DIY Pencil Dish Rack
Cinder Block Console
With do-it-yourselfers having spent the last few years on a repurposing binge, it was only a matter of time before they rediscovered cinder blocks, perhaps the grandaddy of all utilitarian, versatile, and readily available building materials. Here, plywood and cinder blocks combine to make shelving of beautiful simplicity.
Emily Henderson, a veritable titan of the DIY sphere, showed how excruciatingly easy it can be to build an end table with svelte, modern lines and subdued, refined style. Though furniture stores sell similarly industrial chic pieces for hundreds of dollars, you can make your own for double-digit dollars.
Leather Strap Shelving
Time to ditch the boring brackets and opt for a simple but sleek look. With just a few strips of leather and a piece of wood, you can make your own shelf in a matter of hours. The best part, all those old leather belts at the bottom of your closet can finally be put to use.
Penny for Your Thoughts
Update a plain-Jane mirror for just pennies—literally. Glue coins to the existing frame (or around the perimeter of a frameless mirror), and the variegated copper tones will do the rest of the work to create a luxe statement.
Move over, staplers, and make room for the liveliest desktop organization: a set of terrariums. Now you can file important paperwork and books between globes of greenery. Glue mason jar lids to the wooden base of a bookend, fill the jars with moss and clippings, then seal it up to sit (and grow) in your office.
Time and again, we saw that what's old was new again in 2014. And that's never more true than with old kitchen gadgets. Transform an old grater into a pendant light by adding a bulb and cord set—and you're done! To get the ambient light in the photo, use a low-watt or yellow bulb.
For more DIY inspiration, try:
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!