Upcycled Waste Basket Lamp

Upcycled Waste Basket Lamp

A couple summers ago I did a series of upcycled lamps from cheap parts found in thrift stores, but didn’t finish this lamp in time to add to the earlier post. I’d painted the base in greens and oranges (using the same Porcelaine paint I used on my shoes)...
Make a Chandelier out of Hangers

Make a Chandelier out of Hangers

I am so excited about this project! I first saw a chandelier made out of hangers about a month ago in a store window downtown and thought it was crystal. On close inspection, it was made out of clear acrylic hangers. I went home and looked on the Internet for more...
Prettiest Non-Professional Wing Chair Upholstery Ever

Prettiest Non-Professional Wing Chair Upholstery Ever

This is the chair I’ve been dreading to reupholster ever since I brought it home from someone’s trash. In fact, the reason I did the front loader bearing repair job was to warm-up to this nightmare of a DIY project. Was it harder than the washer repair...
Non-Professional Chair Upholstery at Home

Non-Professional Chair Upholstery at Home

Well, here is my first real upholstery job. If you recall, the previous chair upholstery project was done over the old fabric. This time I did it “right”–or as right as a non-professional can. A professional upholsterer would be shocked, I’m...
Upcycle a Fluorescent Shop Light

Upcycle a Fluorescent Shop Light

I’m in the process of updating our small laundry room/mudroom on a tight budget, and I had to figure out a way to make the ugly fluorescent light fixture look good with what we had instead of buying a newer, prettier fixture. My solution? Paint and hang old CDs...
Alternative Wind Energy from Bicycle Parts

Alternative Wind Energy from Bicycle Parts

This summer has been a whirlwind of projects using either PVC or bicycle parts or both. After making the deer deterrent with two bicycle wheels and the hand-pump water gun with PVC, I wondered if I could combine the two into an energy-saving, wind-powered water pump....