A Shiplap Accent Wall Totally Transformed This Ugly Basement Room

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Hey everyone! If you were following along closely with the Curbly House makeover, you might have noticed a room missing from last week's full reveal: the basement! This room was pretty grody (is that a word?) when we bought the house, so when The Home Depot asked us to do a room makeover using their shiplap appearance board product, we knew it would have a big impact in the space. But even we weren't prepared for how much better the room turned out. Continue Reading

If You Had a Hammer: How to Choose the Best Striking Tool for the Job

Tools 101: A Beginner's Guide to Hammers
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You know what they say: “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” But what about if you have a bunch of different kinds of hammers? The truth is, like any other tool, hammers are specialized for many different tasks, and having the right one can be the difference between doing a job correctly and not finishing it at all. Here's a little guide to hammers on the different types we think you should know about, and what they're good for:                

A Beginner's Guide to Hammers | The Claw Hammer


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72 Organization Tips for Every Room of the House

The ultimate roundup of organization tips, tricks, and projects for every space in your home

Organization: you either love it or hate it. No matter your stance, having a good system of organizing is the key to a clean, calm living space. And who doesn’t want that? We’ve rounded up our favorite organization tips and DIY projects to help turn your home into the oasis it should be.       

What are your favorite organization tips? Let us know in the comments!



DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

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1. DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage: Keep shoes tidy by storing them vertically. Continue Reading

Eye Candy: 18 Basement Bedrooms You’d Actually Want Sleep In!

Gone are the days when basements were dark, musty, and sometimes feared. They've become a place where you can turn for comfort and relaxation. You no longer have to have a dark bedroom without any windows. Here are eighteen basement bedroom ideas that got it right. Read on to find rooms that you'll be begging to sleep in.

18 Sleep-worthy Basement Bedroom Ideas


1. This tiled accent wall in the bedroom at top not only adds some visual interest, it helps reflect light back into the room! Continue Reading

Before and After: An Unbelievable Laundry Room Makeover

Before and After: An Unbelievable Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: Jenna Sue Design Co.

This might be one of the most drastic makeovers I’ve ever seen. The space was dingy and dated, but its owners saw potential amidst the 70’s tiles. Click through to check out the incredible new laundry room that was born.   


Before and After: An Unbelievable Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: Jenna Sue Design Co.

The new space is contemporary, inviting, and most importantly, functional. It’s certainly one of the nicest laundry rooms I’ve ever seen! Make your way over to Jenna Sue Design Co. Continue Reading

Eye Candy: 8 More Basement Bedrooms You’d Actually Want Sleep In!

created at: 03/19/2013

Basement bedrooms get a bad rap (probably because they're usually dark and dank and full of spiders). Before you write them off completely, here are plenty of inspiring spaces that show just how incredible a basement bedroom can be!     Last month, we shared ten sleep-worthy spaces, and today, we're sharing eight more!

1. This tiled accent wall in the bedroom at top not only adds some visual interest, it helps reflect light back into the room! Continue Reading

How to Clean Up Your Basement (or Die Trying)

There is a secret I’ve been hiding. It is large, and it is dirty, and might even be in violation of a few state and federal laws. But hiding it doesn’t make it any less real, so I’ve decided to just come out with it:

This is my basement.

And before you get any weird ideas; no, it’s not full of dead bodies (dead mice, maybe). When I said state and federal laws I meant city and county building codes. Continue Reading

From Dark and Scary to Sleek and Modern: A Complete Basement Makeover!

created at: 08/29/2011

Looking at these ‘before’ photos, it’s almost impossible to picture this subterranean space as the home of anything other than a few hundred man-eating spiders.  Almost… until you throw a complete renovation and an awesome sense of style at the problem.  

created at: 08/29/2011

created at: 08/29/2011

While we were busy making water walls and firefly jars, homeowners Anthony and Naomi Cataldo spent the majority of their summer gutting their basement, installing HVAC systems, and pouring concrete.  The massive amount of work, sweat, and more work paid off – their dark and scary basement is now a sleek and modern den!   Continue Reading

A Dark Basement Bedroom Gets a Bright Makeover

No windows. Could you deal? We’re in awe of blogger Melissa Esplin from I Still Love You who calls this wood-paneled basement bedroom home. Luckily, she had the good sense and talent (and yes, handy husband) to make the room over. After a trip to the thrift store and some serious painting, she made the space basically unrecognizable.

This landlord’s idea of “fixing” a ceiling? Stapling wood panels to it. Ick!

No windows and no closet rod — Okay, we’ll admit, she could do just about anything to improve this space. Continue Reading

Before & After: A Bland Basement Turned Fantasy Playroom

created at: 04/25/2011

This basement renovation took a little over a year, but I’m willing to bet the “after” is what little kids’ dreams are made of!  

created at: 04/25/2011

created at: 04/25/2011

Jessica Levitt, a designer, crafter, and blogger, turned this drab and dark basement into a playroom fantasty for her brother-in-law’s three children.  I don’t know about you, but I would have LOVED this space as a kid!  Heck, I even love it now.

There are loads of incredible pictures on Jessica’s blog Juicy Bits, so be sure to check it out! Continue Reading