Off-the-Shelf furnishings are nice, but nothing beats a handmade piece. That's the spirit behind our "DIY It" contest: We asked readers to show us projects they built instead of bought. The entries that impressed us the most were those that used salvaged materials in unique ways—a task requiring both skill and creative vision. Here are our favorite five, all as functional as they are beautiful.
See all of the TOH Don't Buy It, DIY It! Contest entries.