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Jun 12, 2014

How to: Make a Backyard Dining Table with a Built-In Cooler

This time of year, I try to do as much outside as possible. Everything from cooking to writing blog posts (like this very one...hooray for working from home) to paying bills is that much better from fresh air. Even with all the flies and spiders. 

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Jun 10, 2014

How to: Make an Affordable DIY IKEA-Hack Table

created at: 06/10/2014

DIY meets IKEA meets affordable-is-my-last-name. This table is perfect to hold your summer drinks and snacks and requires little work. Make one this weekend!

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Jun 03, 2014

DIY Inspiration: Penta-base Bookrest by TOC Studio

Penta-base Bookrest by TOC Studio

Give your favourite books and magazines the royal treatment with a "bookrest" that provides storage for your current reads while showing off their cover art. 

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Jun 02, 2014

How To: Make a Simple Wooden Bench

An easy and super affordable way to add some extra seating... 

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May 06, 2014

DIY Project Inspiration: The Pack Series by Takehomedesign

pack series by takehomedesign

These simple images of the Pack series from Takehomedesign illustrates one of my favorite principles to create to make a huge difference in your decor:   

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Apr 21, 2014

How to: Make a Folding Secret Door Bookcase

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A secret bookcase door isn't the sort of thing you can just whip up over the weekend: assemble a quick IKEA bookcase, hang it in the doorway, and start stashing your stuff. Instead, it requires planning, creativity, and some clever design features to make it not just look like...well, and IKEA bookcase hanging in a door way.  

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Apr 11, 2014

Weekend Project: Turn Yard Waste into an Awesome Lounge Chair

With winter finally making its way out of our lives (for now), there's a whole lotta cleaning to do. Inside? Sure, but this also includes trimming all of those "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows"-looking branches and debris from your yard from all those record setting wind storms this year (yes, that happened too.)  

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Mar 26, 2014

How to: Make a Large DIY Worktable or Multi-User Desk

I'm digging this one: by embracing very affordable materials (OSB subfloor panels, pine 2x4s and 2x6s), this project pulls off a high/low aesthetic that actually benefits from its low cost.    

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Mar 17, 2014

How To: Make a DIY Dining Table and Matching Bench

created at: 03/17/2014

No more eating your dinner on the couch. Even if you can't afford, or have space for an heirloom quality dining table, you can outfit what ever space you've got with a proper eating space, DIY-style. 

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Feb 10, 2014

Before and After: Adding DIY Legs Gives this Mid-Century Dresser a Total Transformation

created at: 02/10/2014

As a full time DIY blogger and editor, I see my fair share of furniture makeovers. Dresser makeovers, in particular, since their strong bones and relative low-level of use make them great fodder for a redo.

In a seriousness and sincerity - this is absolutely, 100% my favorite furniture makeover project I've ever come across online, or in print. 

Check out this after shot:    

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Feb 05, 2014

How To: Turn an Old Tire into a Rustic Ottoman

When you think about it, a tire is a perfect place to rest your feet. It's round, plenty sturdy, and soft enough to easy accept hardware while being rigid enough to maintain it.

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Jan 21, 2014

The Best IKEA Hacks of 2013

created at: 01/16/2014

Here's a mighty list with tons of ikea hacks that will keep both your home...and your wallet happy!

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Dec 10, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Industrial Geometric Dining Table

The DIY blogosphere is full of inexpensive table projects made from affordable dimensional lumber and galvanized plumbing fixtures....so, we consider that topic still clever, but substantially covered. Now? Now is the time to build on the basic technique, a put some actual design into it.    

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Aug 19, 2013

How to: Make Simple Rustic Reclaimed Wood and Copper Pipe Furniture

created at: 08/19/2013

The best kinds of creative inspiration are always born out a specific need. "Leftmusing" found herself looking for a very special solution for her apartment: "a table in my oddly shaped kitchen that could act as additional counter space, a place to eat, store kitchen stools and general spot to put stuff on, all while being 16"x52". 

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Jul 11, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Side Table Out of an IKEA Hamper

We never tire of a clever IKEA hack, and this is one of our faves. What used to keep track of your dirty socks can now hold your coffee and magazines.

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Jul 08, 2013

Furniture Design Inspiration: The SPOOLSTOOL

The SPOOLSTOOL by Joe Levy [http://www.behance.net/gallery/SPOOLSTOOL/9530227]

Whoa... Part coffee table, part extension cord, part desk lamp, part stool, part piece of functional art. Indeed, good things come in small packages.   

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Jul 01, 2013

Modern Canadian Design: The Label Chair

The Label Chair by Félix Guyon & La Firme [http://www.behance.net/gallery/CHAISE-ETIQUETTE-LABEL-CHAIR/7315149]

As ManMade's resident Canadian, I don't want to toot our own horn, but seriously, how awesome is this Label Chair? Vintage inspiration and modern design at its finest.

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Jun 10, 2013

How to: Make an Easy DIY Screwdriver Coat Rack

Like any true DIYer, designer and artist Ben Uyeda likes to have his tools on hand for quick fixes and tinkering. So, he came up with this original coat rack/storage project that incorporates a functioning set of screwdrivers into the design.   

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Apr 18, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Cabinet from Upcycled Flooring Scraps

created at: 04/18/2013

For any DIY enthusiast, the clearance bin at the DIY store is a regular stop. This project, the Oddstock Floored Wardrobe was designed and built to take advantage of that bin. Brazilian teak prefinished hardwood flooring was found on clearance for an irresistible price. The box had apparently been returned from a large flooring job.

To make use of all the boards, they were cut to short, mitered pieces and arranged in a chevron pattern. Metal tile flooring dividers were used to hide the board edges, trimming out the doors. A simple box deep enough to house clothes on hangers was placed on Queen Anne legs for a romantic look. After many searches for the right door handles, utilitarian garage door handles were chosen because of their large size and casual appearance. A coat hook and mirror were added to the inside of the door for accessories.

You can change the look to be more modern by using straight legs instead. Fill the bottom with shoes or boxes and add shelves if you like, or try other types of wood flooring and experiment with different patterns. 

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Apr 11, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Outdoor Table with a Built-In Cooler

Last summer, I shared this cool photo from Sonoma winery Medlock Ames, which featured an old picnic table, into which a recess had been cut to accept a cooler to keep drinks cold. A great idea, but know what's even cooler? 

Building the table from scratch without a bunch of fancy woodworking tools, and incorporating the built-in cooler from the beginning.    

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