How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

created at: 12/08/2011

The inspiration for this easy holiday project came to me in a dream. I know, I know…that sounds like an elaborate and somewhat ridiculous setup for a blog post, but it's true, in this case. Sparing you the details, I'll just share the effect- in which I woke up a few days ago, and immediately felt compelled to Google “sparkly OR glitter platypus ornament”. No results. Surprised?

At some point that day, I decided I couldn't bear to live in a world where there were glittery platypus ornaments didn't exist.   Continue Reading

Reader Re-Do: A Colorful Patio Furniture Makeover

created at: 09/04/2012Note: This project is a reader submission from Rick in St. Paul, MN. We loved his colorful wrought-iron patio furniture makeover, and wanted to share it with you. Have a project you’d like us to share? Send us an e-mail to tips@curbly.com.

“Would you like our old patio furniture?”

That’s the question my uncle asked me earlier this summer. It was a bit of a loaded question, especially when he told me that he was going to throw it away if we didn’t want it. Continue Reading

Our Simple Front Porch Makeover

Our porch, before.
Spring is here (or is it summer, lately it’s hard to tell), and that means we’re focusing on Outdoor and Garden posts this month on Curbly. And what better way to enjoy the outdoors than from a lovely, screened-in front porch. Last year we gave our a quick, simple makeover, and I’m sure it’ll continue to be our most-used-room-in-the-house this season. 

First, we spruced up an old, kid-sized rocking chair so our daughter would have a nice place to sit:

Ayla loves her rocking chair!

We also repainted our porch coffee tables and added a new rug; click here to see how the whole thing turned out. Continue Reading

How to: Give a Wine Bottle a Custom Typographic Makeover

created at: 02/07/2012

At this point in my relationship, we’re sorta past making a big deal for Valentine’s Day. As I look back, we never really did much, but these days, it’s simply a reminder that we’re a pretty great fit for each other, and that every day feels special. I’m grateful that I don’t have show up with gems and jewelry, but can we’ll likely just stay in, make a thoughtful dinner together and treat ourselves…perhaps with a bottle of champagne. Continue Reading

Shot of Yellow Lamp Makeover

created at: 12/29/2011

Decor Chick was looking for some yellow lamps for forever. Long story short, she never found them, so she made over the lamps above to look like the lamps below.   

I bet you thought the BASE of the lamps were going to be the part that would get the once over, right? Nope. DC gave the shades a shot of Krylon–in Sun Yellow Gloss, to be specific. Now she has the yellow lamps she’s been craving!  Continue Reading

How to: Make a Contemporary, Glittery Holiday Tree Centerpiece

created at: 12/01/2011

Truth be told, I’ve never actually owned, made, or utilized a dining table “centerpiece.” See, I’m lucky enough to have any dining area at all in my urban apartment, in which I barely manage to fit a small table big enough for four. Once the table is set, filled with glasses, place mats, and the like, there’s no room for extra decor. I would need an actual dining room, with an actual dining table.

But, this holiday season, I decided to make one anyway. Continue Reading

How to: Turn a Tacky Glitter Reindeer into an AWESOME Glitter Reindeer

created at: 11/16/2011

I’ll be honest. I’m not really into glitter. Maybe it’s because I’m a guy, or perhaps because my taste lean towards the clean and contemporary. Mostly, it’s cause, as my memories of summer camp and Sunday school taught me, it’s messy to deal with. Open that bottle, and it’s on you for life. It is, as  Demetri Martin remarks, “the herpes of craft supplies.”

But this holiday season…I don’t know…I’m kinda feeling it. Perhaps it’s sparkles will match my beloved aluminum Christmas tree, or maybe cause the holidays always allow for going a little over the top, but they’re feeling festive this year.  Continue Reading

A Glitter-y Vintage School Desk Makeover

Schooldesk makeover, before

Against all my expectations, my daughter Ayla is a princess-loving, pink-obssessed, necklace-wearing girly girl. She’s two, and yet she often demands wardrobe changes several times per day. Honestly, I don’t know how this happened; I always kind of thought I end up with a tomboy, but no, her favorite games are ‘jewly’ (jewelry) and and dressing up her ‘babies.’

It’s cool, though. I can adapt. And here’s proof: this fall I was driving by an antique shop when I spotted an old school desk sitting on the front sidewalk. Continue Reading

How to Make a Blue Plate Special Pillow

No, it’s not just a comment on its color or pattern. This pillow was ACTUALLY made using a plate, AND, I might add, Curbly’s favorite spray paint: Krylon. Here’s the shopping list to make one:

  • 20″ x 20″ square of cream or white canvas fabric
  • 8″ diameter plate
  • contact paper (I’m thinking freezer paper & iron might work too)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Krylon Fusion spray paint

For the entire tutorial, head on over to Mark Montano’s blog. Continue Reading

IKEA Table Gets a Natural Modern Makeover

This month, Krylon is sponsoring a series of thrifty, creative DIY projects:

Over the last month, we’ve been giving some love to our favorite room in the house … our porch. Earlier this month we spruced up our porch coffee tables and a rocking chair. Then we kept the momentum going and re-did some candle-holders. This week’s project was both functional and fun, and we were thrilled with the results. 

IKEA table makeover - before
In the summer, we spend a lot of time on the front porch, relaxing, eating, and winding down with friends. Continue Reading