Build a Bookcase that looks like it's always been there. Make a Desk With Storage Cubbies to create a less-daunting workspace.
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Build a Vintage-look Dresser Vanity to make your bath look lived-in, with all the modern functions. Pleasing and practical, this architectural accent have been around since ancient Rome. Today you can capture the same timeless charm by buying a preformed niche of dense foam from an online retailer and building it into a barren wall.
Create a hole for the insert in a wall, and mount it in place using adhesive caulk. If your little builders inherited the DIY gene, then they're more or less programmed to dive into Mom and Dad's tools. So maybe you should think about giving them their own set. This toolbox is just the thing to hold smaller, basic items that fit a young do-it-yourselfer's hands, including a hammer, saws, pliers, and screwdrivers. Building it is easy: The tools required are probably already in your stash, and the materials are readily available at a home center and a sporting goods store.
Use them to organize your garden gear with this fun and functional tool rack made from old wood molding, flea-market spring clips, and brightly colored outdoor spigot handles. All you need is a free morning, the tools in a basic kit, and a little creativity. All the rust-resistant coating in the world won't save your garden tools if you leave them outside all the time. Create a clean, dry, and accessible locale for your pruners and shovels by planting a handsome wood lean-to shed against the house near the patio or garden.
This model is made from cedar, a naturally rot-resistant wood, and it will weather nicely while protecting your goods from precipitation and insects alike. You can make it in a weekend out of off-the-shelf lumber. Can't bear to toss old issues of TOH? Although plastic magazine holders are inexpensive enough, we don't like the idea of placing pages full of design and remodeling ideas in holders with such little personality.
Instead, build a container more in the spirit of the magazines it's meant to hold. This model has brackets attached to a simple wood frame to create a freestanding file with decorative scrollwork dividers. Messing with hangers in the hall closet can be too fussy after a long day.
You can gain an easy drop off spot on any wall near the front door with a toss-and-go coatrack. This pretty version features six knobs and their matching rosette backplates and the nice old board they are mounted on—made from chestnut trim salvaged during a house renovation.
Who isn't tired of littering the countertop with house keys, bills, and various daily reminders to family members? Here, a medicine cabinet was transformed into an organizer. The front was filled-in with chalkboard paint and the back-side with cork. A row of cup hooks is perfect for hanging keys. Need a little help organizing tools for DIY projects? Here is a plan for a size-it-to-your-space tool-storage bench that doubles as a work surface.
Though it may look complicated, the construction couldn't be simpler. You can use plywood to build one large box and two smaller ones, fit them with shelves.
Next, place the boxes back-to-back and finally top the assembly with doubled-up plywood. Kids want to have a say in how their bedroom is decorated. An easy way to satisfy that need is by making these modular wall cubbies, which can be customized to suit the changing tastes of growing children. You can make just one cubby or stack several for a shelf.
Beat-up trash cans and overflowing recycling bins are mucking up the curb appeal of your house. What you need is a sturdy storage house that hides your waste while keeping it organized. Take a weekend to build one big enough for two gallon trash cans and several stacked recycling bins. Flip-open lids give it easy access so that you can quickly toss something away in the right place.
Bifold front doors make it easy to move heavy cans in and out. And handsome siding that matches the house camouflages the whole structure. The grill out on the deck can be a social hub in warm weather. We loved this idea from a This Old House reader for a place to store his cooking tools and set his platters of food—a cart assembled from wood planters and metal-wrapped plywood.
This model is pure barbecue brilliance. There is no easier way to add abundant, accessible storage than with wall-mounted shelving made from metal standards, adjustable brackets and ready-made shelves.
This type of easy-to-install system is ideal for a kid's room, home office, laundry room, walk-in closet, pantry or virtually any room in the house. Cabinet doors do not have to lack personality or color. Here, we show you how to turn a graphic patterned stained-glass sidelight, such as this red-and-amber-colored example, into a cabinet door, to complement your home's style.
You can get this look even if you find a different size stained-glass window, as long as it fits a standard cabinet size. This Stylish Bar Cabinet is a great use for a salvaged stained-glass window. As attractive as window seats are, only a few older homes with deep dormers seem to have them. Here's how to build a beautiful, custom window seat in just a couple of days using ready-made kitchen cabinets. This simple, do-it-yourself approach provides both a niche and the window seat, and an abundance of storage space.
This seat was built under a 6-foot-wide kitchen window, but its design can easily be adapted for any size window in almost any room. You don't have to closet your collectibles, since open shelving puts your prized possessions on proud display. It doesn't take much to build yourself a custom bookcase: A few sheets of veneer plywood and some inexpensive molding, and you're well on your way to creating a proper showcase for your hardback favorites and treasured curios.
A bar of soap can unstick a drawer that has wood guide blocks instead of glides. Remove the drawer and rub plain soap along the guides on the drawer's bottom and on the center and side guide blocks. If that doesn't get the drawer moving, use to grit paper to lightly sand down the bottom edges, testing often, until the drawer glides easily again.
If your perfect kitchen design is being compromised by dinged-up dog bowls and the dried-up drool that surrounds them, this well-built canine furniture will jazz up the fanciest of cook's spots—and organize all your pup's messy bowls, cans, and bags. The elevated platform will also give your furriest family member some much-needed neck and back relief.
This is especially helpful for large breed dogs, like Great Danes and Dobermans, or pooches who are getting on in years. And with storage for treats and a removable tray, cleaning the bowls—instead of the floor— will be a breeze. It's a routine every dog owner knows: Fido's itching for his morning walk while you're frantically hunting down his leash and a few plastic bags before you've had your morning joe.
This handsome organizer, made from beadboard, crown molding, stock lumber, and a leftover tin ceiling tile, keeps all the necessities within arm's reach. Make one for yourself, and you'll be out the door with your pooch in record time. Make your pet care routine a bit easier with a Wall-Mounted Pet Organizer. Not everyone wants open, built-in shelves that showcase their wares. If you'd like shelves like these into cabinets to hide an ugly TV or a messy stack of books, you need a clever way to shut everything away.
Rather than make a custom door, here we show you how to turn salvaged shutters into a hinged bifold that opens and closes with ease.
It doesn't require a master carpenter, a workshop full of tools, and thousands of dollars to add built-in bookcases to your home. All it takes, essentially, is some sturdy veneer plywood and a circular saw. By laminating a series of short support pieces to a longer strip of wood you can create the appearance of thick boards that have been routed to accept shelves. Some solid-wood trim covering all the plywood edges hides your clever trickery, leaving you with a piece of furniture worthy of a great library.
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Garden Bench with Hidden Storage. Desk with Storage Cubbies. Make a Desk With Storage Cubbies to create a less-daunting workspace. Build a Coat Rack for attractive vertical storage. See How to Build a Toy Chest for toy storage your kids will love.
Serving up drinks at a big bash is easier with a Cocktail Hutch. See How to Build a Wood Hamper for a decorative dirty socks holder. Install a Wall Niche to show off prized plants and trinkets.
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