Tool School: This Thing Will Change the Way You Clean Your House

This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

Some might say I'm a bit of a neat-freak, but if you ask me, I'm just an average gal who prefers a clean home. While I cherish my tidy place, I don't enjoy the act of cleaning nearly as much. I'm always on the hunt for products and tools that will make housekeeping an easier and faster job. Let me tell you what, guys: this is it. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic about cleaning, I have to say: I'm in love with this Dremel Versa.         Continue Reading

Get (Your Furniture) Naked! How to Remove Old Paint from Wood

How to remove paint from wood furniture
In partnership with The Home Depot

When it comes to thrift store finds, painting can be a fantastic way to totally transform something old into something new. That being said, too much paint can be a bad thing. Sometimes the most refreshing way to refinish a solid piece of wood furniture is to totally strip it naked and start fresh. That's how I felt about this chair (and its amazing technicolored dream-coats of old paint). Thankfully, it wasn't a ton of work to remove paint from the entire thing. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Modern Wooden Tabletop Christmas Tree

Make this simple Make a Modern Wooden Tabletop Christmas Tree

If you live in a small space, it can be tough to find a spot for a Christmas tree. In my urban apartment, it's impossible to display one, let alone make space to store it the other eleven months of the year. But this year, I was determined to find a small tabletop solution, and while I was at the craft store, it hit me: a reusable dowel rod tree that could be folded up and easily packed away flat. Continue Reading

Curbly Giveaway: Win The Dremel Moto-Saw!

Win this Dremel Moto-Saw

I love tools that do double-duty. This week, we’re giving away a Dremel Moto-Saw; a handheld or bench-mounted precision scroll-saw/coping-saw! It’s perfect for all sorts of detailed craft and woodworking projects, like this cool bathroom towel tree we posted about last week (keep reading to find out how to enter to win):

This month, we’re happy to partner with DremelWeekends, a new DIY website from Dremel featuring step-by-step guides to craft, home and garden projects for all skill levels. Continue Reading

Keep Your Bathroom Sane With This DIY Family Towel Tree

DIY Family Towel Tree from Dremel Weekends
We’re happy to partner with DremelWeekends, a new DIY website from Dremel featuring step-by-step guides to craft, home and garden projects for all skill levels. New projects weekly, ranging from outdoor movie screens to built-in shelving, with lots of inspiring, fresh ideas in between.

Y’know what’s fun? When you step out of the shower to find that your favorite towel is missing. Or even better, that all the towels are missing! Everyone likes standing around dripping wet and helplessly begging for someone, anyone, to bring them a towel. Continue Reading

Easy DIY Outdoor Games Anyone Can Make

Roundup of four DIY summer outdoor game projects
We’re happy to partner with Dremel’ Weekends, a new DIY project website from Dremel featuring step-by-step guides to craft, home and garden projects for every skill level. Projects range from Outdoor Movie Screens to Built-In Shelving, with lots of inspiring, fresh ideas in between.

Sick of air-conditioning-induced bloody noses? Having strange nightmares about Property Brothers episodes? Dudes. I know the heat is on, but it's time to get off the couch and embrace summer! Here's a great way to do it: simple DIY outdoor game projects that will get you, your family, and your friends outside like humans were intended to be. Continue Reading

How to: Make a DIY Outdoor Living Plant Wall


We’re happy to partner with Dremel Weekends, a new DIY website from Dremel featuring step-by-step guides to craft, home and garden projects for all skill levels. New projects weekly, ranging from Outdoor Movie Screens to Built-In Shelving, with lots of inspiring, fresh ideas in between.

What sort of outdoor projects do you have planned for the summer? Our vote is to create something both beautiful and functional, like this living wall that’ll freshen up any outdoor oasis, whether a small urban patio or a spacious backyard. Continue Reading

The Dremel Multi-Max is All Kinds of Cool

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This week, Curbly is giving away a Dremel Multimax oscillating tool kit, so we thought we’d try one out and share our thoughts. I’ve had a Dremel rotary tool for years, and even though I have a whole basement full of big, fancy power tools, I still reach for my Dremel for all sorts of tasks. So, I was excited to try out Dremel’s new offering, the Multi-Max. Whereas the original Dremel is a high-speed rotary tool, meaning it spins around at 12,000 RPM, the Multi-Max is an oscillating motor that vibrates back and forth really fast, sorta like the machines that doctors use to cut away plaster casts. Continue Reading

Curbly Giveaway: Win a Dremel Multi-Max Cordless Oscillating Tool

Happy Holidays, Curbliers! We know our readers are dedicated DIYers, and always have a project in the works. Whether it’s a handmade gift for a loved one, some DIY holiday decor, or a full on room remodel, we always jump at the chance to help our readers do things themselves, and do them well.

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So, this week, we’re happy to be giving away a Dremel Multi-Max oscillating tool kit. This new product from Dremel uses a super fast side-to-side motion to accomplish jobs like cutting and sanding into tight places. Continue Reading

Power Carving

The banner ad for Dremel up there at the top of Curbly got me longing to pull out my underused Dremel. Now there’s a tool that’s full of all sorts of DIY design potential, but not fired up very often. Pumpkin carving came right to mind, and before I knew it, I was face to face with the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit.

No more little dull zigzag knives. Plus, the Dremel site has free Halloween downloadable templates to help you get creative. Continue Reading