First things first: I love, LOOOVE a good before and after! It's the dangling carrot that keeps me going and feeling inspired. If someone can turn that into that, then my projects don't seem so intimidating and I get a tingling "I can do anything" sensation. And you know what? It feels good... So good, I want to spread the joy to everyone. If you'd like that same tingly feel-goodery, then follow the carrot to this awesome Scandinavian Modern kitchen renovation!
I dunno. Maybe it's me, but it seems like I've come across a lot of makeover misses or 'not quite rights' these days. What do you think?
Tim didn't hold anything back when making over his condo. He did it all, inside and out, adding color and life!
Kati's Victorian home had a pretty ho-hum dining room, until she gave it a diy once-over. Out went the old carpeting and on went some paint and wallpaper.
This 1957, 2,600 sf home, located in Utah, underwent a spectacular makeover by owner Tyler Gourley. Take a look and be amazed!
Sasha's 850 sf Brooklyn loft needed some serious help. Enter Mary L. Chan of Studio Bartleby. With Ms. Chan's help and a $5K budget, the loft went from a sad studio to a stylish one bedroom retreat.
We started this bathroom remodel last summer, and since it's been done for months, I thought it was about time to post some pics!
The morning we decided to start the project, MWT got right to work. He had the room mostly gutted by the time I pulled out my camera. Although, this is a shot of what it pretty much looked like before.
Here it is after about 15 minutes of work! We pulled out the light fixture, vanity and tile. We chose to...
An ordinary iron bench with a white vinyl top is the perfect beginning upholstery project to dig into on a summer day.
The benefits are threefold:
1. It's easy enough for almost anyone to do
2. It delivers instant gratification
The victim of a very bad remodel, this turreted 1896 Victorian underwent a serious refurb, thanks to Dorian and Elaine Walker who were able to see past all the wrong choices of previous owners. The 'after' of the project speaks for itself.
Ten industrial sized Dumpsters were filled with the junk that filled Lisa and Todd's 1905 Portland bungalow. It had been inhabited by human and non-human squatters before the couple purchased the forlorn property. The before pictures pretty much sum up the condition of the home, but Lisa & Todd saw past it. They restored it to its former glory, including new hardwood floors, vintage light fixtures and subway tiles in the kitchen and bathroom...
This bank foreclosure was in dire shape back in '08. It doesn't even look habitable in the before pictures. But after an intrepid soul got a hold of it and gave it the Curbly once-over...wow. Just peruse these images here and on uglyhousephotos.com to witness the transformation. By the way, Ugly House Photos is a very entertaining website full of snarky comments about people's taste in decor/architecture. It's not a place where you want to see pics of your own home, unless it's a lesson in before and after like this one.
Two days of hard slog, paint, fabric and a bit of wallpaper and this living and dining room went from cold and drab to cozy and dramatic.
It started as a repository for stuff, mostly of the craft variety. The walls were colorless and storage was slim.
After a month or so of consideration and work, my new craft room is orderly, calm and colorful.
All in all, the entire room cost–in new materials–107 bucks. This included the fabric, paint, wood, fabric drawers for the desk, an Ikea Espressivo desk lamp and decorative doo-dads. What it didn’t include was the chair, rug, desktop...