When you have a newborn baby in your home it makes for a lot of sleep interrupted nights. You can change their diaper, feed them, burp them sometimes nothing seems to work. When baby can’t sleep neither can mommy or daddy. I remember putting our oldest in the car and driving around the block again and again until he fell asleep. Our other kiddos responded well to being rocked.
If your baby, like ours, sleeps well in a rocking chair or a rocking crib, why not try both. Take a look at this set of plans brought to you by Instructables. This will be a beautiful compliment to your nursery once you pick a matching wood or paint color. It also will take up less room than having both in the room. They suggest finding a mattress first and build the crib portion around it. The blueprints are not for a standard size mattress. Here is another DIY crib tutorial. It never hurts to have options. Lol
It is always exciting to get something new to brighten up your home. The only thing better than getting something bright, shiny, and new is to transform something you already have or create something from scratch. There is a lot of repurposing and changing going on here. I love it! This roundup, featured at Diply, is upcycling at it’s very best! These DIY projects show how to completely transform random bits and pieces (aka garbage) and turn it into wonderful new treasures. Furniture treasures that is.
These tutorials show how to touch up things that just need a second wind and that are begging to be turned into something new. It is fantastic! I can’t wait to try the window coffee table. The file cabinet turned garage storage is awesome but the dresser turned bench has to be my fav. The jeans planters are ridiculous. Funny and cool but not for me. Lol. I love giving old things new life and this is exactly the place to find much needed inspiration! If you have any other great ideas, please let me know! Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to DIYing!
Craigslist, thrift stores, garage sales…these are some of my favorite places to find treasures. And by treasures I mean other people’s garbage that I will makeover into something wonderful. This summer I am on the hunt for a hoosier cabinet. After seeing this roundup from Little Things I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for dressers and dresser drawers too. Who knew you could repurpose them in such fun ways! Not I!
I adore the headboard! It would be perfect if you’re short on space. There’s no need for a night stand when there nooks and crannies overhead. I love the thought of using just the front panel as a coat or towel rack. All of these DIYs have a slight shabby chic look that just make me want to swoon.
Buzzfeed has a fun roundup on how to transform the whole dresser and not just the drawers that you need to see. I know it’s hard for some people to dismantle perfectly good furniture. If that’s you, check out all 99 ideas here…
These are amazing designs! Top Inspiration has a roundup of 12 furniture designs that are absolutely fabulous. I don’t even know where to begin with them. They are incredibly functional and would be a great addition to any living space. They would be especially useful in a small space such as in a tiny home I write about so often on this sight.
A few of my favorites…. I love love love the sofa that turns into a set of bunk beds. What amazing ingenuity. Just spectacular! The wooden table/bench is incredible also. It is just so functional. I think that it belongs in my yard under the willow tree for all those afternoon blogging sessions on gorgeous summer days. I like the capstan table too. It is a modern take on the add-a-leaf table we have all seen but this one slides out in wedges.
I have run out of words to describe all of these amazing, spectacular, original works of art and engineering featured in this roundup. How is it possible that such creative pieces can just be furniture?! Maybe these pieces are the start of ‘furniture of the future.’
Wunderbar! That’s what this whisky barrel coffee table from DIY Projects with Pete is. 100% wonderful. This is a fabulous videos that show the transformation of an old whiskey barrel into a beautiful coffee table. It shows start to finish the project and I am just blown away at how amazing the finished project is. I really like the half barrel on it’s base. I would want to leave it like that and make it a…something. I don’t know what, but it looks really cool that way. Now if I only knew where to find a barrel…any suggestions?
Do you remember Hope Chests? My grandmother had one. Historically, a hope chest is a dowery chest. An unmarried woman would start storing things for marriage, like table clothes, dresses, and things that were homemade. Now they are more used for treasures and things you want to pass on to the next generation. This barrel table/chest reminds me of one.
Ok. Here’s the thing… I have a love hate relationship with the internet. (Especially Pinterest.) I see the most fabulous DIY projects and fall in love with them only to have my hopes dashed to pieces when the instructions are incomplete, are missing completely, or are just downright miserable. Anyone with me? Here is a DIY that Won’t disappoint; it has it all!
The tutorial for this bookshelf chair, featured by Instructables, has detailed steps, pictures, and lists of materials needed. I love this chair and I love that there is a DIY version! Have you seen chairs like this? They are quite spendy when bought but affordable (and fabulous) when made!
Eeeek! Etsy has one that sells for around $3000! Oh my lanta! They are made to order and look amazing but I’m gonna go with the DIY version. In case you feel like dropping a few thousand dollars follow this link the store.
I love porch swinging and backyard sitting. Basically I love everything relaxing and this Macrame Hammock chair looks like the most relaxing of all. Macrame isn’t crocheting but a form of weaving or knotting. (So don’t stress if you don’t have knitting needles.) It’s durable and beautiful and sailors used it a lot back in the day to decorate everything from their shoes to their ships. I think the designs are lovely, especially the ones on this chair. I’m itching to try my hand at this! And you will be too after seeing the tutorial from eHow. Be sure not to skip any steps or rush through the weaving. The last thing you want is to break your chair or fall on your tushy.
I don’t have a macrame hammock but I do have swinging chairs on the porch. They are Zupapa chairs and they are brilliant. They are the ultimate in store-bought comfort; they have foot and arm rests, a drink holder, and a pillow for your head. Give me a mint julep and a good book on a hot day and I’ll be happy as a clam. I’m not sure where we got ours but Amazon has them.
Waste not, want not. Wimp has a fun roundup that shows how old furniture, that has outlived it’s usefulness, can be put to good use in the garden. Some of these ideas are brilliant and others are just downright creepy!
Many of these won’t stand the test of time but they are fun to look at for the time being. I love all of the beds that are grown over (numbers 2, 6, 7, and 14). Although the one covered in grass reminds me of Rip Van Winkle and his 20 year nap. Numbers 1 and 3 are gorgeous but I’m sad that these instruments are no longer being played. Lol. The abandoned tea party (number 12) gives me the creeps! It’s very haunting. Would you try any of these? Do you have any of them decorating your garden right now? Let me know! I’m so curious!
Just in case you don’t know it…here is the tale of Mr. Van Winkle. Be sure to set the alarm next time you take a snooze!
I love creative and innovative people! I may not follow in their footsteps (not all of us are so talented) but they provide unteen amounts of inspiration. Thanks guys! Someday I will reach your skill level and my DIYs will we be the envy of all. Lol. One such exceptional and inspirational individual is Reddit user Midnight XII.
He took his dining nook and completely transformed it. It was boring, only sat six, and looked average. You won’t believe the transformation. The new table and benches are lovely! They can fit 12-15 people and the table now maximizes the space to it’s full potential. I love the paint too! Grey/blue and white are my favorite color schemes right now. Well done! Real Simple has some other remodel before and afters that should keep your creative juices flowing. These ones include living rooms too, just in case your dining room is already perfect.
I found a whole bolt of lace a few years ago at Goodwill and it has ended up being one of the best purchases ever! I’m sure it wasn’t a full bolt (40-100 yards) but it was a lot and only cost me $5.00. I’ve used it for so many DIYs and I highly recommend picking some up if you ever have the chance! You can make window treatments, votives, use it to fancy up your clothes, or decorate your furniture.
Kelsey Johnson, with Design Innovate Create, decided to use some lace and paint to transform an an old piece of furniture that needed a remodel. She turned an average dresser into something vintage in just a few easy steps. I love this idea! I have the dresser. I have the lace. I have the tutorial. So now I need to head to the paint store. Lol. So excited! Brit and Co has a fancy roundup with 30 lacy DIYs. It’s fabulous! I’m really keen on the eye glasses. Find all the fun ideas here.
Here’s the link to the full tutorial and more photos…