Repurposed Headboards

by Dinah Wulf

A DIY Inspired reader emailed me and asked for some repurposed headboard ideas… here we go!

A headboard in your bedroom or guest room can make a dramatic impact.  Check out these low budget DIY headboard ideas using reused and recycled materials.  These repurposed headboards are made from everything from reclaimed wood to fabulous inexpensive flea market finds.

Pallets are becoming more and more popular!  I’ve written about repurposed pallets before and even shared some pallet headboard ideas, but now there is so much more out there!  If you want to take this project on, don’t forget to check Craigslist in your area because many places are giving away pallets for free.  Yes, that’s right…FREE!  You can also check retail stores that sell large items like appliances for example.  They will often give away their damaged pallets for free.  There are several only slightly damaged ones that will still work well.  If you follow me on Facebook you’d know that I’ve seen pallets laying out on the side of the road too!  Anyway, check out these creative pallet bed frames from Graham & Co.

For the full tutorial for this pretty wood tree pallet headboard go to Little Bits Of.

Here are some more budget friendly headboards from HGTV.com using chalkboards, cork, metal, and flea market finds.

This is a cute idea for a chalk headboard.  Change it up as you wish!

BHG has some great DIY ideas and repurposed furniture ideas reusing a fireplace screen, shutters, or doors.

So the next time you see a shipping pallet laying around, pick it up; or maybe you’ll think twice before leaving those garage sale shutters behind!

 

Reupholstering a Dumpster Find

by Dinah Wulf
Written by Loren Crane

 

I thank you for Dinah for  letting share my new chair with you guys. If you remember my last chair was done with Ikea fabric.

 

I decided to go in another adventure in reupholstering a chair. The new chair is completely different from the other one I did and it had different challenges. I again found this beauty by the dumpster months ago. It just seating in my porch getting abused by my cat. My kitty and dog love to abuse furniture that does not belong in our home. I believe they smell other animals on fabric and they start just smelling it and stretching their nail on it. Also with the warm weather coming in and the bugs coming out, I decided to start reupholstering process. I really did not want to be outside in 90 degree weather.

 

The first thing to do was to remove the fabric from the frame of the chair. Removing the fabric is my least favorite part because there are thousand of staple to remove. Unlike the previous chair this chair was factory made and there was not as many staples but it took three days to remove all the fabric. It took so long because I was doing it all by my lonesome. I finally convince the hobby to help remove the last of the fabric since I need some muscle to pull it off.

 

Here are the tools you might need:

 

1. Knife
2. Tack lifter
3. Fabric Scissors
4. Pliers

 

You might also want to wear a mask when removing the fabric. The fabric will through up dust that will irritate your sinus, trust me.

 

 

The first thing I did was to find a place where the fabric was no longer attached to the frame. Then I a used the tack lifter to help pull the staples away from the frame enough to where they can be pulled out with the pliers. The foam in the inside of the chair was in good condition so this time around I won’t need to replace it.

 

 

You might find this funny but I use a oven mitten to remove the metal things ( I really don’t know what they are) in one pull. You will need to be careful not to damage the frame. At times when removing staples you can crack the wood.
In some places where the staples were impossible to remove I use a knife or fabric scissor take off the fabric. I really was trying not to damage the frame of the chair while removing the staples. The chair is modern and the wood is not really good quality wood.

 

 

The bottom fabric of the chair needs to be removed by placing the chair upside down and removing the black fabric. I going to keep the black fabric because it helps keep out dust and other things from getting in the chair.
On the top third bottom picture you see a thin rope where the stables there was twice the amount of staples. You will need to remove staples from the top and the bottom of the rope line.

 

 

The inside foam was cut into different panels and each one was inserted in between two pieces of fabric. One fabric was the reupholstering fabric and the other looked like muslin which was stapled to the frame of the chair.
Once the purple fabric was taken off the back of the chair it expose the foam and then I just pulled it up to slip off the foam from both fabrics. Then I just removed all the staples from the inside of the frame of the chair. The foam looks like tentacles…I must be tired.
I am sorry I am repeating the word remove but that’s all you are doing. haha. Trust me this step is super frustrating. Because it seems like the staples never end.

 

 

I finally finished!! All of foam and the batting was in good shape and it did not need to be replace. So I just Lysol the crap out of it  (excuse my language, hehe).

 

 

The only piece of fabric that I did not remove was where the cushion would rest. This piece of fabric is attached to the inside of the frame while the chair was in two different pieces in the manufacturing process. It would be impossible to attach a new piece of fabric. I decide to leave it and I’ll show you what I did with it later on.
Here is the link to the previous chair I did.
 I am so excited to get started on the fabric. As of right now I have $0.00 invested. It great to find a free chair.Come and take a look at the finished chair here!

Here is a sneek peek, hehe

 

 

Till Later,

Upcycled Baseball Themed Dresser

by Dinah Wulf
Written By: Barbara from Chase The Star



Hi there!  I’m Barbara from Chase the Star, a little blog about decorating and crafting on a budget.  I love to take something in need of some DIY love, and make it look fabulous!  I just recently stumbled upon Dinah’s blog, and must say, I’m a big fan already!  I’m so excited to be a part of her blog today!  

A few months ago I updated my kid’s old dresser and shared it with my readers, it was a real labor of love, so I thought I’d share it with you here at DIY Inspired!

In my world there is family and baseball-not necessarily in that order.  My husband has passed his love for the game down to the boys and well in my case, if you can’t beat ‘em…

We’ve recently moved into our new house and I’ve been in a decorating frenzy.  The boys insisted on selecting a theme for their room; yup you guessed it, golf.  Ok, I jest—you were paying attention after all!  Baseball is of course the ‘theme’ for this room, and more specifically the Boston Red Sox (no we are not from Boston; this team is just a random passion my husband acquired in his childhood). 
So in keeping with my need/love for cheap-ness I decided to add a personal touch to their room by updating an old Ikea dresser they’ve had for years.   I decided on what else but a Red Sox, red dresser—get it?  I went with subway style lettering depicting several different common phrases associated with the Red Sox.  Had to consult the hubs on that one (and also our “Fever Pitch” dvd). 

Who knows who #9 Williams is??? Everyone in my house does. Everyone. 

The entire piece was lightly sanded and the drawer fronts were painted in a pale grey that I had leftover from another project (because I’d run out of white).  I bought some vinyl letters at Michael’s, and placed them on the drawer fronts intentionally overlapping some of the words passed the end of the drawers. 

My trusty assistant

 

I enlisted my 3 year old assistant to paint the entire piece Red (Cherries Jubilee by Glidden).  I kid!  He got tired after 4 strokes of the brush. 
Once the entire piece dried overnight, I carefully peeled the vinyl lettering off and sanded the edges, as well as over the letters for a distressed look.

I love the way this turned out!
See the intentional overlapping passed the ends of the drawers?  Love!
This project took lots of patience, and about 2 day’s worth of time, but it was sooo worth it!  The boys are so HAPPY with it, and I’ve even caught them bragging to their friends about it.  

Mom SCORES!

Please stop by my blog Chase the Star for a visit, you’d make my day! :)  Dinah, for letting me share my Subway Dresser your readers!

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Repurposed Shadow Box

by Dinah Wulf

 

I am very happy to be a guest here at DIY Inspired! I want to thank Dinah for the opportunity.  I am Loren over at  Pandora’s Craft box. I am a full time mom and crafter. I hate to cook but love to make messes. I am clumsy and hot tempered but I love with all that I have in my heart  to give. I am hoping you all enjoy my journey in making my dreams come true and make a difference.
I am so excited to show you what I did last weekend. I was up to 2 am doing this project all by myself! It almost sounds like a song, haha. Yep, I am a little corny.
I am rating this post

 

 

I have had this shadow box for a couple of years and it has always been in the way. Its to big and bulky and it would never stay in place. Finally on Friday night I pick it up to place it somewhere else and it came to me. I’ve been looking for a footstool on craiglist, by the dumpster and The Salvation Army and I can’t find the right one. Why not make one? The stool is sturdy enough to handle the weight and big enough for my cute little tootsies.
The first thing I did was run to home depot and get stool legs which I then stained. One piece of advice don’t start staining in 90 degree weather because the wood won’t have enough time to soak in the stain and will dry to fast.

 

 

While doing this project I learned something new which was the thread rod extends. I was not told that by the associate. Don’t get me wrong I like the the HD associates and they are very helpful and knowledgeable but this little piece of information would have sped up the process. Another associate did recommend a T-nut to be used to hold the stool legs in place. I was so happy he recommended it, forgive the blurriness as i intended to take a better one but… well you’ll see.

 

 

The T-nuts have little teeth at the bottom to dig in the wood to make sure the legs stay in place. First you will need to make the hole and then hammer the t-nuts in the hole. Then you can attach leg bottom.

 

 

I cut a piece of airtrex foam chair pad to fit the top of the shadow box and then cut the Ikea fabric to cover the foam.

 

 

Second piece of advice make sure you fold in the edge of the fabric so you have a nice hold. If not you will need to take out the staples and do the hold thing all over again, like I did. I had already started gluing the trim when I figured out what I did wrong. The glue I used was fabric glue and it dries clear so it was not a big problem.

 

 

At the center of the box I decide to use Ikea fabric to cover the T-nuts.

 

 

Ta-Da!! I finished my footstool. If I wanted I could even attach the stool to the wall so it would not move. I have not decided if I want to remove the mounting hanger from it.

 

 

I know you where wondering what book I am reading, right? Are you reading any of the same ones?
I hope you liked my journey from shadow box to footstool. Now to go read a book. If you want to see my tutorial on the matching chair Here
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Upcycled Vanity

by Dinah Wulf
Written By Loren Crane of Pandora’s Craft Box

 

I am finally back in my groove in doing projects after taking a month off. I’ve been working overtime trying to setup and maintain my blog that I needed a small break. I did not know how much I would miss doing projects until I finished my little monsters desk.

 

I found this little girls vanity by the dumpster about two months ago. We find a lot of goodies every time people are moving. I kept trying to figure out what to do with the vanity, a lot of ideas kept coming to mind but nothing seemed right. Until my little monster kept getting into my desk and my hubby’s desk every time we were not around. The best way to use the vanity was to make a cute little desk for my cutie.

The first thing I did was remove the mirror which I will use for something else later. Then I had the hubby cut the legs to were it would be comfortable to be used by my little monster.

After sanding I painted the desk blue and covered the inside of the drawers with a cute fabric with spaceships on them. I used modge podge on the drawers to glue the fabric. I also changed out the hardware to make it more modern.

We place his desk in the middle of my hubby’s and my desk so we can watch him play while we are both working own our projects. He loves to play with the drawers and his blocks. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Till later!

 

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Antique Chair Update

by Dinah Wulf

My taste is very eclectic.  There are several reasons why I can appreciate so many different styles.  I inherited this antique corner chair.  When I first got it, my mind went racing with different colors and upholsteries. BUT after some research, I found out that this chair may actually be worth something.  I didn’t want to jeopardize its integrity by permanently altering it…just in case. I liked the chair, but I wanted to update it a little.   So when I came across Simply Spray fabric paint.  I knew what to do for this antique chair update.

I used lettered stencils and numbered stickers for my design.  (By the way, the year I chose was COMPLETELY random). After ironing my fabric, I taped the lettered stencils onto the fabric with craft tape.  For the numbers, I used the outline of each sticker versus the actual number for stenciling purposes.  THIS WAS THE BEST IDEA EVER! It made spray painting SO easy.

Next, I taped off the rest of the fabric that I did not want spray painted.

In a well-ventilated area I followed the directions on the Simply Spray paint can, and sprayed one coat of paint.

Next, because I was using stencils, I dabbed the top with a paper towel.

When my paint was dry, I used a staple gun to attach my newly painted fabric onto the seat.  I kept the original upholstery so I did not ruin the chair.  I loved how it turned out.  Here are some after pictures.

 

DIY Reupholstered Chair

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Reupholstered Chair, Written By: Loren Crane, Pandora’s Craft Box

One cloudy day we found this lonely, awkward looking chair by the dumpster. I just saw the potential and the beauty this chair could bring to my home. We took it in and wondered what we had gotten ourselves into!

We knew nothing of reupholstering and we found more bad news as we when we removed the fabric!  All of the foam was dusty and by just looking at it the chair made me itch. We decided to remove everything from the chair. All was left was the frame, nails and springs.

Then the long journey to reupholstering began. It took about a month of long nights and hard work to finish the chair. I looked at other blogs and I could not find references to help with the process. Most blogs only had the before and after pictures, so I decided to step by step tutorials for those who might need a little guidance in reupholstering.

I go through step by step on how we attached the foam to the frame. You can see my hubby hard at work.

When all was said and done here it how it looks like with the foam was stapled to the frame.

I think the easiest part of the chair was gluing the decorative trim to the chair.

I hope you all enjoy reading about my journey with taking this chair from blah to glam. After this chair I don’t think there is anything I can’t do! I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say.

Links to the tutorials

Removal Reupholstering Part I

Springs Reupholstering Part II

Foam Reupholstering Part III

Foam Reupholstering Part IV

Fabric Reupholstering Part V

Finale Reupholstering

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Chair Bench

by Dinah Wulf

My friend emailed me a few pictures of a dining room set she wanted to try and update. The first thing I thought of when I saw the chairs was that we HAVE to upcycle them into a chair bench.  I first saw this idea on an HGTV show (I can’t remember which one but I’m thinking it was Home Made Simple…sorry!). The minute I saw the episode, I recall wanting to go to the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity ASAP.

Here are the pictures of her chairs.

I thought that the bench we made could have arms on each side. In other words, use the arm chairs on either side, cutting off the arm closest to the center… does that make sense?

Anyway, Of course time (and our busy schedules) got away from us and my friend and I haven’t had the chance to complete this project just yet. I have, however had time to search for some chair bench inspiration.  Surprisingly I found a few great tutorials and photos! I thought I’d share them since they were so amazing!

This first one is from Country Living. This bench was salvaged from inexpensive flea market finds with broken seats.

Décor Hacks featured this mismatched chair bench back in May. I love the color palette.

This blue bench from Froufrugal is kind of what I pictured for our bench (arms on the side) with an added patterned cushion.

Finally, this bench from Haven’ Fun with Junk caught my eye with its bluish gray color with red accents.

When my friend and I finally make time to take on this project, you’ll definitely see it posted!!

 

 

Wine Crate Shelves

by Dinah Wulf

A few posts ago I wrote asking for help on recycled wine crate ideas.  I FINALLY thought of something!

But first, as a recap, I’ve had these wine crates from a Wine Tasting Bridal Shower that I did.  You can get wine crates from any specialty wine store.  Oftentimes they are free or some stores sell them for about five dollars apiece.

Materials:

  • 3 Wine Crates
  • Stain (optional)
  • Polyurethane (Optional)
  • Paint Brush (Optional)
  • Rag (Optional)
  • Four ¼” 20X36” Threaded Rods
  • Eight ¼” Cap Nuts
  • 24 ¼” Flat Washers
  • Knob

Here are the wine crates before.

As you can see here, there were white sticker labels on some of them.

To remove stickers from unfinished wood, apply heat directly with a hairdryer, peel, and voila! No sticker!

As most wine crates are made out of unfinished wood, I wanted to darken them a little with stain to give them a weathered look.  I purchased a sample from a hardware store for less than three dollars.  To do this, I first sanded and rough spots with 150-grit sand paper.

Next, I applied the stain with a paint brush. Each stroke should be in the direction of the wood grain.

Wipe the stain off with a cloth or old rag in the direction of the wood grain. I did this to the top, bottom, sides, and inside for all three crates.

Once the stain is completely dry (check the drying time on the stain you choose), apply a coat of polyurethane to each crate.

When the polyurethane is dry (approximately two hours), align the bottom and middle crate with the bottom crate upside down (as shown below).  This will make it easiest to drill and align the holes.

Using a ¼” drill bit, drill a hole in each corner, drilling through both crates.

Next, align the middle and top crates, turning the top crate upside down (as shown).  Using the holes in the middle crate as guides, drill the four holes in the top crate.

Insert each threaded rod one by one and sucure each one with a nut and bolt on both sides. Use cap nuts for the bottom and top.

I think 24 inch threaded rods may work better (sturdier). I may perhaps add metal brackets for more support too because of the height.

I added a decorative knob to the top crate with a lid.  I used a pre-existing hole.

Here are some after photos.

I think this would be perfect in a kitchen or bathroom for extra storage, or for plants!

 

 

 

Fiber and Fire

by Dinah Wulf

Oh my gosh… I can’t stand it! I am obsessed with the craftsmanship and knack for design of this talented mother and daughter team, Patricia and Andrea also known as Fiber and Fire.

I was doing my usual rounds of blog exploration one day and I came across Fiber and Fire on Picket Fence Blogs. The Ad button alone caught my eye.  I clicked on the link and scrolled down each post and several clicks later I was inspired.  Wishing I lived close enough to attend one of their upcoming shows, I couldn’t help but be amazed at the color and pattern combinations that worked so well together.  There are SO many great pieces in the online portfolio that I had to keep editing myself down to share these select few.

These pictures are more than I intended to share but I couldn’t help it! They are all so amazing! I mean really? How am I supposed to pick?

If you’d like to view the full portfolio click HERE.  Also, check out their Facebook page for the latest updates. The Fiber and Fire blog is also filled with several awesome before and after pictures.

Here is the rundown for the upcoming Fiber and Fire shows.  Hopefully you live close enough to attend!  If you do, let me know how it goes!

February 10-11, 2012

  • Las Cruces ‘A Century of Enchantment’ Quilt Show; Las Cruces, NM Convention Center

March 8-10, 2012

  • Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show; Mesa Convention Center Mesa, AZ

May 10-12, 2012

  • Home Machine Quilting Show; South Towne Expo Center Sandy, UT

August 31 – September 1, 2012

  • Midway Swiss Days; Midway, UT

OK, one last picture… I swear… :)

 

 

Repurposed Nursery Furniture

by Dinah Wulf

Over the past few months we’ve had a few cool DIY tutorials perfect for a baby’s nursery.  I posted a step by step how to for a DIY Ribbon/Organization board to hold hair clips and photos. I also shared some DIY Nursery Letters that my best friend made, and perhaps my favorite, I showed you how a refurbished and upcycle an old Disney Princess play table.

But when the little one’s all grown up, what do you do with the old nursery furniture? Repurpose it, of course! I found these amazing repurposed nursery furniture ideas that I had to post. Each unique idea is creative and genius. I love them all!

Cribs

It doesn’t get much simpler than this.  Use the sides of a nursery crib to create shelves to display your collections or as a clever magazine rack.

This is perfect for your future crafters and little DIY’ers! Remove one side of the crib and voila! There you have an instant craft table.  Paint the new table with chalk board paint and hang a white board, hooks and shelves for organization.

This one is pretty cool… a crib turned bench.  I like the all black with white accents.  You can also add pillows made with durable outdoor fabric.

Chalkboard paint can transform just about anything.  Check out this crib turned menu board!

Changing Tables

Your little one may no longer need diapers, but every toddler needs a play kitchen! I have shared repurposed TV media cabinets turned play kitchens, but apparently changing tables work well too!

This last one may be my favorite.  Changing table turned bar cart!

 

Photo Sources: Consignment Mommies, Encore Baby Registry, My Repurposed Life, BHG, Oh Dee Doh, A Little Learning For Two

 

Repurposed Pin-spiration

by Dinah Wulf

“Pin-spiration” is a new term I’ve been seeing a lot lately. Pintrest is yet another social networking site that allows you to create virtual pin boards of absolutely anything that fits your fancy.  Check out my Pin boards here.  Did I mention I am obsessed with it? I can spend hours perusing the site.

Here are some great repurposed pin-spiration ideas I pulled off this addictive site.

Maps are the stylish craze these days! Better Homes and Garden repurposed a globe into a bowl by adhering (what looks like, or could be) a candlestick to make an interesting centerpiece.

Good Housekeeping displayed this cute outdoor side table made out of four window shutters and a glass top.

This one is fantastic! Curbly.com repurposed an old filing cabinet into a rolling kitchen cart. It serves several purposes including kitchen storage and cutting board… genius!

What girl wouldn’t like this to show off a collection of shoes! Check out these shelves turned beautiful display case. (Photo source unknown)

This may be my favorite and DEFINITELY my style. It’s an old barn door turned sliding bathroom door. (Photo source unknown)

Another idea for repurposing old rustic doors is using two as headboards as pictured below. (Photo source unknown)

Greenisuniversal.com has this creative tutorial for repurposing old belts and weaving them into a vintage aluminum lawn chair.

And last but not least (ok, maybe). Unfortunately, not all designs work out. Although it was initially a good idea, this repurposed Nintendo game console was repurposed into a lunch box and posted on failblog.com… at least they tried!

 

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Six Ways to Recycle Maps

by Dinah Wulf

Maps are so beautiful.  I’ve been looking for some ways to use them because I see them everywhere (including my glove box).  Just like CD’s, record albums, and books, they are becoming obsolete due to the emergence of electronics like the GPS and the internet.  But what I do love about maps is that they tell a story and simultaneously serve as a work of art.  Here are six great ways to recycle maps.

One: Art Work

Check out these heart maps by Tcktyboo.  Each heart represents a special place.  For example, where you were married, where you went on your honeymoon, or where the kids were born.

 

I also saw a great idea on Pintrest (I can’t find the picture or source anymore) where a map was framed and the route to a special trip was stitched in a coordinating colored string… so cute! Update! Thanks to Adri, here is the link for that map! http://www.marthastewart.com/375160/map-artwork Thank you, Adri!!!

 

Two: Pillow

This is a pillow from Etsy inspired by a vintage map.

 

Three: Pinwheels

Another Etsy find, these cute pinwheels make a whimsical vintage wedding favor.  Click here for different pinwheel tutorials.

 

Four: Upcycle Furniture

Here are three great examples of using decoupage on maps to turn an old piece of furniture into a unique and beautiful conversation piece.

Cover a wooden chest

Inspiration from Nate Berkus

Revamp an old Dresser

Add new life to an old Vanity

 

Five: Gift Wrap

Just in time for the holidays, use an old map as gift wrapping paper.

 

Six: Monograms or Letters

Use decoupage to commemorate a trip on craft letters (source unknown).

 

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Kitchen Cart Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

I know I’ve blogged about this before, but I’ll say it again.  One of the BEST things about blogging is meeting amazingly creative people that you would have NEVER come across if it wasn’t for the power of the internet.  Even more powerful is the interpersonal aspect of an online connection.

Recently, I received another great DIY submission by a reader and fellow DIY’er, Linn.  Linn and her husband bought their first home over the summer and have chronicled their DIY adventures on Linn’s website, The Home Project.  If you get the chance to peruse her site, you’ll see that Linn has certainly made her 1940’s bungalow a home.

This Kitchen Cart Makeover is one of her many projects, and I am honored to share it with you.

This is the before picture of kitchen cart stripped down.

First, the cart was disassembled.

Next, she thoroughly sanded the top with a hand sander and adequately sanded the bottom of the cart.

Linn applied a Mahogany Red stain that matched their dining room table and used a gloss finish to add depth.

Next she painted the legs, drawer, and shelf in the same semi glossy antique white.

She added a silver brushed metal handle to match the towel rack above her stove.

Here is another after photo.

Ta-dah kitchen cart makeover complete!

If you’d like to see more of Linn’s DIY projects, check out her website.  There you’ll not only find great do-it-yourself tutorials, but interior design, sewing, and craft ideas as well!

Thank you, Linn for the inspiration!

 

 

Repurposed Pallets

by Dinah Wulf

I love the idea of repurposed pallets into furniture or art.  When I first thought of doing my own project, I would drive around town looking near the dumpsters of commercial and retail buildings.  The last time I went to Home Depot, I asked if I could buy them and they said depending on the type, they ran from $15 to $60 a piece. Well, it really goes without saying that I’m too cheap for that so I kept on with my search.

Utilizing my resources, I called one of my best friends who works for a high end appliance manufacturer.  Low and behold! She texts me right away with a picture and says, “Here is what we are about to throw away. Do you want any of these?” My answer? “On my way.” So my little one and I hopped in the car. To this destination… aka… free pallet heaven.

Recycled pallets

Thanks to my friend who, by the way was in heels, I was able to jam two and a half in the back of my car. Now… what to do with them? A few days later they are still sitting in my garage awaiting my attention.  In the meantime I searched for some inspiration.  Here are some amazing ideas I found, but for now I’m still undecided.

Pallet Coffee tables

Design Finch

[Via]

Tres Chere

[Via]

Pallet Art

Flea Market Finds Magazine

Flea Market Finds magazine

[Via]

Pallet Dining Table

Pintrest

Pinterest

Pallet Benches

Ukas Blogg

[Via] 

AshleyAnnPhotography

[Via]

Design Sponge

[Via]

Pintrest 3

Pinterest

Pallet Headboard

House Tweaking

[Via]

Pallet Garden

Pintrest 4

Pinterest

Pallet Coat Hanger

Pintrest5

Pinterest

Pallet Shelving

Amanda Carver Designs

[Via]

Pallet Entertainment Center

BabesAndSages

[Via]

 P.S. Happy Birthday, Trina Bean! Thanks for getting down and dirty with me.  I heart you, best friend!!!!

 
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DIY Headboard

by Dinah Wulf
So when a couple finally moves in together, so does all of your stuff.  Unfortunately there are things that come with every bachelor now husband that you wish you could just throw away.  In my case, my hubby came with this enormous and atrocious orange painting (oh yeah and a garbage disposal lamp and a White Sox blanket for the couch).  I kept it up in our living room (I know I know) for probably a whole year and then gradually moved it upstairs (so less people would see it) for a few months.

Here is a picture of the painting.

FINALLY, I sent him a text him I knew he was having fun at the track, and said, “So, are you attached to that orange painting?”  Probably feeling guilty because he was having fun at the track with his buddies and I was at home with our child he said, “No. Why? What did you buy to replace it?” In my head he said, “No. Get rid of it.” My response was, “Oh nothing! Great!”

When he got home, his orange painting was now a DIY headboard covered with an old curtain for our guestroom.  Here is how I did it.

Materials Needed:

  • Ugly painting
  • One Old Curtain Panel
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors

Lay the painting on top of the clean curtain panel and trim it.  Watch out for any stains (that was inserted because my curtain had a ton of them!).

Fold the top side down and staple across the top.  Next, pull the fabric taught on the other side and staple the bottom.  Proceed with each side, again pulling the fabric taught as you go.  I left about three inches in between staples.

Trim the edges with scissors.

There you have it!  Instant headboard!  I also had enough curtain panel left to make a matching round pillow case. I hung sconces on either side to create balance since the painting was narrower than the bed.

RIP Ugly Orange Painting 2005-2011

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