Where I live, in the Midwest, there are many homes that were built by the same builder in the 1980s and 1990s. These houses are similar in size, style, and materials. Is this your home? First let me say, there is no shame in owning one of these homes. They are generous in space, built in great locations, and are affordable. If you own one of these homes, it is easy to look at all the magazines and blogs filled with old houses, and wish for more character in your home. The character in older homes are often unexpected details found in things like trim, doors or built-ins. The goal today is to show how you can add a little character to your home by adding something unexpected. In this 1990s home we added the "unexpected" to the focal point in a home and which gave the home a little character.
If you haven't owned an Ektorp sofa or love seat, you've surely seen one. But I can almost guarantee you've never seen an Ektorp like this one. That's because when Helen found a corresponding discarded white slipcover
Everyone loves to see bathroom makeovers. You know, the bathrooms that are completely gutted and completely reconfigured. Those bathrooms are fun and completely "pinnable" but for many are not attainable for many different reasons. This bathroom is pretty bad and very outdated. It was actually considered livable before the toilet, faucets, and that random turn dial light switch were taken out. In this bathroom makeover, everything you see besides the wallpaper, stayed in the bathroom. We refinished every surface and believe me, it does not look the same...
Nancy nabbed this forlorn bar cart for $15 at a garage/estate sale. She saw its potential and gave it a glamourous makeover. It started with a good cleaning, then she covered the cool gold-speckled wheels
The reason Sabrina & Mike's bathroom makeover clocked in on a tiny budget is because they used leftovers from their whole-house renovation. The bulk of the cash went to replacing the toilet and sink. Leftover oak flooring replaced
Our favorite living room chair has seen better days. It has long been our dog Charlie's go-to spot, and it's also the most popular spot for guests. So I decided it needed a facelift. Enter my new favorite product - Pretty Pegs. It's really quite surprising how much better the whole chair looks after just one simple change.
You might see a bunch of wreath tutorials out there that start with wire coat hangers for the frame. If your house is like this one, your coat hangers are either plastic or wood. So how about making a wreath or two using a dollar store laundry basket? Although the wreaths made in the tutorial are summery, the same techniques could be applied to something more apropos to the season. Take a look at...
This kitchen was just okay... it was functional, but it just didn't fit with the owners' aesthetic. So they decided to renovate it themselves using IKEA cabinets. And the transformation that resulted was nothing short of incredible.
When it came time for Lindsey over at Better After to re-do her dining room, she looked up to the ceiling. She decided to paint it--wait for it--black. Not only does it add
Karin wanted a Restoration Hardware look on a dime. Although this makeover cost a bit over that ($120 to be exact), she certainly saved a boatload getting the look she wanted. It started with a TARVA 5-drawer chest
James and Kristina's bathroom looks nothing--and I mean NOTHING--like this anymore. Gone is the 1950's blue wall tile and the 1980's (?) floor tile. Now it's sleek and
This 158 year old Manhattan townhouse had seen better days, but its new owners recognized its potential. You won't believe your eyes when you see how they transformed the kitchen. Click through to see how it turned out!
This makeover comes with a lesson: No matter how bad a piece of wood furniture looks, it can be resurrected. Sure, it might take some repairing, replacing, and stripping, but it can be done. Most people might have balked, thinking the dresser was a hopeless cause as the finish was peeling, the wood was chipped, and parts were missing altogether
Heather wasn't grooving on her home office's mishmash of styles. Or the "depressing" green color on the walls. Out with the old, in with the new--both furniture and
This might be one of the most drastic makeovers I've ever seen. The space was dingy and dated, but its owners saw potential amidst the 70's tiles. Click through to check out the incredible new laundry room that was born.
A little over a year ago we bought our home at an estate sale. We bought the house "as is." All the rooms in the house were about as bad and outdated as the above picture shows. This room had 40-year-old matted carpet, stained velvet damask wall paper, and an industrial sized burn-your-hand-off radiator...not to mention all sorts of other issues. Right when we bought the house we were in the process of adopting a 7-year-old boy, so we decided to focus "aesthetically" on the bedrooms and upstairs hallway. Most importantly our son needed a fun room in his forever home.
This living room felt discordant and unfocused before, with a hodgepodge of different furniture styles and accessories. But not for long. The transformed living room is beautifully composed with a clear color palette and a sophisticated feel. Click through to check it out.
My family comes and goes through the back door of our house. You walk in the door to a small entryway that leads into a small galley kitchen. This has been the state of my entryway for about a year. The coat rack becomes overloaded and bulky. It collects the most random of things and falls over when my son throws his backpack on it. This little entryway was in serious need of a makeover.
The faults of this dining room are quite obvious - dated wallpaper, matching curtains (eek!) and chairs that are too small for the space. But the new owners recognized these issues... and let's just say that it looks a bit different now.
Jessica from Mom 4 Real turned a secondhand iron bench into a sweet French country accent piece with, in her words, "very little effort." All it took was a