Many of us have been there: staring at a hole in a shoe, a torn backpack, or possibly a damaged car fender. Lacking the time or skill to repair them properly, we reach for the duct tape, slap it on and go about our business. Considering the fact that repairing things with duct tape is common enough to be an oft-lampooned stereotype, a duct tape makeover would seem to be an easy target for ridicule. But things are not always as they seem, as this project illustrates.
Founded by Doan Bilgis in 2006, Loom is a store in Victoria, Australia that sells one of a kind rugs. Inspired by the architectural, artistic and cultural diversity in Australia, Loom's mission is to source, design and make beautiful rugs with unique character, history and story to suit contemporary and classic spaces.
Shadow boxes can be very adult affairs, artfully populated with meaningful objects, but this DIY shadow box for kids can be a dynamic display featuring today's favorite things. Best of all, Jennifer made it herself with some paper towel rolls that she rescued from the recycling bin.
Football season is fast approaching, and with it comes the beloved tradition of tailgating. Coolers, folding chairs and grills pop up in parking lots across the country as fans get in a little pre-game party before the action. While your favorite athletes, be they professionals or pee-wees, are sweating through two-a-day practices, you can be doing some work on a custom grill that will cost you next to nothing but will surely earn you a few fans of your own.
Summer is winding down, which means that people will soon close up their pools and pack away all the warm weather gear. Instead of saying good-bye to worn out swim noodles, re-purpose all that foam as useful household solutions. Don't worry: making a full-blown chair, like the one above from Wary Meyers, isn't one of my suggestions.
I don't know why this basket appeals to me so much — maybe it's because it makes me think of loading it up with apples in the fall, or maybe the fact that Karen mentions the basket storing kindling for fires in the winter has me yearning for cooler weather. At any rate, this little country basket is sweet and simple, and easy to make.
Diaper boxes are popular containers for upcycling. They are large, sturdy, and abundant. When most people think of what to do with them, it involves storage of some type, which is perfectly fine and logical. However, there are people out there who can look at a pile of boxes and see art. And not just any art--Star Wars art! These are our kind of people.
Emeco (The Electric Machine and Equipment Co.) has been producing chairs from reclaimed and recycled materials in Hanover, PA since 1944. Best known for the Emeco1006 chair (also called the Navy Chair) made from recycled aluminum, their mission is to make things that last. In keeping with this goal, they recently collaborated again with friend Phillipe Starck to create the Broom Chair.
Stripping paint often proves time-consuming, frustrating, and sometimes even dangerous — but just as often, it's worth the effort! This dresser (seen here without its drawers) was found with layers of paint — a thick coat of white being the most recent.