Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Which is Our Favorite IKEA Hack of them All?

IKEA Mirrors round-up - Hacked!
Photo via IKEA Hackers

Hanging a mirror is a painless way to add depth and interest to a wall. Mirrors reflect light and movement in a room, they’re eye-catching, and they can make a space appear bigger than it is. If you know us here at Curbly, you know we LOVE a good IKEA hack. Today we’re reflecting (sorry!) on some of our favorite IKEA mirror hacks and transformations, all in uniquely awesome ways. Keep reading!         Continue Reading

How To: Make a Concrete Countertop with Integral Sink


DIY concrete sink with integral sink feature photo
Photo: Fun DIY Ideas

Serious props to Jenise who made–yes, MADE–this concrete vanity countertop with an integral sink. Of course, she had to make templates and build forms first (pictured below). If you’re wondering how she was able to get such stunning results, that’s because she  took a 3-day course teaching concrete artist techniques before she started. Lucky for us, she shares the what she learned on her website, DIY Fun Ideas.

DIY concrete vanity molds
Photo: Fun DIY Ideas


How to Make a Concrete Countertop or Vanity with Integral Sink [DIY Fun Ideas]

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

Bicycle Vanity

Benjamin Bullins mixed media discarded bicycle turned into a bathroom vanity

Just when you thought you’d seen everything in the way of bathroom vanities come this creation from artist Benjamin Bullins. Taking his inspiration from a single object–in this case a discarded bicycle–Benjamin then begins to build his mixed media sculptures around it. He infuses his creations with objects that celebrate the culture of New Orleans, his hometown, including the mirror, also pictured above, which was constructed using a trombone case. For more information about the vanity, mirror and bathroom, visit Atticmag. Continue Reading

From Log to Luxe: A DIY Timber Bathroom Vanity

created at: 10/10/2011

So, what do you do with a giant piece of leftover, rough cut fir timber?  Turn it into a modern floating bathroom vanity, of course!  

created at: 10/10/2011

Marci Moe of the blog Timber and Lace did just that.  After some exterior work on her house, she was left with a sizable chunk of timber.  Not wanting it to go to waste, she put her wood working skills to the test and set about creating this gorgeous floating vanity.   Continue Reading

How to Convert a Dresser into a Bathroom Vanity


When we remodeled one of our bathrooms awhile back, we had contemplated finding a dresser and converting it into a vanity. We ended up building the vanity from scratch, but I still LOVE the dresser idea so it’s still on my to-try-someday list. Until I write that post, here’s one from BHG. Besides a dresser that suits the space as well as the size of the sink you want to install, the makers also used the following in the vanity’s construction:

  • Sink and faucet
  • Positioning template (if your sink doesn’t come with one, trace the sink outline and create one with paper)
  • Tape
  • Pencil or marker
  • Jigsaw

 For the entire how-to, head on over to BHG. Continue Reading

Dresser Turned Bath Vanity


Not much needs to be said about this dresser turned bath vanity project, except that it epitomizes secondhand chic!


Amazing! To see more pictures of the dresser’s makeover and installation, follow this link to flickr.

Interested in more how-tos for creative reuse, thrift store and market finds, and turning secondhand items into showstopping home decor? Curbly’s latest Make It! publication has fourteen original projects that show you how to recycle some style!


Learn more about Curbly's latest publication, Make It! Secondhand Chic

(Image: Flickr member Alison_Rose from the Apartment Therapy Home Cure Flickr Pool)

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Simple Tips to Turn Your Cramped Bathroom Into a Cozy Retreat.

“Don’t worry if you just have a small space for your bathroom, by saving physical space or by using design techniques to increase the perception of space you will get your small bathroom look more larger…follow these steps” from Momoy.com



1. Change your toilet.

2. Switch up your countertop.

3. Hang cabinets at a comfortable height.

4. Install a pedestal or wall-mounted sink.

5. Install a flat tub with lower walls.

6. Simple shower door or shower screen.  Continue Reading