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Perfectly imperfect chair: a DIY from Yahoo Homes’ Flickr group

Jennifer Karmon

The genius of this chair makeover by Flickr user Marne (who blogs at Hey Lucy) is that it classes up the original without requiring meticulous skill -- because, after all, it's obviously supposed to be imperfect. "I’ve had this chippy chair sitting on the porch forever," she writes on her blog, "and it wasn’t the nice kind of charming vintage chippy, it just looked bad." So she bought some Martha Stewart stencils from Michaels ("much nicer than your typical craft store stencils") and set to work.

Now our own mental cogs are turning: What else could we do by halves and then say, "Well, that's the whole point!"?

This photo is from Yahoo Homes' Flickr pool. We'd love it if you'd share your DIY home projects too! Just click here to join and upload photos.

Thanks, Marne!