I've been on a green-cleaning kick lately. By "green" I mean natural, but also "green" as in money-saving! While paying four or five dollars for a bottle of cleaner might not feel like a big deal, it is when you consider how easy it is to create a similarly effective cleanser for a few cents a bottle. In an effort to convert all my cleansing products to homemade, I've recently whipped up a batch of homemade window cleaner that works just as well as the store-bought variety, and without streaking!
Ideas pop up in the most random of situations, don't they? The inspiration for this project came to me the other day when I was at the airport. I was standing in line at a Wendy's, preparing to pay $15 for a small frosty and fries (why is airport food so expensive?!), and I was absent-mindedly staring at this wall that divided the checkout lane from the seating area. The wall was made of two layered panels of glass, frosted. Each panel was painted with lots of abstract green brushstrokes, making the wall look like an ethereal field of grass. Maybe it was the jet-lag that made me zone in on this wall for so long. For some reason or another, the grassy glass stuck with me. And I decided I wanted to make some glass wall art of my own in the same style.
I love a good before-and-after, don't you? There's so much satisfaction in taking a sad roadside find or cheap garage sale rescue and totally transforming it into something new and different. We've rounded up some of our favorite furniture makeovers to inspire you to either start that upholstery project, get out the spray paint, or hit up this weekend's local yard sale scene. From dressers to dining tables, here are some of our favorite furniture makeovers.
The last two days I showed you a fabulous...
New spring blossoms aren't just for the outside! How about sprucing up those plain glass vases with paint? And unlike the flowers starting to blossom outside, these colorful poppies are there to stay.
Update: We've tested two new techniques for dyeing glass jars. Check them out here!
Remember the Mod Podge + food coloring technique for painting clear glass? That was cool and all, but I spotted another method using Vitrail glass paint and acetone (nail polish remover) that allows the bottles and jars to be used as actual vases, as the finish is waterproof! This treatment provides for more depth of color as...
It's cleaning and organization month on Curbly! This week we're taking a look at those household tips and tricks you've always heard or read about, but wondered if they really worked. I handed our Official Curbly Test Kitchen Tester (moi) a bevy of assignments, all to answer one burning question: Does it work?
Heads up, cool kids: ombre is all the rage these days. The term is French, simply meaning "shaded" or "dark," and the look was all over New York Fashion Week this year. So now, of course, it's time to bring it into your home with a little DIY ombre decorness.
To start, how about these glowing fall-inspired and very Thanksgiving-ready ombre hurricane glasses?
I hate to be the one to tell you, but it's September, and that means window-cleaning time. So, we're excited to collaborate with the folks at FishFoam, who offered to let us give away three cases of their premium foaming glass cleaner to three lucky Curbly readers. FishFoam is a professional-grade, ammonia-free cleaner that won't leave streaks or haze.
Each case retails for $42, and contains 12 19-oz. cans of cleaner, so you'll have plenty for all your windows, and maybe your neighbors', too.
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I remember the first time I saw John Derian's gorgeous decoupage work. I also remember the sticker shock a look at the price caused. Yikes! Lucky for me, it's not all that difficult to create your own glasswork with that Derian-inspired look.
A worn oversized mirror is something I've been on the market for since I bought my house. They're ridiculously expensive and completely out of my price range. Since it's been three years and one hasn't magically been bestowed upon me for a reasonably price, this is the route I plan on taking.
For the past few years I've been amassing my own personal collection of mercy glass. I love how it feels classic, yet modern and can fit in with virtually any color scheme. So I was really excited when Krylon came out with their own do-it-yourself paint,
Amanda got her doodle on when she was inspired to make confetti glass inspired by Anthropologie's Saturated Speckles Vases. She used bottles and jars
Two birds, one stone? Puh-lease! You can't throw a rock at Mid-Century Modern without hitting at least three Eames pieces. Maybe more if you're really good. While their furniture designs are beyond iconic, Ray Eames' textile designs are relatively less-so. Relatively being the operative word. While throwing down on a bold Eames Dot fabric for a home decor project is probably not in the budget at $135/yard, that doesn't mean those...
I know someone, who shall remain nameless, who, when about to move out of their early 20th century walk-up apartment, absconded with all of the flat's period glass door knobs. In (somewhat) defense of the renter, s/he did replace them with standard metal door knobs from the hardware store. This was back in the '70s, so
Go to any yard sale or secondhand shop and one thing is apparently clear: there is no lack of goofy vases in the world. Kim turned her thrift store vases (purchased for 50 cents a piece) into
Think about the light in your house. Now imagine if your floors were made of glass. Boggles the mind, huh? To help us conceive of what our homes would look like with such flooring, check out the picture above. Installed in a
UPDATE: We put the top bottle cutters to the test, and the results are in. Click here to see our in-depth reviews, and our pick for the best-tested bottle cutter available.
About a year or so ago, I found myself shopping for a bottle cutter. I spotted an inexpensive one at my local craft store, and since I had a project in mind that required a bottle cutter, I bought it. As it turned out, that wasn't a good idea. It didn't...
Don't you just love new ways to tart up old glass? I do, which is why this mercury-finish idea grabbed my attention. Bethany has