My Favorite How-To Originals Out of 4000 Posts

By: Diy maven Mar 10, 2014

This, my friends, marks my 4000th post on Curbly. To celebrate, I thought I'd cull through my how-to originals and round up some of my favorites and tell you what became of them.

I turned an old (and heavy) tripod into floor lamp for my office back in 2007. It's still here, and I still love it.… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Two Changes that Completely Transform this Kitchen

By: Brittni mehlhoff Feb 27, 2014

This kitchen makes a complete transformation, with two straight-forward changes. What are they? Click through to find… Continue Reading

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The 5 Things I Have to Clean Before Guests Arrive

By: Diy maven Feb 12, 2014

I love a clean house. That means that I clean or straighten up something every day. A quick wipe down of a bathroom sink, a speed dust-mopping. You get the idea. So you can imagine what happens when company is coming over. I go into hyper-drive. I do all the stuff that's expected, but I also do some things that I wouldn't necessarily… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Kitchen Transformation For Under $200

By: Lexy.b.ward Feb 05, 2014

"It's amazing what a little paint can do." I've said it before and it's totally true when it comes to this gorgeous kitchen makeover. With a few coats of paint and a few other updates, this kitchen is on trend and fabulous-looking. The best part? The whole thing was done for under $200!!!  … Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Cool Blue Kitchen Makeover

By: Faith-towers Jan 30, 2014

This kitchen was dark and dingy, with way too much brown. But it had a lot of potential - the room is open and feels spacious, with lots of big windows. Sherry and John recognized this when they bought the place. See what they did with it after the… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Stylish DIY Kitchen Makeover for $2000

By: Capreek Jan 20, 2014

We completed a kitchen makeover a couple years ago (which you can see here) and are in the process of planning another one for our new place. If this past experience and my current researching tells me anything, it's that doing an entire kitchen makeover for $2000 is a feat in and of itself. I mean... you could spend that much on tile… Continue Reading

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Two Just Right Restorations

By: Diy maven Jan 13, 2014

Some people might think restorations take less time than full-blown makeovers. In my experience, they take MORE time. You can cover a multitude of sins with filler and paint, but getting down to original raw wood takes a lot of patience and elbow grease. Take for example these two projects, both executed by my multi-talented nephew, John. Not only is he an athlete and a musician*, he's a chip off the old DIY block. First up is a kitchen built-in located in a circa 1900Continue Reading

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Warm and Inviting Condo Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 10, 2014

The kitchen in this lofty downtown Minneapolis condo had a lot going for it, including a spectacular view. However, it was a bit sterile, and the kitchen was laid out in such a way that all seated guests hadContinue Reading

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50's Ranch Gets Craftsman Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 08, 2014

It's not often we see transformations like this one. From inside to out, the O'Bryan's 50's ranch looks nothing like it did 'before.' Architect Jim Rill saw Craftsman elements in the home's 'massing and roofline.' Although theContinue Reading

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Penthouse Loft Makeover: A Blend of Rustic and Modern

By: Diy maven Dec 23, 2013

This Toronto penthouse loft might not look like it needed a makeover at all, but it's owners wanted to make a fresh start with its decor. Enter designer GolbouContinue Reading

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From Painful to Pretty: Milk Bottle Vase Makeover

By: Diy maven Dec 18, 2013

Why does the 'after' come first? Because I couldn't subject Curbly's homepage to the 'before'. The vase in question caught my attention at my local Goodwill for two reasons. One: I liked the classic milk bottle shape. Two: because it was nothing less than hideous. So I… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Mod Kitchen Gets an Overhaul

By: Brittni mehlhoff Nov 14, 2013

This before and after is an interesting one because, to be honest, I kind of like the way the kitchen looked before. Sure it's a little out there, but there was something special about it's mid-century vibe. That said, it probably wasn't the most practical option for the homeowners and the remodel looks great too. I'm curious to know which version you like better though. The before or the… Continue Reading

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Elegantly Understated Two-Tone Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 01, 2013

The owner of this kitchen had the benefit of a great contractor who saw fit to move the home's front entrance and remove a partition wall to allow the new kitchen to have full depth cabinets on both both sides of the room and toContinue Reading

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The Curbly House: Our Kitchen Revealed!

By: Alicia Oct 31, 2013

In the whole history of the Curbly House, I don't think I have ever been more excited or proud to share a room with you. Because friends, our kitchen journey has been long and ugly. When we first set eyes on the house, the kitchen looked like this:

And, it remained like this for far too long, fifteen long months, to be exact (though, to be fair, we actually only lived with it this way for nine months). The… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Shocking Kitchen Overhaul

By: Faith-towers Oct 21, 2013

This kitchen was pretty ragged. It was outdated, dirty, and appears to be barely functional. But with some time and a clear vision, it was transformed into a colorful, modern culinary oasis.… Continue Reading

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