Roundup: 20 DIY Projects Using Reclaimed Materials

by DIY Maven

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Is there anything more rewarding in the DIY world than using reclaimed materials to make something? Seriously. A dejected object on a layover to a landfill is spotted by a keen eye. The object is swooped up and turned into something marvelous, getting a second chance on life and love. (We should all be so lucky.) The reclaimed materials featured in these 20 projects were the main characters of such fairytales. They now act as...

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An Unnecesarily Necessary Kitchen Makeover

by DIY Maven
Condo kitchen before
Photo: Love & Olive Oil

When a larger unit became available in their condo complex, Lindsay and Taylor couldn't pass it up. But there was only one problem: The kitchen in the new space looked very much like the kitchen in their old space. Now, many people might find the "before" in this makeover perfectly acceptable, but the couple wanted to start afresh. Plus, they were very familiar with the shortcomings of this...

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Before & After: 1990's Kitchen Gets Much Needed Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

1990's kitchen before
Photo: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

Faux wood laminate countertops, dark cabinets with raised panel "cathedral" doors, boring beige flooring and that peculiar 1990's green that was ever so popular at the time made this kitchen dark, dated and in dire need of a makeover. The homeowner chose to go the pro route and employed DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Ann Arbor, MI.   

1990's kitchen after
Photo: DreamMaker
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Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural

by Faith Towers
Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Photo: Magnolia Market

Rustic home décor has become popular lately, and not just in cabins or mountain homes. Natural elements like wood, glass, iron and wool fill these spaces, and with a bit of strategic decorating they can be totally chic and stylish. And while they can have the tendency to be pricey, we've culled through the internet to find some affordable options. Keep reading to check them out.   

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Before & After: Traditional Family Room Gets Dramatic Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

Family Room Before
Photo: Robeson Design

Designer Rebecca Robeson was up against some tricky constraints when designing her client's family room in their Spanish/Mediterranean-style Carlsbad, CA home. Those restraints came in the form of non-negotiables and included an existing red, white, and blue Persian rug, two nautical-themed art pieces, and the family dog Vesper's favorite well-loved leather chair. Oh, yeah, and the client...

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Unrecognizable $180K Kitchen Remodel

by DIY Maven
J A S Design Build kitchen remodel before
Photo: J A S Design Build

Yes, I know we usually feature kitchen remodels of the DIY variety, but this pro job by J A S Design Build out of Seattle, WA, was too juicy not to share. But before we see the "after" let me warn you, perspective has changed completely, so we really have to take the word of J A S that this is even the same space. That's because not only is the vantage point of the photographs are different, J A S

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Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover, COMPLETE!

by DIY Maven

 

Maven's office swap compete
Photo: DIY Maven

If you've been following along with this series, you'll know that this project wasn't just a room makeover. It also involved some room swapping. My home office was going to be where my guest room was and vice versa. And my craft room was going to be a dedicated workout area. And my craft room was going to become a craft cubby located in the closet of the guest room. I'll admit it, I didn't think it was going to be possible to cram all my books, printers, and office and craft supplies into one room and make it make sense. BUT...after much planning, painting, and paring back, the room swapping experiment

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How To: Reface Kitchen Cabinets Using Vinyl Flooring

by DIY Maven
Before kitchen cabinet refacing with vinyl flooring
Photo: Laura Sesana

Using flooring to resurface kitchen cabinets might sound weird. Using vinyl flooring to resurface kitchen cabinets might sound downright crazy. In the right hands, however, it's kinda genius. The owner of the kitchen pictured above blew her budget on appliances in her cozy kitchen, which meant all new cabinets were out of the question. With less than $300

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Makeover: Large Blank Wall Becomes Stylish Storage for the Television

by Jennifer Farley

TV Storage Wall

Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that you think is going to work perfectly and it just doesn't?  No worries, we have all been there. You are in good company. The homeowners of this living room bought an antique cabinet to hold their television. They had a sectional and their "small cabinet" thinking was the right thing. When they brought it home and put it against the empty wall it just looked smaller. Here is how we solved the problem of making the cabinet and empty wall work for their living room.

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