Make Your Own Papier Mache Nightstand

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 11, 2011

Finding the right size side table or nightstand presents a challenge for the small space dweller. Here's a DIY side table/nightstand project to the rescue. Recycling  cardboard and paper into this functional piece of furniture brings the cost down to practically nothing, not to mention the eco-hip artsy practicality of the whole project.  See how… Continue Reading

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How To Make Beautiful Remnant Fabric

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 01, 2011

Who can turn down free fabric? In my business it's not uncommon to be offered discontinued upholstery fabric samples. If you know a little trick, it's simple to create your own patchwork upholstery fabric yardage.  Thrifted chair, free… Continue Reading

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The Bedside Bookmark Abode...Or, How to Make a Tiny, Adorable Wooden House

By: Chrisjob Feb 24, 2011

created at: 02/24/2011

There are a few things that simply seem to belong on a bedside table: a lamp, alarm clock, perhaps a pair of glasses, and a few magazines or books. Then, once you add a few personal items (mine usually include a crossword puzzle or two and a glass of water), and there's not a lot of extra space for any accessories or "decor" items.

So, I wanted to make something to add a little bit of fun and style, but that doesn't take up too much prime nightstand real estate or interfere with the… Continue Reading

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Fancy Schmancy Built-In Bedroom Features

By: Kitliz_at_diydiva Feb 23, 2011

created at: 02/22/2011

There is a different mindset when it comes to building a room from scratch, as opposed to painting, papering, or if you’re particularly ambitious—tearing down a wall or two—in an existing room. I most often describe this difference as “there is a lot of drywall dust clogging up my brain” but in reality I just haven’t thought far enough ahead about the cool features you can include in a room when you’re building from the ground up. I mean, you know you’d have a secret door in your bedroom if you thought of it, am I… Continue Reading

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Roundup: DIY Headboards You Actually Can Do Yourself

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 18, 2011

created at: 02/17/2011

You don't have to ask me twice to write about DIY headboards. To me, headboards are  a piece of furniture with which you can do just about anything, design-wise. Understated or ornate, they can be painted, upholstered, woven, salvaged, taped on the wall, or built. You can essentially make a headboard out of anything that fits behind your bed. So much freedom, so little time. Let's take a look at some of my favorites and how you can get… Continue Reading

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How To: Calm Your Alarm Clock's Display and Sleep Better for 25 cents

By: Chrisjob Feb 15, 2011

created at: 02/15/2011

I'm a terrible sleeper. I struggle with falling asleep, and staying asleep. I got it from my dad, and I've tried meditation, different levels of mattress and pillow softness, earplugs, heavy curtains, and everything I can think of. And I've learned a few things over the years of trying to feel rested: I need a little bit of distraction to occupy my mind to fall asleep, and once I'm there, I need an absolutely black and silent room to stay… Continue Reading

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My Total Office Makeover: Done!

By: Chrisjob Jan 27, 2011

Welcome to our blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into a space where work can actually get done, and look pretty cool while it happens. 

created at: 01/27/2011

Part VII: The (Big?) Reveal For a year and a half, I had a spare bedroom that was more-or-less the kind of of place where you shut the door when you had company over. Heck, I didn't even like spending time in there, opting to do most of my work on the sofa instead.

So, I toughened up, made a few trips to the hardware and craft store, came up with a few original IKEA hacks, vowed to keep my space organized, and created a space where I spend more time than in any other room. Sometimes I even… Continue Reading

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Repurpose Three Ikea End Tables to Make a Headboard

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 25, 2011


Faced with the challenge of turning a sunroom into a cozified bedroom on a $200.00 budget, Young House Love thought of an ingenious way to convert three Ikea end tables into a sharp, modern headboard with $20.00 and stuff lying around the house. See how they… Continue Reading

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Make a Stylish X-Base Office Desk

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 19, 2011

created at: 01/19/2011

Created to use as a dining table, wouldn't this make quite the design statement as your home office desk? Up until now, the DIY ones I've seen aren't quite up to snuff. Knock Off Decor just featured this one yesterday with a link to the… Continue Reading

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How to Make a DIY Adjustable Drafting Table from Any Desktop

By: Chrisjob Jan 18, 2011

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/16/2011

Part V: The DIY Drafting Table Having figure out adequate storage solutions, a media workstation, and an all-purpose desk for general work, the last major furniture solution loomed: I needed a large work surface for art and craft projects: sewing, fabric-cutting, drawing, papercrafts, design and layout, etc. It'd have been awesome to have a dedicated cutting table and an drafting table, but I wouldn't have the room. A large drafting table would work, but they're often very large, and the support trestles can take up a lot of space, and I didn't have any… Continue Reading

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Desk-A-Day: Alicia's Brand New Home Office

By: Chrisjob Jan 12, 2011

created at: 01/12/2011

Curbly reader and guest blogger Alica Di Raga recently moved into a new townhome, and got the chance to create a totally sweet home office from… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Perfect, Chip-Free Cuts in Melamine and Veneer

By: Chrisjob Jan 11, 2011

created at: 01/11/2011

Melamine-coated particleboard is an amazing resource for DIY projects: it's cheaper than plywood, as strong as MDF but less prone to warping, and comes with two finished sides that look way cleaner than painted sheet goods. It comes in large 4x8' sheets, or smaller, more usable sizes often sold in the shelving section. If you're okay with the white or black finish, it's the perfect material for custom storage and organizing tools.

Later today, I'll show you how I used melamine to create a custom, IKEA hacked desk, but first, I wanted to share a few tips for creating perfectly clean edges when you cut. Since melamine is a plastic resin, it's prone to chip and splinter. Luckily, there are a few easy tricks to get perfectly clean, factory-like edges. This technique also works well when repurposed old particle board furniture with laminate tops, such as inexpensive pieces sold at IKEA or discount stores, or the rows of furniture found in thrift stores and… Continue Reading

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Convert Old TV Cabinets Into State of the Art Play Kitchens

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 10, 2011

You've seen these clunky monsters at Goodwill, garage sales, or possibly in your own basement.  I've got to say, I never saw this coming. These sturdy, state of the art play kitchens are some of the best examples of furniture re-use I've ever seen.  See what I… Continue Reading

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Desk-A-Day: Brooke's Under $100 Office Makeover

By: Chrisjob Jan 10, 2011

created at: 01/10/2011Brooke and her husband Jacob found themselves in an interesting situation. They'd just paid for their own wedding, Jacob had just earned his degree, and they were doing their best to pay off student loans. When they moved into Jacob's grandmother's house, they knew it needed an update, and completed a total facelift for under $5000.

One of Brooke's favorite projects was her own office space, where they created custom built in furniture for under $100… Continue Reading

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My Total Office Makeover: The Master Plan, Plus Necessities

By: Chrisjob Jan 06, 2011

created at: 01/06/2011Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

Part II: The Master Plan

(Read Part 1 here) I looked around at what I'd maintained and realized the software I had would work: my computers and… Continue Reading

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