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A Glitter-y Vintage School Desk Makeover

by Bruno Bornsztein

Schooldesk makeover, before

Against all my expectations, my daughter Ayla is a princess-loving, pink-obssessed, necklace-wearing girly girl. She's two, and yet she often demands wardrobe changes several times per day. Honestly, I don't know how this happened; I always kind of thought I end up with a tomboy, but no, her favorite games are 'jewly' (jewelry) and and dressing up her 'babies.'

It's cool, though. I can adapt. And here's proof: this fall I was driving...

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Make a Compost Bin from Shipping Pallets!

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 10/28/2011

Remember my DIY paver stone patio and walkway project from the summer? Well, those paver stones came to us stacked on (what else?) wood shipping pallets ... 'lotsodem. For a couple months, those pallets sat out behind our garage while I mulled over what to do with them. Neighborhood bonfire? Wild turkey shelter (yes, we have dozens of wild turkeys around)? Skate ramp (wait, I don't skateboard)? 

Then I stumbled on this post by John...

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Our Porch Floor Makeover: A Wagner EZ Tilt Paint Sprayer Review

by Bruno Bornsztein

A couple of weeks ago, the people at Wagner (they're based in nearby Plymouth, MN) sent me one of their new EZ Tilt Spray Painters (if you're looking for one, you can buy it here on Amaazon) to try out. We had been planning on re-painting our porch floor, so we decided to put it to the test and get a minor project out of the way at the same time. Read on to see how it went.

The Wagner EZ Tilt paint sprayer
   

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Giveaway: Win an 8GB Apple iPod Touch Pre-Loaded with the Caesarstone App ($199 Value!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 07/11/2011
This fall, we've done a series of kitchen projects and posts sponsored by Caesarstone, the original quartz surface manufacturer. Alicia did a fun kitchen re-org post, Capree did an eco-friendly kitchen roundup, and Chris showed you how to make a rolling kitchen cart from a filing cabinet.

Caesarstone iPod app

This week, we're thrilled to be teaming up with Caesarstone again to give away a brand-new 8GB iPod Touch pre-loaded with their excellent designer's-assistant iPod app:

Read on to find out how to enter to win the iPod Touch from Caesarstone!

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Curbly Giveaway: Craftsman 10" Laser Trac Table Saw ($349 value)

by Bruno Bornsztein

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

created at: 07/11/2011


If you're like me, always trundling over to the neighbor's garage to borrow time on his table saw, then this is the giveaway you've been waiting for. This week, we've teamed up with the folks at Craftsman to give you guys a really solid, 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac (model 21807). This thing retails for almost 350 bucks, and the reviews on it are overwhelmingly good (seriously, look for yourself, it's one of Consumer Research's best buys) 

Craftsman 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac (#21807)

And, over at ManMadeDIY, we're also giving away a really nice Craftsman Miter Saw, so you can double your chances to win (well, I'm not a statistician, not maybe not really, but come on). 

Last weekend, our own Chris Gardner was on a fun online TV called the Craftsman Experience, showing off his mad tooling skills, so we're excited to let you have a chance to win one for yourself.

Read on to find out how to enter both giveaways!

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Curbly's on The Craftsman Experience This Weekend!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Chris Gardner, Curbly's all-around awesome guy (and editor-in-chief, not to mention the man behind ManMadeDIY.com) will be in Chicago this weekend for a busy few days of DIY madness. He'll be helping out on the Craftsman Experience, a live, online show where DIY and home improvement experts teach you everything they know.

You can watch him (remember, it's a LIVE show!) Saturday, October 1st at 7pm central time. So, on Saturday night...

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Curbly Giveaway: 3 Cases of Fish Foam Window Cleaner ($50 Value)

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 07/11/2011

I hate to be the one to tell you, but it's September, and that means window-cleaning time. So, we're excited to collaborate with the folks at FishFoam, who offered to let us give away three cases of their premium foaming glass cleaner to three lucky Curbly readers. FishFoam is a professional-grade, ammonia-free cleaner that won't leave streaks or haze.

FishFoam premium foaming window cleaner

Each case retails for $42, and contains 12 19-oz. cans of cleaner, so you'll have plenty for all your windows, and maybe your neighbors', too. 

How To Enter to Win:

To win this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post:

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Clipped: Kitchen Design Inspiration from Around the Web

by Bruno Bornsztein

If you like Pinterest (who doesn't? Here's a link to our profile), then you should try out Curbly's clippings feature. It's, um, exactly the same thing. Clippings let you save images from around the internet to your Curbly profile, where they're searchable and shareable and commentable. For example, here are all the clippings tagged 'kitchen'. Here are some clippings I've been diggin':

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