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Turning Pine-Beetle Ravaged Trees Into Furniture

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 24, 2014

Mountain pine beetles (known to less casual acquaintances as Dendroctonus ponderosae) are infamous across many stretches of North America with pine forests. These insect pests come...


Photo: Rita and Cane/Hometalk

DIY Recycled Door Coffee Table

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 18, 2014

I'm pretty sure you can teach an old door new tricks, and Hometalk users have pretty well proved it with their wide assortment of reclaimed door projects large and small. One of my...


Photo: Julie Moyna/Hometalk

These Dewey Decimals Got Style!

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 24, 2014

I don't want to sound like a fuddy-duddy, but the number of people who still remember card catalogs is starting to wane, and half of kids these days probably wouldn't know what to do...


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Cool Carpentry Project: Grow Light Bookshelf

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 09, 2014

I love multipurpose objects with a passion. They appeal to my aesthetic sense and also to my desire to live a low-impact life: why have three things when I could have one thing that...


Meredith K. used overlays to punch up this ho-hum dresser. Photo: Meredith K./Hometalk

Dress Up Furniture With Overlays

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 18, 2013

You know how IKEA sells all this super plain, almost stark furniture? Many people use it as-is, since the utilitarian look is a totally legitimate design choice, but I view it less...


Photo: Sophia/Hometalk

Make a Rental a Home

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 14, 2013

I'm a huge advocate for renting, because it carries tremendous advantages, especially for many young people. But one problem we renters perennially face is that our houses don't always...


Photo: Maya at Completely Coastal/Hometalk

Make Bookcases Pop With Contrasting Backings!

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 14, 2013

I'm really excited about the emerging trend I'm spotting with bookcases, cabinets, shelving, and similar furniture designed for storage and display: painting, wallpapering, or otherwise...


Photo: Cindy M./Hometalk

5 Fun Painted Furniture Projects

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 12, 2013

I love the look of creative painted furniture projects. Truly crafty people can come up with outstanding stuff, and their projects can be such an inspiration. Even better, they're usually...