Before and After: Mid Century Side Table Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Apr 24, 2015
by Sarah Hearts

Confession: I've always be jealous of people who can take an old piece of furniture and turn it into a quality piece in their home. More so than ever after I came across this before and after by Sarah Hearts. I've seen this style of table here and there at thrift stores, but never wanted it in my home as is (and I didn't know what to do with it). Turns out, you don't have to go overboard to make something look beautiful. A fewContinue Reading

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Budget Decor Month + A New Instagram Challenge

By: Brittni mehlhoff Apr 01, 2015
Photo: Sarahdipity Photos for Curbly

This month is budget decor and makeover month here on Curbly. And we'd love for you to join us in sharing your own thrifted projects and budget-friendly decor DIYs by using the hashtag #CurblyThriftUp on social media. What kind of projects are we looking for? It can be as simple as a thrift store vase that you spray painted to give a bold new look, as large as a vintage furniture makeover, and everything in between. Sound good?   

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Before and After: A Bedroom Dresser Turned Rolling Kitchen Island

By: Brittni mehlhoff Mar 20, 2015
Photo: Yellow Brick Home

I love seeing DIY projects that involve remixing a piece of furniture for an entirely new purpose. And this dresser DIY definitely fits that category. Not only does the 'after' version look completely different, it also serves a brand new use, as a kitchen island (complete with butcher block and all). Curious to see how it turned out?   

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Before and After: A Trashed Roadside Find Becomes A Glam Deco Desk

By: Lexy.b.ward Feb 06, 2015
before and after deco dresser
Photo: Goodwill Glam

Is the idea of a furniture makeover daunting to you? Do you live to DIY? Or would you rather just buy? Sometimes when I see a piece of furniture on a curb or at a thrift store, it looks like it's in too bad of shape to make it over, but this before and after is proof that a little elbow grease works! I especially love the deco design up top!      

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Before and After: A Large Hallway Turned Cozy Reading Nook

By: Brittni mehlhoff Feb 05, 2015
Photo: Emily Henderson

A large hallway / common area gains a new purpose as a super cozy reading nook, complete with comfy furniture and a colorful area rug. The end result is a dramatic before and after with a modern cabin vibe.   

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Before and After: A Mid Century Modern Table Makeover

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jan 30, 2015
Photo: Sarah M Dorsey Designs

See how this $19.50 dining set, from Goodwill, was transformed into a sleek mid century gem. Hint: Bye bye bulky tabletop.   

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Before and After: Reclaimed Letter Box

By: Rachel mae smith Jan 07, 2015
Reclaimed Letter Box Credenza by Hello Lidy
by Hello Lidy

Call me crazy, but the post office just got themselves a new fan. Well.. at least the person who was responsible for donating this letter box to the thrift store for Hello Lidy to find, they have a new fan. Because man did she and her husband work some magic.Continue Reading

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Before and After: Thrift Store Table Gets a Modern Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Dec 15, 2014

Modern Thrift Store Table Makeover
via Francois et Moi 

When it comes to furniture makeovers, it seems that more often than not, the simplest changes can have the most impact. The idea of buying a less than perfect piece in hopes making it over to use in your home on a daily basis can seem overwhelming at times, but like Francois et Moi's thrift store table makeover, sometimes all a piece needs is a fresh coat of paint and an easy hardware change. Continue Reading

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Before and After: An Inviting Guest Room Makeover

By: Brittni mehlhoff Dec 05, 2014

This builder beige guest room is about to get a dose of personality, complete with wallpaper and DIY shelving. It looks so good!   

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Before and After: How to Redo a Funky, Vintage Footstool

By: Brittni mehlhoff Nov 29, 2014

After snagging this footstool from an antique store for $22, I decided to completely overhaul it for a bedroom makeover. I thought it would be the perfect seating option for a vanity, with some updates. The end result is a vibrant piece that brings warmth and personality to the room. Here's how I gave this small piece of furniture a big update.   Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Top to Bottom Bedside Lamp Makeover

By: Brittni mehlhoff Nov 05, 2014

I found this inexpensive table side lamp on clearance at Target and thought it would be the perfect shape for a bedroom makeover I recently put together. After recovering the lampshade and embellishing the base, I was able to create a custom light for about $30. Here's how you can make your own.   Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Sparse Bedroom Becomes a Relaxing Retreat Full of Personality

By: Brittni mehlhoff Nov 04, 2014
Sarahdipity Photos

Remember the before photos from this bedroom makeover? Well, it's time to share how the whole thing turned out. There was a lot of work to do, but after rolling up our sleeves, reconfiguring a few things, and buying some new furniture, the home owners are now able to enjoy a more relaxing space that feels like home. Click through to see how this bedroom makeover turned out.   

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Before and After: Thrift Store Desk Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Oct 31, 2014

Desk Makeover by NorthstoryChances are that you've walked past this style of desk a dozen times before at a thrift store without even pausing for a moment or batting an eye. I know that I have. After seeing this makeover by Northstory, however, I can tell you that won't be making that mistake again.Continue Reading

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Before and After: Upholstered Headboard from Scratch

By: Brittni mehlhoff Oct 30, 2014

I love seeing DIY furniture pieces being made by homeowners and this one for an upholstered headboard from scratch is definitely impressive.   Continue Reading

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Before and After: Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Oct 10, 2014

Mid-Century Dresser Makeover by Visual HeartI need to gush a bit here folks, because this makeover absolutely blew me away. So much so actually that I've gone back to look at the full post a few times now. No shame, right?Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Dining Room Says Bye Bye Wallpaper

By: Brittni mehlhoff Sep 22, 2014

See you later green, granny wallpaper. This dining room is about to get a make under, in the best of ways.   Continue Reading

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Taming Workspace Clutter with Simple, Modern Shelving

By: Brittni mehlhoff Sep 16, 2014

We all have a spot in the house that looks a little something like this. Don't we? It may not be quite as bad as mine was, but I think you get the picture. That before photo was an actual corner of my workspace I had let pile up for way too long. I couldn't find anything in that stack of bags and boxes anymore. So I partnered with Sauder to cut down on the clutter and tame my workspace.

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Before and After: A Wood Desk Goes Green

By: Brittni mehlhoff Sep 03, 2014

Feeling uninspired when it comes to your workspace? Maybe you're in need of a little makeover inspiration, like this colorful desk revamp. Click through to see how this plain oak desk was turned into a statement piece with some personality.

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Before and After: A Blah Bathroom Becomes A Bright Masterpiece

By: Lexy.b.ward Sep 03, 2014

bathroom makeover

The bathroom. It is sometimes the last to get a face-lift when renovations come around. And sometimes, it never gets a face-lift at all. But I'm telling you now, "BE PROUD OF YOUR BATHROOM!". This bathroom was boring with outdated tile, tan walls, and blah wood finishes. And now? If I were the owner, this might be my favorite room in the house.      

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Before and After: A Parisian Apartment Gets Back to Its Roots

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 21, 2014

If you like original woodwork, you are going to love this before and after. The carpet has been pulled up and the paint has been stripped. The end result is a beautiful space, filled with rich woods. Click through to check it out.   Continue Reading

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