DIY Idea: Planter Turned Illuminated Nightstand

By: Diy maven Jul 29, 2011

Picture it: a bedside table with the light built in. Nice. Even nicer is how it's made. A big ol' fiberglass planter… Continue Reading

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IKEA Table Gets a Natural Modern Makeover

By: Alicia Jul 28, 2011

This month, Krylon is sponsoring a series of thrifty, creative DIY projects:

Over the last month, we've been giving some love to our favorite room in the house ... our porch. Earlier this month we spruced up our porch coffee tables and a rocking chair. Then we kept the momentum going and re-did some candle-holders. This week's project was both functional and fun, and we were thrilled with the results. 

IKEA table makeover - before
In the summer, we spend a lot of… Continue Reading

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DIY Roundup: 10 Stylish, Budget-Friendly Lights to Make This Weekend!

By: Capreek Jul 21, 2011

created at: 07/21/2011

Well, you probably can't make all ten this weekend (if you somehow manage to actually accomplish that feat, well, let's say I owe you a lollipop).  But, if you're itchin' for a new light fixture that's both stylish and easy on the wallet, here are ten separate weekend projects for your consideration!  (Pick and choose, people.  We don't want anyone getting… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Tree Stump Coffee Table

By: Chrisjob Jun 29, 2011

created at: 06/29/2011

We've seen stumps and branches turned into stools and side tables, as well as accessories like desk organizers, magnets, and napkin rings, but can a hunk o' tree stand it's own as a room-centering piece like a coffee table?

Yep.  … Continue Reading

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Make It: A Simple Outdoor Dining Table on the Cheap!

By: Capreek Jun 20, 2011

created at: 06/20/2011

Outdoor dining season is upon us and if your setup is anything like mine (aka nonexistent) or you'd just like to have some fresh outdoor decor, here's a simple DIY project that'll have you hosting summer soirées in no… Continue Reading

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Crazy Table Shelves and the Color Purple

By: Capreek May 31, 2011

created at: 05/31/2011

First, the obvious: a shelving system made from repurposed coffee tables.  Holy cow!… Continue Reading

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Beer Keg Turned Table

By: Diy maven May 09, 2011

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Xan and Pablo took a beer keg, much like the one pictured above, and turned it into one of the coolest side tables ever. Complete with a glass top and, of course, a… Continue Reading

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A Side Table's Colorful Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 18, 2011

Whose parents, grandparents or auntie didn't have one of these two-tiered end tables back in the 60's or 70's? Although the shape is super-dated, there's something about them that appeals to me. The 'nook' for books? The top… Continue Reading

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Treadle Sewing Machine Turned Desk

By: Diy maven Mar 23, 2011

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The legs of a treadle sewing machine find new life supporting a desk. Interesting reuse,… Continue Reading

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Refreshing Side Table Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 21, 2011

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How many circa 1980's side tables have you seen littering your local secondhand stores and garage sales? Plenty, I'm guessing. LHG had one such table on… Continue Reading

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Round Up: Spool Tables for Everyone!

By: Diy maven Feb 15, 2011

created at: 02/15/2011

Spool tables have been catching my eye lately. Because most are multi-functional--they can be used as stools too--they're great additions to smaller spaces. The first spool table I was introduced to was probably the same one you were: the Eames Walnut Stool by Herman Miller. The 13" round, 16" high… Continue Reading

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Ask Curbly: Cardboard Hoarders, Beastly Tables, and Painted Hardwood

By: Bruno Feb 10, 2011

created at: 10/08/2010

As usual, there's a lot of great discussions going on in the Q&A section this month. Here's a quick roundup in case you haven't been paying attention:

How do I upcycle cardboard boxes to make something useful or beautiful?

Nidhi was wondering what to do with all the cardboard boxes she'd been hoarding. Her cry for help prompted some great responses, least of which was my suggestion:

Then Gilboonet chimed in with some professional… Continue Reading

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My Total Office Makeover: Done!

By: Chrisjob Jan 27, 2011

Welcome to our 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. 

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Part VII: The (Big?) Reveal For a year and a half, I had a spare bedroom that was more-or-less the kind of of place where you shut the door when you had company over. Heck, I didn't even like spending time in there, opting to do most of my work on the sofa instead.

So, I toughened up, made a few trips to the hardware and craft store, came up with a few original IKEA hacks, vowed to keep my space organized, and created a space where I spend more time than in any other room. Sometimes I even… Continue Reading

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Plunger Table

By: Diy maven Jan 26, 2011

Rubber Table

It's bendable, you can stick it on a wall and it has plungers for feet. 'Nuf said.

'Rubber Table' is a creation of Thomas Schnur.

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How to: Make Large-Scale Inspiration Boards on the Cheap (My Total Office Makeover)

By: Chrisjob Jan 25, 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 an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

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Part VI: Inspiration, Inspiration, Inspiration As a design writer and maker, I spend my days swimming in a sea of image heaviness: photos of incredible rooms, beautiful handmade objects, clever logos and typography, and just awesome looking goodies. For my new office space, I wanted an opportunity to have an ever evolving and changing collection of images, allowing me to curate, add, and reorganize as necessary. So, immediately I thought "corkboard!" and upon checking out the prices at the office supply store, immediately I thought "DIY!" (Seriously, $45 bucks for a bulletin board?!)

So, I did a little research, and came up with a solution that allowed me to create attractive and HUGE pushpin-able surfaces for under $5.00 each, allowing me to cover all of my walls for less… Continue Reading

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