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… Continue 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,… 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 posting… Continue 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… Continue Reading

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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… Continue 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,… 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:Continue 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… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Wood Desk Goes Green

By: Brittni mehlhoff Sep 03, 2014

Feeling uninspired when it comes to your workspace? Maybe you're in need of a little makeover inspiration, like this colorful desk revamp. Click through to see how this plain oak desk was turned into a statement piece with some… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Parisian Apartment Gets Back to Its Roots

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 21, 2014

If you like original woodwork, you are going to love this before and after. The carpet has been pulled up and the paint has been stripped. The end result is a beautiful space, filled with rich woods. Click through to check it… Continue Reading

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This to That: Traditional Light Post Lamp Turned Moody Moroccan Lantern

By: Diy maven Aug 19, 2014

This light post lamp looks rough, but it's solid brass under that gunk and black finish, which is why I've held on to it for more years than I can remember. I'd always intended to remake it into an outdoor lantern, and I finally… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Playful End Table Mini Makeover -- Plus a Giveaway!

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 13, 2014

Last week, I visited my local Sherwin-Williams store to get some paint and tools for a furniture makeover I've been working on. And today, I'm ready to share the results from that makeover. Above is what this quirky little end table looked like before. And here is the (now) three-toned table after:
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Before and After: A Vintage Side Table Gets a Colorful DIY Makeover

By: Capreek Aug 11, 2014

Ah, yes. The ubiquitous "crummy old side table" that you see at just about every yard sale/garage sale/estate sale on the planet. Chances are you've passed by one without even noticing. After you see the makeover this side table got, though, you might just decide to bring one… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 12 NEW Pieces of Furniture Made Out of 12 OLD Pieces of Furniture

By: Diy maven Aug 11, 2014

New furniture made out of old furniture doesn't sound very earth-shattering as far as do-overs go, but when you see what these tables, chairs, dressers, and etcetera looked like before compared to what they look like now, it'sContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: 10 Inspiring Examples of Stenciled Furniture

By: Faith-towers Aug 05, 2014

Inspiring Stenciled Furniture

There are many ways to give an old piece of furniture a makeover, but one of my favorite techniques is stenciling. It can be very transformative, as you'll see... click through to check out ten inspiring… Continue Reading

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Before and After: An Old Table Gets A Glamorous Makeover

By: Faith-towers Aug 04, 2014

Before and After: A Wooden Table Gets A Glamorous Makeover

This is one of those dramatic makeovers that you have to see to believe. This beat up old piece was transformed into a glamorous console table for the dining room, no paint involved. See how it went from grungy to chic using just a few carefully chosen… Continue Reading

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IKEA Cubby Gets Unbelieveable Pottery Barn Facelift

By: Diy maven Aug 04, 2014

Cladding is our friend. Especially when we want completely erase one style for another. In this case we go from IKEA to Pottery Barn. The project started out as a $45 scratch and dent IKEA cubby but ended up an Pottery Barn… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Retro-Inspired IKEA Storage Hack

By: Capreek Jul 29, 2014

IKEA products are known for being easy to customize, but sometimes those plans don't quite work out. I came across this unfortunate IKEA Fira unit at the thrift shop. Its previous owner got creative with paint, glue, and origami paper. No wonder they donated it -- it looked terrible! I'm always looking for useful storage solutions, so I brought it home determined to make it look great in my 1950's apartment. With a few simple tools and materials, I transformed it into a unique, retro-inspired piece that matches the rest of my… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Mid-Century Modern Cabinet Gets a Refresh

By: Capreek Jul 28, 2014

What do you do with an old, warped cabinet? Fix it up, broken door and all of… Continue Reading

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Husband v. Wife Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 18, 2014

Christy's husband had made over his kitchen when their house was 'his.' When she moved in, she wanted to make it over in her own image. (You know what I mean.) She made a wish list. New solid surface counters, new backsplash, farmhouse sink, and new flooring. Hubby balked. He was attached to his… Continue Reading

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