IKEA Hack: Angie's DIY Rustic Modern Entertainment Center Created from...Kitchen Cabinets!

by Chris Gardner

Curbly reader Angie and her guy, Randy, just completed this amazing handmade Scandanavian-inspired media unit. She says, "When we completed our basement, we were in need of an entertainment center. We shopped around and looked at everything out there and we just couldn't find anything we really liked. I also found that the average entertainment center didn't have enough depth for the important part of the the entertainment center, really nice audio components. :) From looking around, we determined that we liked the look of the low profile entertainment centers with wall mounted TVs...so we set out to build one.

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Organize Your Books and Music with DIY Labeled Dividers.

by Chris Gardner

I love to walk through the reserve section of my local library...the books, records, and DVDs are lined up in the back corner, with these huge dividers, each with an oversized letter in Helvetica, organizing the reserves by the last name.

Matthew created this how-to on Flickr: unusable vinyl LPs augmented with stick-on letters slid in between physical media to keep 'em alphabetized and easy to find.

How do you organize you media and books...

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The Solar-Powered Television!?!

by Chris Gardner

Hmmm....Harnessing the power of outside to stay inside?  "A 26-inch solar-powered LCD television that can be powered by a thin-film photovoltaic panel! Sharp’s plan is to distribute the TV and solar module to areas that have no easy access to grid power. The triple-junction thin film solar cell module is the cost effective panel to date that is being mass produced by Sharp.... The television itself is an ultra low-powered LCD screen that uses...

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How To Calibrate Your HDTV.

by Chris Gardner

You spend all that time researching your new tv...then you spend all that money purchasing your new tv, and all that effort to get it hung at just the right height, to figure out the remote, etc.

This article from the New York Times helps you with that final step: calibrating your TV to get the colors, brightness, and contrast just right.

Options include:

  • Having the electronics store (such as Best Buy's Geek Squad) do the work, but for a...

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DIY on NPR.

by Chris Gardner

Yesterday's Weekend Edition Sunday on National Public Radio featured a story on participation in the monster DIY movement via the web. Contributer Jon Kalish interviews folks from Instructables, Etsy, and Make magazine, as well as some genius DIYsters from around the web. My fave quote comes from Jay Baldwin, of the previously glorious Whole Earth Catalog:

"When you make things by hand, it's yours; there's no mystery how it got...

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DIY Projection Screen.

by Chris Gardner

Fan of impromptu drive-in theaters? Hardcore hometheater enthusiast? Shadow-puppet fanatic?

Then you need a big ol' screen on which you can project whatever feeds your need for eye candy.

Will O'Brien offers a how-to on creating your own large format screen- in 2.35:1!- from materials available at your local hardware store and fabric shop.

 

 

 

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