How soon is too soon to put up a Christmas tree? Because I wanted to put mine up at 12:00 am on November 1st. We usually do a live pine tree at my house, so we have a few more weeks to go until we can put one up and not have it be a fire hazard by December 25th. In the meantime, however, I've been scrounging up ornaments, garlands, and lights to decorate with. Maybe this is a little extra, but I like to change up the theme of my tree every year! This year I made three different Christmas ornaments, each using a different Dremel tool from our oh-so-handy combo kit.
Christmas decor comes in a wide range of styles. Some decorations are cute, some are classy, and some are, well... I'll say it: ugly. Sadly a lot of do-it-yourself decorations can fall into this last category, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. I've found 81 examples of stylish Christmas decor that you can make yourself (and proudly display when you're done).
So you love the look of calligraphy, but you don't have the time to learn how to do it? Or the patience, or the steady hand? Well there's an easy way to fake it 'til you make it... today I'm going to show you how to make your own faux calligraphy place cards for Thanksgiving, Christmas or your next dinner party.
The 2017 Curbly House is done! It went on the market last weekend, and (to my surprise and delight), we've already had several showings. After two-and-a-half months of intense renovation work, it feels a little weird this week, knowing there's nothing left to do except blog about it. I keep checking my 'To-Do' list, and it's all crossed off, which is my JAM!
Scroll down for the full, room-by-room reveal of the 2017 Curbly House, along with complete product lists (from our featured vendor partner, Hayneedle) and details about how we transformed each space.
We recently celebrated our 5th anniversary in the Curbly House, and along with the pomp and circumstance (I'm kidding; as much as we love our house, we don't celebrate home anniversaries ... but maybe that's my new million dollar idea!), we've been busy doing a series of updates indoors and out. We've refreshed the paint, swapped out artwork, done some light landscaping, and made the house work better for our...
I'm all about that ombre look, so why not bring it into your fall decor and maybe even change up the color scheme this season? Rather than sticking to a traditional red, yellow, orange and brown pallette this season, you can bring in brighter versions as well as colors like pink, peach and coral. These cute, effortless mini ombre pumpkins are fun to make and decorate your home for fall.
I don't know about you, but I've been basically looking forward to Halloween since New Year's Eve. It's such a fun holiday! Candy, ghosts, and ghouls - oh my! Even though I absolutely adore All Hallow's Eve, I'll be the first to admit that the decor can end up on the tackier side of things. Ever on the hunt for classy Halloween decor, I decided to go glam instead. Ditch the traditional black and orange in favor of gold and glitz!
The bed in our guest room is very tall. And if you've ever tried to find a tall end table, you know that they aren't easy to come by. So I decided to make one... and my version of the C table was born. This is not one of those time intensive woodworking projects - in fact, it didn't even involve power tools. Click through to check out this incredibly easy little side table project.
Summer has ended, school has started, and we are racing towards the finish line on the Curbly House 2017 project. Here's a quick update on what's going on:
I'm a pillow hoarder, so it's probably no surprise that I always have extra pillow covers in the house. I swap out my pillows every time I get sick of something, and because purchasing new pillows all the time is an expensive hobby, I've found a surefire way to personalize any pillow with my own designs using inexpensive IKEA pillow covers! The secret: sticker paper and paint.
I scream, you scream, what's the deal with all this screaming? July is National Ice Cream month, which is just perfect because the temperatures keep rising. A hot day is the perfect excuse for an icy scoop or two. To celebrate my love for all things tasty and sweet, I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve. Or rather, I'm wearing it on my denim vest. Here are three ways to create custom patches, all of which are ice cream themed.
Cinder blocks are one of those cheap, easy-to-find materials that just seem to scream DIY. So when the weather got warm and I was in need of a tabletop wine cooler for the patio, I knew what I had to do. Click through to check out the simple tutorial.
For those of you who love color as much as I do, then you probably love PANTONE too. (If you're not sure what it is, here ya go). And in my opinion, those swatches really lend themselves to fun DIY projects. So today I'm sharing a quick and easy tutorial for "balloon-dipped" PANTONE vases. Read on to check 'em out.
The resulting vases are completely adorable - and totally simple to make.
Here are the materials that you'll need:
- Balloons in assorted colors
- White acrylic craft paint
- Small clear glass vases
- Black Fine Tip Sharpie marker
- Paint brush if your paint is thick (not pictured)
Begin by squirting a healthy dose of paint into your vase. Swirl it around, coating the inner surface of the vase.
If your paint is thick like mine, you'll want to use a paint brush to spread the paint on the inside of the vase. Try to make a clean, even line below the top lip of the vase. Put any excess paint back in the bottle. Set the vase aside to dry.
Next, grab a balloon and cut the top part off (the narrow section). Cut a small bit from the opposite rounded end too.
Stretch the balloon around the bottom of the vase once the paint is dry.
Cut a larger hole in the bottom so that it sits level on the table. Arrange the balloon so the edges are nice and straight.
Next, use a Sharpie to write your PANTONE number on the side of the vase. If you don't have a swatch book, you can just look online to find a PANTONE color similar to your balloon color.
And that's it, you're finished! I made a set of three, because I just loved the way they turned out.
Fun, right?! And they're even cute enough to stand on their own without flowers.
But I can't say no to flowers, so of course I had to fill mine with blooms from the garden. If you're planning to fill them with water, be sure to let the paint cure for several days first.
You could make a whole set of them in every color of the rainbow!
These would make a great gift for that color-loving designer in your life, too. Have fun crafting everyone!
I've wanted to upgrade my nightstands for a long time. I love the raised pattern on the drawer fronts, but the pale blue doesn't work well with the existing colors in the room. So I decided to give them a couple of coats of white chalk paint and add some leather pulls to lend a more sophisticated vibe. Click through to check out the final look, as well as a tutorial.
This little kitchen was the remaining evidence of an attempted house flip gone bad. The old home had great bones, but a few serious structural issues, discovered once the previous owner/flipper opened up all the old walls. The kitchen became too much for them to handle, and that's when we stepped in.
When we found the house, we knew most of the renovation budget would go behind the walls (plumbing, electrical, structural repairs), so the kitchen finishes would have to happen on a serious budget. As you can see, this space would need everything, from the floors up. We planned on renting this home, but I always believe in making things as homey and cute as possible. We stuck to our budget by going with stock cabinets, stock countertops, vinyl floors while keeping things bright and functional. And, if I may say so myself, I think it turned out great! Read on to see how we did it.
As a borderline obsessive flower lover, I'm always on the hunt for new vases and centerpiece ideas. So when I ran across a beautiful rectangular glass container on Amazon, I knew I had to have it (and make something out of it, of course). Click through to check out the resulting trough-style vase that I came up with.
It has space for four stems, and all four draw from the trough of water below. The wooden top is removable, and keeps the stems securely in place. And it's really quite simple to make! So let's get started.
Here's what you'll need for your trough vase:
- Rectangular Centerpiece Vase
- Two pieces of wood, size 10x4" and 9.5 x 3.5"
- Wood glue
- Acrylic craft paint
- Painter's tape
- Drill with 1/2" drill bit (or similar)
- Foam brush
Before you begin, make sure that the larger piece of wood has the exact same measurements as the outside of the glass centerpiece vase and that the smaller piece fits snugly in the interior of the top of the glass vase. If not, sand it down so that it fits nicely. Apply a healthy dose of glue to the larger piece of wood, leaving about a 1/2 inch glue-less around the edges.
Place the smaller piece of wood on top of the larger one, pressing down firmly. Make sure it is centered. Let it dry for a minute or two until it is quite tacky but not completely adhered.
Place it on top of the glass centerpiece vase to make sure that the wood pieces are aligned so that they fit perfectly into the top of the glass vase. Remove it and let it dry for a couple of hours.
Next, find the horizontal center line of the wood and place four dots along that line as shown above. They should be evenly spaced, with two inches between each dot. Drill a hole down through each mark. Don't forget to place a piece of scrap wood underneath. Sand any rough edges.
Mask off a 3/4 inch perimeter around the top using painter's tape. Press firmly around the edges so that they form a strong bond to the wood.
Paint inside this taped-off rectangle with acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice.
Remove the tape, let the paint dry, and you're finished! Fill the glass vase with water and insert four stems for a unique centerpiece for your dinner table, kitchen island or accent table.
This is sure to be a conversation starter, thanks to its unusual design and contemporary vibe. You can change the look of it by trying different types of flowers... calla lilies would lend a modern feel, while daisies would give it a more rustic sensibility.
You might also consider a different color or even a different finish for the top part - a dark stain would be beautiful, or a metallic rose gold would look super glam.
While this project looks like it would be difficult to complete, it's actually surprisingly simple and quick to finish. You should be able to do it in an hour or two (not including drying time), depending on how quickly you work. Feel free to post questions or links to your own versions in the comments section below!
This year for Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week, we tackled a community-based art project that exceeded all our expectations. We combined our favorite paint colors, our favorite community, and our favorite group of kids to create a Kids' Art Crawl! We wanted to get kids thinking about the role of art in their community, and make them feel special by putting their artwork up in a real gallery setting. It was sweet and moving, and we can't wait to tell you all about it.
Don't you hate it when your kitchen cabinets don't have a shelf inside, so you end up using only the bottom half? All that wasted space could be used, if only you had an extra level.... so today we're sharing an easy DIY that will help you take advantage of it - in style of course. No boring store-bought shelf risers here!
The carpet is down. The furniture is in. The original Curbly House is officially on the market! We spent the last few weeks putting in long hours to get the living room (and the rest of the house) ready for showings, and we're excited to share the reveal with you today! Read on to see how we designed a cozy living space that will (hopefully) help us sell the house quickly to a lucky new family who will enjoy it for years!