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.
Searching for a simple and cheap way to add a Scandinavian touch to your walls? Look no further. This minimal wall hanging is the perfect touch to any space in your home and only takes minutes to make, it's so easy!
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.
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.
If you're searching for some modern and minimal ways to style your dining room table this spring, then look no further! Whether you're in search for a day-to-day look, hosting an afternoon tea or fun dinner party, we have three simple ways you can style your dining table with pieces you might already have kicking around the home!
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.
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!
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.
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!
There are points in my life where I stop and say to myself,Now I feel like a real adult. Like when I bought my first car, or when I took that car for its first oil change. Or when I opened a savings account, or purchased my first washer and dryer. Or like when I learned how to fold a fitted sheet properly.
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!
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!
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
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.
For this method, I used:
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.
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.
Almost no effort
Potential to damage hardware
Can take a few applications
For this method, I used:
An old pot
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.
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).
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.
Least amount of damage to hardware
Removes massive paint build-up easily
No harsh chemicals
Potential to create rust
For this method, all I used was:
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.
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.
Leaves scuff marks
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...