We've all seen our fair share of ugly ceiling light fixtures. We've also see our fair share of DIY ceiling light fixture cover ups. Here are six of our favorites ceiling light covers, all of which can be adapted to various styles so they serve as much as how-to's as inspiration for our own creations. Enjoy!
Maegan used a hanging wire planter to make this delightful Eames-inspired ceiling light cover up. Visit...
Looking for some creative activities to do with your kid this summer? Here are 25 Curbly projects that are perfect for littles and growns alike. Although tutorials weren't written specifically for children, with a little tweaking and adult supervision, your small summer-vacationers will have no trouble completing these fun DIY projects.
Whether your kids share a room because they want to, or because there's no other option, it can be overwhelming finding ways for siblings to peacefully cohabit. Hopefully these amazing kids rooms can give you (and your kiddos) a little inspiration, and proof that sharing a room is fun and also totally doable, no matter the size of the space!
I recently hung a gallery wall in my dining room using a combination of various frames and a couple other items, but first I scoured the internet for inspiration and a variety of gallery wall ideas to bring my boring white wall to life. Gallery walls add so much personality to a space, and you can customize them so many ways using new pieces, pieces you already own or a combination of the two.
On your wedding day, it's safe to say that you want to both look gorgeous and feel comfortable. Unfortunately, these two things often don't go together, but when it comes to your shoes, maybe they can! Ladies, you can have pretty wedding shoes that don't make your feet hurt all night, and this roundup of wedding shoes comfortable enough for dancing all night in will save the day.
We all love a good furniture makeover, and these don't disappoint! Get prepared to swoon over these 19 furniture pieces that have been painted in totally unexpected ways. Each piece is inspiring because they're extremely unique. If are you're looking for ways to make over your latest thrifted find, these painted beauties will inspire you!
When it comes to people, it's what's on the inside that counts. When it comes to houses, the outside can be pretty impressive too! Here at Curbly we love a good-lookin' exterior, so we're sharing with you a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow if you love the look of a beautiful home. From mansions to tiny houses, old and new alike - we've got you covered.
Summer is just around the corner, which means it's the perfect time to update your backyard for barbecues and outdoor get togethers! If you need a little inspiration or just want to gawk at gorgeous backyards, these 30 outdoor fire pits and fireplaces will make you incredibly jealous.
I've seen this phrase tumbling around on the internet for a while now: "Plant Lady is the New Cat Lady." To that I say, why not both? I only say that because I am a die-hard cat lover who has recently discovered her love of indoor jungles. The good news is you can totally go crazy in both cat and plant departments - you just have to be smart about it. There are plenty of easily-accessible houseplants out there that are non-toxic to both cats...
My camera is always on the go, so I need a strap to keep my it safe. Here are some of my favorite do-it yourself camera straps. These DIYs are simple, unique, and most importantly, durable. Before you go out and buy one, check out this roundup of 12 camera strap tutorials.
I don't know about you, but my laundry room is a black hole in which I spend as little time as possible. It's dark, tiny, and dank... in other words, the complete opposite of all these awesome laundry room makeovers. If you're in a similar boat and looking for some serious inspiration, check out these laundry room ideas.
Erin's white-washed wood paneling is a Scandinavian-inspired laundry room retreat! And check out that DIY...
Some of the most unique Christmas decor is waiting to be found at your local thrift store. If you are not done Christmas decorating, or you are decorating for a Christmas get-together, here are some Christmas decorating ideas using re-purposed thrift store items.
In a couple of weeks you'll be snuggled up in front of a cozy fireplace, watching the snow fall outside your window, decorating your tree for the holiday seasons. Or maybe it'll still be sixty degrees outside, who knows? Either way, you'll want something special to put atop your festive fir. Here are 30 Christmas tree toppers you can DIY or buy this season.
Upgrading thrifted or inexpensive furniture is one way you can accomplish a cute home on a budget, and also make your home unique. Reupholstering furniture can seem daunting, especially if you don't have many tools. These 12 upholstery projects don't need fancy upholstery tools, and are perfect for any upholstery beginner.
The leaves are falling, the temperature's dropping, and the weather is perfect for spending some time outdoors. If you're like me, you want your porch to be as inviting as the weather around you. Here are some of my favorite fall porch decorations to help get you in the season.
We’ve spent enough time on Craigslist and in secondhand and resale shops to know a good deal when we see one, so we decided to put together a list of 50 things that make us a bit giddy when we spot them on Craigslist, or at the ReStore and Goodwill. If we’ve missed anything, please share what you feel is a great score—and why—in the comments below!
UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE of sound construction that can be easily reupholstered. That means the job MUST suit our abilities as reupholsters. (Speaking from personal experience, if the piece is too complicated it may never get done and languish in your basement.)
WOOD FURNITURE that is of sound construction that can be refinished—if necessary—but only if you can use it now or in the near future, can give it to someone who needs it, or flip it (preferably for profit). Furniture takes up a lot of space, which is at a premium; best not to accumulate for “someday” use.
PICTURE FRAMES. Although standard sizes are best (4” x 6”, 5” x 7” etc), finish isn’t a priority. A can of spray paint can make anything coordinate.
ART FRAMES. Usually we start with the art first and then frame it. In this case, think backward and imagine what type of DIY art you could make to go into a secondhand frame.
CANDLES. For some reason, my secondhand stores are loaded with UNBURNED candles. Pillars, votives and everything in between. Buy them, burn them, enjoy the ambiance the create!
RAG RUGS (in good condition). We’re talking about those hand woven “grandma” type rugs here. Throw them in the wash and use them to create tote bags or pillow covers. Or, of course, you could use them as rugs too.
BED SHEETS. Bed sheets make fabulous dust covers when doing home remodeling. They can make for a last minute table cloth (both for indoor and outdoor dining). Their yardage alone can make for some great sewing projects not limited to curtains or even clothing.
TABLE CLOTHS. They might not be as in style these days, but a big tablecloth can come in very handy. Again, their yardage alone can make for some great sewing projects, but their original intent is what we like. I found a 72” x 120” white tablecloth at my local Goodwill a few years ago for about $5 just days before hosting and outdoor party in which we were erecting a 4’ x 8’ plywood table (on top of two sawhorses). The table looked lovely and everyone was shocked that they were eating off a sheet of plywood. A thick tablecloth can also be used as a great picnic cloth at the beach or park tossed over a picnic table.
FABRIC. Lots of people buy fabric and never use it. (Sound familiar?) My Goodwill has an entire section devoted to these cast offs.
COOL SWEATERS. Sweaters—especially women’s sweaters—can be turned into fun pillows. Look for bright colors or interesting patterns.
TOWELS. Wash them well when you get home and use them for Fido’s next spa treatment. Or, cut them into smaller sections to make perfect shop rags. (You can get A LOT of shop rags out of one big bath towel.)
YARN. Much like fabric, my Goodwill has TONS of unused skeins of yarn. True, most are acrylic, but they’re inexpensive and great for practicing your needle arts.
CRAFT SUPPLIES. People lose interest in crafts. Let’s take advantage of it. Rubber stamps, knitting needles, beading, you name it ... you can find it at one point at a secondhand shop. And they’re a great way to expose kids to these kinds of crafts too. Couple a pair of knitting needles with some of that yarn mentioned above and you’re on your way.
MIRRORS. Admittedly, most of the mirrors I see have questionable frames. Or no frames at all—especially those huge, beveled edge bathroom mirrors. The former can be lightly sanded and shot with spray paint and the latter can be framed with inexpensive 1” x 3” or 1” x 4” wood trim.
LAMPS. Seriously, we’d never have to buy a lamp from a retail store for the rest of our lives if we didn’t want to. Here again, spray paint is our friend.
LAMP SHADES. Especially BARREL lamp shades. That’s because barrel shades are super easy to recover.
CLAMP LAMPS. We’re talking about work lamps. They’re perfect for the shop but also for photography. (I never seem to have enough on hand.)
TRIPODS. Old tripods can be turned into lamps (both table and floor), and even Christmas trees.
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS. Think about it … they’re only used for a short while out of the year and yet people still get tired of them. Then they give them away. Christmas-y candle holders, to haunted televisions (seriously, I saw one of those yesterday!) to Thanksgiving turkey platters, thrift stores have them.
HANDWOVEN BASKETS. If you have an occasion coming up that will require a gift basket, think secondhand first. If they’re a little dusty, don’t worry. You can actually wash most baskets. Just fill up the laundry sink with warm sudsy water, dunk them a few times and let them air dry on an old bath towel. If you should be so lucky and find a Longaberger basket, don’t even hesitate. They’re totally washable and totally collectable. (Flippable? Yes.)
CERAMIC PLANTERS. I keep a lookout for WHITE ceramic planters specifically. I always have a small stash of them on hand of varying sizes for when I need to repot a plant.
VASES. Seriously. They’re like lamps: we’d never have to buy another one retail ever again. Look for simple styles that will work for any room in your home. Remember, it’s the flowers that are on display, not the vase itself.
CRYSTAL. Okay, I’m not really a fan of crystal, but ever since I found a Waterford ring holder at my local Goodwill for $1.99 that retails for $60, I always scan the cut glass section. How did I know my ring holder was Waterford? Because it was stamped on the bottom!
MASON JARS. For obvious reasons.
WHITE DISHES/DINNERWARE. Plain white dinnerware goes with anything! And can come in very handy when company calls. Another personal anecdote here: A few years back we hosted Christmas at our home. We knew we wouldn’t have enough cups for cocoa/coffee. The plan was to find something at the party supply store to pick up the slack, but after spotting a set of the cutest BRAND coffee cups at the Goodwill for just 49 cents a piece, our problem was solved. Forty-nine cents a piece meant they were CHEAPER than some plastic wannabe. Oh, and did I mention they go with my Pottery Barn mugs perfectly??
DRINKING GLASSES. For the same reason mentioned above. Glass—even secondhand—presents better than paper or plastic. Also, for daily use, if the kiddos break them, no biggie.
BOWLS … FOR PETS. Doesn’t Fido and Fluffy deserve to drink and eat out of people bowls? Sure they do. And, cereal and soup bowls from the thrift store are MUCH cheaper—and probably cuter—than a pet store alternative.
KITSCH. Have you ever noticed that one piece of kitsch is kinda sad but a lot of kitsch is anything but? If you have a hankering to add to your kitschy collection, the thrift store is definitely your friend.
OLD SPORTS EQUIPMENT. Just like musical instruments, old sports equipment can make for great ‘art’, especially for kid’s rooms or ‘man caves.’ Think old tennis rackets spray painted a funky color and such!
FOLDING LAWN CHAIRS. Again, another one of those things we never seem to have enough of when we need them. Because they are easily re-strung, consider buying them even if they’re less than perfect.
FOLDING TABLES AND CHAIRS. Often referred to as ‘card tables and chairs’, these things are super easy to re-do and are very handy come part-time and holiday season.
DIRECTOR’S CHAIRS. Director’s chairs don’t get enough coverage, if you ask me. They provide for better than usual temporary seating, they’re REALLY easy to remake into your own liking, and you can turn them into side tables. How versatile is that?
OLD HARD-SIDED SUITCASES. Or old musical instrument cases. They can be made into a variety of things, including tables and pet beds, just to name a few.
HAND TOOLS. A hammer is pretty much a hammer, as a pliers is a pliers. If you spot a used hand tool that’s in good shape, it’ll last you for many more years to come.
FARM TABLES. We’re talking sold wood and rectangular. Such tables offer a huge slab of wood! Buying the equivalent at a lumber yard would set you back $100 or more. We recently bought one such table off Craigslist for $40. We cut off a piece to fit over our big tool box and joined the leftovers to fit our smaller toolbox. A twofer that turned out perfectly!
SOLID CORE DOORS. Our go to’s for headboards and table tops.
FLOORING. Both wood and tile leftovers are plentiful at my local ReStore. No, you probably won’t be able to find enough to do an entire home, but for a small job, it’s a great, cost effective alternative.
Rugs are expensive meaning the painted rug trend is a strong force out there in the design and DIY world. Some of these rugs are pretty amazing...maybe even better than you can find in a store. Today, I thought I would share a few of my favorite DIY painted rug projects. Maybe you could try one of these in your own home.
1. I am in awe of the black and white rug shown above. I am not sure you could buy a rug as cool as this one. This will take some serious painters tape patience, but the "pay off" is huge. Check out Holly's tutorial on Design Sponge.
2. This huge rug is a large creme colored carpet remnant painted with upholstery spray paint. This "how to" is over at the DIY Network.
3. This water color painted rug is inspiration for all you seriously talented artists out there. Take a plain ole' carpet remnant or rug and use it as your canvas. I could never accomplish this but I know a few people in my life that could.
4. Okay, let's bring it down a skill level, or two....or three. This adorable rug is made with a Sharpie, some fabric paint, and a stencil. This is a DIY rug anyone can tackle.
6. To create this pattern, this creative DIYer from Provident Home Design used ripped out (headed to the dumpster) floor tiles and shoe molding. This is perfect for those, like me, whose patience for painter's tape is not as strong as others. Check out her "how to" here.
7. If you are not up to the full painted rug DIY, then just add a little color to a pre-existing patterned rug. Cassity over at Remodelaholic was looking for a navy, white, and pink rug for her daughter's room but couldn't find one she liked. Always resourceful, she found a navy and white patterned rug she loved and added some pink paint. Check out the tutorial here.
8. DIY Kilim rugs have easy patterns with big results. Check out this DIY over on The Gold Jelly Bean.
9. Stripes are always an achievable pattern for painted rugs. The inexpensive outdoor rug is a great canvas for a fun rug. Check out the "how to" for this rug here.
10. This adorable rug is made with an inexpensive runner, a stencil, and black fabric paint. This little rug makes a big statement!