Holly Turns a $40 Rug into a Show-Stopping Focal Point

by Chris Gardner

created at: 10/17/2011

It's easy to get excited about furniture. And it's plenty fun to explore paint colors, wall art options, and accessories. After all, those are what go into a room's design, right?

Well, yeah. That's part of it. But don't forget those other two sides of the space - the ceiling, and the floor. Of course, a room defining floor piece can often cost significantly more than that can of paint or awesome framed print. Like, a whole lot more.

Unless, of course, you take Holly's advice, and transform the whole space for a cool $50.  

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Transform Your Toilet into a Dual-Flush for $20

by DIY Maven

created at: 09/26/2011

Some of the coolest things found in our (still relatively) new Target Center here in Minneapolis are the dual flush toilets in the rest rooms. (Yes, such things thrill me.) Dual-flush toilets are gaining popularity in residential applications as well. They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand, so swapping out your old water guzzler to a dual-flush may be cost

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DIY Green Cleaners

by Craftmel

created at: 09/12/2011

Green cleaning products don't always have to come from your local "Green" grocer.  My older sister is a good example of this-- she makes a lot of her cleaning solutions and is in love with the result she gets, both by way of a fresh, clean house and by saving money.  Want a few home-made cleaning recipes?  

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How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

by Capree K

created at: 09/06/2011

I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?).  Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years.  Fortunately, the Internet exists.  And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done!  Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?  

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How To: Make Your Own Solar-Powered "Sun Jars"!

by Capree K

created at: 09/04/2011

We've shared quite a few mason jar projects here on Curbly (did you see our roundup of 15 awesome uses for mason jars?) and we've even highlighted a purchasable sun jar, too.  Of course, it couldn't be too long before we found a DIYable version, right?  Well, at least not if the industrious people of the Internet have their way.  So, if you haven't yet exhausted your supply of jars from all those other rad projects and are looking for a fun, eco-friendly lighting solution, read on!  

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White Hot: The Ultimate Modern Kitchen Roundup!

by Capree K

created at: 08/06/2011

Normally, I have what can only be described as an insatiable appetite for color.  If you looked around my home, it would hit you like a ton of bricks: Purple chair! Green walls! Blue walls! Orange sofa!  You get the picture.  But lately I've been really loving the idea of having an all-white kitchen (I might sneak a few pops of color in there, though, I can't help myself).  So, in my constant search for inspiration, I rounded up a few a bunch of my favorite modern kitchens in this oh-so-clean and crisp palette.  Check 'em out below!   

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Seriously Cool DIY: Sprout a Sofa

by Craftmel

created at: 06/13/2011

How's this for yard art?  I'm absolutely certain the Jones' next door don't have a grass couch in their backyard.  This puts a whole new meaning on "green-living."   

The people at ReadyMade give a detailed how-to on their website.  It requires some work and getting a bit dirty, but I'm thinking it would be totally worth it to make a few of these before a big party, or other outdoor event. 

I just don't want to be in charge of all that...

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Eye Candy: Yellow Kitchens

by DIY Maven

Yellow is a happy color, no doubt, but it can also be a tricky color with which to decorate. Too much blue in it, and it can feel cold. Too much green in it and can remind you of that last head cold you had. Not good. Especially in a kitchen. These kitchens, however, seem to strike the right yellow balance. They're bright and happy, and not the least bit phlegmy. 

The first kitchen, pictured above, is served well with that fabulous wall paper.

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