20 Wonderfully Inventive DIY Projects by Houzzers

Home dwellers can show great creativity when faced with less-than-ideal circumstances such as a tight budget, a small space or a boring rental. Even the most mundane and unexpected items — FedEx boxes, mason jars, metal salad bowls and wine bottles — find second lives as decor in their hands. Take a look at these 20 creative DIYs and get inspired for your next weekend project.
contemporary kitchen by Andrew Snow Photography

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1. Salvaged storage for basement appliances. This old, peeling door was cut into three separate hinged sections to fit into this basement kitchen nook. The sections open to reveal the refrigerator, freezer and microwave.

See this house: Creative Moves Turn a Toronto Basement Into a Stylish Rental

contemporary living room by Emily Campbell

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2. Flying-carpet coffee table. The illusion of this fantastic flying-carpet table adds a little bit of magic to this DIY-heavy apartment. A small Persian rug rests on top of a piece of plywood. Once removed, the plywood reveals a small wooden coffee table with a built-in wine cooler.

See this house: Ultimate Live-Work Space Adapts to the Needs of the Day

eclectic staircase by Megan Buchanan

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3. Wallpapered stair risers. Leftover wallpaper and vintage address numbers pasted onto this Vancouver staircase risers make for a fun, interactive way for the homeowner’s young daughter to learn to count.

See this house: Quirky, Colorful Vancouver Heritage Home

eclectic home office by Rikki Snyder

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4. Colorful cardboard-box wallpaper. A collection of old FedEx boxes went to good use for this wall covering — each box was cut into several shapes, layered on the wall and hand painted.

See this house: An Antique Cape Cod House Explodes With Color

contemporary exterior by Shannon Malone

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5. Outdoor-friendly wine-bottle light fixture. This homeowner made an outdoor light fixture out of empty wine bottles and a steel bar. Edison bulbs alternate with tea lights for extra charm.

See this house: Eclectic, Artistic Rented House in Ojai

modern powder room by Andrew Snow Photography

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6. DIY salad-bowl sink.A sturdy stainless steel salad bowl fit the bill for a modern and affordable sink in this home. The bottom of the bowl was simply drilled through for the plumbing.

See this house: Creative Open-Concept Home in Toronto

eclectic entry by Valerie McCaskill Dickman

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7. Free-form wallpaper substitute. This homeowner took a time- and money-saving approach to her wall decor — instead of hanging wallpaper, she painted a simple circular pattern, inspired by a favorite designer.

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Source: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/12485661/list/20-Wonderfully-Inventive-DIY-Projects-by-Houzzers

By: Vanessa Brunner


Orson B.Klender,  Associate Broker

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