Before & After: A Fun and Quirky Bathroom Makeover

By: Capreek Nov 21, 2011

created at: 11/21/2011

The 'before'?  Not too terrible.  The 'after'?  All I'm going to say is that it involves a paper-mâché horse named… Continue Reading

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Garage to Loft Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 21, 2011

created at: 11/21/2011

I can safely say that I have never, ever seen a tractor in a 'before' picture of a room makeover...until today, that is. Los Angeles interior designer Shirry Dolgin nixed the farm… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Stunning Kitchen Makeover!

By: Capreek Nov 14, 2011

created at: 11/14/2011

I'm not going to lie, this 'before' photo is a little scary... and probably a little sticky.  And smelly, too.  And, well, there's a whole lot o' yellow going on up in there.  The 'after', though?  Oh, the after rains down buckets of awesome--and wipes that sticky, smelly, yellow mess right off the… Continue Reading

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Modern PVC Pipe Dresser Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 14, 2011

created at: 11/14/2011

While walking down the plumbing supply aisle in her local big box store Mandi was hit by inspiration. She decided to use PVC pipe to makeover an old dresser she had purchased at a garage sale for 50 dollars. Now, I know what you're thinking: How does one go about using PVC pipe to makeover a dresser?? Like… Continue Reading

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A Glitter-y Vintage School Desk Makeover

By: Bruno Nov 10, 2011

Schooldesk makeover, before

Against all my expectations, my daughter Ayla is a princess-loving, pink-obssessed, necklace-wearing girly girl. She's two, and yet she often demands wardrobe changes several times per day. Honestly, I don't know how this happened; I always kind of thought I end up with a tomboy, but no, her favorite games are 'jewly' (jewelry) and and dressing up her 'babies.'

It's cool, though. I can adapt. And here's proof: this fall I was… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A $50 Kitchen Makeover

By: Capreek Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011

We're in the throes of our own personal kitchen makeover (more on that later), so my makeover-o-meter is operating on full power: everywhere I turn, spectacular makeovers of all kinds are waving their hands and shouting my name!  The inspiration is almost overwhelming, which is why I stopped dead in my tracks when I spied this $50 kitchen makeover.  Yes, folks, FIFTY… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Mid-Century Modern Makeover!

By: Capreek Oct 31, 2011

created at: 10/31/2011

Whether you're on the fence, passionately opposed, or enthusiastically in favor of painting wood furniture (see Melanie's recent post  "To paint or not to paint?"), you've got to admit that the "after" in this case looks pretty dang… Continue Reading

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1912 Bedroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 31, 2011

Heather and David of 1912 Bungalow have announced the completion of their bedroom! As with all their makeovers, this one doesn't disappoint. Heather had been using the… Continue Reading

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To Paint or Not To Paint: A Confession

By: Craftmel Oct 26, 2011

created at: 10/26/2011

Some of my favorite before-and-after projects are furniture rescues.  I love to see a sad, outdated pieces go from trash to treasure with a good sanding and a coat of stain or paint.  Even though I'm all for sending a sideboard through rehab, there is one particular problem I encounter every so often with these transformations.  What is it, you… Continue Reading

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How To: A Bistro Chair Makeover Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 25, 2011

created at: 10/24/2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Eons* ago in design time, I gave this charity sale bistro chair a makeover. I painted the frame and re-upholstered the seat. I liked it for a while, and then I didn't. The colors in the fabric were those that always look dirty. In this case, a dull yellow and green. The more I looked at them, the more they reminded me of...well,… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A High Style, Low Cost Living Room Makeover!

By: Capreek Oct 24, 2011

created at: 10/24/2011

Big brown rooms: they happen to the best of us.  But with a little elbow grease, creativity, and inspiration (see below!), you can banish those boring browns for… Continue Reading

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Entire Townhouse Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 24, 2011

Not often do we get a chance to see a room-by-room b & a of an entire home, but that's exactly what Tanya and her handy hubby give us in their Townhouse Tour. You name it, they made it over. Bedrooms, bathrooms,… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Modern Felt Stool Cushion

By: Capreek Oct 19, 2011

created at: 10/19/2011

If you're thinking "Hey, that kinda looks like one of those IKEA stools!", you would be correct.  It's the ubiquitous Frosta Stool, one of the most hackable of IKEA products, but this playful felt cushion takes it up a notch--or ten, really, because it's thatContinue Reading

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How to Turn a Door Into a Natural Fiber Head Board

By: Diy maven Oct 18, 2011

created at: 10/18/2011

Carmel loved the look of Pottery Barn and West Elm's natural fiber head boards, but she did not love their prices. Much as all good DIYers, she decided to make her own out of an old door, manila rope (that she found at Home Depot) and a glue gun. The results are quite remarkable and at a total cost… Continue Reading

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Holly Turns a $40 Rug into a Show-Stopping Focal Point

By: Chrisjob Oct 17, 2011

created at: 10/17/2011

It's easy to get excited about furniture. And it's plenty fun to explore paint colors, wall art options, and accessories. After all, those are what go into a room's design, right?

Well, yeah. That's part of it. But don't forget those other two sides of the space - the ceiling, and the floor. Of course, a room defining floor piece can often cost significantly more than that can of paint or awesome framed print. Like, a whole lot more.

Unless, of course, you take Holly's advice, and transform the whole space for a… Continue Reading

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