DIY Décor Dilemmas: It’s Not Easy Being Green…or Chic

12 Oct

In a perfect world, our personal assistant would take out the trash and recycling, a sexy Ryan Gosling lookalike would ferry us furniture shopping, and the closest we’d get to a DIY project would be traveling first class to Paris to pick out the perfect antique doorknob for our imaginary pantry. Needless to say, all of the above only exists in the fantasy world we’ve created in our heads — the reality being sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands when it comes to cool home décor.

The same holds true when it comes to adding a personal touch to your space. Sure, you can spend big bucks and buy a new table or chair (and then kill yourself hauling it home), or you can help out the environment and make a statement with a fun found item project. Living in NYC, we have access to cool second-hand shops like Film Biz Recycling and Housing Works, but even if you only have Goodwill to lean on, the goodies you can make from recycled objects are sure to spread positive creative karma.

Project #1: Vintage Briefcase Chair

While we personally put our stash of vintage suitcases to good use as an end table, we love the idea of repurposing one as a chic chair and conversational piece. Simply find a wood plank that fits the dimensions of the case, gather together your favorite fabric, bunting and padding, stuff your fabric, glue in your plank and secure your cushion. Add chair legs from another chair and paint them for a pop of color.

Project #2: Slate and Branch Table

Ready to bring nature indoors minus the bugs and dirt? This organically gorgeous table could be yours with the help of a sturdy branch, a piece of raw slate, a plank of wood and some anchors. Just follow these simple directions from Design Sponge and let the furniture-making commence.

Project #3: Book Lamp

Reading IS fundamental, but so it the idea of rescuing an epic novel from the dumpster.  That’s why we’re giving this easy lamp project a major thumb’s up. Found during one of our many Pinterest wanderings, we love the fact that all it involves is a an electric drill (so you can make holes through each book and slide them up the base), the addition of a vintage shade and a little ingenuity.

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