Sweet sweet summer. Oh how I love the sun. Being outside is the best. There are a few things that I need to get together first. One of them being the backyard. It is such a mess after winter. One place we can start is with furniture. This roundup from Top Dreamer has 16 DIY furniture ideas that you are going to love!
I love the hammock stand, outdoor kitchen, and all the outdoor benches/couches. I love them all! I need to get my DIYing on! I already have a bunch of pallets and cinder blocks so I think I can pull a few off already. Which is your favorite? All of them I’m guessing!
Having the best furniture is only part of having the perfect backyard. There are so many other things that make up a hidden oasis. wikiHow has 10 other things that you need. Check them all out here.
Pallets, pallets, and more pallets. This roundup is chalk full of wonderful ways to repurpose those magical wood shipping platforms and I am excited to feature it here today! Pallet DIYs are addicting! There are so many great ones out there and you could never do all of them or have the room in your home or yard to display them all, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try!
Some of the ideas are decorative and fun, while others are practical. There are DIY’s for every room of the house as well as everything outside. The coffee cup holder is my favorite! Or maybe the wine rack? Hmmmm. I love em both! And the pallet map! So many great ideas here! (And here is another roundup of terrific ideas. I very much like the swing. It is so lovely and one would fit in perfectly on my porch!)
Robbie Effler had a brilliant idea for turning an old dresser into a bench and I love it! Old dressers are great because they are sturdy and it’s like they were created to be repurposed into something pretty. Something like this bench! I love seeing old furniture getting a second chance at life and being re-purposed. You are going to love this!
He turned an old worn out dresser into something bright shiny and new in just a few simple steps. Robbie has to almost completely destroy it but the end results are worth it. I think it would be perfect in the kitchen, maybe with some cookbooks in the drawers. Where would you put it? Do tell!
Buzzfeed has a roundup that is all about dressers and how to transform the boring into the brilliant. You will love it as much as the one featured in this video.
There’s something exciting about building your own furniture and do-it-yourself projects, isn’t there? When we can take something old and turn it into something fabulous, it’s so refreshing! We found a wonderful DIY-er named Leanne Lee from Diva of DIY who has such a simple and fresh outlook on re-purposing and do-it-yourself projects.
In the video below she’s featured on ABC Action News demonstrating how to turn an old window pane into an awesome coffee table. While many of us might just see an old piece of junk, Leanne has a knack for seeing past that and bringing life back to items that otherwise would be headed to the trash.
All you need to get started is:
A fairly large window pane
Wood to create the box
Hinges for the top
4 leg braces
Watch how easy it is to make this unique and fashionable coffee table…
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. After seeing this DIY from Brooke of Start At Home, I’ll be on the hunt for an old dresser! I love seeing old furniture getting a second chance at life and being re-purposed.
Brooke used some creativity to transform an average dresser into something vintage in just a few easy steps. I don’t have the dresser. Or the carpentry skills. But I do have the tutorial and I do have the paint! (I also have a husband with who can do the heavy lifting. Lol.) This bench is great and would work in any room of the house. I think it would be perfect in a sunny reading spot with books tucked into all the shelves. Where would you put it? Do tell! Buzzfeed has a roundup that is all about dressers and how to transform the boring into the brilliant. You will love it as much as the one created by Brooke.
Do you love do-it-yourself projects that you can do around the home and yard? We’ve found some beautiful wood and log projects that we’re sure you are going to love! You can use wood logs in so many ways, some practical and some artistic. Many people fall in love with the rustic and natural look of wood, and why not? It’s one of nature’s most wonderful gifts.
We have several projects here ranging from cute artistic candle holders to practical table and chairs. There are so many ideas! You could use wood logs to create coat hangers, planters, coasters and much more. Take some time to browse through the ideas below, we’re sure you will find something to pique your interest!
What are your thoughts on knitting? Fed up with beanies and booties? Here is something to consider…a giant wool blanket. And I do mean giant! These look so warm and fuzzy. The weather is starting to get warm but that doesn’t mean that I can’t make one now to be prepared for next year’s cold winter months.
Any DIYer worth her salt knows one thing…don’t let yourself be limited. It sounds cheesy but ‘if you can dream it, you can do it.’ (Walt Disney said that and he would know!) If you want a giant blanket for cold days, or for the kids to wrap up in while watching TV, or even for a dog bed you can figure out how to make it happen. That’s what this roundup from Diply shows. Love it. Take that Grandma, you said I wouldn’t even be able to make a scarf. Lol.
We found an amazing DIY dining room transformation that we knew we had to share with our readers. A member from Imgur.com, MidnightXII, provided detailed photographs on how he transformed his old dining room space into a much more functional, practical and beautiful dining area. You can follow along below in the step by step photographs to see all of the work that was involved, and get inspired to launch your own DIY project at home!
And remember, these types of projects don’t have to break the bank either. With some basic materials such as two-by-fours and bead board, there’s a lot you could build! Browse through the photos below and watch how this man took a plain room and spiced it up, creating a beautiful and welcoming dining room that he and his family could enjoy for years to come.
1. This is what the dining area looked like initially:
This home has been lovingly owned and lived in by a 96 year old Toronto woman for over 72 years. When you look through the photos below, you won’t believe your eyes! Once you walk into this seemingly cookie cutter home you soon realize there is nothing plain about this place. It has been completely redecorated from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling in the style of the 1950’s and 1960’s!
Carefully thought out furniture, well chosen colors and an aura only one so caring and loving could create has this home been born and maintained. You’ll see as you look further that the home decor is all done in the homeowner’s favorite colors such as aqua, purple and pink.
Nothing dramatic jumps out at you in this photo, but what is behind that closed door?
Everyone can use a little more storage space. Truth be told, everyone can use a LOT more storage space. You can especially use it in the kids’ rooms. They are always the ones with the smallest room in the house. The room without much of a closet but with huge amounts of toys, sporting equipment and clothing. Where do you put all that stuff? We have to make room! This solution, posted on Diply, is brilliant. By building this bed he was able to create cabinet space and more than 70 square feet of open storage beneath the bed.
All it took was some IKEA kitchen cabinets and wood to make the platform. What a great idea, creating all that in what is usually a neglected and underutilized area of any room. Yes we have all shoved items under our bed in an attempt to get them out of the way or hide them from house guests. This guy went considerably further than that. Here are some other fun projects that you can do with Ikea furniture. I love that store.