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"Continue 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 gemsContinue 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… Continue 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… Continue 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… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Mid-Century Modern Cabinet Gets a Refresh

By: Capreek Jul 28, 2014

What do you do with an old, warped cabinet? Fix it up, broken door and all of… Continue Reading

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Husband v. Wife Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 18, 2014

Christy's husband had made over his kitchen when their house was 'his.' When she moved in, she wanted to make it over in her own image. (You know what I mean.) She made a wish list. New solid surface counters, new backsplash, farmhouse sink, and new flooring. Hubby balked. He was attached to his… Continue Reading

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Museum Tour: Art as Home Furnishings

By: Diy maven Jul 02, 2014

Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity to visit an exhibit at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center entitled, "Art in the Home." Although some of the art was the conventional hang-on-the-wall kind, most of the pieces were the furnishings themselves. Tables, chairs, benches, vessels, light fixtures. Everywhere I looked was a piece of art. It was, as you can imagine,… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Kitchen Makeover Using IKEA Products

By: Faith-towers Jun 16, 2014

Before and After: A Kitchen Makeover Using IKEA Products

Brown and beige. It has to be the most popular color combination for older kitchens. I see it everywhere. And not in a tasteful way, either. Check out how different this kitchen looks with its new IKEA cabinets and crisp, clean accent… Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: 12 Lovely and DIYable Outdoor Kitchens, Carts, and Dining Spaces

By: Diy maven Jun 13, 2014

Outdoor kitchens and dining spaces are incredibly popular these days. They can also be incredibly expensive! Especially the kitchens. Stainless steel appliances, stone and mortarContinue Reading

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Before and After: 1980's Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 06, 2014

Carolyn described her 1980's kitchen "yucky." It's certainly far from that now. Confined to a tight budget, she and her husband did all the work themselves except for the installation of the countertops. The DIY mostly happened in the… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Floor to Ceiling Built-In Shelves

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jun 03, 2014

Make your own floor to ceiling built-ins, complete with plenty of shelves and storage, with this tutorial from Smitten… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Dark Kitchen Gets A Refreshing New Look

By: Faith-towers May 12, 2014

A Dark Kitchen Gets A Major Makeover

This kitchen was dark and dingy, to say the least. The brown cabinets and backsplash made it feel like it came straight out of the 1970's. But what a difference some paint can make... check out the drastic makeover after the… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Built-In Storage Makes A Big Difference

By: Faith-towers Apr 14, 2014

Before: A cluttered room with no built-in storage.

This living space looks like so many others... there's just nothing memorable about it. But the owner saw potential in the large, open wall surrounding the fireplace - and she did something about… Continue Reading

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Better After? Robin Egg Blue Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 11, 2014

To the outside world, Nicole's kitchen 'before' might look perfectly fine, but Nicole wanted a change. And all it took was some paint and a new glass tile back splash. Everything else--appliances, furniture, and light fixtures--remained the same.… Continue Reading

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Before and After: An Inspiring DIY Kitchen Makeover

By: Faith-towers Mar 31, 2014

A dated galley kitchen.

There was nothing memorable about this kitchen. Unembellished wood cabinets and beige countertops gave the space a dated feel. But just wait until you see what the owner did with her own two… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 6 Inspiring Impromptu Garage Mudrooms

By: Diy maven Mar 25, 2014

I try to keep the garage entry to the house tidy, as that's the one everyone uses. But, I've never thought to turn it into an impromptu mudroom. It's a great idea for those without a proper mudroom (me),… Continue Reading

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Curbly Bookworm: DIY Furniture 2: A Step-by-Step Guide

By: Diy maven Feb 26, 2014

A few years ago, designer/maker Christopher Stuart hit the ground running with his book DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide. I reviewed it for Curbly, giving it a glowing shout-out. When Christopher's followup book appeared in my mailbox last week, my first thought was, "more of the same?" The answer… Continue Reading

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Before and After: One Week Bathroom Makeovers

By: Diy maven Feb 24, 2014

(Get ready for some B & A overload.) The company is called One Week Bath and that's just what they do: make over bathrooms in a week. Located in Southern California, One Week BathContinue Reading

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Before and After: An Old Credenza Gets a Concrete Makeover

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jan 24, 2014

I love the look of concrete counters but I'm renting at the moment, so it's not really option to make big changes like that. Luckily, I just found this DIY for a concrete credenza that might tide my over, for now. I love this… Continue Reading

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