Before and After: Mid Century Side Table Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Apr 24, 2015
by Sarah Hearts

Confession: I've always be jealous of people who can take an old piece of furniture and turn it into a quality piece in their home. More so than ever after I came across this before and after by Sarah Hearts. I've seen this style of table here and there at thrift stores, but never wanted it in my home as is (and I didn't know what to do with it). Turns out, you don't have to go overboard to make something look beautiful. A fewContinue Reading

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Before and After: Roll-Top Desk Resurrection

By: Diy maven Apr 20, 2015

Photo: The Thinking Closet

When Lauren's in-laws downsized and offered up their old roll-top desk, she and her husband gladly accepted it. In perfect condition, there was no need for renovation. As far as style was concerned, it needed resurrection to better align with Lauren and her husband's tastes. Even though she felt 'a little criminal to even contemplate painting' it, she did anyway. Now, I've always had a soft spot for roll-top desks, which, whenContinue Reading

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Before and After: Unrecognizable IKEA Console Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 13, 2015

Photo: Sawdust 2 Stitches

Corey flipped the genius switch when she transformed the random IKEA console pictured above into a rustic apothecary chest suitable for a Pottery Barn showroom. Although she started with an IKEA piece, any basic cubbyhole-typeContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Memorable Room Makeovers for Under $1000

By: Diy maven Apr 08, 2015

The edict for this roundup was 10 room makeovers for under $1,000. I'm happy to say that most of these do-overs are way under that price point. One actually clocked in at under $25! So here goes...ten of our most memorable budgetContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Easy (And Affordable) DIY Light Fixtures

By: Faith-towers Apr 07, 2015
10 DIY LIght Fixtures
Photo: Poppytalk

Lighting can be pricey. And if you want a really unique piece, it can be prohibitively expensive. So why not get crafty and make one yourself? Here are ten gorgeous, easy, affordable DIY light fixtures.   

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Before and After: Colorful Bar Cart Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 06, 2015

Photo: Tattooed Martha

Sasha, aka Tattooed Martha, found the cart pictured above at Goodwill, and although it looks like it was in pretty good condition, its lack of personality just wasn't cutting it. So, Sasha busted out the Krylon and started blasting. Her choice of colors--Sea GlassContinue Reading

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Before and After: A Basic Dresser Gets A Silver Leaf Makeover

By: Lexy.b.ward Apr 01, 2015
diy silver leaf vanity
Photo: Live Love DIY

It's Budget Decor Month! To kick things off, here's a simple way to give a piece of furniture a ridiculously glamorous (in a good way!) face lift! The end result of this vanity is just stunning!     

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From Fail to Fabulous: A Genius Refrigerator Makeover

By: Diy maven Mar 13, 2015

Photo: General Splendour

Tracy tried to paint her old and rusty refrigerator to make it look like stainless. That resulted in a huge fail. But did Tracy give up? Of course not! SheContinue Reading

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Before and After: Mid Century Dresser Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Mar 11, 2015
Mid Century Dresser Makeover
by Vitamini Handmade

Color me jealous folks. Casey of Vitamini Handmade scored a mid century dresser for only $10 (nope, not a typo) and was able to make it look like a million bucks. If you've ever wanted to learn the tips and tricks for restoring a piece of furniture, this makeover piece also includes insight into how to restore hardware and more. It's amazing what a little elbow grease can do, don't you think?Continue Reading

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Before and After: An Amazing DIY Bathroom Makeover

By: Faith-towers Feb 16, 2015

Before and After: An Amazing DIY Bathroom Makeover
Photo: Design*Sponge

There weren't very many redeeming qualities about this bathroom, which is why the owners decided to gut it and start fresh. And they did the massive renovation all on their own. Read on to see the stunning final space.   

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Before and After: Brilliant IKEA Duktig Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 23, 2015

Photo: IKEA

Sara has dreams of remodeling a full-size kitchen someday, but, until then, she thought she'd practice on an IKEA Duktig play kitchen for her daughter. Based upon the outcome, I think Sara's future full-size kitchen remodeling will be a brilliant success. Most full-size kitchens don't look this goodContinue Reading

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How-To: Open Kitchen Shelving

By: Rachel mae smith Jan 14, 2015
DIY Open Shelving
by The Sweet Escape 

I can't tell you how badly I'd like to take a sledge hammer to our kitchen cabinets. But since that would be the last thing I'd want to do as a renter (who wants her deposit back), I've decided to live vicariously through The Sweet Escape instead.Continue Reading

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Before and After: $1500 Turquoise Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 09, 2015

Photo: Dans le Townhouse

I'm guessing Tanya's wicked awesome Pyrex collection had more than a little influence on her choice of colors when it came to her budget kitchen remodel. She and her handy husband painted the lower cabinets and removed the uppers altogether. A new DIY countertopContinue Reading

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Before and After: Thrift Store Table Gets a Modern Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Dec 15, 2014

Modern Thrift Store Table Makeover
via Francois et Moi 

When it comes to furniture makeovers, it seems that more often than not, the simplest changes can have the most impact. The idea of buying a less than perfect piece in hopes making it over to use in your home on a daily basis can seem overwhelming at times, but like Francois et Moi's thrift store table makeover, sometimes all a piece needs is a fresh coat of paint and an easy hardware change. Continue Reading

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Before and After: Two Grandfather Clock Makeovers

By: Diy maven Dec 15, 2014

Generally, grandfather clocks are not topics of conversation in the Curbly neighborhood. However, because we all enjoy a makeover, here are two that might make you consider how a staple in the traditional 1970's homeContinue Reading

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How To: Turn an IKEA Dining Chair Into a Fornasetti Work of Art

By: Diy maven Dec 10, 2014

Even if you're not a fan of Fornasetti, the technique Mark Montano uses to turn an inexpensive IKEA dining chair into a work of art is more than kinda brilliant. First, he shot the chair withContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: 10 Super Unique Headboard Ideas

By: Faith-towers Nov 24, 2014

10 Unique Headboard Ideas

If you're looking for a fun, easy bedroom element to customize yourself, your headboard might be it. Sure, you can make your own upholstered headboard if you have lots of time and patience, but there are plenty of other, simpler ways to give your headboard some custom style. Click through to check out ten of my favorites.   

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10 Clever Ways To Make Over Your TV Tray Tables

By: Faith-towers Nov 20, 2014

10 Clever Ways To Make Over Your TV Tray Tables

Most TV tray tables are boring by nature - they're made to be functional and affordable, not attractive. But they don't have to stay that way! Here are ten genius ways to transform them.   

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How To: A Flea Market Dresser Gets A Gilded Makeover

By: Lexy.b.ward Nov 17, 2014

Every nursery needs a dresser/changing table/statement piece, am I right? When putting together our daughter's nursery, I knew that I wanted something unique, but still simple. I found an old white dresser at a local flea market, and gave it a few coats of coral paint. Instant gratification, but it was still missing something.      

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Incredible Wardrobe Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 04, 2014

Let's face it, a lot of furniture makeovers we see around here involve paint, even if the finish is in good condition. The finish of this antique wardrobe (aka chifforobe or chifferobe) that Tami picked up at a church sale for $15 wasn't. BUT! Did she paint it?? NO!Continue Reading

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