Ask Curbly: Cardboard Hoarders, Beastly Tables, and Painted Hardwood

by Bruno Bornsztein

Ask Curbly: Cardboard Hoarders, Beastly Tables, and Painted Hardwood

As usual, there's a lot of great discussions going on in the Q&A section this month. Here's a quick roundup in case you haven't been paying attention:

How do I upcycle cardboard boxes to make something useful or beautiful?

Nidhi was wondering what to do with all the cardboard boxes she'd been hoarding. Her cry for help prompted some great responses, least of which was my suggestion:

Then Gilboonet chimed in with some professional carboard-furniture-making advice:

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Ask Curbly: Ladders, Armoires, Curtains and More!

by Bruno Bornsztein
Ask Curbly: Ladders, Armoires, Curtains and More!

Still haven't checked out our Ask a Question forum? What are you waiting for?! It's the perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I'd highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

Building a ladder bookcase (how?)

Jellico's wondering how to build a ladder book case, but doesn't know how to get started. Can you help her out?

Ladder book shelf question.

How do I know if I have an original Platner chair?

Lauramae has a wire chair she bought at a rummage sale that looks just like this: 

Platner chair? Help her find out for sure!

How does she tell if it's the real thing?

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Get Nested: Meg Answers Reader's Decor Questions, Round #3

by Meg Allan Cole

Get Nested: Meg Answers Reader's Decor Questions, Round #3

Here we go onto round 3! Most of you asked right on the blog post, but today I am answering the Facebook discussion board questions. Lighting, couches, big spaces to cover, these are great questions that I see a lot of people identifying with.

Tania Johnson asked: I have a bedroom that is solid walls of wood and really like the wood look. I am not against staining it I just don't want to cover it up. Shelves will be going up somewhere and so...

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Ask Curbly: TVs, Clawfoot Tubs, Cheap Organizing and Weird Beds

by Bruno Bornsztein
Ask Curbly: TVs, Clawfoot Tubs, Cheap Organizing and Weird Beds

If you've never checked out our Ask a Question forum, now's the time to start. It's a perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I'd highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

xox_nicole: How can I make a clawfoot tub into a couch?

I have always wanted a clawfoot tub, a la Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I've never been able to find anyone who has actually turned their clawfoot tub into a couch.  I've done a little research and found out that you're supposed to use a cut-off saw with a fiberous cutting blade, rather than a circular saw, to cut cast iron. Anyone done this before, or have any helpful tips about cutting cast iron tubs?

Cast iron clawfoot tub

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Get Nested: Meg Answers Your Questions, Round #2

by Meg Allan Cole
Get Nested: Meg Answers Your Questions, Round #2

Hi everyone, and welcome to round two of our question and answer series on Get Nested. Thank you to everyone who sent in questions, I hope my answers are helpful! Stay tuned tomorrow, as we'll have one more round of answers coming up!

Luisa asked: I have recently moved out the flat I used to share with my uni mates to my first very own tiny flat! I'm quite happy with most of the things in the new house although there's still some painting...

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Ask Curbly: Painting IKEA Furniture, Gluing Fabric to Formica, and Replacing Damaged Carpet

by Chris Gardner

Ask Curbly: Painting IKEA Furniture, Gluing Fabric to Formica,  and Replacing Damaged Carpet

Hey, Curbliers -

There's a great series of inquires happening in our Ask A Question forum. If you have any tips or ideas, post them in the comments here or in the forums.

  • ahohl41189 asks, "I bought a bookcase from ikea 2 years ago and its that fake wood kind. Im moving and I want my new room to have a different feel so I was thinking about painting some furniture. Has anyone tried this before? What kind of paint do you need to use and do...

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