The most important factor in completing home improvement projects is having the right tool for the job. It's that simple. Home improvement isn't rocket science, and when you're unable to complete a task, it's usually not because you aren't smart or skilled enough. It's because you don't have that tool that does that thing you need in order to finish the job!
Unfortunately, you can't bring your entire workshop with you wherever you go. Continue Reading
I’m currently living in a home that has most likely been painted at least every 2 years since the 50s. The paint-history totally shows on all the door knobs, playing out in accidental swipe marks and drips. If you were to peek behind the knobs you could literally see the years play out in paint layers, with many of those layers ending up on the hardware itself. They say it’s the details that create the big picture, and after seeing how sleeker my hardware looks after stripping it, I have to agree. Continue Reading
Apartment-living, like anything in life, comes with its own set of pros and cons. Con: the walls are so thin you can hear your next door neighbors breathing. Pro: when the 20-year-old fridge in your kitchen inevitably breaks, you’re not the one who has to replace it! I’ve been living in rentals for about eight years now, and while one day I’d like to buy a little fixer-upper of my own, for now I’m figuring out how to enjoy the temporary spaces I inhabit. Continue Reading
I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford expensive furniture. I’ve grown accustomed to cheaper options like IKEA and Target, where I’ve found pieces that I absolutely love with one problem – the hardware is very plain. After my latest furniture purchase of a new media unit with two cabinet doors, I decided to upgrade the hardware myself and make DIY faceted handles out of clay.
Things like furniture hardware make a huge impact and can dramatically change a piece of furniture, so this really simple DIY adds some homemade flair and character to an otherwise cookie cutter piece of furniture. Continue Reading
Great for small spaces, big entryways, studios, or even guest rooms, this rolling coat rack is the perfect pop of color for any space. Also? It’s totally DIYable and costs less than dinner and a movie!
Heather Peterson, known around the interwebs as hrrrthrrr, created this cheerful little coat rack from common hardware store items and has a slew of great ideas for how to use it: for laundry, to plan outfits, to keep sewing projects organized, and, of course, as a coat rack.
These leather strap cabinet pulls are a gorgeous–not to mention highly clever–DIY alternative to run-of-the-mill, big box hardware. All you need are a few simple materials!
Artist Holton Rower (whose paintings we featured here) first made these DIY leather cabinet pulls nearly 20 years ago to use in an apartment and has been making and installing them in his homes and studios ever since. They are super affordable and extremely stylish (can you imagine how beautifully these will age? Continue Reading
So, how awesome is the really cool piece above? I wish I could take credit, but I can’t – it was invented by my friend Jimmy. He’s a prop master working on Hollywood films and TV shows and crafty by nature. When I saw this really cool piece in his home I had to know all about it! It looks like a mod piece of art that could be sold in a museum gift shop. It can be constructed with items found at the local home improvement store, and Jimmy was kind enough to share the full how-to with Curbly. Continue Reading
I’m not gonna lie: I have a lot of tools. If you walk into my basement, you’ll see a fully-equipped studio/shop that allows me to come up with original how-tos and teach folks to make unique things for their homes. But, scads of power tools, craft supplies, or fancy software are a luxury, not a necessity.
If I could only have five tools in my arsenal, I wouldn’t choose a single power tool. Okay, well, maybe my table saw, but only because it’s so versatile, and really fun to use. Continue Reading
Spring is the time for working on home improvement projects. If you’re thinking about stocking up on supplies for an upcoming improvement, or are finally feeling empowered to attack that to-do list, consider these ideas to save when DIYing.
1. Big Box Vs. Small Stores For the frugal consumer, shopping smart is always a logical first step. When you’re shopping at the big-box home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes, there are always deals going down. Continue Reading