DIY Idea: Embellished Shower Curtain Makeover

By: Capreek Jun 27, 2013

Spruce up a plain and inexpensive shower curtain in one afternoon with a few simple materials -- and your imagination, of… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Glamorous Bathroom Makeover

By: Faith-towers Jun 25, 2013

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

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Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 21, 2013



(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. 

painter's tape, scotchblue painter's tape, tape

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

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Curbly House: Our Bathroom Reveal

By: Alicia Apr 21, 2013

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.

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Sneak Peek: Curbly House Bathroom Reveal

By: Bruno Apr 14, 2013

Our bathroom makeover reveal teaser
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:

Hey, what's going on here? Isn't this supposed to April?

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

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An IKEA Hack Bathroom Makeover

By: Faith-towers Apr 09, 2013

created at: 04/04/2013

Turning a small powder room into a full bath is no easy task, but Katja has tackled this project and won. And she came up with an incredible Ikea hack while she was at it. Continue reading to see the dramatic transformation.… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Clever IKEA Table Hacks

By: Faith-towers Mar 14, 2013

created at: 03/14/2013

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

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Before and After: $100 Bathroom Makeover Idea

By: Capreek Feb 25, 2013

created at: 02/25/2013

Admittedly, the 'before' in this makeover looks better than a lot of 'afters' I've seen. But this budget-friendly makeover idea is one that anyone suffering from the "bad tile blues" might appreciate!  … Continue Reading

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Fresh Master Bathroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Feb 25, 2013

created at: 02/25/2013

How many suburban bathrooms look like the one pictured above? A lot. As a matter of fact, it reminds me of what one of our bathrooms used to look like. Melissa from 320 Sycamore owns this one. She tells us it's a tiny space,… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10+ Easy and DIYable Closet Door Makeovers

By: Diy maven Feb 19, 2013

created at: 02/18/2013

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

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24 Decor Ideas to Make Your Apartment Fabulous

By: Diy maven Feb 18, 2013

created at: 02/18/2013Although 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

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Before and After: Moroccan Inspired Bathroom Makeover

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jan 24, 2013

created at: 01/22/2013

A generic bathroom gets a Moroccan inspired makeover with a can of paint and a… Continue Reading

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17th Century Home's Modern Bathroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 01, 2012

created at: 10/01/2012

I'm guessing the first inhabitants of this 17th century home would have been thrilled with any indoor bathroom facilities. Although a far cry from using a chamber pot, its current… Continue Reading

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Week 12 Journal: Let There Be Light

By: Bruno Sep 07, 2012

The Curbly House Week 12 Journal: Turning on the lightsAhhh ... 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.

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Week 11 Journal: Painting the Curbly House (Finally!)

By: Bruno Sep 04, 2012

The Curbly House: Week 11 Journal(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. 

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