DIY Articles

Refinishing wood chairs

Any advice on how to refinish a wood chair?  I’m looking to purchase a pair of Windsor chairs off of Craigslist and plan to give them a glossy coat of lacquer.  Any idea how I would do this?  Specifically any advice on the type of sandpaper and the type of paint i would need?

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The Fix Its: DIY Magnetic Flower Vases

Alicia found these great magnetic flower vases that amaze your dinner guests by balancing implausibly on the table-top. Unfortunately, the price tag was also implausible ($42 dollars!).  So, in true Curbly fashion, we decided to do it ourselves. Here’s the video, details and links are below.   Like this video?   For those of you […]

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Chalkboard Wall

This is the easiest project ever: – An empty wall + 1 can chalkboard paint = instant conversation piece  It took about 30 minutes to get the wall covered and it only cost $20.

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Chair Refinishing Project

This project is from last year, when I lived in a teeny-tiny apartment in New York City’s East Village. Nonetheless, it’s worthwhile endeavor if you find yourself with some dingy old chairs in need of some refinishing love. In this case, I got the chairs from my grandmother. Though they look kind of cool in […]

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More Easy Wall Art (in CD frames!)

Alttext’s post on creating easy wall art out of simple, cheap materials generated a lot of interest. Here’s another method that produces some pretty spectacular results: DIY Jewel Case Frames: Wonderful Wall Art Faster than you can say Polar Bears! “We found a clever project that uses CD jewel cases to make rearrangeable, refillable, photo […]

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