How to: A Neglected to Nifty Chair Makeover

By: Hellolidy May 21, 2015
A Neglected To Nifty Chair Makeover

So, I'll admit it. I have a really hard time throwing things away or letting things go. I'm not quite "hoarder" status, but I'm sure if I don't start getting rid of unused pieces in my home soon, my friends and family will start to talk. Am I the only one? (Please say no!!).

Take, for example, my neglected chair. It was my very first furniture purchase that I scored in the As-Is section of IKEA when I first moved out for college TWELVE years ago! And I almost gathered the courage to get rid of it until a light bulb went on in my head. This guy didn't need to get ditched, it just needed a makeover. So, I decided to go all out and have a little fun.

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Get Botanical with this DIY Tropical Leaf Pillow

By: Jeran May 20, 2015

I'm craving the tropics lately, after making this fun tropical leaf tablecloth. And now, I'm finding other ways to repeat this pattern in my home, like this tropical DIY pillow idea. It's really easy to make, requires very simple sewing, and you'll only need a few supplies from the fabric store. Bonus: It's an organic shape, which is a nice balance amongst the sea of square or rectangular pillows that are so common.  Want to make your own?

                                                

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What's the Best Garden Planner? We Find Out!

By: Diy maven May 19, 2015
Garden Planners Comparison - Which one is best?

Memorial Day is in sight and, here in the Midwest, that means the start of gardening season. To turn your brown thumb green – or your greener thumb greener – we've assembled 4 popular garden/landscape planners and put them through their paces. The victims today are Small Blue Printer, Plan Garden, Mother Earth News Garden Planner, and Better Homes and Gardens Garden Planner. Are the free versions as good as the paid-for route? Maybe, maybeContinue Reading

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Before and After: Easy Color Pop Nightstand IKEA Hack

By: Capreek May 18, 2015
Image: IKEA

Last week, I shared the results of our fun and quirky master bedroom makeover. (Take a peek here if you missed it!) In it, we included a pair of IKEA nightstands that were treated to a simple yet colorful makeover. Check it out below!    Continue Reading

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29th Avenue: A Colorful Master Bedroom Makeover Part II - The BIG Reveal!

By: Capreek May 14, 2015

We started from the bottom, now we're here: the 29th Avenue master bedroom makeover REVEAL! As a refresher, this is what we began with. Blech. Just... no. Obviously this dark and dreary and totally lame bedroom wasn't going to cut it. Fast forward a few weeks and THIS is where we are now:    Continue Reading

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How To: Colorful DIY Wall Mounted Votive Set

By: Faith-towers May 14, 2015
Photo: Faith Towers

I live in a small 525 square foot condo, so free space is always hard to find. But one thing I do have a lot of is wall space. So I decided to create a small wall mounted shelf with a set of colorful votives on top. And now I'm sharing the super easy tutorial with you! Click through for instructions.   

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Make This: Super Easy DIY Hanging Plant Wall

By: Hellolidy May 12, 2015
DIY Modern Wire Plant Hanger

Our basement family room was recently given a much needed makeover! The space was totally out of date, dark and uninviting. I started with giving the walls a fresh coat of white paint and brought in some new pieces for the room. Still, the space was asking for something a little more modern and one-of-a-kind.  Since I love plants SO much and I try to have one in every room possible, I created a fun this super simple plant wall to show off my little green collection and add some serious life to the space! Continue Reading

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29th Avenue: A Dark Master Bedroom Gets a Colorful Makeover - Part I

By: Capreek May 12, 2015

We bought the 29th Avenue house at the end of 2013 and have been slowly giving this 1920s bungalow a facelift, room by room: first the bathroom, then the office, and now the master bedroom! The previous owners had painted every room in, apparently, the darkest colors they could find. Considering our home has tiny rooms, even smaller windows, and we live in Cloud City, USA aka Portland, the dark and dismal vibes just weren't going to cut it. So, "Operation Cheer Up" was born.    Continue Reading

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How to: Make Your Own Mod Wood and Paint Coat Hooks

By: Hellolidy May 07, 2015
DIY Color Dipped Wood Coat Hanger

I am all for adding fun art pieces to the walls in my home, especially when they serve a functional role as well! These fun geometric wood and color coat hooks are an easy solution when your room is lacking a little character and color...and storage. Let's make some!   Continue Reading

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Before and After: How to Transform a Rusty Metal Cabinet to a Modern Statement Piece

By: Jeran May 06, 2015
Photo: Jeran McConnel

Okay, confession time.  I have a lot of random junk in my garage.  I love to thrift, so when I come across furniture that has "potential", I buy it and save it for a rainy day.  This ugly little metal drawer cabinet has been in my garage for a couple years now collecting dust.  I bought it at the Pasadena Flea Market and paid about $20 for it.  It was very rusty and had a lot of holes and chipped layers of paint.      

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How to: Paint a Matisse-Inspired Mixed Foliage Painted Tray

By: Hellolidy Apr 30, 2015
Mixed Foliage Painted Tray

Perhaps it's the change in weather that has got me craving bright colors and bold patterns this season! So, I decided to take some inspiration from one of my favorite artists, Henri Matisse, and how he so perfectly captured natures whimsical form and shape. And with summer just around the corner, I decided to create this mixed foliage painted tray to add that burst of color and pattern in our home. 

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How-To: Dishwasher Safe Decorated Mugs

By: Rachel mae smith Apr 27, 2015
by Rachel Mae Smith

If you're looking for a budget friendly project for Mother's Day, or just want something new for your own home, then you'll want to make these dishwasher safe painted mugs! The project really only takes 20 minutes (plus bake time), and you can even find plain mugs at the dollar store. Here's how:Continue Reading

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How to: Make a DIY Tropical Leaf Tablecloth

By: Jeran Apr 23, 2015

I can't get enough of the tropical foliage trend lately.  Here in sunny California, Spring has definitely arrived and Summer is just around the corner.  I'm ready to host some backyard BBQs and warm weather brunches.  I decided a new tablecloth was a must for this season.  This DIY Tropical Leaf Tablecloth is so easy to make and the results are bold and beautiful.

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How to: Make Your Own DIY Mid-Century Inspired Geometric Wall Art

By: Hellolidy Apr 22, 2015
Mid-Century Modern Inspired Art
Photo: Lidy Dipert

If you are a mid-century modern enthusiast and you aren't watching Mad Men, you need to get with it. Not only is it highly entertaining, but I can't stop myself from drooling over all the hairdos, outfits, furniture and art! So, in honor of my teeny-tiny Mad Men addiction and the new season, I decided to create a mid-century modern inspired geometric art using basic shapes and some super simple materials.

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How to: Create Easy Artwork with a Cork Plant Mat

By: Brittni mehlhoff Apr 21, 2015
Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

I recently came across cork mats at the hardware store, when I was walking through the plant aisle. Each one was only a couple of dollars, so I grabbed a big pile and took them home to experiment. Want to see what I came up with? Click through to find out.

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Free Download: Kitchen Cleaning Cheat Sheet

By: Alicia Apr 21, 2015

It's time for spring cleaning! Check out our free downloadable cleaning cheat sheet to get your kitchen spick-and-span!

Free Downloadable Kitchen Cleaning Cheat Sheet

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Free Download: Keep Your Home Clutter Free with this Organization Cheat Sheet

By: Alicia Apr 14, 2015

A place for everything and everything in its place is now completely possible with this handy cheat sheet. 

Download our FREE Home Organization Cheat Sheet to keep all your ducks in a row!


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How to: Give a Giant Marquee Letter a Stylish Abstract Paint Job

By: Jeran Apr 09, 2015
Photo: Jeran McConnel

I love a large marquee letter in home decor.  It's a great way to personalize your space without monogramming all your guest towels.  Any chance to hang something one your walls that's not in a neat rectangular frame is a win in my book.  This marquee letter got a trendy makeover by painting the whole thing like a modern, abstract piece of art.  It's a fun way to add color and pattern to any room.  

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Free Download: A General Guide to a Clean Home

By: Alicia Apr 07, 2015

It's spring cleaning month on Curbly, and we're sharing a whole bundle of cleaning and organization downloads to help you manage the beast of a mess winter left in your house. Continue reading to see how to download our Clean Home checklist for free!

Learn How to Keep Your Home Neat and Tidy with this Clean Home Check List

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