Make a DIY Fire Pit this Weekend With One of These 61 Fire Pit Ideas

by Rachel Jacks

A DIY fire pit is just what your backyard needs this summer, and here are 15 ways to build your own. #firepit #diyfirepit

Does the need to sit around a fire outside go back to our days as cave-dwellers? Probably, but we have way better stuff to roast over the fire now, and beer to drink with it. Just like our pre-historic ancestors (except with access to hardware stores, and power tools, and computers), you can make your own DIY backyard fire ring with these tutorials on how to build a DIY fire pit.       

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The 100 Best IKEA Hacks of All Time

by Alicia Lacy

100 Best IKEA hacks of all time.

We've rounded up one hundred IKEA hacks that prove you can have champagne tastes on a beer budget. Each of these hacks illustrates the power of transformation - basic warehouse pieces are cleverly altered in beautiful ways that make them feel custom. This round up has me feeling like Aladdin on a magic carpet ride - so come along with me! I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, over, sideways and under on a magic IKEA hack ride. All hacks are listed in alphabetical order by their original IKEA birth name. 

ALEX

IKEA Hack ALEX - filing cabinet
Sugar & Cloth

 

IKEA Hack ALEX - desk DIY
A New Bloom

 

IKEA Hack ALEX desk
The Lifestyle Directory

 

IKEA Hack ALEX storage unit
Full Time Fiesta

 

 

ALSEDA

IKEA Hack ALSEDA ottoman
Curbly via Mormorsglamour

BESTA

IKEA Hack BESTA credenza
Sugar & Cloth

 

IKEA Hack BESTA credenza
Petite Apartment - IKEA hacks

 

 

IKEA Hack BESTA
A Beautiful Mess  -  BESTA IKEA hack TV console idea (entertainment center)

 

IKEA Hack BESTA
Place of My Taste

 

IKEA Besta cabinet hack
The Vintage Guru Shop - IKEA cabinet with vintage legs

BILLY

IKEA Hack BILLY
The Makerista

 

IKEA Hack BILLY
IKEA Hackers- built in book case

 

IKEA Hack BILLY
Golden Boys & Me IKEA hack DIY kitchen island

 

BORBY

IKEA Hack BORBY
Thou Swell

 

Note: we tried to find all of these and make sure they're still available on IKEA.com. Some models have been discontinued, but you can usually find a similar item to substitute.

 

DOKUMENT

IKEA Hack DOKUMENT
IKEA

EKBY

IKEA Hack EKBY
Teste De Lengo

 

IKEA Hack EKBY
Nalle's House

 

IKEA Hack EKBY
Houzz

 

EKORRE

IKEA Hack EKORRE
Sarah Sherman Samuel

EXPEDIT

IKEA Hack EXPEDIT
Amy Krist

 

IKEA Hack EXPEDIT
Honey Bear Lane

FAKTUM

IKEA Hack FAKTUM
IKEA Hackers - platform bed with storage

FAS  

IKEA Hack FAS
IKEA Hackers - table lamp

FIRA

IKEA Hack FIRA
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FJALKINGE

IKEA Hack FJALKINGE
100 Layer Cake-let

FOTO

IKEA Hack FOTO
Lulus - floor mirror 

 

IKEA Hack FROSTA
Design Sponge

 

FROSTA

IKEA Hack FROSTA
Coroflot

 

IKEA Hack FROSTA
Vtwonen

 

IKEA Hack FROSTA
Apartment Therapy

 

 

GRUNTDAL

IKEA Hack GRUNTDAL
Just a Girl and Her Blog

 

IKEA Hack GRUNTDAL
Apartment Therapy - wall mirror

 

HEAT

IKEA Hack HEAT
Curbly - IKEA hack gold wall mirror with

 

HEMMA
 

IKEA Hack HEMMA
Curbly via Instructables

HEMNES

IKEA Hack HEMNES
The Vault Files

HYLISS

IKEA Hack HYLISS
Remodelaholic
IKEA Hack HYLISS
Proverbs 31 Girl

INBJUDANDE

IKEA Hack INBJUDANDE
Poppytalk

INGO

IKEA Hack INGO
East Coast Creative

 

IKEA Hack INGO
IKEA Hackers

IVAR

IKEA Hack IVAR
Nur-Noch

 

IKEA Hack IVAR
IKEA

 

IKEA Hack IVAR
Nur Noch

 

IKEA Hack IVAR
Style by Emily Henderson

KALASA

IKEA Hack KALASA
Teste Di Legno

KLUBBO

IKEA Hack KLUBBO
Deko

LACK

IKEA Hack LACK
Hommie UK

 

IKEA Hack LACK
Triple Max Tons

 

LAPPLJUNG RUTA

IKEA Hack LAPPLJUNG RUTA
The House that Lars Built

LERBERG

IKEA Hack LERBERG
Weekday Carnival

 

IKEA Hack LERBERG
Burlap & Lace

 

LINNMON

IKEA Hack LINNMON + LERBERG
Advice From A Twentysomething  - simple desk

 

IKEA Hack LINNMON
Curbly - music production desk

 

LUDVIG

IKEA Hack LINNMON
IKEA Hackers - standing desk

MALM

IKEA Hack MALM
A Beautiful Mess

 

IKEA Hacks MALM
Curbly

 

IKEA Malm bedframe hack
Sugar & Cloth

 

MARIUS

IKEA Hack MARIUS
The Kitchy Kitchen 

 

IKEA Hack MARIUS
Curbly

MINNA

IKEA Hack MINNA
IKEA

 

MOPPE

IKEA Hack MOPPR
IKEA

MYSINGSO

IKE Hack MYSINGSO
Kristi Murphy

NORNAS

IKEA Hack NORNAS
A Beautiful Mess - bench

 

IKEA Nornas table hack
 Kicsihaz - bar cart

OLEBY

IKEA Hack OLEBY
Curbly - simple cutting board

RACKA

IKEA Hack RACKA
A Little Bit OCD

RANARP

IKEA Hack RANARP
Lovely Indeed

RAST

IKEA Hacks RAST
Bliss at Home

 

IKEA Hack RAST
Hello Lidy

 

IKEA Hack RAST
Decor 8 Blog

 

IKEA Hack RAST
Style Me Pretty - campaign dresser

 

IKEA Hack RAST
Redbook

 

IKEA Hack RAST
Addison Meadows Lane

 

IKEA Hack RAST
Hawthorne & Main

 

IKEA Hack RAST
Midwestern Girl DIY

RIBBA

IKEA Hack RIBBA
Curbly - under bed storage

 

IKEA Hack RIBBA
Lindsay Stephenson

RORT

IKEA Hack RORT
The Every Girl

SELJE

IKEA Hack SELJE
Curbly

 

IKEA Hack SELJE
See Kate Sew

SINNERLIG

IKEA Hack SINNERLIG
Curbly

 

SJOSLEV

IKEA Hack SJOSLEV
Hayley Photography

 

SKOGSTA

IKEA Hack SKOGSTA
Style Me Pretty

SKOGSVAG

IKEA Hack SKOGSVAG
Farm Fresh Therapy

SODERHAMN

IKEA Hack SODERHAMN
Petite Party Studio

STALL

IKEA Hack STALL
House Tweaking

 

STAVE

IKEA Hack STAVE
Curbly

 

SVARTAN

IKEA Hack SVARTAN
A Beautiful Mess

 

TARVA

IKEA Hack TARVA
In My Own Style

 

IKEA Hack TARVA
Cheaper and Better DIY

 

TRADIG

IKEA Hack TRADIG
IKEA Hackers - ceiling pendant lamp

TUPPLUR

IKEA Hack TUPPLUR
Curbly

VIKTIGT

IKEA Hack VIKTIGT
Curbly

VITTSJO

IKEA Hack VITTSJO
Little Green Notebook

 

IKEA Hack VITTSJO
Style Me Pretty

 

 

IKEA Hack VITTSJO
Style Me Pretty - bar cart

 

Vitttsjo Ikea hack coffee table
Simple Details

VURM

IKEA Hack VURM
Curbly - simple indoor herb garden

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How to: Make a Modern Family Chore Chart Your Kids will Actually Use

by Lidy Dipert

How to: Make a Modern Family Chore Chart Your Kids will Actually Use

As our kids are getting a little older, I thought it might be a good time to introduce a simple chore chart to teach them shared responsibility, goal setting, and following through on commitments. Sometimes parents can be so hard on ourselves (and others) when it comes to the idea of putting our kids "to work" at a young age. I've even heard the term "child-labor" thrown around...which is, of course, silly and even dangerous.

I never thought I would say this, but "when I was their age..." I did chores around our house all. the. time. I started helping to clean at six, babysitting when I was 12, and was expected to cook for the whole family as a teenager. (I began working at a fast food restaurant when I was 14 and I'm still alive to talk about it!)

I'm proud of those experiences, and they taught me a deep sense of gratitude and a positive attitude. I think those are all experiences we want to give our children.  So! This is a super simple DIY to help your kids visualize their responsibilities and celebrate their little achievements along the way.   

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99 Ways You Can Use Fabric To Decorate Every Room of Your Home

by M.E. Gray
99 ways to use fabric to decorate your home
Source: One Kings Lane

September is National Sewing Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're taking a deep look at one of the most versatile materials out there: fabric! From sewing pillows to creating statement wall pieces, there's no limit to the way you can use fabric in the world of interior design. Here are 99 of our favorite tips on how to use fabric to decorate every room of your home. You don't have to be a tailor to use textiles in your space. From no-sew curtains to fabric as wallpaper, there's a project out there for everybody!          

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Organize Dangling Earrings with this DIY Concrete Earring Tree

by Holly Wade

Organize Dangling Earrings with this DIY Concrete Earring Tree

I've tried multiple techniques for organizing earrings over the years, but dangling earrings tend to be more difficult to organize in an easy-to-manage way. Luckily, this simple DIY concrete earring tree does the trick and makes the perfect spot to hang several pairs of dangling earrings in a way that's easy to grab what I want and head out the door.         

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How To: Make a Paint By Numbers Cactus Pillow

by DIY Maven
Paint by Numbers Succulent Pillow
Photo: Shrimp Salad Circus

To recap--it's unauthorized succulent week here at Curbly. Monday: Cactus Watercolor. Tuesday: Gumball Machine Turned Succulent Planter. Wednesday: A Cactus Pincushion in its own DIY Geometric Planter. Today: A Paint by Numbers Succulent Pillow. To be honest, I vacillated over highlighting this project. That's because the original maker, Lindsay, used a service that provided

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Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Which is Our Favorite IKEA Hack of them All?

by M.E. Gray
IKEA Mirrors round-up - Hacked!
Photo via IKEA Hackers

Hanging a mirror is a painless way to add depth and interest to a wall. Mirrors reflect light and movement in a room, they're eye-catching, and they can make a space appear bigger than it is. If you know us here at Curbly, you know we LOVE a good IKEA hack. Today we're reflecting (sorry!) on some of our favorite IKEA mirror hacks and transformations, all in uniquely awesome ways. Keep reading!        

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Make It: DIY Stylish Mountain Bookends

by Stephanie Lee

Make it: Sweet DIY mountain bookends for your little one's nursery

Now that I have a little one to care for, I’ve come to realize just how wonderful story time can be. Sharing books with Lauren is one of my favorite pastimes… especially the books that I used to read when I was a kid (those are my favorites!). Of course, with a well-stocked bookshelf comes the need for some nice bookends to hold everything in place. So I decided to whip up these pretties for bubba’s room, and they’re so easy to make, I just had to share these DIY mountain bookends with you too!              

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Make This: Super Easy DIY Hanging Plant Wall

by Lidy Dipert
DIY Modern Wire Plant Hanger

Our basement family room was recently given a much needed makeover! The space was totally out of date, dark and uninviting. I started with giving the walls a fresh coat of white paint and brought in some new pieces for the room. Still, the space was asking for something a little more modern and one-of-a-kind.  Since I love plants SO much and I try to have one in every room possible, I created a fun this super simple plant wall to show off my little green collection and add some serious life to the space! 

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IKEA Hack: How to Dye Faux Fur ... and Make It Into This Totally Stylish Lampshade

by Marwa Hayat
How To: Dye Faux Fur Pink and Make a Lampshade

Lately, I've been loving all the colorful furs I've been seeing in magazines, Pinterest, and my favorite interior decor sites. But when I saw how expensive it was to buy a few ... I knew the only way I'd be able to incorporate them into my home was to make them myself. So, I figured out this super simple technique to add some color and character to the common faux fur ... without creating a whole mess and spending a ton of money

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Three Ways to Remove Paint from Door Hardware

by M.E. Gray

Three methods for removing old paint from hardware

I'm currently living in a home that has most likely been painted at least every 2 years since the 50s. The paint-history totally shows on all the door knobs, playing out in accidental swipe marks and drips. If you were to peek behind the knobs you could literally see the years play out in paint layers, with many of those layers ending up on the hardware itself. They say it's the details that create the big picture, and after seeing how sleeker my hardware looks after stripping it, I have to agree. While you might not feel like painted-over hinges and handles are worth the effort of restoring, it's amazing how fresh and new your home will feel. I tried out three different methods of removing old paint from hardware, and am here to tell you what worked. I'll walk you through what I did, what I learned, and what the pros and cons are of each method.        

method #1

 For this method, I used:

  • Paint stripper
  • Chemical-resistant gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Paper towels

Method #1: Use paint stripper to quickly remove paint from door knobs and hinges

How to restore painted hardware: Paint stripper

Before starting, I put on a pair of gloves and safety glasses (paint stripper is no joke, so please read all warnings and directions on the label before beginning). I placed the first knob outside, and per the instructions on the bottle, sprayed the knob down and let it sit for 15 minutes. 

After the 15 minutes were up, I wiped the paint off with a few paper towels, still wearing my safety gear. The first round did not clean the knob entirely, as some of the thicker portions of paint still remained. I repeated the process, letting the knob sit in paint stripper for another 15 minutes. 

How to restore painted hardware: The effects of paint stripper

As you can see, not only did the stripper remove all the paint from the knob, but it also began to remove the finish. Oops! That being said, the paint stripper definitely did what it advertised. After I hosed it down, I ran some steel wool over the door knob to clean up the areas where the finish was peeling.

Before & After: Using paint stripper to remove old paint from a door knob

PROS

  • Works fast
  • Almost no effort

CONS

  • Potential to damage hardware
  • Can take a few applications

 


METHOD #2

For this method, I used:

  • An old pot
  • Stovetop heat 
  • Tongs

Method #2: Boiling hardware to remove old paint

For this next round of paint-removal, I put a lidless pot of water on the stove and set it to high heat. Next, I opened a nearby window to avoid filling my kitchen with paint fumes. Then I lowered a painted handle in the pot and let it cook.

How to remove paint from hardware: Heat in water to loosen paint

Depending on how thick the paint is, this method can take anywhere from an hour to overnight. If you are trying to remove a lot of paint (we're talking total coverage) and need to let it heat overnight, I would recommend using an old crock pot rather than the stove - just for safety reasons. Whichever vessel you use to cook your hardware, use something that you don't plan on eating out of again (y'know, lead poisoning and stuff). 

Restore painted door handles by heating them in water to remove old paint

There wasn't much old paint stuck to this door handle, and I was able to quickly see the paint begin to lift itself from the metal. After an hour, I removed the handle from the pot (using a pair of tongs), and rinsed it under hot water. The pressure of the water removed most of the still-clinging paint, and I was able to rub the rest off with my fingers. Don't discard your pot of hot water until you have removed all the paint, as you may need to momentarily soak your hardware again if any paint spots are being especially stubborn. 

Before & After: Removing paint by soaking hardware in hot water

PROS

  • Least amount of damage to hardware
  • Removes massive paint build-up easily
  • No harsh chemicals

CONS

  • Lengthier process
  • Emits fumes
  • Potential to create rust

METHOD #3

 For this method, all I used was:

  • Steel wool
  • Hot water

Method #3: Use steel wool to remove paint from door knobs

This was by far the most laborious way to remove paint. It's pretty straight-forward: under hot running water, I rubbed the paint off the hardware using steel wool. I also set my sink's strainer in place to catch the paint flecks as they were removed.  

Removing paint from door hardware: Use steel wool

Obviously, using steel wool will scuff your hardware. I would only really recommend this method if you need to remove small areas of paint. The door knob I restored was already pretty banged up, so the steel wool didn't do much more damage to it.

Before & After: Using steel wool to remove paint from door hardware

PROS

  • Cheap
  • Easy
  • Non-toxic

CONS

  • Leaves scuff marks
  • Labor-intensive

Three ways to remove paint from door knobs, hinges, and handles
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 After this hardware restoring face-off, I found the most effective method to be #2: cooking the hardware. The paint came off easily, the hardware didn't end up getting scuffed, and it was a fairly pain-free process. It's also the best method if you're restoring multiple pieces at the same time. All in all, heat-soaking your door knobs is the way to go. Side note: whatever method you end up using, restore the original screws too, that way you can reuse them and they match your clean hardware!

 

 

Have you tried any of these paint-removal methods? Which worked best for you? Let us know in the comments, and check out our handy Paint Tile Floor guide here as well!

 

If you're looking for more painless ways to upgrade your space, check out these landlord-friendly upgrades

Landlord-Friendly Apartment Upgrades

 

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How to: Make Gorgeous and Glam DIY Amethyst Bookends

by Marwa Hayat

How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60

I'm not sure about the healing power of crystals, but I am sure enchanted by their beauty. Thanks to their weight, these shining amethyst crystals are a natural fit for great bookends. Purchased from a high-end boutique, you're in for $300+ for a pair. But crafted at home, you can make a beautiful set for around $50, and a couple hours of your time.

Add them to your shelf, or wrap them up as a holiday gift. Either way, they'll bring some serious style to any bookshelf.  

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The Ultimate Guide to Making Your House Smell Amazing with Potpourri and Home Fragrance

by Erin Francois

The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Home Smell Amazing

As home décor and design enthusiasts, we spend a lot of time and consideration visually crafting our “perfect” home space, but how often are we actually thinking about the way it smells? From the psychology of scents, to removing unwanted odors, to incorporating home fragrance with style, we’ve created a comprehensive guide packed with everything you need to know to make sure your home smells as lovely as it looks.

 

 

Perfume History

 

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$1 Holiday Decor: Make a Simple Typographic Folded Paper Banner

by Holly Wade

 

DIY Paper Holiday Accordion Banner

Even though holiday decorations are fun to shop for, the prices can add up quickly! Rather than purchase a sign or banner this year, I decided to make a simple accordion banner out of paper to display on my shelf for the Christmas season. Not only is it simple, but it’s very inexpensive to make and folds up for easy storage if you want to reuse it next year.

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How to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas

by Lidy Dipert

Fireplace Garland Christmas Mantel Makeover: No Mantle, No Worries.

Whenever I look at Christmas fireplace décor ideas, I always see mantels adorned with beautiful fireplace garlands and a few oversized stockings. They look amazing!

But what if — like me — you don’t have a mantel to work with?

A fireplace is the focal point of any room. Knowing how to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas will help you create the perfect festive design for the heart of your home!

Looking for mantel-less Christmas décor ideas? Here’s our take on fireplace decoration. We went with a natural, simple and Scandi feel. And focused on creating the warmth and comfort that Christmas is all about.

Follow these steps and adapt them to your own Christmas décor style for your own unique fireplace design.

 

 

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How to Make a Wooden Tabletop Christmas Tree in 4 Easy Steps

by Capree K

A DIY modern wooden tabletop Christmas tree

We love the festive season! It’s the perfect time to get creative. If you’ve already got your tree trimmed and you’re ready for a new and exciting holiday project — or even if you’re keeping your Christmas décor minimal this year — this DIY wooden tabletop Christmas tree will bring a little extra festive cheer to your home.

These trees are super easy to make and to personalize. What’s more, they’re so durable. Bring them out year after...

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