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Before & After: Hellish Kitchen Gets Heavenly Makeover

By: Diy maven Aug 29, 2014

This kitchen was scary, and not in a good way. The matching floor and cabinets for that 'coffin' feeling. The fake brick backsplash reminiscent of a medieval dungeon. The enormous, dark range hood protruding from the… Continue Reading

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Chair Rescue: From Hot Mess to Hot Mama

By: Diy maven Aug 28, 2014

This chair rescue is like none you've ever seen. Barb, a nurse during the day and a furniture rehab addict at night, was the intrepid soul who bought the chair and decided to lug it to an upholstery class taught by my blog-friends-forever, reupholstery genius, and fellow Curblier Shelly Leer (aka ModHomeEcTeacher). Shelly told me the story and showed me the pictures of the chair earlier this week, and it was just too remarkable not to share. First,Continue Reading

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Make It: Color Block Pencils for Back to School

By: Diy maven Aug 27, 2014

When you see adds for school supplies this time of year, do you get a hankering to stock up on them even though you don't have any school-age kids or you're not heading back to those ivory towers yourself? Is so, we are on the same notebook page, myContinue Reading

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How To: Make a No-Cost DIY Loom

By: Diy maven Aug 26, 2014

Traveling to a plethora of art fairs over the past few summers, I've noticed that knitting (and felting) has taken a back seat to weaving. If you'd like set your needles aside and give it a try, check out Allison's DIY loom. Her Pops made it out of supplies he had… Continue Reading

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Before and After: 2 Brilliant Bedroom Makeovers

By: Diy maven Aug 25, 2014

HGTV Design Star season 7 winner Danielle Colding made over a Park Avenue apartment in which these 2 bedrooms are located. Before they were stuffy and rather gloomy. After, they're bright and brilliant. In this bedroom, the addition ofContinue Reading

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Dorm Room Living: 3 Little Essentials That Can Make a Big Difference

By: Diy maven Aug 22, 2014

The internets are replete with dorm decor ideas this time of year. Although they all offer great ideas, a lot of them just aren't practical. Some might take more time to construct than you'd like; others might take up too much packing space. Some might not even suit your dorm room once… Continue Reading

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How To: Crochet a Wire Tea Light Candle Holder

By: Diy maven Aug 20, 2014

Kara's delicate, wire tea light candle holders makes me want to bust out my crochet hooks. In this case a 'G' size, which, when working withContinue Reading

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This to That: Traditional Light Post Lamp Turned Moody Moroccan Lantern

By: Diy maven Aug 19, 2014

This light post lamp looks rough, but it's solid brass under that gunk and black finish, which is why I've held on to it for more years than I can remember. I'd always intended to remake it into an outdoor lantern, and I finally… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Cramped 50's Kitchen Gets Major Makeover on a Minor Budget

By: Diy maven Aug 15, 2014

Dark and dated. That about sums up this 1950's California kitchen. For the budget redo, the cabinets stayed, with a little modification. That being the removal of those separating the working area from the breakfast nook and applying paint (soft green-gray on the bottom and crisp white on the uppers). Ceasarstone "Blizzard"Continue Reading

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Becky's 1960 Vintage Trailer Craft Studio

By: Diy maven Aug 13, 2014

Becky and her husband tricked out their vintage 1960's Streamline trailer to serve as her craft studio, and the outcome is nothing less than delightful. Paper crafting, sewing, whatever...if I had this gem in my yard, I'd never want to leave it.

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