10 DIY Dresser Makeovers To Die For

created at: 02/08/2011

There’s something quite beautiful about the fact that almost any old dresser can be turned into your own personal work of art. They’re essentially a blank canvas waiting for an inspired transformation. Often, the hardest part is seeing beyond the chipped paint and missing hardware to where you can take that thing. Whether it’s plain or fancy, painted or stained, here are 10 statement making dresser makeovers to inspire (well, only nine fit in my collage so you’ll have to read on through to see the tenth one). Continue Reading

Cool DIY Projects for Hot Days

Vertical GardenGreen Upgrader’s roundup of cool projects for hot summer days includes some how-to’s you might have seen here before, but it’s GREAT to have them all in one place. Here’s what you have to choose from:     

  • Grow Potatoes in a Barrel
  • Repurpose an Old T-Shirt
  • Build a Vertical Garden (like the one pictured above)
  • Make a Homemade Rain Barrel (two tutes to choose from)
  • Make a Cardboard Laptop Stand
  • Make Solar-Rechargeable Batteries
  • Make a Batch of Homemade Sunscreen
  • Craft a Cork Board Out of Wine Corks
  • Build a Solar Oven
  • Mend a Broken Strap
  • Build a Wine Bottle Gas Lamp (here’s a link to the Curbly version from a couple of years ago)

For links to each project, head on over to Green Upgrader. Continue Reading

Maven’s Original Mother’s and Father’s Day How-To Round-up

created at: 05/05/2010

I recently scrounged through all my original how-to’s and thought I’d compile a roundup of all those appropriate for Mother’s/Father’s Day gifts…or gifts for yourself! Some would make great wedding/shower favors too.

A Designer Key Rack  would be great for Dad.   

created at: 05/05/2010

A DIY Wooden Tea Light Candle Holder is always popular.

The Roach Clip Memo/Picture Clips is a quick and easy project.

created at: 05/05/2010

I still love my Wine Bottle Turned Oil Lamp.

For $1.50, you can’t beat the Vasemaker. Continue Reading

How To Write a Great DIY How To.

When I first started writing for Curbly, my biggest worry in constructing a how to was its translation. Would my readers be able to follow the steps? Would anyone be able to replicate the process outlined in the how to? To help alleviate my fears, I did what any novice blogger would do, I read other blogs. Although I discovered plenty of how-to-write-how-to’s out there, they weren’t specifically for DIY how to articles. Ultimately, I incorporated what I found in my research and applied it to my posts. Continue Reading