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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Bliss!

This is our most complete guide on how to paint kitchen cabinets. A DIY cabinetry painting job can be time-consuming, but if done right, the results are excellent. We show you two examples of DIY kitchen cabinet makeovers, one light and one dark. Read on to find out how to do it!

How to paint kitchen cabinets (step by step)

Yesterday we had an interesting discussion about whether or not painting kitchen cabinets was a simple, one-weekend project.  On Twitter, this commonly-repeated idea was referred to as "commercial break cabinets" and "design on a crashing dime".  I'm here to burst a few bubbles and tell you that painting kitchen cabinets is absolutely NOT a one-weekend project.  But you know what?  It's still easy!  And doing it the right way first will save you time and money later.  That's a promise.  So, if you've got a few weekends set aside for the lowest-cost, biggest-impact change you can make to your kitchen (and I haven't scared you away yet), read on!   

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Make It: DIY Metallic Geometric Planters in 5 Minutes

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Make It: DIY Metallic Geometric Planters in 5 Minutes

 

Save money on expensive pots and planters with this quick and easy project that will conceal any ugly plastic container in about five minutes, for less than $1 a piece.   

Using some leftover contact paper, you can whip up some faux metal containers to hide the ugly plastic ones your store-bought houseplants came in. 

Materials
  • Scrap Cardboard
  • Copper Contact Paper
  • Small Plants or succulents
Tools
  • Scis...

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How to: Make a Fun and Festive Space-Saving Christmas Tree

by Brittni Mehlhoff

How to: Make a Fun and Festive Space-Saving Christmas Tree

If you live in a smaller home, you know that Christmas trees take up a lot of valuable space during the holidays. Space that you may not have to spare. Right? So why not try this fun and fringy DIY alternative Christmas tree idea, that towers over 6 feet tall, but takes up virtually no space at all. Oh, and by the way, it also makes the perfect holiday photo backdrop. Pretty cool, huh? Here's how to make your own giant wall art Christmas tree...

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Make a Rolling Kitchen Cart From an Old Filing Cabinet

by Chris Gardner

Rolling Kitchen cart from a filing cabinet

We’ve never met anyone who couldn’t use more kitchen storage and counter space. This rolling kitchen cart offers both - drawers for storage of tools, spices, or root vegetables, racks to hang towels and utensils, and a butcher-block top for food preparation or appliance storage. 

Read on to find out, in step-by-step detail, how to make one yourself...

The main structure is a used filing cabinet, which are plentiful in secondhand shops...

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How To: Make Super Easy, Super Quick Low-Cost Graphic Art

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make Super Easy, Super Quick Low-Cost Graphic Art

Artwork. For my money, it's the number one way to add personality to a room. Sure, a $25 can of paint can make a big impact, but I'll take a white room with loads of art over boldly painted walls any day.

But, of course, you can't just go to the artwork store and scan the aisles until you find just the right piece of scale and color that matches your decor. Real art takes time to create, and fetches appropriately not-cheap prices, and...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book

I have a penchant for purchasing stuff that’s cool, but for which I don’t have specific plans or use. Case in point: I have piles of pulp and sci-fi novels from the 40s-60s. The art and colors are amazing, and the language provides for ridiculous quotes for ages. But after I slice out the illustrations, and force my way through the first and last chapters so I can say I ‘read’ them, these dime store masterpieces don’t escape from their cardboard homes often.   



Make this cool handbag from an old book

Thus, enter this project: an adorable handbag featuring the incredible art of ‘literature’.

Click play, or go here to watch the video.

Materials

  • A hardbound book with an appealing cover
  • Fabric (1/2 yard or so)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Craft glue
  • Store-bought [or handmade] purse handle
  • Colored markers
  • Polyurethane finish, Mod Podge, or watered-down white glue

Step

Use the utility knife to cut the pages away from the binding. Be careful if you’re using an old book (especially a initially inexpensive one); don’t cut through the cover. Make several light passes if necessary.

Step

If your book is worn, color in any white areas with matching markers.

Step

Stand the book vertically on a piece of paper, opened as wide as you’d like the handbag to open. Trace its shape on the paper. Cut out the shape, adding a half inch (for seam allowance) on each side.

Step

Cut the triangle in half along its height. Copy each half of the triangle onto the fabric twice, adding another half inch for seam allowance along the height. You’ll have four triangles, two of each shape.

Step

Pin one of each of the triangles with right sides together, and sew along the height. This will recreate the larger triangle that you traced from the book. Sewing a seam along the middle helps to encourage the sides to fold inside the handbag when closed.

Step

Copy this larger triangle onto a fresh piece of fabric. Pin the sides right sides together, and sew along all three sides, leaving a tiny opening at the bottom to invert. There’s no need to sew the opening, as it will be glued on the inside of the book.

Step

Repeat steps 5-6 to create a second triangular side panel.

Step

Cut four 2x3” (or whatever will fit in the slots of your handles) strips of fabric, fold along the length, and sew right sides together. Invert them (it’ll be difficult) to create four 3” tabs.

Step

Lay the book cover flat on the fabric, and cut out the shape, adding an inch on all sides. Fold this extra inch over and iron to make a lining panel.

Step

Attach the handles by gluing the tabs to the cover. Then, glue one side of the side panel onto the edges on one side of the book.

Step

Dot that half of the book with glue, and glue one half of the lining panel to the side glued in step ten.

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After the glue dries a bit, glue the other long side of the triangle end pieces to the other half of the book, and cover with the lining panel. This will take a little patience and finagling, but it will come together. Press down to secure the glue.

Step

Add any embellishments, such as buttons, beads, etc, if you wanna give your bag a little additional flair.

Step

Finish with a protective coat (either glue or polyurethane based).

Step

Fill with the essentials (or, in my case, give it to someone with impeccable taste), and be on your very stylish and recycled way

Recycled book handbag


Like repurposing old stuff? Then you'll want to check this out...

created at: 03/29/2013

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