You see a chair on the curb. It's sitting right in front of your building and it's free. Or, you're at the thrift store and spy a cheap sofa. But something holds you back. You're just. not. quite. sure. If only there were guidelines — holy reminders if you will — of things to keep in mind while looking at used furniture. How do you decide if it's the right thing to re-do? Or if you should run in the other direction?
What's your first inscinct when something breaks? Some will say repair it, some say replace it ... and then there are those who see a dirty, broken keyboard or blender and think to themselves, "I can still use this."
While applying a new coat of paint can be a quick and easy way to make over a piece of furniture, refinishing a quality wooden piece is often worth the added time and patience. And it's often not too hard — a little light sanding and a few simple restoring products is often all it takes to breathe new life into old pieces, and bring out the beautiful grain of wooden furniture.
We've got a problem in our house with cord control. Old cords, new cords, and cords without any identifiable purpose are filling up the cupboards in the home office. In an effort to get them organized, I've scoured online and around my house for free and creative ways to keep the cords in check.
After moving to Saratoga Springs, NY, which is famous for its horses and horse track, Lucianna Samu became obsessed with old horse stall doors. She began collecting and refurbishing the doors for projects around the house. Below are pictures of a liquor cabinet and a kitchen pantry that Lucianna created by hanging the doors on modern sliding rails.
Need a mid-Winter pick-me-up? Tired of same old same? Me too. The clean lines of mid-century furniture can lend themselves to color nicely, and adding a little paint can take a piece out of the 1960s if teak isn't your thing. Take a look at these vivid mid-century dressers for inspiration.
I think we all probably have one of these laying around somewhere — a simple wire basket for hanging plants outdoors. Double them up, and you've got yourself the makings of an awesome outdoor hanging light!
Are you Vine-ing yet? If you can avoid the porn (don't worry office dwellers, it's a link to NPR), Twitter's latest foray into social video is actually pretty cool. Users are sharing 6-second looping videos of anything and everything, just like Instagram, with a wide range of really creative mini movies. If you want to capture the best Vine video, you'll need a tripod mount like this one.
There is something very attractive about the idea of reusing and recycling to me. We have all saved toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, paper towel rolls and more for crafts. My kids are fascinated with turning something seemingly useless into a cool item they can be proud of. The other day my son put an empty milk jug in the recycling and asked me why we couldn't make something out of it. Oh but we sure can!
Brooke, from the home décor blog Inside-Out Design, started with this run-of-the-mill old coffee table, and with some ingenuity and a lot of handiwork, she and her husband transformed it into a one-of-a-kind hand-tufted ottoman.