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Can You Guess What Piece of Furniture is Hiding in this Box?

By: Diy maven Dec 16, 2014
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Looks like a handcrafted, heavy-duty chest, right? Yeah, well, it just looks like that. It's really something else entirely. Can you guess what might be inside?

When you open the top, this is what you seeContinue Reading

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Before and After: Two Grandfather Clock Makeovers

By: Diy maven Dec 15, 2014

Generally, grandfather clocks are not topics of conversation in the Curbly neighborhood. However, because we all enjoy a makeover, here are two that might make you consider how a staple in the traditional 1970's homeContinue Reading

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Curbly Ornament Challenge: How to Make Folded Paper Polyhedron Ornaments

By: Diy maven Dec 12, 2014
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I don't usually gush over stuff I make, but I am adoring my entry in Curbly's inaugural Ornament Challenge. Although the resulting polyhedrons might look complicated to fold, they're incredibly easy. And the cherry on top? They require minimal supplies to make. HereContinue Reading

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How To: Turn an IKEA Dining Chair Into a Fornasetti Work of Art

By: Diy maven Dec 10, 2014

Even if you're not a fan of Fornasetti, the technique Mark Montano uses to turn an inexpensive IKEA dining chair into a work of art is more than kinda brilliant. First, he shot the chair withContinue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Why the Contemporary Hipster Aesthetic is Fundamentally Dishonest

By: Diy maven Dec 09, 2014

To put a finer point on Alex's term 'Contemporary Hipster,' think obsessions with upcycling, distressing, and plywood. Sound a little familiar? Yeah, it does to me too. Alex recently penned an essay using the term titled, "Why I Despise The Hipster Aesthetic." As verbs go, despise is one of the weightier ones. Why all the animosity to a design movement that--let's face it--is seeping into countless DIY websites? Because Alex says it's "fundamentally dishonest." BeforeContinue Reading

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Astounding Bedroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Dec 08, 2014

Mandi's 16-year-old sister-in-law had an enviable bedroom before its recent makeover because of its size. (There's space enough for a sitting/dressing area and a sleeping area.) After its makeover, that envy just might have turned to covet. In addition to fresh paint and thrifted items, Mandi went all DIY over it. There are a lot of highlights here, including a vintageContinue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Pantone v. Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year Smackdown!

By: Diy maven Dec 05, 2014

We knew this was coming.... Pantone announced its color of the year just days after Sherwin-Williams unveiled their pick. We explored S-W's choice, Coral Reef, earlier this week that included images that proved it lived up to its descriptors "versatile, carefree, and cheerful." Now enter into the ring Pantone's pick: Marsala. It's described by Pantone asContinue Reading

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DIY Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree: Tacky or Genius?

By: Diy maven Dec 04, 2014

When I first saw this DIY plastic bottle Christmas tree I was like, "That is genius!" and then a nanosecond later I was like, "Wait, what?" Therein lies the wishy-washy nature of this post's title, so I'm leaving it up to you. DIY Plastic Bottle Christmas Tree: Tacky or Genus? If you lean toward 'genius,' thenContinue Reading

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Roundup: 9 Folded Paper Christmas Tree Christmas Card Tutorials

By: Diy maven Dec 03, 2014

POST UPDATE: Another cool card has been added to the list! The cool thing about folded paper Christmas cards is the paper does all the work, meaning, once you're done cutting and folding, embellishment isn't all that necessary. Plus, oftentimes there's no need for coloring or lettering, both of which can go bad very quickly. (Although I don't have any funny examples to show you--nobody posts their greeting card fails, apparently--you can trust my assertion, because it's happened to meContinue Reading

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Coral Reef...The IT Color of 2015?

By: Diy maven Dec 02, 2014

Whether we like it or not, 2015 is just around the corner. And Sherwin-Williams just jumped into the Color of the Year Game with...wait for it...Coral Reef. Before you judge the color, keep in mind S-W's description of it, which includes adjectives such as versatile, carefree, and cheerful. Sounds lovely, right? Now let's see how it looksContinue Reading

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