5 Things You Can Make From the Samples You Got for Your DIY Projects

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5 Things You Can Make From the Samples You Got for Your DIY Projects Aired March 12, 2018

John Gidding, you genius!

The HGTV star returned to our studio to remind us of something you've probably never thought of:

Those samples you get before you get down to business on DIY projects? They're VERY usable!

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In fact, John came up with five fabulous ways you can use samples, and each one is more impressive than the last. Read on — and grab your tile scorer!

IF YOU HAVE EXTRA FLOORING...

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Use it to cover a table that could use a facelift! Not only will it give a plain-Jane table dimension, you'll never need a coaster, as flooring is pretty indestructible. (Watch John make it in the video above!)

IF YOU HAVE LEFTOVER WALLPAPER...

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"Wallpapers are back, we all know this," says John. And what should you do with your leftover bits? Frame them to diversify your photo wall! "Oftentimes, gallery walls feel empty, because you're just using photographs of yourselves, your home, your family,” John says. “[Wallpaper samples] just fill it in better!" John says he likes a 50 percent ratio of photographs to art (and that includes wallpaper!).

IF YOU HAVE A MARBLE SLAB SAMPLE...

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This one's too easy! A sample square of marble looks just like a cheese plate — so use it as one! Just flip it upside down, clean it off and voila! After all, as John notes, "You never want to throw away marble!"

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IF YOU HAVE EXTRA PIECES OF TILE...

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Use them to cover an old planter! "If you get sample-size [tiles], sometimes they're really small,” says John. “And with a small-sized tile, just using liquid nails, you can easily attach these to your favorite small wood box.”

And don't toss bigger tiles! With a tile scorer, you can slice them into just the size you want them to be, then attach them like so. ^^

IF YOU HAVE EXTRA SPARE WOOD PIECES (OR SAMPLES OF DECKING)...

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You can make a portable bar! Paint the wood, add a metal bottle opener (which you can purchase online, John says) and add a little box, too, so people can immediately pop their bottle caps inside. (Recycling made easy!)

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