ebook: Curbly hardware store decor + giveaway

by kath_red on 11/10/2010

in Books, Features

Today I want to show you a quick preview of the third issue of the Curbly Make It! series, this time round the curbly team showcase diy interior decor from stuff you can buy at any hardware store – and as usual the projects are all really budget-friendly. The second Curbly book is also a seriously excellent e-book – – all about fixing up second hand stuff – furniture restoration projects that are completely achievable weekend projects using easily found thrift store goodies. I can’t vouch for number one as I haven’t seen it – but no doubt its equally good.

The faboo Curbly team are offering 3 copies of this hi-res e-book to whipup readers – so leave a comment telling us your best home decor diy! You have 48 hours to enter comments now closed – winners will be notified via email.

{ 41 comments }

1 Claire - Matching Pegs October 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

My best was a cutting table/desk I made out of a door and two Ikea kitchen cabinets. It stores heaps of fabric, and is at a perfect task height.

2 Katie October 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

refinishing a dresser for the baby’s room! It was hard stripping all that paint, but worth it : )

3 christina October 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

for some reason, my favorite home decor diy is my entryway table made of vintage suitcases. 3 coordinating suitcases stacked perfectly in descending height with my toy piano on top makes the perfect table for lamps, books, your don’t-forget-the-keys bowl, whatever! i reassemble it in every apartment i move to and it always makes me feel at home.

4 Jen R October 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm

My best home diy was painting a simple, yet modern/graphic mural on our living room wall. I was inspired by a pattern of concentric squares in our area rug. It looks great!

5 Lesley October 11, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I took a motley collection of picture frames, spray painted them all a dark brown and then created a huge collage of photos of my friends and family. The wall is covered in love… each picture and picture frame unique but tied together with a common color.

6 Jillian October 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm

When I first moved out my mom gave me an old, large oil painting she picked up at an auction. I wasn’t too impressed but the frame was really ornate and cool so I painted the frame silver and replaced the canvas with plywood that I painted with chalkboard paint. Voila message board and menu planner!

7 Vivianne Pontes October 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

My best home decor diy was my whole bedroom! From wallpaper to furniture, I did all by myself!

8 Malinda Lloyd October 12, 2010 at 12:06 am

oh my! I think my favorite DIY so far has been using some clamp together metal shelving units as wall hangers – they were square mesh so great to hang things on. Just put some curved picture hangers on the wall and hang each piece from them.

9 Maggie October 12, 2010 at 12:30 am

the paint swatch wall looks awesome, thanks for the giveaway.

10 rilojane October 12, 2010 at 12:32 am

Due to school, life changes and job changes, I’ve moved ten times in as many years. I trend toward -temporary- decor. My favorite? The time I hung three parallel lengths of wire above our couch and clipped photos to the wire in a sort of clothesline fashion. I always thought it’d be cool to switch out the photos- but we moved about 10 months later. :)

11 Stacy October 12, 2010 at 1:16 am

My best tip is to find cheap antique/junk stores in small towns and visit them often! That’s where I get my best inspiration.

12 tara October 12, 2010 at 7:12 am

the best-an old non-working chandelier that i painted and decorated for my daughters bedroom.

13 charlene October 12, 2010 at 7:28 am

My entry way has a table made from an old treadle sewing machine. Did it years ago and still love it!!

14 carrie October 12, 2010 at 7:43 am

spray-painting ugly light fixtures bright colors, until we can afford something better. awesome of you to feature curbly!

15 Carla October 12, 2010 at 7:49 am

what fun- yes and my name to the hat please!

16 margot kingon October 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

When we first moved out of the city, both me and my dog were overwhelmed with the amount of sticks at our disposal. I built a simple lamp using one of the first sticks I found as the base. It’s almost perfectly straight with jut an arm or two to hang your keys on

17 iHanna October 12, 2010 at 9:11 am

This looks like a very cool ebook! I love changing second hand stuff and “making it my own” in all kinds of ways. My favorite that I am doing now is turning a drawer into a shelf to put on the wall! :-)

18 VinGirl October 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

I made a tapestry-esque wall hanging out of a placemat, a dowel, and some lamp finials. It looked awesome. I just love that paint swatch wall!

19 Meg October 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

I recently turned a old retro radio into an iPod dock. It’s pretty much the coolest thing ever. It looks really classy in my tiny bungalow, and it’s useful, as well.

20 Kimberly October 12, 2010 at 11:04 am

My favorite DIY was refinishing the top of the small wooden table in our kitchen. It was goopy and sticky and gummy when we got it, but some hard work and food-friendly linseed oil & pine varnish made it gleam with serious warmth.

21 Allison October 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

There are so many projects I’ve done, but I think the one I’m most proud of was an Ikea hack, I guess you’d say. I bought their large 5×5 box Expedit bookshelf, and was really excited but didn’t like that it sat on the ground and was about my height. So, I bought two Umbra round plastic trashcans at the Container Store, in a faux black wood finish to match my bookshelf, turned them over and use them as two large pillar legs for the bookshelf to sit on. It makes it the perfect height, and now I can slide a few extra storage boxes under the shelves as well! Cheap and easy, the hardest part was lifting the bookshelf up onto the bins, since its really heavy!

22 Jessica C October 12, 2010 at 11:47 am

Enter me please! I love the letter wall decoration!

23 Sarah October 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

When we moved to our new house, we bought tons of complementary fabrics from the craft store that coordinated with our living room furniture. Then, made quick little frames out of 1″x2″ wood beams and covered them with the fabrics – voila! instant wall art in all shapes and sizes. love love love it.

24 trish October 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I’m hoping my best DIY will be the front porch gate I’m planning with old shutters found at Habitat for Humanity. Here’s hoping!

25 Joan October 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Cool ebook! I love hardware store decor and would love to win. My ex and I took apart a old redwood picnic table and made it into a head board and foot board for our bed after we stained and refinished the wood. Loved the look but very noisy!!(we were just starting out in DIY)

26 Hristina October 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Hi! I don’t have my own house, yet. So I haven’t done anything DIY like but I’d love to win one copy of this nice e-book. I can have some ideas from it. :) Thanks!

27 Kristin L October 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

We move every three years or so, so I have to make things work in multiple places, I’ve used the same curtains in five homes now. I think the most clever DIY though was the “filing cabinets” I made by putting hanging file frames inside of wicker german wedding baskets (sort of like deep picnic baskets with feet or laundry baskets with upholstered lids). Practical and pretty!

28 lazysmurf October 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I would love to win this book! So far my biggest project in my new house has been doing full wall of stencils in the foyer. It looks pretty neat!

29 Lisa C October 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm

My favourite, we hooked up a light in our mudroom to a motion sensor so that if you enter from either the kitchen or from outside a light pops on for you automatically. SOOO handy when your hands are full!

30 Sonya October 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

My best DIY was to make a play-gym with plumbing fixtures – this is so what I love to do!

31 Lindsay S. October 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I took this old dresser of my mother’s circa 1976 (literally older than I am, and I think she only paid like $20 for it). I got some glossy black paint, and re-painted it. Then I stenciled on the outline of a bra, panties, socks, a t-shirt, a tank top, and shorts on each of the 6 drawers — super graphic and cheeky. On top, I stenciled a hand mirror, some pearls, and a necklace. I dug around for mismatched drawer pulls, two coats of polyurethane, and I have the best dresser. I always get lots of questions about where I got it.

32 Annemarie October 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm

My favourite DIY was creating a headboard for my bed from a old wooden door.

33 Suzy D October 13, 2010 at 7:24 am

My favorite project to date has to be my 100 year old mission rocker.

34 Holly October 13, 2010 at 10:42 am

We love to make our little 1920′s era closets spaces that are for seeing–not just stowing stuff. So we either wallpaper or paint the interiors in contrasting colors to the rest of the room so they pop out at you. As a result, we rarely keep our closet doors shut and they are a happy addition to the room–almost like an extra piece of furniture.

35 jo October 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm

We couldn’t afford a new fridge at the time, and this old one was dented, rusted, scratched, etc…
I got sick of looking at it in my otherwise cute kitchen, so until we could buy a new one, I covered that whole thing w/ a layer of kilz, then painted it (to match my walls), the same olive green as the walls, and outlined with painter’s tape, each of the three sides and filled in the huge “rectangles” with chalkboard paint. Since it was metal, we could still use magnets, so I made magnetic frames, put photos in them, and then wrote in chalk a cut little saying about each photo under it or to the side of it. The black paint was a perfect backdrop to the photo frames and it was always changing with seasons, and photos. When we could afford something better, I passed, and kept it til we moved. Wish I’d taken photos of it now. I would love a copy of your book…ideas are endless!!!

36 Kay October 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm

It has to be the window shelf I made for my mate out of old cardboard boxes so her plants can be right where they need to, in the sunshine!

37 Suntory October 14, 2010 at 1:18 am

Dad gave me space up the attic as my new room. I had to design the room around a sloped ceiling with a low clearance so it was quite the challenge. I wanted lots of storage space for all my craft materials and books. So, we made a bookshelf that followed the contour of the ceiling, much like stairs, but with the inner shelves placed at varying intervals. All it took was some wood, nails, and fancy sticker-type wall coverings.

38 bruno October 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Wow! So many awesome entries here!

@Lindsay S. – I’d love to see a pic of that graphic stenciled dresser; sounds very witty (also good for remembering what goes where)

@everyone – if you buy (or win) the eBook, please get in touch and let us know if you end up making any of the projects! Contact: tips AT curbly.com

39 Lottie October 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I love taking old lamps apart and using bits here and there to repurpose them into a new beautiful lamp! Different finials and assorted base materials can be shot with a quick spray of paint — add an antique glass shade or a handmade paper one and you’ve got a whole new lighting accessory!

40 Jaimee (in NSW, Australia) October 14, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Earlier this year I bought my first power tool – a mouse sander – and refurbished a set of Tasmanian Oak drawers – my first major “upcycling” project. I found the dark and wobbly unit with a missing handle in a second-hand store, and transformed it to a light and modern piece with new matching wood handles. It now sits pride of place in my bedroom. I’m now in the middle of reupholstering a chair, which my neighbour threw out in the council inorganic collection – couldn’t believe my luck! It’s my first reupholstering project, so am figuring it out as I go! My husband has a lot of patience with my projects taking up a lot of our living space! Thanks Curbly – you’re a great source of inspiration, and I’d be stoked to win the ebook.

41 Summer October 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm

My latest is always my favorite so right now that would be the terrarium I planted in an old lamp my grandmother picked up at the dumpster. Previous owners converted a huge, old pickle jar into a lamp. I cleaned it up; lamp mech works like a charm. Planted a be-u-t-ful fern, some moss, used river rocks we brought back from vacation. Gave it a new shade from Big Lots and…..TA DA…We have a fab terrarium. Now my grandmother wants it back – go figure :-)

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