I don't know about you but I hate spending money on lamps. Don't get me wrong, I love a good lamp... they bring function, balance, and style to a space. I just don't understand why they're so expensive? The good news is that there are plenty of lamps taking up shelf space at your local thrift store for super cheap. Hopefully these projects will inspire you to make a stylish lamp for a fraction of the cost!
There's nothing like an iconic mid-century classic to set your home apart. Your home can be as contemporary as can be, but add even one Saarinen or Eames piece to your space, and you've connected with a movement. You've invested in a piece that, fifty or sixty years later, looks as elegant, playful, and amazing as it did when it was first unveiled.
'Cept, here's the deal: these guys can be expensive. While you're paying for comfort and style, you're also paying for the time of some of the most talented artists of the 20th century, quality materials, and, true, some copyright.
So, get creative, and make your own mid-century classic!
If you're cleaning out your closet as part of an organizing resolution, then here's an idea for all those t-shirts you'll be getting rid of!
I always say it, but it really is amazing what a coat of paint can do. The color possibilities are endless and a new paint job just breaths life into anything! We've been needing some dining chairs for about a year now, and I found some old yellow ones at a yard sale for $3 each! Needless to say, I scooped those up and gave them some DIY lovin'!
Sometimes I come across an idea online and am so smitten. I then slap the side of my head for not thinking of it first! That's exactly what I did when I stumbled upon this genius light garland idea. How fun for a backyard party, am I right?!
Sometimes those really ugly pieces of furniture CAN serve a purpose! This old coffee table got a trendy makeover and is now a gorgeous piece that the owners can display proudly!
Bar carts aren't just for beverages anymore. Pick up an inexpensive cart and bring the garden inside!
Well... THIS is cool! Before you think to toss an ill-fitting belt into the trash (or donation bin), check out this awesome DIY idea!
I've got a joke for ya. When is a door not a door? When it's ajar! Also? When it's an awesome DIY coffee table! Read on to see how a $10 door became this fantastically upcycled piece of furniture.
Update: We've tested two new techniques for dyeing glass jars. Check them out here!
Remember the Mod Podge + food coloring technique for painting clear glass? That was cool and all, but I spotted another method using Vitrail glass paint and acetone (nail polish remover) that allows the bottles and jars to be used as actual vases, as the finish is waterproof! This...
This week we're giving ourselves a bit of a break after a hectic and awesome finish to 2011. We've dug out some oldies but goodies from the Curbly archives that you may have missed. Today; check out this fun upcycling idea: making a purse from a secondhand book!
Click here to read the original blog post! And make sure to check back tomorrow for another blast from the past.
A great up-cycle project that results in cute storage bins? Perfection! Betz White is the mastermind behind the project, which includes instruction on how to make a large, medium
Oh ,how we loved the genius idea of using bread clips for power cord labels. However, there are a few problems with running with this hint. First, not every loaf of bread sold has this kind of clip, and, second, if we want to label all our power cords in such a fashion our carb intake will skyrocket. To circumvent these hiccups, we're going to make our own "bread clips," and get those cables organized!
Groddy wire hanging baskets. I had a rusted white one. I think my boo tossed it during a 'purge' earlier this year. Now I wish I had it. (Isn't that the way it always goes?) Of course, for this project I'd need two. Other than that, the supplies are minimal and include some small zip ties (got 'em), a can of silver spray paint (got it), a strand of fairy/Christmas lights (got those too) and some
I have a soft spot for DIYs that have the ability to look like art installations but are also functional. Such is the case with these watertight plastic bag containers that serve a million and one purposes!
Trash Design Manufaktur turns washing machine drums into furniture. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to create some tacky, doesn't it? The outcome, however, is nothing less than spectacular. Take the bistro table picture above for example. It makes washing machine drums LOOK like they were meant to be a bistro table. Or how about this
Care to venture a guess as to what these clever upcycled faux laurel wreaths are made out of?