Upcycle like a Pro

Got an old dresser gathering dust in your attic? Or maybe you inherited your mother’s Mason jar collection but not her love of canning? Instead of trashing it, try upcycling hand-me-downs into something new. There are a million options for turning one person’s trash into another person’s treasure. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Vintage Dressers — Transform an old wooden dresser into a charming bathroom vanity, a television stand for your guest room or a storage bench for the front entryway. All it takes is a little bit of paint and some DIY know-how!

Window Shutters — Give old wooden window shutters new life as a room divider, shabby chic sideboard, succulent planter, wall-mounted magazine holder or a cottage-inspired armoire.

Posts and Railings — Turn those architectural elements into functional furniture. Used wood stairway posts are useful as legs on a children’s desk. Just add a wooden top and a fresh coat of bright paint, and you have a colorful place for the kids to study.

Old Doors and Windows — Repurpose old doors and windows into beautiful furniture pieces with a touch of history. Turn doors into kitchen tables, nightstands, room dividers, headboards and coffee tables. Repurpose windows into picture frames or achalkboard calendar.

Mason Jars — Convert Mason jars into fun, functional home accessories. From wall-mounted bathroom storage to patio lanterns, here are a few DIY projects you can tackle over the weekend.

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Creative Home Office

What Do You Need to Create a Useful Home Office?

Working from home has serious benefits. You can’t beat the commute or the flexibility you have when it comes to structuring your day. But there are also drawbacks. Creating a makeshift office at the kitchen table could mean important documents end up with a coffee ring or worse, go missing.

Whether you work full-time from home or just need an occasional workspace, thoughtful room design can make all the difference. From task lighting to functional storage, here are a few pointers for setting up an effective home office:

Lighting — Ensure you have both general and task lighting to prevent eyestrain. Ideally, office lighting should illuminate your work space without adding glare to your computer screen.

Ergonomics — Arrange your desk, chair and the computer screen so you’re sitting in a neutral position while typing. Avoid any positions that require twisting or leaning forward, as both put a strain on your back.

Cable Management — Keep control of cables with color-coded ties and clips. Don’t forget to include a charging station for all of your electronic devices.

Aesthetics — Consider the view from your office window. If you don’t have the luxury of overlooking a beautiful outdoor space, add decorative touches indoors to create an office you’ll love spending time in.

Storage — Integrate functional storage into your office space, especially if other members of the family will also be using the room. If space is at a premium, go vertical, adding storage boxes and file holders to shelves.