Decor Disputes: Can You Really Make Over Kitchen Cabinets in a Weekend?

Cabinet Refinishing By Signet Painting

You know all those weekend makeovers in blog land of painted kitchen cabinets? They look great after, right? I'm wondering if  they might look better from a distance than they do close up. Here's why: They were done in a weekend. That's two days. If you'd suggest such a timetable to a

painting professional, I'm guessing you'd get a hearty guffaw, and it wouldn't necessarily be because they're trying to dissuade you from attempting a DIY job. Continue Reading

MORE Easy Handmade Christmas Card Ideas

Stitched Christmas Cards

Our first post about easy, handmade Christmas Card Ideas (link) was a hit, so it seemed like a good time to infuse the Curbly coffers with even MORE easy handmade Christmas card ideas. 

I adore Fern’s stitched Christmas cards (pictured above), and even though they might look a little tricky, they aren’t. All you need is some blank cards (or cardstock), some pretty scrapbook papers and a sewing machine. Head on over to Craft Blog for all the details.     Continue Reading

Eye Candy: 6 Colorful, Playful Kitchens

Rainbow bright kitchen

These delightful kitchens look like they could have been inspired by children’s play kitchens. Bright, colorful and fun! 

Although putting pink and red can look a little Valentine-y, the kitchen above certainly doesn’t.    

If you’ve ever wondered if ‘patriotic’ could look modern, check out this kitchen:

Kitchen with character

If your tastes lean toward the pastels, then this space is sure to inspire. (Note the integration of all the colors in the room in the clock.)

Speaking of pastels…how about a cotton candy kitchen? Continue Reading

How To: Make a Fall Leaf Table Runner for Thanksgiving

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

I’ve been a fan of the whole leaves-on-the-table decor for Fall decorating, and have wanted to incorporate it in my home for a while.  Unfortuately, just collecting leaves outside isn’t an option, since all we’ve got are cacti and Mesquite trees ’round these parts.  This is where some deliciously soft faux leather came into my life, and now I’ve got exactly what I wanted.  Continue Reading

How to: Make a Vintage-y Button Pillow

created at: 10/26/2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

This summer, while my boo and I were exploring one of our state’s many charming and historic little towns, we happened to stop in at an antique and consignment shop. My ‘pass’ radar went up fairly quickly, but I did the cursory scan just to be polite. I was just about to turn tail and head out the door when my very observant boo said, “Look at this.” Continue Reading

How to Make Faux Stone Cabinet Knobs

created at: 08/23/2011

A quick search on the Google tells us that one stone cabinet knob can cost upwards to$14 a pop. That is all kinds of crazy expensive, especially when you’re outfitting an entire kitchen. Mine, for example, has 30 knobs. Multiply that by 14 and you’re talking $420 just for knobs. I decided there MUST be a more cost-effective way to get the stone look for less.    

Enter Sculpey, which, if you don’t know, is a polymer clay that you bake in the oven. Continue Reading

Roundup: A Dozen Mod Knobs

created at: 04/11/2011
Need the perfect knob for that MCM dresser/cabinet makeover? Check these out. Some are reproductions, but two are originals. Can you guess which two? For links to each knob, its specs and retailer, visits the links below.
  1. Knobs-Etc. Atomic Cabinet Knob, $6 
  2. Build.com, Podium Cabinet Knob, Emtek 86319, $6
  3. The Hardware Hut, Emteck MCM Atomic Knob, Satin Nickel, $5
  4. Rejuvenation, Saturn Cabinet Knob, $8
  5. Rejuvenation, Whale Tail Drawer Pull, $7
  6. Knobs-Etc. Cone Knob, $6-$9
  7. Atlas Homewares, Mod Round Knob, $8.80
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