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Best of the Web Wednesday: DIY Alchemy on a Budget

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There’s nothing better than extraordinary transformations.

These 4 projects show you why imagination is the key ingredient to DIY.

I’m flat-out impressed by Gail, Carrie, Ashley, Melissa & Stephanie.


How to Make a Headboard for Under $30

How to Make a Headboard

I wish I had half the talent of Ashley. It’s hard to believe she got the fabric for $3.99.


Large DIY Outdoor Christmas Trees on the Cheap

DIY Outdoor Christmas Trees on the Cheap

If you’re looking for a kid friendly holiday project that spruces up your entryway check out what Melissa and Stephanie did.


Change a Closet into an Office

Closet Turned Office

To say I love Carrie’s new office would be an understatement. The wood plank wall is way cool.


Repurpose a Dresser  into a Bench

Make a Bench out of a Dresser

Gail shows you how to repurpose this dresser into a bench and I can’t wait to see what color she paints it!!


Question of the Day: Would you be willing to “dumpster dive” for a cool project? 

I’m still using a filing cabinet my good friend and I took off the street over 15 years ago. Hey, it still works and I got it for free. Life is good.

Have a great over the hump day!!

Jeff Patterson




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8 comments… add one

  • Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus December 4, 2013, 9:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing my headboard! Oh, and I probably wouldn’t dumpster dive, but I definitely will pick up things off the side of the road. =)

    • Jeff Patterson December 4, 2013, 9:09 AM

      Keep up the great work Ashley. I agree, I’d pull stuff off the street before literally diving into a dumpster :)

      • chris aka monkey December 4, 2013, 10:56 PM

        “dumpster diving” i always say i am a dumpster diver but i have not ever actually been in a dumpster….. i have gone out looking on the night before trash day to see what would be going into a dumpster that i might redo though and have found some pretty incredible stuff xx

        • Jeff Patterson December 5, 2013, 7:07 AM

          It is pretty interesting to see what you can find. Like a DIY scavenger hunt. I’ve seen perfectly good doors, desks, cabinets…. Now you’ve got me wanting to do this tonight, it’s garbage day tomorrow ;)

  • Steve December 5, 2013, 4:20 PM

    I really like the idea of turning an unused closet into an office. Thanks for sharing these ideas! And I don’t mind looking around dumpsters for some diy materials.

    • Jeff Patterson December 5, 2013, 4:23 PM

      I love that project too. It looks great. Yep, I’d be okay rummaging through tossed items to find something that can be salvaged. Half full construction dumpsters have a lot if potential :)

  • Jan Elizabeth December 7, 2013, 1:16 PM

    Some fabulous projects here! I’ve picked up things from the side of the road, and once something that was leaning between the dumpster and the wall, but never actually gone into the dumpster. ;)

    • Jeff Patterson December 7, 2013, 1:39 PM

      Lol, I’m mostly opposed to dumpster diving due to rusty nails and strange cats. But anything on the street is fair game. It’s crazy what you’ll find.

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