Before and After: Fantastic Family Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 26, 2015

Photo: Lucy Williams

The Lexan family wanted to upgrade the furnishings in their family room, but they are also looking for a new house. This made the makeover a bit trickier as they needed versatile and neutral pieces that would work in their future home. TakeContinue 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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How-To: Chic Leather Drawer Pulls

By: Rachel mae smith Jan 09, 2015
DIY Leather Pulls
via One Kings Lane

If you're looking for a way to spruce up your existing furniture drawers, but don't want to do a complete makeover, try replacing the knobs with these chic diy leather pulls! They hardly take anytime to make, plus you can even customize them with a bit of paint. Continue 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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Before and After: Reclaimed Letter Box

By: Rachel mae smith Jan 07, 2015
Reclaimed Letter Box Credenza by Hello Lidy
by Hello Lidy

Call me crazy, but the post office just got themselves a new fan. Well.. at least the person who was responsible for donating this letter box to the thrift store for Hello Lidy to find, they have a new fan. Because man did she and her husband work some magic.Continue Reading

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How to Assemble The Perfect Bar Cart

By: Faith-towers Dec 18, 2014

How To Assemble A Bar Cart
Photo: Faith Towers

As craft cocktails continue to grace the drink lists of more and more menus across the country, stylish bar carts filled with craft liquors and unique ingredients are rising in popularity as well. Today we're going to share what we consider to be the essential components of every good bar cart.   

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Coral Reef...The IT Color of 2015?

By: Diy maven Dec 02, 2014

Whether we like it or not, 2015 is just around the corner. And Sherwin-Williams just jumped into the Color of the Year Game with...wait for it...Coral Reef. Before you judge the color, keep in mind S-W's description of it, which includes adjectives such as versatile, carefree, and cheerful. Sounds lovely, right? Now let's see how it looksContinue Reading

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How To: Turn Simple Wooden Boxes into a Colorful Rolling Storage Unit

By: Capreek Nov 24, 2014

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, like in the case of this too-clever-for-words storage project from French decor blog Heju!     Continue Reading

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Kate Morris's Grain Bin House on the Prairie

By: Diy maven Nov 18, 2014

Kate Morris's little house on the prairie is a grain bin. Located near on family property near Great Falls, MT, the grain-bin-turned-retirement-cottage is nothing less than amazing. Kate, a retired art teacher, enlisted the help of a former student and present day architect Nick Pancheau. Kate saidContinue Reading

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Inspiration: Build a Faux Range Hood?

By: Diy maven Nov 14, 2014

Why would anyone want a faux range hood? If you're Magali you first conduct a survey asking friends, family, and random strangers how often they used their range hood vents. Her results revealed that the majority of people only use them a few times a year whereas they use the light all the time. This settled it, she wouldContinue Reading

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Incredible Wardrobe Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 04, 2014

Let's face it, a lot of furniture makeovers we see around here involve paint, even if the finish is in good condition. The finish of this antique wardrobe (aka chifforobe or chifferobe) that Tami picked up at a church sale for $15 wasn't. BUT! Did she paint it?? NO!Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: Beautiful Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets

By: Faith-towers Sep 11, 2014

Eye Candy: Beautiful Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets

My dingy, cream colored kitchen cabinets are begging for a change... so I've been searching far and wide on the internet for two-tone cabinet inspiration. I love that it gives the bottom cabinets a grounded feeling, while the lighter upper cabinets have a weightlessness that is so appealing. Click through for ten beautiful examples of this now-popular trend.   

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7 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Cabinets Organized

By: Faith-towers Sep 09, 2014

Tips For Keeping The Contents of Your Kitchen Cabinets Organized

Most of our kitchen cabinets probably started out organized, but as time goes on they tend to become more and more cluttered. So today I wanted to share some tips and tricks for keeping your cabinets clean and organized long after you move in to your new abode.   

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Before & After: Hellish Kitchen Gets Heavenly Makeover

By: Diy maven Aug 29, 2014

This kitchen was scary, and not in a good way. The matching floor and cabinets for that 'coffin' feeling. The fake brick backsplash reminiscent of a medieval dungeon. The enormous, dark range hood protruding from the ceiling readyContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 IKEA Hacks You Won't Want To Miss

By: Faith-towers Aug 25, 2014

10 Fantastic IKEA Hacks

I love a good IKEA hack. What's better than turning an affordable piece of furniture into something customized especially for you? Here are ten of my recent favorites, along with links to the tutorials so you can recreate them yourself.   

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Before and After: Cramped 50's Kitchen Gets Major Makeover on a Minor Budget

By: Diy maven Aug 15, 2014

Dark and dated. That about sums up this 1950's California kitchen. For the budget redo, the cabinets stayed, with a little modification. That being the removal of those separating the working area from the breakfast nook and applying paint (soft green-gray on the bottom and crisp white on the uppers). Ceasarstone "Blizzard" countertopsContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: 15 Totally DIYable Wooden Furniture Ideas

By: Diy maven Aug 08, 2014

Ever since I wrote my first post on Curbly back in '06, some of my favorite finds have been products that are totally DIYable. Especially wood working products. Shelves, tables, light fixtures, cubbies, I'm not choosy. The items just have to be stylish yet simple enough to reproduce just by looking at them. Going through Curbly's coffers, I found no less than 15 of these gems justContinue Reading

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IKEA Cubby Gets Unbelieveable Pottery Barn Facelift

By: Diy maven Aug 04, 2014

Cladding is our friend. Especially when we want completely erase one style for another. In this case we go from IKEA to Pottery Barn. The project started out as a $45 scratch and dent IKEA cubby but ended up an Pottery Barn apothecary-styleContinue Reading

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Before and After: Grody Tin Shelf Gets Pottery-Barn-Style Makeover

By: Diy maven Aug 01, 2014

I found this makeover tucked in the much bigger makeover Suesan gave her 164-year-old federal-style brick home, which in and of itself is pretty amazing. She tackled everything in that makeover and documents it as well. BUT when I was perusing all her hard work, this grody, tin shelf really stuck out. Probably because I have about 8 of them in various collection areas, of our house (like in the downstairs laundry room & garage) in various stages of grodiness. AndContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Retro-Inspired IKEA Storage Hack

By: Capreek Jul 29, 2014

IKEA products are known for being easy to customize, but sometimes those plans don't quite work out. I came across this unfortunate IKEA Fira unit at the thrift shop. Its previous owner got creative with paint, glue, and origami paper. No wonder they donated it -- it looked terrible! I'm always looking for useful storage solutions, so I brought it home determined to make it look great in my 1950's apartment. With a few simple tools and materials, I transformed it into a unique, retro-inspired piece that matches the rest of my decor.       Continue Reading

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