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Refurbishing a Changing Table


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Garden-Print Stenciled Tabletop


Roomy Vanity and Triptych Mirror

Other Ideas:
Bedroom, Decorating
Yes, a starlet uses one to prep for her close-up, but vanities are good for more than just, well, vanity. They store toiletries and keep jewelry organized (and having one means never fishing your mascara out of the sink). Most for-sale styles look a bit too glamour girl, but this smart, modern table is just right. You're welcome, dahhhhling.
  • Nightstands
  • Plate glass
  • Paint trim
  • 3 wood gallery frames, at least 20 inches tall
  • Mirrors cut to fit the frames (order from your local glass supplier)
  • 4 one-inch hinges

Pieced Pillows


Bookcase Armoire

  • Paint (optional)
  • 2 bookcases with adjustable shelves
  • Rectangular piece of wood (for desk extension): the same thickness as a shelf, 1/2 inch shorter than the length of a shelf, no more than 14 inches wide
  • Rectangular piece of pegboard (the length of a shelf with a height equal to the space between the desk shelf and the shelf above)
  • Four 1-by-2-inch boards (for pegboard frame): 2 cut to the height of the pegboard and 2 cut to its length minus 3 inches
  • Hacksaw or jigsaw with a metal blade (to cut piano hinge)
  • 2 piano hinges (1 to attach bookcases and 1 to attach desk extension)
  • 5/8-inch screws (for hinges, if screws aren't included)
  • Electric drill
  • Screws that are 3/4 inch longer than the thickness of desk-side bookcase's back panel (to secure existing desk shelf and pegboard frame)
  • Lid stay or flap stay
  • Glass-bead or other molding (to secure Plexiglas), cut into strips: 5 pieces the length of a shelf, 8 pieces 2 1/2 inches long, and 2 pieces 8 1/2 inches long
  • Hand miter saw (to cut molding)
  • Hammer
  • 3-D 1-inch finish nails (to secure molding for Plexiglas)
  • 5 Plexiglas guards: 4 pieces cut 3 inches tall and to the length of a shelf and 1 piece cut 9 inches tall and to the length of a shelf
  • 3/4-inch screws (to attach pegboard to frame; for casters, if screws aren't included; and for L brackets, if using)
  • Draw-bolt latch or flush-mount lock (for armoire latch)
  • 8 casters (at least 1 inch)
  • Two 3-inch L brackets (to attach case to wall, optional)
  • Appropriate wall anchors and matching screws (for L brackets)

Faux-Caned Chair Cushions

  • Artists' acrylic paint from Utrecht (40 percent burnt umber, 40 percent white, 20 percent yellow ochre)
  • Stencil brush
  • Cotton duck (dark brown)
  • Caning lattice stencil from Designer Stencils (#3477)
  • Stencil tack (or any spray adhesive)
  • Stenciled fabric (four inches larger than seat)
  • 1-inch-thick foam (high-density polyurethane foam), cut slightly larger than plywood (1/8 inch all around)
  • Batting (4 inches larger than seat)
  • Plywood circle cut to fit seat (1/4 inch thick to 1/2 inch thick)
  • Staple gun
  • Cambric fabric

Dreamroom Canopy

Young crafters will always make workrooms of their bedrooms, and of the rest of the house as well, for that matter. With a little imagination and work, you can make a bedroom for your child that strikes the right balance between creativity and chaos; one that lets a child's imagination take wing.
  • Cotton voile
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Velcro strips
  • Staple gun
  • White canvas
  • 20-inch square of 1-inch plywood
  • Hot glue gun
  • Two 8-inch-long two-by-fours
  • Screws
  • Finnish washers
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hand drill

Decorative Painting on a Chair with Mark