Diamond in the Rough: Family Home Restoration

By: Diy maven Mar 31, 2014

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 aContinue Reading

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How To: Make a Modern DIY Corner Shelving System

By: Capreek Mar 12, 2014

Have an awkward corner or just need some more storage space? Consider building one of these modern and stylish shelving systems -- it's easier than you… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Monogram Vintage Plates

By: Matt allison Mar 12, 2014

DIY Monogram Vintage Plates

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

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Vintage Suitcase Turned Campaign Desk and Crutches Turned Tripod Lamp

By: Diy maven Mar 11, 2014

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

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My Favorite How-To Originals Out of 4000 Posts

By: Diy maven Mar 10, 2014

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

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Make It: DIY Leather and Twig Jewelry Organizer

By: Capreek Mar 06, 2014

I love this simple, vintage-y, rustic-ish jewelry organizer! The best part, of course, is that it costs practically nothing to make!  … Continue Reading

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How to Make a Wire Basket Accent Table

By: Diy maven Mar 04, 2014

Who knew a nine dollar wire basket and a fifteen dollar round piece of wood could make such a cute accent table? Chelsea, for one. She shot the basketContinue Reading

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DIY Idea: Make a Spatula Ceiling Lampshade

By: Diy maven Mar 03, 2014

Imagine looking up at your ceiling and seeing the aurora borealis. Okay, maybe these spatula's turned lampshade aren't as stunning, but theyContinue Reading

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Before and After: One Week Bathroom Makeovers

By: Diy maven Feb 24, 2014

(Get ready for some B & A overload.) The company is called One Week Bath and that's just what they do: make over bathrooms in a week. Located in Southern California, One Week BathContinue Reading

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Makeover Tour: A Coastal Cottage Gets a Colorful Face Lift

By: Capreek Feb 19, 2014

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

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How To Turn a Pallet into a Jaw-Dropping Ottoman

By: Diy maven Jan 29, 2014

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

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How to Stencil With Bleach

By: Diy maven Jan 28, 2014

This winter seems like it will NEVER end, which is why I'm all over this summery project from Lil Blue Boo. A cotton t-shirt. a $1… Continue Reading

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Make It: 7 DIY Desktop Organizers

By: Diy maven Jan 27, 2014

What do cereal boxes, soup cans, cardboard, LEGO, and an old picture frame have in common? We can used them to tidy up our desktops by turning them into desktop organizers. Check out these 7 projects (plus a bonus at the… Continue Reading

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Two Just Right Restorations

By: Diy maven Jan 13, 2014

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 1900Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY Hanging Glass Bottle Vase

By: Capreek Jan 07, 2014

This vintage glass hanging vase looks like something you'd see in the West Elm catalog for $40 -- except it's a DIY project that's practically… Continue Reading

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