Way Before and Way After: A Living Room's Style Evolution

By: Diy maven Jun 22, 2015

Photo: Love of Homes

Generally we see room transformations around here described with a simple "before" and "after." This is what it looked like yesterday, and this is what it looks like today. Those are great and all, but I find the most interesting makeovers are the ones that depict a transformation of style over years. People change as they live their lives, there's no getting around that, so it makes sense that their personal style reflect that. It saysContinue Reading

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From Crayola to Decor: 16 Colorful Front Doors

By: Diy maven Jun 19, 2015

We’re taking a cue from Crayola today for this roundup! Sixteen entry doors in 16 different colors all represented in a 16 pack of our favorite box of crayons. Here's a screenshot of said colors courtesyContinue Reading

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Before and After: A Dated Bedroom Is Converted Into A Beautiful Den

By: Faith-towers Jun 15, 2015

Before: A California Bungalow Bedroom Makeover
Photo: Victoria Pearson

There were so many things wrong with this California bungalow bedroom. Printed wallpaper overwhelmed the space, the colors were dated, and the carpeting was old. But just wait until you see how the space was transformed... click through to see the room's new look.   

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Brilliant Doormat-Stamped DIY Stepping Stones

By: Diy maven Jun 09, 2015
Photo: Nancy Mizelle

This is one of those projects that I wish I'd thought of first. Not only are these stepping stones' construction brilliant, but so are their respective outcomes. Materials to make them are easily found at any big box store andContinue Reading

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Cool and Collected Screen Porch and Deck Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 08, 2015

Photo: Home Stories A to Z

Beth partnered with a big box store to make over Mike and Laura’s porch and deck. On the punch list were updated furnishings with a better arrangement to maximize the space for the family of four. Although the porch was a great space, it needed a significant dose of personality. Beth and crewContinue Reading

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Unnecessarily Necessarily Tuscan Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven May 29, 2015

Photo: Becki Owens

This makeover might be a head-scratcher for some. I mean, there wasn't anything necessarily wrong with the kitchen "before." And, as a matter of fact, I'm sure it was some peoples' idea of a dream kitchen. It wasn't, however, its owners' idea of a dream kitchen. With the help of designer Becki Owens, they ditched the Tuscan vibe completely. Professionally sprayedContinue Reading

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Roundup: Our All-Time Most Memorable Painted Furniture Makeovers (So Far!)

By: Diy maven May 27, 2015

Over the years, we've seen countless furniture makeovers done with nothing but paint and a lot of creativity. Today we give you the ones that top our all-time most memorable list...for good and, yes, some for ill too, based upon the collective conscious of ourContinue Reading

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Before and After: From Table to Banquette

By: Diy maven May 22, 2015

Photo: MidnightXII via imgur

I have a love/hate relationship with banquettes (aka kitchen booth things). I love them because because of their ability to tuck into small spaces yet provide a lot of seating. I hate them because they're built in and can't be moved, unlike furniture. And then there's that "what happens when the dude in the center needs to get out?" thing. "Excuse me.Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Cookie Cutter Living Room Goes from Boring to Built-Ins

By: Brittni mehlhoff May 21, 2015

Photo: You Are My Fave

If you've ever thought about adding built-in shelves to an existing space, this might be the before and after that convinces you to finally take the plunge. You'll have to click through to see what a difference wall to wall shelving can make. It's quite the transformation. 

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Before, After and After: Dria's Kitchen Evolution

By: Diy maven May 15, 2015

Photo: DIO Home Improvements

Dria's kitchen has evolved over the years, and, recently, she documented its journey. Pictured above is how the kitchen looked when she put a bid on the house. Below is a picture of Dria's first makeover, which you might call a bridge to the more major makeover she had in mind. This re-do includedContinue Reading

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Make It: Easy DIY Upholstered Entryway Bench

By: Capreek May 06, 2015
Photo: Claire Esparros

Whether you have an *actual* entryway or want to create the look of one with the space you have, this DIY bench is the perfect solution!     Continue Reading

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DIY Anthropologie Knock Off Knobs

By: Diy maven May 06, 2015
Photo: Anthropology

Amy had been swooning over the Faceted Ory Knob at Anthropologie pictured above, but at $10 a pop, she would have been out $20 plus s & h for the two knobs she needed. On the other hand, her DIY version was free. Yup, free, because she had all the supplies on hand. (Even if they weren't, we're talking a significant savings versus the store Anthro route.) So, whatContinue Reading

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How To: Make Magazine Image Transfer Art

By: Diy maven May 05, 2015
Photo: Crafts Unleashed

As fans of DIY and crafting, I'm guessing we all still have a soft spot for actual paper magazines. Some, Martha Stewart comes to mind, have photography that is pretty enough to be framed. In this case, Nancy decided to skip the frame entirely and transfer images from magazines directly on to canvas. The result is a really coolContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Floating Copper Shelves

By: Capreek Apr 30, 2015
Vintage Revivals

I have a few walls in my home that I'm not entirely sure what to do with -- until I saw these incredible copper shelves!     Continue Reading

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Organic Inspiration: Abstract Twig Art

By: Diy maven Apr 28, 2015
Photo: Paul Schick

Artist Paul Schick makes art out of twigs. Although that sounds simple enough, I'm sure there's a fair amount of technique involved in his creations. That being said, they are incredibly inspirational, especially if you groove on the organicContinue Reading

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Before and After: $61 Powder Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 27, 2015

Photo: The Endearing Room

When Lauren's family first moved into their new home, she was impatient with its powder room makeover. She picked the wrong wall color, and the fixtures were too modern. In her own words, she didn't know what she was thinking as they weren't her style at all. Eventually, she couldn't live with those original choices, so it was time to makeover the makeover. The bulk of her tight $61 budgetContinue Reading

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From Drab to Fab: Nate Berkus Transforms a Family Kitchen

By: Diy maven Apr 24, 2015

Photo: House Beautiful

I don't have to tell you that most of the room re-dos we see in these parts are totally (or very nearly) all DIY, but it's nice to see a design from a pro now and then. In this case that pro is Nate Berkus. A trick he uses to make a room look authentic is to make it feel as if it has been "assembled and layered over time." To do this, he incorporates "'pieces that have patina and age'" along with new items from stores like Target." But enough of the talky-talky; let'sContinue 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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$12 Goodwill Coffee Table Turned Tufted Ottoman

By: Diy maven Apr 15, 2015
Photo: Bean In Love

Honestly, if I'd have seen this coffee table at my local Goodwill, I would have passed on the shape alone. (My rule is if it isn't rectangular or round, forget it.) But it was exactly the octagonal shape that worked--and worked well--for Sheena's sectional sofa arrangement. So she plunked downContinue 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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