Make This!: Customized Vinyl Wall Decal

DIY This!: Vinyl wall decal

For some reason or another I’m obsessed with contact paper. Maybe it’s because it’s an easy way to transform objects, walls, anything really. It might be because shelf liner is cheap, or maybe it’s the renter in me that loves how temporary it is. Whatever the case, it’s a fact that I love vinyl. And it’s a fact that I love to DIY, which is how this customized vinyl wall decal came to be.        

 

There are lots of resources online and in stores where you can buy vinyl wall decals, but for the picky people out there (ahem, me) who like a challenge, it’s easy to make your own. Continue Reading

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box
Photo: Faith Towers

If you've been following along on Curbly, you may have noticed that we're big fans of IKEA hacks. And this week we have another hack for you, something a little different… a handy under bed storage case that rolls right underneath your fram and out of the way. So keep reading to find out how you can make your own under bed storage!

 

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box
Photo: Faith Towers

The finished piece is simple, functional and well…. Continue Reading

Tool School: Our New Studio Gallery Wall

Gallery wall hanging technique using a laser level
This post is sponsored by The Home Depot

On today’s episode of #toolschool we’re talking about gallery walls:

I don’t think I’ll ever be over gallery walls. No matter their size, shape, or style, they never disappoint me. I love how much personality they have. I love that they can be perfectly symmetrical and organized, or relaxed and eclectic. No matter your style, the one thing you need when creating a gallery wall is balance. 

 

I recently created a gallery wall in the new shop we’re creating in the Curbly studio. Continue Reading

Modern Industrial DIY: How to Make Concrete Soy Candles

DIY Concrete Candles

As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to love burning candles at home. I now enjoy buying seasonal scents in pretty containers, and I’ve learned to love making my own candles. With industrial-style accents becoming increasingly popular, I made a set of concrete soy candles with beautiful wood wicks using rose, one of my favorite scents.

 

DIY Concrete Candles

Candles can be quite easy to make if you use traditional kitchen items like pots and spoons, or you can invest in high quality candle making materials like a metal candle pitcher and wick holder. Continue Reading

Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List

Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List | By Curbly #holiday #christmas #gifts #diy
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Are you in the mood to make some DIY gifts this holiday season? Then you’ll want to peruse and pin our DIY gift guide. In it, we highlight 75 tutorials that cover just about everyone on your gift-giving list; mom, dad, girls, guys, tweens, kids, babies, fur-babies (that’s cats and dogs to the uninitiated), hostess gifts and even teacher gifts. We’ve got it all covered. Take a look!           

 

75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List
Clockwise from top left: Gold Animal Dishes, Lemon & Lavender Sugar Scrub, Gold Tube Bracelets, DIY Phone Charger Holder

 

DIY Christmas Gifts For Mom

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How to Throw an Office Holiday Party Your Co-Workers Will Be Talking About into the New Year

office holiday party
Photo: RawPixel/Shutterstock

Are you in charge of throwing the office Christmas party? What a great opportunity!  After all, if it goes well, you can expect plenty of appreciation and accolades. Make sure you don’t skimp on the planning, though. If the event is boring and awkward, the party will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Looking for work Christmas party ideas? Read on for tips and ideas sure to make your office party fun, delicious, and full of holiday spirit.      Continue Reading

Discarded Dumpster Chair Gets a Second Chance

Painting metal chairs - Office chair makeover
This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

I live for a great trash-to-treasure project. And this piece literally came from the trash.

I wasn't intentionally dumpster-diving, but one of our neighbors in the building was moving out, and leaving a lot behind. While taking out the garbage, I found a plastic case that had a lovely blue typewriter inside (immediately snatched that up), a squeaky office chair (I left that behind), and this ratty old seat. Continue Reading

Use What You Have: Practically Free Upcycled Organization Ideas

Underbed storage

If you've ever gone on an organizing spree, I probably don't have to tell you that the cost of stuff to organize your stuff can really add up. But if you want to get organized on a budget, your best bet is to create solutions with things you already have. Things that might instead end up in the trash or recycling, so you're saving the planet at the same time. These upcycled organization ideas for every room in the house prove that with a little creativity, you don't have to spend big bucks to create an organized space.         Continue Reading

Before and After: How to Transform a Rusty Metal Cabinet to a Modern Statement Piece

Photo: Jeran McConnel

Okay, confession time.  I have a lot of random junk in my garage.  I love to thrift, so when I come across furniture that has “potential”, I buy it and save it for a rainy day.  This ugly little metal drawer cabinet has been in my garage for a couple years now collecting dust.  I bought it at the Pasadena Flea Market and paid about $20 for it.  It was very rusty and had a lot of holes and chipped layers of paint.       Continue Reading

How to Organize Every Room in Your House with a Magnetic Knife Strip

Magnetic knife racks are an excellent way to save space in the kitchen, but you might not realize that they’re great for organizing far more than just knives. After finding all of these creative magnetic knife strip organizing ideas, now I want to add a few to practically every room in my house.        

 

A magnetic knife strip used to store small tools inside a cabinet
Photo:  Poul Ober for Design Sponge

1. There’s no rule that a knife rack has to go on an open wall. Continue Reading