How to: Salvage the Contents of a Rusty Paint Can

by DIY Maven

created at: 04/13/2010

Don't you HATE rusty paint cans? Especially when they're almost full of perfectly good paint or polyurethane? I was confronted by such a thing last week. If the can would have been almost empty, I could see (maybe) disposing of it and buying new, but this can, as you can see, was nearly full. To salvage the contents, here's what I did:    

created at: 04/13/2010

First I stuck painter's tape into the inside of the rim.

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Then I poured the poly into a new...

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String-Art Chairs

by DIY Maven

created at: 04/13/2010

Jessica Carnevale's collection dubbed 'Stretch' is reminiscent of 1970's string art. The chairs are made using latex, rope and bungees for a very springy and comfy effect. I dunno about you, but they make me wanna find a chair and take a saw and drill to it.

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Loan Your Lawn

created at:  04/06/2010
Maybe you've always wanted to throw a garage sale, but know the neighbors would frown upon it or your locale just doesn't lend itself to prime shopping. Do not dispair. You, too, can have a garage or yard sale if you just ask a pal to  loan you his or her lawn.

That's exactly what Jonamor Décor's Senor and Jonona Amor in Los Angeles did when these apartment dwellers wanted to sell some of their fabulous fare. Ruth Handel, a garage-sale shopper...

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Contain Your Collections

created at: 04/06/2010

Glass containers, whether they be old cookie jars, found fish bowls or even tall beer steins, are smart ways to keep your treasured collections in order. The trick is to gather similar objects -- either of shape, color, nomenclature or size -- and isolate them in the confines of the glass structure.

Et vôilà! Instant collection.

One of my favorite examples of glassed-in collections was photographed by Jim Franco for my book The Find: The...

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a Free Copy of Make It! Secondhand Chic, Plus a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

by Chris Gardner

created at: 03/02/2010

Curbly's second publication - Make It! Secondhand Chic - is now available! Last week, we celebrated by giving away a free PDF-copy and a $50 Amazon.com giftcard. And the response was great, so we're doing it again this week!

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Make It! Secondhand Chic features fourteen original projects that will show you how to transform common thrift-store finds into useful, stylish gems, and well as some tips for finding and using secondhand items to...

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The Secret Side of Secondhand: The Surplus Store

by DIY Maven

created at: 04/12/2010

Before we started working on the new entry into the Curbly Make-It! library, Make It! Secondhand Chic, I was telling a friend of mine my plans for hitting secondhand shops. He said, 'You gotta go to Ax-Man.' I had heard of the local Ax-Man stores, but only knew that they were outlets for surplus items, a sort of limbo for nearly secondhand. I'd never actually visited one, much to the dismay of the creator of Curbly, I might add. So, last week I decided to grab my camera and go on a fact-finding mission.

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Suitcase Side Table

by DIY Maven

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One of the 14 original projects in Make It! Secondhand Chic, is a circa 1970's suitcase turned side table, but its maker, Chris, gave it that fresh mid-mod vibe that we've come to expect from him. In this option, an old folding director's chair serves as the legs of the side table while the vintage suitcase on top gives the whole look a steampunk feel. 

If you wanna see Chris's version, you'll have to snag a copy of Make It! Secondhand Chic...

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