How To: Create a DIY Stamped Statement Wall

By: Capreek Jun 26, 2014

I am kind of obsessed with home design. Ever since I've had a place to myself, I've used my downtime to do something with the house. And creating something out of a mass of rejects is usually my weapon of choice.

Other than a few key pieces of furniture, everything at my place is always either a DIY project, has undergone a makeover, or been picked up second-hand. I think it's a genetic defect to not be able to accept a mass-produced product without letting it suffer through a rebirth.

When we moved into my now-apartment, I immediately knew I wanted a statement wall for my bedroom and everything else could happen around it. So I painted it. Hated it. Repainted it. Googled for inspiration. Came up with nothing. Thought some more. Questioned why the universe was conspiring against me. And then I knew what I had to do.

Stamping. And that's how I… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Knock-Out Kitchen Makevoer

By: Diy maven Jun 23, 2014

This makeover is quite the head-scratcher.  It looks so different after, it could be a picture of some other space altogether. (The only thing that looks familiar is the window.) That's because celebrity designer Candice Olsen not only made over the kitchen, she also knocked out two of its walls,… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Refreshing New Living Room

By: Faith-towers Jun 09, 2014

Laura's Living Room Before

There was nothing modern about this living room. The main colors were brown, tan and beige, and nothing felt finished or functional. But just wait until you see the unbelievable… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Office to Sitting Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 09, 2014

Back in 2010 Brooke made herself a home office. But she didn't use it for an office. Mostly it was a 'catch-all room,' and the clutter was driving her NUTS. So she did what every good DIYer does. She made it over again, but this time she made it into a room she knew she'd use: a sitting room. It started with painting the walls. Brooke's FIRST pick was Behr's Gray Shimmer,Continue Reading

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A Very Tenacious End Table Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 02, 2014

Allison must be one of the most tenacious DIYers on the planet. Proof of that assertion is exhibited in her makeover of this sad little end table. Allison decided to strip the white paint off of it only to find that the top was made out of a laminate-type product. But the sides? Those… Continue Reading

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How-To Roundup: 10 DIY Roller Shade Makeovers

By: Diy maven May 29, 2014

DIYers have been making over inexpensive roller shades for some time now. These projects, however, are some of the most successful transformations out there. Using fabric, paint, paper, and, in one case, a paperContinue Reading

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Before and After: A Colorful Living Room Makeover

By: Faith-towers Apr 28, 2014

The living room before a massive makeover.

This makeover, in my opinion, is proof that you can turn any room into something special. As you can see, the space is pretty unoriginal. But sometimes starting with something this plain can be a good thing - it's the perfect excuse to really go crazy with color and texture. Read on to see the amazing… Continue Reading

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IKEA Arm Chair Gets Opulent Copper Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 28, 2014

With a can of copper spray paint and some fabric trim, Kata gave a Villstad chair a personality makeover. Before it was dark and more than a little sad. After, it's all smiles and opulence. Now for the… Continue Reading

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Decor Dispute: Should You Paint A Small Room A Dark Color?

By: Faith-towers Apr 24, 2014

Can you paint a small room a dark color?

It's a widely known design "rule" that painting a room a light color makes it feel larger. So, therefore, painting a small room a dark color will make it feel even smaller. But others feel that dark walls recede visually into the background making a space feel larger. And some people don't care about the rules to begin… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Stool Makeover

By: Matt allison Apr 23, 2014

DIY Stool Makeover

What a neat, inexpensive makeover! Watch as the ladies from The Merry Thought makeover this $1 rummage sale buy. If you're not as lucky to find one Ikea have similar stools for $5, then using their tips and instructions get to work on customizing your own.

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Shopping Guide: 10 Unique Home Decor Accessories $40 and Under

By: Brittni mehlhoff Apr 22, 2014

Adding a few new accessories to a room is a great way to inexpensively change the look and feel of a space. So, if you're on a tight budget but want to give a living space in your home a mini makeover, this might be a good route to try. Here are ten unique home accessories that will give any room instant… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Built-In Storage Makes A Big Difference

By: Faith-towers Apr 14, 2014

Before: A cluttered room with no built-in storage.

This living space looks like so many others... there's just nothing memorable about it. But the owner saw potential in the large, open wall surrounding the fireplace - and she did something about… Continue Reading

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Eye-Popping Victorian Sofa Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 18, 2014

Before seeing these pictures, I don't think I could have looked past this sofa's tufted back, curvy lines, and exposed wood and thought "makeover!" The vision came from the… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Mid-Century Modern Dresser Turned Entertainment Center

By: Capreek Mar 17, 2014

Caitlin made a major Craigslist score when she found this Mid-Century dresser in pretty decent shape. With a little bit of elbow grease, though, she took its function out of the bedroom and into the living room by transforming it into a modern entertainment… Continue Reading

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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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