Category: Marc Atiyolil From Drab to Fab

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DIY Jewelry Frame

Dear Marc: I want to create something special for my wife. While shopping at a boutique, we came across a unique jewelry holder. It was a frame with what looked like chicken wire in the middle and the wire was used to hook the jewelry in place. Essentially it replaces a jewelry box. I want […]

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Updating An Old Table

Dear Marc: I picked up an old metal base retail counter during a closing out sale. The wood top is in rough shape (scratches and scrapes), but I remembered what you always say: “With a little elbow grease, anything is possible”. So I bought it. Now comes the fun part- how do I turn this […]

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DIY Chic Wine Cork Pot Holder

Dear Marc: We entertain a lot in our home and wine is our drink of choice when hosting dinner parties. I’ve been in the habit of collecting the wine corks leftover from these fabulous soirees, as I think they could make a great addition to a DIY project. Now the question is: what kind of […]

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DIY Designer Pegboard

Dear Marc: I turned my spare bedroom into a home office. I repurposed a few pieces of furniture and created an eclectic look. However, I’m struggling with finding trendy organizational accessories. Any ideas how I can make my pegboard look less like an eye sore? Deborah Dear Deborah: First and foremost, kudos for understanding that […]

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London Inspired DIY Welcome Mat

Dear Marc: I’m psyched about the Olympics being in London this year. I spent a summer there after college and it was one of the best summers ever! I want to have something British-inspired in my apartment to display during the Olympics but I’m working on a really tight budget. Do you have any ideas? […]

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DIY Cottage Chic Desk

Dear Marc: We are having a great summer! The weather is perfect for cottage country. We have a quaint little cottage that has been in the family for years. My late aunt had decorated the place back in the day and it’s in need of a makeover! I don’t like the furniture that is currently […]

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Upcycled Wire Hanger Decor Accent

Dear Marc: While moving into our cute little bungalow, I noticed that we had more plastic hangers than metal ones. When organizing the new closets, I replaced the metal hangers with matching plastic for a clean look. I am left with approximately ten metal hangers. Can I upcycle them? Trisha Dear Trisha: Isn’t it funny […]

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DIY Spoon Hooks

Dear Marc: I found a set of cutlery at a garage sale for dirt cheap! I’ve heard that people have re-purposed spoons and forks to make different things. I have a pair of pliers and I’m eager to learn what I can do with my new purchase. Any ideas? Mackenzie Dear Mackenzie: Did you know […]

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DIY Zebra Print Frame Project

Dear Marc: I have leftover zebra-print fabric from when I re-upholstered a couple accent pillows. The fabric is stunning and I have about half a yard left. What can I do with my leftovers? Angelica Dear Angelica: I went on a mission to try to find a creative way to utilize leftover fabric without spending […]

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DIY Patio Table Project

Dear Marc: While remodeling our family room, I decided to get rid of a set of coffee table and side tables. They have glass tops and metal frames. Should I part with them or do you have a repurposing project for them? Monica Dear Monica: Remodeling projects are fun as we usually find great supplies […]

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DIY Tree Branch Patio Decor

Dear Marc: My hubby trimmed our old oak tree in our front yard and we are left with a bunch of tree branches. I’ve seen branches repurposed into an urn display on decks and in homes. How can I turn my old branches into a home decor accent? Wanda Dear Wanda: I have been known […]

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DIY Vintage Window Pane Photo Frame

Dear Marc: We restored an old house and replaced all the old Victorian pane windows with new energy efficient windows. I’m left with a stack of antique windows and it would be a shame to get rid of them! Do you know of any projects that use and repurpose vintage windows? Emily Dear Emily: I […]

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Taking Your Indoor Design Outdoors

Dear Marc: I have successfully designed my entire home with the use of advice from your column. Now I would like to work on what you like to call “Taking your indoor design outdoors”. I have seen you talk about this on TV but I am not sure where to start. I would like to […]

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Rock And Roll Side Table

Dear Marc: I inherited my mother’s old records. I remember many times listening to them as we baked on Saturday mornings when I was a little girl. She left them to me but I don’t have a record player. I’d like to have them displayed in my home. Do you have ideas on how I […]

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Repurposing Old Belts into Custom Picture Frames

Dear Marc: During my spring cleaning, I worked myself through piles of clothing and accessories that I don’t wear anymore. I took some old purses and turned them into accent pillows like you did in a past column (great project by the way!), but my creativity ceased to exist when I tried to repurpose my […]

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DIY Napkin Rings from Old Earrings

Dear Marc: I clip and save your column from the newspaper each week! I have old earrings in various styles that I don’t wear anymore. Could I repurpose these in a design project? Kim Dear Kim: Jewelry makes a great supply for repurposing projects! Whether it’s your old “hoop” earrings or a broach, these can […]

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DIY Faux Fur Chair Project

Dear Marc: I found a faux fur chair with natural stained wood at a flea market and I want to refinish it. I went to a fabric store to replace the existing faux fur with a more muted colour only to realize that this type of fabric is pricey! Do you have any ideas how […]

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DIY Repurposed Weathered Wood Sign

“I’m from the country and I like it that way” – Tracy Byrd, #1 Billboard Hit Country Music Artist Dear Marc: I have two eight foot lengths of 1 x 6 inch weathered wood. We had an old fence dismantled and these pieces were left behind by the contractor. I thought of throwing them out […]

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DIY Wine Glass Chandelier

Dear Marc: I have a stack of stemware that my aunt left me after she passed away. Among them are some beautiful glasses; however I’m not a big wine drinker. The glasses tend to collect dust in my dining room hutch and I thought you might have an idea as to how to repurpose them. […]

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DIY French Provincial Chair Update

Dear Marc: Is it possible to modernize a French Provincial chair so that it fits into a more contemporary setting? We’re debating whether we should throw away this old chair and upgrade our furniture to something that better fits our room design. Angela Dear Angela: I’m fascinated with the modernization of vintage furniture pieces. The […]

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Refinishing an Old Bedroom Dresser

Dear Marc: Do you have ideas for refinishing an old bedroom dresser? It’s a low, two-drawer dresser with a honey wood finish. I like the piece of furniture, but I want to “glam it up”. Help! Darlene Dear Darlene: The other day, I was sitting with friends and family in my sister’s dining room when […]

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Marc Tours Matt Dusk’s Dining Room

In this week’s episode of The Marc Atiyolil Show, Marc returns to visit singer Matt Dusk. This week they tour his dining room and discuss decor and entertaining.  

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DIY Guestbook Autograph Table

Dear Marc: My best girlfriend is getting married. As her bridesmaid, I’d like to give her something special for her wedding day. I think a repurposed piece of furniture might be a nice gesture! The couple is moving into a new house in the coming months. They want to acquire some new furniture for their […]

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Chic DIY Thank You Cards

Dear Marc: My kids are home for the holidays and I want to work on a DIY project with them to pass the time. I received a few unexpected gifts from distant relatives this year from whom I hadn’t sent Christmas cards. The holiday season is already in full swing therefore, if I send a […]

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Step away from the bedazzler and no one will get hurt!

Dear Marc: I want to make myself some pillows. My experience as a seamstress is very limited, so the simpler the project, the better. The extent of my sewing experience came from my bedazzling phase where I liked to add “bling” to everything. Do you have a foolproof way of making a nice pillow using […]

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