DIY Birch Vase

diy birch vase

This is a simple woodworking project that just about anyone at all handy can do. Cut a fairly straight piece of birch to your desired length/height for the vase. Then use a forstner, spade or tri-flute style bit to bore out the center of the wood, leaving at least 1.5 inches at the bottom, particularly if you’re not using a forstner bit. Great for your own home decor or as an inexpensive, beautiful custom gift.

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Rating: 3 (from 5 votes)

Stainless Steel Contact Paper Dishwasher Makeover

stainless steel contact paper

If your dishwasher works well but just needs a little aesthetic help, a few dollars worth of stainless steel contact paper can make a huge visual transformation. A credit card helps with working out any bubbles during application. For more details, photos and tips on this dishwasher makeover, visit the link.

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Make a Cool LED Lamp from Recycled CDs

Here’s a great way to finally put your “ancient”, unwanted CD’s into action. A stack of old CD’s and a few basic items (all costing less than $20) can turn into a stylish and unique lamp. The video covers both a table-top and hanging version. Keep in mind the hanging version will need a solid ceiling anchor as a tall stack of CD’s tends to be pretty heavy.

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Simple, Fast, Inexpensive and Stylish Photo Wall Decor

Decorating a wall with photos (your own, or decorative / vintage photos) doesn’t have to involve the hassle of photo framing, cutting custom mats, hammering big anchors into the wall, etc. Check out this clever decorator hack involving no more than your photos, twine, binder clips and a couple tacks. Full details and more photos via the link.

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Rating: 5 (from 9 votes)

Stylishly Hide Your Router With an Old Book

Let’s face it, even the most svelte routers are ugly. This clever decor hack takes advantage of an old book you might have laying around (or you can pick one up at a used book store). Obviously, this should be a book you don’t mind destroying in the name of a more stylish home. For the step-by-step details on how to carve out the book and make your router look like it should be featured in a home design magazine, check out the source site.

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Rating: 13 (from 17 votes)

Hide Ugly Electronics With Art

This works great for alarm control panels and other electronics that don’t meet your aesthetic sensibilities. If you plan to hide a thermostat this way, make sure air can still freely get to it, or consider installing a remote temperature sensor. Find a canvas you like, 2-4 narrow hinges (depending on size/weight of the art) and mount the hinges to the wall as desired. A small level is key for this project. If you’re hanging on drywall, we’d recommend trying to mount the hinges to a stud if layout allows. For full details on this project, please visit the link above.

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Rating: 3 (from 5 votes)