Thanks to websites like Pinterest, Hometalk, Etsy, & a huge variety of independent blogs, there is no shortage of creative, thrifty, crafty ideas for home decor.
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Add your rocks & a shade of your choice.
The underside of a dining table is usually unfinished wood--a perfect blank canvas. Remove a few screws & flip your table top so that the underside becomes the new top side. You can stain it or paint it or both. Then, prime & paint the legs. Finally, distress it all with whatever you have laying around--sand paper, a hammer, a wire brush, etc. You can use a wipe on polyurethane or quick dry sealer to add durability, but the beauty of this style of table is that the more wear it endures, the better it looks.
IKEA often has large pieces of wood & foam in their As-Is section. You can find the size you need, cover it in foam & fabric with a staple gun. Then, just use shelving brackets to attach the headboard to the bedframe.
If you like the look of nailhead trim, you can press thumbtacks into the foam around the front border of the new headboard.
This entire project costs under $20 with all supplies & takes about an hour.
These projects are a part of my littlest sister Audrey's room. The vintage vanity was updated using gloss white paint for the body & chalkboard paint for the table top. Then, Mod Podge mixed with silver glitter was applied as a top coat over the white paint. The chalkboard paint + the Mod Podge glitter combo takes care of uneven surfaces.
And then my little sister's twin bed became a tee pee for about $20!
When an item is made & sold expressly for commercial use the price seems to go way up. Small business owners are faced with a barrage of expenses and one way to save money is to repurpose. In this example of repurposing, a local Pilates/Yoga/Dance studio was in need of a sign in area for their entry way. The wish list for this area included: something that made the sign in area more visible, a multi-height structure to make the area comfortable to utilize while standing, storage for commonly used materials & supplies, a divider between common space & employee space, a structure that fit in the limited entry way space that did not block the flow of traffic, a place to display announcements.
A look around the business owner's home provided a great (and nearly free) solution!
A high quality, solid wood baby changing dresser was the perfect size to fit the space. The back of the dresser was painted with chalkboard paint & a cork bulletin board was added. This became the front of the new sign in counter/work station. The total cost of this project would be for supplies and was under $40.
This side, which faces the employee area, provides storage for frequently used items. The unit divides the entry way from the staff area without stopping the flow of traffic.
Chalkboard paint turns any surface into an area for reminders or announcements & corkboard strips are a simple, inexpensive way to display fliers, promotions, or interesting articles. These details also draw attention to the area, making the sign in area visible. The two different heights of the changing table make this unit work well as a counter top.
This project is at Pilates Plus of Schaumburg. Located in Schaumburg, Illinois at Roselle Rd. & Weathersfield Way, they offer a variety of fitness classes, personal training, parties, equipment classes in a welcoming environment. Support small business in your community! Check them out at www.pilatesmindbody.com
DIY branch button napkin rings
Next, tree branch button
Finally, string it all together
Here's how you do it...
Flip the chair over, find & remove any screws holding the backs in place. Remove back (pull or use a hammer), paint chair base, add foam & upholster the top (or leave without padding or upholstery).
Here are some finished projects...