Before & After: Lucy's Home Makeover

by DIY Maven
Lucy's living room before
Photo: Cup of Jo

Makeover stories are usually uplifting. This one is too, but it didn't start out that way. You see, Lucy's home didn't feel like home anymore as she had recently lost her husband. Lucy's sister Jo brainstormed with her interior designer friend Jenny Kmoenda and came up with a plan. They decided to

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Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover, COMPLETE!

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Maven's office swap compete
Photo: DIY Maven

If you've been following along with this series, you'll know that this project wasn't just a room makeover. It also involved some room swapping. My home office was going to be where my guest room was and vice versa. And my craft room was going to be a dedicated workout area. And my craft room was going to become a craft cubby located in the closet of the guest room. I'll admit it, I didn't think it was going to be possible to cram all my books, printers, and office and craft supplies into one room and make it make sense. BUT...after much planning, painting, and paring back, the room swapping experiment

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Embracing Simplicity: DIY Clothesline Photo Wall Display

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inspiration for clothesline photo wall display
Photo: Umbra

 

As my new office space started coming together, I realized I had a very large blank wall that needed some major artwork. On the opposing wall, I have a small trio of frames, so I didn't want to do the same on the big wall. But I didn't want just one big image either. So I did what we all do, I searched the internets for some inspiration. One product popped up from Umbra (pictured above) that caught my attention immediately. The 30" x 26 1/2" configuration would be perfect photographs that hold a special place in my heart but have yet found a special place enlarged on my walls.

The store-bought version costs a very reasonable $20, but I knew I could make one for next to nothing. Which I did. Actually, I made two

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How To: Reface Kitchen Cabinets Using Vinyl Flooring

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Before kitchen cabinet refacing with vinyl flooring
Photo: Laura Sesana

Using flooring to resurface kitchen cabinets might sound weird. Using vinyl flooring to resurface kitchen cabinets might sound downright crazy. In the right hands, however, it's kinda genius. The owner of the kitchen pictured above blew her budget on appliances in her cozy kitchen, which meant all new cabinets were out of the question. With less than $300

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Embracing Simplicity: DIY Ceiling Light Fixture Revamp Using Earth Magnets and a Barrel Shade

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Before
Photo: DIY Maven

There are just a few incidentals left to complete, and then my home office will be finished. (I get a little giddy just thinking about it.) The hard stuff-building, painting, staining, and sanding is done. Now it's just a matter of making things look pretty.

One of those things is the room's ceiling fixture. I haven't seen any (excuse the expression, but it fits) boob light revamps on the interweb that hides their appearance.

Although I did see one project that suggested making a pretty bra (made of beads) for the thing. Yeah, that wasn't going to happen. It still looked like a boob light--just ready for some action. Okay, I'm getting off track.

So! I had also seen a bunch of projects where the makers removed the glass part of the fixture and wired up a barrel shade to the original flange of the old fixture through which they drilled holes.

The outcome looked okay, but, because they had to leave room for their fingers to do the wire-twisting, the shades couldn't be flush to the ceiling--something I wanted. However, if the makers

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Before & After: A Rustically Refined Living Room Makeover

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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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