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3 Tutorials That Will Have You Lettering Chalkboards Like a PRO

By: Diy maven Jul 25, 2014

Okay, show of hands. How many of us have sat down with chalk in hand in front of our new DIY chalkboards to do the lettering only to realize that our chalkboard lettering skills stink? This morning at about 4:30am while I was surfing the webs--because that's what I do when I wake up waaaay… Continue Reading

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Make It: Quilted Modern Art

By: Diy maven Jul 23, 2014

There's nothing 'granny' about Mandi's big, DIY, quilted modern art. I love the juxtaposition of hard graphic lines and the quintessential softness of quilted material. (There goes my vocabulary budget for the day.) The… Continue Reading

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DIY Starry Night Cityscape Lampshade

By: Diy maven Jul 22, 2014

When I was a kid, every time we'd get a postcard with a cityscape on the front, I'd snag it. Using a pin, I'd poke holes along the outline the buildings. Then I'd hold the card up to a light and witness a little magic. The cityContinue Reading

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Before and After: Bedroom Gets Rustic-Industrial Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 21, 2014

Rustic and industrial were meant to be together, kind of like Jon and Tiffany, the couple that owns the huge blank canvas master bedroom pictured above. Design bloggers and hosts of Knot It Off!, Monica and Jess, decided to blend the styles of both Jon (rustic farmhouse) and Tiffany (industrial… Continue Reading

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Husband v. Wife Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 18, 2014

Christy's husband had made over his kitchen when their house was 'his.' When she moved in, she wanted to make it over in her own image. (You know what I mean.) She made a wish list. New solid surface counters, new backsplash, farmhouse sink, and new flooring. Hubby balked. He was attached to his… Continue Reading

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3 Eye-Popping Upholstered Chair Transformations

By: Diy maven Jul 16, 2014

Lacefield Designs out of Atlanta, Georgia has a catalog and an on-line store where they feature 'junky old thrift store furniture' found at antique markets, Craigslist, Goodwill stores, and local thrift shops that looks far from junky by the time they're through with it. Here are three such transformations, allContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: Beautifully Designed Tiny Homes and Apartments

By: Diy maven Jul 15, 2014

Wanna tax your design skills? Move into a tiny space and see what happens. Already in a tiny space? Then you know all  the challenges designing such a space entails. It's also why you might be much better at being organized than your McMansion counterparts. You need to be tidy if you want to maximize your space! Much as the occupants of these postage stamp places who have perfected tiny living that enables them to live large.

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Nondescript Picnic Table Gets a Personality Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 14, 2014

With a sander, a t-square, some masking tape, and Minwax, Jamie was able to give a traditional, nondescript picnic table some needed personality. TheContinue Reading

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Dramatic Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 11, 2014

This kitchen makeover was not a DIY. The folks behind it are Westhaven Builders, and whether you like the final design or not, I'm sure you'll agree that it's a dramatic one. Windows and doors were movedContinue Reading

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How To: Build a Midcentury Modern Side Table

By: Diy maven Jul 09, 2014

Oooo! Mandi from A Beautiful Mess just posted a tutorial showing us how to make this fabulous MCM side table. She considers this build only 'moderately difficult,' but with her instructions, I'm sure we'd have no… Continue Reading

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