Before and After: 30 Second Family Room Makeover

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Basset Family Room Makeover Before
Photo: Bassett

Okay, the video lasts 30 seconds. The entire makeover took 30 days courtesy of Bassett Furniture. But let's not dwell on that. Before this family room disapeared into a beige cave. New paint, art, furniture, rug, lamps...you name it...made the space come alive thanks in part to loads of contrast and pops of luscious turquoise. Here's what the room

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Extreme Makeover: IKEA Tarva Dresser Turned Bar Cabinet

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Extreme Makeover: IKEA Tarva Dresser Turned Bar Cabinet
Photo: Addicted 2 DIY

The lovely thing about IKEA's Tarva dressers--besides their low sticker price--is their blank-canvas quality. They can easily be painted and stained to make them one of a kind creations. Katie, from Addicted 2 DIY can attest to this, as she not only (eventually) painted and stained her Tarva 3-drawer dresser, she took its makeover to the extreme by breaking out the power tools and turning it into a bar cabinet, complete

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Old TV Cabinet Turned Kitchen Cupboard

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Old TV Cabinet Turned Kitchen Cupboard
Photo: Newton Custom Interiors

Remember these things?? About ten years ago, everybody had one. Then televisions grew skinny and started popping up on walls. Nobody needed big old cabinets--excuse me, entertainment centers--anymore and they started appearing in thrift stores and on Craigslist in every city in the country. But Jann kept hers, figuring

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A Very Surprising Kitchen Makeover

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A Very Surprising Kitchen Makeover
Photo: Aston Design Studio

Hate oak cabinetry? Most people these days seem to, or feel that they are expected to hate it. However, the people who own the kitchen pictured above didn't and weren't afraid to admit their preference. They liked oak's "refined rustic/craftsman style." So, when it came time to

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How To: Make A DIY Enchanted Pumpkin Forest

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How To: Make A DIY Enchanted Pumpkin Forest

This year, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create a series of DIY decor and entertaining projects using that iconic symbol of the season: the pumpkin. We'll be sharing our creations for the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge each day this week. Happy Fall.

Um, yeah. I think I got a different memo than everybody else for this whole Curbly Pumpkin Challenge, because I went, like, off the rails. But it's not my fault. Really. I was just having too much fun

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HUGE Master Bedroom Gets Super Lux Makeover

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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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Unbelievable $125 Laundry Room Makeover

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Unbelievable $125 Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: View Along the Way

Kelly's washer and dryer looked kinda sad in their old living quarters. Did she paint them with a bright color to cheer them up? Nope. She just changed everything around them to make them look like a million bucks--and it only cost $125! From top to bottom--including an amazing DIY pendant light to painting the vinyl flooring--nothing

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Roundup: 12 Projects that Prove Spray Paint is the Best DIY Material EVER

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Roundup: 12 Projects that Prove Spray Paint is the Best DIY Material EVER

I used to be afraid of spray paint. Not the paint, really, but the potential for globs and drips. But spray paint has come a long way in just the past five years or so, and continued practice using it has alleviated those fears entirely. I'm guessing millions of others feel the same, which is just one reason spray paint has become the best DIY material every invented. (Okay, maybe ONE of the best DIY materials ever invented.) And our roundup proves it. From the expected to the totally UN-expected, spray

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Gorgeous Vintage Oak Chest Makeover

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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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