62 DIY Projects To Transform Your Backyard

The ultimate roundup of outdoor DIY projects to transform your yard space

Blooming flowers and fresh rain can only mean one thing: spring has definitely sprung! That means summer will be here before you know it. If getting your backyard in order is on your to-do list but you're having trouble getting started – don't fret! You don't need a total landscaping overhaul for your yard to feel refreshed and inviting. Sometimes it's just a matter of hanging up some string lights or creating a simple fire pit.  Continue Reading

12 IKEA LACK Hacks That Turn A $10 Table Into Something Special

12 IKEA LACK Hacks That Turn A $10 Table Into Something Special

The IKEA Lack is the one table to rule them all. It comes in a series of colors, and is known as a chameleon! The Lack is highly customizable and, for ten bucks, you’d be crazy not to purchase one of your own! If you’re in need of inspiration, check out this roundup of unrecognizable tables! 



1. Add some gold and make a beautiful side table! via Lovely Indeed

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Make It: A Rolling Coffee Table with Hidden Storage!

created at: 09/14/2011

Roll out!  Or roll away.  Or roll open, shut, or partially closed at a jaunty angle.  All this (and more!) is possible with this colorful DIY coffee table.  Say goodbye to storage woes, my friends… and just keep rollin’.  

First things first, the instructions for this DIY project are in… Dutch.  BUT, it’s so simple, that even the sketchy Google Translate results are enough to figure everything out.  Plus, c’mon, creativity knows no bounds, right?  Right. Continue Reading

Roundup: 12 DIY Kitchen Tables, Islands, and Cupboards You Can Make Yourself

For the amount of time we spend in our kitchens (or, if you are like me, should spend in their kitchen), it is likely we have some DIY touches here and there to make it our own unique space.  Today I’ve rounded up twelve kitchen furnishing staples, all do-it-yourself style.

created at: 08/22/2011

For eat-in kitchens or separate dining spaces, a table is a must.  What do you do if you find yourself needing a dining that a) isn’t available, or b) is way too pricey?  Continue Reading

Make It: A Simple Outdoor Dining Table on the Cheap!

created at: 06/20/2011

Outdoor dining season is upon us and if your setup is anything like mine (aka nonexistent) or you’d just like to have some fresh outdoor decor, here’s a simple DIY project that’ll have you hosting summer soirées in no time.  

This outdoor dining table comes courtesy of Ana White, a blogger and avid builder of, well, just about everything!  It’s part of her “simple modern outdoor collection” of DIY projects, which also includes stackable chairs, benches, and a sectional amongst other things.   Continue Reading

Crazy Table Shelves and the Color Purple

created at: 05/31/2011

First, the obvious: a shelving system made from repurposed coffee tables.  Holy cow!    

This shelving unit was designed by Isabel Quiroga and made from used tables (sawn in half).  The whole concept fascinates me, especially Isabel’s own fascination with the history of each table; this design is named “Storyteller” afterall.  Learn more about it on Art Eko.

created at: 05/31/2011

And now it’s time to talk about purple, y’all.  It’s everywhere.  On everything.  (I even have a chair that I lovingly refer to as “The Purple People Eater“.)   Continue Reading

Round Up: Spool Tables for Everyone!

created at: 02/15/2011

Spool tables have been catching my eye lately. Because most are multi-functional–they can be used as stools too–they’re great additions to smaller spaces. The first spool table I was introduced to was probably the same one you were: the Eames Walnut Stool by Herman Miller. The 13″ round, 16″ high beauty is a cool $829 bucks. Expensive, yes, but this one also functions as a work of art. (Available at Room & Board.)

From House Eclectic, this Eames wannabe is available in ten different colors and will set you back $305. Continue Reading

Three Nature-Inspired Stools to Make Yourself

created at: 12/28/2010

One huge trend as of late has been nature-inspired furniture and decor, especially log stools and side tables: they’re Scandinavian, rustic, and modern all at once, which may explain some of the allure.  I’ve seen them all over the Internet and from just about every online retailer.  The problem is, most of these bad boys cost a ridiculously pretty penny and I’m willing to bet you could DIY them for a whole lot less.  

Most of these log stools and tables are plain stumps, sanded down and gussied up (like this one from West Elm that goes to the tune of $200 – one of the cheaper variations out there).  Continue Reading

Hardware Store Decor: Plumbing Parts Tables


More evidence that hardware stores ROCK! Graphic design studio, Oat, fashioned some fabulous tables out of plumbing parts and reclaimed walnut. I particularly like their coffee table creation. You can read more

about Oat and the tables at AT.


Want to learn how to make other cool & designer-y items from things you can buy at any old hardware or big box store? Then you’ll want to nab a copy of Make It! Hardware Store Decor, the newest addition to the Curbly how-to library!  Continue Reading