Roundup: 20 DIY Projects Using Reclaimed Materials

by DIY Maven

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Is there anything more rewarding in the DIY world than using reclaimed materials to make something? Seriously. A dejected object on a layover to a landfill is spotted by a keen eye. The object is swooped up and turned into something marvelous, getting a second chance on life and love. (We should all be so lucky.) The reclaimed materials featured in these 20 projects were the main characters of such fairytales. They now act as inspiration to...

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An Unnecesarily Necessary Kitchen Makeover

by DIY Maven
Condo kitchen before
Photo: Love & Olive Oil

When a larger unit became available in their condo complex, Lindsay and Taylor couldn't pass it up. But there was only one problem: The kitchen in the new space looked very much like the kitchen in their old space. Now, many people might find the "before" in this makeover perfectly acceptable, but the couple wanted to start afresh. Plus, they were very familiar with the shortcomings of this particular kitchen...

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New York City's 15 Ugliest Buildings

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NYC Skyline
Photo: NYC skyline via Pixabay

My memories of NYC are wonderful. Plus, I live about 1200 miles west of the city, so I have no skin in this fight, but New Yorkers certainly do. When Curbed NY asked its readers to chime in on NYC's ugliest buildings they didn't disappoint. Here are just a few that made the list. After checking these out, visit the original list to see what other buildings made the list (#10 might shock you). Do you agree...

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Curbly Original
Glue Gun Shootout: What's the Best Glue Gun on the Market? We Find Out.

by DIY Maven
Glue Gun Review
Photo: JoAnn Moser

 

Sure, your glue gun melts glue sticks, but does it drip glue all over the place when sitting on its "kickstand"? Does it seem to spontaneously tip over when sitting on said kickstand? Does it take forever to reach maximum heat? 

If your glue gun does any or all of these things, it might be time to break up with it and find a new model. After hours and hours of testing 6 models—4 corded and 2 cordless—of wildly varying prices, we've pinned down our favorites. Let's introduce our contenders (and our recommendations): 

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