Down & Dirty DIY From Midwest House Tours

Down & Dirty DIY From Midwest House Tours

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Sarah Rae Smith
Feb 1, 2010

We feature a great deal of our reader's projects, after all, you're the most amazing group of people we've ever met. Seriously, give yourself a pat on the back, because the hard work you put into your spaces just blows us away. After the jump we've rounded up a few projects that went above and beyond!

There's a DIY in almost every home, but there's a few that inspired us and made us start drawing up plans for our own personal spaces. A few of our favorites are below:

Stain Applications: We've seen a great deal of DIY flooring after all our years of doing house tours, but never have we seen something as crazy awesome as the star pattern that was done in Kristie's Thirties Tennessee Treasure. There's also diy countertops and bookcases, make sure to stop by for a refresher for sure!

Chandelier Overhaul: Although we often think of DIY projects as being something involving a hammer and a few nails, this time it was a labor of love with the chandelier in Martha and Ben's Southern Mix. It was in dire need of cleaning, restringing of crystals and giving it new life. Lighting is one of the best things we can invest our time and money in concerning our home and this was a great project!

Reupholstery: Little projects aside the red fabric that gave new life and created a fabulous focal point for the living room in Ralph and Michelle's One Big Happy Family Home — is a cut above the rest. Sure being in the business helps, but sometimes you don't need a new piece of furniture, looking to old bones to add a new party dress to is a great way to go.

Movable Tech: There was so much DIY done at the Bright and Beautiful Bungalow from an Ohio Trio, we almost didn't know where to start. Although we adore many of their projects, the placement of their tv and their tech solution to make it easier to view is a great one. Their bungalow didn't have a great place for a flat screen, although it looks great above the mantle it's not really infront of any living spaces, making movie watching a neck strain. It's on a recessed arm that allows it to swivel either way &mdash to the kitchen for news while eating breakfast or to the living room for monster movie marathons a treat!

External Wiring: Like dogs who don't look up, it's rare that we take time to focus on the ceilings in our home tours. But in Michael and Anna's Rustic Modern Loft, wiring isn't neatly built into drywall, it isn't something that required ladders and a little bit of thinking. You'll notice that each light has been dropped in with metal conduit to keep everything stable and clean. It's a great look and time well spent!

Do you have a favorite DIY Tour project that motivated you to make a change? Let us know in the comments below!

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