Designer Brian Patrick Flynn wanted to add a rustic-meets-industrial vibe to this bedroom, so he created a one-of-a-kind piece of art out of some salvaged wood. He mounted the charmingly distressed door directly to the wall, then framed it out with some scrap trim pieces to give it a custom built-in look.
Suitcase Bedside Table
Have you ever thought about turning an old suitcase into a bedside table? Start with a small table and suitcase that work well together dimension-wise a hard shell suitcase works best. Prime and paint both the suitcase and table with your choice of paint. Set the open suitcase on the table and drill several pilot holes straight through to the wood below. Secure with screws, close the suitcase, and your new table is ready to be used! Head over to Songbird Blog for full instructions and photos on creating your own suitcase side table.
Brass Stencil Lampshade
To create this brass stencil lampshade, gather up one wire-framed lampshade and a hefty handful of vintage brass letter stencils. Rip off the fabric from the lampshade frame and wrap the top and base with grosgrain ribbon. Next, punch some holes in the brass stencils and start tying them onto the lampshade frame with string, fine twine or ribbon. Place the shade on a vintage lamp, add an industrial-chic Edison bulb, and you're done! See Amy Duncan's complete tutorial at Four Corners Design.
Coastal-Style Shutter Headboard
Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage thriftily found new purpose for some unfinished shutters and ended up creating a gorgeous and unique headboard with a coastal cottage style. The shutters were painted, lightly distressed, then anchored securely to the wall. The look is simple, cozy and creates the perfect focal point for this neutral bedroom.
Mattress Spring Display Board
Say goodbye to traditional memo boards; an old mattress spring works just as well. Take a vintage crib mattress spring and scrub it with a wire brush to knock off any rust that could discolor walls. Leave as-is for a distressed look, or spray-paint it a glossy hue. Secure it to the wall with a screw at each corner. Use vintage clothespins, clips and rings to hang whatever items you'd like to display. See Melissa Urban's full project, with complete instructions and pictures, over at Shabby Love.
Upcycled Sweater Pillows
Give an old sweater a new lease on life by creating a decorative sweater pillow. First, turn the sweater inside out. Place your pillow form onto your sweater and measure around the pillow leaving a small margin to sew. Mark and cut the sweater. Sew the two pieces together, leaving a space to slip the pillow form in. Cut away the excess sweater and turn right side out. Slip the pillow form in, and hand-stitch the opening closed. Head over to Brassy Apple to see Megan Pyrah's full instructions and pictures.
Desk Turned Nightstand
A discarded desk can be a great way to create a pair of repurposed nightstands for the bedroom. Look for a desk with symmetrical drawers on each side. Use a saw to cut the drawers away from the desk. Repair any imperfections or holes from the desk deconstruction with wood fill, use a router to match the beveled edges, then paint as desired. See Mandy Beyeler's detailed instructions and pictures at Sugar Bee Crafts.
Map Gallery Wall
Designer Brian Patrick Flynn of Decor Demon hit the books well, the Atlas, at least to create this high-impact gallery wall on the cheap. An oversized map was cut into six equal pieces, then tucked into sleek, metallic modern frames.
This vintage dresser now does double-duty in a bedroom that must also function as a study space. Designer Janell Beals of Isabella and Max Rooms converted this classic Hoosier cupboard into a compact desk with just a little paint and ingenuity.
Burlap Roller Shade
Designer Erica Islas needed an inexpensive way to add texture to this bedroom's window treatment, so she turned to rustic burlap. Using spray adhesive, she attached the burlap to a simple roller shade and installed it according to the directions. Erica then repeated the texture in the room by making a chic burlap upholstered headboard.