Easy-to-Keep New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

by DIY Maven
New Year's Resolutions Primary Pic
Photo: Curbly

 

Hello 2016! It's resolution time, and in the Curbly neighborhood that means getting much needed DIY projects started and, more importantly, completed. "This is the year I finally remove the popcorn ceilings!" Or, "This is the year I finally paint the kitchen cupboards!" Feeling stressed yet? Take a breath and put those big projects out of your mind, becaue this post is about EASY to keep resolutions. Namely, those little things

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Curbly Bookworm: Crafting with Wood Pallets

by DIY Maven
Crafting with Wood Pallets cover shot
Photo: Ulysess Press

Becky Lamb gets it: no matter what some people may say, crafting stuff out of wood pallets will continue to be popular. Her love of the humble shipping staple started a long time ago with a DIY shelf. Her love affair has culminated into a complete book packed with 25+ rustic projects using them, and they just might be the inspiration you need to finally start making stuff out of those pallets you've...

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Before and After: A Dresser's Resurrection

by DIY Maven
Photo: Saw Nail and Paint

This makeover comes with a lesson: No matter how bad a piece of wood furniture looks, it can be resurrected. Sure, it might take some repairing, replacing, and stripping, but it can be done. Most people might have balked, thinking the dresser was a hopeless cause as the finish was peeling, the wood was chipped, and parts were missing altogether

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Roundup: 10 Bedrooms that Actually Incorporate Sports Memorabilia and Decor with Style

by Jennifer Farley
Source: Apartment Therapy; Homes by Novogratz; Photo: Matthew Williams

We are a family who loves sports so it doesn't surprise me when my son wants to add in his "fan gear" to his bedroom. I want my kiddo to have things in his room that inspires him, and being a "fan" of something is also something I want my kiddo to experience. Here are ten bedrooms that incorporate sports decor yet the basic elements are timeless and grounded in style.   

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Before and After: My Little Boy's Room Makeover

by Jennifer Farley
Little Boys Room Makeover

A little over a year ago we bought our home at an estate sale. We bought the house "as is." All the rooms in the house were about as bad and outdated as the above picture shows. This room had 40-year-old matted carpet, stained velvet damask wall paper, and an industrial sized burn-your-hand-off radiator...not to mention all sorts of other issues. Right when we bought the house we were in the process of adopting a 7-year-old boy, so we decided to focus "aesthetically" on the bedrooms and upstairs hallway. Most importantly our son needed a fun room in his forever home.   

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How to: Modern and Colorful Geometric Mobile

by Jeran McConnel

I recently became an aunt again. I've made baby quilts and mobiles for all three of my brother's kids. The first one was a drift wood and sea shell one and then I made a birch bark and birdy one, but for this third baby I made a brightly colored quilt in triangles, so I wanted to continue that theme with the mobile. 

A few supplies from the craft store, a drill and some craft paint, and I had a mobile made in about an hour.                  

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HUGE Master Bedroom Gets Super Lux Makeover

by DIY Maven
Photo: JWS Interiors

Interior designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt had a HUGE pallet with which to work when confronted with this bedroom. The odd thing is, in the "before" picture, it looks smaller. (Perhaps the furniture placement? The angle of the photograph? Both??) After, we see the room in all its square footage glory. Seriously, how many bedrooms are large enough

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HUGE Master Bedroom Gets Super Lux Makeover

by DIY Maven
Photo: JWS Interiors

Interior designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt had a HUGE pallet with which to work when confronted with this bedroom. The odd thing is, in the "before" picture, it looks smaller. (Perhaps the furniture placement? The angle of the photograph? Both??) After, we see the room in all its square footage glory. Seriously, how many bedrooms are large enough

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Roundup: 12 Projects that Prove Spray Paint is the Best DIY Material EVER

by DIY Maven

I used to be afraid of spray paint. Not the paint, really, but the potential for globs and drips. But spray paint has come a long way in just the past five years or so, and continued practice using it has alleviated those fears entirely. I'm guessing millions of others feel the same, which is just one reason spray paint has become the best DIY material every invented. (Okay, maybe ONE of the best DIY materials ever invented.) And our roundup proves it. From the expected to the totally UN-expected, spray

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How To: Make Ceramic Hand Dishes

by DIY Maven
Photo: My Poppet Makes

Although the maker of these MCM hand dishes (Cintia) identifies them as a "kids craft," the idea and technique is appropriate for any age. Although, preserving the size and shape of a kid's hand in such a way is about the coolest childhood memento ever. I've just started experimenting with air dry clay, which this project utilizes, and

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