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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Turn a Typeset Drawer Into Jewelry Storage

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

  • Update an Antique Headboard

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

  • 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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