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Roundup: 10 Inspiring Budget-Friendly Bedroom Makeovers!

by Capree K

Roundup: 10 Inspiring Budget-Friendly Bedroom Makeovers!

Sure, you can toss thousands of dollars at a bedroom makeover and it'll probably look pretty great.  But today we're celebrating the unique creativity of DIYers who make their spaces look like a million bucks on a budget.  Check out our ten favorite budget-friendly bedroom makeovers from the Curbly archives--they're full of thrifty inspiration and clever DIY projects!   

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How To: Make Your Own Picture Frames for $5 a Pop!

by Capree K

How To: Make Your Own Picture Frames for $5 a Pop!

I love art, lovelovelove it.  If I could cover all my walls and even the back of my eyelids in art, I would.  Instead, I have an ever-growing stack of prints and drawings that aren't seeing the light of day.  Why??  Because framing those bad boys is EXPENSIVE.  So, when I spotted this simple DIY framing solution that brings the price to around $5 a piece, I kid you not, I could hear my stack of art rejoicing.  Their time has finally come!  

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Back to School: Colorful Essentials for Happy Dorm Living!

by Capree K

Back to School: Colorful Essentials for Happy Dorm Living!

It's back to school season and for many starting or returning to college, a white cinder block room awaits.  Hooray for student housing!  Balancing school, jobs, and a social life is difficult enough, so we're making sure your home away from home is as non-depressing as possible.  We've rounded up a few of our favorite colorful essentials to make dorm life happy on the inside - and friendly on your student budget!   

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DIY Roundup: 10 Stylish, Budget-Friendly Lights to Make This Weekend!

by Capree K

DIY Roundup: 10 Stylish, Budget-Friendly Lights to Make This Weekend!

Well, you probably can't make all ten this weekend (if you somehow manage to actually accomplish that feat, well, let's say I owe you a lollipop).  But, if you're itchin' for a new light fixture that's both stylish and easy on the wallet, here are ten separate weekend projects for your consideration!  (Pick and choose, people.  We don't want anyone getting hurt.)  

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Make It: Affordable DIY Potato Print Art!

by Capree K

Make It: Affordable DIY Potato Print Art!

A home isn't complete without art on the walls but let's face it: art can be expensive, not to mention the potential cost of framing said pieces.  If your bare walls are screaming out for a little art lovin', we've got a DIY solution that'll make a big impact on your space - not your wallet!  

With a budget dedicated to the practical essentials, splurging on original art or custom framing wasn't really an option for Jordan Ferney, a...

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Festive Fourth of July Decorations on a Budget!

by Capree K

Festive Fourth of July Decorations on a Budget!

I'll be the first to admit that the moment I enter a party store, I kind of lose my mind.  SO MUCH STIMULI!  Nearly irresistible stimuli, too.  In a matter of minutes, my cart might be filled to the brim with seemingly "necessary" decorations, my original game plan (and budget) tossed right out the window.  But there's a way around this and it starts with a "D".  

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Decorating Challenge: Small Budget, Big Personality

by Capree K

Decorating Challenge: Small Budget, Big Personality

Decorating with a student budget didn't stop Chicagoans Meg and Brad from transforming their 900 square foot apartment into a space full of style and personality.  These "colorful collectors" were able to create a completely unique and inspiring space - and stay in budget - with a little DIY ingenuity and a knack for finding hidden Craigslist gems.  But, their growing art collection is what really makes this space come alive.  

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Which DIY Projects Haven't You Seen Before?

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Which DIY Projects Haven't You Seen Before?

Fellow Curblians, forgive me if these DIY decorating tips from Better Homes & Garden are mere child's play for you. Most of the "get the look for less" projects we see all around are fairly obvious by now. It's getting harder to discover new DIY tricks as everyone with an ounce of creativity is doing it themselves these days. The upside is that it's challenging the old noggin' to be more masterful. In this bedroom project, however, two simple projects caught my eye. Click over to DIY'd version to see which two you think lean towards "Ah! That's a great idea." Here are my picks...

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Painted Paneling is a Budget Friendly Room Changer

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Painted Paneling is a Budget Friendly Room Changer

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We've had our share of wood paneling (good and bad) to deal with in the past. It can pose a huge  design problem to many people. If you've ever seen wood paneling redone right, it adds an interesting textural surface to the walls of a  room. For the mere cost of high gloss white marine paint and an ebony stain for the floor, the room takes on an entirely different look and feel.

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