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The DIY Home

Just Had To Have It

Just Had To Have It
When we purchased Century View Lodge in Blue Ridge, we had to furnish it top to bottom which was the perfect opportunity to shop second hand and succumb to my need to have what spoke to me. Such was the case with one of the first purchases, a small occasional table I found at a thrift store. It was solid wood, I loved the legs, and I knew it could be used as an end table or nightstand. Plus, who can argue with $20?   Continue reading

Reclaimed Pallet Wood Centerpiece

Reclaimed Pallet Wood Centerpiece

The very first project I taught through Chics With Tools was a centerpiece made from pallet wood and test tubes. That was 2 1/2 years ago. I love mine and use it all the time like today, for instance. After a week, my Valentine roses were looking a bit sad so I trimmed off the leaves, the bottom of the stems, and removed some of the browning petals. That made them perfect for this centerpiece.

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Learning On The Fly-A Traditional to Glam Table Transformation

Learning On The Fly-A Traditional to Glam Table Transformation

My friend, Christie, had had this traditional side table for quite a while. But its leg had broken and the repair was failing. So instead of taking to the thrift store or leaving it on the curb, she decided to pass it on to me to see what I could do with it. I did not need one more project but I couldn't resist. I also knew that the makeover was going to be pretty simple so I wouldn't have to spend much time on it. 

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An 80's Entertainment Center In The Kitchen?

An 80's Entertainment Center In The Kitchen?
Kitchen islands can be super expensive. So why not make your own, especially if you have a small space and need it to be mobile? This blog and video will take you through the steps of turning a typical TV cabinet into a functional kitchen island, complete with corbels, a drop-leaf, and punched "tin". Continue reading