Before and After: Built-In Storage Makes A Big Difference

By: Faith-towers Apr 14, 2014

Before: A cluttered room with no built-in storage.

This living space looks like so many others... there's just nothing memorable about it. But the owner saw potential in the large, open wall surrounding the fireplace - and she did something about… Continue Reading

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Better After? Robin Egg Blue Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 11, 2014

To the outside world, Nicole's kitchen 'before' might look perfectly fine, but Nicole wanted a change. And all it took was some paint and a new glass tile back splash. Everything else--appliances, furniture, and light fixtures--remained the same.… Continue Reading

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Before and After: An Inspiring DIY Kitchen Makeover

By: Faith-towers Mar 31, 2014

A dated galley kitchen.

There was nothing memorable about this kitchen. Unembellished wood cabinets and beige countertops gave the space a dated feel. But just wait until you see what the owner did with her own two… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 6 Inspiring Impromptu Garage Mudrooms

By: Diy maven Mar 25, 2014

I try to keep the garage entry to the house tidy, as that's the one everyone uses. But, I've never thought to turn it into an impromptu mudroom. It's a great idea for those without a proper mudroom (me),… Continue Reading

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Curbly Bookworm: DIY Furniture 2: A Step-by-Step Guide

By: Diy maven Feb 26, 2014

A few years ago, designer/maker Christopher Stuart hit the ground running with his book DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide. I reviewed it for Curbly, giving it a glowing shout-out. When Christopher's followup book appeared in my mailbox last week, my first thought was, "more of the same?" The answer… Continue Reading

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Before and After: One Week Bathroom Makeovers

By: Diy maven Feb 24, 2014

(Get ready for some B & A overload.) The company is called One Week Bath and that's just what they do: make over bathrooms in a week. Located in Southern California, One Week BathContinue Reading

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Before and After: An Old Credenza Gets a Concrete Makeover

By: Brittnimehlhoff Jan 24, 2014

I love the look of concrete counters but I'm renting at the moment, so it's not really option to make big changes like that. Luckily, I just found this DIY for a concrete credenza that might tide my over, for now. I love this… Continue Reading

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How To: Tips For Giving Your Filing Cabinet A Massive Overhaul

By: Faith-towers Jan 16, 2014

With all the craziness of the holiday season, I've been ignoring the massive piles of mail and paperwork that have accumulated on my desk. But now that I finally have some time, I'm doing a massive makeover. Here are some expert tips on how to create an effective (and pretty) filing… Continue Reading

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Two Just Right Restorations

By: Diy maven Jan 13, 2014

Some people might think restorations take less time than full-blown makeovers. In my experience, they take MORE time. You can cover a multitude of sins with filler and paint, but getting down to original raw wood takes a lot of patience and elbow grease. Take for example these two projects, both executed by my multi-talented nephew, John. Not only is he an athlete and a musician*, he's a chip off the old DIY block. First up is a kitchen built-in located in a circa 1900Continue Reading

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Warm and Inviting Condo Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 10, 2014

The kitchen in this lofty downtown Minneapolis condo had a lot going for it, including a spectacular view. However, it was a bit sterile, and the kitchen was laid out in such a way that all seated guests hadContinue Reading

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2014 Spring Color THROWDOWN

By: Diy maven Nov 07, 2013

       

Did you hear? Recently, Pantone announced its spring 2014 color and PPG picked its fav for the entire year. First Pantone's pick: Dazzling Blue, which is… Continue Reading

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How-to: A Nesting Kitchen Island IKEA "Super" Hack

By: Faith-towers Oct 31, 2013

This ingenious IKEA hack is really a combination of two great ideas... a kitchen island for seating with a rolling storage cart that fits perfectly underneath. My jaw dropped even further when I saw the built-in garbage bin. Click through to find out how to make your own nesting kitchen… Continue Reading

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Brilliant: Old Dresser Turned Bar/Buffet

By: Diy maven Oct 04, 2013

With the help of a good friend, Dresser Girl turned this $25, much-loved dresser into a bar/buffet. After seeing the 'after', I'm wondering why everyone isn't doingContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 DIY Sinks and Vanities (and a Tub and Shower Too!)

By: Diy maven Sep 17, 2013

DIYer's turning bowls into vessel sinks and dressers into vanities, aren't new ideas, but the DIYer's included in this roundup did it right. Also in our list are some ideas that might serve as inspiration for the next… Continue Reading

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From Ouch to Awe, an Eye-Opening Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Sep 13, 2013

Matt and Meredith's kitchen didn't lack for color, that's for sure. That wallpaper alone . . . , well, that had to go. And it did. (Sort of. They painted of it.) They also painted the cabinets, trim and bead board. The flooring and countertop was replaced too. All in all, this makeover was huge without too much demolition. But enough about the road to the promised land; this is where their kitchen makeover adventure ended:

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Eye Candy: 10 Colorful Kitchens

By: Faith-towers Sep 10, 2013

The majority of modern kitchens are neutral - white, beige, and gray seem to be everywhere these days. But why not have a little fun with your space? Here's some inspiration to get you thinking about brightly colored… Continue Reading

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Dresser Makeover Done TWO Ways

By: Diy maven Sep 09, 2013

 Virginia bought this roughly-used dresser two years ago for $20. She says 'it was broken in just about every way possible.' Plus, there were some souvenirs from a kid named Kevin on it. The perfect victim for aContinue Reading

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Roundup: Clever DIYable Ways to Store and Organize Cookware and Utensils

By: Diy maven Sep 06, 2013

There's a lot of unruly stuff in the kitchen, when you think about it. Pots and pans, baking sheets, glass dishes, bulky utensils . . .  They all take up space fast. Here's 10 clever and diy-ableContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: Tile Shop Showroom Tour

By: Diy maven Aug 21, 2013

Even if you buy all your tile and tiling needs at a big box store, do yourself a favor and visit a dedicated tile shop before your next project. Good shops feature vignettes using their products which is like visiting the kitchens and bathrooms of over a dozen Parade-of-Home homes all in one place. Over the weekend, I made a trip to my favorite tile vendor for inspiration concerning a possible bathroom re-do. As I was ogling theContinue Reading

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Before and After: A Tiny Kitchen Gets a Drastic Makeover

By: Faith-towers Aug 12, 2013

This 76 square foot kitchen in Boston's Back Bay was drab, cluttered and lacked any sort of color or style. But with some carefully chosen materials and appliances, the small space was transformed into a refined, functional haven that now suits its… Continue Reading

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