Articles by DIY Maven

Big Art Love, Redux

Yesterday we discussed using decorative fabric to create art. Today we’re going to tackle something a bit more adventurous, so hang on! Calling all Picassos Take a trip to your local art supply store and pick up a large stretched canvas and create a masterpiece of your own. If you’re worried about your artistic ability, […]

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Big Art Love

A fellow Curbly poster recently raised a question concerning large, vacant walls void of not only art but color. This is such a common complaint, the query seemed to deserve a post all of its own. Filling vast wall spaces with multiple framed pieces of art can be expensive, and the busy look might not […]

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The King (of Kitsch) Has Left the Building

On November 1st 2006, the original pink plastic flamingo was slatted for extinction. Due to rising production costs, its manufacturer, Union Products of Leominster, MA decided to put an end to its life. The Birth of an Icon Born in 1957 to its creator Don Featherstone, the plastic birds have become the symbol of kitsch. […]

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Fridge Fixation

Okay, admit it. Your refrigerator door looks like a pop art project gone bad. Pictures, postcards, receipts, lotto tickets (both last Wednesday’s loser and next Saturday’s winner), a grocery list, and a friendly reminder from your dentist that it’s time for a checkup. Too important to cast aside in the dark recesses of some drawer […]

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For Sale: Beach Sand (Cigarette Butts Not Included)

What has the world come to? We’re buying sand for five dollars a pound. Sure, it’s clean and we don’t have to brush it out from between our toes, but it’s still just sand. This being said, I’m happy to announce, in the world of home decor, sand has become passe! Hooray!   Fall Freebie […]

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Have a Seat, But Don’t Forget to Flush

Okay, so the old toilet is now sitting in your front yard sprouting a lovely selection of greenery and the new toilet is awaiting your heinie. You just need a toilet seat and you’re ready to go. But before we get down to the business of the bottom, how about a tour of the toilet […]

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Here’s Johnny; Or Saying Hello to a New Toilet

Yesterday’s post covered the removal of an old toilet. Today we’ll go over the highlights of installing a new toilet. And don’t worry; this procedure isn’t nearly as gross as the removal process. Set the Head Some instructions will tell you to first apply a bead of caulk or plumber’s putty around the base of […]

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Dear John; Or Saying Goodbye to an Old Toilet

Replacing an old toilet isn’t as hard as you may think. All toilets come with do-it-yourself instructions, but here is a primer to remove a typical two-piece toilet to let you know what you’re really in for. Warning: crude material forthcoming. Tank Withdrawal First you’ll need to turn off the water at the supply line […]

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Up Yours: The Magic of Up-Lights

Let’s face it; the human face lit from below looks creepy. So, if you don’t want to look like a character from a John Carpenter movie or an aging starlet minus the pancake foundation, save the up-lighting for your abode. Negative Space, Man Positioning can up-lighters on the floor at the base of large houseplants […]

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