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How To Blend Vintage and Contemporary Furniture In Your Home

by Faith Towers
How To Blend Vintage and Contemporary Furniture In Your Home

If you love to go antiquing as much as I do, then you've no doubt struggled with the conundrum of how to incorporate that beautiful new turn-of-the-century table into your mostly-modern living room. Have no fear, my friends, because today we're sharing some easy tips and tricks that will have you blending furniture from different eras in no time.   

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15 Ways to Guarantee You'll Keep Your Kitchen Cabinets Organized

by Holly Wade
15 Products for Organizing your Kitchen Cabinets

Small space living is not ideal, but I make it work thanks to the abundance of helpers out there that 1) support my slight hoarding habits and 2) keep my house somewhat organized. I have a small rental kitchen, and despite the fact that I have way too much stuff (and I own it!), I stay extremely organized and you can too! These 15 products are perfect for organizing your kitchen cabinets, so no matter how much or how little space you have, you experience Zen at home.

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68 Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters

by M.E. Gray
Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters
Source: Apartment Therapy; Photo Credit: Sophie Timothy

Renting your home has some perks (no mortgage, no maintenance costs, no headaches), but there are downsides: apartment decorating can be a challenge, and limited storage space makes it hard to stay organized.             

Many apartments are too small or don't offer much storage. Maybe the landlord won't let you paint or put nail holes in the wall. And rental properties are usually...

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IKEA Entertainment Center Ideas to Elevate your Home Decor

by Holly Wade
IKEA Entertainment Center Ideas to Elevate your Home Decor
Photo via IKEAHackers.net

We all go through that "IKEA phase" in life, and to be honest, I have no intention of leaving that phase! Thanks to the amount of  IKEA hacks out there and newer, unique pieces of IKEA furniture, it's easier than ever to achieve a sophisticated look on a budget. If you're in the market for IKEA entertainment center ideas to upgrade an IKEA sideboard, cabinet, buffet or TV unit into a chic centerpiece in your living room, you can hack it SO many different ways!          

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Before and After: How to Transform a Rusty Metal Cabinet to a Modern Statement Piece

by Jeran McConnel
Before and After: How to Transform a Rusty Metal Cabinet to a Modern Statement Piece
Photo: Jeran McConnel

Okay, confession time.  I have a lot of random junk in my garage.  I love to thrift, so when I come across furniture that has "potential", I buy it and save it for a rainy day.  This ugly little metal drawer cabinet has been in my garage for a couple years now collecting dust.  I bought it at the Pasadena Flea Market and paid about $20 for it.  It was very rusty and had a lot of holes and chipped layers of paint.      

        

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Curb The Clutter: Genius Ways to Store and Organize Cookware

Pots and Pans Organizer Ideas
Photo: Scott Clark

It's not an easy task to organize pots and pans in the kitchen... the varied shapes and sizes of the different pieces often end up occupying more space than they should. And let's not even get into trying to close a drawer full of utensils in disarray! But don't give up - there are plenty of ways to tame the mess. Here are twenty-two clever ideas and do-it-yourself projects to get everything under control once and for all.      

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A Small Hallway Gets a Minimal Makeover

by Lidy Dipert

A Small Hallway Gets a Minimal Makeover

Hallways can often be the spaces in the home that get overlooked and definitely taken for granted. They seem to just be a pointless area that allows transportation from one room to the next. And really, they deserve just as much attention to detail than any other space in the house. It might just be an area that feels aimless and wayward, but maybe it just needs a little love and attention. 

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IKEA Bathroom Vanity Ideas

by Faith Provencher

In case you haven't noticed, we here at Curbly have a bit of an obsession with IKEA hacks. And no place is a better candidate that the bathroom. Here are two great IKEA bathroom vanity ideas that will inspire you to hit the big blue box aisles for your next remodel.

First up, how the Kallax shelving unit below was transformed into a beautiful IKEA bathroom vanity. 

Before and After: Ikea Bathroom Vanity From An IKEA Kallax

 

Before and After: Ikea Bathroom Vanity From a Kallax Shelving Unit ...

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Renter Friendly DIY: Utilize Wasted Cabinet Space with a Removable Dry Erase Board

by Holly Wade

Renter-friendly solution: Removable white board (hidden out of sight!)

Renting is a struggle sometimes because I often want to turn my home into my own, but renting limitations tend to get in the way. Although I can hang things on the walls, the cabinets are strictly off limits because the holes are impossible to fill when we move. Instead, I settled for a renter friendly DIY to make a removable dry erase board inside of one of my cabinets using vinyl. Now, I can write my grocery lists and other notes right in the kitchen where I need them, but the vinyl peels away easily when it's time to make the move.           

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Tips to Style A Plain Jane Builder Grade Bathroom

by Jennifer Farley

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Here's a typical rental bathroom. Builder-grade materials; not offensive, but very plain and basic. It could be worse, of course, but a lot of rental bathrooms are devoid of style and character. But I like to look at this little room as a blank canvas just waiting for some personal touches. If you're a renter living with a plain bathroom like this one, or maybe you're heading off to college where a dull dorm bathroom awaits, here are some easy and affordable styling tips that will brighten your space.

 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Start with some color

Much better right? These bathrooms tend to be super neutral. They need a big dose of color! The easiest way to get a color into the bathroom - without painting - is the shower curtain. If you're a pattern person, the kind of person who would cover a house in wall paper or textiles, your shower curtain is how you make your pattern statement.

To make this small room look taller I used a 84-inch shower curtain (that's a bit taller than standard 72-inch height). You can order taller shower curtains that are intended for a shower door opening, but they don't make any wide enough to cover a shower/tub combo. So my trick is to buy two curtain panels and sew them together. When your curtain is pulled back, no one's the wiser. When your curtain is pulled closed, no one should be in your bathroom with you!!!

Note: shower curtains aren't waterproof, so you'll also need to buy two tall shower liners (the cheap ones will do). I make sure the curtains I purchase are back tabbed. I attach the liner via the shower curtain ring to the back tab. Voila, your curtain is functional and waterproof.

I used these sweet little stitched edge curtains from Target.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

If you choose to make a window curtain and liner curtain work together, you'll need an extra-sturdy curtain rod. Tension rods usually can't hold the weight, so you'll have to use a rod that screws into the wall.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Add smart storage

This bathroom needed a little more storage, and the best place to put it was over the toilet. I love wall-mounted shelves over the toilet, but some of you won't be able to get permission to do that, so you can do free standing versions instead. Here's a trick: instead of buying a cabinet made to go over the toilet, use a tiered shelving unit and take off the bottom two drawers. I used an Ikea Lerberg shelf, which, sadly you no longer can get at U.S. IKEA stores.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

The Ikea Hyllis is not tiered, so it would work well if you needed more towel storage. This white, tiered bookshelf from Overstock is great if you need even more storage. Since these are not made to go over toilets, they will not have a hidden bar that goes behind the toilet keeping the shelving unit from falling. Make sure you secure the unit to the wall.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Baskets are perfect for storing extra toilet paper, makeup bags, and anything else overflows from the vanity.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

It's easy to think that small photos or artwork will work well in a small space. Not always true! The reality is that small wall hangings can make a small room feel even smaller. Instead, go big and use the largest frame that will fit naturally in the space. It will fill up a blah wall with something personal while making your bathroom look bigger.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Run around your house and grab little storage containers and bowls to use for all those little bathroom items you need to keep on hand. If you need to buy something, skip the bathroom section and head to the kitchen storage section to find little storage bins.

Use the opportunity to upgrade to more stylish bathroom storage. These make-up bags are super cute (from Target).

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Plants always bring a little color and life to a boring bathroom. Succulents are my favorites, especially for a bathroom that has no natural light.

Use space wisely

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

If you have an awkward space underneath your mirror there are lots of great ways to make it more functional. I headed to Target's office section and got a cute little marble dry-erase board. I like to write little reminders and quotes to keep in mind. It's nice to keep your family values top of mind while you brush your teeth, right?

By the way, my go-to hand towels are these cheap dish towels from Ikea. They wash well and are meant for drying so they're perfect hand towels. Embroider them and add some pom pom trim and you've got a cheap wedding gift!

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

Another way to fill the space between a countertop and bathroom mirror would be to install a small shelf. The shelf above is from Home Depot, and looks very easy to install. I also think a grid organizer like the one above from Target could be a fun way to clip on reminders, quotes, and pictures.

 

Have fun with your bath mat

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Bathroom floor mats have come a long way in the last ten or fifteen years. In days past, bath mats were always soft and fluffy, but your rarely found inexpensive and stylish ones. I love the look of vintage rugs in the bathroom, but my slightly more messy reality requires one I can easily throw in the wash. That's why I like this rug from Target. 

Resist matching

One way to make bathroom decor look really stylish is to resist the urge to be too matchy. Just because the floor is black and grey doesn't mean you need a black or grey mat. The same is true for the shower curtain. Just because the shower curtain is dark blue doesn't mean the floor mat needs to match. 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

(On another note the floor is not tile, it's vinyl. This basket weave pattern from Mannington floors is seriously amazing. I think the bathroom floor cost less than $100 including install. Even better, it was installed in less than an hour!)

TIPS FOR STYLING A PLAIN BUILDER GRADE BATHROOM

Some other tips

There are many more things you can do to make a boring bathroom better. Here are some to consider:

 

  • Hang a Huge Gallery Wall 
  • Add Dark paint or removable wall paper.
  • Add hanging plants (if you have the correct lighting)
  • Install a metal shelf above the fiberglass tub/shower for more storage, like this one. Hanging it higher than your tub and showerhead so the towels don't get wet. 
  • Add a cute stool for sitting (especially if you are a parent who has to help with baths) or a storage basket for easily accessible towels.
  • Add new hardware to your cabinet
  • Swap in a new mirror. I love this mirror from Ikea because the frame of the mirror can serve as the shelf! 
TIPS FOR STYLING A PLAIN BUILDER GRADE BATHROOM
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Now go out and make that boring bathroom stylish!

If you liked the idea of plants check out this Roundup of bathroom friendly plants.

 

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IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam

by Faith Towers
IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

The moment I ran across the Hyllis shelf on IKEA's website, I knew I had to hack it. My dining room was crying out for a shelf upgrade, so I drove down to IKEA immediately and bought three of them. You guys... they're only $15 apiece! My resulting hack has a glamorous vibe with a bit of rustic appeal, and it's super simple to do. Click through to check it out.   

 

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

So much better, right?! I'm loving the contrast of the gold with the dark stained wood. Let's get started!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for this project:

 

  • IKEA Hyllis
  • Gold spray paint (I recommend Montana Gold)
  • Dark wood stain
  • Four pieces of wood, size 10.5 x 23.5 and about 3/4 inch thick
  • Sandpaper
  • E6000 Glue
  • Rag or scrap of fabric
  • Rubber gloves
  • At least two C-Clamps (not pictured) 
IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Begin by assembling the Hyllis shelf according to the directions and then spray paint it gold. You'll probably need two thin coats... let it dry thoroughly between coats. And yes, I spray paint in the snow. It's not ideal because the paint dries slower, but sometimes you have to make due!

Be sure to wipe down the shelf thoroughly with a clean rag to remove fingerprints before you paint, and don't forget to paint the undersides of the shelves and the insides of the support pieces.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, apply the stain to the four pieces of wood. If you've never used stain before, don't be intimidated - it's surprisingly simple and forgiving! Just be sure to do it in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves and old clothes. Because it is aptly named... it stains. 

Let them dry overnight. You don't really have to do the undersides of the boards, but make sure you get the sides and go onto the edges of the undersides a bit (shown below).

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Now apply a generous portion of E6000 glue to the underside of the board, especially near the edges, and flip it over onto the Hyllis shelf.  

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Use C-clamps to ensure that the wood is firmly attached the the shelf. Most wood will be warped slightly, so this step is pretty important. Be sure to place a piece of scrap wood in between the clamp and the stained wood or else you'll end up with a round indentation where the clamp was.

Place one clamp on each side of the shelf, and let the glue dry for several hours. If you only have two clamps, move them to the next shelf and repeat the process. If you have eight clamps, you can do them all at once!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

And that's it... you're finished! Now go fill it with pretty knick-knacks. I love the look of it more and more everyday. The shelf we had there before was all wood, and it felt dark and dated. The metal frame of the Hyllis really adds airiness and makes the room feel much more open.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

And a quick safety note: be sure to bolt it to the wall, just like you would any tall shelf. There are small holes just below the top shelf that will allow you to do so. And before you call me out for not doing it, don't worry - it's on my to-do list for today!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

You could personalize this project by painting the wood a different color... white if you want to go super glam, or a bright color if you want to add some funkiness.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

This would look great in any room of the house - I can imagine it in the kitchen with piles of white dishware on the shelves, or in the kids' room with fabric bins for toy storage.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments section below. Happy crafting everyone!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
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Before and After: A Stale Kitchen Gets a Simple Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover

by Lidy Dipert

We had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.

The Before

Before and After: A Stale Kitchen Gets a Simple Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover

When we first bought our home, the kitchen was quite dull and uninteresting. Which was ok at the time, because we just needed it for practical reasons. And to be honest, after making a big move to a new country, the last thing we wanted to do was tackle the...

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How to: Give your Mudroom an Easy Makeover with Smart, Space-Saving Storage

by Lidy Dipert

We had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.

How To: Give your Mudroom an Easy Makeover

The last area we really needed to tackle in our kitchen makeover was the tiny mudroom entrance in the back of the kitchen. It was the black hole of the space where everything piled up and overflowed. We knew we wanted to keep it simple, while still having it feel a part of...

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How To: Paint Kitchen Cabinets for a Stylish DIY Makeover

by Lidy Dipert

How To Give Your Existing Cabinets a Fresh Facelift

We'd had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.

 

So, you’re tired of your outdated kitchen and you have a small budget? No problem! We can totally relate to those familiar feelings. Our kitchen truly is the heart of our home, so we wanted to find a way to make it the our favorite room in the house without spending...

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