I don't buy a lot of how-to books these days. It's not that I dislike reading, but rather I tend to go to web for most of my instructional needs. Sometimes, however, I come across a book that looks so amazing that I just need to get it. That's how I felt when I discovered DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart. It's now at the top of my reading list; I plan on ordering a copy ASAP.
I'm not gonna lie…I haven't been this excited about a table in a long time. Don't get me wrong, I am often excited by tables and other assorted pieces of furniture, but this one, which is made from an antique door, is different. It's something I could actually make!
I once heard that it takes 300 points of contact to be swayed by a piece of print advertising (that you're not already seeking out). That means a political candidate has to call, be seen on a TV ad, or send you junk mail 300 times in order for that technique to be effective.
And other than coupons or sale annoucements, I can't imagine, in this day and age, where postage is expensive, and we're touched by thousands of ads before we even check the mail, that sending stuff to a mailbox is helpful.
And yet, still it comes. So, turn that waste upside down, and make something from it.
Every once and while, some brilliant soul comes up with such an clever solution to a problem, it's simplicity and perfection is awe inspiring. Things are commonly accessible, but not common sense. Coupled with the fact that this one improves the lives of third world persons and saves energy they don't have to spare, I think this might be my favorite DIY project of the year.
This straightforward DIY table has all the essential elements: upcycling, pallets, woodworking, plants, power tools, all wrapped up in a perfect mid-summer vibe.
Megan says, "Can you believe that our latest DIY project was once just a couple of junky pallets and some scrappy table legs? Crazy…if I didn’t have photos, I wouldn’t believe it myself. Not too long ago, we whipped out a coffee table sized succulent table out of an old shipping crate. Now we scaled it up."
Webecoist sez, "Got a recycling bin full of glass bottles? Why waste them when you could have a new table lamp, candle holder, shelving unit, hummingbird feeder – even a house? Reuse beer, wine and liquor bottles for these 13 fun and creative crafts and projects for the home and garden."
Perhaps you're there for the standard oil change. Maybe you need new tires, a timing belt replaced, or worse, major engine work. Whatever the reason you're visiting the auto body shop, you're stuck there for the time being. Those dudes in the blue jump suit are holding your car hostage, until they've had their fill of upcharging you and overpriced filter changes.
So, what to do when you're hanging out, hoping the parts and labor will still allow you to eat this month.
You should exercise!
I just went into my basement and counted. The results?
I have twenty-eight cans of spray paint. Okay, that also includes spray primer, and probably a clear coat or two, but twentyeight? I was surprised.
So, what's it mean? That spray paint is awesome, and the perfect medium for all sorts of DIY and art projects, of course!
Yeah, buddy...Check out this super cool "himmeli" mobile my friend Elizabeth Abernathy [the brains behind Nuno mag] created using an upcycled, out-of-date phone book. (Right, it's out of date cause its a phone book. Got it.)
Elizabeth notes that hillemi are "
There's a surprising amount of DIY-able material available from a six-pack. There's, of course, the beer itself (might I suggest a Guinness float for St. Patrick's Day?), and then there's the bottle, the bottle cap, the cardboard sleeve, or perhaps the cans, their tabs, and the case packaging.
All of this is ripe fodder for making other stuff,
Alex Braidwood is a clever fellow.
Using two retired books, he created this attractive laptop docking station for nestle his laptop and save desktop space when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
"The selection of these two books
According to Lunchboxes.com, a tiffin box is for a "Tiffin," a "lunch, or any light meal. It originated in British India, and is today found primarily in Indian English. The word originated when Indian custom superseded the British practice of an afternoon dinner, leading to a new word for the afternoon meal.
The stacked design corresponds to exactly how I love to eat lunch: a little serving of lots of stuff, in order.
Inhabitat reports, "'Once Upon a Time in Knoxville' is a new documentary about Rollo, a man who erected a small town of buildings using recycled windows, doors, beams and shingles from forklift pallets and old house trailers. He’s created his own building style dubbed 'Appalachian Gothic,' from which he was inspired to create a low-tech, low-consumption community."
Click to watch this fascinating trailer:
"Every year, the Rural Studio, a program of Auburn University's architecture school, located in Hale County, Alabama, pursues a research project called the 20K House. [They] build a house on a budget of $20,000 that can be a sustainable, safe, spacious, dignified replacement for the mobile home. Each prototype is then documented and will hopefully become a model that can be replicated across the rural south for low-income homeowners."
This year, the 20K house featured a fine front porch, a staple of Southern culture, and Wholman wanted to create a porch-worthy rocking chair with the same spirit of the 20K challenge. He came up with this incredible design, which forms the chair from upcycled shipping pallets and cardboard shipping tubes.
We love an inventive furniture how to project, especially those that are super inexpensive, take just a few hours, and result in the perfect space to simultaneously put your feet up, display your fave magazines and books, and keep your beverage within reach.
So, as you might imagine, this coffee table made from a free shipping pallet is about as good as it gets.