7 DIY Project Ideas for Your Weekend

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 29, 2014

Planning to tackle any DIY projects over the long weekend? I've rounded up a handful of my favorite projects for you to try, just in case. There's a how-to for leather stamped herb tags, some DIY artwork, and more. Here are 7 diy projects to potentially take on over the Labor DayContinue Reading

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Let's Hang Out: 14 DIY Ideas that Hang from Ceiling

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 28, 2014

Whether it's a pendant light, a planter, a mobile, or even a suspended table, if it's cool and it hangs from the ceiling, it's probably in this roundup. There are a lot of great ideas that would be perfect to try over the long, upcoming, Labor Day weekend. So 'let's hang out' and go through this list of 14 hanging DIY ideas to see what inspires… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Patterned Mousepad from a Cork Mat

By: Rachel mae smith Aug 27, 2014

How-To: Turn a Plant Cork Mat into a MousepadI don't know about you, but I always seem to struggle with finding a mousepad I actually like. The patterned ones at office supply stores tend to be a bit too generic and the plain ones just don't give my desk that extra pop it needs. So when making over my office space in our new apartment, I decided to make my… Continue Reading

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Before and After: How to Style and Organize your Desk in 6 Simple Steps

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 26, 2014

Does your desk look anything like this one? Disorganized, a little messy, and just kind of boring? If so, I have some tips to help get your desk organized and looking good, in a flash. Click through to see the after photos and my 6 tips for styling and organizing your desk… Continue Reading

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Dorm Room Living: 3 Little Essentials That Can Make a Big Difference

By: Diy maven Aug 22, 2014

The internets are replete with dorm decor ideas this time of year. Although they all offer great ideas, a lot of them just aren't practical. Some might take more time to construct than you'd like; others might take up too much packing space. Some might not even suit your dorm room once… Continue Reading

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13 DIY Ways to Use Leather in your Home

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 21, 2014

No matter what time of year it is, it seems like leather is always in style. I've been seeing a lot of leather DIY projects, in particular, and some clever leather hacks as well (drawer pulls, anyone?). So, I thought I would roundup some of my favorites today. Here are 13 DIY ways to use leather in your… Continue Reading

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DIY Bleached Landscape Pillow

By: Alicia Aug 20, 2014


Our little boy was born two weeks before we moved into the Curbly House, and for the last two years - with the exception of a few pictures on the wall, his bedroom has remained untouched. For the most part, this has been intentional, because we wanted to hold off creating a space for him until we knew more about him. And, frankly, we be tired, and adding another room to our makeover list was just not in our cards... until now.

We're currently… Continue Reading

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This to That: Traditional Light Post Lamp Turned Moody Moroccan Lantern

By: Diy maven Aug 19, 2014

This light post lamp looks rough, but it's solid brass under that gunk and black finish, which is why I've held on to it for more years than I can remember. I'd always intended to remake it into an outdoor lantern, and I finally… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Playful End Table Mini Makeover -- Plus a Giveaway!

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 13, 2014

Last week, I visited my local Sherwin-Williams store to get some paint and tools for a furniture makeover I've been working on. And today, I'm ready to share the results from that makeover. Above is what this quirky little end table looked like before. And here is the (now) three-toned table after:
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Eye Candy: 15 Totally DIYable Wooden Furniture Ideas

By: Diy maven Aug 08, 2014

Ever since I wrote my first post on Curbly back in '06, some of my favorite finds have been products that are totally DIYable. Especially wood working products. Shelves, tables, light fixtures, cubbies, I'm not choosy. The items just have to be stylish yet simple enough to reproduce just by looking at them. Going through Curbly's coffers, I found no less than 15 of these gemsContinue Reading

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Best of Curbly: 23 of July's Most Popular Posts

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 07, 2014

August is already flying by, so  before it gets too far away from me, it's time to round up the best Curbly posts from the month of July. Last month was filled with colorful how-to projects, some great tip-based posts (like 10 genius organizational hacks for your home), and of course, a whole lot of before and after makeovers. Want to see which posts made the cut? Click through to see the top 23 posts on Curbly from the month of… Continue Reading

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Picking Out the Perfect Paint Color for a Makeover Project

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 06, 2014

I recently bought a piece of furniture that was in need of a serious makeover. I got it for a steal, but I wasn't a big fan of the way it looked, so I decided if I stripped it down and repainted it, it had the potential to be the perfect side table. So I partnered with Sherwin-Williams, my favorite neighborhood paint store, to pick out paint colors and talk to an expert about what I would need for my project.

I found this side table at a local consignment shop for $18. I'll admit, it wasn't much to look at, but I really loved the metal legs and the contrast of the wood top, so I brought it home with me and took a… Continue Reading

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A Guide to Packing the Perfect Picnic + A DIY Blanket

By: Alicia Aug 05, 2014

Packing the Perfect Picnic + A DIY Picnic Blanket

The dog days of summer are here and it's only matter of time before the heat becomes a distant memory. This time of year is fleeting, and we've been taking advantage of the sunlit evenings by eating almost all of our dinner picnic-style.

Picnics are a great way to enjoy the outdoors; they're easy to pack, and even easier to clean up. We're rounded up a few tips and recipes to inspire your next picnic in the park. Read on for our… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Colorful Circular Trivet out of Scrap Wood

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 31, 2014

I've had these scrap pieces of masonite for quite some time now. So I thought I'd turn them into something useful, by making these round, decorative trivets. FYI, this project does involve power tools, but there's a way around that if you don't feel comfortable using a bandsaw or jigsaw. So be sure to check it out, even if you're not a power tool… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Retro-Inspired IKEA Storage Hack

By: Capreek Jul 29, 2014

IKEA products are known for being easy to customize, but sometimes those plans don't quite work out. I came across this unfortunate IKEA Fira unit at the thrift shop. Its previous owner got creative with paint, glue, and origami paper. No wonder they donated it -- it looked terrible! I'm always looking for useful storage solutions, so I brought it home determined to make it look great in my 1950's apartment. With a few simple tools and materials, I transformed it into a unique, retro-inspired piece that matches the rest of my… Continue Reading

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12 Easy Tips to Organize Your Closet in an Afternoon

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 22, 2014

One of the messiest and disorganized areas to tackle, in any house, has got to be the closet. Right? So, I thought I would put together some tips to whip any (clothes)  closet into shape. And since I recently completed an entire bedroom makeover for a friend, including the closet, I thought I would share some of the after photos from the closet portion of the makeover in this post as well. Here are my top 12 tips for organizing your closet in an… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 12 DIY Ways to Keep your Office Organized

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 10, 2014

The struggle to keep your office organized can feel like a real chore. Paperwork piles up, pens and pencils are nowhere to be found when you need them, etc. With some easy DIY solutions, though, you can get your office organized over the weekend, or even in an afternoon. All you need are a few clever organization ideas to get you get started and I have that part covered. Here are 12 DIY ways to get your office organized and keep it that… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 20 DIY Planter Ideas to Try This Summer

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 08, 2014

This year, I feel like I've been collecting plants, succulents, and cacti like nobody's business. Far more plants than I care to mention, however, are still in the plastic containers that I bought them in though. Whoops. Are you in the same boat as me? If so, I have you covered with this DIY planter roundup, that includes everything from dip dyed planters to clever recycled containers and… Continue Reading

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Best of Curbly: 16 of June's Most Popular Posts

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 03, 2014

The Fourth of July is tomorrow, which means summer entertaining will soon be in full swing. With the end of June, it also means it's time for another round of Best of Curbly. June was filled with lots of great roundups, weekend projects, and before and… Continue Reading

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