Before and After: A Trashed Roadside Find Becomes A Glam Deco Desk

by Lexy Ward
before and after deco dresser
Photo: Goodwill Glam

Is the idea of a furniture makeover daunting to you? Do you live to DIY? Or would you rather just buy? Sometimes when I see a piece of furniture on a curb or at a thrift store, it looks like it's in too bad of shape to make it over, but this before and after is proof that a little elbow grease works! I especially love the deco design up top!      

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Behind the Scenes of Curbly.com: Capree's Whole-Home Office

by Capree K

Behind the Scenes of Curbly.com: Capree's Whole-Home Office

In the final days of our "Work_____" series, we thought it was only fair to give you a tour of the offices, studios, and desks of the folks that make Curbly happen. So, have a peek at the spaces where our articles are researched and written, photos shot and edited, mistakes made, things learned, and the DIY community built.

created at: 01/30/2011
Name: Capree Kimball
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

What sort of activities or projects do you work on in this space?

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5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

by Jill W

5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

Whether you work in a corner office, cubicle or home office, having a green mindset saves the planet, your health and lots and lots of money. It is relatively easy to create a green, healthy work environment through carefully considered choices. With modern day technology at our fingertips, creating a green and healthy office environment is an easily achievable goal that all companies big and small should set for themselves.  Check out these 5 tips to help you make your office environment a little greener and healthier!  

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Workspace: Inside the Studios of 12 Creatives

by Capree K

Workspace: Inside the Studios of 12 Creatives

I'm always fascinated by the spaces people work and create in.  Growing up with a graphic designer / illustrator / fine art painter dad, the garage was typically turned into a studio of sorts where we could all create together and, well, be messy.  I loved the paint splattered floors, the doodles on unfinished drywall, and the rows of materials at arm's reach.  So, with that, I present 12 artist, designer, and crafter spaces to inspire you on this fine Tuesday afternoon!  

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Sassy Green Credenza Makeover

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Sassy Green Credenza Makeover

Like me, Chrissie is a used furniture junkie. She also loves auctions. Right after selling one of her made-over pieces on Craigslist, she found this pecan finish (ugh!) credenza at an auction and turned it into one sassy green tart of a credenza. Just for fun, she gave the top a chalkboard paint finish. 

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Gorgeous Desks for the DIYer

by Bruno Bornsztein

Suitcase desk

A few desk round ups I came across this morning got me thinking about DIY desk ideas. The suitcase desk above is smart, but probably not that functional. Building one out of books seems appropriate for a library (as below), but not for the home office.

Library desk built out of books.

Chris's galvanized pipe desk from our Make It! Hardware Store Decor eBook (on sale right now!) is a really simple, sleek-looking desk you can make with readily-available materials:

Hardware store decor pipe desk

This...

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Inside A Black Apple's Inspirational Studio

by Lilybee

I love other people's offices and studios and Emily, artist and creator of The Black Apple has a studio that's so pretty it makes my paws all sweaty. Behold!

created on: 09/19/08

created on: 09/19/08
created on: 09/19/08
 

She's managed to fit all kinds of (awesome) stuff into a not very large space without making it look cramped. She also has some very steal/borrow-able idea's; like the oilcloth topper on her painting and drawing table and those uber-cute kid suitcases used as drawers on the...

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Ten Steps to Rejuvenate Your Messy Home Office.

by Chris Gardner

If you do any work at home, you've gathered plenty of stuff in your workspace: papers, office supplies, cables, books, etc. Keep these items organized and reduced with these ten tips to keep your home office effecient and less wasteful.

Ten Steps to Rejuvenate Your Messy Home Office.

1. Identify your needs
2. Start with an empty room
3. Go wireless
4. Keep the desk clean
5. Go paperless
6. Use the wall space
7. Get the perfect chair
8. Improve the lighting
9. Go green
10. Keep it fresh !...always!

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Make a Paper Towel Dispenser for Your Workspace or Craftroom.

by Chris Gardner

I've eliminated wasteful use of paper towels in nearly every aspect of my life- except in a few instances when working on projects...if anyone has a better way to clean up oil-based stains or epoxy spills, please let me know.

So, one the rare occassions that they're necessary, they might as well look sharp and be available, so I built this paper towel dispenser. I used wood from my scrap bin, so it didn't cost me anything, but it could definately be built for under $12.

Make a Paper Towel Dispenser for Your Workspace or Craftroom.

Materials
    1/2” plywood (2’x4’ is more than enough)
    3/16” hardboard 6”x14”
    1” dowel, at least 27” in length
    Wood glue
    Several bar clamps
    8 3/4” screws
    1” Spade bit
    Jigsaw or bandsaw
    Electric drill
    Sandpaper or electric sander
    Table saw or circular saw (optional)
    Dado blade or router and 1/2” strait bit (optional)
   
1. Cut, or have cut, your plywood to the following sizes. Save excess to make dividers, if desired. I used a scrap piece of white oak, which is a total mystery to me, because oak doesn’t particularly suit my tastes, and I have no idea how it ended up in my sheetgoods storage.

    6x22” (x2)
    4 1/2 x 6” (x4)
    1/2 x 14” (x2)


2. Optional steps:
A. If you have the capability and the desire, run a 1/2” rabbet, 1/4” deep, on the short sides of the face pieces, those 3 1/2” x 14”. If you’d like to make divider shelves, cut a 1/2” dado at equal intervals for the joint (mine were 5 and 4” from the ends). 
B. If you want to recess the hardboard shelf, cut a 3/16” groove (two passes with the table saw (well, a pass and a half-kerf pass) 3 1/2” down on the back of all the face pieces. You’ll then make the hardboard 6” x 13 1/2” to compensate.

3. To make the dowel brackets, drill a 1” hole with it’s center 1 1/4” from the top.  Mark cut lines on the outside edge to the top edge of the bracket.  Use a jigsaw or bandsaw (or even a handsaw) to cut along the lines.


4. Assembly. Glue the four dowel brackets to the inside of the long pieces (see photo). Attach with (2) 3/4” screws. Attach the shelf 3 1/2” from the top, and glue on the face pieces. Insert any dividers, glue, clamp, and allow to dry.

5. Cut the 1” dowel to (2) 13” lengths.

6. Sand the edges to a fine grit, and stain as you please. Be sure to stain the dowels as well.

7. Add the paper towel rolls (which you’ll use sparingly) and fill the top caddy.

8. To hang from the wall, use some heavy duty picture hangers or a cleat system for portability.

 

**Note: My amiga built a similar project, from which I was inspired. She said she built it a few years ago with plans from a magazine, but no longer has the information. If anyone has a reference, please let me know so I can cite it. Cheers.
 

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