! You can’t beat that AND its customized by you!

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DIY Woven Headboard from Vertical Blinds!

When you get rid of those nasty vertical blinds, don't just throw them out. Repurpose them! You can make an over-sized headboard for MUCH less than it would cost to buy one.

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Headboard Bench

A client of mine ordered a headboard bench with storage for one of her daughters. She brought her daughter out to the farm to pick out the headboard, paint and fabric and this is the headboard she picked out. She also requested storage under the seat.

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DIY Firewood and Kindling Storage

I wanted a firewood rack to match the corner bench I made and to continue with my plan to create an inviting front porch. Here's what I came up with!

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Mini Fire Pit

I always loved the look of a fire pit, the idea of sitting outside relaxing under the stars whilst watching the flames just appealed, but I only had a small terrace. So i put my creative head on and with a few euros and some basic garden and craft supplies my lovely fire pit was built.

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Eastlake Headboard Makeover

I had an antique walnut Eastlake headboard and footboard sitting in my furniture pile for almost a year until I decided it was time to give it a makeover! I REALLY wanted it for my own master bedroom, but we had a queen size bed and the Eastlake bed was a full size. So after thinking on it for awhile I came up with a solution.

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DIY Pallet Frame Bed

Pallets are the perfect material for DIY projects. They are cheap, available, and simple to mount, which is precisely why I want to share a couple of easy steps for making your own pallet bed frame. Personally, I skipped some of the steps along the way because I found some healthy and undamaged pallets suitable for my “vision”, but I will provide full instructions to guide you. It will certainly serve as an inspiration. The best part about this is that stacking a pallet bed gives you a lot of options. You can make a unique piece of furniture that can also free up space and open up your room. So, let’s dig into the basic requirements.

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DIY Wood and Upholstered Twin Headboard

I wanted a custom look for my kid's headboard. The easiest way for me to get fabric AND a bed frame color that matches my room was to build it. I know most people don't feel comfortable building furniture. But if you do, I can show you step by step details for building and upholstering this bed - no sewing required!And the best part is, you get to pick the exact fabric and stain or paint to match any room or style. So, go for Boho, French Country, a sports or princess theme...anything you'd like will work.You can see the full DIY Steps and more pictures by visiting this post on my site.

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Concrete Patio Table

Am I the only one dreaming of patio furniture that’s WAY outside the budget!? I know my mom is too, so there has to be a few of us eh?...To be honest, some of the most expensive patio furniture I've purchased has lasted the shortest amount of time. We needed an inexpensive solution for a patio table that wouldn't need replacement after one snowy winter.After seeing some beautiful (and clearly time-worn) stone and concrete patio tables at restaurants, we decided to tackle our own DIY concrete patio table. Here's how we made it! More detail is available in the original post on my blog (linked below).

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New Life for a Vintage Glider and Chairs!

Last summer we found a vintage glider and 2 chairs for sale on a local social media site for $150. Being a lover of all things vintage, I jumped at the chance to breathe new life in these pieces. They were in good shape with very little rust (the brown is paint over the original green paint).
The transformation is more than we could've hoped for.

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L-Shaped DIY Outdoor Bench

How to build this large L-shaped DIY Outdoor Bench for less than $130. This bench is mostly constructed with corral boards and 4x4's. The bench was awarded 1st runner up in the IG Builders Challenge, Season 3. The designed was inspired by Ana White's Large Porch Bench Plans.Follow the link for full details.

kitchen update

Kitchen Update

This is a rental property we live in, so didn't want to spend a lot of money. We bought new handles off of Wish.com, new hinges from Amazon, which were 1/2 the cost than big box stores. Bought 2 sheets of 1/4 inch cheap plywood, it cost less than 14 dollar a sheet, had them cut them into 3 inch strips, bought wood screws, new white outlets and plates to replace the old ones(make sure you turn power off, before changing), some sanding blocks and wood filler, paint color of choice for cabinets, hi heat paint for back splash because ours is so close to gas top.Took off doors and drawers, filled in old holes, gave a light sanding, then painted. You do need a drill, jig saw or hand saw to cut the strips for back splash, we decided how long, so we could stagger strips, used quarters as spacers. I only used the high heat paint on the sections by the stove top. you need to cover everything with paint if it is the spray and use a mask/open windows/fans. It is not really very hard, but time consuming. we took 2 weeks to do everything, but could be done in a shorter time.

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Refresh an Armoire With Overlays

I used Overlay decorative panels to revive a forgotten and water-logged armoire, turning it into a farmhouse treasure.

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Bar Stand

This Bar Stand is made using simple, and rather old, wooden crates, old door. Wood sanded, painted, polished and transformed into the arts & crafts style bar stand.

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Pallet Mini Bar

Rachel found a pallet mini bar on pinterest. We had to give it a try. It was an easy project. Love that. Using wood connectors with screws on the sides, we connected two pallets together. Then we added some wood pieces on top to make level for the pavers to rest on. We painted the pallets off white and used spray paint for the inside nooks and crannies. The pavers are just resting on top of the pallets. Now she has a fun mini bar on her deck for beverage service.

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DIY Outdoor Storage Bench (with Hidden Storage Containers!)

Build an outdoor storage bench with a twist – the hidden storage can hold two rubber totes! This backyard storage box is ideal for storing pool toys, kid’s outdoor toys, gardening tools, patio cushions, and more.

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Headboard Makeover (including Fabric!) With Chalk Paint

I found a beautiful headboard at a flea market. I loved it, but it needed some updating - and the tufted fabric had a smell to it. I couldn't have my guests sleeping with that smell! My solution? I painted everything - including the tufted fabric!

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DIY Paint Your Ugly Counter Top to Look Like Granite For $100!

If you've got an ugly counter top like we did, change it up instead of replacing it. Save hundreds of dollars and do like we did....paint it to look like granite. It sure beats the lime green it used to be!

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Some time ago a received an email asking for a set of bed and nightstands. The lady wanted something shabby chic, romantic, but she insisted on this: it had to be unique...

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DIY Vintage Door Headboard

Our recent move was the perfect time to toss our super old mattress and upgrade to a King sized bed (which has been on my wish list for years)! We got a great deal on a foam mattress on Overstock and we even had a bed frame that converts from a Queen to King we were able to use. But I felt like it looked sloppy without a headboard. This is how it looked before...

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Faux Soapstone Countertops Using Paint + One Common Household Item

Have you ever looked a picture of a beautiful stone countertop and wondered if you could get the same look using paint? I love the look of soapstone countertops and would've loved to have them in our recent cottage guest shed remodel. But, I love DIY'ing, faux paint finishes and saving money even more. Today, I'll show you how to get the look of soapstone countertops at the fraction of the cost using paint and one very common household item I'm pretty sure you already have.

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The Top 10: Which Countertop Material Is Right For You?

Choosing a countertop is one of the most exciting and one of the most debated parts of a kitchen remodel. The cabinets and the countertop are the bones of your kitchen, they lay the foundation for the look and feel you create in your kitchen. Laminate used to be the revolutionary countertop material, then Corian and now granite.
For many clients, making a unique statement is important; for others ease of care and cleaning is top on their priority list. AK advises our clients to consider their lifestyle, how they use their kitchen, how long they want the countertop to retain it's 'like new' quality and the kind of upkeep they're willing to give it before they make a decision on material.
We have many important pros & cons for the top 10 most popular kitchen countertops: http://bit.ly/dNxmpB