My Total Office Makeover: The Master Plan, Plus Necessities

By: Chrisjob Jan 06, 2011

created at: 01/06/2011Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

Part II: The Master Plan

(Read Part 1 here) I looked around at what I'd maintained and realized the software I had would work: my computers and… Continue Reading

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My Total Office Makeover: The Embarrassingly Bad "Before" Pics

By: Chrisjob Jan 04, 2011

created at: 01/04/2011

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into a space where work can actually get done, and look pretty cool while it happens. 

The story begins like this:

For the first time in my life, I was living alone. Of course, I didn't want to live… Continue Reading

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How To: Office Chair Makeover

By: Jill w Jan 03, 2011

The task chair, or desk chair is a familiar and constantly used part of the office environment. Its hard to find a unique chair that fits your taste and is cohesive with the rest of your creative space. However, in only a few steps you can turn your drab, boring chair into something that can spice up your space!… Continue Reading

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Tool Box Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 03, 2011

created at: 01/03/2011


Not our usual makeover fare to be featured here on Curbly, but what a makeover it is!  John (last name 'Park') spotted this grody old Park Manufacturing Co. toolbox at a local flea market and was smitten. He took it home and gave it the makeover lover once-over.… Continue Reading

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Sassy Green Credenza Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 03, 2011

Like me, Chrissie is a used furniture junkie. She also loves auctions. Right after selling one of her made-over pieces on Craigslist, she found this pecan finish (ugh!) credenza at an auction and turned it into one sassy green tart of a credenza. Just for fun, she gave the top a chalkboard paint… Continue Reading

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UNIKEA: The Ultimate Ikea Hack?

By: Diy maven Jan 03, 2011

BRIA 2 IKEA Standard Furniture Turned into Original Bookshelves by Kenyon Yeh

London-based designer Kenyon Yeh is probably one of those people who doesn't follow assembly instructions and is proud of it. Kenyon's UNIKEA collection starts with flat-packed IKEA furniture, but each were assembled as he pleased… Continue Reading

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Closet Turned Playhouse

By: Diy maven Dec 29, 2010

created at: 12/29/2010

Sandra had a bit of wasted space under a staircase. She framed it in to make a closet and then constructed a 'whimsical' facade, which transformed it into the… Continue Reading

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Best "Before and After" Upholstery Projects of 2010

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 29, 2010

From the time-lapse sofa, to a professionally tufted side chair, reupholstery is still on the front burner as we head into 2011. As the veil is lifted on basic upholstery techniques, many more DIY-ers are jumping in. If you start simple, don't spend a lot of money on fabric or furniture right out of the gate, why not try it?  You may be suprised what you can do. I continually remind my students that almost every mistake can be fixed or disguised. Take a look at what made the… Continue Reading

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Customize Ikea with Mykea

By: Diy maven Dec 27, 2010

created at: 12/27/2010

Photojojo tells us the next big thing to happen to Ikea just might be MykeaMykea lets us upload our own photos (or we can use one of theirs) and then, using one of their templates, lets us… Continue Reading

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Make a Lamp from a Pile of Wooden Spindles

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 27, 2010

created at: 12/27/2010

Jim Healy loves making lamps from junk. They're not your everyday junky lamps, mind you. To prove it, check out the spindle lamp he put together from this bundle of wooden… Continue Reading

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How to Turn a Gourd into a Lamp

By: Diy maven Dec 27, 2010

created at: 12/27/2010

Besides being easy to grow, gourds have lovely, sexy shapes just aching to be turned into… Continue Reading

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Kim's 1949 Bathroom Overhaul

By: Diy maven Dec 20, 2010

created at: 12/20/2010

The bathroom in Kim's old 1949 Cape Cod house is a shadow of its former self, thanks to some very well thought out design choices by Kim and her husband,… Continue Reading

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Turn a Ladder-Back Chair into a Bathroom Shelf

By: Diy maven Dec 13, 2010

A flea market find is turned into a ladder bathroom shelf in 5 easy steps. (Note the cheeky faucet handles on top.) A little too 'cute'? Maybe, but I'm… Continue Reading

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Beth's Antique Settee Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 13, 2010

created at: 12/13/2010

This is the fourth project Beth did in my class, but if you looked at the first one, it's equally as well done. Beth arrived at class with this antique settee that had belonged to her great-grandmother. She tore it down to the bare bones, rewebbed, hand sewed the springs on the new webbing and performed the tedious 8 way spring tying. This is living proof that with understandable instructions and the right piece of furniture, you don't have to be a professional to reupholster like a… Continue Reading

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How To Screen Print and Reupholster a Chest

By: Jill w Dec 13, 2010

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This chest got a major makeover that updates it's overall look. You can really customize this piece by switching the images you use for the prints, the colors of the inks and fabrics, or by the type of fabric you choose to use. To follow is a step by step guide to update those cherished pieces of furniture you can't part with.… Continue Reading

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