Home Improvement Projects from Pinterest

Danny and Chelsea Lipford applying decorative paint finishes to old furniture.
Danny and Chelsea Lipford applying decorative paint finishes to old furniture.

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We’ve scoured the Internet to bring you the following easy to make DIY home improvement projects for your home.

Chalk Paint Decorative Finish

Adding plaster of paris to latex paint creates a homemade chalk paint that’s harder and easier to sand to give a unique, antique look to old furniture.

Apply two coats of the chalk paint to the furniture. After the paint has dried, sand through the finish in random spots to expose the old finish underneath.

Crackle Decorative Paint Finish

Another unusual antique finish can be achieved by painting the furniture black. After the paint has dried, brush on a thick coat of water based wood glue, followed by a coat of latex paint while the glue is still tacky.

As the glue dries, the finish cracks, resulting in an alligatored, antique look.

Watch our video on Decorative Crackle Paint Finish to find out more.

Wall mounted folding craft project desk.
Wall mounted folding craft project desk.

Folding Wall Desk

This wall mounted desk has a picture frame front which folds down to form a work surface that’s perfect for everything from homework to kid’s craft projects.

Watch our video on Wall Mounted Folding Desk to find out more.

Picnic Table Drink Trough

This DIY drink trough, made from standard aluminum guttering, is perfect for keeping cold drinks available at your next outdoor gathering.

Watch our video on Picnic Table Drink Trough to find our more.

DIY picnic table drink trough.
DIY picnic table drink trough.

More Home Improvement Pinterest Projects

Visit our DIY Pinterest Projects board to find out about other do-it-yourself home improvement projects, including:

  • Hanging chandeliers made from yarn
  • Decorative paper light switch covers
  • Collage paintings made from scrap paper
  • Soap dispenser made from a recycled jar
  • Tension rod cabinet spray bottle storage

Other Tips from This Episode

Pole Sander made from sponge mop

Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Homemade Pole Sander

A pole sander is the best tool for sanding drywall joints on walls and ceiling. If you don’t own a pole sander, you can easily make one from a sponge mop. Simply remove the sponge from the mop, wrap a sheet of sandpaper around the sponge, and reattach it to the handle. (Watch Video)

RAYOVAC Indestructible LED Flashlights

Best New Products with Jodi Marks:
RAYOVAC Indestructible Flashlights

RAYOVAC Indestructible flashlights are affordable, energy efficient, and can stand up to abuse, including a drop from 30 feet! The LED flashlights are water resistant and have both high and low beams to save energy. RAYOVAC Indestructible flashlights are available at The Home Depot. (Watch Video)

Danny Lipford in attic over garage.

Ask Danny Lipford:
Insulating an Attic Over a Garage

While insulating your attic over a garage might seem like a good idea, it does very little to keep your house warmer in the winter or cooler in the summer. A better use of your energy saving dollars would be to add more insulation to your attic over the interior living space of your home. (Watch Video)


  1. I so enjoyed the show with you and your daughter at her new home. The paint mixture with the latex paint and the plaster of paris, you did not give the amounts for the mixture. I would really like to try this technic as I have an old side board that I would like to paint.
    Thanks so much for your wonderful shows, it gives us such great ideas without to much cost.

    • Hi Jeanne,
      If you click on the link in the article above to our DIY Pinterest Projects board, you will find the recipe for making latex chalk paint. Thank you for your interest!


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