Dull No More: How To Clean and Sharpen Your Garden Tools

Spring and summer is growing season, but that also means it's time to trim your yard. Trees, bushes, and shrubs need to be kept in shape, and to do that, it really helps to have sharp tools. It's faster and easier to cut with a sharp blade, plus it's better for the plant. In just a few minutes, you can actually sharpen garden tools yourself.        

Yard work is hard enough without trying to do it with dull tools that don't work how they're supposed to. Continue Reading

What Adds the Most Resale Value? It’s Curb Appeal

As last year’s Curbly House renovation project demonstrated, a truly impressive curb appeal upgrade is the surest way to increase a home’s resale value. The front exterior of the home makes the most dramatic first impression, and that first impression will translate to a buyer’s perception of the interior as well. Here’s a before and after from our project:

This article from Clopay on how to increase home value just confirms what we’ve learned anecdotally:

Clopay showed realtors before and after images of different homes featuring a variety of garage door styles ranging in price from inexpensive to high-end.

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How Garage Floor Paint Can Transform Your Space in a Weekend

Garage floor paint guide - how epoxy can fix problem concrete

A new concrete garage slab is a thing of beauty. But due to the porous nature of concrete, it doesn't take long before tough stains (like oil spills) make their way into any garage floor. While you might not mind a few stains, over time, an unprotected cement floor system becomes more vulnerable to damage. An epoxy garage floor coating is a great way to ensure your garage floor's durability, and make the space feel cleaner and more inviting.  Continue Reading

If You Had a Hammer: How to Choose the Best Striking Tool for the Job

Tools 101: A Beginner's Guide to Hammers
In partnership with The Home Depot

You know what they say: “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” But what about if you have a bunch of different kinds of hammers? The truth is, like any other tool, hammers are specialized for many different tasks, and having the right one can be the difference between doing a job correctly and not finishing it at all. Here's a little guide to hammers on the different types we think you should know about, and what they're good for:                

A Beginner's Guide to Hammers | The Claw Hammer

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72 Organization Tips for Every Room of the House

The ultimate roundup of organization tips, tricks, and projects for every space in your home

Organization: you either love it or hate it. No matter your stance, having a good system of organizing is the key to a clean, calm living space. And who doesn’t want that? We’ve rounded up our favorite organization tips and DIY projects to help turn your home into the oasis it should be.       

What are your favorite organization tips? Let us know in the comments!

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DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design Sponge

1. DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage: Keep shoes tidy by storing them vertically. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Clever Ways To Straighten Up A Disheveled Garage

10 garage organization projects

Garages can be a blessing and a curse. It’s nice to have the space to store everything, but what happens when you store everything??? Things get messy, that’s what. Here are ten projects to help you kick the clutter and keep things looking organized!       

 

Garage bins overhead

1. Hang bins overhead for more availabke floor space. via Alpha Rubicon 

rain gutters as shelves

2. Rain gutters suddenly have a new (and awesome) use. via The Family Handyman 

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3. Create a station for all your paint supplies complete with a removable cart! Continue Reading

Roundup: 5 Incredible Garage-turned-Living Space Makeovers

Most garage makeovers include things like epoxied floors, custom-built cabinets, and the like. They’re great and practical and totally inspiring. But today, I thought it would be fun to see how people have transformed typical garages in atypical ways, whether it’s converting the space into a home in and of itself or into a private retreat.        

First up: this garage featured on Casa Diez that was transformed into a standalone office, complete with a bathroom and waiting area. Continue Reading

Garage Turned Dream Home

garage dream home

Remember the garage turned home from awhile back? Well, here’s another one. This time the garage cum dream home belongs to Seattle-ite Michelle de la Vega, who not only designed her new house but did much of the remodeling herself. She even went to welding school to learn how to build the metal furniture and fixtures used in its furnishing.

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You can see more interior pics at calfinder.com. And to learn more about Michelle, visit her website

Before & After: A Garage Made for Partying!

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The before photo is rather grim, but believe me when I tell you that the after will make you want to party all night long!  

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Streamers, ping pong, darts, and a piano??  This may be the best garage in these United States.  Louisiana native and all-around style rock star AB Chao (who is, without a doubt, the most charming person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting – her personality is as bright and colorful as her home), transformed her run-down garage into an energetic space fit for celebrating.   Continue Reading

Garage Organization 101

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During Curbly’s Spring Cleaning Month, we’ve been concentrating on the indoors. Today we venture out a bit and head to the often neglected garage!    

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With warm temperatures here (or, hopefully, just around the corner) it’s a great time to reclaim your garage for its intended purpose, as, according to the US Department of Energy, only 1/4 of all homeowners with a 2-stall garage can’t even park 1 car in their garage, let alone 2. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you the reason. Continue Reading