How to: Easy DIY Hand-Painted Brushstroke Accent Wall

Easy DIY Hand Painted Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

When I decided to give my guest room a makeover for the One Room Challenge, I knew it would be a great opportunity to create a cool accent wall. So once I finished the rest of the space, I dove into the final detail – a hand painted brushstroke accent wall using a slightly darker paint color.   



  • Original latex wall paint color
  • Black latex paint
  • One inch wide paintbrush
  • Washi tape
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
Easy DIY Hand Painted Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher


Begin by stretching a piece of washi tape across the wall, somewhere in the middle. Continue Reading

Studio to Shop: Transforming our Space into Something Entirely New

New Studio Shop Space

We recently made a big change to our former studio space. We took it from a place that housed projects, DIYs, and our work stations, to something totally different, and something we're really proud of and excited to reveal.

 Curbly has officially been housed in this studio for the last 3 years, and it's provided an amazing place for the blog to grow and unfold. But, all good things involve change and making space for new things, and we've been quietly making a few of them around here. Continue Reading

Tool School: Framing Nailer

This week on Tool School, I’m trying out the new Dewalt cordless framing nailer. It’s the most powerful cordless nailer they’ve ever built, so I’m excited to see how it works! 

Dewalt cordless framing nailer - 20-volt lithium ion battery - 21-degree
This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

You know you’re pushing the limits of what you might call “DIY” when your project requires a nail gun. For most jobs, a hammer and a bag of nails will suffice. But if you’re framing an addition, building a deck, or putting up a fence, you’ll probably want to reach for a framing nailer. Continue Reading

Your Last Chance to Win Every Art Lover’s Dream

You may not know this, but we LOVE Minted. And, more importantly, we love YOU, our readers. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Minted to give away an incredible $1,000 in Minted goodies to one lucky winner! That’s $1,000 you could use to finish up all your holiday gift giving, to decorate your home, or to just get some much needed retail therapy. 

There’s just one itsy, bitsy little catch… the giveaway ends tonight at 11:59 Pacific. Continue Reading

Shopping Guide: 10 Wall-Mounted Storage And Organization Products

Wall-Mounted Mail Organizer
Photo: Southern Woods Style

If you’re short on square footage, walls can be a valuable and under-utilized storage area in the home. There are tons of wall-mounted storage and organization products out on the market today; here are ten of my favorites.   


Wall-Mounted Storage Products

1. Grab this combination spice rack and towel holder over at West Elm. [Photo: West Elm]

2. Organize your workspace with this customizable magnetic modular system. [Photo: The Container Store]

Wall-Mounted Organizers

3. A key cabinet and a clock in one! Continue Reading

Make It: Black & White Instagram Wall Calendar

January may be coming to a close, but there are still eleven months left in the year. Celebrate the date with this large DIY calendar with prints from your Instagram account!      

Jenny from Earl Grey Blog created this giant wall calendar from her instagram prints. She kept things black and white to match any color scheme! It looks great and is easy to change month to month! Visit Earl Grey Blog for the full how-to!

DIY Instagram Wall Calendar by [ Earl Grey Blog]

Best of Curbly: Top 10 DIY Wall & Art Projects of 2011

created at: 12/26/2011

Starbursts and typography. Two words that were oh-so-hot for artwork in 2011. Another two words that came to mind rounding up our hands-down-favorite art/wall projects were ‘unusual uses.’ From cupcake liners to shoe polish, the materials used by these creative individuals was nothing less than inspirational. And did we mention that the resulting artwork was outstanding as well?   

created at: 07/19/2011

First we look back at our own Chris’s typography prints, pictured above. We’re sticking with Chris on this next one too: Typographic String ArtContinue Reading

Decor 101: Why White Walls are Not Boring!

created at: 11/08/2011

No sir, I don’t think white walls are boring… they are merely just a canvas for something awesome!

I am a big fan of stark white walls filled with colorful collages of artwork.  I appreciate it in my own home as well as others.  For me they evoke the feeling of a light and airy space and I love pops of color scattered throughout. Today I was crafting with a friend who has a fab little bungalow in the Venice Canals part of LA and she also loves her bright white walls… And her place still has lots of personality from the interesting and colorful artwork and accessories throughout. Continue Reading

Say What?! Design Studio Creates Walls from Recycled Magazines

created at: 06/21/2011

Designers are generally smart people. Case in point: the graphic designer office of Oktavilla, which features walls made from recycled magazines. Not some ground up, post-consumer new paneling product, but actual magazines.

Check out these photos:         

Dave from Holiday Matinee remarks, “Damn those Swedes, they think of everything! Elding Oscarson is the architectural duo responsible for turning stacks of recycled magazines into office walls of graphic design agency, Oktavilla. I will never look at old magazines the same. Continue Reading