Make It: DIY Striped Neon Vases

created at: 08/23/2012

I love this DIY project! It’s easy, quick, and — like I’m always saying — a great way to give thrifted glassware a kick in the pants!    

The folks at Ruffled had some fun with neon (speaking of, did you catch our neon shenanigans on Instagram this past weekend??) and I for one am a fan. Camden Chitwood of Emerson Events created these pretty vases for them with a few glass cups, rubberbands, and some fluorescent spray paint. Continue Reading

DIY Idea: Painted Teacup Planters

created at: 04/16/2012

These teacup planters would look absolutely adorable on a kitchen windowsill or even on your desk in a sunny office!   

A trip to any thrift store will yield teacups by-the-dozen and for CHEAP. You can also snag new ones from IKEA for not a whole lot more. After that, it’s all about using those porcelain paint pens (from that awesome painted plate project), and going to town with a custom design! Check out how Whitney from SewTrashy created her cute teacup planters right here. Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Painted Glass Tumblers!

created at: 04/12/2012

As you know, I love any and all DIY projects that make use of thrifted glassware (hello, mod dot drinking glasses!). This is a really fun idea you can apply not only to tumblers but any kind of glass dish — bowls and vases would look awesome, too! So, hit up your favorite thrift store and let’s make some pretty glasses!   


Michelle Edgemont put together this tutorial for Say Yes to Hoboken and I absolutely love it. Continue Reading

Alternative Uses for Baking Soda: Free Cheat Sheet Download

Alternative uses for baking soda (PDF download)
This month we’re focusing on cleaning and organization, and we’re giving away a series of helpful cheat sheet PDFs from the Curbly library. So far, we’ve shared a kitchen cleaning cheat sheet, a bathroom cleaning cheat sheet, and a general house cleaning cheat sheet. Today, we’re unveiling a brand new one: a cheat sheet with alternative and household uses for baking soda.

Read on to find out how to download it today!

Today’s download: Alternative Uses for Baking Soda  

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Make It: Pretty Painted Porcelain Plates!

created at: 03/01/2012

Hey, when I see an alliteration, I run with it!  And to be completely honest, these porcelain plates ARE pretty.  They’re also extremely easy to make and affordable to boot!   

Jennifer Hagler from A Merry Mishap has single-handedly convinced me to run to my local craft store (this instant!) and buy myself a porcelain pen… or five.  Not only are they cheap, cheap, cheap, but they come in all kinds of colors.  Imagine the possibilities, people! Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Inspiring Budget-Friendly Bedroom Makeovers!

created at: 02/13/2012

Sure, you can toss thousands of dollars at a bedroom makeover and it’ll probably look pretty great.  But today we’re celebrating the unique creativity of DIYers who make their spaces look like a million bucks on a budget.  Check out our ten favorite budget-friendly bedroom makeovers from the Curbly archives–they’re full of thrifty inspiration and clever DIY projects!   


created at: 02/13/2012

1. This kid’s bedroom went from drab to fab for under $100 thanks to lots of DIY improvements! Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Easy DIY Worktops and Desks You Can Make Yourself!

 created at: 01/16/2012

Whether you’re crafting, blogging, drawing, or drafting, we’ve got the DIY desk for you.  Check out ten of our faves below and let us know which worktop has you worked up!   



1. The legs of an old treadle sewing machine make for a pretty great base on this DIY desk! See more on Emmas Designblogg.

2. A beat up street find got a second life as the drawer unit for this mod desk! Check out how it was done over on Manhattan Nest. Continue Reading

Make It: Vintage Ruler Wall Art

created at: 11/02/2011

Bring a little schoolhouse charm to your decor with this inexpensive and simple wall art idea!  

Folding rulers, whether new or vintage, make for some pretty great decor–who knew?  Get creative by making shapes or letters of all sizes.  I like the small cluster of stars shown above, but your options are pretty endless.  All you need are a few simple materials:

  • folding rulers (as many as your design requires)
  • double-sided tape
  • hammer
  • small nails

Check out Honest to Nod for tips and tricks on how to bring your folding ruler wall art to life! Continue Reading

How To: A Bistro Chair Makeover Makeover

created at: 10/24/2011

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

Eons* ago in design time, I gave this charity sale bistro chair a makeover. I painted the frame and re-upholstered the seat. I liked it for a while, and then I didn’t. The colors in the fabric were those that always look dirty. In this case, a dull yellow and green. The more I looked at them, the more they reminded me of…well, phlegm. Continue Reading

Brilliant Candlestick to Pedestal Table Conversion!

created at: 10/19/2011

Think back to all those goofy candlesticks you saw the last time you were at the thrift store. Now think of all that ugly art you also saw. Now think about how they’d look turned into a pedestal table. Now think….oh forget it. Just look at this:    

created at: 10/19/2011

Yup, they’re the same items just given the once over thanks to some primer, spray paint and Gorilla Glue. For all the details, head on over to Richmond Thrifter. Continue Reading