Brighten a box spring -- For an easy way to dress up your bed, try slipping a fitted sheet over your box spring. The look is more streamlined than a dust ruffle, and your options are more varied. Try one that goes with your bed sheets, or match a duvet or coverlet by choosing one in a similar pattern or contrasting hue.
Webbed seat -- Some of the most charming chairs at flea markets have missing or largely broken seats. If you run into this problem, don't fret. It's a snap to weave a new one. Purchase 2-inch-wide cotton or nylon webbing from a crafts store. Then, measure the length and width of the chair seat and add 2 inches to each side.
Cut enough strips to each size to weave your seat. Arrange the strips across the seat from front to back, leaving a 1-inch overhang on both ends. Fold ends under 1/2 inch and secure them to the chair with a staple gun.
Cover the staples with upholstery nail heads as you work, hammering them in place with a rubber mallet. Next, place strips from side to side, perpendicular to secured strips. Staple and finish one of the sides as described above. One at a time, weave the remaining loose ends across the fastened strips. Tug each strip until it is taut and fasten on opposite side.
Tufted cushions -- Give plain, store-bought pillows a distinctive flair by embellishing them with pretty pom-poms or buttons. If you add the trimmings to both sides of the cushion, it will prevent the thread from straining the fabric and pulling through. With a disappearing-ink pen, mark where the decorations will go. Secure the embellishments with nylon thread, passing through the entire pillow with a needle and inserting the needle into a matching button or pom-pom on the other side.
Hanging hint -- Pictures and prints hung in hallways, stairways and other high-traffic areas can often end up askew. Fix crooked frames for good with self-adhesive Velcro tabs in 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch sizes. Remove the backing from both sides of two tabs, being careful not to separate the Velcro layers. Stick one side on each of the lower corners on the back of the frame. Hang the picture level, and press the base firmly against the wall.
Furniture painting pointer -- Before you brush up a chair or small, lightweight table, gently tap a nail into the bottom of each leg. Elevating the furniture over the work surface helps the legs get better air circulation for drying and prevents them from sticking to the surface.
Transform a clock -- Give an inexpensive clock a new look by covering its face with pretty decorative or wrapping paper. Choose a design that complements a space -- a playful circus-themed paper for a child's room, for example, or a botanical print for a sun-filled area. Unscrew the clock from the back, then carefully dismantle the face, mechanism and hands (you may need pliers to pry the hands free). Draw an outline on the new paper, using the old face as a guide, then cut out with scissors. Reassemble the clock, using double-sided tape to secure the paper in place.
Beaded lamp pull -- To dress up a basic lamp, secure a decorative bead to its pull chain. Find beads in assorted styles at crafts stores. Thread the bead onto the chain, then use needle-nose pliers to open the connector at the bottom end of the chain to keep the bead in place. If the connector is too large to thread through the bead, you can compress it first with pliers, then reopen it after adding the bead.
Versatile curtains -- It's simple to make two-sided curtains that fold back, flip up or drape down. Start with two rectangles of fabric, each panel 1 inch longer on all sides than the size of your window; cup hooks; and a grommet kit from a crafts store. With front sides facing, machine-stitch around the perimeter of the fabric panels with a 5/8-inch seam allowance, leaving a 6-inch gap anywhere in the seam.
Turn the curtain right-side out through the opening and hand-sew the opening; iron. Add grommets for hanging at even intervals along the top of the curtain. For folding up or flipping back, add one to each bottom corner. Screw cup hooks into the molding along the top and sides of the window for each grommet.