How To: Make A DIY Enchanted Pumpkin Forest

By: Diy maven Oct 06, 2015

This year, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create a series of DIY decor and entertaining projects using that iconic symbol of the season: the pumpkin. We'll be sharing our creations for the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge each day this week. Happy Fall.

Um, yeah. I think I got a different memo than everybody else for this whole Curbly Pumpkin Challenge, because I went, like, off the rails. But it's not my fault. Really. I was just having too much funContinue Reading

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HUGE Master Bedroom Gets Super Lux Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 06, 2015
Photo: JWS Interiors

Interior designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt had a HUGE pallet with which to work when confronted with this bedroom. The odd thing is, in the "before" picture, it looks smaller. (Perhaps the furniture placement? The angle of the photograph? Both??) After, we see the room in all its square footage glory. Seriously, how many bedrooms are large enoughContinue Reading

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Would You "Surprise" Your Landlord with a Kitchen Makeover?

By: Diy maven Oct 02, 2015

Photo: My Domaine

When stylist Peter Dolkas decided to re-do the kitchen in his rental, he had no qualms about painting the cabinets. As for his landlord? She didn't know what was happening until after the makeover wasContinue Reading

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How to: Make a Super Easy DIY Terrarium Ready for Fall!

By: Hellolidy Oct 01, 2015
DIY Seasonal Terrarium | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I'm trying to find ways to decorate my home seasonally without having to store more decor away for the year or reorganize an entire room for one holiday! As a busy mom, I'm finding less time to devote myself to redecorating the entire house. As much as I love it, it's nice to have a few pieces that can stay out year round and maybe save me a bit more time. A terrarium is the perfect solution to this problem! 

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Unbelievable $125 Laundry Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Sep 30, 2015
Photo: View Along the Way

Kelly's washer and dryer looked kinda sad in their old living quarters. Did she paint them with a bright color to cheer them up? Nope. She just changed everything around them to make them look like a million bucks--and it only cost $125! From top to bottom--including an amazing DIY pendant light to painting the vinyl flooring--nothingContinue Reading

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Roundup: 12 Projects that Prove Spray Paint is the Best DIY Material EVER

By: Diy maven Sep 29, 2015

I used to be afraid of spray paint. Not the paint, really, but the potential for globs and drips. But spray paint has come a long way in just the past five years or so, and continued practice using it has alleviated those fears entirely. I'm guessing millions of others feel the same, which is just one reason spray paint has become the best DIY material every invented. (Okay, maybe ONE of the best DIY materials ever invented.) And our roundup proves it. From the expected to the totally UN-expected, sprayContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Rustic Fall Decor Ideas to DIY

By: Diy maven Sep 23, 2015

It's that time of year to shift into cozy mode. And, for me, cozy goes hand in hand with rustic, so that's the thread that runs through all these fall decor ideas toContinue Reading

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Before and After: $4 Kitchen Island Makeover

By: Diy maven Sep 11, 2015

Photo: Naptime Decorator

Liz's kitchen island was driving her bananas. Its stained honey oak top just wasn't jiving with the new industrial stools she snagged awhile back. So Liz forked over about 4 bucks and 5 hours of her timeContinue Reading

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How To: Make a Sheet Music Planter

By: Diy maven Sep 09, 2015
Photo: Eclectically Vintage

Can you guess what this planter used to be? The shape coupled with the fall mums tucked inside should give it away. Have a guess? Continue Reading

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Gorgeous Vintage Oak Chest Makeover

By: Diy maven Sep 08, 2015
Photo: Saw Nail and Paint

Attention all those who hate oak. Susan was commissioned to refinish this vintage chest. Its hardware had long been replaced and its keyhole covers were missing completely. Susan's client wanted the chest to look "timeless and neutral." Did that mean painting it white? Cream? Black?Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Hutch/China Cabinet Makeovers

By: Diy maven Sep 04, 2015

This morning on Craigslist in my city, there are 489 listings for china cabinets and a whopping 1351 listings for hutches. Does that mean china cabinets and hutches have fallen out of favor? Not with these clever makeover artists! Take a look and then you tell us...have china cabinets and hutches fallen out of favor with you??

Serena spotted this impressive cabinet at her local thrift store for a measly $40. (Take thatContinue Reading

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Roundup: 15 Must-Try No-Sew Home Decor Projects

By: Diy maven Sep 01, 2015

For those who can't sew or for those who just don't feel like it, these 15 no-sew decor projects are must-tries. From windows to floors and everything in between, there's somethingContinue Reading

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Before and After: $19k Budget Kitchen Remodel

By: Diy maven Aug 28, 2015

Photo: Design Edge

Nineteen thousand dollars doesn't go far when you hire someone else to do the work. That's why this kitchen makeover is considered a budget job. When the owners of the kitchen went to Design Edge, they had a check list that included replacing the cabinets, buying newContinue Reading

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Before and After: Stark Living Room is Made Lovely with Layers

By: Diy maven Aug 24, 2015

Photo: Studio McGee

We don't really need to forgive the varying light conditions in this living room's before and after images to fully appreciate its dramatic transformation. Whether its blinds are closed or open, it's apparent that the layering ofContinue Reading

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Before and After: All Grown Up Bedroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Aug 17, 2015

Photo: Tonyia via Beneath My Heart

Tonyia's sixteen year old son had stylistically outgrown his bedroom. The ubiquitous collections of trophies and posters populated the space before. After, the room is all grown up and unrecognizable! New millwork, includingContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Concrete Wall Art

By: Diy maven Aug 12, 2015
Photo: DIY My Homes

Don't you just LOVE using up project leftovers??? I do, which is just one reason I'm diggin' this DIY concrete art project. Some scrap 1/4" material--like plywood or backer board or etc, concrete mix, someContinue Reading

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Habitat for Humanity Dining Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 31, 2015

Photo: A Beautiful Mess

Sisters Elsie and Emma, the duo behind A Beautiful Mess, partnered up with Habitat for Humanity and Real Simple to make over a 2-bedroom 1-bathroom bungalow in their town of Springfield, MO. The focus of the makeover todayContinue Reading

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Roundup: Cool Backyard Projects Using Cinder Blocks, Pavers, and Concrete

By: Diy maven Jul 28, 2015

In our on-going effort to help concrete and it's cousins pavers and cinder blocks maintain their incredible popularity, we've put together 10 projectsContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Wall Planter

By: Diy maven Jul 21, 2015
Photo: Shanty 2 Chic

If you have an hour to spare, how about making this wooden wall planter? Whitney says it cost her less than $20 to fabricate, but I'm guessing a lot of us already have the materials on hand to make one. LeftoverContinue Reading

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Way Before and Way After: A Living Room's Style Evolution

By: Diy maven Jun 22, 2015

Photo: Love of Homes

Generally we see room transformations around here described with a simple "before" and "after." This is what it looked like yesterday, and this is what it looks like today. Those are great and all, but I find the most interesting makeovers are the ones that depict a transformation of style over years. People change as they live their lives, there's no getting around that, so it makes sense that their personal style reflect that. It saysContinue Reading

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