How to Scrape a Painted Window

By: Diy maven Jul 06, 2011

created at: 07/06/2011

Yesterday I painted my front door. It has 9 divided lights; such things can make a paint job tricky. I've painted enough window frames in my lifetime to have a definite opinion as to the taping versus scraping question. For me, it's scraping. Let me tell you why. I find taping hugely time consuming, plus, getting the tape just right--especially in the corners--is a pain. AND every time I've taped, I always seem to do some scraping anyway. So, scraping it is. What I like about this… Continue Reading

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No Biggie: Re-thinking an Entertainment Center

By: Craftmel Jul 06, 2011

created at: 07/02/2011

If you were faced with this existing entertainment center and wanted to use it with that sleek TV, what would you do?  After a splurge on the perfect television, one DIY-er had to get creative with her existing furniture and make it… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: A Playful Spin on Painted Dressers!

By: Capreek Jul 05, 2011

created at: 07/05/2011

We're all familiar with painted dresser makeovers.  Heck, we've built up quite a catalog right here on Curbly: some are brightly colored, some have stripes, some have crazy hues hiding in unsuspecting drawers.  They're all pretty fabulous, but I think this may be my favorite dresser makeover idea… Continue Reading

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Build a Magazine Rack from Shelving Brackets

By: Craftmel Jul 05, 2011

created at: 07/02/2011

Confession: when I was in college, I'd watch This Old House every Saturday morning.  Granted, it was on during my shift at the broadcasting station, but I made it a point to shirk all my other duties so I could take notes during the episodes. (It was college, taking notes was like breathing back then.). They always had something useful for my DIY-self.  Take, for example, this bracket-turned-magazine rack… Continue Reading

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Craft It: Keep Kids Happy with Hot Rock Crayon Art!

By: Capreek Jul 04, 2011

created at: 06/30/2011

Oh man.  I would have LOVED this as a kid.  Heck, I'd probably still like making a few of these crayon rocks (I've always been fascinated by materials and the various forms they can take).  If there's some childlike wonder to entertain, either for yourself or, you know, for an actual child, then we have the craft project for… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Magical Caravan Makeover!

By: Capreek Jul 04, 2011

 

created at: 06/30/2011

Whether you call it a caravan or a camper, there's no denying that this makeover is… Continue Reading

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Make It: Chocolatey Pudding Cups

By: Kellyb Jul 01, 2011

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Take a look at these Wicked Good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cups from the book Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O’Connor. Don't they look downright droolworthy as photographed here by Bakerella? Their intended use is for pudding, but I think ice cream or any number of things would work out in an equally delicious end result. Want to know how to make them? You'll never guess the… Continue Reading

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How to Make a Colorful Geometric Quilt

By: Kellyb Jul 01, 2011

I've been wanting to try my hand at a quilting project for a few years now, but the immensity of such an undertaking can be a bit, well, terrifying. When I saw this wedding quilt the Purl Bee gifted her friends, Nicole and Marty, it looked like something simple and geometric that I could both handle and actually like. Right now I'm only in the gather-coordinating-fabrics stage, but read on for the incredibly well laid out tutorial (complete with… Continue Reading

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Stumped? Log Some Inspiration With These DIY Lights!

By: Capreek Jun 30, 2011

created at: 06/29/2011

Oh snap!  Looks like we've got stumps on the brain.  Stump stools, stump tables, and now stump lights!  If you're ready and willing to embrace the stump craze, we have not one but two DIY lighting projects for your… Continue Reading

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Festive Fourth of July Decorations on a Budget!

By: Capreek Jun 29, 2011

created at: 06/29/2011

I'll be the first to admit that the moment I enter a party store, I kind of lose my mind.  SO MUCH STIMULI!  Nearly irresistible stimuli, too.  In a matter of minutes, my cart might be filled to the brim with seemingly "necessary" decorations, my original game plan (and budget) tossed right out the window.  But there's a way around this and it starts with a… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Tree Stump Coffee Table

By: Chrisjob Jun 29, 2011

created at: 06/29/2011

We've seen stumps and branches turned into stools and side tables, as well as accessories like desk organizers, magnets, and napkin rings, but can a hunk o' tree stand it's own as a room-centering piece like a coffee table?

Yep.  … Continue Reading

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July 4th Craft Roundup

By: Diy maven Jun 29, 2011

The 4th of July is just days away, but we still have time to get our patriotic craft on. I scoured the internets for some Curbly-worthy projects and narrowed it down to these five.

The wreath pictured above, is the most ambitious of all the projects featured here, but it does have impact. See how to make it at All You. Via.

These festive straw decorations and matchbook labels are templates, which you can download for free at TwigContinue Reading

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Make a West Elm Inspired Daybed

By: Diy maven Jun 29, 2011

created at: 06/29/2011

One of Ana White's readers made a daybed inspired by one spotted at West Elm. This particular model is no longer available, but based upon the price of a similar-looking daybed they offer, it probably cost around $450.… Continue Reading

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Light It Up: DIY Stir-Stick Pendant Lamp

By: Craftmel Jun 29, 2011

created at: 06/28/2011

Sometimes, and idea can be so easy and so great that I find myself wondering how the rest of us missed doing it ourselves.  Take, for instance, a pendant light that has been spruced up by some simple (and free)… Continue Reading

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Craft It: A Robot Centerpiece for the 4th of July!

By: Capreek Jun 28, 2011

created at: 06/28/2011

PatriBot 3000 is what I'm calling this quirky Fourth of July centerpiece.  With a belly full of cookies and a head full of forks, he'll be the star of the festivities (after the fireworks, of course)!  Ready to make a DIY robot of your own?  Great.  Let's get this freedom party… Continue Reading

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