DIY: Make Them Modern

Pull Grandma’s hand-me-downs out of the attic and update them for the 21st century with these how-tos from HGTV Magazine.

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After: Totally Updated Telephone Bench

Remove the door by unscrewing the hinges, then fill in any holes with wood putty. Paint the frame with flat latex paint, and let dry. We had an upholsterer create a new cushion using a 3-inch-thick foam insert and cotton fabric for the cover. Paint: Wet Pavement by Valspar; Fabric: Retro Basics Fire Clown Stripe Yardage, $10.75 per yard,


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