Secondhand Chic: Turning a Backgammon Game into the Most Awesome Pencil Box Ever.

created at: 04/14/2010

So one of the five projects I contributed to Make It! Secondhand Chic is an embroidered boxes how-to, which includes two of my original embroidery patterns. I purchased the wooden 7 1/2″ x 11 3/4″ backgammon set pictured above to include in the tutorial, but my idea of turning it into a pencil box didn’t really fall into the how-to’s category, which was ‘The Bathroom’, unless, of course, you’re in the habit of sketching in the tub. Continue Reading

Make It! Secondhand Chic: Quick & Easy Garden Decor

created at: 04/12/2010

Looking for some simple, quick and CHEAP garden decor that the birdies will love? Check it out…with a few supplies you can make bird baths and feeders in less than a minute. Yes, you read that correctly. Less than a minute! Here’s what you’ll need to make ’em:      

created at: 04/12/2010

  • a bud vase or two
  • a cup and saucer and/or a shallow cereal bowl (I bought the vases and china at my local thrift store for less than $4.)
  • 36″ long x 3/4″ diameter dowels
  • clear caulk

Step 1: To make the saucer feeder, apply caulk to the saucer and position cup over it. Continue Reading

The Secret Side of Secondhand: The Surplus Store

created at: 04/12/2010

Before we started working on the new entry into the Curbly Make-It! library, Make It! Secondhand Chic, I was telling a friend of mine my plans for hitting secondhand shops. He said, ‘You gotta go to Ax-Man.’ I had heard of the local Ax-Man stores, but only knew that they were outlets for surplus items, a sort of limbo for nearly secondhand. I’d never actually visited one, much to the dismay of the creator of Curbly, I might add. Continue Reading

Suitcase Side Table


One of the 14 original projects in Make It! Secondhand Chic, is a circa 1970’s suitcase turned side table, but its maker, Chris, gave it that fresh mid-mod vibe that we’ve come to expect from him. In this option, an old folding director’s chair serves as the legs of the side table while the vintage suitcase on top gives the whole look a steampunk feel. 

If you wanna see Chris’s version, you’ll have to snag a copy of Make It! Continue Reading