Store-Bought Cake Makeovers Pretty Enough for a Wedding!

By: Diy maven May 01, 2015

Photo: A Practical Wedding

These three store-bought cakes (from Whole Foods) were pretty to begin with, but a little DIY later and they're gorgeous. Yes, they're lovely enough for a wedding, but also for birthdays, wedding showers, baby showers, Mother's Day...youContinue Reading

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From Drab to Fab: Nate Berkus Transforms a Family Kitchen

By: Diy maven Apr 24, 2015

Photo: House Beautiful

I don't have to tell you that most of the room re-dos we see in these parts are totally (or very nearly) all DIY, but it's nice to see a design from a pro now and then. In this case that pro is Nate Berkus. A trick he uses to make a room look authentic is to make it feel as if it has been "assembled and layered over time." To do this, he incorporates "'pieces that have patina and age'" along with new items from stores like Target." But enough of the talky-talky; let'sContinue Reading

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How To: Make an Instagram Chocolate Mousse Cake

By: Diy maven Apr 17, 2015

Photo: How to Cook That

Ann Reardon is part baker, artist, and engineer. She'd have to be to come up with an Instagram surprise cake, which just might be the the best surprise cake I have ever seen. She takes us through the entire process inContinue Reading

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From Shabby to Chic: Stylish Refrigerator Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 10, 2015

Photo: Trois Petites Filles

Picture this: It's 2 am and you can't sleep because inspiration has struck and you are so excited to start the project in mind that your racing brain postpones blissful slumber that much longer. Sound familiar? Well, that's exactly what happened to Victoria when it occurred to herContinue Reading

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How To: Get a Designer Look Vintage Kitchen on a Budget

By: Diy maven Apr 03, 2015

Photo: Country Living

Designer Nancy Taylor's 18th Century farmhouse kitchen is her "dream kitchen." In Curbly style, Country Living breaks down the high-end makeover for a more budget-friendly route. $$$$ versusContinue Reading

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Jeff Lewis's Top Tips to a Fabulous Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 27, 2015

Photos: Delish

I adore Jeff Lewis's design esthetic. So when I saw that he had compiled 6 tips to a successful kitchen makeover, I was all over it. Here's a nutshell:

1. Jeff starts a kitchen redo by perusing interior design magazines. I think this is a telling admission and one we all need to keep in mind whenContinue Reading

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How To: Make Minion Easter Eggs

By: Diy maven Mar 25, 2015

Photo: A Pumpkin & A Princess

Apparently, I have eggs on the brain. First there were the Emoji Easter Eggs, and then the Ombre Easter Eggs, and now these darling little Minion Easter Eggs. Crystal says that all it takes to makeContinue Reading

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How To: Make Ombré Easter Eggs

By: Diy maven Mar 24, 2015
Photo: Country Living

Can hardboiled eggs be a design statement? If they're ombré Easter eggs they can. Country Living takes the guesswork out of getting the graduated colors just right, supplying the ratios of water to food dye. From 2 drops toContinue Reading

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How To: Make Spring Kitchen Linens in 3 Easy Steps

By: Diy maven Mar 20, 2015

Photo: Simple Simon and Company

Elizabeth shows us how to brighten up plain linens just in time for spring. Her easy 3-step process will make anyone look like an appliqué pro in no time. The secret, of course, is Heat n' Bond, which should be in every DIYer's arsenal ofContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Color Coded Cutting Boards

By: Capreek Mar 13, 2015
Photo: Dream a Little Bigger

Let's face it: food poisoning is pretty much the worst. To help avoid mixing your meat juices with, say, your veggies, color coded and labeled cutting boards are a great idea. Here's how to make your own!     Continue Reading

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From Fail to Fabulous: A Genius Refrigerator Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 13, 2015

Photo: General Splendour

Tracy tried to paint her old and rusty refrigerator to make it look like stainless. That resulted in a huge fail. But did Tracy give up? Of course not! SheContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Gold Leaf Cocktail Glasses

By: Capreek Mar 09, 2015
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Spring is slowly making itself known, which in and of itself is cause for celebration. With warmer weather on the horizon, it's time to start planning some festivities (brunch, dinner parties, maybe even a BBQ?!). Make sure you're fully prepped in the drinkware department with these stylish DIY gold leaf cocktail glasses!     Continue Reading

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Michelle's Timeless Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 06, 2015

Photo: Hummingbird High

Michelle's kitchen, before its makeover was a 'hot mess.' Eighteen inch deep countertops, a leaking sink, a painted-shut window. Not exactly paradise for someone who is writes a blog about baking. But Michelle changed all that. She saved up and sacrificed her sanityContinue Reading

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27 Cooking Diagrams that Will Save Your Culinary Life

By: Diy maven Feb 27, 2015

Image: BuzzFeed

Your guests are to arrive in 5 minutes and you realize you don't have any bottle vinaigrette in the house. What do you do?? Grab a cook book and start paging/reading or glance at a cool diagram for an even better substitute? If you're a visual cook, the latter, of course. It's just one of the diagrams inContinue Reading

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Before and After: $20K DIY Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Feb 20, 2015

Photo: Koko Likes

Usually, DIY kitchen makeovers around the Curbly neighborhood clock in at much less than $20k, but Koko and her husband Quincy splurged on all new appliances and cabinetry. The last of those can be a budget-buster, so, when you think about it, $20k is steal. Before, the kitchen wasContinue Reading

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