How-To Tip: 10 DIY Recyclables You Shouldn't Pass Up

How-To Tip: 10 DIY Recyclables You Shouldn't Pass Up

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Janel Laban
Jul 18, 2008

Shelly always puts together very thorough step by step DIY upholstery how-to's but has come up with a different kind of list for her recent post on Curbly. She takes us through her top ten list of the DIY project finds and materials that you just shouldn't pass up. We all know that one of the greenest moves you can make is to reduce consumption and reuse, reuse, reuse, so this list is timely for our current Green@Home monthly theme. Jump below for an overview of Shelly's list:

Shelly's Tips:

Look for unique side chairs that are structurally sound. They are, as Shelly says, "always useful and easy to recover".

Low plain coffee tables are great to make into an upholstered bench or ottoman.

Real, old leather jackets and skirts are useful for the material - she recommends "odd colors" as the best for projects.

One of her rules - if there are two of something (club chairs, lamp) buy them both.

More words to remember- plug in the lamps to see if they work and don't worry about the shades - if they are missing or unattractive they can be found/replaced later.

More miscellaneous pieces that work well for re-do's: sewing machine tables, ottomans or footstools with unusual legs or bases and tea carts.

Be sure to check out Shelly's post for the full list and her other Goodwill, Salvation Army and Garage Sale shopping tips.

Thanks, Shelly!

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