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Hello! I’m Carrie from Lovely Etc. and I’m so happy to be posting as a guest blogger here today. I was thrilled when the play kitchen I made for my sons was chosen for the “I Did It” feature in the August issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. This cute little kitchen really represents my outlook on decorating. I believe a gorgeous, unique home doesn’t need to be expensive; there’s nothing better than finding a new life for something that’s no longer useful; and a little paint can transform absolutely anything! This little kitchen started out as an outdated entertainment center that nobody wanted, but with a little paint and imagination, it now gets used every single day.

That is what I love the most about upcycled DIY projects — giving something old a brand-new purpose. Below are a few more of my favorite upcycled projects!

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Bathroom vanity made from an old dresser

Finding a bathroom vanity with great character can get expensive fast. An easy way to get a one-of-a-kind piece is to start with an old dresser. I made this vanity from a family friend’s childhood dresser. It didn’t start out in the best condition, but with some paint, a new sink, and a little work, it turned into one of the favorite parts of our home.

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Lamp made from a lantern

I love cute candle lanterns, but as much as I love candlelight, I almost never take the time to actually walk around and light candles. One day, inspiration struck! Why not turn some of my lanterns into lamps that can be turned on with the flip of a switch? Now this cute little lantern gets used nightly in my son’s room.

 

vintage jewelry drawer pull

Drawer pulls made from old jewelry

Nothing dresses up a piece of furniture like some really great hardware. Unfortunately, gorgeous hardware is hard to find and can get expensive fast. This is a fantastic way to make your own using those huge brooches and earrings that are at every estate sale. These DIY drawer pulls are the perfect hardware for a statement piece of furniture.

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Nightlight made from a vintage camera

Vintage cameras are easy to find at yard sales, Craigslist, or Ebay, and they add vintage style to any room. Even better, it’s easy to turn an old camera with a flash unit into the perfect nightlight.

nightstands made from old vanity

Nightstands made from an old vanity

I see cute old vanities at estate sales and yard sales all the time but never had a use for one. When I was searching for a matching pair of very skinny nightstands, I realized these old vanities can be taken apart pretty easily. It is an inexpensive way to get a pair of unique nightstands.

I truly believe that almost anything can be given new life again with a little creativity. (Or, let’s be real, sometimes a lot of creativity.) Do you have a great upcycling idea or need help seeing the potential in something you already own?  Share in the comments or tag me on Instagram @lovelyetc. I’d love to see what you are working with!


Hi! My name is Jenni Radosevich, DIY blogger of I Spy DIY, and I am so excited to be here today posting as a guest Style Spotter!

I SPY DIY is a website where all my do-it-yourself projects come to life! I love seeking out the latest trends in fashion and home then showing you how to recreate them for less. I started my site in 2010 as a creative outlet and have been lucky enough to turn DIY content into my full-time gig. Being able to inspire my readers to create their own DIY project is what makes me most happy.

When I found out that Better Homes and Garden magazine wanted to feature my DIY wood headboard in the “I Did It!” section of the July issue, I was beyond excited. I have always loved and admired BHG, and this was a dream come true.

The day of the shoot was a complete whirlwind and totally surreal. My small studio was spilling over with props and people working to make my DIY headboard magazine-ready. I am so excited and grateful that they were able to capture my first wood-working project!

This project was one of my favorites and surprisingly pretty easy to achieve! I chose to paint half of the wood for something a little edgier, but if you’re looking for a more monochromatic look, use a single shade of wood. Or, you can really spice things up by painting the wood with bright, bold colors to make a real statement!

Finding a unique headboard for a king-size bed that did not break the bank was nearly impossible. Since the casing used to create the pattern is so inexpensive, it’s easy to scale larger for minimal cost. I also love that you can get more creative and intricate with the pattern with only a few additional cuts.

No matter what you do, this DIY project is the perfect solution to an upscale headboard on a low-cost budget. Get the full instructions for this project here or in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens!


Hey there, everyone!  I’m Katie from Addicted 2 DIY, and I’m so excited to be featured in June’s “I Did It” section of Better Homes and Gardens magazine! My featured project was this simple planter made from a recycled tire, and it’s a great weekend project that can add a little character to your outdoor space. I love how even a quick project can have a big impact, and I’ve compiled some of my favorite DIY projects that can be completed in a weekend or less. Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the DIY pool or you’ve already jumped right in, there’s something in this list for everyone!

1.  Bust boredom for the kids

DIY 4-in-1 Activity Table with Free Plans

This 4-in-1 activity table packs a punch with a flip-top design that will keep the kids occupied for hours.

2.  Display family photos or your favorite plants

Rustic Multi-Purpose Ladder DisplayThis rustic ladder display can hold photos, succulents, craft supplies, or whatever you like. The best part is that this quick and easy DIY project can be completed in as little as an hour.

3.  Hide Fido’s food in plain sight

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Keep everything in one place and dog food out of sight with this DIY dog food station. The tote inside holds up to 30 pounds of dog food!

 4.  Bring order to the chaos of bikes and scooters

DIY bike and scooter rack

The never-ending tangle (and tripping hazard) of bikes and scooters on the garage floor gets old quick, but this simple DIY bike rack keeps everything — even the helmets! – neat and in one place.

5.  Get a leg up with a simple step stool

rustic step stool

Add some style and function with this DIY step stool. It’s sturdy enough for adults and kids, plus this entire project is made from one single board!


I am by no means a hoarder, but I find that I have a hard time parting with items that could potentially be repurposed and used for a future project. Do you have the same problem too?

Hi, I’m LZ Cathcart, and I’m the creative mind behind The Summery Umbrella shop and blog. Recently, my coffee station was featured in the May edition of the Better Homes and Gardens ”I Did It” section, and I have to say that I couldn’t be happier! It was such an amazing experience, and I’m so thankful that I have been provided the opportunity to share with you how this DIY project came about.

I have to admit that I do enjoy a few cups of coffee every morning and sometimes even in the afternoon. I’m not a caffeine addict by any means, but rather I love the comforting taste. With that being said, designing a coffee station in my home was an absolute must!

Originally, I started the project with just a simple shelf that measured out to be approximately six feet in length. It was the perfect size for all of my much-needed coffee accessories, but this simplistic design looked rather awkward on the wall that I was using. It definitely required a few other companion pieces to complete the look.

Although the overall cost of this project was technically free (since my husband and I used items that we already had on hand), the design did take a few months to plan. I’d much rather create a project from castoffs than spend a fortune on new materials, so working with what I had did take a little bit of brain power to round up the perfect items.

I started with the doors of my coffee station because reclaimed windows seem to always look amazing no matter where I put them. I then enlisted the assistance of my husband for the cabinetry since he has a great eye for woodworking details.

Last, I tested out a few items above my coffee station to see what would create the most cohesive and rustic look I was aiming for. Because I’ve always adored large china cabinets, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try a mirror from my own bedroom vanity. I had planned on moving this mirror out of the room at a later time but didn’t have the heart to throw it away. Thank goodness I didn’t!

My advice for your own similar projects? Take it slow. Sometimes an idea needs to be tossed around a few times before it will turn out the way you would like.

Get the free plan for this coffee station here!


Potted plants are a staple in many gardens, especially cozier spaces. They also have a funny way of multiplying, taking over every surface, including your ground, patio floor, and garden tables, until your place becomes a sea of clay containers.

As gardeners, plant habitat designers, and co-founders of The Horticult, we, Ryan and Chantal, know this dilemma all too well. In searching for ways to design with clay pots in attractive, space-saving ways, we hit a wall. Well, so to speak. We ended up designing a screen that turns a collection of clay pots into a vertical garden in which the pots seem to be levitating on top of each other. Bubbling over with flowers like nemesias and petunias, it’s also the friendliest kind of privacy screen.

As we share in the “I Did It!” section of the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens, this magical effect comes courtesy of some hardware and a little bit of muscle. We strung our clay pots together using all-thread rods, and turned plastic test plugs (found in the plumbing section of the hardware store) into drainable flanges that, in tandem with nuts and washers, secured the pots in place. Hooks and sleeve anchors allow you to hang your installation.

Another benefit of raising your containers to eye level? The more you see your plants, the more likely you are to take care of them. Keep in mind that hanging plants — especially those in breathable pots — tend to dry out faster than non-hanging plants. You can also adapt this vertical garden to many types of spaces. We’ve hung our floating planters from the eaves of friends’ balconies and attached them to our own rolling arbor.

We also built a custom frame for a super-size installation that’s now wild with glossy tropicals like anthurium and black gold philodendron. Attaching the hanging plants to a frame with casters makes it possible for renters to take their garden with them during a move. Get more gardening tips for renters here!

Want to make your own vertical clay pot garden? Pick up the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens now for the full DIY, or check out our blog for more instructions, photos, and pro tips!


Hi, I’m Ursula from Home Made by Carmona, and I’m excited to be here today to share one of the most versatile and high-end projects you can execute for your own home —  rug painting! Yes, you read right. Instead of shelling out the big bucks for that really edgy rug you’ve been eyeing, consider making your own at a fraction of the cost. I am honored to have my painted rugs featured in the “I Did It!” section of the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and now you can create your own stunning painted rugs! By the way, it doesn’t just stop at rug design. The same techniques you use to create the rug of your dreams can be used to craft stellar throw pillows, curtain designs, cloth napkins, and more. But more on that later…

Today I’m giving you five tips to help you achieve the professional high-end rug you crave.

Tip #1: Create bold geometric patterns

Geometric patterns are in, and, lucky for us, they are the easiest designs to DIY. Lay tape down randomly for a modern application, or strategically imitate a favorite design.

Tips to make DIY geometric painted rugs

Tip #2: Use a great painters tape

Start with a really good painters tape to keep sharp lines and prevent bleeding. The green FrogTape is my personal favorite and works incredibly well on fabric. Make sure you take your time pressing along the edges of your tape for perfectly clean lines, then remove the tape as soon as the paint has been applied. The faster you remove the tape, the better.

Get the template for this rug here!

Tip #3: Go with sisal or flat weave rugs

From a decorative perspective, we love a flat weave or sisal rug, but from a paint-it-yourself perspective, we really adore it! Sisal has a texture that makes painting simple and generally bleed-free, and a flat weave rug (with the emphasis on flat) or any cotton-based rug that doesn’t have large woven bumps ensures tape can be applied flat and secure.

Tip #4:  Use stencils or other creative templates

Tape may be the go-to for creating designs, but don’t stop there! A simple cookie cutter can be used to create a popular polka dot design, and stencils are perfect for more intricate designs. Be creative, and think outside the box!

Tip#5: Go off script and apply designs to other mediums

Apply your newfound skill to curtains and throw pillows for decor that complements your beautiful new rug design. Learn how to make these trendy designs using tape at Home Made by Carmona.

By painting a rug or other decor item, you’ll add a posh, custom feel to your space, as if you shop only high-end decorator designs. Not to mention, you’ll save a ton of money and obtain some serious bragging rights!

 


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