67 Furniture "Before and Afters" That'll Totally Inspire You

by M.E. Gray

The ultimate roundup of furniture "Before & Afters" to inspire you!

I love a good before-and-after, don't you? There's so much satisfaction in taking a sad roadside find or cheap garage sale rescue and totally transforming it into something new and different. We've rounded up some of our favorite furniture makeovers to inspire you to either start that upholstery project, get out the spray paint, or hit up this weekend's local yard sale scene. From dressers to dining tables, here are some of our favorite furniture makeovers.           

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10 Beautiful & Creative DIY Planter Projects

by Faith Provencher
10 Gorgeous DIY Planters
Photo: paulsvera

Now that summer is in full swing, I can't stop thinking about plants... and my indoor garden needs a bit of sprucing up. So I did a little Pinterest searching, and came up with tons of great DIY ideas to add some character to my succulents, cacti and other greenery. And today I'm sharing them with you. Find out how to dress up your plant babies with these ten gorgeous DIY planter ideas.   

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How To Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse

by Chris Gardner

In this post, you'll learn how to make a birdhouse two different ways ...

How to make a birdhouse - modern and MCM design plans

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it's still very strong and holding up wonderfully.

But, of course I know that most folks, even other creative-types and DIYsters, don't have access to all these tools. So, I wondered: is it possible to come up with a modern, handmade birdhouse that doesn't required bunches of power tools and knowledge of complex joinery?

Of course it is. So, here's a DIY mod birdhouse that requires only an electric drill and a few toolbox staples. The whole thing can be made for around $10 in materials, and in just an hour or two.  

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How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

by Chris Gardner

Here's a great tutorial on making your own modern house numbers, inspired by the clean lines of mid-century design. 

modern house numbers diy project
Make these mid-century modern house numbers

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism's iconic artists. He's best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own...

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3 Ways to Give Plain Ornaments a Stylish, Scandi Makeover

by Rachel Jacks
Scandi Christmas ornament makeover
Photo: Rachel Jacks

If you've ever been inspired by try a whole new color scheme or style in your Christmas decor, you may have been deterred by the fact that you'd have to replace all of the ornaments you already have. But with a little paint, you can give your ornaments a makeover, saving cash and keeping your old decor out of the landfill. Here's how I gave some glass bulbs a new look, three different ways. 

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Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest

by Faith Provencher
Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Ever since I built a mantel a couple of years ago, I'm always on the hunt for fun new ways to decorate it. So as I browsed the paper aisle at my local craft store, it hit me - a folded paper tree forest! I'm a big fan of non-traditional colors, so I bought a few of my favorites and got to work. Click through to check out the full tutorial.   

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How to: Turn A Storage Basket Into a Christmas Tree Skirt Without Cutting The Basket

by Jennifer Farley

Turn a Storage Basket Into a Christmas Tree Basket Stand (Skirt)

I love a Christmas tree basket so much more than a tree skirt. They finish off a tree with clean lines. My house is full of large storage baskets for toys, blankets, and all sorts of stuff. I really wanted to make one of them work, without cutting the basket, so I could use it as a basket again. The only problem was my artificial Christmas tree base was too big. Here is my simple, no-skills needed, DIY solution to make one of my wicker storage baskets work as a Christmas tree basket stand.   

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Update Your Decor With These 16 Cool Rattan Pieces

by Rachel Jacks

With the recent resurgence of bohemian style, it's no wonder that rattan is also making a comeback. But you might be surprised to discover that rattan can look surprisingly chic. Context is everything, and mixing a rattan piece or two in with more modern elements can make all the difference between a room that looks like the revenge of the '70s, and one that looks like you just added in a bit of natural rattan flair. If you're ready to give it a chance, check out our modern rattan finds (no papasan chairs included). 

 

Rattan Beds

Rattan daybed
Rattan daybed available at Anthropologie

If you're ready to re-create the above look for yourself, you can buy a similar rattan daybed here.

Rattan headboard
Rattan headboard available at Urban Outfitters

This rattan headboard is a lower-commitment, less expensive way to get a similar look.

Rattan headboard
Rattan headboard available at Target

Target also has a rattan headboard at a similar price point, as well as that cute little ottoman at the end of the bed. It would make a great plant stand or side table.

 

 

Rattan Chairs

Rattan armchair
Armchair available at Ikea

If the natural blond color of rattan doesn't work with your decor, the black paint color on this Ikea armchair might be a better fit. 

Rattan hanging chair
Rattan hanging chair from Serena & Lily

I have to admit that I've had a soft spot for rattan hanging chairs ever since I sat in my grandparents' when I was a child. A few years ago I hunted one down at vintage shops, but if you're not having any luck with that approach, this one is a great alternative. 

Rattan chair
Rattan side chair available at Target

This simple rattan arm chair looks perfect for that awkward corner in your bedroom or living room. 

Rattan chair
Chair available from World Market

Although similar to the one above, this rattan chair is a bit more expensive, but has a more intricate look. It also comes in a black version.

Rattan side chair
Rattan side chair available from Anthropologie

Surprisingly considering the source, this stylish rattan chair beats both of the above on price.

Rattan side chair
Rattan side chair from CB2

This curvy take on a rattan chair almost reads more like sleek black metal.

Rattan Accessories

Rattan side table
Rattan side table from The Citizenry
 

The woven pattern makes this rattan side table an especially cool piece.

Rattan globe ceiling light
Globe light available at Target

This black rattan globe light easily fits in with sleek and modern decor.

Rattan Ikea basket
Rattan basket from Ikea

This rattan basket would be perfect for holding cozy winter blankets and throws.

Rattan floor lamp
Rattan floor lamp available from Target

If you don't have a spot for a hanging globe light, this rattan floor lamp is another cool option.

Rattan mirror
Rattan mirror available from Target

Not ready to go for a full rattan chair? Add just a touch with this loopy rattan mirror

Rattan baskets
Rattan baskets available from World Market

These rattan baskets are another stylish way to incorporate the trend in a small dose.

Rattan finds for your home that look fresh and modern

Ready to add some rattan to your decor? 

Need more rattan in your life? Learn how to make a rattan jewelry organizer.

How to make a bohemian wall-mounted earring organizer

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Make a Tufted Velvet Flower Pillow as Good as Urban Outfitters

by Holly Wade
Tufted velvet flower pillow project
Photo by Holly Wade

I have a pillow problem. Anywhere I go, I instantly want to look at the pillow section and leave with an armful of pillows I DON'T NEED. It never stops me, and one of my favorite places to pillow shop is Urban Outfitters, which is where I stumbled upon these velvet flower pillows with tassels. Since velvet is my go-to fabric this time of year, I fell in love with the pillows and decided to practice self-restraint, telling myself I could make one and save a few bucks. Since I already had the supplies at home, my Urban Outfitters knock-off velvet flower pillow was FREE compared to the $50 version!        

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Make This! DIY Contemporary Wood and Concrete Coat Rack

by Faith Provencher
DIY Wood and Cement Coat Rack
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Our house lacks closet space, especially by the entryway... so I've always wanted a fun coat rack that I could put near the door. But if you've ever tried to buy a coat rack online, you know that it's hard to find a cool one - and the ones that are attractive usually have crazy price tags to match. So of course I decided to make one! Keep reading to check out the instructions for this super easy wood and cement coat rack.   

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My Secret Weapon for Saving Tired Wood Furniture

by Rachel Jacks
Before shot of wood furniture in need of a facelift
Photo: Rachel Jacks

A few years ago, I discovered a product for reviving worn wood that I can't believe I didn't know about sooner. It took the recommendations of two different vintage furniture dealers before I tried it, but now it's an essential step for fixing up any tired-looking wood furniture that comes into my house. Best of all, this miracle-in-a-can is affordable, easy to find, and easy to use. Read on if you're ready to give it a try (or let my "after" photos of the chair above convince you if you think it sounds too good to be true!).             

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