A Glitter-y Vintage School Desk Makeover

By: Bruno Nov 10, 2011

Schooldesk makeover, before

Against all my expectations, my daughter Ayla is a princess-loving, pink-obssessed, necklace-wearing girly girl. She's two, and yet she often demands wardrobe changes several times per day. Honestly, I don't know how this happened; I always kind of thought I end up with a tomboy, but no, her favorite games are 'jewly' (jewelry) and and dressing up her 'babies.'

It's cool, though. I can adapt. And here's proof: this fall I was drivingContinue Reading

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Before & After: A $50 Kitchen Makeover

By: Capreek Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011

We're in the throes of our own personal kitchen makeover (more on that later), so my makeover-o-meter is operating on full power: everywhere I turn, spectacular makeovers of all kinds are waving their hands and shouting my name!  The inspiration is almost overwhelming, which is why I stopped dead in my tracks when I spied this $50 kitchen makeover.  Yes, folks, FIFTY DOLLARS.   Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Mid-Century Modern Makeover!

By: Capreek Oct 31, 2011

created at: 10/31/2011

Whether you're on the fence, passionately opposed, or enthusiastically in favor of painting wood furniture (see Melanie's recent post  "To paint or not to paint?"), you've got to admit that the "after" in this case looks pretty dang good.   Continue Reading

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1912 Bedroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 31, 2011

Heather and David of 1912 Bungalow have announced the completion of their bedroom! As with all their makeovers, this one doesn't disappoint. Heather had been using the room Continue Reading

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To Paint or Not To Paint: A Confession

By: Craftmel Oct 26, 2011

created at: 10/26/2011

Some of my favorite before-and-after projects are furniture rescues.  I love to see a sad, outdated pieces go from trash to treasure with a good sanding and a coat of stain or paint.  Even though I'm all for sending a sideboard through rehab, there is one particular problem I encounter every so often with these transformations.  What is it, you ask?   Continue Reading

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How To: A Bistro Chair Makeover Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 25, 2011

created at: 10/24/2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Eons* ago in design time, I gave this charity sale bistro chair a makeover. I painted the frame and re-upholstered the seat. I liked it for a while, and then I didn't. The colors in the fabric were those that always look dirty. In this case, a dull yellow and green. The more I looked at them, the more they reminded me of...well, phlegm.Continue Reading

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Before & After: A High Style, Low Cost Living Room Makeover!

By: Capreek Oct 24, 2011

created at: 10/24/2011

Big brown rooms: they happen to the best of us.  But with a little elbow grease, creativity, and inspiration (see below!), you can banish those boring browns for good*!   Continue Reading

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Entire Townhouse Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 24, 2011

Not often do we get a chance to see a room-by-room b & a of an entire home, but that's exactly what Tanya and her handy hubby give us in their Townhouse Tour. You name it, they made it over. Bedrooms, bathrooms, office, Continue Reading

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Make It: A Modern Felt Stool Cushion

By: Capreek Oct 19, 2011

created at: 10/19/2011

If you're thinking "Hey, that kinda looks like one of those IKEA stools!", you would be correct.  It's the ubiquitous Frosta Stool, one of the most hackable of IKEA products, but this playful felt cushion takes it up a notch--or ten, really, because it's that awesome!   Continue Reading

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How to Turn a Door Into a Natural Fiber Head Board

By: Diy maven Oct 18, 2011

created at: 10/18/2011

Carmel loved the look of Pottery Barn and West Elm's natural fiber head boards, but she did not love their prices. Much as all good DIYers, she decided to make her own out of an old door, manila rope (that she found at Home Depot) and a glue gun. The results are quite remarkable and at a total cost of Continue Reading

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Holly Turns a $40 Rug into a Show-Stopping Focal Point

By: Chrisjob Oct 17, 2011

created at: 10/17/2011

It's easy to get excited about furniture. And it's plenty fun to explore paint colors, wall art options, and accessories. After all, those are what go into a room's design, right?

Well, yeah. That's part of it. But don't forget those other two sides of the space - the ceiling, and the floor. Of course, a room defining floor piece can often cost significantly more than that can of paint or awesome framed print. Like, a whole lot more.

Unless, of course, you take Holly's advice, and transform the whole space for a cool $50.   Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Kitchen of Amazing Awesomeness!

By: Capreek Oct 17, 2011

created at: 10/17/2011

You may think the title is an exaggeration, but folks, I swear it's not (it's also what the homeowner calls it and, frankly, I have to agree)!  So, are you ready to ditch this frightening 'before' and get on with the 'after' party of amazing awesomeness?!  Let's go.   Continue Reading

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Our Porch Floor Makeover: A Wagner EZ Tilt Paint Sprayer Review

By: Bruno Oct 13, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, the people at Wagner (they're based in nearby Plymouth, MN) sent me one of their new EZ Tilt Spray Painters (if you're looking for one, you can buy it here on Amaazon) to try out. We had been planning on re-painting our porch floor, so we decided to put it to the test and get a minor project out of the way at the same time. Read on to see how it went.The Wagner EZ Tilt paint sprayer   

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From Log to Luxe: A DIY Timber Bathroom Vanity

By: Capreek Oct 10, 2011

created at: 10/10/2011

So, what do you do with a giant piece of leftover, rough cut fir timber?  Turn it into a modern floating bathroom vanity, of course!   Continue Reading

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Dresser Makeover with Stickers!

By: Diy maven Oct 10, 2011

Amy saw the potential in this Craigslist dresser and had to have it for her nursery. Some Benjamin Moore San Antonio Gray paint, white knobs and vinyl stickers later, it's not recognizable.Continue Reading

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