Cut the legs off an old dresser and turn it into a bench with storage. Clever!
I bought a $12 dining room sideboard at Goodwill. I followed these instructions, and it looked just like it came from Pottery Barn. I gave it to my daughter, Kate, for her loft apartment. She says everyone who comes in raves about the piece, and wants to know where she bought it! They flip when she tells them her mom made it on the cheap! Whataya know, moms aren't all that dumb...
Tutorial: How to achieve the Pottery Barn Black Finish