Round Up: 6 Ways to Cover Ugly Ceiling Light Fixtures

by DIY Maven

ceiling light covers that are easy to DIY

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's Eame's inspired light fixture cover
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Maegan used a hanging wire planter to make this delightful Eames-inspired ceiling light cover up. Visit...

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18 Gallery Wall Ideas and How to Steal Them

by Holly Wade

18 Gallery Wall Ideas and How to Steal Them

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. 

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16 Wedding Shoes Comfortable Enough to Dance the Night Away

by Holly Wade

16 Wedding Shoes Comfortable for Dancing the Night Away

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. 

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18 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You're Obsessed with House Exteriors

by M.E. Gray


Who to follow on Instagram if houses are your jam!

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.       

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The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

by M.E. Gray

The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

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...

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The Best Laundry Room Ideas

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Laundry room ideas - makeover photo - before

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.


Scandinavian inspired laundry room

Erin's white-washed wood paneling is a Scandinavian-inspired laundry room retreat! And check out that DIY...

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30 Awesome Tree Toppers You Can Buy or DIY this Christmas

by Jennifer Farley

30 Christmas Tree Toppers to Buy or DIY

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.    

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Don't Miss These: 50 Secondhand Items You Should Never Pass Up

by DIY Maven

Don't Miss These: 50 Secondhand Items You Should Never Pass Up

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.

Goodwill wooden bowl
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WOOD BOWLS. Not only can they be refinished to your liking, they can be converted into pendant lights

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.

Goodwill sweater
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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 at Goodwill
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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.

BEADED JEWELRY. Sure, you might find some beaded jewelry to wear, but you might find some to remake into something else. 

mirrors at Goodwill
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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. 

Goodwill lamps
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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.

Goodwill vases
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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.

Goodwill bowls
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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.

CAST IRON COOKWARE. Made to last hundreds of years. These can easily be cleaned up and used on the daily. In fact, we have a great guide on salvaging and re-seasoning old cast iron cookware right here

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.

HARDCOVER BOOKS. We love books as much as the next person, but some of those old hard covers at the thrift store are less than desirable. Better they find new life as art or a headboard then end up in a landfill.

BOARD GAMES. Sure, you could play them, but the boards themselves can make for great art, especially in family rooms or kid rooms.

Goodwill art
Photo: DIY Maven

ART. Before buying art or even making something from scratch, check secondhand first. If you don’t spot the perfect piece, look for something that can be manipulated to BECOME the perfect piece.

OLD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Don’t worry if they don’t work, because you’re going to make art wall art out of 'em. Just clean that old guitar up first or shoot it with paint to make it really pop.

Goodwill drums
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OLD DRUMS. Okay, they’re musical instruments too, but in this case, drums make for cool pendant lamps.

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?

Goodwill musical case
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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.

METAL TOOL BOXES. Old metal tool boxes—or tackle boxes—are the best. And if it’s a little rusty, no biggie.

YARD TOOLS. And a rake is pretty much a rake and a shovel is a shovel. A 30 year old shovel works just as well as a brand new one.

CORBELS. Wood corbels are expensive if bought from a lumber or conventional salvage yard. If you happen to spot some at a ReStore, grab them. They can function as objet d’ art or finish a counter/bar.

WOOD WINDOWS. Especially the divided light type. They can be transformed into side tables, room dividers, and backyard getaways, just to name a few.

Craigslist wooden farm table as workbench top


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.

CHANDELIERS. Whether they are hanging above bathtubs or in trees, chandeliers have sprung up everywhere. A good way to ride the popularity wave without shelling out a lot of dough is buy secondhand. A shot of spray paint will erase a multitude of style sins.

GLASS DOOR KNOBS. If you see them, don’t hesitate. Even if you don’t use them on your doors, you can turn them into interesting art and decor items, or, perhaps, even flip them. New, solid glass door knobs are more than a little expensive.


Whew! Did I miss anything? Let me know if the comments. Or, if you're looking for something to do with some of your newfound treasure, check out our Recycling section for lots of project ideas.



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Roundup: 10 Amazing DIY Painted Rug Projects

by Jennifer Farley

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.


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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.




5.  Over-dyed rugs are the trend. This rug DIY by Sweet Paul Magazine takes an old rug and uses Rit fabric dye to transform it. I can't stop thinking about how genius this is... [Photo: Sweet Paul Mag]


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!


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