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DIY Inspiration

How-to projects, upgrades and repairs for hands-on home improvers from This Old House and Hometalk.

A husband and wife team of DIYers cobbled together salvaged parts, custom trim, and off-the-shelf furniture feet to create this one-of-a-kind desk to match their cottage decor.

See how one Hometalker transformed her standard queen sized bed frame. You will not believe the results!

Repairing Damaged Veneer She tells you how to repair or fix furniture! This helps the people who are learning ... I didn't write this but many people who redo furniture don't give you all the insight and their knowledge!

One Kings Lane shows how to create this gorgeous DIY canopy bed with simple hardware and a few extra-long sheer curtains. And all it takes is a short afternoon.

31 ways to use vinyl stencils on everything from the stairs to your mirror.

Cool IKEA kitchen hack: Just add paint and a Carrara marble top!

Fantastic ideas to make your standard patio doors look classy and expensive.

Your old ceiling fan, but better! Improve this workaday fixture without spending as much as a new one costs in 3 easy steps! @Rust-Oleum U.S.

A window cornice adds a strong dose of architectural character to any room and at the same time conceals mounting hardware for drapes or blinds. Use poplar boards and primed-pine crown molding to create your own. | Photo: Ryan Benyi

Use a paint can to shade a lamp: Snip off the handle of a large can with wire cutters; remove the bottom with a can opener. Drill small holes in the metal sides, following any design you like, then paint. Cut a disk out of hardware cloth to fit snugly inside the can; cut a smaller circle, large enough to fit a lamp socket without a harp, out of the disk's center. Fit the disk inside the can. Rest the shade on the socket. | Photo: Ryan Benyi

For an inexpensive DIY curtain rod alternative, consider using galvanized pipe. Great for an industrial look or a boy's room. Seen here from DimplesandTangles... | thisoldhouse.com

I renovated my kitchen on a strict budget, and it only cost me $93 to completely transform my kitchen from bland builder-grade oak to bright white.