Richard's grandparents' home certainly wasn't fit for habitation. To most people, it might not have been fit for rehabilitation. Richard, a This Old House fan, felt differently. He looked past the neglect and fire damage and decided to preserve a… Continue Reading
What a great use of thrift store plates, gold leaf and a little imagination! Metallics are in and this simple DIY is bound to be a talking point when having guests over. Step-by-step instructions on making your own are available at the link… Continue Reading
Scott Valentine is an up-cycling genius. He takes old trunks, suitcases and other vintage things and turns them into something new and amazing. Enter into evidence the old Seapack suitcase pictured above. It was made by Hartmann circa WWII. Scott decided to… Continue Reading
This, my friends, marks my 4000th post on Curbly. To celebrate, I thought I'd cull through my how-to originals and round up some of my favorites and tell you what became of them.
I turned an old (and heavy) tripod into floor lamp for my office back in 2007. It's still here, and I still love it.… Continue Reading
From run-down coastal cottage to casual-living dream home, this 90-year-old house recently received all the TLC it deserves. Read on to get the full scoop on its colorful… Continue Reading
Friend, fellow blogger, and extraordinarily talented upholsterer, Shelly Lear (aka ModHomeEc Teacher) may describe her pallet turned ottoman as 'jaw-dropping' to grab our attention, but the expression is so very apt, I had to use it too. Yes, she used one of the actual pallets on the pile pictured above and turned it into the item… Continue Reading
Some people might think restorations take less time than full-blown makeovers. In my experience, they take MORE time. You can cover a multitude of sins with filler and paint, but getting down to original raw wood takes a lot of patience and elbow grease. Take for example these two projects, both executed by my multi-talented nephew, John. Not only is he an athlete and a musician*, he's a chip off the old DIY block. First up is a kitchen built-in located in a circa 1900… Continue Reading