A Bright, Colorful Nursery Makeover for Our New Baby!

By: Alicia Apr 21, 2012



Bruno and I have some big news brewing - we're having a baby! Our first, Ayla, was born in 2009, and has been our greatest joy. So we're ridiculously excited to add to the family. Of course, a new baby means a new nursery, so for the last few months I've been dreaming up color schemes and pinning favorites left and right. Turns out, the third week in April is National Painting Week, so it's a perfect time for a paint-inspired redo!

We decided not to find out the baby's gender this time around, and knew we wanted to go with a neutral and gentle palette in the nursery. I have been in love with the combination of gray and yellow for the last few years, and it seemed like the right combination for our new nursery.

Read on to find out how we turned a ho-hum office space into a happy home for a… Continue Reading

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IKEA Table Gets a Natural Modern Makeover

By: Alicia Jul 28, 2011

This month, Krylon is sponsoring a series of thrifty, creative DIY projects:

Over the last month, we've been giving some love to our favorite room in the house ... our porch. Earlier this month we spruced up our porch coffee tables and a rocking chair. Then we kept the momentum going and re-did some candle-holders. This week's project was both functional and fun, and we were thrilled with the results. 

IKEA table makeover - before
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Curbly Video How To: Make an Accordion Photo Album

By: Chrisjob Nov 11, 2010

This week marks Curbly's fourth birthday! We're pretty excited, and so we're bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one's from Curbly's most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.

This is a really fun and effective way to make a little photo album--all without using glue or adhesive in its construction. It’s a great way to showcase your photography. It also makes a great ‘brag book’ for images of your favorite children--furry or otherwise.

 


Here’s some of the things you’ll need to make one:

  • Medium weight poster board
  • Card stock, two different colors
  • 1/4” wide elastic or ribbon
  • Small hole punch
  • Decorative brad
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
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Get Nested Kick Off!

By: Bruno Oct 19, 2010

Hey everyone, I'm thrilled to welcome Meg Allan Cole to Curbly for her fall series, Get Nested! Today she's got a great pumpkin bread recipe, and some tips for making your home smell warm and delicious.

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Curbly Video: How to Make a Planter from a Recycled Book

By: Chrisjob Jul 27, 2010

created at: 07/28/2010

For many, books, as physical objects, can be central to one's home decor. While some store their collections in spare rooms, offices, and spaces out of sight for company; many of us proudly display our libraries as focal points, providing the opportunity to start conversations with guests, family, and friends. Often, looking at one's bookshelves, like peering into one's home, can teach us a lot about who someone is and the things they love. We've grown used to seeing books on coffee tables, night stands, and even in bathrooms. They indicate that someone actually lives in a space, and can always serve as great conversation starters.

So, we wanted to honor the book's place in the home by elevating a single volume into a home design element. And there's no better way to draw attention than to put something living inside of it. And so...the upcycled book… Continue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: Five DIY Holiday Gift Kits to Inspire Your Family and Friends.

By: Chrisjob Nov 25, 2009

created at: 2009/11/23

This holiday season, go one step beyond giving handmade gifts. Give the gift of creativity and empower the recipients with these five DIY Gift Kits. It's like handmade-squared!

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How to: Make an Easy and Inexpensive DIY Frame for Posters and Art (Video Tutorial)

By: Chrisjob Jul 21, 2009

An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster.

So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to make an accordion photo album.

By: Diy maven Jul 15, 2009

 

 

This is a really fun and effective way to make a little photo album--all without using glue or adhesive in its construction. It’s a great way to showcase your photography. It also makes a great ‘brag book’ for images of your favorite children--furry orContinue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Create a Photo Frame from a Recycled Circuit Board

By: Chrisjob May 06, 2009

Upon visiting my local FreeGeek space, I noted the bubbling pile of e-scrap...techno goodies that will never be much use for a frankensteined personal computer. Did I see a potential resource of microchips, LEDs, and switches? Of course, but I wouldn't know what to do with 'em. So, instead, I started slicing, and came up with this veryeasy, customizable, and essentially cost-free picture frame.

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Curbly Video: Using Paper Napkins to Make Decorative Tile Coasters

By: Diy maven Feb 16, 2009

created on: 02/16/09

With the help of some 4" square ceramic tiles, turning decorative paper napkins into a set of very polished-looking coasters is easy.

To make a set of 4 coasters, you’ll need:

  • 4-4" square ceramic tiles (you can find these at your big box store for about 15 cents a piece)
  • Mod Podge (I used the Matte-Mat)
  • small paint brush
  • polyurethane (I used Aqua-Zar in satin, but glossy would look great too)
  • decorative paper… Continue Reading
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Curbly Video Quick Tip: Easily Keep Wine and Stocks on Hand For Finishing Recipes.

By: Chrisjob Feb 09, 2009

A splash of wine, or deglazing with a broth or stock, can take an average home dish to saucy deliciousness. But, it's impractical to open a new bottle or carton just for a few tablespoons. So watch this video for a fresh idea.

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Curbly Video Quick Tip: Keep Your Shovel De-Iced for Easy Snow Removal.

By: Chrisjob Jan 28, 2009

created on: 01/28/09

Brrrr... We're certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel's surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.

To keep the shovel slick and (mostly)… Continue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make Hand-Printed Fleece Scarves.

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2008

created on: 12/14/08

This easy no-sew, no-knit hand-printed scarf project makes a perfect and perfectly easy gift for everyone on your list. And since they cost under $2.00 to make, you can create one to match every coat and outfit in their… Continue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to make woven fabric hearts.

By: Diy maven Dec 10, 2008

Danish woven hearts are part of every kid's childhood. (Or they should be.) If you were like me, your hearts ripped as you wove them or as you filled them. Either way, they lead to heart ache.  Making them out of fabric, however, will save you countless tears. They'll last for many Christmases and Valentine's days to come and they'll never break your heart. (Over use of puns intended.)

What you need to make 'em:

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Curbly Video Podcast: How To Make Picture Perfect Paper Snowflakes.

By: Chrisjob Dec 02, 2008

A piece of paper. A scissors. A scant five minutes. The results?

Holiday magic!

The paper snowflake is nearly everyone's first Christmastide craft, and its elegant aesthetic keeps folks creating 'em, year after year. But my elementary-school snowflakes never really captured nature's precise geometry and symmetry...they really looked more like crude doilies than lilting crystalline… Continue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to turn a wine bottle into an oil lamp with found objects.

By: Diy maven Nov 17, 2008

created on: 11/17/08

If you have a bin of nuts and washers and things, you’re half-way to turning a wine bottle into an oil lamp. (And even if you don’t have a nut and washer bin, you can pick a few up–plus the other items you’ll need to complete this project–at the hardware store for pennies!)

The supplies you’ll want to gather:

  • An empty wine bottle
  • A 1 ½" or so long threaded nipple–I used one from an old lamp kit
  • Two ½" to 5/8" nuts–one wide,… Continue Reading
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Curbly Video Podcast: How to turn an old window into illuminated wall art.

By: Diy maven Aug 27, 2008

created on: 08/27/08

I have a thing about windows. Especially barn sash windows, one of which just happened to be lying around. It was too good not to turn into something, so kicked around some ideas and came up with a wall art/light fixture idea and went to work.

What we used:

an old barn sash window
scrap 1" x 3" pine
a piece of handy board
frosted glass spray
Contact paper
scissor and paper punch
LED light strip
table saw, screws, drill, nails hammer, etc.

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Zen Garden on a Budget

By: Diy maven Jul 25, 2008

created on: 07/25/08

My sister Barbara was shopping for a zen rake, and it occurred to her that I should make a zen garden for Curbly. Well, here it is...a zen garden on a budget. (Thanks for the idea, sis!)

Stuff you’ll need:

A thick-ish picture frame; 8" x 10" works well. (I found the perfect specimen at the thrift store for $2.80. Sweet.)

A glue gun and glue sticks

Beach sand (Since I don’t live in an area notorious for its lovely beach sand, I had… Continue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How To Print Custom, One-of-a-Kind Apparel with Skreened.com.

By: Chrisjob Jul 22, 2008

created on: 07/22/08

Skreened.com fulfills not only the American, but the ultimate, international dream of all humankind: to have anything you could ever desire printed on a t-shirt.

created on: 07/22/08Skreened's technique is efficient and durable full-color process that lays soft, water-based prints right onto the garment. So you can get just one, just for you, with no setup fees, or minimal orders. Plus, Skreened's approach uses sweatshop-free apparel, prints without… Continue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Turn a Take-Away Container into a Decorative Storage Box

By: Diy maven Jun 06, 2008

created on: 06/06/08

Tarting up a take-away container with paper is a fun, fast and easy project. They make beautiful gift boxes, but equally pretty storage boxes as well!

The supplies you’ll need:

A clean takeaway container (to forego the lingering scent of vegetable lo-mein, you can buy new takeaway containers at your local craft store for about a dollar.)
Decorative paper
Spray adhesive
Craft knife
2 metal brads
One large needle
A cutting mat and… Continue Reading

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