Diana Wearing of DIY Den & Treasure Showcase zip-tied old shutters to an existing wire fence. The one-of-a-kind fence can be removed or rearranged at any time.
Giving a brand-new kitchen timeless character and rich personality is a challenge for the best architects and designers. One way to solve this problem is by repurposing a furniture piece for the workspace — but it’s not always easy to find the right fit, as architect Jeff Troyer discovered. He says: “We searched for months for the kitchen island, seeking something with warmth and character that would also fit the space. My clients and I finally found this antique school science lab table online and had it shipped from Ohio. We had to purchase this sight unseen, but it ended up fitting perfectly and the wood is beautiful.”
With their thick, fleshy leaves, succulents give a more modern edge to decorating for winter. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs upcycled old cable-knit sweaters to make cute, versatile container covers that balance that modern feel with a cozy warmth needed to get through a long winter indoors. This foursome could be a coffee table vignette, or you could make more to run down a dining table, interspersed with pinecones and dried pomegranates.
Decorative gift wrap supplies such as beaded string and/or ribbon can make for excellent crafting material. Give a sparkly update to cone shaped floral foam by covering its exterior with beaded string. First, update the cone with acrylic paint in the same color as the beaded string. Next, wrap the entire cone with the string, keeping it held in place with hot glue.
Put a kid-friendly spin on tree decor with ornaments made from stacked buttons. Add thread to a needle and knot the end, then slide an assortment of small neutral-toned buttons onto the thread as a tree base. Gradually build a tree silhouette with an assortment of large buttons added along the bottom, medium buttons in the center and smaller buttons near the top. For a tree topper effect, add a small star decoration on the top with looped string as a hanger.
Rustic accents are often used to add winter warmth to interiors, but rustic doesn't just mean stone fireplaces, thick wooden beams or aged pine. Here, an old, country-style cabinet door is repurposed into a serving tray with basic door pulls as handles.
Old knit sweaters and men's flannel shirts that have been retired from your wardrobe can be given new life again as throw pillows. This trio of repurposed apparel includes a cable-knit sweater as well as a pinstriped button-up and a woodsy plaid flannel.
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