One of my biggest pet peeves when I'm visiting someone for the first time is trying to find the miniscule house numbers next to the front door, garage, or wherever. The frustration alone is enough to scrap the trip altogether. Here's a unique idea for displaying house numbers that would draw even me right in!
Cinderella's Fairy Godmother might have turned a pumpkin into a coach, but did you know we have the power to turn ratty old paperbacks into pumpkins? Chances are we already have most of what we need to make them. (We like that.) If not, here's our shopping
Before you toss your next plastic milk jug into the recycling bin, you just might want to turn it into a sandwich/lunch box. No need for a lunch box? Could be a cute gift box. Stuff we need to make one include a 1-gallon milk jug, marker,
I actually love this re-use idea for an old wrought iron bed. It's clever and provides a unique focal point. However, I'm not so sure I'd want it in my yard. Positioned in a more
A little turquoise spray paint, some brass hooks (for feet) and an old kitchen grater makes for a kitschy and cool earring holder. Unconventional, yes, but we LOVE unconventional earring/jewelry holders here at Curbly. A perusual into our coffers is evidence of such.
The lamp/earring holder, whis is totally diyable:
Remember Big Cat's adorable vintage suitcase cum bed? Well...Kate's chair is giving that kitty cozy a run for its money. Besides the fact that it's as cute as a button, she also assures us that the chair is super comfy. For those of us already planning a trip
Jenn whipped out a can of Kilz primer to make these lovely faux porcelain milk bottles. Although, as she notes, any bottle would work. The secret behind the porcelain look is the finish of the primer, which mimics
Doorstep delivery of dairy may not be as popular as it once had been, but the crates which transported said milk products certainly are. We've seen other reuse ideas for milk crates before (here and here), but for today's little round up we're concentrating on cabinets. Take a gander:
All this talk of kitchens and cooking spaces and whatnot has me looking around at all the ways to spruce up my dining room. I got a little sidetracked when I saw this alternate use for a cheap plastic placemat. Forget the kitchen, we're headed to the bedroom.
Spice racks. They're not just for kitchens. Plus, the ones used in this roundup are those dime-a-dozen kind that you can find at just about any thrift store or rummage sale these days. Clever storage for peanuts...doesn't get much better!
The first one, pictured above, found new life in
The Greene Ave. Collection by 31 and Change is a perfect example of what can be done with rescued castoff oddballs. In this case, the unwanteds are chairs. A collection of three--one from each era--are turned into a bench. Here's what the orphans pictured above look like now:
We are all doing our best to avoid the plastic bags at grocery stores, right? Instead of buying a reuseable bag at the check-out line, how about thumbing through the closet to bring new purpose to an old wardrobe staple?
First up: DIY-Maven's craft room arty abacus uses spools of thread in a creative way:
Have a spare wine barrel lying around? How about turning it into a delicious-smelling coffee table (or, better yet, a wine table, if that weren't a little weird):
Okay you guys. If there was ever a "Why didn't I think of that?!" project, this is it! I mean, we're talking beyond brilliant, beyond clever, and beyond EASY. This DIY idea is just plain smart.
Remember the toilet paper roll sculpture from awhile back? Here's another arty idea using the same medium: Owls (and a very disinterested cat). If I'd diy 'em,
After your next kegger (do kids these days still have keggers?) gather up all the plastic cups and make one of these:
Artist Virginia Fleck has found a most beautiful use for discarded plastic bags: she turns them into mandalas. I'm guessing that there's some fusing going on here. The results are quite amazing, and even more so
So you LOVE blue Mason jars, but don't have the cash to run to your nearest antique store to buy any. OR you LOVE the idea of colored glass but just not blue glass. No worries. Craftberry Bush teaches us how to dye any old clear glass jar rescued from the recycling into any color we desire. The cool thing is, we probably have everything