How to Repaint Furniture | The Painted Dresser Project

How to repaint a dresser

Ready for a fun before-and-after project? A boring Craigslist dresser is transformed into a vision of blue beauty, in just 10 steps! There is a right way to to achieve a great finish on a painted dresser, and there is certainly a wrong way, too. Sure, you could just slap on a coat of paint and call it a day, but impatience and rushing through the repainting process means sloppy results. However, we're here to share our careful step-by-step process, and to make sure you get it right the first time around so your Craigslist finds can shine!             Continue Reading

The Pinch of Yum Master Bedroom Tour

When we started Curbly in 2006, saying that your job was 'blogging' was a recipe for confusion. Lots of people didn't even know what a blog was. Fast forward a decade or so, and blogging as a profession is so well-accepted that you probably have a blogger or two living in your own neighborhood. That why we were excited, but not entirely surprised, when we discovered that prolific food bloggers Bjork and Lindsay Ostrom, from PinchofYum, lived about a mile from us. Continue Reading

Revealed! The New Curbly House Boy’s Bedroom (+ Room Painting 101)

The Curbly House II's Little Boy's Room Makeover + Painting Tips 101We've been painting rooms at Curbly for over a decade. And, we've gotten pretty good at it. We've done straight-forward walls and we've done full-scale murals – and almost everything in between. Through it all, we've learned that good prep, good paint, and quality tools are the magic trifecta. 

We're partnering with Purdy Paint Tools and sharing our favorite tips all through the reveal of the 2017 Curbly House's sweet child's bedroom. This is the first room we're revealing , and we're so inredibly excited, because it's a perfect glimpse of all the goodness that's in store for this complete home makeover. Continue Reading

Destruction! (Just a Little) – Curbly House Week One

Well, folks, it's official! Jon* and I signed the closing papers last week, and we are now the proud owners of the new Curbly House! Now all we have to do is put in a new kitchen, renovate the bathrooms, add a new back door, replace the HVAC, finish the basement, improve the landscaping, and figure out how to get a parking space into the back yard! No biggie.

*Reminder: Jon's my partner on this project; he's a real estate investor with knack for DIY projects and a love of old houses in need of TLC.
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Classic-Modern Elegance: Design Inspiration for the Curbly House

Design Inspiration for the Curbly House 2017

Earlier this week we told you all about our new Curbly House makeover. A house we're so excited to take on, get to know, make beautiful, and then put on the market again (furnished and polished and perfect).  

More than just a flip

While this project is, by definition, a flip, I view it as a lot more than that. When we're finished with it, I want it to have a cohesive design and a story. Continue Reading

Styling to Sell: A Living Room Makeover for the Original Curbly House

Curbly living room makeover with Shaw Floors

I have some pretty huge professional goals this year, and one of them is about redirecting the Curbly ship into new waters. Specifically, our whole team is committed to pouring all we have into creating original content (projects, roundups, and tutorials) and taking on more room makeovers. I believe in the power of transformation, so I’m committing myself to it.

We’re beginning this theme of transformation by revealing a little secret: for the past few weeks, we’ve preparing to sell our old house!  Continue Reading

Before and After: A Lesson On Color In The Kitchen

Before and After: A Lesson On Color In The Kitchen
Photo: Yellow Brick Home

This kitchen didn’t have much going for it, except for its size. So you can imagine that the makeover was pretty dramatic. Click through to check out the transformation, along with a few helpful tips on how to introduce color into your kitchen.   

 

Before and After: A Lesson On Color In The Kitchen
Photo: Yellow Brick Home

The new kitchen feels cohesive and updated, but with a sense of reverence for the historical vibe of the space. The brick, bead board and the glass chandelier all have a slightly nostalgic feel here. Continue Reading

Before and After: A Lesson On Open Concept Layouts

Before and After: A Lesson On Open Concept Layouts
Photo: Vintage Revivals

Sometimes large open spaces are harder to decorate than smaller ones. It’s sort of like someone asking you what your favorite food is… the sheer number of options is intimidating! All kidding aside though, it can be tricky to decide where to put what and how to fill up the space. Read on to find out how the problem was tackled in this living space.   

 

Before and After: A Lesson On Open Concept Layouts
Photo: Vintage Revivals

The new design is warm and inviting, and full without feeling overcrowded. Continue Reading

5 Things To Learn From This Incredible Closet To Nursery Makeover

5 Things To Learn From This Incredible Closet To Nursery Conversion
Photo: Domino

When the owners of this well-known tiny house found out they were expecting, they didn’t move out like many of us might do – they turned an existing closet into a micro nursery! The resulting space is oh-so-cute and surprisingly functional. Click through to check out the incredible transformation.   

 

5 Things To Learn From This Incredible Closet To Nursery Makeover
Photo: Domino

They have everything they need right in this tiny corner, and they didn’t have to make any major renovations either. Here are a few valuable lessons we can learn from this makeover:

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Before and After: A Vibrant Home Office Makeover Tour

Before and After: A Colorful Office Makeover Tour
Photo: Ariel Garneau

When Ariel and her husband moved into their current home, the office walls were a bland flesh color that didn’t spark much creativity – but just wait until you see what it looks like now that Ariel has gotten her hands on it. I’ll give you a hint… you’ll be green with envy once you see it! Click through to read all about the makeover process.   

 

Before and After: A Colorful Office Makeover Tour
Photo: Ariel Garneau

The new space is vibrant and energetic, thanks to a bold color scheme and lots of unique decorative accents. Continue Reading