MORE DIYable Tree Stump Furniture

By: Diy maven Jul 12, 2011

Last summer we had a TON of tree maintenance done. One white pine needed to be taken out completely. The trimmers dropped the tree and trimmed up the limbs, leaving the trunk for us, as we requested. We cut it up into manageable stumps and then split them. Except for one lone section. It was too pretty to split. The bark was amazing. I saved the stump because I imagined doing something with it. So far that hasn't happened. A couple of weekends ago, while taking a break from yard work, I eyed the stump again. I still love it, but the gild was off the lily. THEN a very serendipitous thing occurred: a couple of my cohorts here on The Curb posted some great ideas to get the gild back (specifically, this and this). Those tutorials got me wondering if I could find even more cool ideas for my stump. Of course that the internets! Here's what I… Continue Reading

5118 views | Comments (1)

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

10310 views | Comments (0)

Functional Art: A Garage Sale Find Gets a Painterly Makeover!

By: Capreek Jul 11, 2011

created at: 07/11/2011

We've all seen them; they're at every yard sale and garage sale across the globe: plain, boring, or otherwise uninteresting pieces of furniture.  But if there's one thing to be learned from our many Makeover Monday posts, it's this: think twice before you pass them up!  With a little creativity and skill, the potential to transform those forgotten pieces is virtually… Continue Reading

7696 views | Comments (1)

Top Five DIY Best Buys: Essential Creative Tools for Under $20

By: Chrisjob Jul 11, 2011

created at: 07/08/2011

I'm not gonna lie: I have a lot of tools. If you walk into my basement, you'll see a fully-equipped studio/shop that allows me to come up with original how-tos and teach folks to make unique things for their homes. But, scads of power tools, craft supplies, or fancy software are a luxury, not a necessity.

If I could only have five tools in my arsenal, I wouldn't choose a single power tool. Okay, well, maybe my table saw, but only because it's so versatile, and really fun to use. But there are inexpensive hand tools that work just as well.

With that in mind, here's Curbly's top five DIY best buys: five things we think every passionate homeowner should have. Not an essential home maintenance kit, but five things that'll help you create your own original pieces of furniture, home decor, and art. All… Continue Reading

2998 views | Comments (4)

Give a Thrift Store Lamp a DIY Decorative Spirally Update

By: Kellyb Jul 08, 2011
Images removed at the request of Better Homes and Gardens. Sorry, everyone!

It's no secret that we all have pieces in our homes that we once loved and now are just tired of looking at. Maybe they're tucked away in a closet because we feel guilty about tossing them just yet, or they're still out because you've yet to buy a replacement piece, or maybe they're in the Goodwill pile in your guest room (Guilty.). But sometimes all it takes is a glimmer of potential to renew your love of something. Like, oh, say maybe a plain ceramic… Continue Reading

3934 views | Comments (1)

Thrifty Ideas for Stunning DIY Decor!

By: Capreek Jul 07, 2011

created at: 07/07/2011

What do broken doorknobs, salvaged pavement chunks, and pieces of unused sewer pipe all have in common?  Some serious - and surprising - DIY decor potential!… Continue Reading

16971 views | Comments (2)

Book Turned Lamp

By: Diy maven Jul 07, 2011

Hardback Book Lamp - Reading Light

Etsy seller, typewriterboneyard, turns hardback books into table lamps. The bulbs used are 'Radio' reproduction bulbs (like this one). The maker notes that that bottom of the books are intact, which means you could… Continue Reading

2260 views | Comments (0)

How to: Make Modern Lamp Globe Birdfeeders

By: Kellyb Jul 07, 2011

created at: 07/07/2011

Two things I look for in an outdoor project: inexpensive and with a modern look. This bird feeder constructed out of reclaimed lamp globes fits the bill on both counts, and manages to defy gravity all at the same time – want to know the secret to making your own?

Continue Reading
1862 views | Comments (2)

From This to That: 8 Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

By: Chrisjob Jul 07, 2011

Everyone loves a good makeover. We love seeing shabby, worn furniture transformed, or an entire room refreshed and brought back to life. So, what's better than a good makeover? One that sticks to the principles of creative reuse and recycling, limits waste, and doesn't costs buckets of money.

This July, we're focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. To kick it off, here's a collection of not-so-awesome things becoming awesome-r other things:

This… Continue Reading

19130 views | Comments (0)

Make It: Affordable DIY Potato Print Art!

By: Capreek Jul 06, 2011

created at: 07/06/2011

A home isn't complete without art on the walls but let's face it: art can be expensive, not to mention the potential cost of framing said pieces.  If your bare walls are screaming out for a little art lovin', we've got a DIY solution that'll make a big impact on your space - not your wallet!  

With a budget dedicated to the practical essentials, splurging on original art or custom framing wasn't really an option for Jordan… Continue Reading

13024 views | Comments (5)

Before & After: A Magical Caravan Makeover!

By: Capreek Jul 04, 2011


created at: 06/30/2011

Whether you call it a caravan or a camper, there's no denying that this makeover is… Continue Reading

11095 views | Comments (3)

Bike Inner Tube Magazine Rack

By: Diy maven Jul 04, 2011

Recycle Art points us to this fabulous bicycle tire magazine rack via papaia meccanica. No word on how to DIY it, but that frame looks suspiciously… Continue Reading

1485 views | Comments (0)

Meet Constance: The Vintage Caravan

By: Diy maven Jun 14, 2011

9735274 EIvQxNTz c Vintage Campers: Would You Live In One?

Meet Constance, a 1957 Sprite 14 foot caravan (aka camper to us stateside). Her caretakers have furnisher her in 50's style that is not only kitschy and cute, it's also joyful. Just take a look… Continue Reading

3587 views | Comments (0)

The MadMen Effect: The TV Show's Mid-Century Impact on Home Decor

By: Chrisjob May 16, 2011

As AMC's Mad Men emerged as one of television's most beloved and well-recieved dramas, its stylish, 1960s aesthetic crept into our lives in other ways: women's dresses moved towards the high-waisted, eyeglasses became fuller and more austere, and many developed a new interest in the classic cocktails and high-balls from the two-martini lunch era.

And of course, the wonderful set dressing and styling has had quite the impact onto trends in home… Continue Reading

1518 views | Comments (0)

A Side Table's Colorful Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 18, 2011

Whose parents, grandparents or auntie didn't have one of these two-tiered end tables back in the 60's or 70's? Although the shape is super-dated, there's something about them that appeals to me. The 'nook' for books? The top… Continue Reading

4196 views | Comments (3)