How to Furnish Your Walls at the Thrift Store

Gallery wall made from thrifted items!

I have a hard time spending a lot of money on wall art. I feel horrible saying that. I got my Bachelor’s degree in art, so I – of all people – totally understand the effort and talent that’s required to create good art. Honestly, I’m just cheap. While I might occasionally splurge for a print or photo I really love, my home is hardly a museum. I can’t afford to fill my walls top to bottom with one-of-a-kind art pieces. Continue Reading

The 100 Best IKEA Hacks of All Time

100 Best IKEA hacks of all time.

We've rounded up one hundred IKEA hacks that prove you can have champagne tastes on a beer budget. Each of these hacks illustrates the power of transformation – basic warehouse pieces are cleverly altered in beautiful ways that make them feel custom. This round up has me feeling like Aladdin on a magic carpet ride – so come along with me! I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, over, sideways and under on a magic IKEA hack ride. 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

My Secret Weapon for Saving Tired Wood Furniture

Before shot of wood furniture in need of a facelift
Photo: Rachel Jacks

A few years ago, I discovered a product for reviving worn wood that I can’t believe I didn’t know about sooner. It took the recommendations of two different vintage furniture dealers before I tried it, but now it’s an essential step for fixing up any tired-looking wood furniture that comes into my house. Best of all, this miracle-in-a-can is affordable, easy to find, and easy to use. Read on if you’re ready to give it a try (or let my “after” photos of the chair above convince you if you think it sounds too good to be true!).              Continue Reading

IKEA Hack: Turn an Inexpensive Cabinet into a Rolling Kitchen Workspace

IKEA IVAR cabinet, hacked
This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

For a while now, I've been trying to figure out how to make the kitchen in my apartment more user-friendly. It's tiny house small. It's a classic galley, only instead of countertops and cupboards flanking both sides of a narrow passage, everything is shoved on one side, facing a blank wall. Because the rental kitchen is so narrow, it hasn't made much sense to put anything on the adjacent wall, save for a trash can and recycling bin. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Industrial Chic DIY Furniture Projects

10 DIY Industrial Furniture Project Ideas
Photo: Brepurposed

We've been into industrial-style DIYs lately over here at Curbly, so today we thought we'd share some gorgeous DIY industrial furniture project ideas you can make yourself. These DIYs are filled with weathered wood, pipes and metal accents, giving them an oh-so-trendy look. Keep reading to check them out.   

 

Industrial bookshelf from an IKEA Billy bookcase
Photo: Grillo Designs

1. This petite organizational shelf is made using an IKEA Billy bookcase! Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Grillo Designs]

 

Industrial chic side table
Photo: The Golden Sycamore

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A Quick, Colorful Patio Makeover Just in Time for Summer

Wagner Paint Sprayer patio chair makeover
This post is sponsored by Wagner

We are in the season of outdoor lounging. Here in the upper Midwest, summer is at a premium and we live outside as much as possible. There's no better way to indulge in this time of year than to sit on the patio and soak it all in. 

My parents have a stunning backyard with gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, and fountains. They live outside in the summertime and spend hours on their patio. Continue Reading

10 Easy Ways To Add Serious Personality To Your Home

10 Easy Ways To Add Serious Personality To Your Home
Photo: Jennifer Farley

It’s a problem that a lot of homes suffer from, whether their owners know it or not – boringness. Does your house lack personality? Or maybe it has plenty and you want to add even more? Well today we have ten easy ways to add serious personality to your home. Click through to check ’em out.   

 

 

10 Easy Ways To Add Serious Personality To Your Home
Photo: M.E. Russell

1. Make some typographical wall art. 

Adding letters, words and phrases is a super easy way to give your walls some serious pizzazz… get the tutorial for this DIY wall decal here. Continue Reading

How to: Give Boring Closet Doors an Inexpensive, Architectural Makeover

created at: 09/04/2012

When Janet Lee first moved into her tiny studio apartment, it was a blank box of white walls and neutral parquet floors. As a renter, she wasn't able to add any actual architectural details for visual interest, so she faked the look by bringing plenty of depth to her bland folding closet doors, creating an inexpensive and removable solution that anyone can do at home.   created at: 09/04/2012The trick? She used super low-cost canvas stretcher bars from the art supply store (30¢ a foot) and attached them with 3M adhesive strips ($3.99). Continue Reading

Best Of: 15 of Our Favorite DIY Projects from 2017

Best of! We're taking a look back at some of our favorite DIY projects to come out of 2017

2017 has been an exciting year, and we here at Curbly have had the opportunity to do some pretty cool stuff over the past twelve months (I don't know if you heard, but we flipped a freaking house!). In addition to making over the original Curbly home, hosting an art show for a bunch of 2nd graders, going to and speaking at Alt Summit, and painting all the things – the Curbly team created a bunch of fun, original projects, too.  Continue Reading