Capree's Kitchen Makeover, Part I: The Before

By: Capreek Mar 05, 2012

created at: 03/05/2012

When we bought our house in 2007 (pre-bubble burst... YAY), one of the first things on my to-do list was to give our very blah, very builder-grade kitchen a makeover.  Well, this last fall, after tackling every other room in the house instead, we decided it was finally time to give this sage green behemoth its due.  But first: the before photos!   Continue Reading

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Before & After: Outdoor Deck Corner Transformation

By: Mollymc Mar 05, 2012

created at: 03/04/2012

Courtney had an awkward corner on her back deck (which happens to be in Australia). Instead of just sticking a table and a plant there and calling it a day, Courtney and her husband Tony pulled out the power tools and came up with a great solution for the space.

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Before & After: A Dark and Dramatic Living Room Makeover!

By: Capreek Mar 05, 2012

created at: 03/04/2012

This nondescript living room could be in any home, anywhere; we've all seen something similar, right?  It's not completely terrible, but it could be so much better.  All it needs is a dash of style, maybe a light dusting of flair, and a big ol' punch of personality -- then it's goodbye Beige Town, hello Awesomeville.  Let's see if this space can make the move!   Continue Reading

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Not Your Typical Knob Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 05, 2012

created at: 03/05/2012
 
This ubiquitous brushed nickel knob came off a cabinet I recently painted.  I didn't want to re-use it. I wanted something more colorful and unique for its new white backdrop. Plus, I'm kinda 'over' the whole brushed nickel thing. I know--boo, hiss. I looked everywhere--even the hoity toity knob store. I didn't find anything that grabbed me, so I decided to make over the knob I already had. 
 
Knob makeovers on the www usually involve spray paint, but that seemed ho-hum for what I had in mind. Instead, I broke out the polymer clay for my makeover. Here's what the knobContinue Reading
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Paint it? Stain it? Both!

By: Mollymc Feb 27, 2012

Campaign Trunk Table Before

Rachel found this teak campaign trunk table and transformed it from bad nail salon decor to a really sophisticated piece. 

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Before & After: A Rustic DIY Oak Vanity Makeover!

By: Capreek Feb 27, 2012

created at: 02/27/2012

Alternatively titled "The Evolution of an Oak Vanity", this builder-grade vanity goes through a brief shabby chic phase before finally settling into a barnwood door-inspired groove!  Check out both "afters" below.   Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Tiny Closet-Turned-Bathroom Makeover!

By: Capreek Feb 20, 2012

created at: 02/18/2012

A one-bathroom house just wasn't cutting it for the Chao family--or their teenage daughter.  Fortunately, this tiny closet was sitting on some major potential where the bathroom issue was concerned.  Check out the incredible makeover below!   Continue Reading

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Round Up: 5 Fantastic TV Makeovers

By: Diy maven Feb 20, 2012

created at: 02/20/2012
Back in 1977 a Sylvania 25" color console TV would set you back a whopping $530. Adjust for inflation, that would cost us $1,840 today*. Ouch. Next time you see an old console TV, keep that in mind and then think of these makeovers.
 
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Roundup: 10 Inspiring Budget-Friendly Bedroom Makeovers!

By: Capreek Feb 13, 2012

created at: 02/13/2012

Sure, you can toss thousands of dollars at a bedroom makeover and it'll probably look pretty great.  But today we're celebrating the unique creativity of DIYers who make their spaces look like a million bucks on a budget.  Check out our ten favorite budget-friendly bedroom makeovers from the Curbly archives--they're full of thrifty inspiration and clever DIY projects!   Continue Reading

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A Glam Bam Floor Lamp Makeover!

By: Diy maven Feb 13, 2012

created at: 02/13/2012

Katie bought this black, stick, floor lamp from Target. She decided to glam it up with some very UNglamorous items, which included, among other things, a bunch of 2-liter Coke bottles and duct tape. Get ready, cuz this is gonna blow your mind....Continue Reading

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Before & After: A DIY Kitchen Island Makeover!

By: Capreek Feb 06, 2012

created at: 02/06/2012

Oh, hey! It's a comically small kitchen island floating awkwardly in the middle of the room!  If this predicament sounds (or looks) familiar, we've got just the makeover for you.  Continue Reading

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From Candlestick to Succulent Garden: How to Make Mini Color-Dipped Planters!

By: Capreek Feb 06, 2012

created at: 02/06/2012

As you all know, my favorite plants in all the world are succulents.  I love 'em in big, statement-piece hanging gardens and I especially love them in tiny, magnetized terrarium form.  But these candlesticks-turned-planters might be my favorite DIY succulent containers yet!   Continue Reading

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From Goofy to Grand: 5 Easy Lamp Makeovers

By: Diy maven Feb 06, 2012

 Cheapy lamp makeover. White spray paint (around $4.00) + fabric ($1.50 a yard at Walmart) = Under $6 for the total. And I am sure you can find a lovely lamp like this 70s beauty at any thrift store for cheap cheap as well. We had it at work in an old closet. lol

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I'm beholding some very goofy lamps out there all ripe for makeovers. Thank goodness for spray paint!

Tiff's makeover, pictured above, cost less than six dollars to complete. Before it looked heavy and rather masculine. After...not so much.

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Eye Candy: 10 Big Impact Small Bath Makeovers!

By: Capreek Jan 30, 2012

created at: 01/29/2012

Itty-bitty baths and little loos present unique decor and renovation challenges to homeowners and renters alike.  If you've found yourself stuck with this "small bath problem", don't fret!  Inspiration is on the way: we've rounded up ten big impact makeovers from DIY-minded small bath renovators across the web.  Enjoy!   Continue Reading

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Five Fun and Funky Clock Makeovers!

By: Diy maven Jan 30, 2012

 

You may have noticed that there are a lot of goofy and cheap clocks out there. If they're goofy, they're probably outdate and if they're cheap, they probably lack personality. Here are five makeovers that tackle both kinds of problems to GREAT effect.

Above is clock purchased for $4 at Walmart. A dollar for scrapbook paper and we have a cute timepiece with personality. The creator used Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover!

By: Capreek Jan 23, 2012

created at: 01/23/2012

When Mike and Trina Burke bought this 1920s farmhouse in the country it was falling apart and in desperate need of some TLC.  Fast forward a few years (and many, many hours of hard work) and they're sitting pretty in a bucolic, picture-perfect farmhouse complete with the classiest country kitchen I've ever seen!   Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Painted Sun Room Makeover!

By: Capreek Jan 16, 2012

created at: 01/16/2012

Along with cheese moats and slides in houses, one of my dream home features would be an airy, light-filled sun room.  I'd spend my days blogging in sunshine yet protected from the elements--it would be heavenly!  Until my perfect plan can come to fruition, I'll just have to bask in the warmth of this inviting painted sun room makeover instead!   Continue Reading

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Groovy Gradients: An Ombré Stained Dresser Makeover!

By: Capreek Jan 09, 2012

created at: 01/09/2012

Ombré was a big, huge deal last year, but this makeover takes a unique spin on the DIY decor trend!   Continue Reading

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Lovely Guest Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 09, 2012

created at: 01/09/2012

Brook's guest room was in need of a makeover, so she and her boo sold all its contents on Craigslist to help afford the re-do. Now the room is not only inviting, it looks Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Soft and Serene Office Makeover!

By: Capreek Jan 02, 2012

created at: 01/02/2012

Wedding photographer Christa Elyce's home office lacked focus and creative energy, something she felt embarrassed about when meeting with clients.  But, with the help of a stylist and a few money-saving tricks, she was able to transform this space into a true reflection of her personality and artistic vision!  Check it out below!   Continue Reading

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