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About Tracy Anderson

Tracy has worked as a freelance copywriter and marketing consultant for more than 16 years. During that time, she also opened and ran an eclectic wine shop on Cape Cod with her sister. She and her son Max, 10, live in Yarmouthport.

Weekend Projects: 5 Easy and Elegant DIY Canopy Beds

Do you crave the romance and coziness of a canopy bed? Then try out one of these accessible variations on the traditional canopy. You'll be sleeping in style in no time.

We tend to think of canopy beds as being romantic, glamorous, and perhaps a bit showy. Yet their origins are humble. Back in the Middle Ages, people cordoned off their sleeping areas behind fabric in order to deter pests and insects. Today’s homeowners choose canopy beds for a variety of reasons, but practicality usually isn’t one of them. These billowy sanctuaries have remained popular mainly due to their decorative value. If you’ve always wanted your own private canopy, be heartened by the fact that it’s actually pretty easy to transform a regular mattress and frame into a DIY canopy bed that’s replete with magic and mystery, comfort and calm.

 

1. JUMP THROUGH HOOPS

DIY Canopy Bed - Hoop

Photo: acasadava.com

Create a DIY canopy bed using little more than a basic embroidery hoop and a pair of store-bought or homemade curtains. Fit the fabric panels onto the hoop, then hang using hardware (a pot rack hook works well). Get the tutorial from Country Living; so long as you already have the curtains, the project should cost only about $10.

 

2. PULL THE CURTAIN

DIY Canopy Bed - Curtain Rod

Photo: bargainhoot.com

Surround your bed with a 360-degree fabric canopy—inexpensively, and without modifying your headboard, bed frame, mattress, or box spring. It’s as simple as mounting curtain rods to the ceiling; the rods should echo the shape and size of your bed. Once the rods are in place, add gauzy curtains to each side, and voilà!

 

3. JUST HANG OUT

DIY Canopy Bed - Modern

Photo: elementsofstyleblog.com

Display a graphic textile in this modern, minimalist take on a DIY canopy bed. Install a grommet in each corner of the fabric, string rope through each hole, and then tie the panel to the ceiling by means of hooks or screws. Bear in mind, this idea can work in many rooms: You can cast a cozy vibe not only in a bed, but also over a couch or chaise.

 

4. MAKE IT SWING

DIY Canopy Bed - Swing Arms

Photo: bhg.com

Here’s another way to make a lovely, low-cost DIY canopy bed using hardware originally designed for window treatments. Fasten a pair of swing-arm curtain rods to the wall a few inches below the ceiling, one on either side of the bed. To complete the look, loosely drape a swag of fabric across the bed from one rod to the other.

 

5. CLIMB THE LADDER

DIY Canopy Bed - Ladder

Photo: chippingwithcharm.blogspot.com

Chipping with Charm offers up a solution for those who love the concept of a DIY canopy bed but don’t love frilly home design. Mount a vintage ladder over the bed—granted, that’s no easy feat—then weave fabric through the ladder rungs. Alternatively, hang panels only on the ends of the ladder for a more open and uniform aesthetic.


Weekend Projects: 5 Unique Coasters You Can Easily Create

If you DIY your own coasters, they won't only keep your wood furniture safe from water rings, but they can also express a little bit of your personality. Here's how.

In bars and restaurants, drink coasters often bear the logos and slogans of popular beverage brands. At home, DIY coasters are equally communicative, but rather than promote businesses, they show off your individuality and personal sense of style. No matter what you care about most—nature, travel, literature, or something else entirely—it’s easier than you thought to channel your passion into a set of DIY coasters. Scroll down now to see five favorite examples from around the Web.

 

1. ROCK IT OUT

DIY Coasters - Stone

Photo: taradennis.com

These stone border tiles turned DIY coasters are an earthy accent sure to draw attention whether in a modern or traditional living space. Tara Dennis explains how to make them. It’s quick and super simple: Apply a coat of clear varnish to the tops of the tiles, and to protect your furniture from scratches, put surface savers on the bottoms.

 

2. FIND A WAY

DIY Coasters - Map

Photo: thewritestuffdesign.etsy.com

Working with cutouts from road maps or an old atlas, or even Internet printouts, you can use decoupage to transform ceramic or porcelain tiles into DIY coasters that celebrate your favorite travel destinations, neighborhoods where you’ve lived, or your hometown. Visit The Country Cottage for the easy step-by-step tutorial.

 

3. CAST A SPELL 

DIY Coasters - Scrabble Tiles

Photo: shopallthings.etsy.com

Looking for a gift to give a person who’s always playing word games? Why not repurpose that old Scrabble set gathering dust in your attic? Domestic for Dummies shows how it’s done. All you need are hot glue and a sheet of thin cork. Probably the hardest part is choosing the words to spell out on the squares.

 

4. SHOW SOME GLASS

DIY Coasters - Beach Glass

Photo: sincerelykinsey.blogspot.com

Devote part of your sea glass collection to creating these perky, refreshing DIY coasters. First, place an arrangement of glass onto square or circular cork coasters. Next, trace the outline of each piece of glass. Finally, cut out the shapes you’ve drawn and glue the glass into the slots you’ve made. Sincerely Kinsey explains it all.

 

5. HAVE A BALL

DIY Coasters - Felt Balls

Photo: inspiredbycharm.com

Bright and colorful, these DIY coasters are made of wool felt balls that you can purchase either online or in your local craft store. Simply glue the balls on top of cork coasters. Better yet, if you are skilled with a needle and thread, you can sew the balls together in a circular pattern. Want details? Check out Inspired by Charm.


Weekend Projects: 5 Clever Designs for a DIY Curtain Rod

Sure, you want a rod to hold up your curtains. But if you take the time to DIY something unusual, it can also be a stunning expression of your individual style.

Details: They make a house a home. Every element you add to serve a purpose also offers an opportunity to personalize your space. Curtain rods are no exception. Functionally, these metal, plastic, or wooden poles do nothing more than support your window treatments. Decoratively speaking, however, they are capable of much more. The look you choose is, of course, a matter of personal taste, but with so many DIY curtain rod options out there, you’re bound to discover a design you love.

 

1. ROPE OFF

DIY Curtain Rod - Rope

Photo: hgtv.com

If your curtains come with eyes—that is, grommets or other types of circular cutouts along the top of the fabric—consider using rope as a DIY curtain rod. Although this is an inexpensive, utilitarian solution, it’s also a stylishly offbeat and eye-catching design. For added authenticity, use boat cleats to secure the rope across the window.

 

2. BRANCH OUT

Photo: shelterness.com

Slender tree branches are “natural” DIY curtain rods, equally perfect for those who just love the rustic look and anyone on a budget who has easy access to woodland. Seek out branches slightly larger than your window frames. Prune if necessary, and paint if you choose. For hanging, use regular brackets or—to complete the theme—twigs.

 

3. PIPE DREAMS

DIY Curtain Rod - Pipe Fittings

Photo: yellowbrickhome.com

Even a total novice could piece together this DIY curtain rod, made of galvanized metal plumbing pipes that join without special tools. One trip to your local hardware store or home improvement center will furnish you with all the materials you need. Head over to Yellow Brick Home for an easy-to-follow project guide.

 

4. EITHER “OAR”

DIY Curtain Rod - Oar

Photo: abeachcottage.com

You can finish this charming, beach cottage-y DIY curtain rod project quicker than you can say “ahoy matey.” Vintage oars are readily available from online auctions; choosing the perfect one may very well be the most difficult and time-consuming part of the job. Alternatively, use a golf club, baseball bat, or even fishing gear.

 

5. GET HOOKED

DIY Curtain Rod - Hooks

Photo: oliveandlove.com

To re-create this unique DIY curtain rod from Olive and Love, start with a wood board, one whose finish (or lack thereof) is worthy of display. Cut the board to the appropriate length, then mount it above the window. Finally, attach simple coat hooks at intervals that correspond to the space between the tabs, grommets, or other connecting pieces at the top of your curtain.


Weekend Projects: 5 Very Versatile DIY Ottomans

We all know that ottomans are handy to have around—they're a convenient place to rest your feet or seat an extra guest. But did you know how easy it is to make one?

Available in all shapes and sizes and with or without built-in storage features, ottomans are among the most versatile pieces of furniture that a person can own. In a space with limited seating, an ottoman can accommodate extra guests, and if there’s not enough storage, the right ottoman may be used to hold magazines, remote controls, and countless other accessories. In fact, some ottomans are large enough to substitute for the traditional coffee table. The very best part is that if you’re handy, it’s easy to make a DIY ottoman that meets your needs exactly. Don’t know where to start? Scroll down now to see our five favorite DIY ottoman projects.

 

1. FINE FUR-NITURE 

DIY Ottoman - Fur

Photo: abeautifulmess.com

Look no further if you’re searching for a DIY ottoman idea that’s in line with current trends. Faux fur is hot right now, and when covering a compact footstool, it’s a wonderfully cozy, eye-catching accent. Start with a round piece of precut wood. Layer foam and batting on top, then finish by attaching the fuzz and screwing on legs.

 

2. CRATE WORK

DIY Ottoman - Crate

Photo: littlestvillage.com

From Littlest Village, here’s a DIY ottoman that multitasks. While the crate base stows throw blankets and pillows, the tufted top provides a comfortable perch for sitting. If you choose, add caster wheels to make the ottoman yet more practical. You can even paint the wood in a color that coordinates with your chosen fabric.

 

3. SWIFT RE-COVERY

DIY Ottoman - Fabric

Photo: bhg.com

If you no longer love the ottoman you already have, why not go ahead and give it a brand-new look? Believe it or not, you can do so with zero sewing. After stapling a decorative textile over the existing fabric, proceed to glue on any embellishments you choose, such as beads or sequins. That’s it! Piece of cake, right?

 

4. RE-TIRE NOW

DIY Ottoman - Rope

Photo: thatwasawhat.blogspot.com

Although it looks like it came directly out of a high-end home decor catalog, this rope-covered DIY ottoman owes its existence to a repurposed rubber tire. The project requires no special skills or materials—only sisal cord, strong adhesive, and a tire in whatever diameter you have available that’s appropriately sized for your space.

 

5. NO BAGGAGE

DIY Ottoman - Suitcase

Photo: silverpennyinhershoe.blogspot.com

Did you find a great-looking vintage suitcase at your local thrift store? With plywood, foam, and fabric as well as four wooden legs, you can transform that old baggage into a unique, conversation-starting DIY ottoman. Light enough to be portable, this seat is easy to carry anywhere you want (except maybe on an airplane).


Weekend Projects: 5 Marvelous Mirrors You Can Make in a Day

An attractive mirror not only brings a decorative touch to a room, but it can also add light and the illusion of space. This weekend, make a great-looking mirror frame from items that you may already have on hand.

There’s more to a mirror than just seeing yourself in its glass. For one thing, because they reflect natural and artificial light, mirrors can make rooms appear larger. They add character too, lending a lived-in look to the decor of a room. For do-it-yourselfers, what’s best about mirrors is how easy they are to customize. With basic and oftentimes free materials, you can make a DIY mirror frame this weekend, using your own idea or one of our five favorites below.

 

1. OPEN A WINDOW

DIY Mirror Frame Projects - Repurposed Window

Photo: themodagecottage.com

Here’s a DIY mirror frame project that you would expect to be difficult and time-consuming, but it’s actually neither. To transform a wood-framed window into a statement mirror, simply swap out the glass panes for cut-to-size mirrors or as an alternative, coat the glass with a product like Krylon Looking Glass Paint.

 

2. ROPE IT OFF

DIY Mirror Frame Projects - Rope

Photo: theberry.com

If you love coastal-themed decor, then don’t hesitate to create this DIY mirror frame that involves only sisal rope and glue. Other than patience, this project takes no special skills or tools to create. And once finished, you’ll love how it looks next to your coral and seashells, anchors and buoys.

 

3. MAKE A RACKET

DIY Mirror Frame Projects - Racket

Photo: vintagesocialclub.etsy.com

With very little modification, a vintage tennis racket becomes the perfect DIY mirror frame for any sportsman or oddities-lover. The hardest part is lugging yourself to a glass shop to purchase a beveled mirror in a custom size. From there, it’s dead simple—just be sure to use a strong adhesive to secure the mirror in place.

 

4. PINCH YOUR PENNIES

DIY Mirror Projects - Pennies

Photo: honeysweethome.blogspot.com

The entire family can help make this copper-covered mirror, since it’s no more complicated than gluing pennies over a simple wood frame, or directly onto a frameless mirror. The metal coins render the mirror even more reflective; add yours to a dark hallway or any other space that would benefit from more light.

 

5. CALL FOR BACKUP

DIY Mirror Frame - Reclaimed Wood

Photo: shanty-2-chic.com

When mounted to a backboard of reclaimed wood or stock lumber finished with paint or stain, a frameless mirror suddenly turns into an eye-catching, head-turning focal point. After ripping boards to the same length, screw them together, then fasten the mirror to the face of the wood using your chosen hardware.


Weekend Projects: 5 Flat-Out Wonderful DIY Platform Beds

The sleek lines and compact design of a platform bed suit a variety of interiors. Platforms can be inexpensively made and can easily incorporate storage—which makes them great for small bedrooms and small budgets alike. Witness this all for yourself with our roundup of DIY platform beds.

Platform beds never go out of style—unlike, say, platform shoes, but that’s a different story. Appropriate in a range of decorating schemes, the long-and-low design of a platform bed appeals not only to the eye, but also to the wallet—and to those who are above all practical-minded. It may be obvious but is well worth mentioning that a platform bed lets you save a bunch of money by not having to buy a box spring. Another important advantage: Platform beds lend themselves to built-in storage cubbies, shelves, and drawers that conserve valuable floor space. If you’re intrigued by the style’s many selling points, scroll down to see five different ways to approach building a DIY platform bed.

 

1. PICK PALLETS

DIY Platform Bed - Pallets

Photo: theplatformbed.com

Shipping pallets, with their rough-hewn texture, yield a DIY platform bed with a distinctively handmade aesthetic. Fasten a couple of pallets against the wall vertically, and in an instant you have a low-cost headboard that coordinates perfectly with the frame. If you wish, paint or stain both for a more finished look.

 

2. BE SHELF-ISH

DIY Platform Bed - IKEA

Photo: vanillajoy.com

We’ve noticed several ingenious DIY platform bed projects involving IKEA shelving units, either alone or in combination with wood framing. It’s hard not to love how easy these are to assemble—and afford. Of course the real clinchers are the storage compartments, which make this design ideal for anyone starved for space.

 

3. GO MODERN

DIY Platform Bed - Modern

Photo: mid-century-modern.net

The sleek profile of a DIY platform bed looks very much at home in a modern space, particularly when the bed frame has been graced with mid-century-esque details. With little more than oak boards and metal hairpin legs, you can build a piece just like this one, which recalls an earlier age but retains timeless charm.

 

4. ASSEMBLE A KNOCKOFF

DIY Platform Bed - Copy

Photo: caldwellcouple.blogspot.com

By following an online tutorial, The Caldwell Couple managed to knock off the design of a Pottery Barn Kids bed, completing the project for about $120 (hundreds less than it would have cost to buy from the retailer). Platform beds are easy for children to access, and because the beds are so close to the ground, they’re quite safe.

 

5. FLOAT AWAY

DIY Platform Bed - Floating

Photo: stylusa.com

Some platform beds look as if they are floating when in reality they are perched on a smaller base that you could see if you were to peer underneath. You can add functionality to this form by making the platform about six inches wider than your mattress; the extra space becomes a sort of nightstand for odds and ends.


5 Things to Do with… Washi Tape

Colorful, playful, versatile, and extremely fun to work with, washi tape can transform almost anything. Experience the joy of washi for yourself by trying one of these quick and entertaining projects.

Washi tape: It’s a little like masking tape, but it’s a lot more fun than masking tape could ever be. Readily available in craft stores for about $3 per spool, washi tape comes in countless colors and patterns, and in widths ranging from mere millimeters to several inches. The sheer variety inspires do-it-yourselfers to use the versatile adhesive in ever more inventive ways. Scroll down now to see five of our favorite washi tape projects gathered from around the wild-for-washi Web!

 

1. MAKE OVER A MANTEL

Washi Tape Projects - Mantel

Photo: remodelaholic.com

As easy as washi tape projects are to complete, they are even easier to undo. So if you’re hosting a party, don’t be hesitant to decorate permanent elements of the home with washi tape befitting the occasion. A red, white, and blue design on the fireplace mantel, for instance, can add fun and festivity on Independence Day.

 

2. DRESS UP A DRINK

Washi Tape Projects - Drink Umbrellas

Photo: lebenslustiger.com

Enliven any libation with a cocktail umbrella whimsically adorned in pretty-patterned or pastel-colored washi tape. Party supply stores sell the basic white umbrellas you need to get started. Simply apply the tape outwards from the center of each umbrella. There’s no need to be super neat; it’s really the thought that counts.

 

3. OUTFIT AN OUTLET

Washi Tape Projects - Outlet Cover

Photo: cdgsdesigns.etsy.com

In a world where there’s washi tape, why settle for a plain, white plastic outlet cover? It’s just so easy to transform these ubiquitous, utilitarian objects into charming, eye-catching home accents. To decorate yours, cover the entire plate in washi tape, then cut out the necessary holes with your trusty utility knife.

 

4. REFURBISH A PHONE

Washi Tape Projects - Phone

Photo: higorgeous.nl

One of the many reasons we love washi tape projects is that they enable you to personalize virtually anything—and that includes your smartphone. Rather than apply the tape directly to your phone, insert a piece of cut-to-size card stock between. You’ll never again mistake a friend’s phone for your own, that’s for sure!

 

5. EMBELLISH AN EGG

Washi Tape Projects - Eggs

Photo: lovelyindeed.com

With weeks left before Easter this year, you may be looking for creative ways to celebrate the holiday that do not involve colorful hand- or clothes-staining dyes. The mess-free answer might be washi tape, which you can cut into thin strips, mini shapes, or pint-size polka dots and then use to decorate room-temperature eggs.


Weekend Projects: Make a Shower Curtain 5 Ways

Still can't find the right shower curtain to match your bathroom decor? Why not make it yourself? You'll get the perfect curtain, save money, and derive a great sense of accomplishment. Here's how.

Shower liners are a humdrum necessity. They perform the simple but important role of keeping water in the shower stall (and off the bathroom floor). The outer shower curtain, on the other hand, is purely decorative. And much like a well-chosen rug in a living space, the right shower curtain can be the finishing touch you need to bring together your bathroom decor. If you’ve shopped around but haven’t fallen for any available options, consider going the do-it-yourself route. There are at least a couple of good reasons to do so. First, when you make a shower curtain yourself, the price is always right. Second, you can tailor the design exactly to your needs. Of the many different ways to make a shower curtain, we’ve collected our five favorite approaches right here; scroll down now to check them all out!

 

1. STENCIL A DESIGN

How to Make a Shower Curtain - Stencil

Photo: atticlace.blogspot.com

With a stencil, it’s easy to transform a plain white shower curtain into something one-of-a-kind. Make your own stencil from cardboard or buy one ready-made. Transfer the stencil onto your shower curtain using either paint or a waterproof marker. Alternatively, iron appliqués onto the curtain by means of bonding tape.

 

2. COLOR-BLOCK A CREATION

How to Make a Shower Curtain - Color Block

Photo: marthastewart.com

If you’re handy with a sewing needle, make a shower curtain like this one to bring a lively stroke of color into an otherwise neutral bathroom. Few materials are needed to complete the project. Besides three different panels of linen fabric, the only requisites are measuring tape, basic sewing supplies, and a grommet kit.

 

3. BLANKET A BATHROOM

How to Make a Shower Curtain - Blanket Style

Photo: lynneknowlton.com

This video tutorial shows you how to make a shower curtain from a soft and stylish throw blanket. Grommets are the only addition: After mapping out the placement of the grommets, simply hammer each into place; there’s no cutting necessary. The result? We think it’s homey and gorgeous, and quite unlike anything sold in stores.

 

4. CONVERT A WINDOW TREATMENT

How to Make a Shower Curtain - Window Panel

Photo: lowes.com

Believe it or not, you can make a shower curtain from virtually any panel-style curtain originally designed for windows. Of course, some window treatments translate better than others into the bathroom. It’s a question not only of style, but also of installation. Get all the details in this tutorial from SAS Interiors.

 

5. ROLL ON A RIBBON

How to Make a Shower Curtain - Ribbon

Photo: hgtv.com

Ribbon can refashion a plain shower curtain into an accent that coordinates perfectly with the style and color palette of your bathroom. Select an appropriate color of ribbon in the width and texture you prefer, then apply it in a geometric pattern or in a less orderly, more artistic way. Possibilities are infinite and entirely subject to your creative judgment.


Weekend Projects: 5 Favorite DIY Wall Clocks

Make a wall clock that will not only tell people what time it is, but also express your personal style, interests, and creativity. It's not hard to do—you just need a bit of inspiration and a little time.

Since their advent in the Middle Ages, clocks have been made in a seemingly infinite range of styles. Even in the present day, they continue to be reinvented, with do-it-yourselfers coming up with ever more creative designs. It’s easy to join the fun: All you need is a DIY clock kit—the kind sold in most craft stores. The rest just depends on your imagination. Need a little help getting started? Scroll down to see five favorite DIY clock projects, any of which could be re-created in no time.

 

1. PLAY WITH DOMINOES

DIY Clock - Dominoes

Photo: emmasnookandgranny.com

Is that old dominoes set gathering dust in your drawer? It’s almost begging to be part of a DIY clock project! After all, there’s a domino tile to correspond with every hour in the livelong day. Once they’re properly arranged, simply glue the dominoes onto your chosen clock face. Emma’s Nook and Granny cleverly used cookware.

 

2. FOCUS ON FRAMES

DIY Clock - Frames

Photo: photojojo.com

Here’s a DIY clock that gives you hourly reason to appreciate your framed photos and keepsakes. To make yours, start by cutting a piece of white cardboard for the clock face. Proceed to mount the clock, hanging a dozen 2″ x 3″ frames around it. The only difficult part, the instructions note, is choosing what to put in the frames.

 

3. VOTE FOR VINYL

DIY Clock - Vinyl

Photo: stellajames.etsy.com

Where does the time go? We used to love our records, and now we drop them off by the boxful at Goodwill. Before purging your collection, why not set aside one of your favorites and make something to commemorate the good old days. Watch this video tutorial to see how easy it can be to transform an LP into a rockin’ DIY clock.

 

4. GO GLOBAL

DIY Clock - Globe

Photo: handywoman47.etsy.com

Out of one cardboard globe, you can make two worldly DIY clocks within minutes. First, score the globe across its equator. Next, slice the sphere in half. Drill holes at the poles, then slide the clock mechanisms through. That’s it! Gift the extra to a friend or hang the pair side by side, setting each to a different time zone.

 

5. MAKE WITH MAGAZINES

DIY Clock - Magazines

Photo: brandyfisher.blogspot.com

Believe it or not, the colorful coils of this clock come from old magazines! No tools are required for this DIY—just patience. What you do is tightly twist magazine pages around a pencil, closing each roll with a dab of glue. Once you have made an ample supply, glue the coils together in whatever arrangement looks best.


Weekend Projects: 5 “Make Your Own” Kitchen Islands

By cleverly repurposing readily available materials, you can create a convenient and functional kitchen island without the expense of an elaborate custom renovation.

In the kitchen, an island is surrounded on all sides not by water, but by foot traffic and day-to-day household activity. Situated at the heart of the home’s busiest room, a well-designed kitchen island justifies its pride of place in three ways. First, it extends the work surface area, picking up where the countertops leave off. Second, it offers additional (and often much-needed) storage space. And third, the kitchen island makes possible the convenience of casual dining, not to mention the simple joy of just hanging out. Can you reap these benefits without committing to the cost and interruption of a full-blown renovation? Absolutely. Even within a weekend, you can build a DIY kitchen island that enhances both the look and the efficiency of your kitchen. Scroll down to see five favorite DIY kitchen islands.

 

1. DO A DOOR

DIY Kitchen Island - Door Top Table

Photo: urbanboyscoutfurniture.com

Here’s a DIY kitchen island with character. Because it uses an old door (discovered in a salvage yard), the project costs very little to complete, but it certainly makes a big design statement. Either cover a solid-wood paneled door with cut-to-size glass, or choose a flush door that can be sanded down to a smooth surface.

 

2. PICK PALLETS

DIY Kitchen Island - Shipping Pallet

Photo: designmag.fr

Shipping pallets are a DIYer’s best friend. Readily available, often free of cost, these plywood structures lend themselves to countless home projects, including this DIY kitchen island with rustic appeal. It takes only three pallets to make this simple table, or you can use six to create a larger piece with an equal degree of charm.

 

3. CREATE WITH CRATES

DIY Kitchen Island - Wooden Crates

Photo: evergreenfurniture.etsy.com

If your ideal DIY kitchen island offers lots of integrated storage, check out this easy option: A set of wooden crates are painted white and sanded to a patina before being screwed together. Arranged Rubik’s Cube-style, the crates form the base for a polished wood tabletop. Alternatively, top with butcher block or remnant stone.

 

4. SALVAGE A SOLUTION

DIY Kitchen Island - Reclaimed Wood

Photo: interiordesign.net

In this ambitious DIY kitchen island project, scraps of salvaged wood unite in an offbeat patchwork pattern, perfect for anyone who loves the look and history of reclaimed lumber. Add cabinet hardware—hooks, handles, or knobs—not only for the sake of functionality, but also to enhance the mix-and-match design effect.

 

5. DRESS UP A DRESSER

DIY Kitchen Island - Converted Dresser

Photo: littlecornerhouse.blogspot.com

To make this homey DIY kitchen island, start with a new or old dresser, first making sure that the furniture stands to counter height, about 36 inches. Paint the piece in a color that matches your cabinetry or otherwise coordinates with your kitchen decor, then finish the job by attaching a suitable wood or stone countertop.