One thing’s for sure: mason jars are awesome. They’re widely available, inexpensive, and work equally well inside the kitchen and out, and their looks are oh so au currant in design mags these days.
Celeste snagged several dozens from Freecycle, and came up with two awesome projects to transform them from clear and functional to something special. First, she figured out a way to paint the jars to give them the tinge of the unnecessarily pricey vintage glass you see in antique shops:
Then, she came up with a way to add just enough chalkboard paint to make ’em snazzy:
Is there a secret rule that teachers’ lounges have to be so uninviting and cold that teachers will hustle back to their classrooms the minute the bell rings? I wouldn’t really want to hang out during my lunch half hour in this dismal break room. Or, would I???
TV producer turned decorator, Bryan Patrick Flynn teamed up with The Editor at Large and Staples to turn this dismal Rhode Island teachers’ lounge into a happy, cheery, dare I say inspiring, break room. Continue Reading
This one comes to us from CasaSugar‘s diywithADD, who decided to leave the re-do to a professional. She doesn’t say how much the project cost, but having had a sofa re-upholstered by a professional, I’m guessing it wasn’t cheap. My 78″ long sofa, which I had covered in a fabric that was around 50 bucks a yard, set me back about a grand. Continue Reading
Two sisters, Amy and Jeni, write the Peppertowne blog. One loves furniture and chairs so I’m assuming she’s the one who reworked this $8.00 upholstered chair into a waterproof tree swing. Though, I would probably add a seat belt of some sort to keep the kids from flying out. Jeni (I’m assuming) shows you how to waterproof this cushy swing, as well as how to string the chair securely onto the end of the ropes. Continue Reading
Kitchen and bathroom makeovers sort of grab my attention, but garage, basement and shed makeovers stop me dead in my surfing tracks. In fact, this detached two car garage turned studio/office has me looking at my “dumpy” garage with new hope. After the conversion, the remodel increased the garage to include a bathroom, a loft and a roof deck. See the slick and modern results.
Everybody asks me if they can handle reupholstering the classic Wingback chair. Unless you’re a skilled slipcover seamstress, you might get overly ambitious and find yourself elbow deep in cotton batting before you know it. Before you remove the first staple,
Welcome to a new feature here on Curbly! It’s called…drumroll, please….Make Over Mondays!! (Okay, so you could figure that one out by the totally awesome banner above.) Anyhoo, Mondays are going to be devoted to fabulous befores & afters. So if you like a good makeover (and who doesn’t?) make sure you visit every Monday for your makeover fill. And if you’ve got a good makeover of your own to show off, don’t worry, Tuesday through Friday are still available*. Continue Reading