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Make It Last: How to Update & Repair Vintage Wood Furniture

We’ve all heard the phrase “they don’t make ’em like they used to,” which in my experience, cannot be more true when it comes to quality-made furniture. Dovetailed drawers or burled wood veneer seems to have been replaced by the convenience of assemble-yourself, particle-board furniture. Although these pieces are affordable, the poor construction quality makes them practically disposable. But if you get your hands on some solid wood furniture (look for these tell-tale signs ), you may only need a few simple tricks to keep an outdated piece relevant.

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Posted on Oct 7, 2017

How To Build Your Own Nightstands (Even If You’re New to Woodworking) — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

Even as a self-proclaimed “maximalist,” I still find myself drawn to the clean lines and effortless simplicity of Scandinavian style . The soft, neutral color palette is very versatile in a variety of spaces without adding too much visual weight. If you’re down with hygge (and willing to try your hand at some amateur carpentry), then these nightstands are definitely for you.

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Posted on Sep 29, 2017

How To Make Your Own (Affordable) Floor Mirror

Ryan and Michelle are all about DIY projects in and around their Annapolis, Maryland home. Whether it’s propagating bamboo for privacy fencing, re-tiling bathrooms, or building custom furniture pieces, they love projects that allow them to save money while making their house more of a home. Ryan’s latest project – a DIY floor mirror – is no exception. Learn how to make your own by following his helpful tutorial.

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Posted on Sep 10, 2017

Built by You: Simple Yet Super DIY Furniture Projects for the Bedroom

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If you like basic, stripped-down furniture, without pomp or circumstance, then take a look at these five project ideas. These are the basic of basic – nothing fancy or high falutin’ — and usually made of just plywood or unfinished wood. Each project comes with instructions on how to make them yourself.

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Posted on Sep 9, 2017

How To Make a Leather Bench with Only One Power Tool — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

I have a confession: Sometimes using power tools scares me. I know – that’s embarrassing for a DIY-er to admit. But I also know, deep down, I can’t be the only one who feels this way. So, what if I told you that you could make this bench with minimal tools and minimal upholstery skills? Seriously, there is no sewing involved. A stylish bench like this one can go a long way, giving an entryway more definition, or finishing off a bedroom with that high-end, end-of-the-bed bench look. Either way, it’s furniture design at its simplest.

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Posted on Sep 7, 2017

20+ Creative DIY Headboard Ideas

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When it comes to the bedroom, a good headboard can pretty much make the room. We’ve rounded up more than 20 DIY projects and creative ideas for the head of your bed that will have your bedroom looking like a million bucks. Without spending a million bucks.

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Posted on Aug 26, 2017

How I Finally Added Some Much-Needed Privacy to My Exposed Backyard — Apartment Therapy Original Makeover

I live in a city, which means my backyard isn’t a quiet, outdoor oasis populated by trees and wildlife — where the only sound is the wind and maybe some crickets. Instead I’m surrounded by cell phone conversations, kids whooping it up while waiting for the school bus, and tons and tons of barking dogs. While I love living here, sometimes it would just be so nice to feel like I’m the only person in the world. When I recently did a whole backyard makeover , one of the major goals was creating sweet, blissful privacy.

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Posted on Aug 8, 2017

Wall-Mounted Shelving Systems You Can DIY

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One of my favorite small space hacks is swapping your bookcases for wall-mounted shelving . We’ve created roundups of wall mounted shelving systems before, but for those of you who are especially crafty there are also plenty of DIY options. Here are eight different DIY ways to turn a blank wall into a storage mecca.

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Posted on Aug 1, 2017

How To Customize Your Bookshelves With Diagonal Shelf Inserts — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

I wanted to change up the look of my bookshelves as well as add a third shelf. With the help of a friend and a trip to the hardware store, this project took an afternoon to pull off and can be accomplished by someone with minimal experience. And, to help you out, I documented the process to walk you through each step.

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Posted on Jul 19, 2017

Can You Guess What Secret this DIY Mirror is Hiding?

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Camouflage is a survival skill. Living in a small space demands that every inch of a room is stretched to its maximum potential, and this made-from-scratch mirror is evidence that beauty, brawn and brains are not mutually exclusive. Can you guess what’s behind this looking glass?

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Posted on Jul 12, 2017

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