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Reinventing the Wheel: 10 Smart New Uses for Old Tires
Wheels have come a long way since their Stone Age introduction. No longer just for transporting objects from place to place, wheels have become a starting point f...
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10 Creative New Ways to Use Old Bottles
Is your recycling bin overflowing with old wine, beer, and soda bottles? Glass bottles fill local dumps and monster landfill sites all over the world. While house...
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Hitting the High Notes: 10 Musical Instruments Reimagined
Many of us have musical instruments that occupy a special place in our hearts, even if they no longer occupy a place in our lives. It's hard to imagine parting wi...
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All Aboard: 9 Railroad Cars Converted into Homes
In today’s culture of downsizing to reduce carbon footprints, tiny houses and recycled homes are getting increasingly desirable—in both conventional and unconvent...
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Pro Tips: Saving on Remodeling Costs With Deconstruction and Salvage
Renovations, regardless of whether they are large or small, can be costly endeavors. You may, however, be able to rec...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Beautifully Basic DIY Bookends
If you have a few especially beloved books in your collection, why not use a pair of DIY bookends to set them apart a...
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Pipe Dreams: 10 Inspiring DIY Projects with PVC
While you may have no idea what polyvinyl chloride is, chances are you have some in your home, in the form of PVC pipes. PVC is an inexpensive, hard yet flexible,...
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5 Things to Do with... Tree Stumps
As the country emerges from a harsh winter, many homeowners are facing the prospect of cutting down and cleaning up h...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Toys
Up in the attic, down in the basement, or out in the garage, chances are that you've got a chest full of old toys. If...
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11 Creative Ways to Repurpose Cardboard
While technology is constantly giving us new ways of doing things, there are some things that stubbornly stay the same. Take the good old cardboard box, for examp...
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5 Things to Do with... Test Tubes
Test tubes are commonplace and entirely unremarkable in locations like science labs and chemistry classrooms. But in ...
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5 Things to Do with... Coffee Grounds
If you drink coffee, chances are that you drink it every day. Sure, sometimes you get it on the go, but if you're any...
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5 Things to Do with... Cassette Tapes
Chances are good that in some remote corner of your home there lies a box full of dusty cassette tapes. Be honest: Wh...
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Find Your Re-Purpose: 15 Shipping Pallet Projects for the DIY Home
Shipping pallets are the DIYer’s standby building material for many good reasons. They aren’t hard to come by, and even damaged pallets can be salvaged for smalle...
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5 Things to Do with... Junk Mail
Everyone hates email spam, and rightfully so. It does have one redeeming factor, though: It's relatively easy to mana...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Sweaters
If your tastes have changed or you've outgrown a favorite old sweater, you have options aside from donating the garme...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reclaimed Brick
Brick is an extremely sturdy construction material. It’s attractive, fire resistant, and low maintenance—and it stand...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Rakes
What good is a rake you can no longer use in the garden? Actually, there are countless ingenious ways to give a secon...
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Garage Doors Repurposed: 10 Innovative Design Uses
If you’re planning on improving your home's curb appeal by installing a new garage door, don’t be so fast to throw out the old one. Disposing of a large, cumberso...
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5 Things to Do with... Colanders
I love my colanders. Vintage-inspired, colorful, and enamel-coated, they work not only as strainers, but also as deco...
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5 Things to Do with... Fireplace Ashes
Cozying up to a roaring fire is a winter evening pastime that no one would reject. Disposing of fireplace ashes? Well...
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12 Unique Designs for DIY Kitchen Islands
Are you looking for more storage or workspace in your kitchen but are reluctant to splurge on a custom kitchen island? Here are 12 creative islands that sprang up...
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5 Things to Do with... Denim
Decades ago, denim may have seemed uniquely American, but today this sturdy fabric belongs to the world: A whopping 4...
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5 Things to Do with... Pegboard
People often peg pegboard as being fit only for the garage. Well, that theory sure has a lot of holes in it! As these...
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5 Things to Do with... Bricks
For thousands of years, people have made bricks and used them to build structures of all kinds. Even today, with so m...
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5 Things to Do with... Cardboard Boxes
Without cardboard boxes, what would the world be like? At times, it seems like cardboard is nearly as ubiquitous—and ...
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5 Things to Do with... Wine Corks
In the wake of holiday office functions, neighborhood tree lightings, and, of course, New Year's Eve parties, wine co...
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Bob Vila Radio: Christmas Tree Crafts
Right now, there may be more than 25 million cut Christmas trees adorning rooms throughout the United States. Within ...
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5 Things to Do with... Gift Wrap
It's always alarming to see how much gift wrap gets wasted during the holidays. Boldly patterned, brightly colored pa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Upcycled Designs
It’s always better to find a way to recycle or reuse an item than to send it to a landfill. Some creative designers o...
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5 Things to Do with... Pens
The pen is mightier than the sword, everyone knows that. But when a pen runs out of ink, its power diminishes—or does...
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5 Things to Do with... Doorknobs
We interact with them daily and seldom think twice, but do-it-yourselfers have found plenty of reasons for us to focu...
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Holiday DIY: A Re-Purposed Christmas Tree
A Re-purposed Christmas Tree The other day I was reading a post by my friend Vel about collections, I fell in...
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Bob Vila Radio: Repurposing Gourds
Gourds come in many beautiful patterns, shapes, and textures. They can be striped or speckled, knobby or curvy, and t...
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5 Things to Do with... Altoids Tins
The next time you open an Altoids tin only to find that it's empty, rest assured that even if there are no mints insi...
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Quick Tip: Architectural Salvage Yards
Salvage yards have always been a great place to find old house parts. These can be recycled as art objects or as repl...
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5 Things to Do with... Yardsticks
You may think of it only as a handy helper at the workbench or sewing table—a no-frills, low-tech instrument for meas...
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DIY Tales: From Dining Room Set to a Dining Storage Island
We had a small kitchen island that functioned more for storage than anything else. It was not high enough for sitting...
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5 Things to Do with... Wooden Hangers
Eventually, we all find ourselves with more hangers than we know what to do with, and when they are not keeping our s...
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10 Novel Uses for the Classic Clothespin
The first clothespins served the sole purpose of hanging laundry. But today, these humble wooden clips inspire all sorts of home improvement projects, from managi...
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5 Things to Do with… Filing Cabinets
Whereas our desks were once crammed with 8. 5" x 11"-inch documents, sheets of loose-leaf paper, and manila folders, ...
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Think Outside the Toolbox: 9 New Uses for Old Tools
When it’s finally time for old tools to retire, don’t ship them off to Florida. Give them a second career as a crafty DIY project.
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5 Things to Do with... Legos
Thought you were too old for toys? Think again. Adults have ample reason to revisit Legos, if not for sheer amusement...
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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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5 Things to Do with... Gourds
For as long as people have been cultivating these relatives of pumpkins, squash, and cucumbers, they have been adapti...
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10 Great Repurposing Ideas from Etsy
I’ve been spending a lot of time on Etsy lately for a couple of reasons. I’ve been on the hunt for some...
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5 Things to Do with... Leather Belts
At first, leather belts don't seem like they would be much use to do-it-yourselfers. Then again, creative minds with ...
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5 Things to Do with... Plastic Bottles
Plastic bottles make it easy to hydrate on the go, but they're tough on the environment. They too often end up in lan...
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5 Things to Do with... Broken Blinds
Nothing lasts forever, and that includes window treatments. Besides the inevitable wear and tear they endure with nor...
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8 Upcycle Ideas Using Pallets
There is always a surplus of pallets. A "pallet" by definition is a straw or hard bed, but we also know pallets as those...
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How To: Build a Pallet Compost Bin
A compost bin is a great way to keep waste material out of landfills while at the same time creating wonderfully nutr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Upcycling Cribs
In 2011, federal safety standards for baby cribs changed significantly, making it illegal to sell older models that n...
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DIY Tales: Repurposed Metal Headboard Bench
I have wanted to build a repurposed antique metal headboard bench for more years than I can remember. In fact, I have...
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5 Things to Do with... Garden Hoses
How many times have you dragged your hose into position only to discover that it's sprung a leak? Fear not! Even with...
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9 Creative Uses for Old Paint Cans
Wondering what to do with all those empty paint cans? See how others have cleaned and repurposed them into everything from smart storage to fun works of art.
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5 Things to Do with... Duct Tape
Handymen love duct tape for its power to delay the inevitable—specifically, the trouble and expense that a proper rep...
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Trash to Treasure: 14 Creative Ways to Make Good Use of Old Stuff
These innovative projects will inspire you to dig through your discards and repurpose them into useful furnishings and interesting accents for your home.
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11 Eye-Popping Chandeliers Made from the Everyday
From soda bottles and bicycle chains to cutlery and toothpicks, these dazzling chandeliers illuminate the value—and fun—of putting unremarkable old stuff to brill...
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5 Things to Do with... Milk Crates
Everyone has at least one or two plastic milk crates hanging around the basement or garage. Although expressly design...
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14 DIY Doormats That Step Up the Style
Incorporating a variety of materials, these truly one-of-a-kind doormats are not something you would simply walk on—or by—without noticing.
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Recycled Fences: 8 Clever Ways to Put Salvage to Good Use
Old doors, wine bottles, shipping pallets—and even bowling balls and surf boards—can be repurposed into alternative fence material. Here are 8 surprising ideas th...
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5 Things to Do with... Light Bulbs
You flipped the switch only to see the light bulb flash with that familiar blue flare? My friend, you've got another ...
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10 Top DIY Pipe Fitting Projects
Plumbing may be best left in the hands of a pro, but getting creative with pipe fittings is a DIY project that can yield surprising results. Here are ten designs ...
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18 Brilliant Ways to Decorate with Rope
‘Knot’ just for sailing fanatics or decorating summer beach houses anymore, rope has found its way into homes of every style.
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5 Things to Do with... Old Drawers
Dusty suburban basements and chockablock urban thrift stores have no shortage of neglected old furniture with marred ...
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10 Incredible Ways to Upcycle Tree Branches and Logs
I guess you could call me a tree hugger. I do love trees enough to hug them. My appreciation of trees started when I w...
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10 Honor Roll-Worthy Dorm Room Storage Solutions
Before heading off to school, consider some of these smart—and DIY-doable—storage solutions to help make college living a little more efficient and manageable.
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5 Things to Do with... Corrugated Metal
If your impression of corrugated metal is that it belongs on a barn roof, take another look. Lightweight and inexpens...
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5 Things to Do with... Egg Cartons
After you’ve fried up a few Western omelettes, topped them with Tabasco, and nourished your body with nature’s best s...
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5 Things to Do with... PVC Pipe
For years now, PVC pipe has been popular for many applications in and around the house. It’s lightweight, durable, ba...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Dishes
We can all agree that vintage dishes are pretty, but in today's home, they’re not very practical: most can't be used ...
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5 Things to Do with... Broken Pots
Clay pots come with one major upside: Because they are porous, air reaches plant roots and excess moisture is able to...
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Fine-Tuning: 9 Inventive Ways to Repurpose a Piano
Sometimes an old piano is just beyond repair. Before paying someone to cart yours off to the landfill, check out these nine harmonious reinterpretations.
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5 Things to Do with... Old Barrels
What makes an old wine barrel so irresistibly charming? Is it the unique shape, the warm tones of the wood, the weath...
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Architectural Salvage 101
Architects, designers, and homeowners are increasingly on the hunt for salvage materials whose superior grade and cha...
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Sorting Waste After Remodeling
Homeowners who plan to undertake a do-it-yourself job should know the difference between waste and salvageable buildi...
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The Beauty of Reclaimed Lumber
Reclaimed LumberGorgeous rediscovered and recovered woods are being offered by fine mills and merchants throughout th...
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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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5 Things to Do with... Picture Frames
It's a fact of life: Everyone has at least one old or unused picture frame. Some folks have dozens laying around. Whe...
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5 Things to Do with... Lattice
Diamond-slatted lattice—it's as iconic as, and perhaps more often seen than, white picket fences. While primarily mea...
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From the Community: Repurposing the Fire Pit
Well, after 3 years of collecting mosquito larva on the back patio, I thought it was about time to make some use out of ...
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9 Lampshades You Can Make Before Lights Out
If you have a tired table lamp, a lackluster lantern, or a pooped-out pendant, take inspiration (and instruction) from these fresh and easy DIY ideas—and let ther...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Luggage
I'm always swooning over the charming old luggage I see at flea markets and thrift stores around New York City. Clear...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pallet Recycling
Everything from grocery store shipments to construction deliveries involves using a forklift to pick up and move a he...
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5 Things to Do with... Burlap
In the DIY decorating and design worlds, burlap is trending in a big way—and why shouldn't it be? Burlap's neutral co...
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Divide and Conquer: 14 Room Dividers to Bring Order to Your Space
A room divider can create privacy in a small space, or define new areas in a large, open space. The beauty of the room divider, as opposed to a wall, is its imperm...
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12 "Off the Wall" Places to Put Wallpaper
Before you discard leftover wallpaper, consider using it to decorate bookcases, lampshades, chairs, and more.
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5 Things to Do with... Used Books
Does your apartment look more like the stock room at Barnes and Noble? Well, you're not alone: At one point or anothe...
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Wicker Gone Wild: 10 Easy Ways to Transform Old into New
If your wicker furniture has seen better days, transform it into whimsical but useful accents for your home or garden.
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5 Things to Do with... Gutters
Spring is a great time of year to clean the accumulated debris from your gutters—and perhaps even replace gutters tha...
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Make Your Own Wine Cork Magnet Planters
My less-than-stellar track record with plants has been well documented here. On the blog. I’ve even resorted to m...
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5 Unexpected Ways to Use a Vintage Coat Rack
For the most part, free-standing coat racks are a thing of the past. They belong to a time when closets were only dee...
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5 Things to Do with... Tin Cans
Tin cans are like air—they're all around us. Most families go through several cans each week, and some even use that ...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Tires
Walking through my Brooklyn neighborhood this past weekend, I spied an interesting structure on the sidewalk. Someone...
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5 Things to Do with... Chopsticks
Every single drawer in your apartment is overflowing with chopsticks. Sure, you could toss a few pair in the trash. B...
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10 New Uses for Old Doors
With imagination and elbow grease, you can transform that old door into a one-of-a-kind piece that's both useful and beautiful.
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5 Things to Do with... Tin Ceiling Tiles
Many of us know tin ceiling tiles as the reasonably priced domestic cousin of European plasterwork. Ubiquitous in Vic...
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10 Inspired DIY Planters to Dress Up Your Garden
Why put your plants in a boring pot, when you can make your own unique planter with materials you may already have on hand?
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5 Things to Do with... Maps
Whether you've been bitten by the travel bug or merely want to give the impression of being well-traveled, maps lend ...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Silverware
Silverware is so much more than simply the source of your next bite.  After all, if you tap a knife on a glass of cha...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reclaimed Wood
Imagine bringing the quality and charm of eighteenth-century wood planks into your home today. With reclaimed wood, y...
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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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5 Things to Do with... Hardware Cloth
Hardware cloth is a small, sturdy mesh product sold in rolls at your local hardware store or home center. Made from m...
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5 Things to Do with... String Lights
String lights are always associated with the holidays, but what if you use 'em in April or September? Well, they look...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Waste Removal
One of the biggest challenges of any remodeling project or basement clean-out is figuring out how to get rid of const...
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10 Things to Do with... Cross-Cut Trees
Cross-sections of a tree branch are all that keep you away from a house full of one-of-a-kind rustic, woodsy decor.
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5 Things to Do with... Pine Cones
This time of year, if you take a walk through an area with pine trees, you’ll find pine cones nearly blanketing the g...
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Bob Vila Radio: Recycling Carpet
Did you know that wall-to-wall carpet from just one standard 12 x 15 ft room takes 8 gallons of oil and 900,000 BTUs ...
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Easy DIY: How to Cut Glass Wine Bottles
The other day my roommate came home from IKEA with a pack of 100 tea lights. One hundred. To be fair, my roommate als...
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5 Things to Do with... Globes
It's hard to hate a globe. Whether you're going for an around-the-world vibe or an homage to your second-grade classr...
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16 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood in Your Home
These days, everyone tries hard to subscribe to the 3R’s— Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Home design is all over that trend, and has its own 3R’s— Recycle, Repurpose, Re...
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Say Yes to Salvaged Wood
When you enter my neighbor’s house, you are greeted with a warm wall of rustic and variegated wood. Framed in the cen...
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5 Things to Do with... Empty Wine Bottles
Wine bottles, though made of glass, are actually quite strong. For durability and as a safety precaution, manufacture...
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5 Things to Do with... Straw Bales
Straw bales aren’t just for horses and hayrides anymore! This perennial sign of fall has become decorating and garden...
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5 Things to Do with... Bottle Caps
“I wish I had more leftover bottle caps!” is not something you’re likely to hear anybody say. Given the abundance of ...
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Hanging with Kinetic Sculptor Elayna Toby Singer
When artist Elayna Toby Singer contemplates a new mixed media assemblage, she pieces together objects from both natur...
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How To: Turn Wine Bottles into Romantic Lanterns
Whenever I hesitate before throwing out something useless, like an expired coupon or an old magazine, I think to myse...
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20 "Why Didn't I Think of That" Ways to Decorate with Rope
'Knot' just for sailing fanatics or decorating summer beach houses anymore, rope has found its way into homes of ever...
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5 Things to Do with... Cinder Blocks
Cinder blocks: They are inexpensive, reliable, and strong but are light enough to be easily used in DIY projects. The...
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Fresh Pastry Stand: New Business from Old Housewares
Whether making cake stands or candles, Fresh Pastry Stand's Deva Mirel finds inspiration in the vintage kitchen and i...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Deconstruction, Not Demolition
Deconstruction is the new demolition.  CM_BVNOTES-1235-6 Recycled Bldg ProductsListen to BOB VILA ON DECONSTRUCTION, ...
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5 Things to Do with... Beadboard
Beadboard is a classic wall paneling commonly associated with New England and Cape Cod-style houses and country decor...
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5 Things to Do with... Apple Crates
Wooden crates used to be the way to get everything to market, from fruit and produce to soda bottles. These days, tho...
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Lamon Luther: Reclaiming Lumber... and Lives
Compassion, faith, and hope are not intrinsically wired into the furniture business, but Lamon Luther, a fledgling ma...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Bicycles
The old adage goes, "It's like riding a bike. " Meaning of course that cycling becomes so integrated into your muscle...
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Bob Vila Radio: Salvaged Treasure
Now that folks are more conscious about not sending everything to the landfill, and there are even tax incentives for...
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5 Things to Do... with Vintage Ladders
Chances are that, languishing in your basement or garage, you have an old wooden ladder splattered with coats of pain...
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Tyler Vendituoli: Repurposed Art
As the owner of this blog and as someone that usually posts about things construction and the home, I take today to show ...
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5 Things to Do with... Mason Jars
Might I tell you my very favorite thing about the ever-versatile mason jar? The design has remained essentially uncha...
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How To: Have a Yard Sale
Take advantage of the warm weather by holding a yard sale to clear the clutter and maximize your home’s space potenti...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Windows
Vintage windows are much easier to come by than you might think. Before the salvage craze became mainstream, windows ...
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5 Things to Do with... Shipping Pallets
You’ve likely seen wood shipping pallets piled up next to dumpsters outside local stores. Once the pallet has done it...
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5 Things to Do with... Wood Shutters
If you are a fan of salvage, like I am, you will understand what delight I felt upon discovering these weathered, blu...
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Bob Vila Radio: Deconstruction
Deconstruction is the new demolition. Instead of gutting a project and sending the whole shebang to a landfill, more ...
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Quick Tip: Recycle Building Materials
Think Before You Toss Deconstruction is the new demolition. Instead of gutting a project and sending the whole sheban...
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10 DIY Pipe Fitting Projects (No Plumbing Required)
Many contractors and home improvement experts will say, "Homeowners and DIYers should try anything, except for electr...
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Turning a Frown Upside Down: Repurposing Bricks to Make a Walkway
No one likes cleaning up after a storm. But when the storm causes structural damage to your home, the cleanup process...
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A Starbucks Christmas Carol
Every time I look in my wastebasket at work, there is a Starbucks coffee cup, sip lid, and thermal cup sleeve (or if ...
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Salvaging Starbucks for the Holidays
Turn your empty Starbucks cups into holiday ornaments full of cheer.
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CANstruction: A Can-Do Design Competition
Highlights from the 19th-annual Canstruction Competition, hosted in New York City.
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Fighting Hunger—Can by Can
At the 19th Annual Canstruction Design/Build Competition—an art show and food drive benefiting City Harvest—some of N...
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Great Places to Buy Architectural Salvage
Here are just a few listings of the antique fairs, flea markets, reclaimed lumber businesses, nonprofits, and archite...
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Aviation Aesthetics: Second Flights for Salvaged Aircraft
Designers are putting salvaged aircraft to fun and innovative home use.
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Get Jet: The 747 Wing House
There is a new residence in the Malibu hills constructed mostly from an old airplane. Consisting of a main house and ...
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10 Reasons to Love Architectural Salvage
A sample of what you can find shopping for architectural salvage.
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Shedding "New Light" on Recycling: Innovative Eco-Friendly Fixtures from Graypants
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City ...
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Reviewing the Addition's Footprint and Garage Doors and Laying Down the Second-Story Floor
The new addition's footprint is essentially a whole other house, yet it will integrate visually with a matching roofline to the existing house. New technologies h...
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Tour a Salvaged Home with the Latest Green Technologies
Architect Mary Kennedy and Bob tour her Georgian Colonial family home in Westchester County, NY. After a flood ruined the house, the challenge was to salvage and ...
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Removing Unwanted Junk and Debris
Bob discusses the best ways to discard debris and unwanted items before starting a renovation.
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Building a Retaining Wall, Front Steps, and Backyard Patio With Stone
Stone workers install a granite retaining wall, replace a front walkway, and build a backyard patio.
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Interior Demolition for Warehouse Conversion
Bob meets with the construction foreman to discuss the demolition work that's underway. Having removed the elevator shaft, the crew plans to move ahead by taking ...
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Artist Community in DUMBO
Bob pays a visit to Jane Walentas, a member of the artistic community in DUMBO.
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Discussing Controlled Demolition in a High-Rise
Project supervisor Dave Southard of DS Woodworks explains why high-rise demolition is different from demolition work that takes place elsewhere. Also, Southard la...
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New York Brownstone Development & Design
Bob introduces an 1890s Brownstone on New York City's Upper West Side.
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Reviewing the Architectural Floor Plans for the Brownstone Remodel
Reviewing the architectural floor plans for the Brownstone remodel, salvaging the vintage sink, and removing asbestos tile uncovered at the start of demolition.
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Installing a Reclaimed Heart Pine Floor
Carpenter Bob Ryley and contractor Grady Garrett install a reclaimed Yellow Pine hardwood floor.
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Installing a Reclaimed Pine Floor
Bob Riley and Howard Brickman install a reclaimed hard pine floor. The orientation of the boards is explained, and the moisture content of the subfloor is checked...
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Tour of the Completed Workout Area
Bob takes a final tour of the home workout area, discussing the tub surround and the new exercise equipment.
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Kitchen Demolition
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton review and demolish the original kitchen cabinets. Bob then visits a salvage yard to view the turn-of-the-century cabinets purcha...
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Rebuilding the Deck With Salvaged Lumber
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley rebuild the deck in the rear of the addition using salvaged lumber from the demolition.
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Salvaged Brick Hearth
Bob watches as the mason lays a new hearth in the old fireplace using salvaged Charleston brick.
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Installing a Salvaged Door
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a salvaged door on the side of the dream garage, which is undergoing construction.
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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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Picture Window Installation
A window is recycled during the remodeling process and placed back into the frame of the new addition. Bob explains the reason for recycling and assists with the ...
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Combining Two Double-Hung Windows
Two recycled windows are used to create one large window. Once carpenter Bob Ryley demolishes the old frame, supports are installed to hold up the new combined wi...
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Recycling a Hardwood Floor
Flooring contractor Leo Boudreau shows Bob how to recycle hardwood flooring. First, the floor must be salvaged. A pry bar is used to lift and remove the wood, pie...
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Shopping the Architectural Salvage Yard
Bob shops an architectural salvage yard for used, inexpensive doors and bathroom vanities.
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The Merchandise Mart
Bob heads to the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, the largest wholesale design center in the city, to see a selection of bathroom fixtures at K & B Galleries...
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Lowering the "Ell" Onto the Foundation
The crew lowers the recycled "ell" onto the new foundation with a crane.
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Shopping for Appliances
Bob compares kitchen appliances at the Irv Wolfson Showroom, part of Chicago's Merchandise Mart.
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Touring Salvage One Architectural Warehouse
Bob travels to Chicago’s South Side to tour the Salvage One architectural warehouse with Anne Steinweddel.
Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Need a window and a door in a tight space? A Dutch door with a window may be your answer. These useful doors are split hor... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... Repurpose birthday hats to create a string of lanterns for your porch, patio, or garden. Cut the tip of the cone, punch h... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
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