Keeping a Kitchen Renovation Tidy

The Trimaco foot guard in action
This post is sponsored by Trimaco

 When working on a remodel project, there's nothing worse than construction dust falling on every surface in the house. One of my current kitchen remodel clients is interested in being eco-friendly – and has several pets – so it's important to her that the dust is contained to the construction zone. We knew we needed something better than just taped-up plastic, so we were thrilled when we found the Trimaco E-Z UP dust containment system, with floor guards and surface protector. Continue Reading

Go Big in Small Spaces: Why Dark and Bold is a Good Choice for a Tiny Bathroom

Dark, dramatic bathroom makeover using Sherwin-Williams Naval paint
Sponsored by Sherwin-Williams

We're back to share the tiny makeover we did in the tiny bathroom at the 2017 Curbly House. But the scope and the room are the only small things about the project – because we used a bold color that made a big difference. Read on to see our new, blue 'loo. 


For the last year or so, I've had a growing crush on dark powder rooms. Maybe it's because they're always small, so a dark dramatic color feels like a surprise. Continue Reading

A Shiplap Accent Wall Totally Transformed This Ugly Basement Room

Sponsored by The Home Depot

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

Revealed! The New Curbly House Boy’s Bedroom (+ Room Painting 101)

The Curbly House II's Little Boy's Room Makeover + Painting Tips 101We've been painting rooms at Curbly for over a decade. And, we've gotten pretty good at it. We've done straight-forward walls and we've done full-scale murals – and almost everything in between. Through it all, we've learned that good prep, good paint, and quality tools are the magic trifecta. 

We're partnering with Purdy Paint Tools and sharing our favorite tips all through the reveal of the 2017 Curbly House's sweet child's bedroom. This is the first room we're revealing , and we're so inredibly excited, because it's a perfect glimpse of all the goodness that's in store for this complete home makeover. Continue Reading

Framing, Painting, and Holes in the Walls – Curbly House Update

Framing, Painting, and Holes in the Walls - Curbly House Update

Check out the progress at the Curbly House! Demolition is done, and framing is mostly complete. I've been working on a project in the basement, and painting is well under way in the rooms that aren't in need of any structural work. Here's a quick visual progress tour:


First up: kitchen demolition and framing

Framing, Painting, and Holes in the Walls - Curbly House Update

As a reminder: this is a before shot. The 'kitchen' was through the opening on the right, and this area was sort of wasted space in between the dining room (behind us) and the living room (front left). Continue Reading

Say Hello to the 2017 Curbly House

2017 Curbly House

Y'know, it's weird. For the better part of a decade, Alicia and I have made a living by (I hope) making spaces beautiful. But we've never really embraced that as our job. We've always viewed as “we run a blog, and we get to do room makeovers sometimes, too.” This year, we're embarking on a totally different project: a complete home remodel of a property that we don't plan on living in.

See, earlier this year I got to thinking, there are only so many spaces in our own home that we can work on. Continue Reading

How to Get the Most Out of Your Remodeling Budget for 2015

Image: Republic West Remodeling

Every year REALTOR Magazine puts out a report called Cost vs. Value in which they advise homeowners* which remodeling projects will net the biggest turn on investment. The 2015 report can be summed up simply: less  is more. 

Photo: silive

For example, a steel door replacement, can return a whopping 101.8 percent of cost–and the cost in consideration is a professional installation ($1,230 national average), so just think of the added value of a DIY installation. Continue Reading

The Curbly House: Where Are They Now?

Curbly House status update!
The Curbly House has been on a blogging hiatus, because, well… we had a baby and moved into an “under construction” house two weeks later. Then, we proceeded to lose our minds.

But as the baby grew bigger and we finally started being able to distinguish between night and day, things started to happen around the house. So here’s a long-overdue update on where things stand with the Curbly House, and what’s coming up next. Here we go! Continue Reading

Week 6 Journal: Finally Making Some Progress

Making progress on framing in the Curbly HouseIt finally feels like we’re making some real progress on the Curbly House. After weeks of demolition (and basically just making the house worse than it already was), this was the first week where we actually started improving things. Read on to watch my weekly video journal and read about all of our framing adventures.

If you haven’t been following along, just a reminder that so far we’ve demolished all the ceilings on the first floor, as well as the ceilings in two bedrooms on the second floor. Continue Reading

Week 5 Journal: Figuring Out Framing

Week 5 Curbly House Journal
Whew. We took a bit of a breather on the Curbly House this week, stopping to evaluate how to reinforce several framing issues we discovered during demolition. Read on to watch my weekly video journal and read my latest update on our progress. 

With most of the ceilings demolished in the house, we can now get a clear look at what’s happening with the framing of the house. Unfortunately, things don’t look that great. 

The ceiling joists in the upstairs bedrooms were in terrible shape. Continue Reading