How to: Strip Wooden Furniture and Give It a Freshly Painted Makeover

By: Ciburbanity Aug 05, 2013

I never had visions of being a stripper, but here I am... almost middle aged, living the suburban dream and, BAM, I did it. It wasn't pretty, but I swear I'll be better the next time.

Painting furniture is an easy and affordable way to give it a quick makeover, but after decades of facelifts, sometimes you gotta get rid of the paint and start as freshly as possible. This mini-dresser has been mine for an eternity, but now it's time to pass along to my daughter Eleanor for her new adopted bedroom onContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Dorm-Friendly DIY Decor Projects

By: Faith-towers Aug 05, 2013

It's that time of year when everyone is starting to think about going back to school. And many of you may be headed off to live in a college dorm room for the next nine months. Here's a roundup of great DIY projects that will transform your space into the fun, colorful refuge that you… Continue Reading

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A Quick Curbly House Update: How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

By: Alicia Aug 02, 2013

Things have been cah-ray-zhee at the Curbly House these past several weeks. Sheetrock rocked us, taking a lot longer than expected due to a delivery truck that arrived to our house and then broke, twice ... delaying the start to this step by 5 days. After all was said and hung, our master mudder Marco had to spend additional time working with all the seams, delaying the process by another 5 days. But the results were stunning:

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Oh-So Ombre Chair Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 29, 2013

I swear I see a chair not unlike the one pictured above every other week sitting dejectedly at someone's curbside. Usually, there's a 'free' sign attached to the… Continue Reading

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Unbelievable Painted Chair Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 23, 2013

Mandy was given a leather (or possibly naugahyde) chair for which she had BIG plans. Recovering it was on the top of the list, but when she maybe-not-accidentally dripped some paint on it, her plans changed. She decided to paint… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A DIY Floral Headboard Makeover

By: Capreek Jul 15, 2013

This DIY idea is such a fun and unique way to spruce up plain headboards -- and would look great in a girl's room or… Continue Reading

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Fresh Steamer Trunk Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 15, 2013

I'm torn. I kinda love the rough, pirate-y personality of this steamer trunk before its makeover. But I also love it after its makeover. Shannon, to whom the trunk belongs, taped out the leather straps, the wood cross beams and metal parts and… Continue Reading

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Before and After: An Office-Turned-Guestroom Makeover

By: Capreek Jul 08, 2013

When you're tight on space, sometimes the room you do have needs to pull double duty, like in the case of this… Continue Reading

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Bench Gets Colorful Rag-Rug Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 08, 2013

Courtney turned the ho-hum, painfully traditional bench you see above into the most colorful, fun and funky bench ever using--of all things--a rag rug. (Genius.) The bench isContinue Reading

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Before and After: A Playful, Pattern-filled Kids' Room Makeover

By: Capreek Jul 01, 2013

With a little bit of re-arranging and a playful new accent wall, this kids' bedroom now puts the "fun" in… 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. 

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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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Before and After: Colorful Painted Dresser Set

By: Diy maven Jun 18, 2013

Last week we had a post showcasing a before and after of an MCM dresser that put some people on edge. The purists were ruffled! Today, we have another example that just might keep the pot boiling. Shari made over an MCM dresser set, giving it a 'campaign' feel. A shadow of its former self, the dressers now sport a lively Benjamin Moore teal ocean, corner brackets to give them a campaign feel, and a new base. Visit Turn Style Vogue toContinue Reading

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Makeover Tour: A Colorful and Quirky "Big Girl Room" Bedroom Makeover

By: Capreek Jun 17, 2013

I'm super, super excited about our Makeover Tour today! It's kids and pets month here at Curbly, and to celebrate we're getting a behind the scenes look at this colorful, personality-filled bedroom any kid (or grown-up) would love. Check it… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Funky Embellished Chair Makeover

By: Capreek Jun 17, 2013

This wicker chair was left abandoned and helpless on the side of the road. Fortunately for it, someone with some serious style and DIY design chops brought it home for some much-needed TLC.… Continue Reading

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A Tale of Two Dressers: An Incredible Double Dresser IKEA Hack

By: Capreek May 28, 2013

The Rast dresser from IKEA, with its untreated pine and minimalist lines, is common fodder for DIY furniture makeovers. This version, though, takes the Rast to a whole new level -- times… Continue Reading

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