From My DIY Inspiration Files

March 11, 2010

The Special Interest Publications by Better Homes & Gardens are one of my all time favorite go to resources for DIY ideas.  Today, I thought I’d pass along some of the ideas from my inspiration files that I think are completely fabulous. 

Enjoy ! 

How cool is this idea to wallpaper the drawers of a dresser with a little decoupage ?

bhg wallpapered dresser


Sew a half dozen sheer napkins together for a cafe curtain, and add charm with mismatched flatware as curtain hooks !

bhg napkin panel


Add a pop of color to your pantry by sewing kitchen towels into basket liners. 

bhg kitchen towel liners


Jazz up your summer table by hot gluing decorative items like sea glass (or vintage buttons, glass gems, etc.) to plain napkin rings.

bhg sea glass napkin ring


Transform the drab into the fab by backing an ordinary bookshelf with wallpaper and replacing the wood shelves with glass.  Très chic !

bhg wallpaper lined bookcase


Refashion a shutter and some brackets into a one-of-a-kind shelf and coat rack for your entry. 

bhg shutter shelf


Add vintage charm with skeleton keys mounted to an embroidery hoop backed with scrap paper or wallpaper remnants.  Very creative !

bhg keys in hoop


Float stock cabinets off the wall, remove two doors, then add a pop of color to the remaining door fronts.  I love the crafty clock made out of foam core, paper secured with spray adhesive, chipboard numbers and an clock making kit.   So fun !

bhg diy clock and cubes


Got a great vintage piece of cloth but you’ll never wear the outdated piece ?  Refashion it into shams and an accent pillow.  Brilliant !

bhg retro pillow


Create a sheer canopy with panels and a ceiling medallion centered above a bed. 

bhg ceiling medallion


Use garden hanging baskets mounted low in a kid’s room to corral toys and books.  Be sure to secure to your wall studs !

bhg hanging planters


Build a unique pencil holder out of rosettes from the lumber department !  Or how about this – fill a pair of them with sand, top it with another rosette, and you’d have a perfect set of original bookends.

bhg molding pencil holder


Add interest to a plain vase by using painter’s tape to create your design, then  sponging on some colored glass paint. 

bhg painted glass


Convert an old fashioned end table into a modern file cart and tool storing station.  This is genius ! 

bhg file cart


Add a touch of garden themed whimsy to your kitchen by bringing in a trellis and displaying your kitchen utensils. 

bhg trellis


Another plain shelf is given new life with fresh paint, contrasting scalloped molding, and decorative paper secured to the back.  You can spot the ‘Before’ in the bottom corner. 

bhg shelf after 

All images courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications. 

Aren’t these the most fabulous ideas ?   Which one is your favorite ?

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