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10 American-Made Buys for Your Outdoor Living Area
Ready to celebrate America's independence with a front yard fireworks display? Before you stock up on firecrackers, miniature flags, and barbecue fixings, conside...
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Beyond the Brush: 7 Other Tools You Need to Refinish Furniture
<p>Refinishing a wooden table, chair, or dresser with paint is an economical way to breathe new life into old yet still functional furnishings. But between stagin...
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Genius! Hide a Litter Box (and Its Mess) in Plain Sight
Cat owners love to spoil their pets, and why wouldn’t they? These cuddly companions with big personalities won’t make...
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8 Budget Buys to Bring Indoor Comfort to Outdoor Living
As warm weather invites you back outside to enjoy sun and fun, take a moment to reconsider your outdoor spaces. A few well-chosen amenities for your porch, patio,...
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How To: Refinish Rusty Old Patio Furniture
Although metal patio furniture is elegant and durable, it can over time become a rust-coated symbol of neglect. Inste...
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18 Sneaky Ways to DIY Top-Dollar Decor
When it comes to home decor, quality and affordability don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Whether you're looking to glam up the garden or invigorate a lifeless ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Dreamy Designs for a DIY Crib
Whether you’re a parent-to-be or simply wish to give a new mom and dad something special, consider crafting a DIY cri...
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11 Types of Furniture That Are Going Extinct
As the times change, our need for certain furniture pieces changes as well. Check out these 11 furnishings, from waterbeds to telephone stands, that are rapidly b...
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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The Outdoor Furniture Competition Starts Today
The warm breezes and longer days signal that we can finally escape to our decks, patios, and porches to bask in some ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reviving Old Metal Furniture
Did your most recent trip to the thrift store pay off in a big way? Vintage furniture adds character to any builder-g...
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A Tire Becomes an Attractive Coffee Table
An outdoor room isn’t complete without decor, accents, and other finishing touches. For Alexis of Persia Lou, that me...
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This DIY Game Night Essential Doubles as a Fire Pit Cover
A fire pit makes a great addition to any backyard, but some, including Robin from All Things Heart and Home, find the...
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A Pretty Porch Swing That Used to Be a Deck
Is there anything more charming than a porch swing? Not to Ashley of Simply Designing, who decided to take apart a po...
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A Budget Bench That's Easy to DIY
When the warm weather comes around, it’s natural to want to spend time lounging outside. But for Amy of DIY Candy, th...
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12 Double-Duty Products You Never Saw Coming
Double-duty furniture and appliances can save you money by doing the work of two fixtures for the price of one. Not only that, but they're a no brainer for anyone...
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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The Furniture Makeover Competition Starts Today
Old furniture is one of the best—and cheapest—materials to get your hands dirty in the DIY world. Whether it’s a mode...
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Colorful Desk Makeover
After searching with no avail for the perfect desk for her updated home office, Sabrina of Pink Little Notebook decid...
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Old Piano Bench Turned Stylish Seat
After scoring a vintage piano bench for pennies at a local garage sale, Melody of My Passion for Decor went to work g...
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Modern Geometrical Dresser Update
Reeves from The Weathered Door had drawn up a decorative idea to try out on a dresser. Luckily, she picked up the per...
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Sofa, So Good: 10 Creative Ways to Revive a Tired Old Couch
It’s not surprising that the couch is the focal point of most living rooms. It’s often one of the largest pieces of furniture, and family and friends alike make a...
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16 New Things You Can Do with Old Furniture
Before you decide to drag those mismatched shelves, broken chairs, worn-out sofas, or just plain ugly eyesores to the curb, check out these creative ideas for rep...
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DIY Lite: The Blanket Ladder You Can Build Without Any Nails
Between seasons of use, bulky blankets often take up valuable real estate in drawers, underbed bins, or the linen clo...
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The 15 Best Cheap Furniture Makeovers We've Ever Seen
Is your table, chair, or dresser on its last leg? Don’t haul it off to the junkyard! Instead, flip through our favorite affordable yet unforgettable furniture mak...
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3 Fixes for Oil Stains
Cooking oil appears in many forms—olive, vegetable, canola, etc. —and is a necessary ingredient for almost anything y...
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Kids' Workbench
If you have a growing DIYer on your hands, then you have to see this workbench brought to you by Brad of Fix This Bui...
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Pink Play Kitchen
A play kitchen is a must-have for any house with kids, and this crafty blogger decided her home was no exception. Wit...
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DIY Dress Up Storage
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 cost...
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The 12 Best Buys for Your Tiny Bathroom
If your small bathroom's storage options just aren't cutting it, now is the time to make a change. There are a whole host of exciting, innovative, and affordable ...
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5 New Ways to Sell Your Old Furniture
The next time you’re cleaning house and want to unload a couple of old pieces of furniture, don’t fret: A slew of 20t...
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DIY Kids: Turn a Bookcase into a Dollhouse
Though they're growing up fast, my girls still love to play with a dollhouse—so much so that we needed to upgrade fro...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Designs for a DIY Daybed
Among the everyday struggles of finding storage and squeezing in more workspace, entertaining—and housing—guests pose...
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20 Insanely Easy Ways to Build Your Own Furniture
You don’t need to be a master craftsman to furnish your home with style. DIY your way to a dream furniture collection with these 20 stunningly simple projects for...
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DIY Lite: The Most Convenient Side Table Wood Can Build
Everyone has a favorite seat, a comfortable corner of the living room perfect for lounging, reading, working, snackin...
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3 Fixes for Ink Stains
DIYers usually welcome a sudden burst of artistic creativity—except when it means their pen goes awry, leaving a splo...
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DIY Kids: A Handmade Table with Hidden Toy Storage
The holidays always bring a fresh influx of toys, games, and craft sets into the home. Come January, we struggle with...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Style-Boosting Bar Stools You Can Build
Whether located indoors in the kitchen or outdoors on the patio, a home bar can be a scene of rest, relaxation, and r...
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DIY Kids: Convert a Cast-Off into a Cool New Lego Table
My kids love Lego so much that it borders on obsession. We have a lot of these plastic bricks and, until recently, no...
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11 Big Ideas for a Small Dining Room
Cramped dining spaces don't have to put a damper on your family gatherings! You can still entertain with warmth and grace, and leave your guests a bit of elbow ro...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to DIY a Folding Table
Folding tables are an elegant, economical, and effortless way to switch between an extra work surface and freed-up fl...
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Genius! The DIY Cure for a Crowded Table
Unplanned guests can throw off even the most seasoned holiday host or hostess. Between checking on the turkey, wiping...
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How To: Strip Furniture
You’ll be surprised at the gems you uncover once you strip the paint and lacquer off your attic, yard sale, or thrift...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Designs for an Easy DIY Storage Bench
When you're choosing functional furniture for your indoor or outdoor spaces, an ideal piece would feature three chara...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Designs for a DIY Console Table
Positioning a console table along a wall or sofa in the home can really reinvent the room, whether you use it as an a...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Hardworking DIY Desks
It may not fall on the standard back-to-school supply checklist, but a simple and comfortable computer desk should de...
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10 Ways to Give Furniture a Fast Facelift
There's no doubt about it—buying furniture can put a strain on your bank account. Instead of blowing your budget on new pieces, give your existing ones a refresh ...
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13 Seriously Doable Ways to DIY a Kitchen Table
The kitchen table is the hub of the home, serving as a family gathering spot for more than just dining. But many models come at a pretty steep price, and an upgra...
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How To: Clean a Microfiber Suede Sofa
A microfiber suede sofa is a cozy centerpiece for any room. Known for being soft and stylish, this popular seating ch...
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11 Totally Unexpected Uses for IKEA Furniture
The best part about buying IKEA is that you get a lot of bang for your buck. Out of the box, each piece is wildly versatile and can often be used for multiple pur...
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The 7 Room Layout Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes
You begin with an empty room, then you fill it with your belongings. Does the end result welcome and delight you, or does something seem not quite right? You may ...
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Quick Tip: Create Instant Heirloom Furniture with Vaseline
If you find yourself scouring the flea markets for that perfectly imperfect piece of painted furniture that's distres...
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7 Camping Favorites Destined for Your Home
If you've ever set foot in a camping goods store, you know that for any adventure into the great wide open, an appropriately vast selection of equipment exists to...
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10 Easy Ways to Build Your Own TV Stand
For many, there's nothing more relaxing than curling up in the living room with a great TV show or movie. But are you tired of having to crane your neck to see th...
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Quick Tip: Fix Wood Scratches with This Favorite Snack
An unsightly scratch in your new hardwood floors—or worse, the expensive mahogany table you splurged on in a recent d...
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How To: Make a Tabletop with 2x4s
This DIY has a bit of a backstory: In my basement workshop—as a byproduct of about a half dozen previous projects—I'd...
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Buy or DIY: 8 Instant Seating Ideas for a Full House
When entertaining a crowd it's important to have plenty of snacks, lots of ice and, above all, ample seating. However, all those extra chairs can clutter your spa...
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Rustic Craft Room Island
Addicted 2 DIY mastermind, Katie, reimagined DIY island plans to create a focal-point storage spot for her craft room...
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DIY Outdoor Chaise
Inspired by a DIY conference, Amy of Her Tool Belt decided to try her hand at custom outdoor seating. After shopping ...
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DIY Farmhouse Bench
With a little help from Ana White and Shanty 2 Chic, Natalie at The Creative Mom crafted this stand out bench. What's...
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DIY Lite: A Wooden Bench That Anyone Can Build
As summer approaches, the growing number of sunny hours each day means that we have more time to spend out in the yar...
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This 1 Clever Product Turns Anything into a Table
Got an old wood plank, used door, or slab of countertop sitting around? Well, then you're halfway to a truly one-of-a...
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Pro Tips: The 7 Secrets of Craigslist Success
Whether you’re seeking unique decor that won’t break the bank or hoping to unload a few pieces for profit, look no fu...
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How To: Make a $5 Stool with Concrete
Do-it-yourselfers have a new favorite material: concrete. Inexpensive and versatile, it can be used in seemingly limi...
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9 Double-Duty Favorites for Tiny Outdoor Spaces
Don't let a small backyard cramp your outdoor entertaining plans this season! Fitting a table, fire pit, potted garden, and more into your tiny space falls within...
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Timeless Handmade Furniture with Midwestern Roots
For home design enthusiasts, wood furniture built by true craftsmen is coveted for its uniqueness, its durability, an...
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How To: Clean Patio Furniture
A fixture of backyard barbecues and poolside parties, patio furniture must withstand not only the elements, but also ...
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10 Doable Designs for DIY Outdoor Furniture
The weather is warm—it’s finally time to start making the most of your outdoor space. You can transform your yard, deck, or patio into a true extension of your ho...
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Meet the Women Who Are Changing the Face of Fine Furniture
Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie are the founders of Egg Collective, a furniture design firm that'...
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How To: Clean Patio Cushions
When it comes time to spiff up your porch or patio for spring, cleaning your furniture cushions ranks high on the to-...
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Big Box Furniture Has Nothing on This One-of-a-Kind Company
When Darren Green founded Old Wood Co. , in 2007, he had social and environmental consciousness top of mind. After wo...
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10 Best Flea Markets for Cool Old Finds
Oh, flea markets and swap meets the way they used to be! Vendors selling used items they no longer needed, and buyers scoring great deals—some requiring TLC, othe...
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Repurposed Door Toddler Bed
Gail from My Repurposed Life is no stranger to fantastic repurposing projects. But don't let her skills intimidate yo...
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Repurposed Door Coffee Table
After posting pictures of a DIY coffee table that she (and readers) loved, Sausha from Sweet Pickins decided to revis...
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DIY Bench From a Repurposed Door
One of the enjoyable things about reading Thistlewood Farms is the playful way that KariAnne puts things. But when sh...
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How To: Paint Wicker Furniture
Wicker evokes summertime porch-sitting perhaps more than any other outdoor furniture. But besides all the fair-weathe...
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Reinvent Your Furniture with 9 Colorful DIYs
Who doesn’t love total transformations? As the furniture makeovers here prove, even an unloved hand-me-down or yard-sale find—the one that’s scarred, scratched, o...
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French Toy Maker Debuts a Life-Size Erector Set
What happens when you combine the ease and convenience of flat-pack, ready-to-assemble furniture with the fun and whi...
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This Company Makes Furniture with Salvaged Railroad Materials
As the owner of a railroad contracting and maintenance firm, John Hendrick oversaw a crew responsible for, among othe...
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In a New Short Film, BoConcept Steals the Show
BoConcept furniture returns to the screen in a new short film starring Mads Mikkelsen—the suave Danish actor famous f...
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Genius! Boards and Brackets Create a Window Haven
Last year, Tiffany left her roomy rental house for a compact apartment closer to downtown. Though ideally located, th...
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Quick Tip: Renew Dull Wood Finishes with Mineral Spirits
As you go about your spring cleaning routine, take a few minutes to inspect the condition of your wood furniture and ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Restoring Rattan
Vintage rattan furniture is getting harder to come by, so if you happen to run across a nice piece at a garage sale, ...
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The All-Time Best Kickstarter Inventions for the Home
So, it’s the 21st century and we’re not living like the Jetsons. Fine. But we can get as close as possible to total home automation with these incredible new inve...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Return of Murphy Beds
If you need an extra bed in your abode but don't have the space for an additional bedroom, why not choose a Murphy be...
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From the Hudson Valley, Furniture with a Sense of Place
Jonah Meyer and Tara De Lisio are partners in marriage—and partners in business. In their first venture together, the...
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Danish Modern Furniture Stars in a New Drama from BoConcept
We're stunned by the latest marketing campaign let loose by BoConcept. In the past, we've always appreciated BoConcep...
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9 Easy Designs for a DIY Desk
<p>Long gone are the days when desks were reserved for the classroom or the office. Even if you don't work from home, chances are you have a computer there—and ne...
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DIY Desk with a Penny Top
When Homeroad blogger Susan's daughter came to her with a project idea, she jumped at the chance to help. She provide...
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Show Love to Your Leather Furniture
When our hands get dry and the skin cracks a bit, we quickly reach for the lotion. The same logic applies to leather ...
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Trading Places: 9 Reasons to Steal Furniture from Other Rooms
Furnishings are meant for one room, and one room only? Not even close! These multitaskers aren't ready to commit to a single space. In fact, swapping out between ...
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Genius! Hamster Wheel Desk
There are DIY desks, and then there are D-I-Y desks. We learned that when we came across this so-called "hamster whee...
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Beyond Ikea: 10 Other Places to Get Affordable Furniture
It's the worst part of moving and the reason we accept and live with outdated styles: the price tag on new home furnishings. When furniture costs an arm and a leg...
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DIY Plywood Strip Desk
Can you believe this stunner only cost $53 to make? We couldn't either. Using scrap wood, a set of spare hairpin legs...
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DIY Plywood Bookcase
When we saw Ama's sleek and contemporary bookshelf, we were impressed. And when it became clear that it was made enti...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make a Bar Cart
You might think of the bar cart as a purely functional furniture, limited to the duty implied by its name. But if you...
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Before & After: A Cozy Reading Nook from Scratch
Update a 114-year-old, 1,200-square-foot Dutch Colonial to meet the needs of a young family? Challenge accepted, said...
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Double-Duty Furniture: 9 Affordable Favorites That Save Space
The world of furniture is getting pretty cutthroat. A simple ottoman with a dream can’t make it anymore. Now, if a piece of furniture wants a starring role in you...
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1 Coffee Table, 3 Ways
What I love most about quality furniture is its staying power. Over the course of its at times decades-long career in...
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Gather 'Round: 6 Inspiring Dinner Table Stories
When the family gathers to share food and laughter, the dining table stands at the center of it all. Whether handmade, purchased, or inherited and steeped with hi...
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This Thanksgiving, Fit Everyone at the Table
With so many dishes and serving utensils, not to mention the number of guests, Thanksgiving puts your dining room to the true test. Here are eight ways to get mor...
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Meet the Detroit Couple Giving New Life to Salvaged Lumber
Meet Mutual Adoration—the power couple behind one of Detroit's coolest furniture design studios. Wayne and Clare run ...
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7 Incredible Uses for Salvaged Lumber
Mutual Adoration, the artist couple turned furniture makers, have a love for salvaged materials. Their work reflects a respect for their materials history, but wh...
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8 Nightstands You Don't Need to Buy
Bedside storage is a must. Where else would you set a glass of water, nightly reading, phone, and alarm clock before settling in for slumber? And in a room so per...
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See How 8 DIYers Each Transformed 1 IKEA Classic
The IKEA Billy—a bookshelf so familiar it goes by its first name—is one of the most popular furniture items in America, if not the world. The storage stalwart's s...
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DIY Pallet Potting Bench
When gardening season is in full swing, there's nothing like a trusty potting bench to help you reap the season's bou...
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DIY Pallet Desk
What do you get when you mix a designer with a stack of pallets? A pallet desk, apparently. Rob Loukotka, artist/desi...
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DIY Pallet Ottoman
What's made from a pallet but looks nothing like one? This DIY ottoman! Allyson at Domestic Superhero totally transfo...
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DIY Pallet Bench for Kids
Kid-sized furniture is cute but it isn't cheap. And kids outgrow tiny furniture quickly. So upcycling a pallet into a...
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Meet the Furniture Designer Who Discovered the Beauty of Concrete
Meet Ben Uyeda, a champion of smart, green, and affordable design. With a pedigree in architecture, he's also an awar...
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10 IKEA Favorites Made Better by a DIY Paint Job
<p>The IKEA name has come to represent smart, affordable furniture for homeowners and apartment dwellers of all ages. But with that popularity comes easy recognit...
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How To: Make Your Own Furniture Polish
Wood furniture is no small investment. In covering the expense, we are comforted knowing that what we are buying can ...
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How To: Paint IKEA Furniture
Years ago, you purchased particleboard furniture at IKEA. Maybe it's begun to show its age, or maybe you simply no lo...
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Genius! DIY Murphy Bed
There's something kind of fascinating about the Murphy bed. Is it a bed? Is it a closet? And just how do you manage t...
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8 Unique Ways to Build Your Own Table
<p> Not every DIY table needs to be built from scratch in a woodworking shop. In fact, ones constructed from upcycled materials usually bring the most character t...
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10 New Uses for Old Dressers
The dresser is a sturdy staple of almost every bedroom, but daily wear and tear can put even the best one into disrepair. When it's time to for a new dresser, don...
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The 10 Best Things to Buy Secondhand
You won’t always find the perfect antique side table or the china collection of your dreams on your flea market adventure. Even if you do, nearly every thrifted g...
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8 Great DIY Ways to Use Cinder Blocks
Coming in at less than $2 per block and useful for a wide variety of purposes, cinder blocks are—you might say—worth their considerable weight in gold. These load...
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Beds, Baths and Fortune-Telling at IKEA
Meet Jeff and Beth, the latest participants in the "time travel experiment" IKEA has been running to promote its fall...
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A Coffee Table Quest Ends at Sauder
Three years ago, our family moved from a tiny New York City apartment to a sprawling 3,000-square-foot house in Delaw...
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How To: Refinish a Dresser
Hold on a second! Don't get rid of that old wooden dresser just yet. Give it a second look, and this time try to see ...
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Thrift Store Savvy: 10 Treasure-Hunting Tips from a Seasoned Shopper
As the force behind the home decor business and DIY blog Miss Mustard Seed, Marian Parsons knows a thing or two about...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Designs for a Custom End Table
We entrust a great deal of responsibility to the end table, an unsung hero of the living room furniture ensemble. A v...
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Hypnotized, One Couple Lives Its Future at IKEA
Here's what we've been waiting for: It's the first official video in a mind-bending new promotional series from IKEA....
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Now at IKEA, Time Travel
Who doesn't love IKEA? Whereas other furniture purveyors mainly appeal to one or another niche market, IKEA appeals a...
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How To: Remove Water Stains from Wood
Wood furniture is beautiful, but it's not impervious to the wear and tear of everyday life. To retain their looks, ne...
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10 Steps to Paradise in Your Own Backyard
Any outdoor living space, be it a compact apartment terrace or an expansive poolside patio, becomes much more inviting once it’s been outfitted with a few creatur...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Summery DIY Porch Swings
I'm not sure, I haven't researched it, but sitting—no, swaying—on a porch swing might be the most relaxing of all the...
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An Expert Reveals the Rules for Arranging Furniture
Stripped of its contents, an empty room can be intimidating, or it can be inspiring. For design consultant Robin Long Mayer, it’s definitely the latter. In her wo...
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DIY Concrete Tabletop
Sometimes we see a project that truly bowls us over. This concrete tabletop from Pete at D. I. Y. Projects with Pete ...
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Sitting Pretty: 11 Amazing Chair Makeovers
Chairs are hospitable and versatile. Adding a couple of great chairs is an easy and affordable way to give a space a new look—plus, chairs are a cinch to repositi...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Delectable DIY Picnic Tables
There’s nothing nicer than enjoying the company of friends and family over food and drink in the summertime. But do y...
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How To: Recover a Chair
It's only a matter of time: Sooner or later, your chairs with upholstered seats are going to get worn, dirty, or date...
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How To: Transform a Cabinet with Spray Paint
Is there a dated, shabby, worn-out cabinet hogging space somewhere in your home? If so, you may feel tempted to get r...
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Pro Tips: Furniture Arranging 101
Stripped of all its furnishings, an empty room can be intimidating—or inspiring! For design consultant Robin Long May...
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10 Playful Examples of Swinging and Swaying Furniture
While most people are good at utilizing all four walls of their rooms for furniture and decor, it is easy to forget about the ceiling. Suspending furniture like c...
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How To: Clean Leather Furniture
With its rich color and supple feel, leather furniture invites an element of luxury into your room decor.  Fortunatel...
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Couch Surfing: Top 10 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Sofa
A new sofa is an investment—not just of your hard-earned dollars, but of your time. You hope to spend many years with your sofa, so it's worth your while to seek ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy DIY Beanbag Chairs
Beanbag chairs come with a host of often negative connotations. In the eyes of an average homeowner—someone who perha...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Sturdy and Stylish DIY Dining Tables
The dining table is where families gather to enjoy meals, swap stories, and make memories. Given its central role in ...
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12 Ways to Wake Up Your Tired Outdoor Furniture
When spring is in the air and the weather starts to heat up, so does your outdoor entertaining. But after a long winter, your outdoor furniture might be looking s...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy and Elegant DIY Canopy Beds
We tend to think of canopy beds as being romantic, glamorous, and perhaps a bit showy. Yet their origins are humble. ...
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How To: Clean Wood Furniture
Homeowners have long relished the beauty, versatility, and toughness of wood furniture—and above all, they've appreci...
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17 DIY Mini Bars to Mix Up Your Home Decor
After a long day, almost nothing is as relaxing as enjoying a cocktail. If you like to unwind with a drink but don't always like the stress or expense of going ou...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Very Versatile DIY Ottomans
Available in all shapes and sizes and with or without built-in storage features, ottomans are among the most versatil...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Flat-Out Wonderful DIY Platform Beds
Platform beds never go out of style—unlike, say, platform shoes, but that's a different story. Appropriate in a range...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Nightstand Project Ideas
You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. Only when I tried living without a nightstand did I realize how import...
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12 Fantastic Folding Chairs
You’ve got the drinks, prepped the appetizers, and planned the festivities—but where will all your guests sit? You can certainly rent some chairs, but renting can...
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Drab to Fab: 10 Fantastic Furniture Makeovers
Whether they involve repainting, resizing, or retrofitting, furniture makeovers are very popular in the DIY world. While original finishes and old-world style cer...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Stand-Out DIY Benches
Consider the DIY bench and its beautiful simplicity: It celebrates the union of form and function, don't you think? W...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Headboards
The most important part of any bed is the mattress: The right mattress on a good frame is key to a good night’s sleep...
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Knobs of Note: 16 Ideas for a Cool Cabinet
Are you searching for a way to add some personality to your doors and drawers? Create fun and functional handles with these delightful (and frugal) DIY ideas.
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10 Fun, Clever, and Useful Step Stools
Can't quite reach the top shelf? Do the kids struggle to turn on the bathroom faucet? With these handy step stools, everyone can get a leg up—in style.
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How To: Clean a Microfiber Sofa
In recent years, microfiber furniture has risen in popularity with homeowners because the fabric is not only appealin...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Build a Bar at Home
As the holidays loom on the horizon, many families have begun to make plans and gather essentials. For some, that mea...
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5 Things to Do with... Baby Cribs
If your child has outgrown her baby crib, you may have found it's a tough piece of furniture to dispose of. Even thri...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Cool DIY Stools
Too many places to sit? Never! Almost any room can benefit from one more seat, so long as it's sized in proportion to...
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How To: Refinish Rusty Patio Furniture
Don't throw out that rusty garden furniture. Restoring it can be a great weekend project. Use a wire brush or sandpap...
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Bob Vila Radio: Using Less Furniture
Many of us don’t have the luxury of really "decorating" a room—we move into a home and place our furniture as best we...
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Weekend Projects: DIY Furniture for Kids' Rooms
When it comes to designing spaces for kids, some parents are bona fide naturals. Mom has a magic touch with the paint...
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Weekend Projects: DIY Your Own Desk
With autumn somewhere over the horizon, it's only a matter of time before chilly weather relegates us to working indo...
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Dressing Up the Dresser: 11 Creative DIY Transformations
Paint, decoupage, mirrors... there are many ways to revive a drab dresser. Here are 11 examples guaranteed to inspire you to action.
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16 Designs for a Low-Cost DIY Coffee Table
<p>Despite being a relatively recent entrant onto the furniture scene historically, the coffee table has most definitely become ubiquitous. We not only set our dr...
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How To: Make an Inexpensive Desk for Your Kids
It was a challenge to find a desk for my five-year-old daughter. I needed something size-appropriate that would provi...
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Weekend Projects: Build a Better Bookshelf
My family members are bookworms, their tastes covering the spectrum from science fiction novels to Italian fashion ma...
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How To: Stain Wood Furniture
The process of staining furniture is intimidating to many do-it-yourselfers, because special tools and chemicals are ...
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How To: Furnish a "Green" Home
Research by the American Home Furnishings Alliance out of High Point, NC, reveals three interesting points about cons...
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Care and Repair of Outdoor Furniture
When choosing outdoor furniture for a garden room, outdoor kitchen, or multi-level deck, some consumers prefer qualit...
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Selecting Handcrafted Furniture
A piece of handcrafted furniture is at once a practical and aesthetic purchase. It graces your home, reflects who you...
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Trash to Treasure: 10 Upcycled Products We Covet
Inspired by DIYers transforming old discarded materials and objects into something new, we couldn't help but turn the spotlight on these smart upcycled designer c...
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Care and Cleaning Keep Wicker Wonderful
Wicker furniture and accessories are very popular choices for living spaces both outdoors and in.  Comfortable, sturd...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIYs to Improve Your Outdoor Space
With June officially having kicked off the summer, we look forward to a season under the sun. But if your deck, porch...
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Storage Ottomans: Clear Clutter Quickly, Easily, and with Style
Tidy up in a hurry with these multipurpose, flexible furniture pieces that create a little extra storage where you need it the most.
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5 Incredible Examples of Sustainable Furniture Design from BKLYN Designs 2013
This year marked the tenth anniversary of BKLYN DESIGNS, an exhibition of contemporary design and furnishings held in...
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Make Your Bed: 9 Easy DIY Headboards
<p>Do you really need a headboard for your bed? If you live in modern construction, probably not. The genesis of the headboard is in fact practical, not aesthetic...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Laminate
I recently gave my bookcases a much-needed makeover.  Ever since I had painted the room a deep blue, this faux-wood f...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wood Furniture
Most anything can be transformed with a can of paint and some step-by-step instructions. Here's an easy, four-step tu...
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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wrought Iron
I’ve had some rusty-looking wrought iron patio furniture staring at me from my backyard for years now. It came with t...
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13 Easy Ways to Repurpose Antique Armoires
With a little ingenuity, you can move your antique armoire into the 21st century without sacrificing any of the furniture's old-fashioned charm.
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Weekend Projects: DIY Furniture Updates
It's finally here—Friday! The weekend is a great time to relax, but it's also the perfect opportunity to bring simple...
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Bob Vila Radio: Choosing a Mattress
If getting more sleep is one of your New Year's resolutions, it might be time for a new mattress. Shopping for a matt...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mirror Placement
If the end of the year is a time for reflection, don't underestimate the power of a well-placed mirror to enhance you...
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Bob Vila Radio: Sofa Beds
Where would we be during the holidays without the sleeper sofa? Sofa beds of the past are notorious for being somewha...
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Make a Statement with Your Mirror
Mirrors come in a full range of shapes and styles and can fit easily into any decor. But if you really want to make a...
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5 DIY Farm Table Projects That Will Last a Lifetime
Farm tables are those warm, rustic surfaces that draw inspiration from the original harvest tables found in American ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying Furniture
So you repainted the living room and now you can’t stand your old furniture.  Before you shop 'til you drop, do some ...
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9 DIY Headboard Projects to Suit Any Bedroom
I tend to think of headboards as the sort of thing that only real grown-ups own. When you're a 20-something who moves...
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6 DIY Standing Desk Projects to Keep You Healthy While You Work
It turns out that sitting is bad for you. Like really, really awful. It's no surprise that a sedentary lifestyle isn'...
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Picnic Indoors—For Real
If you think summer's end will preclude you from enjoying the pleasures of a picnic until next year, think again! Thi...
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Murphy Beds: 9 Hide-Away Sleepers
Since its 1900 invention, the Murphy Bed has become a standard space-saving solution for making a room multifunctional.
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Make Any Room a Bedroom with a Murphy Bed
There's a room off our kitchen dedicated as a playroom for our daughters (ages 2 and 4). Originally, the house plan d...
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16 Ingenious IKEA Hacks
Custom furniture is expensive. And let’s face it, while many of us have custom tastes, we don’t have custom budgets. Enter, IKEA— the Swedish furniture company th...
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Buy or Build: 15 Desks We Love
With each passing year, more and more people work from home at least part of the time. Technology makes telecommuting easier than ever— so the home office is more ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Flat Pack Furniture
It’s not just for dorm rooms anymore:  the stylish design, low cost and ingenious construction of lots of today’s kno...
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Adirondack Chairs: 10 New Classics for Today
A New England creation turned countrywide deck favorite, this American standard is as popular as ever.
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Anatomy of an Adirondack Chair
Warm summer nights make me want to lounge back with a cool beverage and watch the sunset from our back deck after the...
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How To: Refinish a Wood Table
Let's face it, the easiest way to transform an old piece of furniture is to paint it. But if the piece is well-constr...
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Picnic Tables at "Summer-Friendly" Prices
Picnics are as much a part of summer as swimming pools and mosquitos. So we've rounded up some great picnic table bar...
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Bob Vila Radio: Choosing Outdoor Furniture
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Furniture
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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5 Seating Picks from ICFF
Hours before the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) closed its four-day run on Tuesday, the winners of ...
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Wandering Through "Wood-Land" at ICFF
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is one of my favorite trade shows.  It is the one show in the co...
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Adirondack Chairs: Modern Takes at Reduced Prices
The Adirondack chair dates back to 1903, when Thomas Lee couldn't get comfortable. While vacationing with his family ...
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Paint Makeovers: An Expert Tells All
As a decorator and "junker," I've discovered plenty of beauty and utility in stuff others have kicked to the curb. An...
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5 Easy Steps to a Successful Paint Makeover
Follow these easy paint makeover tips to transform an old piece of furniture into one that's fresh and new!
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Winterizing Your Patio Furniture
As sad as it is to move indoors after enjoying your outdoor furniture all summer, taking a little extra time to care ...
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Infant Sleeper: The Final Challenge
Fine woodworker Abel Smith, of Tay River Builders, crafted a cradle for his best friend’s baby. He spent months execu...
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Furniture: My “Green” Nursery Challenge
When I was just 11 days from giving birth, I still had 11th hour projects to complete for my "Green" Nursery Challeng...
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The Crib and Bedding: My “Green” Nursery Challenge
In week two of my "green" nursery challenge, I purchased the "Rolls Royce" of organic mattresses.   Now I needed a cr...
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New Product: The Flux Chair
We at BobVila. com are dedicated to bringing you the most practical home improvement advice.   This new chair from Fl...
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The Organic Mattress: My "Green" Nursery Challenge
“You will never sleep again!” is something that people love to say to expecting parents.   But, I decided my baby (an...
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Tour the Completed Nursery for the Newborn
Much cosmetic, insulation, and sound reduction work has transformed a tired-old attic bedroom into a peaceful, pretty, and healthy room for baby.
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Installing a Chair Rail and Restoring a Corner Cupboard
In the dining room, carpenter Bob Ryley installs a chair rail and works with carpenter Danny Ruffini on the glass doors that will be added to the corner cupboard—...
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Making an Armoire into an Entertainment Center
Bob works with carpenter Bob Ryley to construct an insert for an antique cherry armoire to house his bedroom TV and video collection.
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Interior Design for a Florida Home
Bob tours the finished house and learns how they developed the design scheme.
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Kitchenware for Easy Living and Stylish Outdoor Furniture and Grill
Bob tours the open-plan family room and meets with Cecile to discuss cookware and accessories. Then he meets Meg Tarvin they move to the poolside lanai and the f...
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Touring the Jonathan Adler Soho Boutique
Jonathan Adler invites Bob into his Soho boutique, which features an eclectic collection of furniture and housewares. Many pieces from the store will be used in t...
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Reviewing the Penthouse Living Area & Kitchen
Bob surveys the interior decorating of the penthouse apartment, as well as the top-quality materials and appliances in the kitchen. Also, Bob learns about the dif...
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Reviewing the Penthouse Bedroom & Office
Bob tours the bedroom and office, rooms which have been designed by Jonathan Adler and Darren Brown, who explain their aesthetic choices.
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Seeking Design Ideas for the Miami Condo
DD Allen shows off her updated 600-square-foot retreat in downtown Miami. By removing interior dividing walls, Allen has converted her one-bedroom into a studio. ...
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Lyman Estate Tour
Interior Designer Leslie Curtis takes Bob on a tour of the Lyman Estate in Waltham, MA.
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Tour of the Port Royal Parlor at Winterthur
Bob returns to Winterthur, industrialist Henry Francis du Pont's country estate, which is now a museum in Delaware's Brandywine Valley
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Tour the Tappahannock Room at Winterthur
Bob returns to Winterthur, the historic du Pont estate, to tour the Tappahannock Room.
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Furniture Making at the North Bennet Street School
Bob visits with Alex Krutsky at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Bob and Krutsky discuss the school's admissions process, which requires previous carpent...
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Hand-Carving a Mahogany Drawer Front
Furniture maker Tommy MacDonald demonstrates a few of the techniques he employs to create hand-carved furniture details.
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Update on Deck, Breezeway, and Barn/Studio
Bob provides an update on the status of the mahogany deck, the breezeway, and the completed barn/studio.
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Tour of the Finished Interior Decor with B. Smith
Decorator B. Smith joins Bob to show him around the interior decor of the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build project home in Yonkers, NY.
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Reviewing the Interior Design Upstairs
Bob tours the finished upstairs, paying special attention to the interior design of the various rooms.
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Interior Decorating
Charleston, SC interior designer Carolyn Griffen joins Bob on a final tour of the house, and Guy Walters (from Thomasville) gives details on the Thomasville Hemin...
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Tour of the Mansion's Exterior and Landscaping
Bob tours the exterior with general contractor Sam Daniel. Then, he joins architect John Paul Hanbury and interior designer Barbara Page, and, together, they roll...
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Tour of the Restored Exterior and Interior Decor
Bob takes a grand tour of the fully restored governor's mansion in Richmond, VA.
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Tour of the Restored Interior
Bob tours the interior restoration of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Tour of Historic Virginia Governor's Office
Bob tours the old governor's office in the Richmond, VA executive mansion.
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Installing a Mirror and Glasswork
Bob observes Bill Brody (from Classic Glass) installing a large mirror, a glass shelf, and a glass partition wall.
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Tour of the Completed Loft Conversion, Part 2
Collaborating architect Lisa Shire accompanies Bob, as he continues his tour of the completed loft conversion.
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Installing a Bathroom Grab Rail
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley put up a grab bar in the bathroom to facilitate a wheelchair-bound person's maneuvering.
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Restoring the Front Porch
The front porch is undergoing full restoration, due to excessive water and pest damage to the columns and other structural elements. Demolition begins and repair ...
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Stripping Paint From an Antique Cabinet
Bob works with the homeowners, who are stripping old paint off an antique cabinet. On top of the chemicals used to loosen the paint, they discuss the several safe...
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Installing a China Cabinet
The newly built china cabinet is installed. The unit was constructed in several peices, so it would fit through the front door. Several final cuts and adjustments...
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Building a Bookcase
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley meet in the workshop to build a set of bookcases for the home. Ryley demonstrates the various cuts and joining methods used to make th...
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Master Bedroom Interior Design
Bob takes a look at the master bedroom and talks with the interior designer. The two discuss the window treatments, new bedroom furniture, his and her closets, an...
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House Redecorating
Bob walks through the family room with the homeowners and the interior designer. In addition to decor, the group discusses the final budget.
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Bench Construction
The wood has arrived for the perimeter benches, so Bob and contractor Bob Ryley begin constructing the architect-designed benches for the greenhouse. The wood is ...
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Decorating the Home
Bob meets with the decorator, Robyn Peterson, to discuss furnishings for the "little cabin in the woods".
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Interior Design and Touring a Fabric Store
Bob shows the beach house to interior designer Robyn Peterson, who takes Bob shopping for fabrics. She suggests natural materials and earthy colors, as well as hi...
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Tour of the Media Room, Kitchen, and Living Room
Bob and interior designer Robyn Peterson tour the finished, furnished California-Spanish beach house in Malibu. The media room has an Old West theme. The kitchen ...
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Touring the Cabin's Interior Decor
Bob tours the cabin with the interior designer, Robyn Peterson. Under Robyn's direction, the mantle has been painted with a faux birch bark look, and the furnitur...
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Butcher Block Countertop and Crackle Painting
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install a butcher block countertop in the kitchen, and decorator Robyn Peterson shows Bob how to create a "crackle" finish.
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Interior Design Finishing Touches
The interior design finishing touches have come together to create an original, romantic, and functional effect, all within a relatively small space.
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Touring the Designed Interior
Bob tours the furnished, decorated Martha's Vineyard Victorian project house. The designer has sourced pieces from antique stores, salvage yards, second hand stor...
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Touring the Home Addition
The designer shows Bob around the addition, pointing out certain highlights, such as the breezeway with exposed studs and the Victorian-influenced lighting design...
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Reviewing the Unfinished Kitchen
Bob reviews the new staircase in the entry hall before he and contractor Larry Landers tour the kitchen, pointing out where furniture, appliances, and fixtures wi...
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Front Hall Mirror
Carpenter Bob Ryley demonstrates how the front hall mirror is custom-built in the workshop.
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Furniture Shopping
Bob goes furniture shopping at Sears with the homeowners and an interior designer. The homeowners pick out furniture for the dining room and family room.
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Final Tour of the Interior, Part 1
Bob continues his final tour of the complete Wayland project house with the interior designer, who explains the thought process behind the furniture and color pal...
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Final Tour of the Interior, Part 2
Bob takes a final tour through the nursery, office, kitchen, and family room.
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Selecting and Hanging Wallpaper
The interior decorating process has begun. Bob receives some tips on selecting and hanging wallpaper.
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Building and Painting a Plate Rack
A plate rack for the dining room is built from scratch and is finished with a faux-antique paint job.
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Choosing a Living Room Carpet
Bob looks around for a well-priced living room carpet.
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Touring the Interior
Bob tours the newly furnished and appointed Plymouth project house with the interior designer. Throughout, there is a mix of formal and informal pieces, which all...
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Constructing a Carport, Bench, and Storage Structure
Bob reviews the construction of a carport, bench, and storage structure, situated adjacent to the Naples project house.
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Touring the Decorated Interior
Bob tours the gorgeous interior of the completed Cape Cod project house with decorator Ann Hill.
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