9 DIY Techniques That Look Expensive, But Aren't

By: Stephanie lee Sep 03, 2015
9 Ways to DIY High-End Finishes
Photos: Homey Oh My and The Lovely Drawer

If you’re anything like me, you may have spent the last few months drooling over the luxurious materials that have been so popular on Pinterest lately. Sadly these high-end looks come with a high-end price tag and I've never been able to justify splurging on a marble side table or shiny gold accessories.

Until now, that is! As it turns out, with a few hacks you can easily get that luxe look for less - click through for nine clever ways to bring a little chic to your decor.

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Make It: Add a Big Burst of Color with this DIY Giant Modern Clock

By: Hellolidy Sep 02, 2015
DIY Giant Modern Clock | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I love to add emphasis and a little drama to decor pieces  that are otherwise mundane and a little boring. We all have clocks in our home, but I'm sure we buy them with functionality in mind, rather than style. I decided to create this Giant Modern Clock, because it not only serves a purpose (as clocks always do), but also it adds that great burst of color and a geometric touch to the space in a big and bold way! Continue Reading

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Weekend Project: How to Make Rolling Wood Storage Bins with Plywood

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 28, 2015
Photo: Proper

If you're hoping to wield a hammer at some point over weekend, this DIY project is the one for you. Make a wood storage bin (on wheels) from scratch with this minimal modern tutorial.

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IKEA Hack: Make This Modern Scandinavian 3-Tier Wooden Stand

By: Hellolidy Aug 27, 2015
Modern Scandinavian 3-Tier Stand | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I love a good IKEA hack, and this one is a super simple and easy one! I've been looking for a fun 3-tier stand for a while to help organize our daily items a bit around here, but I could never find one that works for me. I guess I was just meant to make my own. Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: 12 Easy & Beautiful IKEA VITTSJO Hacks

By: Lexy.b.ward Aug 20, 2015
12 Easy & Beautiful IKEA Vittsjo Hacks

I know that I proclaim my love/hate/mostly-love relationship with IKEA furniture, but can you blame me? There are just so many ways to make it your own. You've seen tons of hacks of the EXPEDIT and the LACK, and I feel like the VITTSJO series is having a moment. From gold to marble to wood accents, here are 12 of my current favorite hacks!      

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Before and After: A DIY Playhouse that Adults will Envy

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 20, 2015
Photo: Little Green Notebook

Occasionally, I'll see a kid's backyard playhouse and think about how it would make a cool office, but it's rare. So, when I saw the after version of this basic playhouse, I had to a double take to make sure it wasn't an actual house. Want to see how it turned out?

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Make It: Natural & Modern Beaded Plant Hanger

By: Lexy.b.ward Aug 19, 2015
diy beaded plant hanger
photo: Mrs. Monday

If I have the choice between placing a plant on a shelf or suspending that plant in the air, I'm going to suspend it. Save the precious shelf room! This beaded plant hanger is a cool and unique way to get those plants in the air!      Continue Reading

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Before and After: All Grown Up Bedroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Aug 17, 2015

Photo: Tonyia via Beneath My Heart

Tonyia's sixteen year old son had stylistically outgrown his bedroom. The ubiquitous collections of trophies and posters populated the space before. After, the room is all grown up and unrecognizable! New millwork, includingContinue Reading

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Make It: Do-It-Yourself Floating Nightstand

By: Lexy.b.ward Aug 13, 2015
DIY floating nightstand
photo: The Merrythought

I'm all for utilizing your wall space. This really rings true if you live in a smaller space and don't have room for a lot of furniture. If you don't have room for a nightstand on the floor, hang one from the wall!      

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How To: Make The Fifth Element Stones Candle Holders

By: Diy maven Aug 05, 2015
Photo: antagonizer via Instructables

Aziz LIGHT! Instructabler, The Antagonizer (who've I've made sound like a superhero and rightly so) constructed The Fifth Element elemental stones out of blocks of wood to fashion candle holders much to the delight of fellow Leeloo lovers everywhere, me included. (Obviously.) If we'd breatheContinue Reading

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How To: Make a Modern Concrete Desk from Scratch

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 31, 2015
Photo: The Home Depot Blog

Before you head out for the weekend, here's one last DIY to try. Make a concrete desk from scratch to bring a more modern look into your office.

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How to: Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter

By: Hellolidy Jul 30, 2015
Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I love those cute and quirky vintage pieces that are truly unique, but sadly no longer serve a purpose that they once did. Take for example this darling sewing basket that was given to me. I couldn't say no, it had way too much potential - but I don't sew and I had no actual use for it. So, I decided to turn this sewing basket into a 4-legged llama planter. Yes, llama planter. Just bare with me for a minute! 

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Roundup: 10 Beautiful DIY Backyard Shade Projects

By: Faith-towers Jul 27, 2015
Roundup: 10 DIY Backyard Shade Projects and Ideas
Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

I don't have a lot of tree cover in my backyard, so I've been in hot pursuit of a way to create shade... and I thought I'd share my findings with you in case you're in the same boat! Keep reading to check out ten of my favorite DIY ways to create backyard shade.   

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11 Fun DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 24, 2015
11 Fun DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties

Whenever my husband and I are entertaining outside (which is a lot!), we like to have games to keep our guests having a good time. There are the classics like frisbee and football, but how fun are these game ideas? The giant Jenga? I'm sure that's a crowd-pleaser!      

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How to: Simple and Modern DIY Magnetic Poster Frame

By: Hellolidy Jul 23, 2015
DIY Magnetic Poster Frame

I inherited a love for art from my grandmother. Her home was seriously a museum that I loved to peruse and take in. It was full of beautiful decor and art; some she brought into Canada with her after she immigrated from Holland. Some, she picked up along the way. I always thought she spent a fortune on most of her collections. But it turns out, they were affordable prints that simply spoke to her, which she collected over time. And that is exactly how I seem to collect the many pieces of art in our home. The problem is, I'm running out of frames to hang them in, so I decided to create a minimal and modern magnetic poster frame! 

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Make It: DIY Honeycomb Shelving

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 23, 2015
diy honeycomb shelf
photo: Burkatron

Honeycomb shelves are popping up all over the place, and while we love them in clusters, this singular version has my heart at the moment! A great project for someone with little space!      

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Roundup: 8 DIY Outdoor Swings for Summer

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 23, 2015
Photo: The Merrythought

There's something about an outdoor swing that brings back all those warm, fuzzy feelings from childhood. Don't you think? Feeling the wind running through your hair, aimlessly swinging in place. It was all so simple back then. So, to bring back a small piece of that playful kid-like side in all of us, I've rounded up some of the coolest DIY outdoor swings for summer.

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How To: DIY Ladder Garden With Hanging Succulents

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 22, 2015
How To: DIY Ladder Garden With Hanging Succulents
photo: Lexy Ward

Raise your hand if you own a succulent or two. Or seven. I have a budding (pun intended!) succulent garden and have been in need of a way to put them on display without sacrificing precious and limited counter space. This simple DIY ladder is the perfect way to hang as many or as few as you like! Not to mention its cool throwback to the 90's!      

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Roundup: Easy DIY Outdoor Entertaining Lighting Ideas

By: Faith-towers Jul 21, 2015
Roundup: Easy DIY Outdoor Entertaining Lighting Ideas
Photo: Ruffled Blog

The dog days of summer are here, and it's the perfect time to relax with family and friends in the backyard. Don't forget to shed some light on your party! Here are ten super easy outdoor lighting ideas for your next outdoor party or barbecue.   

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