Best DIY Ideas to Steal

From the AT:Chicago House Tours

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Many of the homes featured in our housetours have included clever decorative DIY projects - ingenious solutions from the simple to sublime. We pulled eight of our favorites from over the years, such as Summer's wallpaper panels and Dana's gold ceilings to Shannon and Emmett's recycled stair tread shelving and Alan's leather fireplace surround. Check out the photos above and jump below for the links:Top Row, left to Right:

1) Wallpaper Panels with Molding:Summer and Josh's Pumped Up Traditional
2) Leather Covered Fireplace Panels:Alan's Andersonville Loft
3) Hand Painted Target Curtains:Jessica and Alex's Simple Modern On a Budget
4) White Back Painted Glass Fireplace Surround:Meg and John's Big City Home
5) Shelving made from Recycled Stair Treads and Plumbing Supplies: Shannon & Emmett's From Factory to Family

Bottom Row, left to right:

6) Plate Collection as Kitchen Decor: David's Andersonville Apartment
7) Gold Ceiling: Dana's Sunny Logan Square Apartment
8) Dining Chairs Reupholstered with IKEA Fabric: Amy's Vintage Modern Nest

Check out our full House Tour Archive for more inspiration.

(Originally published 2.16.09 - JL)

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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