100 Ideas Furniture Makeovers Magazine Review

As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I like to look for creative inspiration not just in the crafting community, but also in the DIY and interior design communities.  Now, I have no decorating bone in my body, but I really enjoy watching interior designers at work, especially on shows like the Live Well Network’s Knock It Off!, where childhood best buds, Monica Mangin and Jess Jackson, of East Coast Creative blog fame, tackle the design dilemmas of their clients with a limited budget.  Not only do I love seeing a ho-hum/plain jane room transformed, but more importantly – at least for me – I love to see these two ladies’ creativity at work with their DIY projects.  When you are working with a limited budget, you have to rely more on your creativity to get the job done, and I am constantly blown away by Monica’s and Jess’s talents.

Another source of creative inspiration for me is the Roadkill Rescue blog, run by Beckie Farrant.  Every day, Beckie scours the internet for upcycling and repurposing ideas and projects for the home and features the best of the best on her blog.  Many of the projects involve taking an old, discarded piece of furniture and making it new again.  You can see my very favorite projects that have been featured on the Roadkill Rescue blog on my Pinterest board here.

Anyway, watching and reading about all these creative DIY folks has gotten me really interested in budget interior design.  Recently, while at Jo-Ann looking for supplies for a wreath project (more to come at a later date), I checked out the magazine rack there and came across this magazine, 100 Ideas Furniture Makeovers, from Better Homes and Gardens:

100 Ideas Furniture Makeovers magazine from Better Homes and Gardens

100 Ideas Furniture Makeovers magazine from Better Homes and Gardens

It’s actually in its second printing, so popular was it when it first came out.  And I can see why.  It is chock full of ingenious ideas to re-use and re-purpose inexpensive furniture pieces to make them uniquely your own.  Some of my favorite ideas follow.

A canopy created from sheer curtain panels attached to a ceiling medallion,

DIY canopy of sheer curtain panels

A simple DIY canopy made out of sheer curtain panels

a tufted, upholstered headboard made using a bench cushion suspended from a wooden trim piece,

Easy DIY tufted upholstered headboard

The look of a tufted upholstered headboard without the hassle

a wooden barstool turned plant stand, trimmed with jute roping,

DIY plant stand made with a jute rope trimmed barstool

DIY plant stand made with a jute rope trimmed barstool.  I can do this!

three stacked step stools turned into a bookcase,

Adds more interest to a room than just a plain bookcase

Stacked step stools add more interest to a room than just a plain bookcase

a headboard featuring storage space, made from a bunch of repurposed old drawers,

DIY storage shelf headboard made with old drawers

This DIY headboard also adds interest to a bedroom wall, while providing storage at the same time.

a gift-wrapping station made from an old washtub,

DIY gift wrapping station made out of an old washtub

Can you believe this was made out of an old, converted washtub?

a contained playroom made from a rehabbed computer armoire,

A perfect way to contain toys and playthings

A perfect way to organize and contain toys and playthings

and a gardener’s workstation created out of a basic potting bench:

Dressed-up potter's bench

A gardener’s “play station”

These are just some of the many ideas featured in 100 Ideas Furniture Makeovers.

What types of home interior projects inspire you?  Besides craft magazines and books, where else do you look for creative inspiration?  Please share in the comments.


About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose – to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.


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2 Responses to 100 Ideas Furniture Makeovers Magazine Review

  1. Hiromi October 23, 2014 at 1:31 am #

    I love the old suits cases under the bed and drawers as a headboard! I probably would not put a lot of things that can fall onto our head in case of earthquake, but maybe use them as frames. Great idea!

    • Serena Y Lee October 24, 2014 at 4:32 am #

      Yes, I love the clever storage spaces, too. I agree about the whole earthquake thing. We Californians have to always consider that, although there is this museum putty that you can place on the bottom of objects to help keep them from falling off shelves, but it is still a risk!

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