Curbly: DIY Hardware Store Decor

September 12th 2010katie

I discovered Curbly via Apartment Therapy – it’s a DIY community with emphasis on the homemade and vintage side of homewares of which I’m so fond. As well as an active user community and excellent blog, they produce publications which come as both physical books and handy PDF-download e-books. In the past these have included guides to Mid-century Furniture and Second-hand Chic, and the newest one is called Hardware Store Decor.

The premise is DIY projects for the home using simple items you can pick up at any hardware store. There’s 12 projects in total, ranging from a copper piping magazine rack to a modern exposed bulb chandelier. The projects are photographed beautifully and you would never guess that most of them are made from hardware store bits and bobs.

I think the first project I would tackle would be this illuminated letter sign, which makes innovative use of fairy lights and doesn’t look too tricky. I also love the sleekly industrial look of this desk, made with galvanised pipe and hardboard, and this steel-and-plywood sideboard.

Happily for a complete DIY amateur like me, the projects are not too challenging and very well explained – though there are more advanced projects that tinker in things like electrics and welding if you’re feeling brave. The book is American but most of the items have a UK counterpart, if differently named. Now where are my jigsaw and glue gun?

Hardware Store Decor is released on Monday and you can buy the PDF or physical book here.

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Comments (3)

  • Elizabeth

    September 13th 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Love the illuminated letter sign – I have just the spot for that. Perhaps an Ampersand?
    I wonder if it would be possible to spray paint the metal legs/struts of the shelving,maybe yellow. fun!

  • katie

    September 14th 2010 at 11:21 am

    An ampersand is a great idea, Elizabeth!

  • JadeLD

    September 14th 2010 at 4:59 pm

    This sounds good, especially for those of us not great at DIY. I really want to try and be creative in my house but I need some guidance!

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