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20 INSANELY SMART AND CREATIVE DIY FURNITURE HACKS TO START RIGHT NOW

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FEBRUARY 28, 2015

We are all passing through these uncertain times with a drop of care and insanity. We have to take our time to meditate, think and create anchors for ourselves and the ones around us. We have found DIY projects as being pieces of this anchor. By slowly upcycling and recycling as much as possible around us we strengthen our belief that small things do matter the most. We are shaping our small world as much as possible. Through simple backyard projects, DIY wall art projects,DIY furniture hacks and paper crafts alike we are becoming more of an individual than we were before. Different is good. Different is better. Be yourself and craft your way to happiness !

# 1.TRANSFORM 2 DINING ROOM CHAIRS IN A BENCH

Upcycle a couple of dinning room chairs in cozy and beautiful indoor or outdoor benches with ease. If you don`t feel up to the task call a friend or just paint the pieces and refresh them with a new look. You can find more details  here.

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Source & Instructions: An Oregon Cottage

# 2.OLD FILE CABINET CONVERTED TO GARAGE STORAGE

Everyone has stumbled across one of these metal cabinets at a certain point. You can take advantage of the huge hunk of metal and transform it in a side garage storage space for tools, rakes, shovels and other things that are usually laying around in your garage. Peg boards can be used at the sides to accommodate garage items. You can find the details here.

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Get the instructions here: Trash to Treasure

# 3. CREATE A KID’S CRAFT TABLE FROM A CRIB

At a certain point the crib will just occupy space in your home. If you have no relatives or friends that can make use of this crib you can transform it in a small craft table for your little loved ones. Be sure to personalize it and make it their own.

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Source & Instructions: A little Learning For Two

# 4. OLD TV UPCYCLED

These antique TV`s can barely be found anymore these days but if you find it, take it! You can make use of the extremely graphic and solid wood structures to make a hutch.

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Source & Instructions: Home Hinges

# 5. BOOKSHELF STORAGE BENCH

Probably the easiest furniture hack existent, this storage bench has been transformed from Ikea`s iconic bookshelves. Turn it over, craft the seat cushion, add wheels and voila !

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Get the Instructions here: Mommy Vignettes

# 6. SMART AND CREATIVE LEGO TABLE

Go treasure hunting and look for an old furniture piece that can be transformed with ease into a small piece of Lego Land.  The piece below is extremely good because it accommodates the basket when game time is done but we are sure you can find similar furniture pieces to nestle in your play room.

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Get the instructions here: Fussy Monkey Business

# 7. OLD TV UNIT CONVERTED INTO A PLAY KITCHEN

By creating this piece yourself you are able to customize the piece with colors and textures in an inexpensive manner. Just look at the small window in the transformed kitchen. You will need a good amount of patience to go with your creativity but this is without a doubt a great weekend project that can make your kid insanely happy. Full instructions here.

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Source & Instructions: Giggleberry Creations

# 8. DRESSER FLIP

By simply removing some drawers and few pieces of trim and wrapping everything in new clothes this old dresser has been updated; the diy`er managed to obtain a new set of aesthetic values through a new side piece or TV console. Details and instructions here.

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Get the instructions here: Two It Yourself

# 9. BUNK BED TO COAT RACK

New paint, a few hooks and you are good to go. You have a new set of coat racks that you can use in your mud room or entry hall. Moreover their depth can be used to obtain a small storage space by simply placing a board at the top. You can find more details here.

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Get the instructions here: My Repurposed Life

# 10. ICE CHEST MAKEOVER

Update your Ice Chest instead of replacing it. By positioning it higher above the ground you enhance its functionality and improve its life span. Now it can stay outside near your entertaining area again, keeping your drinks cold.

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Get the instructions here: Killer B Design

# 11. GRAND PIANO BOOKSHELF

Original bookshelves are quite rare mainly because designer furniture pieces are insanely expensive and huge retailers focus on practicality rather than design. There is one method to get both through: DIY projects. You can find old furniture pieces or bookshelves and transform them as you like. Underneath a piano has been converted in a graphic sculptural bookshelves. You can find all sorts ofbookshelves here. Draw inspiration and craft away!

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Get the instructions here Instructables

# 12. CRIB TO TODDLER BED

If the re-purposed crib to desk project is not helping you you can try and upgrade it into a toddler bed. Simple efficient and graphic.

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Get the instructions here: Adriel Booker

# 13. RUSTIC LOOK WITH A LADDER TOWEL RACK

World renowned furniture hack for its insane practicality : ladder towel rack. Grab some sand paper and a piece of paint that fits or contrasts your color scheme and transform your old ladder in your bathroom towel rack.

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Source: Funky Junk Interiors

# 14. VINTAGE BICYCLE SINK DESIGN

A bathroom can become the best room in your home with ease. Shelter vanity items that you have created or obtained in treasure hunts and refurbished. Make sure that every piece is extraordinary unique and it perfectly links with your taste. A bicycle sink can become a complementary item in your decor, shaping the space around it, giving it a direction and a very vintage like appeal.

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Source: The Benjamin Collection

# 15. REPURPOSED STOOL

Architects have already found this craft by now and they store their rolled projects like they should. You can now store your wrapping paper and craft supplies in harmony too. Turn a stool into the perfect storage option. Add wheels for mobility and roll your way into great craft projects with your new piece of storage.

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Get the instructions here: 2 Little Hooligans

# 16. HANGING CHAIR CLOSET ORGANIZER

If you need extra storage for clothes as we all do you can use this practice. Two simple chairs can accommodate a decent amount of coat hangers and on top through a board or without you can shelter pants or T-shirts with ease.

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Source: YiCongLu

# 17. MINI OFFICE CHEST

Transform a small chest in a seamless office chest that can accommodate exactly what you need. You can use it as a sitting bench as well if your office space is limited.

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Source & Instructions: Martha Stewart

# 18. BOOKSHELF TRANSFORMED INTO A LOCKER

If you need more space for your entry hall, garage or mud room you can rotate a bookshelf and transform it into a small  locker.

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Get the instructions here: My Creative Days

# 19. WALL MOUNTED MAGAZINE RACK

Use this near your entry to keep everything you need at hand without sacrificing space.

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Source: flickr

# 20. BOOKSHELF COMMAND CENTER

By using three Ikea bookshelves you can create a small and space efficient command center. Rotate the last one and paint a framed area in chalk paint to create a writing board. In the rest shelter boxes and documents in a graphic manner. This can welcome guests beautifully in your hallway.

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Get the instructions here: Iron & Twine

What do you think? Are these furniture hacks worth performing? We have found them very inspiring and we would love to hear your opinion on the matter.

40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook

40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook

When it comes to food hacks, you probably think you’ve seen them all. Here are 40 innovative hacks that will change the way you cook in the kitchen.

2. How to make the perfect, creamiest mashed potatoes.

How to make the perfect, creamiest mashed potatoes.

The recipe can be found here.

4. The Walking Taco

The Walking Taco

5. Wet Your Fingers Before Removing Egg Shells

Wet Your Fingers Before Removing Egg Shells

6. Easy Pancake Art!

40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook
40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook
40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook

7. Quick and Easy Cheese Sticks

Quick and Easy Cheese Sticks

8. Use a Waffle Iron for Hashbrowns.

Use a Waffle Iron for Hashbrowns.

9. The Correct Way to Open a Kiss

40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook

10. Cheese Bread Hack

Cheese Bread Hack

11. How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe

How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe

12. Pastry Folding Hacks

Pastry Folding Hacks

13. It’s not pretty, but a panini maker can be used for omelets.

40 Creative Food Hacks That Will Change The Way You Cook

14. The Best Way to Cook a Hot Dog Perfectly

The Best Way to Cook a Hot Dog Perfectly

15. Pancake Pops

Pancake Pops

16. Ridiculous…but technically a food hack. ridiculous

Ridiculous...but technically a food hack. ridiculous

17. Milk and Cookie Ice Cubes

Milk and Cookie Ice Cubes

18. Use Your Crockpot for French Toast

Use Your Crockpot for French Toast

19. Salads in a Jar

Salads in a Jar

20. Different teas mean different times and temperatures.

Different teas mean different times and temperatures.

21. The Perfect BLT, Every Time.

The Perfect BLT, Every Time.

22. Vegetable Hacks

Vegetable Hacks

23. Use Cookie Cutters for Creative Pancakes.

Use Cookie Cutters for Creative Pancakes.

24. The Same Can Be Done with Eggs

The Same Can Be Done with Eggs

25. How to determine if eggs are fresh.

How to determine if eggs are fresh.

26. Easy Pizza Bread.

Easy Pizza Bread.

27. How to Pair Wine and Food

How to Pair Wine and Food

28. How to Properly Eat a Cupcake

How to Properly Eat a Cupcake

29. No time to boil water? Use your Keurig.

No time to boil water? Use your Keurig.

30. Empty ketchup bottles are great for pancake mix.

Empty ketchup bottles are great for pancake mix.

31. Dental Floss is Amazing for Cutting Soft Foods

Dental Floss is Amazing for Cutting Soft Foods

32. The Perfect Egg Burger

The Perfect Egg Burger

33. Blow into a bag and seal it tightly. The CO2 will keep it from becoming soggy.

Blow into a bag and seal it tightly. The CO2 will keep it from becoming soggy.

34. Sprinkle Decorations.

Sprinkle Decorations.

35. The Perfect Drink for the Occasion.

The Perfect Drink for the Occasion.

36. An Easy Way to Store Asparagus for Up to 2 Weeks

An Easy Way to Store Asparagus for Up to 2 Weeks

37. Cream Bottles Make Excellent Snack Dispensers.

Cream Bottles Make Excellent Snack Dispensers.

38. Ziplock Bags Will Keep Ice Cream Soft

Ziplock Bags Will Keep Ice Cream Soft

39. A Pair of Sturdy Tongs Will Help You Get All the Juice Out of a Lemon

A Pair of Sturdy Tongs Will Help You Get All the Juice Out of a Lemon

40. Save the time and hassle of having to wash your hands every time.

Save the time and hassle of having to wash your hands every time.

Coffee Hack

America’s Test Kitchen is like a 2,500-square-foot gift from Boston to the world. And it just keeps giving.

But rather than six-course dinners, their chefs produce “Cook’s Illustrated” and “Cook’s Country” magazines (as well as their eponymous public television show), and test recipes to understand the way food and kitchen equipment works best.

They get paid to to play with food, and everybody wins.

Coffee-Hacks

For their latest book, “Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done,” outNov. 10, the intrepid chefs anthologized more than 1,000 solutions to kitchen dilemmas — some common, many we didn’t even know we needed to fix.

For example, potato chips make great kindling for lighting your charcoal grill (place a handful of chips on a paper coffee filter at the bottom of the grill and set it on fireunder a chimney. The oily chips will burn slowly, making sure your charcoal gets fiery hot).

The editors categorized their tips into groups for the lazy, for recycling, for single people, and for home bartenders. While all the hacks are great, we were mostly excited about the coffee tricks: Here are their selections, presented with illustrations by John Burgoyne, for getting that early morning jolt of caffeine into your face faster and with more ease.

  • 1 Use An Appliance Timer For Your Coffee Maker
    Courtesy Cook’s Illustrated
    “Wake up to a fresh pot of coffee even if your coffee maker lacks a built-in timer,” the editors of America’s Test Kitchen write. “Rather than spring for a new model, purchase an inexpensive appliance timer (the kind that turns lights on and off when you go on vacation) at the local hardware store. You can set the brewing time before you go to bed and also set a time for the machine to turn off, so you’ll never worry that you left it on.”
  • 2 How To Make A Soundproof Grinder
    Courtesy Cook’s Illustrated
    “Nothing better than waking up to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee, but no one likes to be jolted from sleep by the loud whirring of the coffee grinder. To muffle the noise, place an oven mitt over the grinder before turning it on.”
  • 3 Use A Percolator? Make It Mess-Free
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    “1. Snip a small hole in the center of a small (4- to 6-cup) basket-style coffee filter.”
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    “2. Fit the filter over the percolator tube and into the basket. Fill the filter-lined basket with ground coffee and brew as directed.”
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    “3. When it’s time to clean up, just dump out the filter with the grounds.”
  • 6 How To Steam Milk In A Mason Jar
    Courtesy Cook’s Illustrated
    “1. To steam milk for cappuccino in the microwave, fill a mason jar no more than halfway, put on the lid, and shake the jar vigorously for 30 seconds.”
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    “2. Remove the lid and microwave the milk for 30 seconds at high power to both warm and stabilize the foam.”

    Watch America’s Test Kitchen show you how to do this here.

  • 8 How To Keep Your Filters From Falling
    Courtesy Cook’s Illustrated
    “When using a manual drip coffee maker, the grounds can spill down into the pot because the paper filter folds over on itself when the water is poured into it. To avoid this problem, dampen the paper filter just a little bit and press it against the sides of the plastic cone. When you add the coffee and pour the water through, the filter adheres to the cone.”
  • 9 How To Remove Stubborn Coffee Stains
    Courtesy Cook’s Illustrated

    “If you’re unable to adequately scrub the inside of your thermal coffee carafe, try this clever trick.

    1. Fill a carafe with a handful of rice and a cup of hot water.”

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    “2. Cover, then swirl and shake the carafe vigorously. Once the inside is clean, discard the rice and water. Rinse several times with hot water to remove any remaining residue.”
  • 11 Clean A French Press Without Stress
    Courtesy Cook’s Illustrated

    “French presses are hard to clean; the spent grounds cling to the bottom of the carafe and collect between the plates ands screen of the plunger. To easily get rid of the grounds without any going down the disposal (usually considered inadvisable), fill the carafe with water, pour its contents into a fine-mesh strainer over the sink and dump the grounds into the trash.

    “To clean the whole press if you have anything left behind, fill the empty carafe halfway with soapy water. Then insert the plunger and rapidly move it up and down a few times. The force of the water dislodges any stuck grounds — and scrubs the sides of the carafe.”

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    Courtesy Cook’s Illustrated
    You can read many more tips like these in “Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done,” out Nov. 10 from America’s Test Kitchen.

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