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How To Do An Easy Aged Painting Technique

How To Do An Easy Aged Painting Technique

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dining chairsThis aged technique is so easy it’s brilliant!  This is a great example of what you can do to make a new piece of furniture fit with the furniture you already have.   Jennifer needed her chairs to have a darker aged effect rather than the white washed effect to blend with the dining table she already had.  She bought the chairs at TJMaxx ~ wow I love what they get sometimes, and these are very nice, quite my style 😉  as I really like upholstered chairs for the dining room.  But when you shop at TJMaxx you have to be quick to get it when you see it, or it’s gone for sure if you wait — just a warning!

Get Jen’s instructions with lots of photos to show you how to recreate this aged effect

 Easy Aged Painting Technique

 

How to make a lamp out of a vase

How to make a lamp out of a vase

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 How-To-Make-a-Lamp-from-a-Vase-InstructionsI never thought of making a lamp out of a vase! There are so many clever people out there, with so many clever ideas, it never ceases to amaze me. There’s lots of cool vases out there, and you probably have a few in your own home that you can use for this project. Lamps are very expensive in the stores, but making your own can be unique and fun.

 

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Lamp out of a vase

 

Old doors as decor

Old doors as decor

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Decorative DoorsHow many old doors just get taken to the dump or are left behind in old buildings. I think of how many people passed through these beautiful vintage doors and wonder about their stories? It would be wonderful to bring them back to life, and repurpose them as kind of a refurbished heirloom in a decorative way. And when I look at that door, I would wonder, what stories does that door have to tell? Here’s a few ideas of what you can do with an old door to bring a piece of Americana into your home!

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Old Doors

How to make a custom clock

How to make a custom clock

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 Now this sounds like fun! There’s an infinite amount of clock designs that you can come up with. You can use about anything to make into a clock, even a tin can if you get creative with it ( haha )! So what kind of clock do you want to make? We see all the same kind of clocks in stores, but nothing that comes close to having a real magical, homey feeling to it. Face it, you’re going to be looking at the clock a lot, so might as well make something you want to look at, rather than just to know what time it is. Make it a part of your home, make it a part of you!

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Cool painting techniques for furniture

Cool painting techniques for furniture

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furniture-painting-techniquesthe-ornamentalist--florentine-furniture-painting-workshop-2za43weiHave you ever been shopping for furniture, and could never find what you were looking for? Or, are just not satisfied with the furniture you have because it just doesn’t have any pazazz! Well sometimes the only way to get what you want is to do it yourself. There are many painting techniques that you can use to completely renovate the look of your furniture! Sometimes you think, aw, I’ll just throw that piece out, but wait, you can completely change it. Try this really cool painting technique to make an old piece of furniture, look like a new, custom piece of furniture.

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9 Fabulous Pet Bed Ideas From Old Furniture

9 Fabulous Pet Bed Ideas From Old Furniture

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pet bed from old furniture 11.  Stencil an old or new wooden box, cut out an opening on one side.  Find some old legs, attach to the bottom.  Attach handles and any other decorative pieces.  Measure the inside of the box… make a cushion to those measurements.  Make some small pillows out of fabric scraps.  Embellish with fabric flowers.  Ready to go!

pet bed from old furniture 22.  Find an old nightstand with 3 drawers.  Remove 2 drawers.  Paint to your desired color scheme.  Measure the inside of the bottom opening, create a foam pad and cover with fabric.

pet bed from old furniture 3.  Oh you know your cats will love this!  Find 2 old suitcases… different sizes, detach the pieces.  Paint to your liking.  Attach old table legs or other spindles to the suitcases as shown with screws.  Add small legs to the bottom of the large suitcase.  Measure the interiors of both pieces and make cushions for each.  Wait 2 minutes and your cats will take over!

pet bed from old furniture 4.  This is much simpler.  Find an old suitcase or hat box, make sure it’s clean and measure the interior of the suitcase and make a cushion.  Add the doggie toys for Fido’s comfort!

how to make a pet bed from old furniture5.  Every cat loves boxes, and this one is just too stinkin’ cute!  Find an old TV, remove everything inside, disconnect all cables etc.  Paint or decorate as desired.  Paint or cover the interior cabin with padding.  Measure the interior floor space to create a cushion… Done!

how to make a pet bed from old furniture6.  Here’s another super cute idea using an old TV.  Remove everything as explained in #5, paint the interior and exterior as desired – here the black and white trim lend a whimsical touch.  Measure the interior cabin floor and make a cushion to fit.  Line the edges with pillows, put up some photos on the interior walls (plastic not glass – must always be careful around your pets) and there you have it!

how to make a pet bed from old furniture7.  Ahhh, this is and old end table flipped with a well fitting custom made cushion… color coordinated but of course.  Spindles were added to the legs to give it a more finished look.  Small legs were added to the bottom.  Now kitty or doggie have a 4 poster bed!

how to make a pet bed from old furniture8.  Ok, this one is not made from furniture, but I love it anyway…. it’s made from your old sweaters.  And your pets will love it because it will have your scent.  Just measure the size you want and cut pieces to fit.  Sew the pieces together and use a zipper or velcro so you can clean it!

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9.  Ok I know I already featured a pet bed from a suitcase, but this one is just too cute I had to share it too!  And I forgot to mention that with a suitcase pet bed, you can take it with you when you travel, but you might not want to attach legs to the suitcase if you want to easily take it on your travels.  Just pop the food and water bowls into the suitcase, along with any of Fido’s best threads and you’re ready to say bon voyage!

*Tip*  If your old suitcase smells musty or unpleasant, use aquarium charcoal (not the same as for BBQ!)  to get rid of the smell.    Put the charcoal in the suitcase, close it and let it do it’s thing until the odor has been absorbed by the charcoal, at least a few days, longer if necessary.

There you have it, 9 fabulous pet bed ideas.

How to make an ottoman from a table

How to make an ottoman from a table

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DIY-Padded-Ottoman-Coffee-TableSometimes you just want to prop your feet up on something comfortable, and an ottoman will do just that. What if you could turn that old coffee table into a comfortable ottoman? Don’t throw it out then, follow the instructions below to completely transform your table. If it’s a tall table, just saw off the legs at the right height, and proceed as planned!

Here are the instructions for turning a table into a ottoman

table into an ottoman