A Dark Basement Bedroom Gets a Bright Makeover

By: Chrisjob Apr 28, 2011

No windows. Could you deal? We're in awe of blogger Melissa Esplin from I Still Love You who calls this wood-paneled basement bedroom home. Luckily, she had the good sense and talent (and yes, handy husband) to make the room over. After a trip to the thrift store and some serious painting, she made the space basically… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Bland Basement Turned Fantasy Playroom

By: Capreek Apr 25, 2011

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This basement renovation took a little over a year, but I'm willing to bet the "after" is what little kids' dreams are made… Continue Reading

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The After

By: Erinh Apr 25, 2011

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It's here - the finish line! After an intense weekend and sharing our process step by step we are so excited to debut the finished product! From repainting to molding installation to new doors and bedding… you name it we updated it! After two days {and nights!} of work, and just a few (dozen!) trips to Lowes we have created a bedroom we truly love.

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Here's a tour of our finished… Continue Reading

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Amazing Budget Bathroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 25, 2011

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Don't have the cash to gut that iffy bathroom? Take some hints from The Painted Home, which, according to my very quick tally, came to about $300 bucks. For economy AND style, the… Continue Reading

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Makeover: Old Shutters Turned Headboard (Tutorial Included)

By: Diy maven Apr 25, 2011

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Okay, okay, this is NOT a new idea. However, the execution--especially in situ--is totally… Continue Reading

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It's All in the Details - Five DIY Tips to Make Any Makeover a Success

By: Erinh Apr 22, 2011

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When we started our master bedroom makeover, we thought replacing our overhead lighting would be our biggest challenge. But then it all turned out to be quite simple, so we had ample to time to tackle other, more labor-intensive projects such as cutting, painting, installing, caulking and repainting all new baseboard and window trim. Phew, now that took some serious time. I love having a husband who… Continue Reading

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How To: Turn an Old Suitcase into a DIY Picnic Kit

By: Chrisjob Apr 22, 2011

With the April showers (hopefully) slowing down in the next few weeks, it's time to head outside for May flowers, and May sunshine, and May gardening, and May bike rides, and, if you're like me, May picnics!

Curbly reader Sibylle wrote in to share this amazing old suitcase transformation she just completed, by turning it into a reusable picnic kit, or a Birthday in aContinue Reading

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: Lighting Can Make All the Difference (How-To Included!)

By: Erinh Apr 21, 2011

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In making over our bedroom as part of the SYLVANIA Blogger Makover Challenge, replacing the old light fixtures was one of the bigger projects we tackled (making over your room? Check out their daily sweepstakes on Facebook). Need a little reminder? They're very 1996:

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Plan and Inspiration Board

By: Erinh Apr 20, 2011

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When setting out to redo our master bedroom I was looking to take it from "hot mess" to simply hot. When gathering inspiration I was constantly drawn to saturated colors, prints and patterns, and layers of personal touches.  

Here's the inspiration board I put together to serve as the starting point for our makeover:  

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I grabbed these images from various blogs and magazines I like. If you're doing an inspiration board, I recommend using something like Curbly's "clippings" feature to keep your ideas organized (another good service is PContinue Reading

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From Messed to Impressed: A Total Basement Makeover

By: Capreek Apr 19, 2011

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I'm always a sucker for a good makeover (home related or not), so it's safe to say that this basement renovation is blowing my mind!… Continue Reading

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Before

By: Erinh Apr 19, 2011

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Since getting married last April (our one-year anniversary is in two weeks!), I've been delighted by all the amazing changes married life has brought. Sadly, the house my husband bought before we met isn't one of them. These "before" photos illustrate our need for an upgrade:

created at: 04/13/2011To call our suburban, split-level, 4-bedroom house a "project" is a serious understatement.It was built in 1975 (remember all the great design from that year?), so it is resplendent with wall-to-wall carpet, popcorn ceilings and a basement full of cedar paneled… Continue Reading

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Modern Bathroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 19, 2011

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Located in Las Vegas, this bathroom needed a some punch. Designer Gina De Pasquale paid tribute to the home's mid century modern architecture while simultaneously bringing it into the 21st century. 

I especially find admirable Gina's choice to mix 'high- and low-priced fixtures and accessories'. For example, the… Continue Reading

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Turn a Secondhand Night Stand into a Snuggly Dog Bed

By: Chrisjob Apr 18, 2011

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Jordan says, "I inherited a bunch of my grandmother's old furniture, but over the years (and several moves) I've ended up giving away or selling most of it. At this point, all I have left is a floral chair that I'm planning on recovering and a clunky side table that I've never found particularly useful (it has no shelves inside, so isn't really good for storing the kinds of small things you keep in bedside tables...and I don't have space for it anywhere else).
I've been planning on replacing it with something a little more practical...but then the other day I saw [a] post on transforming an old side table into a cozy dog bed, and knew I had my next project all lined… Continue Reading

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A Modern Dining Room Makeover - On the Cheap!

By: Capreek Apr 18, 2011

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This lilac-hued dining room was lacking personality and a defined style, but with a few key furniture swaps and a bucket of paint, it's now a perfect reflection of the homeowner's modern… Continue Reading

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A Side Table's Colorful Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 18, 2011

Whose parents, grandparents or auntie didn't have one of these two-tiered end tables back in the 60's or 70's? Although the shape is super-dated, there's something about them that appeals to me. The 'nook' for books? The top… Continue Reading

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