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Chalkboard Wall

This is the easiest project ever: – An empty wall + 1 can chalkboard paint = instant conversation piece  It took about 30 minutes to get the wall covered and it only cost $20.

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Chair Refinishing Project

This project is from last year, when I lived in a teeny-tiny apartment in New York City’s East Village. Nonetheless, it’s worthwhile endeavor if you find yourself with some dingy old chairs in need of some refinishing love. In this case, I got the chairs from my grandmother. Though they look kind of cool in […]

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“Mobile” Home – a mobile made from old CDs

Now that cassettes, LPs, and even CDs have become obsolete, what are we to do with them? DIY Maven came up with a very creative solution for making use of old LPs. So, here’s a suggestion of what to do with some of those old CDs: make a mobile out of them! What You Need […]

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New Life for Old LP

For a great recycling project, how about turning an old LP into a bowl? If you’ve already hauled your vinyl to the curb, don’t worry. Thrift stores and charity sales almost always have some records they need to get rid of. What You Need An old LP or two An oven-proof bowl (I used stainless […]

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A room without a wall (or door!)

My dilemma is this:  As of yesterday, I will be living with two of my friends in a lovely apartment in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco (if you’ve never been I highly advise you to…). Through the luck of drawing straws, I go stuck with the faux bedroom.  My room was actually a living […]

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Affordable Modern Platform Bed

Half inspiration and half “How To” this post will show you how I made an affordable modern platform bed for under $300. Design.  This is where you should spend a good deal of time.  There are a lot of things that go into the design process, including, but not limited to: the space your bed […]

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More Easy Wall Art (in CD frames!)

Alttext’s post on creating easy wall art out of simple, cheap materials generated a lot of interest. Here’s another method that produces some pretty spectacular results: DIY Jewel Case Frames: Wonderful Wall Art Faster than you can say Polar Bears! “We found a clever project that uses CD jewel cases to make rearrangeable, refillable, photo […]

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Easy Photo Wall on a Shoestring … er, Wire, Budget

A couple years ago I attended a play at The Theater in the Round in Minneapolis (really bad site) and in the lobby they had this cool system for hanging cast bios and other info that consisted of wire, pulled taut across a span, in this case from floor to ceiling, with small hardware holding […]

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Dinky Dwellings

McMansions all over the country are quaking on their foundations. Gigantic houses are quickly falling out of favor for a more diminutive abode. Enter the 400 square foot mini home. McHurricanes, McBoomers, and McMansions In response to FEMA trailers hauled out an masse after hurricane Katrina, New York based designer Marianne Cusato drew up plans for […]

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Living in a Comic Strip

The Art Hotel in Berlin (Arte Luise Kunsthotel) prides itsef on the eccentric and unique interior design of its building. Every room is different and original: The concept of this somewhat different hotel – “art instead of grandeur, poetry instead of room service” – is winning guests over. Let’s take a tour… In the ‘Comic’ […]

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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 Fix Its: How To Revive Your Dining Room Chairs

Are your dining room chairs on their last legs? Mine were. They were already looking bad three years ago when I bought them for $40 at a thrift store. Well, this weekend, Alicia and I decided we’d had enough. Thanks for watching our first-ever installment of ‘The Fix Its’ (that’s me and Alicia); we plan […]

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Color Quest: Underwater World

Blue Planet  Went to one of my favorite sites this AM, Cuteoverload.com and found this gorgeous picture of turtle kisses. Of course, if you’ve seen my mural pics, you know I have a thing for the world just beyond the surface of the nearest big body of water. Growing up in Minnesota, can you blame me? What amazing […]

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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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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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What’s a cheap way to fix chairs with broken caning?

Our dining ‘set’ is a thrift-store rescue; it was on its last legs and probably would have been put down (sent to the landfill) if I hadn’t come along to save it ($40). I think it was actually once a nice piece of furniture, built by the White Furniture Co. of Mebane, North Carolina. But […]

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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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How To: Make a DIY Box Joint Jig

Today we’re learning how to make a box joint jig. Read on to learn how!  Box joints, also called finger joints or comb joints, are really quite strong and have an attractive, handmade appeal which looks good on, well, everything. And you’re welcome to cut and chisel each one by hand…but, with this easy jig, […]

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