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By Chanpory Rith

Hacking a bed into the back of a station wagon

Materials: Dodge Magnum (or other station wagon of your choice), Dalselv twin bed, Sultan Lillaker slats, station wagon, saw, drill, optional strap hinges and paint stick Description: Building a bed into the back of a station wagon to sleep on during camping/road trips. The Sultan Lillaker slats fit perfectly into the back of the Dodge Magnum, but the bed frame will need some adjustment.

Air-Dry Your Clothes Instead of Using the Dryer (19/365)

On any given day, if you were to wander into our laundry room, you’d find damp clothing hung up, laid out, or somehow exposed to the relatively warm and relatively dry air in there.

Mammut lamp

Materials: Mammut chair leg; one lamp; one cord; one bulb plug Description: To create this table lamp I sawed the end part of a Mammut chair leg. I drilled a small hole at the bottom of the leg with an awl. I put a lamp in the leg and finally I put the plug at the end of the cord and I screwed the bulb. ~ Rosandra, Italy

Varde counter drawer hacked by kitchen sink

Materials: varde counter, boholmen kitchen sink, atlant strainer, edsvik kitchen faucet Description: When we were designing our first kitchen, I wanted to avoid chipboard as much as possible and have something sturdy. That's why we decided to chose Varde kitchen. On the other hand our kitchen room wasn't too big, so we had to save the place.

Ask Unclutterer: Parting with a cherished item that has been broken

Reader Lirpa submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I have something that I love that recently broke by accident. It has sentimental value (passed to me from an aunt), it is aesthetically my style, it was useful, and it made me smile whenever I saw it. It is still all those things, except that it can no longer be safely used (nor repurposed).

Hemnes bookcase turned into vintage food storage cabinet

Materials: Hemnes bookcase Non Ikea supplies: wooden desk for door, 3 replica brass hinges, 2 vent strainers, handle, double roller catch, matching screws Description: Our relatively small kitchen needed some food cabinet that is not too deep and relatively tall. The space left was on the kitchen side, where were standing already two vintage cabinets.

Design for Yourself: Pros and Cons

You are a creative person and you want a new look for your business—whether it’s a website, business cards, or whatever. Sure, you could do the work yourself—but should you? For some odd reason, there seems to be a discrepancy of sorts when it comes to doing the work for ourselves.

Workspace of the Week: Made to fit

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Skorpion24′s self-made bedroom office: According to the description on Flickr, Skorpion24 made the shelves and desk for this room. What is nice about making custom pieces is that you obviously get exactly what you want for your space.

Overcoming the Power of Branding and Brand Preferences

“Having preferences means having weaknesses.” – Magnus Carlsen, currently the number one rated chess player in the world Thanks to Adria Richards for the picture Over the years, Sarah and I have relied on Cascade Complete to get our dishes clean.

3 Rules to Freelance Consulting Success

When my father left his industry to become a consultant, he was as much of a business rookie as any of the new freelancers who visit this site. Since we’re talking about the early 1980s, business advice for solo practitioners wasn’t as plentiful as it is today. So, my dad made the trek down the very long driveway of a highly successful neighbor named Richard.

How to Negotiate Your Salary

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. One of my goals for GRS in 2012 is to write more about earning money. I quit my job a year-and-a-half ago to become self-employed, but I know that most people are employees, and I’m the last person who would suggest that everyone should quit their jobs and become full-time freelancers. For one thing, it’s not right for everyone.

2 shelves out of 1 (when mounted in a corner)

Materials: FABIAN, saw, sander, screws Description: Get 1 FABIAN shelf. Saw the shelf in half. Sand the cut edges to mimic the bevel on the other edges. Mount 1 end of the shelf on the wall using the provided hardware. Screw into the other end from inside the cabinets.

5 Positive Coping Methods to Beat the Winter Blues

According to recent surveys millions of Americans report being in a bad mood this winter. According to researchers this shift in mood is a result of much more than the woes that come with Holiday depression. In current years, I have been among those millions.

Decoupaged Map Ikea Desk

Materials: Micke Desk, Vintage Maps Description: Assembled desk, located vintage maps, decoupaged to fronts of drawers! See more of the decoupaged desk. ~ Laura Putnam, Finding Home

Dim & Dash: Picking Up a Date

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