Build a Platform Bed on Wheels

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When Ashley from Shanty 2 Chic sold her house, she sold her furniture right along with it. Ashley knew she’d want to build new pieces for the spaces and her first mission was getting everyone’s bed off the floor. For her oldest son, Ashley built a platform bed following plans from Ana White and added on locking casters for even more style. Want to build your own? Ashley says, “This bed is definitely a project for beginners. It’s SOOOOOO easy to build, and you can build and finish it in an afternoon!”

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Faux Fur Chair for a Teen Retreat

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Therese of Fresh Idea Studio finally wrapped up a project that she had promised her oldest daughter over six months ago – a “furlicious” chair that will actually make your kids want to sit and do their homework! Therese simply covered an existing desk chair with a faux fur rug from IKEA. This isn’t some difficult upholstery project only an experience seamstress can pull off. Therese’s genius in using the rug makes the process so simple, and she even suggests skipping the needle and thread altogether and using hot glue if that’s more your speed.

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White Beadboard Desk Makeover

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When her son requested a new desk for his bedroom, Bharati of Techie’s DIY Adventures politely turned down her husband’s offer to buy one and started scouring Craigslist for fixer uppers. She finally found a desk that had definitely seen better days, BUT it was only $15 and close to home. Whoop whoop! Bharati performed quite the miraculous makeover with a little love and a lot of elbow grease. It’s pretty amazing what a can of paint and roll of beadboard wallpaper can do!

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Upholstered Headboard with Embroidered Monogram

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Angelica from Once Again, My Dear Irene took her daughter’s run-of-the-mill slatted wood headboard and transformed it into a chic and upscale one for only $13. Angelica went on a repurposing spree by wrapping the existing headboard with batting and foam and lastly fabric from a grey shower curtain that was no longer in use. She even managed to fabulously pull-off the embroidered monogram – and by hand no less! Angelica asks, “Does this headboard look like I spent only $13 on it?” I think we all know the answer to that {Wink}!

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Refabbed with Fur {Desk Chair Makeover}

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Leslie from Paper Daisy Designs recently rescued a mid-century modern desk from the trash and revived it for her daughter’s bedroom. Of course, a new cool desk needs an equally hip chair! Leslie transformed the run-of-the-mill desk chair that was already into the room into a “furlicious” chair with plenty of personality. How fun is this?!?

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Teen Calendar and Command Center

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Cassie from Hi Sugarplum wanted to create a command center to help her son keep track of his increasingly busy schedule and social life. It wasn’t hard for Cassie to make a DIY version that came in far cheaper than PB Teen’s expensive tile board sets. Cassie says it was surprisingly simple to make and would also be great for a an entire family since the panels can easily be customized to fit your needs.

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IKEA Cabinet Mirror Makeover

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A few years ago, Maryann from Domestically Speaking took an inexpensive IKEA cabinet and turned it into a beautiful piece for her daughter’s room. I actually had the very same inexpensive IKEA cabinet she transformed and I am seriously blown away. Sadly, my cabinet did not survive four moves and is now long gone, but seeing Maryann’s awesome makeover makes me wish I could get it back!

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Spray Painted Sconces and Lamp Shades

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Laura from Inspiration for Moms wanted to add some new lighting in her son’s updated bedroom for bedtime reading. She found just the look she wanted in some sconces from PB Teen and remembered that she happened to have some old sconces stored away. The only problem was that they were the wrong color and needed new shades. Nothing a little spray paint couldn’t handle! Laura ended up making her knockoff lighting for about $20 total, which is a savings of $350 from her inspiration!

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