Make It: An Old Coffee Table Becomes A Trendy Tufted Ottoman

By: Lexy.b.ward Mar 21, 2014

Coffee table becomes tufted ottoman

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!  … Continue Reading

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Plant It: Do-It-Yourself Succulent Cart

By: Lexy.b.ward Mar 14, 2014

Bar carts aren't just for beverages anymore. Pick up an inexpensive cart and bring the garden inside!  … Continue Reading

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How To: Turn an Old Leather Belt into DIY Drawer Pulls!

By: Capreek Jun 12, 2012

created at: 06/12/2012

Well... THIS is cool! Before you think to toss an ill-fitting belt into the trash (or donation bin), check out this awesome DIY… Continue Reading

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Make It: Salvaged Door Coffee Table

By: Mollymc Mar 22, 2012

created at: 03/21/2012

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… Continue Reading

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How to: Dye Clear Glass ANY Color (A New Technique)

By: Diy maven Mar 22, 2012

created at: 03/20/2012Remember 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 treatment provides for more depth of color as well.… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Handbag from a Book

By: Chrisjob Jan 04, 2012

created at: 12/28/2011

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.

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How to Turn a Pair of Jeans into Storage Bins

By: Diy maven Jan 03, 2012

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,… Continue Reading

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How to Turn a Pair of Jeans into a Bowl

By: Diy maven Dec 02, 2011

created at: 12/02/2011
 
As soon as I'm done with my Christmas gift knitting, I'm definitely going to do this project. It starts with a pair of jeans or some other sturdy, denim-like pants like the ones pictured above. A few fancy moves with a… Continue Reading
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How to: Make DIY 'Bread Clips' to Organize Your Cables and Power Cords

By: Diy maven Nov 15, 2011

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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!

What'cha need:

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How to Turn Wire Baskets into a Fairy Light Globe

By: Diy maven Nov 09, 2011

created at: 11/09/2011

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… Continue Reading

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Make It: Watertight Plastic Bag Containers

By: Kellyb Sep 30, 2011

created at: 09/28/2011

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… Continue Reading

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Washing Machine Drum Furniture

By: Diy maven Sep 23, 2011

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… Continue Reading

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Make It: An Upcycled 'Laurel' Wreath

By: Kellyb Sep 16, 2011

created at: 09/15/2011

Care to venture a guess as to what these clever upcycled faux laurel wreaths are made out… Continue Reading

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7 DIY Jewelry Organizers to Make Yourself

By: Diy maven Aug 25, 2011

Kitchen grater turns into an earring holder.

A little turquoise spray paint, some brass hooks (for feet) and an old kitchen grater makes for a kitschy and cool earring holder. Unconventional, yes, but we LOVE unconventional earring/jewelry holders here at Curbly. A perusual into our coffers is evidence of such.

The lamp/earring holder, whis is totally… Continue Reading

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Yea or Nay: Spool Bookcase/Coffee Table

By: Diy maven Aug 09, 2011

created at: 08/09/2011

We've had they yea or nay discussion about spool coffee tables before. That argument sort of ended in a toss up. Opinions ran from 'garbage-in-the-living-room' to 'love it'. So, how about tContinue Reading

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How to Turn Chopsticks into Ornamental Coasters

By: Diy maven Jul 28, 2011

created at: 07/28/2011

Like twist ties, chopsticks, seem to multiply in the junk drawer. Here's a great idea from Gaiam for using those extras as well as the leftover ones from takeout night: turn them into ornamental coasters. Besides the chopsticks, all you need is some… Continue Reading

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Old Toys = New Lamp

By: Diy maven Jul 21, 2011

In the so weird it's wonderful category is artist Ryan McElhiney's old toy lamp. Super easy to reproduce, all we'd have to do is grab a cord/socket… Continue Reading

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From This to That: More Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

By: Bruno Jul 20, 2011

This July, we're focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. Last week, I rounded up a bunch of cool repurposed projects, and this week, well, I'm doing it again (notice a trend?).

First up: DIY-Maven's craft room arty abacus uses spools of thread in a creative way:

Art abacus using spools of thread

Have a spare wine barrel lying around? How about turning it into a delicious-smelling coffee table (or, better yet, a wine table, if thatContinue Reading

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From This to That: More Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

By: Bruno Jul 13, 2011

This July, we're focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. Last week, Chris rounded up eight cool repurposing projects, and this week, I'm bringing you six more!

First up: our tricked-out tricycle makeover:

A shabby secondhand trike gets a facelift

I bet you wouldn't believe these pretty decorative trees are… Continue Reading

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Turning Plastic Bags Into Mandala Art

By: Diy maven Jul 11, 2011

created at: 07/11/2011

Artist Virginia Fleck has found a most beautiful use for discarded plastic bags: she turns them into mandalas. I'm guessing that there's some fusing going on here. The results are quite amazing, and even… Continue Reading

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