Roundup: 9 Cool & Creative Uses for Old Coffee Cans

By: Diy maven Feb 27, 2012

created at: 02/27/2012 

My mom and dad--and grandma and grandpa--all shared the same obsession with empty coffee cans. They didn't meet one with which they could part. It's rubbed off on me, I'm afraid. Conversations surrounding the topic in my house go something like this:

Him, while holding up an old coffee can stashed in some corner Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Stylish DIY Zip Tie Lamp Shade!

By: Capreek Feb 20, 2012

created at: 02/18/2012

I know the words "stylish" and "zip tie" don't often go together, but in the case of this DIY lamp shade I think they work mighty fine!  I might even throw "quirky", "artsy", and "totally awesome" into the mix.  Just sayin'.   Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: Lamps in the Kitchen

By: Diy maven Feb 17, 2012

created at: 02/17/2012

Last weekend my honey and I were rethinking the placement of our kitchen table. We turned it 180 degrees with one short end of its rectangular top very close to a wall. Seeing it there, I had a thought: Lamp. I ran and scrounged up a little 'save for later' lamp I had tucked in our guest room closet. I put in it very low-watt CFL and set the lamp in the center of the table. As soon as I flicked the switch, my boo and I grinned. It lookedContinue Reading

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A Glam Bam Floor Lamp Makeover!

By: Diy maven Feb 13, 2012

created at: 02/13/2012

Katie bought this black, stick, floor lamp from Target. She decided to glam it up with some very UNglamorous items, which included, among other things, a bunch of 2-liter Coke bottles and duct tape. Get ready, cuz this is gonna blow your mind....Continue Reading

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Roundup: 5 Plastic Spoon Pendant Lights

By: Diy maven Feb 08, 2012

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Remember the plastic spoon rose? Turns out that is just the tip of the iceberg as far as spoon-crafting is concerned. Take for example these (dare I say?) gorgeous spoon pendent lights. 

Holes in spoons negate their intent, but they also take artist's Daisuke Hirawa creation (pictured above) into Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 DIY Bedroom Projects to Improve Everything From Your Style to Your Sleep!

By: Capreek Feb 07, 2012

created at: 02/07/2012

It's bedroom month here and we're kicking things off in full Curbly fashion with a roundup of our favorite DIY bedroom projects!  From headboards to lighting, we've got ten ideas to help make your life easier, more stylish, and even more restful.  Ready?  Let's go!   Continue Reading

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From Goofy to Grand: 5 Easy Lamp Makeovers

By: Diy maven Feb 06, 2012

 Cheapy lamp makeover. White spray paint (around $4.00) + fabric ($1.50 a yard at Walmart) = Under $6 for the total. And I am sure you can find a lovely lamp like this 70s beauty at any thrift store for cheap cheap as well. We had it at work in an old closet. lol

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I'm beholding some very goofy lamps out there all ripe for makeovers. Thank goodness for spray paint!

Tiff's makeover, pictured above, cost less than six dollars to complete. Before it looked heavy and rather masculine. After...not so much.

We get a two-fer Continue Reading

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How to Make a Coffee Filter Light

By: Diy maven Jan 04, 2012
Yes, those are coffee filters on that paper pendant. The soft, ruffly effect gives the modest globe presence. It couldn't be simpler toContinue Reading
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How To: Turn a Vintage Camera into a DIY Nightlight!

By: Capreek Jan 03, 2012

created at: 01/03/2012

Along with tin robots, I have a vintage camera collection (or had--I've given many of them away to people who love them even more).  I would have never, ever in a million years thought it was possible to turn them into nightlights, though.  I mean, how brilliant is that??   Continue Reading

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Shot of Yellow Lamp Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 02, 2012

created at: 12/29/2011

Decor Chick was looking for some yellow lamps for forever. Long story short, she never found them, so she made over the lamps above to look like the lamps below.Continue Reading

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Best of Curbly: Top Ten DIY Lighting Projects of 2011!

By: Capreek Dec 27, 2011

created at: 12/27/2011

We get really, really excited about DIY lighting projects here at Curbly, so narrowing down our HUGE collection of awesome ideas to ten was a tough task.  In the end, we chose our favorite high-impact, low-cost projects.  Here they are in order of most difficult to easiest (they're all pretty easy, though)!  Enjoy!   Continue Reading

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DIY String-Wrapped Lamp: The Easiest Lighting Makeover Project Ever!

By: Capreek Nov 29, 2011

created at: 11/29/2011

It's no secret, we love a good DIY lighting project here at Curbly.  Whether that's building your own from scratch or simply giving that old shade a makeover, we love lamps.  This particular project, though, is hands down the easiest one we've ever seen!  If you can tie a knot, you can make this (feathers optional).   Continue Reading

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If You Can't Beat 'Em, Embrace 'Em: How to Decorate Unsightly Cables and Wires

By: Miki40 Nov 22, 2011

created at: 11/22/2011

Ah...the wireless era! We're almost there, really, but it's taking too long. Why does the back of my desk have to look like an initiation test for a bomb squad?

Is this a gender issue? I mean, do guys find this photo appealing? Even Attractive? (Ed. - absolutely not.

Why did a box filled with electrical cords in our recent garage sale yielded the highest profit in the shortest amount of time?Continue Reading

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How to Turn Wire Baskets into a Fairy Light Globe

By: Diy maven Nov 09, 2011

created at: 11/09/2011

Groddy wire hanging baskets. I had a rusted white one. I think my boo tossed it during a 'purge' earlier this year. Now I wish I had it. (Isn't that the way it always goes?) Of course, for this project I'd need two. Other than that, the supplies are minimal and include some small zip ties (got 'em), a can of silver spray paint (got it), a strand of fairy/Christmas lights (got those too) and someContinue Reading

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Papasan Chair Turned Pendant Light

By: Diy maven Nov 08, 2011

created at: 11/08/2011

Serious props to Stephanie for thinking waaay outside the box in turning this papasan chair into a pendant light.  Makes me wanna take a look around the house to see what other objects Continue Reading

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