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This fun yet affordable collection of DIY furniture ideas from around the web will inspire you regardless of your DIY skill level. These ideas range from building your own furniture to giving what you’ve got a cool new makeover, and all of these ideas are super affordable. Click on the links to see tutorials and to find out more information.

Two-Chair Bench

Photo via Pinterest
Two old but sturdy chairs are fastened together with wood to craft a beautiful bench. Plywood covered in foam and wrapped in a frugal fabric will complete the look, or use the wood slats to hold a planter and place into your backyard garden.

Convertible Wine Rack

© Better Homes & Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens rescued an old armoire and transformed it into a beautiful serving station. The project looks complicated but it's not. Simply remove select doors and shelves (consider the structure of the piece before you do so), sand and paint. A piece of furniture this size would also make a great bar or backpack drop zone.

Chevron Dining Table

© Dad Built This
A dad built this for his daughter for about $200 (that's one cool dad!), and he shares complete instructions at his website. (Dad has also posted instructions for a matching bench.) This table would look great in a dining room, or make it smaller and use it for a desk. Or build it for a picnic table and invite your dad over for a cookout! For more easy DIY table ideas, see our article.

Chest of Drawers

© Hello Boudreau
Hello Boudreau refurbished an IKEA Rast dresser (which ain't pretty as is, my friend) into a chic, gorgeous chest of drawers that would be fitting for a master bedroom. Or use it beside the front door as a catch-all for your entryway. (For more entryway storage ideas, see our article.)

Graywash Furniture Painting

© mycolorpaints.com
Graywashing is a great way to turn ugly furniture into something special. Pantone hosts this great tutorial by Kristen Davis, a decorative painter, that shows you how to get the perfect graywash on your furnishings à-la-Restoration-Hardware style. For more fun and creative furniture painting ideas, see our article.

Window Cabinet

© My Repurposed Life
My Repurposed Life shares an easy tutorial on how she made this cool cabinet by repurposing an old window. If you have more than one window, you could also try your hand at this beautiful curio cabinet that I found on Pinterest or this gorgeous garden greenhouse.

Tailgate Bench

via Pinterest
I couldn't find the original post for this bench made from an old tailgate, but I wish I could give credit to whomever came up with this funky junky idea because I love it. Talk about using what you've got! This bench is proof that old items plus a few screws plus ingenuity equals DIY genius.

Crate End Table

© Marie Nichols
How simple is this table is via Whole Lotta Lovely? Crates are cheap, if not free. (If you can't find one curbside, Jo-Ann's and Hobby Lobby sell them for just a few bucks.) Add a bit of decoupage and casters to gain yourself one lovely little table. If you just can't bring yourself to DIY, end tables are easy to buy, even on a tight budget. See our favorites here.

Nailhead Monogram

© domicileid.com
What a great way to dress up a plain upholstered chair - just attach a quick and easy nailhead monogram. Check your local hardware or scrapbooking store for brads, nailheads or eyelets and attach according to directions. If you like a little bling, rhinestones or jewels could also be used.

Bookshelf Redo

© Iron & Twine
I've had an IKEA Expedit shelf for years and it has held up like an iron horse, so I loved it when I stumbled across this post on another way to use one of these wonderful bookshelves. Iron and Twine posted this IKEA hack idea and they tell how they DIYed it on their website.

More DIY Ideas

Besides the numerous links above where you can discover more do-it-yourself ideas, you can also find 10 more fun DIY projects here: Still want more ideas? I adore Ana White who offers up the motherload of build-it-yourself furniture ideas at her website. Grab a cup of coffee, sit down and plan to spend a while looking through all of her projects.

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