Category: Interior Design


Weekend Projects: 5 Easy and Creative DIY Lamps

There are roughly five billion ways to make a lamp. Some are quite challenging and require an expert's hand, but many are easy enough for a novice to do within the space of single weekend. Here are some of our favorite simple DIY lighting projects.

In any room, in any house, lighting is key. Besides its practical importance, lighting is one of the main factors influencing the ambiance of a space. With insufficient lighting, an otherwise cheerful living area might feel oppressively gloomy. On the opposite end of spectrum—pun!—an overload of light in the bedroom would make it virtually impossible to relax or get really comfortable. If you’ve spent any time shopping around for the right fixture, you’ve probably discovered what is for me one of life’s great frustrations: nice-looking lighting costs a pretty penny. But if you pursue any of the following project ideas, you can design and make a lamp on your own, without spending much money or time. Yes!

 

1. ROPE IT OFF

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Ash from Blog A La Cart came across an “epic ball of repurposed rope” online, and she bought it, not with a specific project in mind, but with confidence that one day, she’d find a way to celebrate the material’s patent awesomeness. Ultimately, she used it to make this lamp shade.

 

2. GET RESOURCEFUL 

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Look for opportunities to veer away from the traditional bulb-within-a-lampshade arrangement. One surefire way to achieve a unique design is by repurposing an old container or vessel as the base for the lamp you are making. Dabney did so with a candle holder; the result is so very cool.

 

3. BOTTLE IT UP

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Light up your living room with a lamp made from an unlikely object—an oversize glass jug. Search for one at local thrift stores and flea markets, if you don’t have the perfect specimen collecting dust in your attic. Meantime, check out Dear Emmeline to see how she managed to make hers.

 

4. BE GRATE

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Rather than hit the stores to seek out a new lighting fixture, why not shop your own home? Survey what items you’re not using, and consider which would lend themselves to a second life as a lamp. Claire had the brilliant idea of capitalizing on the hollow middle of a cheese grater!

 

5. TRANSFORM A VASE

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Chances are you’ve got more than a few vases you rarely use; consider transforming one into a lamp. Of course, vases come in a nearly infinite variety, with different designs requiring slightly different DIY strategies. But for a general idea of the process, visit Bright, Bold & Beautiful.


Bob Vila Radio: Track Lighting Trends

Thanks to innovations in design, track lighting is more versatile than ever and complements virtually any decorating style in any room of the house.

If the mention of track lighting conjures up visions of bulky white cans jutting out awkwardly from a thick rail, you haven’t seen the chic takes on track that have hit the market in recent years.

Track Lighting Trends

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Track lighting has a number of selling points, but versatility may be one of its greatest. Depending on how the heads, or fixtures, are mounted and directed, track lighting can provide accent or task lighting as well as some general illumination—although a traditional ceiling fixture gives off a more diffuse, ambient glow. Now, with the advent of slender, flexible monorail tracks, compact low-voltage fixtures, and a rich array of styles from colorful cans to quirky pendants, track lighting is more versatile than ever. Track systems are particularly well suited for use in the kitchen, brightening an island or breakfast bar. But you can find a track style that works with almost any interior design scheme in any room of the house.

Like much lighting these days, track systems are available in standard 120-volt as well as low-voltage designs. There are even standard line-voltage tracks that approximate the flexible curves and smaller profiles of their low-voltage siblings. Some line-voltage tracks can hold transformer-equipped low-voltage fixtures—an innovation that opens up a world of options in fixture sizes and styles.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.


Bob Vila Radio: Wallpaper Borders

Wallpaper borders are strips of varying widths, typically used as the finishing accent in traditionally wallpapered rooms. But did you know that you can also employ wallpaper borders on their own? Try it!

A wallpapered room has a rich, distinctive look—but hanging wallpaper can be an intense, painstaking job. You can add some of the texture and patterns of wallpaper to any room—without going the whole nine yards—just by adding a wallpaper border.

Wallpaper Borders

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Border strips, which come in a variety of widths, were once used almost exclusively at the top of a room (where a wallpapered wall met the ceiling) to finish off the look and hide any goofs at the top of the wallpaper. But there’s no reason you can’t add a border alone at the top of a painted wall to add visual interest. A colorful pattern raises the eye, making a room appear larger than it is. If you have very high ceilings, you may want to place the border a few inches below the ceiling to bring the eye down a bit.

Running a border around the room as a chair rail is also a nice decorating idea. It allows you to paint the lower half of the walls a different color than the top. Or wallpaper just the bottom of the walls. Don’t stop there: Wallpaper borders can be used to create picture frame molding effects on large walls, to accent a soffit or a dormer, even to make a kitchen island a real standout. You can completely frame a door or window, accent your fireplace, or come up with your own original ideas for using wallpaper borders.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.


How To: Recover a Chair

A little DIY know-how—and minimal supplies and tools—could transform a lackluster dining chair into a seat of distinction. Here's how to recover a chair seat cushion yourself.

How to Recover a Chair - Complete

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It’s only a matter of time: Sooner or later, your chairs with upholstered seats are going to get worn, dirty, or dated. When you decide those chairs have gotten too beat-up to keep around, remember to weigh your options. Your instinct may be to donate the chairs or throw them away, but if they remain in good condition, why not give a thought to reupholstering the furniture? In your local area, there’s more than likely a professional specializing in these sorts of repairs. Much easier—and yet equally transformative—would be to recover the chairs yourself,  replacing their seat covers with new fabric. Even a novice DIYer can recover a chair within an afternoon. Here’s how.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- New fabric
- Scissors
- Staple gun
- Staples
- Screwdriver

STEP 1

How to Recover a Chair - Materials

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When you undertake to recover a chair, start by measuring the seat cushion to determine how much replacement fabric you’ll need. During the measuring process, be sure to allow for at least three extra inches of fabric on all sides (in later steps, you are going to work with this excess material on the underside of the cushion).

STEP 2

How to Recover a Chair - Unscrewing

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Using a screwdriver, remove the existing cushion from the chair frame. (By the way, this would be an opportune moment to address any minor repairs you wish to make on the chair.) Bear in mind that if there’s only one cover on the cushion, you can recover the chair without even removing the old fabric; simply lay the new fabric over the old. When dealing with a cushion that has more than one cover, however, take off the top layer by drawing out the staples that hold it in place.

STEP 3

How to Recover a Chair - Cutting

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Having laid the fabric onto your work surface, cut a piece that conforms to the dimensions you calculated in the earlier step. Working with a patterned fabric (for example, one that includes a floral medallion)? Then take care to ensure that your cutaway includes the part of the pattern you would like the chair seat to display.

STEP 4

How to Recover a Chair - Stapling

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• To attach the new cover, fold one edge of the fabric over the seat, then staple that fabric to the underside of the cushion, about one or two inches from the edge. From there, stretch the fabric across the top of the seat, folding the fabric over the opposite side of the cushion before stapling again on the side opposite to where you placed the initial fastener.

• After checking to confirm the cover is aligning correctly on the cushion surface, flip it back over and continue stapling along the sides, all while keeping the fabric taut (but not so taut that the weave or pattern becomes distorted). If the cover goes on crooked at any point while you’re working, pop out a staple or two with your screwdriver, then re-attach.

• When you arrive at one of the corners, staple at the same time that you stretch and angle the fabric. It may take some trial and error, but eventually you will figure out how to attach the fabric without causing any wrinkles to appear. Remember that if you do get wrinkles, there’s a quick and easy fix: Just pop out a few staples, adjust the cover, then staple again.

STEP 5

How to Recover a Chair - Trimming

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By now you will have finished stapling on the cover. Proceed to trim away the excess fabric by means of a scissor, leaving one or two inches of material beyond the staples. There’s no need to sweat appearances, as the underside of the cushion will not be visible. Finally, reattach the newly recovered cushion to the chair frame.

Voila! It’s no more complicated than that. All it takes, really, is a length of fabric and a staple gun. Believe it or not, you can get good at this with a little practice. And you’ll be amazed by how easy it becomes to refresh your cushions with a new look, all for little more than the cost of new fabric. So go forth, recover, and sit pretty!


Weekend Projects: 5 Crafty Paper Lanterns to Create Quickly

Let your individuality shine with stunning personalized paper lantern projects that will add a pop of fun in your home.

To add a delightful detail to your home, you need not invest heavily in the effort, either financially or in terms of time. Likewise, you need not struggle to make use of any heavy-duty tools or cumbersome materials. Instead, reach for something that you likely have an abundance of: paper. Colorful, versatile, and easy to work with, paper lends itself to a variety of DIY projects, perhaps none more special and eye-catching than a permanent or temporary lantern. Scroll down to see five of our favorite DIY paper lantern projects. We hope that among these designs—some simple, some more elaborate—you find at least one that inspires your own creativity!

 

1. HANG A GARLAND

DIY Paper Lantern - Garland

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Make a set of traditional DIY paper lanterns and hang them via twine to create a decorative garland. Visit AO at Home for a step-by-step tutorial. What you’ll need to complete the project is only a small handful of common items that you may even have on hand already—a ruler, craft knife, stapler, scrapbook paper and glue.

 

2. ERECT A PYRAMID

DIY Paper Lantern - Pyramid

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A handmade alternative to store-bought candles, this tabletop DIY paper lantern makes for an ideal kid-friendly crafts project. TinkerLab shows you how it’s done. Once you’ve folded, cut, and taped your way to a pyramidal shape, a hole puncher produces the unique shapes through which a battery-powered tea light glows.

 

3. FESTOON A SPHERE

DIY Paper Lantern - Faceted

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With such an unusual texture, this remarkable DIY paper lantern seizes attention, no matter whether the integrated light is turned on or off. Start with a standard, unadorned spherical lampshade, then go about hot-gluing—in a series of concentric circles—dozens of origami fortune tellers onto the waiting surface of the shade.

 

4. SAVE YOUR SCRAPS

DIY Paper Lantern - Shreds

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“Shaggy” is the word that comes to mind, seeing this out-of-the-ordinary DIY paper lantern spotted over at Design*Sponge. To make yours, simply cut long, narrow, palm leaf-shaped strips from the paper you’ve collected in your scrap pile. Then hot-glue those cuttings to a plain, white, orb-like shade, starting from the bottom up.

 

5. SKYLINE

DIY Paper Lantern - Skyline

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Inspired by Stockholm architecture, Rebecca put together this charmingly simple DIY paper lantern. Having drawn a city scene on wallpaper, she wrapped her artwork around a glass jar, inside of which she’d hung tea lights. Not much of an artist? Create a similar effect by printing out a black-and-white graphic you love.


Pro Tips: Furniture Arranging 101

While there are no hard and fast rules to decorating, there are certainly basics to consider when arranging furniture. Here a professional room-stager and designer offers tips and tricks to help you make your rooms look their very best.

Living Room

Country Living 2003 House of the Year. Designer: Robin Mayer / Photographer: Keith Scott Morton

Stripped of all its furnishings, an empty room can be intimidating—or inspiring! For design consultant Robin Long Mayer, it’s definitely the latter. In her work as an editor for Country Living and New York Spaces magazines and as the principal of Robin Mayer Design, she has learned a thing or two about the optimal placement of sofas, tables, beds, and all the accessories that fill our homes. While the ideal arrangement in your own rooms will depend on such factors as the size and layout of each particular space, there are certain guideposts that can put you on the right path. Mayer offers the following insights.

Find Your Focal Point
There are no hard-and-fast rules in furniture arranging, but if there is a focal point in the room—a fireplace, for instance, or a window with a beautiful view—try to place your furniture around it to draw the eye in that direction.

Keep a Clear Path
You always want to be invited into a room visually, without any obstructions in your path. Be mindful of the number of items you are placing in a room. Use only what you need for comfort, storage, and utility, and find new homes for extraneous pieces.

Avoid the Perimeter
Lining furniture along the perimeter of a room creates a very stagnant look. That being said, we don’t all have the luxury or space to float all our furniture in the center of the room. If a large piece like a couch makes most sense against the wall, float a few smaller pieces—like two comfortable armchairs—in front of it to balance the look.

CL House of the Year 2006 Dining Room

Country Living 2006 House of the Year. Designer: Robin Mayer / Photographer: Keith Scott Morton

Encourage Conversation
No matter what size your living room is, you should always consider seating that lets you share the space with a friend. Positioning a couch and two chairs near a focal point, or even two love seats or two chaises facing each other, is a lovely way to start.

Dining Room Dynamics
As a general rule, the dining table and chairs occupy the middle of a room. If there is a chandelier overhead, be sure it does not obstruct views across the table. A sideboard, hutch, console, or even a chest of drawers along a wall of the room can add much-needed storage for linens and flatware, and also provide a surface for additional ambient lighting.

Kitchen Kismet
To determine what pieces you’ll need here, think about how you use the space. If you love to cook and entertain, an island or movable workstation is a sensible investment. Seating is vital as well. Choose a table and chairs if you have the room, or find comfortable stools that can tuck under a counter when not in use. If space allows, I highly recommend a couch in the kitchen!

Bedroom Basics
It is always nice to wake up to a view outside your windows, so if you have something lovely to look at, place your bed to take advantage of it. Next, consider all the practical things you need in the bedroom—bedside tables and lighting, a dresser or armoire to store clothing, and a chair or bench. Although it isn’t necessary for the furniture finishes to match, I do like the look of soft neutral wall colors, matching lamps on side tables, and linens in natural fibers. Save the color for decorative pillows or throws; even the art can add a little zing to the space, but keep it simple. I also like to have a rug near the bed for warmth and softness underfoot.

Country Living 2006 House of the Year bedroom

Country Living 2006 House of the Year. Designer: Robin Long Mayer / Photographer: Keith Scott Morton

Measure Mindfully
Take accurate measurements of your room (and the doorways and entrances) before you start shopping for furniture. To get an idea of what will fit in the space that you have, you can “tape it out” with masking tape on the floor of an empty room using the dimensions of each prospective piece. Allow plenty of room for walking about, pulling out a chair, and accommodating whatever elements you need in order to function in the space.

Clear the Clutter
I do a lot of work staging homes and apartments for sale, and the biggest words of advice I give are, “Clean out the clutter!” Clutter distracts from the beauty of a room. When guests walk in, all they’ll see is a pile of papers on the counter, toys on the floor, or laundry in the corner instead of that amazing sofa or incredible table you worked so hard for. If you want to display collections or family photos, keep them “stabled” in one place, such as a bookcase, hall table, or dedicated family photo wall, so they look neat and unified.


Bob Vila Radio: New Designs for Recessed Lighting

For homeowners, it's well worth taking a fresh look at recessed lighting, which in recent years has seen an explosion of new and exciting design options.

Recessed lighting has always been efficient, since it takes up no space at all in a room. Over the years, as a variety of new trim kits appeared on the market, recessed lighting became even more appealing, with amenities like eyebrow kits that let you direct light in a specific direction. Today there’s a veritable explosion of new style options, making recessed lighting worth a fresh look.

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Recessed Lighting

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New styles of trim kits are breaking old boundaries by extending the fixture beyond the surface of the ceiling. That may fly in the face of the whole “recessed” concept, but the result is a new slate of options with glass teardrops, metal frames, and even crystal arrangements. These trims enhance the look of the fixture and also diffuse the light to great effect.

Recessed lights are even moving out of the ceiling and into the walls and staircases, where they are terrific space-saving ideas that provide valuable light in previously dark spots. That’s a great idea for those of a certain age, especially those who don’t want to sacrifice elegant design as they get older. So if you haven’t shopped for lighting in a while, take a new look—these are not your father’s high hats anymore.

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How To: Clean Leather Furniture

Leather is a surprisingly durable, easy-care upholstery material, but it does require occasional cleaning and triage. If your leather furniture is looking tired, follow our suggestions for perking it right up.

How to Clean Leather Furniture

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With its rich color and supple feel, leather furniture invites an element of luxury into your room decor. Fortunately, despite its opulence, leather doesn’t require the kind of painstaking maintenance you might associate with other refinements. Inevitably, however, there comes a time in the life of all leather chairs, chaises, or sofas when a little care is called for. Rest assured that it’s not difficult to clean leather furniture, and the process involves only supplies that most homeowners keep readily at hand.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- Vacuum (with brush attachment)
- Clean cotton or microfiber cloth
- Vinegar
- Small bucket

How to Clean Leather Furniture - Detail

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STEP 1
When you set out to clean leather furniture, the first step is to remove all dust and loose debris from the piece. You can do so easily by means of a vacuum cleaner outfitted with a brush attachment. Don’t forget to clean between the cushions of the furniture, if there are any. Once finished, wipe the whole thing down with a cotton or microfiber cloth.

STEP 2
Having inspected the furniture in the course of dusting and wiping it down, you now understand which parts of the piece look the worse for wear. These are the areas on which you’re going to focus the lion’s share of your cleaning efforts.

STEP 3
To address the problem areas, you can use a simple but effective homemade cleaner, comprising equal parts vinegar and water. Mix the two in a small bucket, then dip in the corner of a cloth. Wring out the cloth so that it’s damp but not wet, then proceed to wipe down the soiled parts of the leather. Rinse the cloth after every few strokes to avoid spreading any dirt.

STEP 4
Next, follow up with a dry cloth, making sure to go over every area that you treated with the water-and-vinegar solution. At no point during the process should you let the leather become soaking wet; saturation is one of the material’s enemies.

Stain Removal
Has a careless guest spilled something on your leather furniture? Don’t despair—you can probably prevent the accident from leaving a permanent stain, but to be successful, you’ll need to work quickly. Different stains demand different remedies:

• Wipe away grease stains with a clean, dry cloth. Do not add water, because the fluid could help the grease soak into the leather. If the grease has dried by the time you notice it, try sprinkling baking soda onto the area in order to draw out the grease. Leave the baking soda on for a few hours, then brush it off with a rag.

• If there’s an ink stain on your leather furniture, rubbing alcohol may be the key to removing it. Dab alcohol onto a cotton swab, then wipe the stain until it clears. Keep in mind for the future that many homeowners have reported luck using rubbing alcohol to remove pesky patches of either mold or mildew on furniture.

• Notoriously vulnerable to stains are white and beige leather. To remove blemishes—particularly dark-colored spots—from such pieces, opt for a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. Combine the two into a paste, apply it to the stain, then leave it in place for 10 minutes. Wipe it away with a damp cloth.

Be wary of experimenting with stain removal products on leather; some may do more harm than good. Always first try a cleaning agent on an inconspicuous part of the furniture. (That way, if things go awry, nobody is likely to notice!) If none of the above tips or tricks prove helpful, consider seeking the assistance of a pro.


Weekend Projects: 5 Easy DIY Beanbag Chairs

With an appropriate fabric, the filling material of your choice, and some inspiration, you can create a comfy beanbag chair that will satisfy your most slothful dreams. Check around your house for the fabric and filling, but first find your inspiration here.

Beanbag chairs come with a host of often negative connotations. In the eyes of an average homeowner—someone who perhaps cringes upon remembering his college dorm room—beanbag chairs belong only in the kids’ playroom, if anywhere. Fair enough. But if you’re on a budget and have a knack with the sewing machine, there’s no more affordable or quicker-to-make seating solution than a DIY beanbag chair. Scroll down for five favorite examples from around the Web!

 

1. MAKE A MOVABLE POUF

DIY Bean Bag Chair - One Seater

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Fancy interior designers call them poufs, but we know what they really are: somewhat cylindrical beanbag chairs! You can keep yours in a closet if you wish, pulling it out of storage only on occasions that call for extra seating. The carrying strap added to this DIY beanbag chair makes it even easier to move around at a moment’s notice.

 

2. CREATE A PATCHWORK PERCH

DIY Bean Bag Chair - Pillow

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Crafty Gemini—whose video tutorial you can watch here—demonstrates the process of sewing together a patchwork of fabrics, including cozy fleece and fuzzy chenille, to create a DIY beanbag chair that is large and soft enough to be comfortable while still light enough to be easily moved to an out-of-the-way spot when not in use.

 

3. SUPPORT YOUR TABLET

DIY Bean Bag Chair - iPad

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Stuffed with uncooked beans or cloud-like polyester fill, a wedge pillow like this one can serve as a sort of DIY beanbag chair for your tablet device. You’ll need about one-half yard of the fabric of your choice (floral prints aren’t for everyone, after all). For step-by-step instructions, visit Sewn Up by Theresa Down Under.

 

4. GET SQUARED AWAY

DIY Bean Bag Chair - Cube

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A rectangular DIY beanbag chair is actually easier to make than the traditional round shape. Fill the angular seat (in the best dimensions for your space) with whatever material you think will be most comfortable. Alternatively, use what you have on hand—packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or scrap fabric would all work.

 

5. FLOAT ON A PILLOWY RAFT

DIY Bean Bag Chair - Floating

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Water-resistant fabrics are available for purchase by the yard both online and in local craft stores. Using this stuff in combination with naturally buoyant foam beads, you can—believe it or not—put together a DIY beanbag chair that can be used comfortably both on land or floating in your backyard swimming pool.


Weekend Projects: 5 Sturdy and Stylish DIY Dining Tables

To create a dining table that's perfect for your family and your surroundings, go the DIY route. While you may need to scrounge a bit for materials, you'll end up with a piece that's just right.

The dining table is where families gather to enjoy meals, swap stories, and make memories. Given its central role in the life of any household, doesn’t it make sense to customize your dining table to meet your needs precisely and coordinate attractively with your decor? You’d be surprised by the number of sturdy and stylish dining table designs that are easy enough for a beginning do-it-yourselfer to create. This weekend, instead of shopping around for the perfect piece, create your own DIY dining table.

 

1. REPURPOSE PALLETS

Pallet Dining Table

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Rich in character, this DIY dining table includes a mix of materials. The tabletop is an old door that’s been sanded smooth and surfaced with scrap wood repurposed from shipping pallets. Charmingly unrefined in its look, this table is as great a conversation starter as it is a place to have a conversation.

 

2. SPIFF UP A SPOOL

DIY Dining Table - Spool

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A large wooden electrical cable spool lends itself naturally to reuse as a dining table, perfect for a compact apartment or eat-in kitchen. To complete the arrangement, use smaller spools as matching chairs. Here, a variety of translucent stains work together to create a geometric peace sign pattern.

 

3. RETOOL A SEWING MACHINE 

DIY Dining Table - Sewing Machine

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For an easy, eye-catching DIY dining table, start with the legs of an antique sewing machine. You can find these vintage wrought-iron gems either online or at your local thrift store. The tabletop, meanwhile, is simply made from boards of stock lumber that have been stained to highlight and enhance the wood’s natural beauty.

 

4. GIVE A DOOR SOME LEGS

DIY Dining Table - Door

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Here’s yet another DIY dining table that involves an old door. Readily available—perhaps you already have one in your basement—a wood door doesn’t need much alteration to become an eating surface. Although a pair of wooden sawhorses function as the legs here, you can raise a door on many different types of platforms.

 

5. SUPPORT A BUTCHER BLOCK

DIY Dining Table - Butcher Block

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The advantage of butcher block is its resilience; after all, people use this stuff for cutting boards. Joining together multiple blocks can be time-consuming, though. The quickest route to a DIY dining table like this is to purchase a premade butcher-block countertop and to support the surface on hairpin legs.