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Makeover Tour: A Tiny Mudroom Gets a Colorful Face Lift!

by Capree K

Makeover Tour: A Tiny Mudroom Gets a Colorful Face Lift!
Editor's Note: We're excited to launch a new monthly column featuring exclusive tours of room makeovers -- from DIYers like you! Check in every 3rd Monday to get inspired by a new Makeover Tour.

This month's Makeover Tour is a super colorful and inspiring mudroom -- proof that even tiny spaces can have loads of personality! Read on to get the full scoop on this fun space.       

Name: Anu

About: I am a busy mom to two little boys and...

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Roundup: 10 Clever IKEA Table Hacks

by Faith Provencher

Roundup: 10 Clever IKEA Table Hacks

I've always been drawn to the simple, modern lines of Swedish design, so naturally, I'm a frequent shopper at Ikea. But since their products are now so ubiquitous, sometimes I crave more of a custom look... which is why I've become obsessed with IKEA hacks. Below are ten easy DIY projects using a variety of IKEA tables.

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1. This nailhead side table will add some glamour to your living room. Find out how Erin did it here. [Photo: Clementine & Olive]

2. Another pretty Lack hack using brass corners. [Photo: Chocolate Shavings]

3. Metallic dipped legs and a nested look add some character to these tables. [Photo: Project! Palermo]

4. The Meltorp Table gets a concrete makeover. [Photo: Riikka Kantinkoski]

5. The Ikea Ingo becomes Katie's chic new white desk. See the full tutorial here. [Photo: Matsutake Blog]

 

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6. See how to turn a few Lack tables into a corner shelf here. [Photo: Live From B5]

7. Karen made a stylish pedestal sink using the Ikea Bekvam. [Via: Apartment Therapy] 

8. A bright red work table adds a pop of color to this drab office. [Via: Pagunblog]

9. This is the easiest one on the list... find out how to do it here. [Via: Little Green Notebook]

10. Lerberg stands and a slab of wood are combined to make this beautiful coffee table. [Photo: Weekday Carnival

 

 

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Roundup: 5 Scary Basements Turned Dreamy Bedrooms

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 5 Scary Basements Turned Dreamy Bedrooms

We've all seen them. Scary unfinished basements and the dreaded dungeon basement bedrooms. No wonder they provoke nightmares. In this roundup we've found five basements and basement bedrooms that went from spooky to spectacular. 

First is this space that looked more like a box (coffin?) than bedroom. THAT is alotta wood. Melissa from I Still Love You is the genius behind its makeover. 

The after is nothing less than a resurrection.

This next transformation is a little hard to put into context without seeing the blueprint. For that, head on over to BHG. (Looks like it's a walkout.) Basically, the homeowners had 700 square feet of unused space that looked like many unfinished basements out there.

Before: Forgotten Square Footage

The entire space was finished and now includes this sweet bunk bed set up.

Room for Two

This bedroom before wasn't so scary, but it was purple. So purple it could have very well provoked nightmares. Candace Olson is the designer behind its gorgeous makeover. 

Crazy beautiful and not one drop of purple to be found after. Click here to see more pictures of its transformation.

Oh, those tiny basement windows. In a perfect world, they'd all be removed and replaced with an egress window. But the owners of this bedroom performed a little window magic without any construction.

Basement Bedroom Before & After, This is the guest room in the basement. I stuck with an Asian influence here because I had all of these things in storage but never thought about putting them together. The room is constantly changing., BORING BEFORE. Just moved in & had to work with what I owned at the time. Walls were that color when I moved in. , Bedrooms Design

They simply put two panels on either side of the bed to create the possibility of windows. 

Basement Bedroom Before & After, This is the guest room in the basement. I stuck with an Asian influence here because I had all of these things in storage but never thought about putting them together. The room is constantly changing., AFTER. Quilt from Marshalls, Art & lanterns Homegoods, sleigh bed from Macys. I had all the other stuff. , Bedrooms Design

This teen's bedroom had a lot going for it, but it was hidden by very dark brown walls, which made it feel like a dungeon when it really wasn't. 

Yes, there was a big, beautiful window hidden behind that raised bed! For more information and pictures about this amazing makeover, visit Tatertots and Jello.

NOTE:

For those of you wondering about building codes pertaining to basement bedrooms, check out this article on Bob Villa, in which access is discussed. 

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Before and After: Thrift Store Bench Gets a Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover

by Capree K

Before and After: Thrift Store Bench Gets a Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover

We've all seen it: the cracking, vinyl-covered thrift store furniture. It only cleans up so well and the usual attack plan is to simply re-cover it with some upholstery fabric. This bench was headed toward the same usual fate until makeover genius Morgan Satterfield got a brilliant idea:      

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Forgo the typical fabric option and re-cover that bad boy with some shaggy, Flokati goodness. Morgan used an old IKEA rug (similar to this one) that she had on hand and, after an hour or two, she had herself an awesome Scandinavian-esque bench! Check out how she did it over on The Brick House.

What do you think of this makeover? Have you seen any other unusual materials used for upholstery?

 

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Bedding Guide: 16 Colorful and Patterned Duvets under $100

by Capree K

Bedding Guide: 16 Colorful and Patterned Duvets under $100

After 7 years with the same bedding, I recently got the urge to switch things up in the bedroom textile department. In my search, I came across quite a few fun, stylish, and affordable options! If you're looking to add some color or pattern to your bedroom, check out these 16 duvets under $100!      

1. Magical Thinking Triangle Chain Duvet

2. Eivor Farga Duvet

3. Organic Chevron Duvet

4. Floral Watercolor Duvet

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5. Dazzling Chevron Duvet

6. Shibori Duvet Cover and Shams

7. Watercolor Stripe Duvet

8. Malin Blad Duvet

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9. Stamped Scallop Duvet

10. Nepal Chevron Duvet

11. Marimekko Kivet Duvet (this is the duvet I ended up getting!)

12. Between the Lines Duvet

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13. Hexagon Duvet

14. Bauhaus Stripe Duvet

15. Stripe Duvet Cover and Shams

16. Polka Dot Duvet

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Eye Candy: Fun Patterns and Prints in the Bedroom

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Eye Candy: Fun Patterns and Prints in the Bedroom

Back when I still considered myself a painter, I constantly studied patterns for inspiration - wallpaper, fabric, you name it. I guess you could say, it became an obsession of mine, since my focus as a painter was planted firmly in the abstract world. Naturally, some of those interests carried into my adult life, and I'm still a huge fan of pattern, especially in unexpected places.

So today, I thought it would be fun to explore interesting ways that patterns and prints can be used in the bedroom. Shall we?   

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