Before and After: From Table to Banquette

By: Diy maven May 22, 2015

Photo: MidnightXII via imgur

I have a love/hate relationship with banquettes (aka kitchen booth things). I love them because because of their ability to tuck into small spaces yet provide a lot of seating. I hate them because they're built in and can't be moved, unlike furniture. And then there's that "what happens when the dude in the center needs to get out?" thing. "Excuse me.Continue Reading

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Before, After and After: Dria's Kitchen Evolution

By: Diy maven May 15, 2015

Photo: DIO Home Improvements

Dria's kitchen has evolved over the years, and, recently, she documented its journey. Pictured above is how the kitchen looked when she put a bid on the house. Below is a picture of Dria's first makeover, which you might call a bridge to the more major makeover she had in mind. This re-do includedContinue Reading

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Round Up: 7 Perfect Mommy Cocktails

By: Diy maven May 08, 2015

Does mommy need a cocktail on Mother's Day? If so, read on and get ready to salivate, because, yes, their pictures areContinue Reading

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Store-Bought Cake Makeovers Pretty Enough for a Wedding!

By: Diy maven May 01, 2015

Photo: A Practical Wedding

These three store-bought cakes (from Whole Foods) were pretty to begin with, but a little DIY later and they're gorgeous. Yes, they're lovely enough for a wedding, but also for birthdays, wedding showers, baby showers, Mother's Day...youContinue Reading

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From Drab to Fab: Nate Berkus Transforms a Family Kitchen

By: Diy maven Apr 24, 2015

Photo: House Beautiful

I don't have to tell you that most of the room re-dos we see in these parts are totally (or very nearly) all DIY, but it's nice to see a design from a pro now and then. In this case that pro is Nate Berkus. A trick he uses to make a room look authentic is to make it feel as if it has been "assembled and layered over time." To do this, he incorporates "'pieces that have patina and age'" along with new items from stores like Target." But enough of the talky-talky; let'sContinue Reading

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How To: Make an Instagram Chocolate Mousse Cake

By: Diy maven Apr 17, 2015

Photo: How to Cook That

Ann Reardon is part baker, artist, and engineer. She'd have to be to come up with an Instagram surprise cake, which just might be the the best surprise cake I have ever seen. She takes us through the entire process inContinue Reading

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From Shabby to Chic: Stylish Refrigerator Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 10, 2015

Photo: Trois Petites Filles

Picture this: It's 2 am and you can't sleep because inspiration has struck and you are so excited to start the project in mind that your racing brain postpones blissful slumber that much longer. Sound familiar? Well, that's exactly what happened to Victoria when it occurred to herContinue Reading

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How To: Get a Designer Look Vintage Kitchen on a Budget

By: Diy maven Apr 03, 2015

Photo: Country Living

Designer Nancy Taylor's 18th Century farmhouse kitchen is her "dream kitchen." In Curbly style, Country Living breaks down the high-end makeover for a more budget-friendly route. $$$$ versusContinue Reading

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Jeff Lewis's Top Tips to a Fabulous Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 27, 2015

Photos: Delish

I adore Jeff Lewis's design esthetic. So when I saw that he had compiled 6 tips to a successful kitchen makeover, I was all over it. Here's a nutshell:

1. Jeff starts a kitchen redo by perusing interior design magazines. I think this is a telling admission and one we all need to keep in mind whenContinue Reading

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How To: Make Spring Kitchen Linens in 3 Easy Steps

By: Diy maven Mar 20, 2015

Photo: Simple Simon and Company

Elizabeth shows us how to brighten up plain linens just in time for spring. Her easy 3-step process will make anyone look like an appliqué pro in no time. The secret, of course, is Heat n' Bond, which should be in every DIYer's arsenal ofContinue Reading

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From Fail to Fabulous: A Genius Refrigerator Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 13, 2015

Photo: General Splendour

Tracy tried to paint her old and rusty refrigerator to make it look like stainless. That resulted in a huge fail. But did Tracy give up? Of course not! SheContinue Reading

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Michelle's Timeless Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 06, 2015

Photo: Hummingbird High

Michelle's kitchen, before its makeover was a 'hot mess.' Eighteen inch deep countertops, a leaking sink, a painted-shut window. Not exactly paradise for someone who is writes a blog about baking. But Michelle changed all that. She saved up and sacrificed her sanityContinue Reading

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27 Cooking Diagrams that Will Save Your Culinary Life

By: Diy maven Feb 27, 2015

Image: BuzzFeed

Your guests are to arrive in 5 minutes and you realize you don't have any bottle vinaigrette in the house. What do you do?? Grab a cook book and start paging/reading or glance at a cool diagram for an even better substitute? If you're a visual cook, the latter, of course. It's just one of the diagrams inContinue Reading

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Before and After: $20K DIY Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Feb 20, 2015

Photo: Koko Likes

Usually, DIY kitchen makeovers around the Curbly neighborhood clock in at much less than $20k, but Koko and her husband Quincy splurged on all new appliances and cabinetry. The last of those can be a budget-buster, so, when you think about it, $20k is steal. Before, the kitchen wasContinue Reading

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Get it Here: 14 Valentine's Day Food Deals!

By: Diy maven Feb 13, 2015

Image: Krispy Kreme

Not everybody is hand-dipping strawberries in chocolate tomorrow for their sweetie-pies. Mine's not a fan anyway. He'd rather sample PF Chang's Hot and Spicy Menu for Two. "What's that," you ask? It's a selection of dishes such as things like Flaming Pork Wontons--all for $45 now through the February 15, 2015. PF Chang's is only one of 14 restaurants on this listContinue Reading

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18 Products We've Been Using WRONG

By: Diy maven Feb 06, 2015

Did you ever notice perforations on the ends of your tinfoil and plastic wrapper boxes? I didn't until I saw it on the Internets. And then I checked the products in my pantry just to make sure. There they were: perforations to pop inContinue Reading

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16 Microwave Oven Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

By: Diy maven Jan 30, 2015

Image: Lifehack

Did you know you can make potato chips in your microwave oven? Or re-moisten stale bread?  These and 14 other clever microwave hacks will surely make your life easier. The big one for me is using the 'wave to aid in theContinue Reading

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Before and After: Brilliant IKEA Duktig Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 23, 2015

Photo: IKEA

Sara has dreams of remodeling a full-size kitchen someday, but, until then, she thought she'd practice on an IKEA Duktig play kitchen for her daughter. Based upon the outcome, I think Sara's future full-size kitchen remodeling will be a brilliant success. Most full-size kitchens don't look this goodContinue Reading

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Before and After: $1500 Turquoise Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 09, 2015

Photo: Dans le Townhouse

I'm guessing Tanya's wicked awesome Pyrex collection had more than a little influence on her choice of colors when it came to her budget kitchen remodel. She and her handy husband painted the lower cabinets and removed the uppers altogether. A new DIY countertopContinue Reading

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Gorgeous Kitchen Makeover by Nate Berkus

By: Diy maven Jan 02, 2015

House Beautiful [http://www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/home-makeovers/nate-berkus-kitchen-makeover#slide-1]

I've always said that if I were ever lucky enough to open my home to a celebrity designer for a free makeover, I'd welcome Jeff Lewis with open arms. In second place just might be Nate Berkus.* Last month he did a kitchen for a young family in Kansas City in partnershipContinue Reading

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