Giving new life to an old piece of wooden furniture is as easy as adding a new coat of paint and new cabinet hardware. It might be hard to believe the gorgeous wooden chest you see above started off as the neglected trunk you see below, but the furniture makeover was really quite simple. Though this furniture makeover is for an old chest, it’s pretty much the same as what you’d do to renew an old wooden table, bookshelf or buffet. Bookmark this tutorial for the next time you have a thrift store find that just needs a little TLC.
When it comes to Christmas, I tend to get a little carried away….think Clark Griswald meets Elf. Well, maybe minus all the lights. My first step in decorating for the holidays is to pop a wreath on the door; it’s instant festive, and puts me in the spirit! It’s also the only spot we can have the feel and smell of real greenery (thank you, allergies!).
I love the fresh wreaths from The Home Depot (such a great deal, too!), but this year I wanted to jazz mine up a bit, so I came up with this DIY wreath made from pinecones and greenery. The secret ingredient, though, is a tiny bit of spray paint.
Christmas cards can be one of the best parts of decorating for the holidays. The trick is finding a way to display them that keeps them out of the way and easy to see. This upcycled wheel frame Christmas card holder is a great solution. That’s what I use. But I wanted to add some glam to it for the holidays.
Here’s what I did.
No Mantel? No Problem!
In all of the homes we’ve lived in in the last eight years none of them have had a mantel. That’s totally fine with me about 330 days out of the year, except around the holidays. No mantel to decorate for Christmas… it’s a travesty.
Kidding! But seriously, where do you put the Christmas stockings? I’ve gotten creative over the years with stockings but this one is my best one yet, I think.
I love the idea of having a huge selection of fancy cake stands to entertain with during the holidays, but I really don’t use them enough through out the year to rationalize buying a whole collection. They can be pretty expensive!
I thought it might be fun to create my own DIY cake stands with simple thrifted materials and a little help from Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint and Primer. For only a couple dollars each, these festive cake stands are perfect for your holiday parties, and year round.
Emily Beldon is a writer and doer of creative things. Her husband Ryan Lange is a maker and builder, too, often with a welding torch, circular saw, or any number of tools. They pretty much earn their living just making very cool stuff. Check out Handmade America to see what we mean.
The invention of the 3D printer is opening new possibilities for them, and they’re telling the world. Here, they share ideas they came up with for using their 3D printer to create unique holiday gifts.
As craftsmen and makers, we can’t remember the last store-bought holiday gift we gave to our friends and family. Each year, the pressure is on to somehow outdo ourselves from whatever unique items we put under the tree in the past. But this year, the Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer has given us an edge even Santa’s elves would be jealous of. Here’s how we are stuffing stockings this year.
This DIY decor project is so simple! These designer bottle stoppers can be customized to fit virtually any style of decor, and they make great personalized gifts. The secret to this fun craft project is repurposing simple decorative cabinet knobs. You can make new ornamental stoppers for old bottles, or buy new bottles or jars for this DIY project. We even have some suggestions for the types of cabinet knobs you might use for different styles.
Here’s the step-by-step tutorial.
We were blown away by the stunningly beautiful Christmas decor Kristin Jackson created for her dining room. She’s back with a more casual approach to Christmas dining, along with an explanation for the simple approach we all can understand.
Kristin’s Christmas brunch set up is just as gorgeous as anything we’ve seen from the talented interior designer. Kristin writes about design and decor on her very popular blog The Hunted Interior, and she’s sharing her Christmas brunch ideas here on The Home Depot Blog as part of our Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent her and several other prominent decor bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations for them to use in creating fresh and practical holiday decorating ideas.
This isn’t just about brunch, though. Kristin shares her ideas for decorating a Christmas mantel, too, and even a clever idea for unique wrapping paper.
Every Christmas, I have grand visions of a formal Christmas Brunch… but after our daughter is up extra early, the gift wrap and ribbon begin to unravel and the questions of “can you please put batteries in this?!” start, my good intentions of a beautiful meal are simply put on the coffee table for the family to enjoy at their leisure.
This year I decided to embrace the inevitable location and combine the two ideas into one. A simple yet elegant brunch that allows everyone to enjoy the wonderment of Christmas morning while still being able to create a lovely experience as well.
Adding a basic tablecloth (a staple in any home) to any table instantly adds elegance. Using this on the coffee table is completely unexpected, and when paired with the surroundings of holiday decorations, your living room can really be transformed to a magical space.
I always find myself perched on the floor anyway, so a throw pillow acts a a great stand in for a seat.
Decorating the Christmas Brunch Table
Gloribell Lebron has a knack for bringing a natural look to decor. Her ingenious idea of adding strip of succulents a small apartment balcony turned an urban space into a virtual garden. Now, the author of the blog I Don’t Know How She Does It! has created a Christmas decor that has the shine and sparkle of the holidays, along with clever additions of greenery to add an organic spirit to the room.
She used Christmas decorations from The Home Depot in her holiday living room. They arrived in mystery boxes of holiday items we sent to her as part of our Holiday Style Challenge series, in which some of the most talented design bloggers on the internet share their Christmas decorating ideas.