Give a Thrift Store Lamp a DIY Decorative Spirally Update

By: Kellyb Jul 08, 2011
Images removed at the request of Better Homes and Gardens. Sorry, everyone!

It's no secret that we all have pieces in our homes that we once loved and now are just tired of looking at. Maybe they're tucked away in a closet because we feel guilty about tossing them just yet, or they're still out because you've yet to buy a replacement piece, or maybe they're in the Goodwill pile in your guest room (Guilty.). But sometimes all it takes is a glimmer of potential to renew your love of something. Like, oh, say maybe a plain ceramic… Continue Reading

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Book Turned Lamp

By: Diy maven Jul 07, 2011

Hardback Book Lamp - Reading Light

Etsy seller, typewriterboneyard, turns hardback books into table lamps. The bulbs used are 'Radio' reproduction bulbs (like this one). The maker notes that that bottom of the books are intact, which means you could… Continue Reading

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Stumped? Log Some Inspiration With These DIY Lights!

By: Capreek Jun 30, 2011

created at: 06/29/2011

Oh snap!  Looks like we've got stumps on the brain.  Stump stools, stump tables, and now stump lights!  If you're ready and willing to embrace the stump craze, we have not one but two DIY lighting projects for your… Continue Reading

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Light It Up: DIY Stir-Stick Pendant Lamp

By: Craftmel Jun 29, 2011

created at: 06/28/2011

Sometimes, and idea can be so easy and so great that I find myself wondering how the rest of us missed doing it ourselves.  Take, for instance, a pendant light that has been spruced up by some simple (and free)… Continue Reading

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Make it: Hip Hemp Pendant Lamps

By: Kellyb Jun 24, 2011

The entryway to my home is small, but I love the idea of having some sort of statement piece present. Every space needs a little interest, but because all the real estate I can offer is in ceiling height I'm mainly limited to a killer light fixture. The second I saw this project for hemp pendant lamps I knew I'd found the one to fit my style. And my champagne tastes can rest easy, knowing that I'll be spending less than on a nice dinner… Continue Reading

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Outdoor Decor: 5 Beautiful DIY Paper Lantern Projects

By: Craftmel Jun 21, 2011

I know what you are thinking: paper and outdoors?? Well, perhaps not permanantly, but for those non-rainy summer gatherings, you will want your outdoors do be as fun and welcoming as your indoors. Paper is inexpensive, comes in a bazillion varieties, and makes a big impact! Here's a big tip: start with a ready-made paper lantern and gussy it up a bit!… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Modern Paper Lamp Shade

By: Chrisjob Jun 16, 2011

created at: 06/15/2011

Q: What's more fun than a brightly colored, modern, pleated paper lamp shade?

A: A brightly colored, modern, pleated paper lamp shade you made yourself!

Because paper is somewhat rigid and requires only minimal interior framing, it is perfect for making lamp shades. You start this project with a rectangular sheet of paper, pleat it in two different directions, and then, to make a sphere, reshape the pleats by arching them open one row at a time—no cutting involved. It’s a really cool process with… Continue Reading

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DIYable Pallet Chandelier

By: Diy maven Jun 14, 2011

Studiomama's (aka Nina Tolstrup) pallet chandelier is not only beautiful, it's totally diyable. Looks like the… Continue Reading

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Make It! A Romantic Outdoor Chandelier

By: Diy maven Jun 13, 2011

created at: 06/13/2011

Dining by candlelight indoors is one thing; dining outdoors by candlelight...now that is romantic. In this our third original outdoor decor project for the month we elevate the romance by constructing an outdoor chandelier. 

Note: If using REAL candles in your chandelier, keep in mind the distance of the flame to objects overhead. Add to… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Sleek Outdoor Fire Pit on the Cheap!

By: Capreek Jun 09, 2011

created at: 06/09/2011

Well, I don't know about you, but I think I just found my next project!  But, first things first...  

...are y'all reading The Art of Doing Stuff??  Now, I'm not one to tell people what to do, but this is one site you don't want to miss.  So, bookmark it, add it to your RSS feed, whatever you have to do, but READ IT.  Daily.

Update: Chris, Curbly's own editor-in-chief, came up with this great DIY concrete fire pit design using about $40 in materials.Continue Reading

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Amazing Chandelier Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 09, 2011

old chandelier - before

Monica over at Crafty Nest is in the process of making over her dining room. She's nearly done and will post the reveal soon. However, she's given us a little taste of what's to come with this chandelier makeover. One look at the after and we'll never look at discarded brass fixtures quite the same… Continue Reading

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Make It: A DIY Minimalist Swing Arm Lamp

By: Capreek Jun 06, 2011

created at: 06/06/2011

Inspired by the Prouvé Potence Lamp, this DIY version is just as sleek and minimal without the maximum price… Continue Reading

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Hands + Chandelier = Handelier

By: Diy maven Jun 02, 2011

Handelier

Made of  'perforated vintage aluminum glove molds', Voila!'s Handelier is completely customizable and will set you back a… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a DIY Sputnik Chandelier

By: Chrisjob May 31, 2011

Emil Stejnar's "Sputnik" pendant chandelier is a modern design icon, but they're no longer made, and vintage versions can go for thousands of dollars.

So designer and blogger Jenny Komenda whipped up her own version in a weekend, and the results are… Continue Reading

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How To: DIY Spherical Base Lamp

By: Chrisjob May 23, 2011

created at: 05/23/2011

Brooke says, "I have seen some SAWEEEEEET lamps out there right now with spheres on the lamp bases. I wanted to try and make my own version, but it has taken me a few weeks to come up with a worthy alternative for the lamp base. If I used styrofoam, it wouldn't look smooth. If I used circles of wood, it would cost too much."

And then she figured it out, and the results are mighty clever. Can you guess what… Continue Reading

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