Category: Contests & Give-Aways

Colorful Desk Makeover

See how this crafty blogger transformed a secondhand desk into a bright statement piece for her refreshed home office.

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After searching with no avail for the perfect desk for her updated home office, Sabrina of Pink Little Notebook decided to hunt for a secondhand piece that she could repurpose instead. Keep reading to see how she put together this bright and modern build.

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First, Sabrina cleaned and dismantled the found desk so that it was ripe for repurposing. She then sanded the entire unit with her hand sander until all the previous sheen was gone, and wiped away any remaining dust. She primed and painted everything in a bright white, and then added an accent color to the ridges of the cabinets to make them pop. Sabrina wanted to replace the laminate countertop that the desk came with—and she wanted to add an extension—so she bought two pieces of pine wood to serve as the tops. She treated the wood, let it dry, and then applied a blue stain. Finally, she created legs for the extension and assembled everything together for a show-stopping finish.

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For the full step-by-step, and for more great DIY ideas, visit

Bus-Inspired Dream Dresser

It doesn't get much more charming than this Volkswagen-inspired dresser makeover. Keep reading to see how this blogger put it all together.

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Larissa of Prodigal Pieces had been carrying an idea around with her for about two years, and when she scored an Art Deco chest of drawers for free at a garage sale, she knew she could turn her dream into a reality. Read on to see how she brought her vision of this charming Volkswagen bus to life.

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Larissa started by removing the chipped veneer that plagued the outside of the dresser and gave everything a light sanding. Then, she removed a few features she wasn’t enthused about, primed the piece, and started in on designing the bus using stencils made from cardboard, plastic lids, and other household items. After painting the dresser and thoughtfully assembling the hardware so it mimicked the front of a Volkswagen bus, Larissa added the perfect finishing touch: a silver VW emblem.

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For more great repurposing ideas, and for the full tutorial, visit

Old Piano Bench Turned Stylish Seat

This blogger transformed an old piano bench into a perfect perch for her home.

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After scoring a vintage piano bench for pennies at a local garage sale, Melody of My Passion for Decor went to work giving it a much-needed spruce. Keep reading to see how a few simple steps made a huge difference for this outdated furniture piece.

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First, Melody gave the bench a few coats of white paint and distressed it in a few areas to add interest. She also wanted to give it an element of coziness, so she decided to upholster the top using a piece of spare wood, foam batting, and fabric she found on sale. After completing the new and improved seat, she attached it to the bench top using screws, and displayed the project proudly in her home.

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For the all of the details for this project, and for more charming DIYs, visit

Modern Geometrical Dresser Update

See how this bold blogger decided to give an old dresser a brand-new look using a little paint and a lot of imagination.

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Reeves from The Weathered Door had drawn up a decorative idea to try out on a dresser. Luckily, she picked up the perfect secondhand find to experiment with—and the results were even better than she imagined. Read on to see how she transformed this castoff into a modern geometric statement piece.

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After stripping and sanding an old dresser, Reeves filled any noticeable holes and gave the drawers a few coats of stain. She then sanded the frame of the dresser with her palm sander and applied a gray primer using a foam brush. She painted the frame gray and finished with a coat of sealant. Next, she taped off triangle shapes on the drawers and applied a few coats of white paint. Finally, she finished with a sealer and updated hardware for a modern finish.

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Get the full instructions, and more great DIY ideas, at

Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The DIY Kids’ Furniture Competition Starts Today

Vote today and everyday this month to help your favorite blogger win the March Thumbs Up challenge.


Home improvement isn’t all fun and games, but when it comes to creating amazing DIY furniture and fixtures for kids, maybe it should be. With their imaginative designs, cool features, and whimsical details great kids’ furniture brings out the child in all of us. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites for this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition.


Bob Vila Thumbs Up recognizes some of the very best DIY projects around the web, and this month we’re shining the spotlight on great furniture ideas for kids. Each of these bloggers wins points in our book for creativity but only one can win the Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition and the $250 gift card.


So cast your vote today and every day through March 31 to help your favorite kid furniture creator become this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up winner. After all, only you and your vote can determine the outcome of this competition.

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body. Read more about the winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

Bob Vila’s $5,000 Outdoor Heating Give-Away with Infratech

Enter to win $5,000 in premium infrared electric heating from Infratech!



As we inch closer and closer to the warm-weather seasons, many of us start to show symptoms of spring fever—an ailment that can only be cured with heavy doses of sunshine, fresh air, and outdoor fun. But if the low temps are still fencing you in, perhaps it’s time to consider outfitting your home with a sleek system that can keep your deck, patio, or sunporch livable, no matter the season. This month, we’ve partnered with Infratech to offer $5,000 (up to $3,500 in product and up to $1,500 in installation) that you can put toward energy-efficient, high-style heating systems that lend warmth and comfort to any outdoor space—at any time of the year.


Today and every day in March (starting 12:00 p.m. EST February 29th, 2016 through 11:59 a.m. EST March 31st, 2016), enter to win $5,000 of outdoor heating products (up to $3,500 in product and $1,500 in installation) from Infratech, the leaders in USA-made, energy-efficient heaters. (See Official Rules below.)

Mrch300x250For over 50 years, Infratech has served as the pioneer in indoor/outdoor heaters, offering low-profile units that can suit any space and style. While sleek designs and customizable features make their products a great-looking alternative to other models on the market, their 90% energy efficiency and smart home capabilities are what truly sets Infratech solutions apart from the crowd. Crafted from the latest manufacturing technologies and offered at the lowest cost in the industry, Infratech heaters are the perfect combination of comfort and style. Outfitting your space with these top-of-the-line heaters can help make your home the spot to kick-back, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors all year round.

If you’re the lucky winner of this month’s give-away, you’ll walk away with $5,000 (up to $3,500 in product and $1,500 in installation) to put toward Infratech heating systems. A typical package may include two SL-Series Slimline heaters, a control panel, and installation, but you can work with Infratech’s experts to determine the perfect product package for your home. So what are you waiting for? Enter today and every day in March for your chance to win one of these versatile, stylish, and energy-efficient products for your home.

To learn more about Infratech, click here.

The “Bob Vila’s $5,000 Outdoor Heating Give-Away with Infratech” is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Void in all other geographic locations. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest Period runs from 12:00 p.m. (EST) Monday, February 29th, 2016, through 11:59 a.m. Thursday, March 31st, 2016. One entry per household per day on Alternative means of entry for Drawing is available by faxing your name and address to 508-437-8486 during the applicable Entry Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. See Official Rules.

Kids’ Workbench

Be amazed at this wooden workbench that is a major must-have for any mini DIYer.

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If you have a growing DIYer on your hands, then you have to see this workbench brought to you by Brad of Fix This Build That. Complete with a shelf for holding extras and a pegboard for hammers, wrenches, and more, this wooden work of art is ideal for any youngster who likes to tinker with tools.

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Brad built the entire workbench out of standard 2x2s, 1×4′s, MDF, and pegboard, all available from the home center. The back legs and pegboard assembly are made from 2×2′s and are attached to the 2×2 front legs with 1×4 stretchers. The pieces are joined together with pocket hole screws for quick and easy assembly.
He added an MDF shelf below the workbench to hold larger tools and boxes. A lip around the lower shelf keeps everything contained and prevents runaway tools. The workbench top is also made from MDF and has rounded edges to prevent injury. Brad loaded the workbench with pegboard accessories for a fun, kid-friendly finish.
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For the full step-by-step, or for more great woodworking plans, visit Fix This Build That.

Pink Play Kitchen

You can't go wrong with a play kitchen as cute as this. Learn how this budget-savvy blogger crafted hers for about $15.

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A play kitchen is a must-have for any house with kids, and this crafty blogger decided her home was no exception. With a budget-friendly goal in mind and a little digging around town, Bliss Ranch put together this charming pink play kitchen for less than $20.

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A garage sale nightstand serves as the foundation for this fun project. Bliss started by removing the bottom drawer, turning it on its side, and reattaching it to the base with a hinge to designate the refrigerator door. A few pieces of scrap pine were added to separate the oven and the fridge, while the oven was built with a frame, two hinges, and a piece of old plexiglass. She built the back of the unit, as well as the shelves and window trim, from no more than luan scrap wood, and then painted everything in vintage shades for an adorable touch. She continued to add details like a scrap fabric window valance, a Dollar Store kitchen sink, and oven knobs she found for free. A little chalkboard paint on the side makes for the perfect spot for reminders and doodles, adding a classic finishing touch to this incredibly inexpensive kiddy classic.

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For the full tutorial, and for more savvy ideas for your home, visit Bliss Ranch.

DIY Dress Up Storage

A blogger builds the DIY dress up zone of her daughter's dreams with a few pieces of wood and inexpensive accents.

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For anyone who has a little one who loves to play dress up, you’re well aware of how easy it is to lose precious costume pieces when there’s not a designated storage spot. To keep her daughter’s imaginative outfits corralled, Amanda from Old House to New Home built this custom closet fit for a princess.

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After finding the plans from another friendly blogger, Amanda took 1x12s that she already had to be cut down at a home improvement store. She used her Kreg Jig to make pocket holes throughout, which helped make the building process more efficient and the end product more seamless. After assembling, Amanda caulked the shelf seams to hide any gaps or crooked edges. Once she gave the entire unit a coat of paint with primer, Amanda decked out the finished product with knobs, baskets, and other decorative elements that added an adorable flair to this classic command center.

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For all of the info on this easy and adorable dress up center, or for more DIY ideas, visit Old House to New Home.

DIY Cabin Bed

This blogger built the bed of any kid's dreams with only a few supplies and some master plans.

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Jen from the House of Wood was inspired to build a bed of epically adorable proportions for her small son, which led her to team up with fellow blogger pal, Ana White, to create the plans to bring her inspiration into action. Keep reading to see how she put together this cabin bed that is truly what kids’ dreams are made of.

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First, Jen built the two side panels by attaching 2x4s to two pieces of plywood. Then, she attached the legs and added the cross bar and gables. She closed off the gables using cut-to-size pieces of scrap plywood, and attached them to the frame using pocket hole screws. Next, Jen built the back panel by drilling pocket holes into the plywood and attaching the legs and back cross bar. Jen then moved on to building the front panel by cutting two plywood pieces to size, and then cutting windows out using a jigsaw. She then attached the plywood pieces to the 2×4 stiles. After building the frame from 2x4s and attaching it to the panels, she added window trim using brad nails and wood glue. Once she built the cabin roof, it was time to put everything together using metal threaded inserts to make assembly and tear down easy. Jen added board and batten details with brad nails and wood glue for a charming finishing touch.

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For the full details on this dreamy DIY, or for more amazing woodworking projects, visit The House of Wood.