Boob lights. Once you know what they are, you'll notice them everywhere. We've had one in our living room since we bought our house two years ago, and I've been meaning to do something about it for months now. And I finally did. Click through to check out the glamorous solution.
Earlier this week we told you all about our new Curbly House makeover. A house we're so excited to take on, get to know, make beautiful, and then put on the market again (furnished and polished and perfect).
When Al and I found out we were expecting baby number two, the walls of our quaint little 2/1 started to cave in all around us. We danced with the idea of moving to the ‘burbs, but after some serious soul searching and a few disappointing open houses, we thought better of it. Our dream has always been to raise our family in the city and we just didn't want to give that up so quickly. We were determined to make it work. After we came back down...
I've wanted to upgrade my nightstands for a long time. I love the raised pattern on the drawer fronts, but the pale blue doesn't work well with the existing colors in the room. So I decided to give them a couple of coats of white chalk paint and add some leather pulls to lend a more sophisticated vibe. Click through to check out the final look, as well as a tutorial.
This little kitchen was the remaining evidence of an attempted house flip gone bad. The old home had great bones, but a few serious structural issues, discovered once the previous owner/flipper opened up all the old walls. The kitchen became too much for them to handle, and that's when we stepped in.
When we found the house, we knew most of the renovation budget would go behind the walls (plumbing, electrical, structural repairs), so the kitchen finishes would have to happen on a serious budget. As you can see, this space would need everything, from the floors up. We planned on renting this home, but I always believe in making things as homey and cute as possible. We stuck to our budget by going with stock cabinets, stock countertops, vinyl floors while keeping things bright and functional. And, if I may say so myself, I think it turned out great! Read on to see how we did it.
I'm getting married in July (to the good sport pictured in the photo above) and I desperately wanted to have a photo booth at our wedding. But the price of photo booth rentals was prohibitive, so of course I started brainstorming ways to DIY one instead. Click through to check out my simple solution.
The carpet is down. The furniture is in. The original Curbly House is officially on the market! We spent the last few weeks putting in long hours to get the living room (and the rest of the house) ready for showings, and we're excited to share the reveal with you today! Read on to see how we designed a cozy living space that will (hopefully) help us sell the house quickly to a lucky new family who will enjoy it for years!
Yesterday we told you about our plans to make over our old house before we put it on the market, and today I'm back to walk you through our design process. As far as I'm concerned, the design process is the stuff dreams are made of - you get to go wild with dreams and possibility. In fact, you have an obligation to do so.
While I always have to scale back (hello, budget), and redefine my dreams, I think examining the process is worthwhile. Have a look at the ideas we considered in bringing this room into all its glory.
I have some pretty huge professional goals this year, and one of them is about redirecting the Curbly ship into new waters. Specifically, our whole team is committed to pouring all we have into creating original content (projects, roundups, and tutorials) and taking on more room makeovers. I believe in the power of transformation, so I'm committing myself to it.
We're beginning this theme of transformation by revealing a little secret: for the past few weeks, we've preparing to sell our old house! You guys: I'm so excited about this! This house was our first home (the original Curbly House, which we'd been using as a vacation rental); it's the home where we brought our newborn children, and interestingly, it's the one we never talked much about. Today I want to give a little background of the house, as well as our efforts to get it in tip-top shape for whomever lives there next.
We all love a good furniture makeover, and these don't disappoint! Get prepared to swoon over these 19 furniture pieces that have been painted in totally unexpected ways. Each piece is inspiring because they're extremely unique. If are you're looking for ways to make over your latest thrifted find, these painted beauties will inspire you!
This kitchen didn't have much going for it, except for its size. So you can imagine that the makeover was pretty dramatic. Click through to check out the transformation, along with a few helpful tips on how to introduce color into your kitchen.
As the warm weather continues to emerge, I'm looking forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our front porch. Last summer, we purchased inexpensive metal chairs, but since metal is not very comfortable to sit on, I finally got around to making a set of leave printed chair cushions. The best part is you can sew outdoor chair cushions in 30 minutes or less with a few specific materials and this envelope style pillow case.
How long it takes you will depend on your skill level, but as someone who is not an expert, I can assure you this should not take more than 30 minutes to make, so it's a perfect "quick" project or a perfect project for beginners. This envelope style pillow case is very simple to make because it does not require zippers or stuffing, and you can easily remove the covers for washing anytime.
The key materials I suggest for this project are outdoor fabric (more durable, thick) and densified polyester pad in your desired size. I used a brand called NuFoam in size 15 x 17, 2 inches thick and simply trimmed it to my desired size because they did not sell the exact size. I found this to be the best material because it's very light, washable and water will run right through it (as opposed to solid foam).
I ended up with size 15 x 16 cushions, so make sure you adjust your sizes accordingly. The materials below are per cushion.
- NuFoam densified polyester pad, size 15 x 17, 2 inches thick
- 1 yard outdoor fabric
- Scissors/rotary cutter
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
First, cut the pad to the size of the chair. In my case, I cut about 1 inch off to create a 15 x 16 pad. Because the pads have layers, it's easiest to cut only a little bit at a time.
Then cut one piece of fabric that is about 2 inches wider around than the pad (17 x 18 inches in this case), one piece that is 18 x 10 inches and one more that is 18 x 12 inches. These two pieces will create an envelope flap, so one should be slightly larger than the other.
On the larger flap (18 x 12), pin a thin seam along the 18-inch side and sew.
Pin all of the pieces together with patterned sides facing in and the sewn edge as the inner-most piece. This will be the one you see when the pillowcase is complete (see above).
Sew a thin seam all the way around the pillowcase without stopping, back stitching at each end. Trim loose threads.
Turn the pillowcase right side out and insert the foam piece. Place the cushion envelope-side down on a chair and lounge comfortably!
When it's time to wash them, simply remove the foam piece and wash all pieces. They're super easy to make and take care of, and they're just as stylish as store-bought cushions!
Sometimes large open spaces are harder to decorate than smaller ones. It's sort of like someone asking you what your favorite food is... the sheer number of options is intimidating! All kidding aside though, it can be tricky to decide where to put what and how to fill up the space. Read on to find out how the problem was tackled in this living space.
I don't know about you, but my laundry room is a black hole in which I spend as little time as possible. It's dark, tiny, and dank... in other words, the complete opposite of all these awesome laundry room makeovers. If you're in a similar boat and looking for some serious inspiration, check out these laundry room ideas.
Erin's white-washed wood paneling is a Scandinavian-inspired laundry room retreat! And check out that DIY concrete countertop -- nicely done! See more on HGTV.
This basement laundry room gets a warm and inviting face lift -- SO much better than its prison cell-like beginnings! One of our favorite laundry room ideas. See more on Country Home.
More Scandinavian-y goodness! Can you say "so fresh and so clean, clean"? See more here.
I didn't realize how sad and boring the "before" was until I saw the "after"! Holy color explosion! I would fold laundry in this space any day. See more on BHG.
This laundry room started out looking like every laundry room that was ever built in the 90s. And now? Now it's got style to the max! See more on Tatertots & Jello.
Then there was a laundry "area" somewhere in this scary basement... but now it's got its own room, complete with colorful details and some seriously awesome tile. See more here.
Eye Candy: 11 Incredible Laundry Room Ideas
Right now, our laundry room is in a dark, unfinished corner of our basement but we have plans to *someday* turn it into a room that doesn't give us the creeps. Until then, I'll just keep collecting inspiration! If you're in a similar boat, take a peek at these gorgeous laundry room ideas.
Woah! A washer and dryer in the kitchen? Controversial, or just genius?
1. Kriste Michelini 2. Kathryn O'Donovan 3. Better Homes & Gardens 4. Leicht Westchester
Let us know what must-have features your dream laundry room would have in the comments below!
Before and After: An Incredible Laundry Room Makeover
This laundry room looks like most do - functional and not so pretty. But just wait until you see the space after its makeover... it looks so nice, you'd actually look forward to doing a load of wash. Check out the incredible transformation. Hopefully it'll spark your own ideas for a laundry room renovation!
So much better, right?! The tiling and new work surface were the biggest changes, while the rest were mostly cosmetic. Make your way over to Twelve On Main to see more photos and to read about the whole laundry room renovation process.
An Incredible DIY Laundry Room Makeover
I think my favorite thing about this laundry room makeover, besides the fact that it looks awesome, is that the homeowners did every single thing themselves -- and on a budget!
From painting the tile floors to making their own concrete countertops (remember this easy way?) to embellishing the space with a million other DIY decor projects, Jenny from Little Green Notebook truly made this space pop!
Check out all the projects and everything that went into this incredible, budget-friendly makeover right here.
A Fresh and Clean Scandinavian-Inspired Laundry Room Makeover
Going along with our basement and sleeping themes today (because you sleep in clothes/pajamas and washers and dryers are often in basements? I know, it's a stretch...), I thought I'd share this lovely laundry room* makeover from Curbly fave Charles & Hudson!
In preparation for the arrival of their new baby, Timothy Dahl, the founder and editor of Charles & Hudson (and all-around great guy), decided to tackle a laundry room makeover. The old space was functional in the most minimal way possible. Sure it had a washer and dryer (both incredibly old, not to mention huge energy/water hogs), but there was no space for sorting and folding. The scary utility sink was too grimy to actually use for hand-washing and the room had also become a messy, catch-all storage closet. Bad news for a growing family with growing laundry needs!
The new space is not only bright, clean, and full of Scandinavian-inspired goodness, it's also way more functional. A new shelving system keeps supplies organized, the cleaned up sink is ready for even the most delicate of hand-wash-only items, and there's plenty of space to sort, fold, and hang laundry! As for those new Energy Star rated appliances? The icing on the cake!
Check out more of this makeover, including some great DIY projects (like the chalkboard and antler coat rack) and painting tips, over on Charles & Hudson!
*This laundry room is NOT actually in a basement... I told you--it was a huge stretch!
Lovely Laundry Room Makeover
Bryn's laundry room was lacking natural light, not to mention, the function she really needed. See how she gave her wash-and-wear room some "dry clean only" sophistication.
Bryn added some task lighting beneath her upper cabinets, and installed a wooden countertop for a work surface.
She painted her cabinets with chalkboard paint. I think a laundry room is a great place to add this kind of texture. Bryn also glammed up the space with some DIY art and pretty containers for her laundry soap.
Finally, she painted a stripe around the narrow room and installed hooks to hang air dry-only clothing.
See more pictures of her laundry room transformation, plus a detailed source list on her blog, Bryn Alexandra.
BIG Tiny Laundry Room Makeover
For being tiny (about 94 inches wide), Chrissy's laundry room is big on style. Of course, it wasn't always that way. Above is how it looked before she made it over. Utilitarian: yes. Inviting: not so much. After sewing curtains to hide the wire shelving, a new coat of paint on the walls, light fixture, rug, bins and other doodads, Chrissy's laundry room is now cute enough to put on display (aka: leaving the door open for all to see.) For more information about the makeover and the individual projects that went into it, head on over to Shanty 2 Chic. And to see more of Chrissy's magic, visit her blog Hoot Designs.
Hoot Designs - Laundry Room Makeover [Shanty 2 Chic]
Dramatically Functional Laundry Room Makeover
Recently Stacy made over her friend Taralyn's laundry room, and the results are nothing less than dramatic. The room, or rather, passageway, as it is just off the garage and functions as an entry of sorts to the rest of the home, was well-defined as "builder grade." After its makeover, the laundry room is now an eye-catching transition worthy of a lingering look. Check it out.
Stacy's fearless use of black paint really bumps things up a notch. If working with such a dark color gives you a case of the sweats, Stacy has a FABULOUS tip on how to get super-crisp paint lines. To find out just what the tip is plus more pictures of the room both before and after, visit Stacy's website, Not Just a Housewife.
Laundry Room Makeover! [Not Just a Housewife]
Unbelievable Laundry Room Makeover with Penny Tiles
Mandi from Vintage Revivals, recently revealed her laundry room makeover and the results couldn't be more spectacular. Unlike a typical laundry room that you hide behind closed doors, this one you'd want to show off. Maybe even host parties in there. New penny round tile on the floor and slim subway tile on the wall, plus loads and loads of new storage and counter space prove to be the winning combination. Take a look at the "after":
For the entire story including pictures of every nook and cranny of this glorious makeover, visit Vintage Revivals.
Laundry Room Makeover: Reveal [Vintage Revivals]
A $125 Laundry Room Makeover
Kelly's washer and dryer looked kinda sad in their old living quarters. Did she paint them with a bright color to cheer them up? Nope. She just changed everything around them to make them look like a million bucks--and it only cost $125! From top to bottom--including an amazing DIY pendant light to painting the vinyl flooring--nothing was overlooked by Kelly's keen eye and talented hands. Take a look at what her laundry room looks like now:
The drying rack to the right of the washer and dryer was snagged for $25 and the cabinet in the center of the laundry room was found at a garage sale for $20.
For more information, pictures, and links to individual tutorials regarding the makeover, head on over to View Along the Way.
Laundry Room Reveal [View Along the Way]
8 DIY Laundry Room Hacks, Tips, & Ideas
Getting the laundry room ship-shape for spring will be a SNAP with these very clever hacks. There's something for everyone too. Woodworkers can go all out with Ana White's Laundry Basket Dresser plan, pictured above.
If you'd rather keep your tools in their chest, check out this super simple idea from Craft Blog. A 'blob' of hot glue was used to attach clothes pins to a tiled wall to hang dry those little items that get stuck in the dryer and come out damp. (Instead of glue, I'd opt to used 3M's hook and loop picture hanging strips, especially on drywall.)
One of the best laundry room investments I ever made was a ironing board hanger. Although it works great, it isn't as charming as the The House of Smiths' laundry room idea.
Although this next entry is a store-bought item, I thought it needed to be included in our round up as it's TOTALLY DIYable. Some 1" x 2" (or so), pulleys, doweling and rope and we're good to go. I particularly like how this rack is elevated, unlike the ubiquitous fold up/fold down kind.
And now for the second half of our round up...suds and stuff!
We'll start at the beginning: pre-treating.
Sandy takes us step by step through her recipe for laundry soap as well as her tip for storing it. In this case a glass canister with a labels made out of chalkboard contact paper. Brill.
Of course, we don't want to forget the fabric softener. Hallee hooks us up for this one. Her recipe consists of hot water, baking soda and vinegar. Her concoction even works in one of those Downy ball thingies!
10 More DIY Laundry Room and Mudroom Organization Projects
Here's a collection of DIY projects and laundry room ideas to aid you in organizing or decorating some of cleanest and messiest rooms in our homes: the laundry and mudroom.
Some of them are simple afternoon projects, costing as little as $10 and using thrifted or upcycled materials, and others are entire plans for building your own mudroom from scratch. There is something for every level of DIYer.
1. The $100 laundry makeover via View Along The Way
2. DIY Laundry Basket Dresser via Infarrantly Creative
3. DIY Laundry Room Drying Rack via Centsational Girl
4. How to paint a clothes washer/dryer via Five Days... 5 Ways
5. Ladder Laundry Rack via Little Lucy Lu
6. DIY Garment Rack for Littles via Smile & Wave
7. One headboard, 3 looks via Shannon Quimby
8. DIY Coat Hanger Rack via Curbly
9. DIY Wall Bike Hanger via Kyle The Wilson
10. Build the cutest Mudroom via Ana White
Laundry Room Closet to Mudroom Makeover
In this 1950s ranch style home you walk in from the garage straight into the laundry room. Inside the laundry room is a walk in coat/storage closet. The owner before had used it as a pantry/coat closet. Besides being outdated, this closet had a few identity problems.
Problem #1: The space of the closet would make a great pantry except the kitchen is down the hall, through the living room, and on the complete other side of the house.
Problem #2: All the doors opened into each other. If the closet door was open you couldn't open the door to the garage and vice versa. If you changed the door to open inward, you would have to walk inside and shut the door to access one side of the closet. The solution? Take the door off and make the closet into a mudroom.
Taking the door off made the space flow uninterupted but it created the need for something functional and visually organized. The mudroom with built-in lockers was the easiest solution.
This was what the closet looked like on the other side. There was another coat closet located at the front door so we didn't lose coat storage. Since the laundry room was located off the garage it was the main entry for the homeowner. The transformation to a mudroom would give the new homeowner a place for her family to drop their things on the way inside.
This was a "use what you have" transformation. The original shelves on the left side were taken down and reused on both sides. By hanging the first two shelves close together it created a nook for shoes. The space under the first shelf was made for bins and baskets to store hats and scarves. The top shelf is a place where she can store her folded laundry just in case she doesn't have time to put it away immediately.
This makeover was easy to do and inexpensive by reusing what the closet already had to offer. Bead board and trim pieces were added to the wall to give the look of a custom built-in locker system.
The hooks were added after the dry wall was patched and the wood got a fresh coat of white paint.
The shelves are even sturdy enough to sit on while you take off your shoes.
Often homes are built in a way that make sense for one family but when the home changes hands it doesn't translate to the new family's needs. It is not crazy that your family uses the space much differently than the homeowner/renter before. If you have a space that seems "off", re-work it a little to make it functional. A great place to start are closets like the one above. They are a great place to add some usable square footage in many different ways.
When the owners of this well-known tiny house found out they were expecting, they didn't move out like many of us might do - they turned an existing closet into a micro nursery! The resulting space is oh-so-cute and surprisingly functional. Click through to check out the incredible transformation.