Before & After: A Rustically Refined Living Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Rustically refined living room before
Photo: Lindsay Stanford Photography via The Rustic Life

 

Sandra lives in an 1871 farmhouse, so when it was time to furnish her formal living room she decided to keep it refined--as formal living rooms quite often are--but she also kept true to the room's historical shell, populating it with rustic elements as well. Since she's only lived in her home for under a year, the before didn't look very lived-in, but from the photo above, you can see what

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Before and After: A Small But Mighty Bathroom Makeover for the Minimalist in All of Us

by Brittni Mehlhoff
Photo: Sarah Sherman Samuel

This small (and very average) bathroom certainly isn't the worst 'before' that has ever been shared here on Curbly. But the reason I think makeover is so interesting is because of just how average it was intially - not entirely awful, but also no where near great. Right? Maybe it reminds you of your current bathroom in one or another? And if that's the case, you're definitely going to want to click through to see the 'after'.

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Before and After: 30 Second Family Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Basset Family Room Makeover Before
Photo: Bassett

Okay, the video lasts 30 seconds. The entire makeover took 30 days courtesy of Bassett Furniture. But let's not dwell on that. Before this family room disapeared into a beige cave. New paint, art, furniture, rug, lamps...you name it...made the space come alive thanks in part to loads of contrast and pops of luscious turquoise. Here's what the room

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Before and After: An Oak Veneer Fireplace Gets A Makeover

by Jennifer Farley

Oak Fireplace Makeover

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.

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Before and After: Refinished Tile Bathroom Makeover

by Jennifer Farley

Refinished Tile Bathroom

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...   

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How To: Turn 1 Dollar Store Laundry Basket into 2 Wreaths

by DIY Maven
Laundry Basket Wreaths Before
Photo: A Piece of Rainbow

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...

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