Before and After: Brilliant IKEA Duktig Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 23, 2015

Photo: IKEA

Sara has dreams of remodeling a full-size kitchen someday, but, until then, she thought she'd practice on an IKEA Duktig play kitchen for her daughter. Based upon the outcome, I think Sara's future full-size kitchen remodeling will be a brilliant success. Most full-size kitchens don't look this goodContinue Reading

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How-To: Open Kitchen Shelving

By: Rachel mae smith Jan 14, 2015
DIY Open Shelving
by The Sweet Escape 

I can't tell you how badly I'd like to take a sledge hammer to our kitchen cabinets. But since that would be the last thing I'd want to do as a renter (who wants her deposit back), I've decided to live vicariously through The Sweet Escape instead.Continue Reading

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Before and After: $1500 Turquoise Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 09, 2015

Photo: Dans le Townhouse

I'm guessing Tanya's wicked awesome Pyrex collection had more than a little influence on her choice of colors when it came to her budget kitchen remodel. She and her handy husband painted the lower cabinets and removed the uppers altogether. A new DIY countertopContinue Reading

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Before and After: Thrift Store Table Gets a Modern Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Dec 15, 2014

Modern Thrift Store Table Makeover
via Francois et Moi 

When it comes to furniture makeovers, it seems that more often than not, the simplest changes can have the most impact. The idea of buying a less than perfect piece in hopes making it over to use in your home on a daily basis can seem overwhelming at times, but like Francois et Moi's thrift store table makeover, sometimes all a piece needs is a fresh coat of paint and an easy hardware change. Continue Reading

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Before and After: Two Grandfather Clock Makeovers

By: Diy maven Dec 15, 2014

Generally, grandfather clocks are not topics of conversation in the Curbly neighborhood. However, because we all enjoy a makeover, here are two that might make you consider how a staple in the traditional 1970's homeContinue Reading

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How To: Turn an IKEA Dining Chair Into a Fornasetti Work of Art

By: Diy maven Dec 10, 2014

Even if you're not a fan of Fornasetti, the technique Mark Montano uses to turn an inexpensive IKEA dining chair into a work of art is more than kinda brilliant. First, he shot the chair withContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: 10 Super Unique Headboard Ideas

By: Faith-towers Nov 24, 2014

10 Unique Headboard Ideas

If you're looking for a fun, easy bedroom element to customize yourself, your headboard might be it. Sure, you can make your own upholstered headboard if you have lots of time and patience, but there are plenty of other, simpler ways to give your headboard some custom style. Click through to check out ten of my favorites.   

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10 Clever Ways To Make Over Your TV Tray Tables

By: Faith-towers Nov 20, 2014

10 Clever Ways To Make Over Your TV Tray Tables

Most TV tray tables are boring by nature - they're made to be functional and affordable, not attractive. But they don't have to stay that way! Here are ten genius ways to transform them.   

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How To: A Flea Market Dresser Gets A Gilded Makeover

By: Lexy.b.ward Nov 17, 2014

Every nursery needs a dresser/changing table/statement piece, am I right? When putting together our daughter's nursery, I knew that I wanted something unique, but still simple. I found an old white dresser at a local flea market, and gave it a few coats of coral paint. Instant gratification, but it was still missing something.      

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Incredible Wardrobe Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 04, 2014

Let's face it, a lot of furniture makeovers we see around here involve paint, even if the finish is in good condition. The finish of this antique wardrobe (aka chifforobe or chifferobe) that Tami picked up at a church sale for $15 wasn't. BUT! Did she paint it?? NO!Continue Reading

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Paint and Sharpie Side Table Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 03, 2014

Jen, from Girl in the Garage, made over a vintage Leick Furniture Company side table using latex paint, an overhead projector, a graphic from The Graphics Fairy, and a black Sharpie. The outcomeContinue Reading

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Before and After: Thrift Store Desk Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Oct 31, 2014

Desk Makeover by NorthstoryChances are that you've walked past this style of desk a dozen times before at a thrift store without even pausing for a moment or batting an eye. I know that I have. After seeing this makeover by Northstory, however, I can tell you that won't be making that mistake again.Continue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Is Dip-Dying (And 9 Other DIY Trends) REALLY Past Its Prime?

By: Diy maven Oct 14, 2014

Has dip-dying overstayed its welcome? Yes, according to Elle Decor. They say its meteoric rise in popularity has put it firmly on the 'cliche' list. If you DO want to do the dip, they suggest keeping the subjects small, like bowls and wooden spoons. (Although they laud the project pictured above as having been 'done properly.') The other 9 DIYContinue Reading

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Before and After: Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Oct 10, 2014

Mid-Century Dresser Makeover by Visual HeartI need to gush a bit here folks, because this makeover absolutely blew me away. So much so actually that I've gone back to look at the full post a few times now. No shame, right?Continue Reading

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It's Finished! A Complete Tour of The Curbly House

By: Alicia Oct 02, 2014

This house tour is a long time coming. We've officially been in our "finished" house for one year, and we thought we'd celebrate with a big old fashioned house tour. So we're going to show you the super-clean, polished, sparkly version of The Curbly House...which looked like this exactly once, before we, you know, started living in it again!

Of course, no tour would be complete without a nod to one's roots, so we're postingContinue Reading

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Before and After: A Half Bath Gets A Beach-Inspired Makeover

By: Faith-towers Sep 29, 2014

A Half Bath Gets A Beach-Inspired Makeover

Pink walls, a two tone faucet and ancient hardware made this half bath feel like it was from a different decade. But after a few DIY projects and some elbow grease, this bathroom was transformed from dated to beautiful and beachy.   

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How To: Turn One Stool Into TWO Stools

By: Diy maven Sep 29, 2014

I'd been looking around for a small stool to help our arthritic fur-child get on and off the bed at night. (If you're used to sleeping with a cat on the foot of the bed, you'll understand.) The problem was, I couldn't find a stool that I liked that was the appropriate size and height. Before sketching up a design to make one from scratch, I thought a trip to the thrift store might be in order. Hey, you never know, right? When I spottedContinue Reading

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Before and After: Headboard Turned DIY Storage Bench

By: Capreek Sep 24, 2014

What do you do when you find a couple of old twin-sized headboards for super cheap? Turn them into a Pottery Barn-inspired storage bench, obviously!     Continue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Marriage-Ending Headboard Makeover?

By: Diy maven Sep 22, 2014

(Purists, avert your eyes. This makeover just might put you over the edge.) DeDe found a complete 5 piece, solid wood bedroom set on Craigslist that was--in her words--"really great shape." She wanted to paint it. Her husband balked, as mine would. "Why do you have to paint completely fine wood furniture?" he asked. Her reply: "BecauseContinue Reading

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Astounding $83 Bathroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Sep 17, 2014

Forget $100. Ursula spent only $83 on her walk-though bathroom makeover, but the reveal certainly doesn't look like it. Everything came from Target, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Goodwill, Walmart, Kohls and Lowes. What she didn't snag secondhand, Ursula found on sale, or she usedContinue Reading

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