Unbelievable Dresser to Desk Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 14, 2014

This is one of the most clever makeovers I've ever seen. Seriously. Alicia saved this 1970's Broyhill dresser from the donate pile by turning it into a desk. After removing six of its drawers,… Continue Reading

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Better After? Robin Egg Blue Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 11, 2014

To the outside world, Nicole's kitchen 'before' might look perfectly fine, but Nicole wanted a change. And all it took was some paint and a new glass tile back splash. Everything else--appliances, furniture, and light fixtures--remained the same.… Continue Reading

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Before and After: An Old Filing Cabinet turned Brilliant Garage Storage Station

By: Capreek Apr 07, 2014

This makeover is one of the most clever repurposing projects I've seen -- and I've seen a lot!  … Continue Reading

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Before and After: An Inspiring DIY Kitchen Makeover

By: Faith-towers Mar 31, 2014

A dated galley kitchen.

There was nothing memorable about this kitchen. Unembellished wood cabinets and beige countertops gave the space a dated feel. But just wait until you see what the owner did with her own two… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Mid-Century Modern Dresser Turned Entertainment Center

By: Capreek Mar 17, 2014

Caitlin made a major Craigslist score when she found this Mid-Century dresser in pretty decent shape. With a little bit of elbow grease, though, she took its function out of the bedroom and into the living room by transforming it into a modern entertainment… Continue Reading

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My Favorite How-To Originals Out of 4000 Posts

By: Diy maven Mar 10, 2014

This, my friends, marks my 4000th post on Curbly. To celebrate, I thought I'd cull through my how-to originals and round up some of my favorites and tell you what became of them.

I turned an old (and heavy) tripod into floor lamp for my office back in 2007. It's still here, and I still love it.… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Forgotten Bar Gets a Quick and Easy Refresh

By: Meghan and al Mar 05, 2014

diy bar makeoverWe moved into our house in June. One of the unexpected treasures the previous owner left behind was this old pine bar.   

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Unbelievable Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 03, 2014

A while back Beck snagged this walnut, Drexel Declaration coffee table at an auction. Since then, the table had been waiting patiently in her garage for her attention. And attention it needed.… Continue Reading

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A Really Disgusting Side Table Makeover

By: Diy maven Feb 25, 2014

I agree with Lisa: this side table was disgusting. And not for the reason you might think. Yes, the finish needed some serious TLC, but that was nothing in the cootie department. Let's run through the list. Paper 'stuck' onto the top, wads and wads of gum stuck under the top edge, aContinue Reading

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Before and After: DIY Plant Stand to Side Table Makeover

By: Capreek Feb 10, 2014

What do you do when you find a rusty old plant stand? Turn it into an adorable side table, of… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Cool Blue Kitchen Makeover

By: Faith-towers Jan 30, 2014

This kitchen was dark and dingy, with way too much brown. But it had a lot of potential - the room is open and feels spacious, with lots of big windows. Sherry and John recognized this when they bought the place. See what they did with it after the… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A DIY Painted Floor Makeover

By: Capreek Jan 29, 2014

This factory in Brooklyn was converted into a loft space, which is awesome... not so awesome was the century-old layer of grime and who-knows-what embedded in the wood floors. So what does a design-minded DIYer do? Paint the floors of… Continue Reading

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Two Just Right Restorations

By: Diy maven Jan 13, 2014

Some people might think restorations take less time than full-blown makeovers. In my experience, they take MORE time. You can cover a multitude of sins with filler and paint, but getting down to original raw wood takes a lot of patience and elbow grease. Take for example these two projects, both executed by my multi-talented nephew, John. Not only is he an athlete and a musician*, he's a chip off the old DIY block. First up is a kitchen built-in located in a circa 1900Continue Reading

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From Painful to Pretty: Milk Bottle Vase Makeover

By: Diy maven Dec 18, 2013

Why does the 'after' come first? Because I couldn't subject Curbly's homepage to the 'before'. The vase in question caught my attention at my local Goodwill for two reasons. One: I liked the classic milk bottle shape. Two: because it was nothing less than hideous. So I… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Glam Gilded IKEA Desk Makeover

By: Capreek Nov 13, 2013

It never ceases to amaze me what people can do with a regular ol' piece of IKEA furniture. I mean, just look at this glammed-up desk makeover!  … Continue Reading

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Ugly-No-More Bamboo Chair Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 04, 2013

When Lisa's husband saw this chair 'handed down' by his parents, he had just one word to say about it. Actually, one word repeated 5 times: No, no, no, no, no. But Lisa, having vision and a great eye, was not deterred. She had the… Continue Reading

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From Beige to Blue: MCM Desk Gets Colorful Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 21, 2013

The midcentury modern desk Lindsay found on Craigslist looked to be in great condition. The before picture is more pinkish beige than the blonde we're used to when considering such pieces,Continue Reading

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Make It: Classy DIY Magnetic Letters

By: Diy maven Oct 17, 2013

I have a new blog crush. His name is Michael, and he's the soul of Inspired by Charm. Michael's eye (and voice) puts a fresh spin on just about everything in the creative-living department. Case in point are… Continue Reading

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How To: Repair and Restore a Thrift Store Chair

By: Capreek Oct 15, 2013

Thrift stores, garage sales, Craigslist... They're great sources for finding furniture. Sometimes (re: 95% of the time), though, this furniture has seen better days and is in need of some TLC.         

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Fresh $70 Entry Makeover (2-fer)

By: Diy maven Oct 14, 2013

After five months of hating her avocado green entry, Aly rolled up her sleeves and transformed it for $70 and a weekend's worth of work. After seeing tutorials on the interweb for adding board and batten trim to a wall, she decided to give it a go. With the old and new trim… Continue Reading

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