How to: Install a Simple and Affordable DIY Shiplap Panel Wall

We’d had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy’s Kitchen Makeover.

How to: Install Scandinavian-inspired Shiplap Paneling

Today, let’s talk about the walls. Our kitchen had a very, um, “interesting” design. The walls were painted a light peachy pink, with a green vine wallpaper border at the top (I removed that as soon as we moved in). And it has been left that way for over two years. Continue Reading

10 Minute Makeover with Murals Your Way

created at: 02/22/2012

Wall murals have come a long way since the 1970s. Back then they were basically flimsy sheets of wall paper applied with glue. Flash forward to the 20 double digits. Now we can find them made of heavy-duty vinyl with peel & stick repostionable backings like those from Murals Your Way. 

First, let’s take care of a little business. Murals Your Way has a HUGE collection of murals from which to choose. They have countless pre-made images you can customize by adding names, pictures, business logos and such. Continue Reading

Easy Paint Chip Wall Art

My love with paint chips is a well-documented one, and word on the street is I’m not alone in my obsession with the colorful little gems. Here’s an easy art project that will look modern and professional, all while putting that boxed collection to a good use and clearing out some space for more paint chips!

Choose a palette of paint chip colors that complement each other or the room you plan on hanging your finished artwork in. Continue Reading

4 Design Secrets to Conquer the Tall Wall Challenge

When so many people are challenged with decorating small spaces, it seems odd that there are those who struggle with decorating their great big tall walls. Luckily, there are more ways to capture and utilize that space than hanging a giant quilt way up there.(Don’t you love those three poufs?)

1. Shelve it and use your collections as art. Functional, decorative and it pulls the wall into the coziness of the room.2. Play up the height with tall trees, large vases with long and narrow bamboo sticks, tall nature murals. Continue Reading

What material is this?

74 box box 08 25 000 Ping Pong Balls, a Perfect Way to Jazz Up a Small Brooklyn Apartment

Can you guess the material used to decorate the walls of this apartment?

    Here’s a close-up hint:

74 box box 03 25 000 Ping Pong Balls, a Perfect Way to Jazz Up a Small Brooklyn Apartment

If you said ping pong balls, you would be correct. They adorn the 90sf Brooklyn apartment belonging to Daniel Arsham. To read more about Daniel and his pixilated pad, head on over to Freshome.

DIY Birch Tree Wall Decals

Michelle wanted to dress up the walls of her baby’s room, but wanted something a bit less permanent than paint for her rental home. Her solution was creating a wall mural using removable contact paper. How did she make the knotty bark look so realistic? With a sponge!    Here’s the entire supplies list:

  • scissors
  • sponge
  • tape measure
  • contact paper, Michelle used off white
  • acrylic paint, including yellow, black, read, orange and lime green

For the entire tutorial, visit this page on Make. Continue Reading

Ask Curbly: TVs, Clawfoot Tubs, Cheap Organizing and Weird Beds

created at: 10/08/2010

If you’ve never checked out our Ask a Question forum, now’s the time to start. It’s a perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I’d highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

xox_nicole: How can I make a clawfoot tub into a couch?

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Modern-Looking Scrap Wood Walls

created at: 03/31/2010

Image: LumberJocks

If you’re trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn’t be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the dynamic wall.

created at: 03/31/2010

The designer/craftsman used scraps of 2 x 4’s ripped into 1/2 to 1 inch thicknesses, ran them through a wood planer so each piece has one smooth surface. Continue Reading