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Reinvent your stuff: 21 fun DIY projects

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11 Reinvent a desk

With a few style tricks, give an old, scuffed, and tarnished desk a colorful reboot.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Reinvent a desk

22 Make a memory box table

Turn a deep photo frame and similar-sized side table into a venue for celebrating treasured keepsakes.

2. Make a memory box table

33 Driftwood becomes coat rack

Turn a scavenged piece of driftwood found shore-side into an organic modern entryway rack.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Driftwood becomes coat rack

44 Art frame becomes message board

With a little creativity, turn an old artwork frame and drawer organizer into a family message center.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Art frame becomes message board

55 Books become art

Make your literature work for your aesthetic. Try taking the sleeves off hard cover books and arranging the spines by color.

 

 

 

 

5. Books become art

66 Wire basket and mason jars become outdoor chandelier

Romantic outdoor lighting: With a wire basket, a few jars, and some tea lights and adornment, add a little handmade glow to your garden.

 

 

 

 

6. Wire basket and mason jars become outdoor chandelie...

77 Mirrors become headboard

Arrange small light weight mirrors grid-style for a glamorous regency-style look in the bedroom.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Mirrors become headboard

88 Scrap wood becomes fence shadow box

Make display frames out of wood remnants and celebrate small plants as living art.

 

 

 

 

 

8. Scrap wood becomes fence shadow box

99 Closet becomes office

No room for workspace? Convert a closet into a home office―complete with hide-the-clutter doors.

How to do it: Empty a closet and remove the closet pole. Move a desk, or thin table into the space, allowing enough room to close the doors. Use a dining chair as a desk chair.

 

 

9. Closet becomes office

1010 Turn a drawer organizer into a bento-box guest tray

Tuck a drawer organizer into a storage tote with some thoughtful amenities to make your houseguests feel like royalty. (Be forewarned: They’ll be eager for a return invite.)

How-to: Slip a drawer organizer into a fabric-covered box or other storage tote and stock it with a few travel-size essentials in coordinating materials and hues. Tie a washcloth with colorful string; wrap a bar of soap with wide ribbon; use letter stamps and a label sticker to personalize a scented candle.

10. Turn a drawer organizer into a bento-box guest tray...

1111 Fireplace becomes candle sanctuary

Turn your wood burning fireplace into a decor statement―and trade air-polluting wood smoke for a little ambiance.

 

 

 

 

 

11. Fireplace becomes candle sanctuary

1212 Vintage cafeteria tray becomes collection display

A collection of found objects become a museum-quality vignette in a tray nostalgic of elementary school years.

 

 

 

 

 

12. Vintage cafeteria tray becomes collection display

1313 Plates become wall art

 

Celebrate a mismatched but beloved collection by arranging them in an asymmetrical wavelike pattern on a plain white wall.

Tips:

  • The blank canvas of the white wall allows the dishes to pop without competing for attention, but a colored wall works too, as long as the hues are complementary.
  • Try the same technique with themed collections such as vintage postcards or old 45 rpm records.
13. Plates become wall art
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