How to: Give Boring Closet Doors an Inexpensive, Architectural Makeover

by Chris Gardner

How to: Give Boring Closet Doors an Inexpensive, Architectural Makeover

When Janet Lee first moved into her tiny studio apartment, it was a blank box of white walls and neutral parquet floors. As a renter, she wasn't able to add any actual architectural details for visual interest, so she faked the look by bringing plenty of depth to her bland folding closet doors, creating an inexpensive and removable solution that anyone can do at home.   

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Before & After: Gorgeous West Elm Bedroom Makeover

by DIY Maven
West Elm Bedroom Makeover Before
Photo: Jacqui Turk

This bedroom makeover is like the Cinderella of bedroom makeovers. You can tell by the "before" that it has all the makings of something beautiful but just needed a fairy godmother to put it over the top. The bedroom belongs to Jen Bishop from Interiors Addict, and when West Elm found out it was up for renovation, they decided to pick up the wand. And bippity-poppity-boo this is what the bedroom looks like now: 

West Elm Bedroom Makeover After
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Quick and Simple Guest Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Emily Henderson guest room makeover before
Photo: Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson recently took her friend and client Susanne's ho-hum guest room to new heights with a few simple changes that didn't break the bank. New curtains, linen, and bed (courtesy of World Market) add much-needed personality, yet the room still maintains the neutral vibe Susanne

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How To: Give an Old Wooden Bowl a Gold Leaf Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

supplies for wood bowl goldleaf makeover
Photo: Delineate Your Dwelling

I don't know about your favorite thrift store, buy mine is LOADED with wooden bowls and canisters and stuff. Honestly, I don't spend much time in that aisle. After seeing Amy's wooden bowl makeover I just might be making a beeline for that particular aisle on my next visit. Some inexpensive gold leaf, glue, Martha's patterning tape, and a soft-bristle brush is all you need. And, not surprising, I happen...

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Before and After: My Little Boy's Room Makeover

by Jennifer Farley
Little Boys Room Makeover

A little over a year ago we bought our home at an estate sale. We bought the house "as is." All the rooms in the house were about as bad and outdated as the above picture shows. This room had 40-year-old matted carpet, stained velvet damask wall paper, and an industrial sized burn-your-hand-off radiator...not to mention all sorts of other issues. Right when we bought the house we were in the process of adopting a 7-year-old boy, so we decided to focus "aesthetically" on the bedrooms and upstairs hallway. Most importantly our son needed a fun room in his forever home.    

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

Here is how the only finished room in my house turned out. My kiddo loves color so the decision to paint the walls white might seem odd, but the room must be able to transition. We have a long renovation list of painting, so needing to repaint in a couple of years really isn't wise. From a design perspective, I knew the white walls would give the mix of colors and patterns I planned to put in the room some balance. The room was inspired by the buffalo check curtains. I found the upholstery fabric at a fabric warehouse.

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

I was on a major budget since we were upgrading the bedroom windows, floors, drywall, and the overall house HVAC. I saved money by using what I already had for the larger pieces. My hoarding finally paid off. Our adoption took over a year, so I also had some time to patiently search for deals. The rug is a carpet tile rug from the same local carpet warehouse that I found the commercial grade tiles for this rug. I was originally looking for a black solid rug but I liked the lightness the small white texture added. I also liked the price and durability. It is a 9 X 15 for about $160 after I bought extra tiles if needed to switch them out. Patience is the key for good deals. If you know what you want early on you can be patient and purposeful in your purchases.

Little Boys Room Makeover

The loveseat was actually bought three years ago on Craigslist for $50. I had no place for it then, but I new it was a piece I could use for a long time and reupholster when needed. It is actually a sleeper loveseat which allows this room to become another room for guests or visiting cousins. 

Little Boys room makeover

Here is an overview of the entire room. The shelving system is an Ikea hack using their inexpensive Ivar shelving units. We bought only the side units and added our own shelves cut to size. Because of the large base trim, we wall mounted them and painted them the wall color. I love this storage because it can transition with the room. Imagine a full-sized bed where the sofa is, the twin bed replaced by a desk in the big opening. Perfect teenage room, right?  The light fixture is a vintage mid century light who was hiding at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It was pretty "as is" in its wood and antique brass "vintageness" but felt busy when we hung it up. A can of white spray paint makes it a statement fixture that blends.

Little Boys Room Makeover

The mid century bed was found at an estate sale and the Ikea Rast next to it was the only dresser small enough depth wise to fit cohesively within the shelving unit. Inspired by all the Rast hacks, I painted it. 

Little Boys Room Makeover

The dresser is one we have had for a long time, found at a thrift store. My son loves to draw and color so I hung some clothesline to display all this masterpieces. The calendar has been a life saver for me as a mom. It not only helps him understand his months, dates and days of the week, but it has also helped him be a little more responsible as he sees our family schedule for the month.

Little Boys Room Makeover

Books and toys are the cheapest things to style with in kids room. They add color and are useable. The jar is what we call the "treasure" jar. He picks up "treasures" everywhere and to manage the stuff that comes home, I created a jar for it all. He can fill it to his hearts desire but when the jar gets full, he has to make room for new ones.

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

I love this little picture-ledge gallery wall because it is so transitional. Since the art and photos are not attached to the wall I can change it up as he grows.

Little Boys Makeover

I am kind of obsessed with this lhama print. My son and I both smile at it daily. The sunrise photo is a custom painting from a local artist. It was given to my son the day he moved into our home. It is a painting of the sunrise on the day he was adopted. It makes me tear up at times so the silly lhama provides comic relief.

I often find myself choosing to linger in his room and just look around. Mostly because I am thankful for him and our story, but also because I love how it turned out. What I love most about the design of this room is it is anchored in timeless "grown up" pieces, yet the color and texture of all things "little boy" gives it a since of whimsy. We all need a little bit of whimsy in our life...don't we?

If you loved this before and after you have to check out this living room makeover from Curbly. Are you on a budget like me? Here are my tips to finding things at estate sales. Have you renovated a room for a kiddo? Please tell us about your favorite elements in their room.

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HUGE Master Bedroom Gets Super Lux Makeover

by DIY Maven
HUGE  Master Bedroom Gets Super Lux Makeover
Photo: JWS Interiors

Interior designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt had a HUGE pallet with which to work when confronted with this bedroom. The odd thing is, in the "before" picture, it looks smaller. (Perhaps the furniture placement? The angle of the photograph? Both??) After, we see the room in all its square footage glory. Seriously, how many bedrooms are large enough

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Gorgeous Vintage Oak Chest Makeover

by DIY Maven
Gorgeous Vintage Oak Chest Makeover
Photo: Saw Nail and Paint

Attention all those who hate oak. Susan was commissioned to refinish this vintage chest. Its hardware had long been replaced and its keyhole covers were missing completely. Susan's client wanted the chest to look "timeless and neutral." Did that mean painting it white? Cream? Black?

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