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Create Beautiful Waves by Pouring on Paint

By using this easy and unusual technique, you can transform surfaces and create masterpieces just by pouring on paint.  Think of this project as finger painting for adults! See how much fun it can be to give old furniture a fresh and beautiful look that resembles waves, the sky or even one of Monet’s famous […]

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The World is Your Oyster: Use Maps to Refresh Old Items

When thinking about upcycling items, take the road to success by using maps.  Turn blank slates into eye-catching spaces by decoupaging lampshades and canvases with these traveling tools featuring your favorite place or hometown. Ability level:  Moderate Age Level:  Teens and adults Items needed: Lampshades Canvases Maps Modge Podge Paintbrush Scissors Pen or marker Spray paint (optional) […]

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3 Ways to Revamp a Lampshade Using Upcycled Clothing

See the light by giving an old lampshade a new look with a scarf or blouse.  So many great ways to transform it…here are three ideas resulting in totally different looks. Ability level:  Moderate to advanced Age Level:  Older teens and adults  Items needed: A lamp with shade A scarf or blouse 1 can of […]

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Furniture and Fabric—A Perfect Fit! 

Goodwill is one of my favorite furniture stores, but did you know it is an awesome fabric store too?  I found a little bench in the Furniture section at my local Goodwill store recently. I liked the cute shape and size, but the fabric looked like it belonged in the waiting room of a doctor’s office. I […]

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Skip the Canvas, Paint a Table Top Instead

Think outside the box: rather than using a canvas to express your artistic talents or practice your painting skills, consider using a table top to unleash your creativity while making a truly unique piece at the same time.   Ability level:  Easy Age Level:  Kids (with some supervision) and adults  Items needed: Wooden coffee or end […]

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Glass Platters Add Flair as Artsy Bird Baths

An upcycled glass platter is sure to capture the attention of birds as well as your family, friends, and neighbors when it steps up as a functional art piece and bird bath.   Move these glass platters from the coffee table or buffet into your yard or garden where they will be eye-catching centerpieces. Ability level:  Easy […]


Create a Bistro Set from Mismatched Furniture

Enjoy your morning coffee, read a book, or sip an evening glass of wine on this eye-catching bistro set created from a mismatched pair of chairs and small dinette table.  To celebrate Mother Nature and make this a one-of-a-kind set, use plant leaves as stencils and paint colors in various shades of green. Ability level:  Moderate […]

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One Upcycled Typewriter Table, Many Cool Uses

Just because typewriters are a thing of the past, doesn’t mean those tables that held them have to be put out to pasture, too.  With some paint and some vision, you can easily give a typewriter table a new purpose as a mini-bar, bistro table or even a place your laptop. Ability level:  Easy Age Level:  Teens and […]

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Upcycled Coat or Hat Racks from a Bedframe

Turn a blank wall into a friendly place to hang coats and hats with these eye-catching racks upcycled from parts of a bed and dresser.  These unique pieces are also great in your kitchen, bathroom, foyer or bedroom and will give you a memorable place to hang items.   Ability level:  Advanced   Age Level:  Adults or […]

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Paint the Town With Chalk Paint DIY Adventure

For several years now, I’ve always wanted to embark on my very own, relatively high-effort, DIY project. Especially one involving transforming a useful piece of furniture seen at Goodwill into something I could envision in my own bedroom. I’ve tried to paint counter tops and other small items in the past but the projects were […]

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