Make This: Minimal Magnetic Towel Bar

Make this minimal magnetic towel bar

Currently I’m living in a place with a kitchen that must hold some sort of record for tininess. There are four drawers, a couple of cabinets, and exactly one countertop. Said countertop is about 2.5 square feet, and that’s literally my entire cooking workspace. Suffice it to say, I need to be wise about kitchen organization if I want to keep from going crazy. Knowing there’s absolutely no room to store things horizontally, I recently went vertical with this magnetic paper towel holder.     Continue Reading

How to: Make This Easy DIY Refrigerator Organizer

How-To: Easy DIY Refrigerator Organizer
Photo: Faith Towers

I don't know about you, but I'll take all the help I can get in the organization department. And the refrigerator seemed like the perfect place for an organizational hub – the kitchen is where people tend to congregate, so it's the most logical place to keep lists, cards, etc. Click through to check out my full tutorial.   


How-To: Easy DIY Refrigerator Organizer
Photo: Faith Towers

This organizer combines a chalkboard (a pink one!), a hook for keys and a set of clothespins to clip business cards and invitations – all on a bulletin board covered with fun fabric. Continue Reading

Make It: Kid-Friendly Popsicle Stick Magnets!

created at: 08/23/2011

Here at Curbly, we love a good magnet, especially if we can make a bunch and make ’em ourselves.  What could possibly be better than that?  Super colorful magnets made from recycled materials that allow for spontaneous creativity and fun in the kitchen!  Sold?  Read on!  

Brooke Fish, the blogger and crafty designer behind Pure and Noble, came up with this clever solution to use up old popsicle sticks and those ubiquitous, local business refrigerator magnets that arrive in every mailer or are attached to every phone book in the world.   Continue Reading

How to turn your fridge into a chalkboard.


Chichi decided to turn her refrigerator into a giant chalkboard. On it she records garden harvests and meal plans while her boyfriend adds ‘whimsical’ food-related drawings. She assures us that this is a weekend project. To turn our fridges into chalkboards, we’ll need….

  • coarse sand paper
  • masking tape
  • a screwdriver to remove the handles of your fridge
  • a small can of primer
  • a can of chalkboard paint 
  • a high-quality paint roller

To see the entire tutorial follow this link.  Continue Reading

The Dry-Erase Refrigerator

created on: 07/14/08

Amana’s new Jot refrigerator, which has a dry-erase door, is being marketed as the perfect spot to jot a note, but how fun to use–and reuse–your refrigerator door as a ‘canvas’? At $649 MSRP, it’s probably one of the more inexpensive refrigerators on the market. For more information, visit Amana.


7 Ways to Triple Your Refrigerator’s Lifespan.



  • Cleaning the dust from your refrigerator's compressor coil once or twice a year will help it last twice, if not three times as long.
  • Use a special coil brush, around $5 from the hardware store
  • Lacking this, use a broom or compressed air.
  • First remove the grill, then clean the coil.
  • Then, clean the grime and dust on the fan blades, then replace the coil.
  • Replace your gasket: if a dollar bill slides freely between the rubber gasket strip and the door, it needs replaced.
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    How to Make Magnet Photo Corners

    I’ve proclaimed my refrigerator door a ‘pictures only’ area. I wanted a quick, easy and cheap way to make a collage of them. Here's what I came up with.  

    What you need.

    Photo corners (I bought 250 corners for 4 bucks, which I had on hand from another project.)

    A sheet of magnet (this is also a great way to recycle those magnetic calendars and business cards you get in the mail.

    A scissors

    What you do. Continue Reading

    Fridge Fixation

    Okay, admit it. Your refrigerator door looks like a pop art project gone bad. Pictures, postcards, receipts, lotto tickets (both last Wednesday’s loser and next Saturday’s winner), a grocery list, and a friendly reminder from your dentist that it’s time for a checkup. Too important to cast aside in the dark recesses of some drawer only to be forgotten, but not quite important enough for a cubbyhole of its own, junk accumulates for all to see. Continue Reading