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From This to That: More Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

By: Bruno Jul 13, 2011

This July, we're focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. Last week, Chris rounded up eight cool repurposing projects, and this week, I'm bringing you six more!

First up: our tricked-out tricycle makeover:

A shabby secondhand trike gets a facelift

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Card to Ace Hardware

By: Bruno Jul 11, 2011

UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

created at: 07/11/2011The folks at Ace Hardware are going to help you out with a few DIY project this week: they're letting us give away a $100 gift card! Read on to find out how to enter to win (it's quick and free!).

But before you do that, make sure to check out Chris's post on the top five essential DIY tools under $20; what are your essential DIY tools?

created at: 07/11/2011

How To Enter to Win:

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SALE: Three Make It! eBooks for the price of two!

By: Bruno Jul 01, 2011

Get all three Curbly Make It! eBooks for $20 (through July 31st)Now through July 31st, you can buy all three of our Make It! how-to manuals for just $20 (that's three for the price of two). That's Make It! Mid-Century Modern, Hardware Store Decor, and Secondhand Chic for just $20! 


Each book includes a bunch of detailed, beautifully-photographed projects created by your favorite Curbly writers. And it's a high-res download, so you can print them out at home!(You can always buy the print version,Continue Reading

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Our DIY Paver Stone Project: Part 3

By: Bruno Jun 27, 2011

I spent the last three weeks digging, hauling, cutting, and oftentimes cursing our backyard into shape with a new patio and walkway. In this installment of the series, I get started on the actual demolition and construction. Come follow my progress on the HouseLogic.com blog!

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 pm central time to enter!).

Click play to watch a timelapse of our patio and walkway coming together:   

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Recycled Concrete Planter Wall

By: Bruno Jun 23, 2011

Our hilarious leftover concrete pile
As you may know, I recently re-did our backyward walkway, taking out (what felt like) a ton of concrete, and replacing it with paver stones (here's the blog post series on that, if you'd like to follow along). 

As a little side project, we had to figure out what to do with all the leftover concrete. We had a pile of it that was about 3 feet in diameter and 4 feet tall, in assorted shapes and sizes, behind the garage. Of course, we could'veContinue Reading

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Our DIY Paver Stone Project: Part 2

By: Bruno Jun 20, 2011

Over the last two weeks, I've been making-over our mildly pathetic back yard with a brand new paver stone walkway and patio. In this part of the series, I'll show you how I planned the whole thing out (including a sweet 3D rendering), and how much I spent on materials in the first (of several) shopping trips. 

It's all over on the HouseLogic blog, and I think you'll be really surprised to hear how I my costs under control. Go check it out!

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June23rd at 11:59 pm central time to enter!).

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Our DIY Paver Stone Walkway: Part 1

By: Bruno Jun 10, 2011

Getting a little help with my DIY paver stone walkway project
This summer, I'm really excited because I'm getting a chance to completely re-do our back yard walkway. With sponsorship from the nice folks at HouseLogic.com, I'm going to tear out our old, cracked, incomplete concrete walk, and replace it with a brand new paver stone one. 

I'm chronicling my (mis)adventures in a series of guest posts over at the HouseLogic.com blog, and the first one went up today. In it, I walk you through what's wrong with our current walkway (um, everything?) and give you an idea how I plan to fix it. I hope you'll follow along with me as I attempt this not-so-simple DIY project; I'll be sharing all my experiences, costs, and lessons learned. 

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June 16th at 11:59 pm central time to enter!).

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ManMade Giveaway: $100 AmEx Gift Card from HGTV

By: Bruno Jun 06, 2011

ManMade is pumped to be joining up with HGTV to giveaway a $100 American Express Gift Card so that you can buy the things you need to get creative. Tonight, June 6th, HGTV is premiering a new program, HGTV'd. Here's a sneak peak; keep reading to find out how to enter the giveaway:

In each episode, a different HGTV star will travel across America in an 18-wheeler, surprising fans with jaw-dropping makeovers andContinue Reading

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You Have Too Much Lawn, and It's Driving You Nuts

By: Bruno Jun 02, 2011

It sounds almost un-American ... is there such a thing as too much lawn in a culture that glorifies riding lawn mowers and robotic grass trimmers? The overwhelming feeling about lawns seems to be "the more the better". And if they're more uniform than your wall-to-wall carpeting, even better.

Well, Evelyn Hadden, an award-winning gardening author and speak, is on a quest to change that. I came across her Web site, LessLawn.com, a few weeksContinue Reading

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