Before and After: An Outdated NYC Apartment gets a DIY Makeover

By: Capreek Nov 17, 2014

This one bedroom apartment in New York City was horribly outdated and in need of some serious, serious style help. (That plastic-covered sofa is going to haunt me in my dreams.) When the new owners got the keys, THANK GOODNESS, they quickly got to work re-inventing this 500 square foot space, transforming it into a rustic, Scandinavian-inspired retreat in the heart of… Continue Reading

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Make It: Rustic DIY Wire Laundry Hamper

By: Capreek Nov 10, 2014

It seems like laundry hampers fall into two categories: stylish but ridiculously overpriced OR something that looks like it belongs in a dorm room surrounded by week-old pizza. So where do you find a good looking hamper on a student-sized budget? Right here, my… Continue Reading

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Incredible Wardrobe Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 04, 2014

Let's face it, a lot of furniture makeovers we see around here involve paint, even if the finish is in good condition. The finish of this antique wardrobe (aka chifforobe or chifferobe) that Tami picked up at a church sale for $15 wasn't. BUT! Did she paintContinue Reading

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Paint and Sharpie Side Table Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 03, 2014

Jen, from Girl in the Garage, made over a vintage Leick Furniture Company side table using latex paint, an overhead projector, a graphic from The Graphics Fairy, and a black Sharpie. The… Continue Reading

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How To: Make an Awesomely Giant Aluminum Marquee Light

By: Brittni mehlhoff Oct 16, 2014

We've all seen a DIY marquee sign or two, over the years, but a giant one made of metal (not cardboard)? Those are harder to come by. Which is why, when I saw this step by step marquee tutorial for a giant aluminum version, I thought it was worth taking note. Want to make your… Continue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Is Dip-Dying (And 9 Other DIY Trends) REALLY Past Its Prime?

By: Diy maven Oct 14, 2014

Has dip-dying overstayed its welcome? Yes, according to Elle Decor. They say its meteoric rise in popularity has put it firmly on the 'cliche' list. If you DO want to do the dip, they suggest keeping the subjects small, like bowls and wooden spoons. (Although they laud the project pictured above as having been 'done properly.') The… Continue Reading

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How To: Sew a Rope Basket Using a Sewing Machine

By: Diy maven Oct 03, 2014

Did you know you can use your sewing machine to sew a rope basket? I didn't until I saw Kiera Coffee do just that. Mind, blown. I guess I always thought you'd need an industrial sewing machine to do such a thing. Anyhoo,Continue Reading

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It's Finished! A Complete Tour of The Curbly House

By: Alicia Oct 02, 2014

This house tour is a long time coming. We've officially been in our "finished" house for one year, and we thought we'd celebrate with a big old fashioned house tour. So we're going to show you the super-clean, polished, sparkly version of The Curbly House...which looked like this exactly once, before we, you know, started living in it again!

Of course, no tour would be complete without a nod to one's roots, so we're posting… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 7 DIYable Steampunk Decor Projects

By: Diy maven Oct 01, 2014

In addition to holding my favorite holiday, October is also STEAMPUNK MONTH. So in celebration, I thought I'd round up some of our favorite steampunk decor projects.… Continue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Marriage-Ending Headboard Makeover?

By: Diy maven Sep 22, 2014

(Purists, avert your eyes. This makeover just might put you over the edge.) DeDe found a complete 5 piece, solid wood bedroom set on Craigslist that was--in her words--"really great shape." She wanted to paint it. Her husband balked, as mine would. "Why do you have to paint completely fine wood furniture?" he asked. Her reply:Continue Reading

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How To: Floor-To-Ceiling Retro Diamond Pattern Without Wallpaper

By: Lexy.b.ward Sep 12, 2014

diy geometric sharpie wall patternForget wallpaper! That's a thing of the past, at least when it comes to this amazing geometric printed wall! Can you guess what it was printed with?!      

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Roundup: 22 Free Kitchen Wall Art Printables

By: Diy maven Sep 12, 2014

Isn't it fabulous that there are so many talented people out there who are willing to share their gifts to anyoneContinue Reading

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How To: Make a Mason Jar Vanity Light

By: Diy maven Sep 09, 2014

Lauren used a builder-grade fixture to make a fabulous Mason jar vanity light, and it only cost her $6 and 20 minutes of her time to do it! Besides the materials pictured above, we'll also need some spray paint and primer IF we want to change the color of the fixture, that is. If not, well, then we're good to go.… Continue Reading

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Chair Rescue: From Hot Mess to Hot Mama

By: Diy maven Aug 28, 2014

This chair rescue is like none you've ever seen. Barb, a nurse during the day and a furniture rehab addict at night, was the intrepid soul who bought the chair and decided to lug it to an upholstery class taught by my blog-friends-forever, reupholstery genius, and fellow Curblier Shelly Leer (aka ModHomeEcTeacher). Shelly told me the story and showed me the pictures of the chair earlier this week, and it was just too remarkable not to share. First,Continue Reading

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Before and After: Cramped 50's Kitchen Gets Major Makeover on a Minor Budget

By: Diy maven Aug 15, 2014

Dark and dated. That about sums up this 1950's California kitchen. For the budget redo, the cabinets stayed, with a little modification. That being the removal of those separating the working area from the breakfast nook and applying paint (soft green-gray on the bottom and crisp white on the uppers). Ceasarstone "Blizzard"Continue Reading

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