Lighting is one my favorite things to DIY because the possibilities are endless, and experimenting with different materials and techniques never disappoints! Thoughtful lighting really helps elevate any room to the next level, bringing it outside the box and avoid the generic "there's a lamp" feeling. It's functional art, which is what I love about this molded plywood light fixture and its sculptural design!
Land of Nod's Hemisphere's Floor Lamp ($150) was Ashley's inspiration to create a $25 version that, personally, I like better than the original. But, then again, I'm a sucker for
Have a large textile with an interesting pattern or print? Instead of tossing it over the back of the couch, turn it into a work of art with this tutorial for framing textiles on a budget.
IKEA hacks are always a hit here on Curbly, and it's easy to see why. They're creative, affordable and completely customizable for your own home. So here are ten fantastic ones that I've been ogling recently.
Ever since we moved into our new home, I've been itching to find another great coffee table for our living room. I absolutely love our reclaimed wood coffee table that we currently have, but I wanted to switch things up a bit and try something new. After doing a lot of online shopping I found that everything was either a bit more than I was willing to spend or not quite the right shape or size for our space. So, we came up with our very own design, a mid-century modern-inspired boomerang table!
After a few weeks of hard work and creative DIYs, David is finally ready to share his completed kitchen with us. In case you missed the earlier parts of this series, here's the before post, and here's the step-by-step process post. David teamed up with Frigidaire to put some brand new professional-grade appliances into the space, and combined that with a few fairly simple DIY upgrades that completely transformed the space. Read on for all the pretty pics...
As a plant lover, I am all for the latest big tropical leaf trend you might see popping up in design and fashion lately! It's fresh, vibrant and celebrates the beauty of nature into every day life. I've been trying to find unique ways to incorporate this look in our home and decided to try something a little unexpected by creating a playful tropical leaf side table!
I have a love/hate relationship with banquettes (aka kitchen booth things). I love them because because of their ability to tuck into small spaces yet provide a lot of seating. I hate them because they're built in and can't be moved, unlike furniture. And then there's that "what happens when the dude in the center needs to get out?" thing. "Excuse me.
I live in a small 525 square foot condo, so free space is always hard to find. But one thing I do have a lot of is wall space. So I decided to create a small wall mounted shelf with a set of colorful votives on top. And now I'm sharing the super easy tutorial with you! Click through for instructions.
Up here in the northeast, it's finally that time of year when people start to fix up their yards and spend their spare time outside. The grill comes out, the patio furniture emerges, and the neighbors stop by. Which means it's also time to get creative and find some fun things to do out there in the backyard.
We love a good kitchen update like we love a good cup of coffee in the morning. Our friend David from ManMadeDIY is in the midst of a small-scale kitchen update (read: lots of paint, tiling, new lighting, and new appliances... but no major structural shenanigans), and it's heading in a beautiful direction. Check out what he's got cooking below!
I've seen similar projects to this before, but always with fabric, never with wood! If you're looking to create a a custom and unique piece of wall art for your home, then why not make a hand lettered plywood hanging?! You don't need to be a calligrapher to make this project look good (thank goodness). With a few simple steps, and some light power tool action, Lemon Thistle shows you how to make something beautiful, and budget-friendly, to spice up your walls.
I went to IKEA over the weekend (along with everyone else in my city, apparently), and my little DIY blogger brain couldn't help but start 'hacking' everything in the store. Fortunately, there are others out there with a similar mindset and they've already done a lot of the legwork! Here are 10 of our favorite IKEA hacks we've come across recently. Enjoy!
Artist Paul Schick makes art out of twigs. Although that sounds simple enough, I'm sure there's a fair amount of technique involved in his creations. That being said, they are incredibly inspirational, especially if you groove on the organic
Because I'm a parent, I'm always searching the web for ways to decorate in a family-friendly, but still aesthetically pleasing way. And it's tough out there! This idea is one that I can get on board with and is a great way to please the designer in us all!
Nasty, commercial-style carpet wasn't exactly what this DIY-er called "homey". So, with a few tools and a bunch of sweat, she turned this previously carpeted staircase into a shining entry focal point -- and all for $60!
In one weekend, this small, half-bath got a major facelift -- and all for $150!
Corey flipped the genius switch when she transformed the random IKEA console pictured above into a rustic apothecary chest suitable for a Pottery Barn showroom. Although she started with an IKEA piece, any basic cubbyhole-type
If you're looking to break out of the Ikea box for storage in your home, then this project is for you. You can easily upgrade a wooden folding ladder into a modern shelving unit with just a few steps (and for about $10). The open shelving makes it great for showing off those special keepsakes and house plants. You could even give it a coat of paint or stain to make it really pop if you wanted!
Using square basswood dowels, that you can pick up at the craft supply store, you can make a set of these geometric air planter hangers. Curious to see how these are made?