Curbly's Wall Art Shopping Guide: 20 Design-y Prints for Film and TV Buffs

By: Capreek May 29, 2012

created at: 05/29/2012

As a lover of film and TV, this might be my favorite wall art shopping guide so far! It was also really, really, really hard to narrow it down to a mere 20 prints. My suggestion?? Hit up your favorite online marketplace (Etsy, Society6, Cargoh, Supermarket, etc.) and do a search for the shows you love the most. It'll blow your mind. Meanwhile, here are my picks for awesome movie- and TV-inspired prints!   Continue Reading

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Curbly's on The Craftsman Experience This Weekend!

By: Bruno Sep 29, 2011

Chris Gardner, Curbly's all-around awesome guy (and editor-in-chief, not to mention the man behind ManMadeDIY.com) will be in Chicago this weekend for a busy few days of DIY madness. He'll be helping out on the Craftsman Experience, a live, online show where DIY and home improvement experts teach you everything they know.

You can watch him (remember, it's a LIVE show!) Saturday, October 1st at 7pm central time. So, on Saturday night,Continue Reading

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Ask Curbly: Ladders, Armoires, Curtains and More!

By: Bruno Dec 21, 2010
created at: 10/08/2010

Still haven't checked out our Ask a Question forum? What are you waiting for?! It's the perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I'd highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

Building a ladder bookcase (how?)

Jellico's wondering how to build a ladder book case, but doesn't know how to get started. Can you help her out?

Ladder book shelf question.

How do I know if I have an original Platner chair?

Lauramae has a wire chair she bought at a rummage sale that looks just like this: 

Platner chair? Help her find out for sure!

How does she tell if it's the real thing?

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Ask Curbly: TVs, Clawfoot Tubs, Cheap Organizing and Weird Beds

By: Bruno Nov 18, 2010
created at: 10/08/2010

If you've never checked out our Ask a Question forum, now's the time to start. It's a perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I'd highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

xox_nicole: How can I make a clawfoot tub into a couch?

I have always wanted a clawfoot tub, a la Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I've never been able to find anyone who has actually turned their clawfoot tub into a couch.  I've done a little research and found out that you're supposed to use a cut-off saw with a fiberous cutting blade, rather than a circular saw, to cut cast iron. Anyone done this before, or have any helpful tips about cutting cast iron tubs?

Cast iron clawfoot tub

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DIYable TV Easel?

By: Diy maven Nov 08, 2009

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I love the look of wall-mounted televisions, but every time I see one I can't but help think that the homeowner who chose to do such a mount is stuck with it. That's why I'm really groovin' on this tv easel Continue Reading

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Converting an Old TV into a Chair.

By: Chrisjob Oct 06, 2009

From Apartment Therapy Unplugged:

"We've seen vintage TVs turned into storage units and even aquariums to house our scaly friends, but we've never seen such a shag-a-licious chair like this before! It's an image from the 1986 architecture book "Freestyle: The New Architecture and Design from Los Angeles" by Tim Street-Porter"

I guess the how-to goes like this: remove the screen, remove the guts, applied shag, and sit!

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How To Calibrate Your HDTV.

By: Chrisjob Apr 15, 2008

You spend all that time researching your new tv...then you spend all that money purchasing your new tv, and all that effort to get it hung at just the right height, to figure out the remote, etc.

This article from the New York Times helps you with that final step: calibrating your TV to get the colors, brightness, and contrast just right.

Options include:

  • Having the electronics store (such as Best Buy's Geek Squad) do theContinue Reading
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Simpsons Cupcakes.

By: Chrisjob Apr 09, 2008

Everyone's favorite animated family get a fondant facelift. Veronica writes, "My niece Yana is celebrating her fourth, not fifth birthday (She's a giant!) on April 6, and as a present, I made some Simpsons cupcakes! I have never tried making traditional fondant before and was honestly intimidated by it. After 'bugging' Gel Colet with questions on gumpaste, royal icing and fondant (Thanks and sorry Gel!), I decided to notContinue Reading

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How should I connect my laptop to the television?

By: Chrisjob Feb 21, 2008

There are probably geeky communities in which I could ask this, but I hope some of the Curbly technogeniuses might have some ideas:

So, I just got a new Mac Book Pro, and I'd like to hook it up to my LCD television. (To get better use out of it, since we rarely watch TV [it was a Christmas gift]). I'd like to use the larger viewing area for Photoshopping and hopefully some video editing in the future...and of course, Curbly posting!

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Retro TV Photo Frame.

By: Chrisjob Feb 05, 2008

I LOVE Saturday morning cartoons from the 60s and early 70s. And though I'll never be able to guest star on one, this Retro TV picture frame would get me close. This double sided frame comes in three colors, and retails for £4.99.

PS- the red one would make a great Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart. 

 

 

 

Via. 

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How To Sharpen Up Your HDTV

By: Chrisjob Feb 05, 2008

Forbes.com writes, "Getting a brand new high-definition TV should be an enjoyable experience, but when you open up that big box you could also be opening up a frustrating can of worms. HDTVs are complicated gadgets. It's not like the old days when you could just plug a TV into the wall and everything magically worked. HDTVs require a little nuance and a little knowledge.

Without this set-up savvy, you might be left looking at an absolutelyContinue Reading

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How To Mount A Flat Panel Television on the Wall.

By: Chrisjob Dec 27, 2007


Did Santa leave a shiny new 48" LCD under your tree this year? Still meaning to hang your plasma that's been on the stand for a year or so now. Then free up some floor space and hang it on the wall in four easy steps.

Materials:

  • Electric drill
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Socket Wrench
  • Flat Panel Mounting
Read the full how-to from Popular Mechanics.
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Variations on "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

By: Chrisjob Nov 28, 2007

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a holiday classic to be sure; so much so, that we expect the nativity story to be proceeded by a "Lights, please..."

Take a cheerful peek at some tongue-in-cheek variations on the standard:

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Performed by the cast of Scrubs.

SNL's Fun With Real Audio. 

Hey Ya! Charlie Brown Style!

A Heavy Metal Charlie Brown Christmas.

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How To Buy A Flat-Screen Television.

By: Chrisjob Sep 27, 2007

It's no longer a matter of keeping up with the Jones, or a luxury of the leisure class. Chances are your next TV purchase will be of the flat-panel, widescreen technology.

With the improvement of the quality and cost of these techonologies comes the difficulties of making lots of purchase decisions. No longer can one drive to the store, decide on a size, and pick the picture that looks the most clear.

Some questions to consider:

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DIY Projection Screen.

By: Chrisjob Sep 23, 2007

Fan of impromptu drive-in theaters? Hardcore hometheater enthusiast? Shadow-puppet fanatic?

Then you need a big ol' screen on which you can project whatever feeds your need for eye candy.

Will O'Brien offers a how-to on creating your own large format screen- in 2.35:1!- from materials available at your local hardware store and fabric shop.

 

 

 

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DIY Microwave Popcorn.

By: Chrisjob Jun 22, 2007
Store-bought microwave popcorn is kinda nasty: it tastes processed, gritty, and generally nothing like popcorn. Plus, when you can make your own, it becomes overpriced, and unnecessary. When one doesn’t have the time during a commercial break to stand in front of the stove shaking for seven or eight minutes, DIY microwave popcorn is a totally usable alternative that puts that toxic, yellow sludge-covered stuff to shame.

Ingredients:
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Does anybody actually watch the DIY network?

By: Chrisjob May 03, 2007

I don't do TV much, but when I watch, I like to at least pretend that I'm learning something.

So, our cable company just introduced its new "2.0" package, in which you can upgrade your package for an extra $12.49 a month.

There's a bunch of sports channels I won't watch, and some foreign news channels I probably should watch, and the Sundance Channel and the Independent Film Channel which I will DEFINATELY watch. 

And the DIY Network is included. IContinue Reading

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Fashionably Nostalgic Televisions

By: Diy maven Jan 22, 2007

Vintage is big, no doubt, but if you want a retro look in your boob tube with 21st century amenities, you’re probably out of luck. Or are you? Enter Predicta TV by Telstar.

You choose the cabinet style, tube enclosure and colors, and then Predicta takes it from there, assembling a television with new components that looks like it came straight out of the McCarthy Hearings era.

With present day features, your Predicta TV will include all theContinue Reading

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