18 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You’re Obsessed with House Exteriors


Who to follow on Instagram if houses are your jam!

When it comes to people, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. When it comes to houses, the outside can be pretty impressive too! Here at Curbly we love a good-lookin’ exterior, so we’re sharing with you a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow if you love the look of a beautiful home. From mansions to tiny houses, old and new alike – we’ve got you covered.       


Follow These Home Exterior Insta Accounts | No. 1: Patticake Wagner

1. Patticake Wagner: Starting with a local to the Twin Cities, Patti strolls around Minneapolis finding the cutest and classiest houses on the block. Continue Reading

Before & After: A Rustic DIY Oak Vanity Makeover!

created at: 02/27/2012

Alternatively titled “The Evolution of an Oak Vanity”, this builder-grade vanity goes through a brief shabby chic phase before finally settling into a barnwood door-inspired groove!  Check out both “afters” below.   



created at: 02/27/2012

Inspired by a rustic (and super expensive) barnwood vanity she spied in a catalog, Whitney from The Rooster and The Hen decided to turn her ho-hum oak vanity into something marvelous — less than a year after attempting this quick-fix, shabby chic makeover (which Whitney refers to as a “disaster”). Continue Reading

Water Damaged to Wonderful: A Chic Dresser Makeover!

created at: 07/18/2011

This flea market find was in dire need of some TLC.  Fortunately, it landed in just the right hands!  Ready for the after?  Read on!  

Layla Palmer, a blogger (The Lettered Cottage) and interior designer, picked up this water damaged dresser at a local flea market.  After an initial “distressed-style” makeover (seen here), she decided it needed something a little more.  Ultimately, a $998 Anthropologie dresser held the inspiration she needed: numbered drawers!   Continue Reading

How to make BIG vintage dominoes.

How I DIY cleverly turned some chunks of wood into vintage dominoes. The procedure sounds simple enough–and CHEAP too, especially if you have some of the supplies on hand.

Here’s what should be on your supplies list:

  • a chunk of 2″ x 10″ lumber (the dominoes in the picture above are 16″ long, so plan your purchase accordingly, depending upon how many dominoes you want to make)
  • cream and black satin paint, the maker used Behr Cozy cottage Satin and Behr Forever Black Satin
  • Minwax Red Mahogany stain
  • Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze
  • a circle stencil, either hand cut or made with a paper punch or Cricut
  • electrical tape
  • saw tooth hangers

Here’s the tools you’ll need:

  • table saw, or something with which to cut the planks
  • electric sander & 80 grit sand paper
  • sanding block
  • paint brush(es)
  • hammer

To see the entire tute, mosey on over to How I DIY. Continue Reading

Ugly Plastic Mirror = Shabby Chic Bulletin Board

Monica over at Crafty Nest took a very unattractive plastic mirror and turned it into a shabby chick bulletin board. Her supplies included:


  • a large plastic picture frame (a great goal item for your next thrift store/rummage sale outing)
  • homasote board (find a local dealer here)
  • fabric
  • polyester batting
  • spray paint (formulated for plastic, like Krylon Fusion)
  • wide grosgrain ribbon
  • drawer pulls (also a potential rummage sale item)
  • 1- 1/2″ long hanger bolt
  • furniture nails or thumbtacks
  • newspaper


For the entire tutorial along with a tools list, visit Crafty Nest. Continue Reading

A New Take on Brocade

Webster’s definition of brocade is ‘a rich oriental silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver’, which might be perfect for Victorian England but–let’s face it–this is the 21st century. Enter Brocade Home, a collection of furnishings and decorative items that would have Jane Erye running to the attic. You might say it’s an amalgamation of Victorian and shabby chic with a bit of modern thrown in just so we don’t forget this is not our great great great great grandmother’s idea of home decor. Continue Reading

How to: Distressing Wood With Vaseline

If you’re looking to get that distressed, painted a few times Shabby Chic look, here’s a fun and easy way to accomplish it.


Two colors of latex paint. One will be your peek-a-boo, underneath color and the other will be your primary color.

Vaseline, but a light-colored candle will work too.

Steel wool.

Water-based polyurethane, if the piece will get wear.


First sand your piece, if necessary, and then put on a few coats of your peek-a-boo color. Continue Reading