There was nothing horrible about the old bathroom... but it didn't have much personality and the color scheme certainly wasn't ideal for the space. A few modern touches and a more subtle wall color take this bathroom from boring to brilliant. Check out the amazing transformation after the jump.… Continue Reading
(HEY! We're giving away a $200 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of this post! Read on to find out how to win!)
My dad was a jack of all trades as far as DIY was concerned. Plumbing, heating, engine repair. He did just about everything. The one thing he rarely did was make furniture. Only two such projects come to mind: a coffee table that was long gone by the time I came around, and there is the bench you see above. Dad's bench, as we refer to it, was never meant to be a 'beauty' piece, but rather a workbench of sorts for my mother.
It went on the auction block when they downsized about 6 years ago. As I stood watching the auctioneer offer up the bench, I decided I couldn't part with it and entered into a heated bidding war with a total stranger. I paid five bucks for it.
For being 60+ years old, it's in pretty good shape, and, thanks to box nails, it's still super sturdy. All it needed was some… Continue Reading
After much ado about color, we are finally finished with the Curbly House bathroom (for now). We thought we were ready to reveal the room months ago, but then I got cold feet and decided to re-paint the room. When our friends at Sherwin-Williams invited us to participate in their National Painting Week once again, I knew our bathroom was the room that was going to get a mini-makeover in preparation for its big debut.… Continue Reading
Guess what? It still feels like winter here in Minnesota. Last year around this time we were happily painting a new nursery for our then-unborn baby boy, with the windows open and a warm breeze wafting through the house. This year, not so much:
FYI, here's what things looked like last year for National Painting Week (notice the short sleeves and generally increased level of happiness):
So what's all that stuff sitting in our… Continue Reading
I've always been drawn to the simple, modern lines of Swedish design, so naturally, I'm a frequent shopper at Ikea. But since their products are now so ubiquitous, sometimes I crave more of a custom look... which is why I've become obsessed with IKEA hacks. Below are ten easy DIY projects using a variety of IKEA… Continue Reading
Bi-fold, sliding, swing. No, they're not classes of ballroom dances; they're closet door types. Whatever kind of closet doors you have, or whatever you call them, we have a makeover for them. Read on, be inspired and go from slab to fab in no time.
1. Janet gave her boring white bi-folds an architectural lift… Continue Reading
Although these interior design ideas are geared toward apartment dwellers who decorate at the mercy of rental agreements, they are also perfect for anyone who wants a 'wow' makeover without major DIY fuss. Some at the top of… Continue Reading
A generic bathroom gets a Moroccan inspired makeover with a can of paint and a… Continue Reading
Ahhh ... It seems like just yesterday we walked through the Curbly House and decided to take a chance on it. But, in reality, it was waaaay back in January!
And this week, we put the finishing touches on the inside: light fixtures and switches. Read on to watch our weekly video update and find out how we chose lighting fixtures for each room.
(Note: this post was supposed to go up last week, but I just couldn't get it out the door in time. Sorry!)
This week has been pretty crazy: a new baby boy at home, Alicia's starting to pack up in preparation for the move, and I've been working on transforming the Curbly House from a dark, messy construction zone into a freshly-painted, light-filled, livable space. Read on to watch our video journal, and get a first look at the (almost) finished interior.