Readers' Clever Upgrade Ideas That Wowed Us
These personality-filled projects demonstrate the kind of ingenuity and resourcefulness TOH readers impress us with every month
They may not require complicated blueprints or cost heaps of cash to
make, but these personality-filled projects demonstrate the kind of ingenuity and resourcefulness TOH readers impress us with every month.
Who: Lisa Lindberg
Where: Sacramento, Calif.
"The only thing I liked about my 1937 bungalow's porch was the tongue-and-groove ceiling. So when I took it down, I recycled the panels as wainscot in my new bath. I'm thrilled that I can still enjoy the wood's weathered charm."
Who: Kenchy Ragsdale
Where: Panorama City, Calif
"My wife and I wanted a chalkboard in the nursery, but wainscot took up most of the walls. This door, with its recessed panels, made the perfect spot. Now we just hope our son has as much fun making his mark on the door as we did!"
Who: Ellen Elferling
Where: New York, N.Y.
"The blank wall behind our bed looked so bare. I've never liked traditional headboards, so I created one with orange paint—for only $120. The finishing touch? A stencil I filled in with white paint that brings a bit of nature indoors."
Who: Luis Gonzales
Where: Vista, Calif.
"I made this lighthouse-inspired newel post from poplar and walnut. To give
it a realistic look, I fitted the top with a puck light, which I mounted inside a glass jelly jar to help disperse the glow. The entire project took a month to complete, but the result is well worth it."