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Turn castoffs into pretty pieces you’ll love and actually use. Here are some simple how-tos from HGTV Magazine to get your creative ideas flowing.

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Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Transform a Broken Chair Into a Smile-Inducing Seat

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: Gloss White by Valspar; Fabric: Felt in pink and tangerine, $48 per yard, knolltextiles.com

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Brighten Up a Hobnail Lamp

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: Gloss Sun Yellow by Krylon; Lampshade: Limited Edition 9\"-diameter lampshade in Oxford stripe, $49, ballarddesigns.com

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Make a Coffee Table From a Vintage Sign

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Table legs: Raw Steel 16\"-tall hairpin legs, $17 each, hairpinlegs.com

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Dress Up an Old Bookcase

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: Cay by HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams; Crafts paint: Martha Stewart Crafts liquid gilding in gold, $7, Michaels stores; Stencil: 12\" x 12\" large scallop stencil, $23, thestencilcloset.com

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Revamp an End Table With a Fun Color

High-gloss lacquer spray paint gives this piece a sleek look. Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: Eggplant by Amy Howard at Home; Pulls: Square 2\" ring pulls in polished unlacquered brass, $28 each, lahardware.com

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Recast Books as Shelves

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: (from top) Barcelona Orange, Henrietta, and Greek Blue, all Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan; Brackets: Basic brackets in brushed nickel, $29 for a set of 2, westelm.com

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Glam Up Tarnished Salt and Pepper Shakers

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Nail polish: Gumdrop nail lacquer, $8.50, orlybeauty.com

Marko Metzinger

Make a Side Table Out of Vintage Luggage

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: (from top) Antoinette, Barcelona Orange, and Emperor’s Silk, all Annie Sloan Chalk Paints

Marko Metzinger

Update an Old Secretary Desk

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: (interior) Belize and (exterior) Intense Teal, both by Sherwin-Williams; Stencil: Lacy Leaves furniture stencil, $18, royaldesignstudio.com; Crafts paint: Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic in pool, $2.50 for 2 ounces, plaidonline.com; Knobs: Liberty Design acrylic faceted 1 1/4\" knobs in satin nickel, $5.50 each, build.com

Marko Metzinger

Upholster a Wood Screen

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Batting: 54\"-wide bonded Dacron, $6 per yard, diyupholsterysupply.com; Fabric: Judy linen in lilac, $9.50 per yard, graylinelinen.com; Nailhead trim: French natural nailhead trim strip, $51 for a 50-yard roll, diyupholsterysupply.com

Marko Metzinger

Showcase Scout Patches in Coasters

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Coasters: Ramco Showcase acrylic round and square coasters, $6 each, elegantquilling.com

Marko Metzinger

Turn a Barrister Bookcase Into a Kitchen Organizer

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: (cabinet) Chopped Chive by Valspar; (glass) Frosted Glass Finish by Krylon; Letters: Chartpak 6\" vinyl lettering, $24 per pack, dickblick.com; Knobs: Amerock Allison white ceramic 1 1/4\" knobs, $3.50 each, lowes.com

Marko Metzinger

Redo a Ho-Hum Rocking Chair

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Fabric: Conservatory/Scarlet cotton, $19 per yard, kingcottonfabrics.com; Paint: Gloss Smoke Gray by Rust-Oleum

Thomas Liggett

Bright Ladder Shelves

Recast ladders as smart storage or cool display with a few coats of paint and plywood. Paint: (ladders) Garden Fresh by Valspar; (shelves) Tantalizing Teal by Sherwin-Williams

Thomas Liggett

Reinvented Nautical-Chic Lamp

Transform any dowdy lamp by wrapping its base with rope and topping it with a contrasting modern shade. Lampshade: Camargo Lattice shade, from $59, ballarddesigns.com

Thomas Liggett

Neon Egg-Basket Lights

Electrify vintage egg baskets with only a cord kit, paint and, oh yeah, a light bulb. Cord kit: Hemma cord kit, $5, IKEA stores; Paint: (from left) Key Lime, Real Orange and Apple Red, all by Rust-Oleum

Thomas Liggett

Dinnerware Wall Art

Turn flowery china into wall art by stenciling numbers or symbols of your choosing on the plates’ surface before hanging. Paint: Racer Pink by Ralph Lauren; Stencil: Number stencil set in Souvenir, from $18, stencilsonline.com

Thomas Liggett

Intricate Patterned Table

Give a blah table a fancy look with minimal effort by using this stencil that comes with five different patterns. Paint: (for table) Par Three by Mythic Paint; (for stencils) Martha Stewart Crafts pearl acrylic paint in Mother of Pearl, $2.50 for 2 ounces, Michaels stores; Stencil: Indian Inlay Furniture Stencil Kit by Kim Myles, $35, cuttingedgestencils.com

Alison Gootee

Brighten Up Vintage Milk Bottles

Cover clean bottles with a spray primer that works on glass; let dry. Then spray-paint the bottles and just inside the tops.

Alison Gootee

New Hues

For added color, paint a hose clamp (from $1 each, at hardware stores) and attach it around the top of a bottle. Paint (from left): Pumpkin Orange, Totally Tangerine, Sun Yellow, Citrus Green, Blue Ocean Breeze and Peekaboo Blue, all by Krylon

Alison Gootee

Turn a Table Into a Bench

An ordinary coffee table is remade into a cute bench in this DIY project. Paint the table’s legs and sides. Use spray mount or hot glue to adhere a 3-inch-thick piece of high-density foam to a 1/2-inch-thick piece of plywood, both cut the same size as the tabletop. Wrap a piece of batting tightly around the plywood and foam, then using a staple gun, fasten it to the underside of the plywood. Remember: To make sure your new bench will be safe for sitting, choose a sturdy table that won’t collapse if you put weight on it.

Alison Gootee

Choose a Fun Fabric

Lay a piece of fabric on the ground, print side down. Center the plywood/batting over the fabric, batting side down. Wrap the fabric taut over the batting and staple it to the underside of the plywood, like you're wrapping a present. Trim excess an inch beyond the staples. Attach the new fabric seat to the tabletop using long strips of super-strong Velcro tape. Paint: Tango by Sherwin-Williams. Fabric: Euclid in apricot by Thom Filicia Fabric ($55 per yard, calicocorners.com)

Alison Gootee

Make Message Boards

1950s metal trays are transformed in a few short steps. Tap a nail into the tray to mark where you want holes for the cord. Drill holes. If necessary, use sandpaper to smooth around sharp edges.

Alison Gootee

What’s Old Is New

String cord or thin ribbon through the holes; knot the ends to hang. Use magnets to stick papers to the metal boards. If your tray doesn't hang straight, stick Velcro dots on the bottom corners of the tray's back (put the other half of the dots on the wall) to help keep it in place.

Alison Gootee

Recast a Campstool

Turn this folding piece into a cute perch made to hold books, towels or other light items — not to sit. First, remove the old fabric seat and any staples or nails. Paint the frame; let dry.

Alison Gootee

Finishing Touches

Using a staple gun, attach new fabric to the frame. This example uses a double-sided cotton place mat — it has finished edges, and you can see a pattern even when the stool is closed. Use a hammer to attach a length of nail-head trim (at craft stores) over the staples. Snip off excess trim with wire cutters. Paint: Cornichon by Martha Stewart Living Paintplace; mat: Jennifer Farley Designs ($9, thefarley4.etsy.com); trim: French Natural nailhead ($18 for 10 yards, diyupholsterysupply.com)

Alison Gootee

Give Tables a Coat of Color

This set of nesting tables turns playful when you spruce it up with eye-catching paint colors. If your tables have lots of nicks or aren’t in great condition, sand them.

Alison Gootee

One in Every Size

Turn the tables upside down and paint the legs. Once the legs are dry, flip the tables right-side up and paint the tops. Paint (from top): Toronto Blue, Peachy Keen and Dark Salmon, all by Benjamin Moore

Before: Alison Gootee/Studio D, After: Lara Robby/Studio D

Deck Out a Nightstand With a Botanical Pattern

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Vinyl flowers: Affordable Vinyl Graphics flower embellishment, from $4 each, mywalldecals.com; Paint: Warm Gold by Glidden

Before: Alison Gootee/Studio D, After: Lara Robby/Studio D

Perk Up Metal Folding Chairs

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint in (from left) Citrus Green, Pumpkin Orange, Raspberry, and Global Blue

Before: Alison Gootee/Studio D, After: Lara Robby/Studio D

Turn a Typeset Drawer Into Jewelry Storage

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: Peacock Blue by Glidden

Before: Alison Gootee/Studio D, After: Lara Robby/Studio D

Update an Antique Headboard

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Paint: Hummingbird Blue by Martha Stewart Living Paint.

Before: Alison Gootee/Studio D, After: Lara Robby/Studio D

Create Wordy Wall Art From Plates

Find the step-by-step instructions at the link below. Decals: custom word decals, from 40 centers per letter, mywalldecals.com

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