Before and After: 5 Budget-Friendly Fireplace Makeovers

by Faith Provencher

Before and After: 5 Budget-Friendly Fireplace Makeovers

There are some ugly fireplaces out there. And renovating one can be a daunting task. But it doesn't have to be as scary as it seems... and you don't even have to spend a lot of money! These budget friendly makeovers will knock your socks off, I promise.   

 

This first makeover uses chalkboard paint to create a fresh look for a basement fireplace. Check out Our Fifth House to see more images and to read about the easy makeover process.

The renovation above cost only $82, if you can believe it. Kevin and Layla used wood and paint to achieve this drastic transformation. Head over to The Lettered Cottage to find out how they did it. 

Again, paint was a major player in the fabulous makeover above. Limiting the color palette to black and white kept it clean, while the existing shape gave it a bit of a mid-century modern appeal. Click over to ManMade for more information and lots of other photos.

This time the homeowners used tile to invigorate a tired old fireplace - a big change without breaking the bank. Check out their blog post on the tiling process over at Magenta and Lime.

Talk about a massive transformation. Color was the biggest problem with the original fireplace, so lots of white paint and a splash of cool blue gave it a contemporary feel. A new base also added to its modern transformation. Read all about the makeover on Fox Hollow Cottage.

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Eye Candy: 10 DIY Staircase Makeover Ideas

by Faith Provencher

Eye Candy: 10 DIY Staircase Makeover Ideas

Sometimes I wish I had stairs just so I could paint them. Or tile them. Or make them look pretty in some way. There are so many great staircase makeover ideas floating around the Internet... I guess until I get stairs of my own, I'll just keep drooling over those.   

 

1. Paint your railing in an interesting way to add drama. [Photo: Red Online]

2. The ombre effect isn't just for hair anymore... paint your stairs one color at the top and slowly add more and more of another color as you work your way down. [Photo: PS By Dila]

3. Remind yourself of your life goals with every step. [Photo: Live. Like. You.]

4. Give your home a nautical feel with a rope and cleat railing. [Photo: C Designs]

5. Add faux tile stair risers for a super easy update. [Photo: Curbly]

6. Replace your tired old railings with knotted rope... so easy! [Photo: Adore Ann]

7. Calling all design nerds: paint each of your stair risers like a Pantone swatch. [Photo: The Style Files]

8. Give your stairs a vintage look like Donna did. [Photo: Funky Junk Interiors]

9. Add lighting to each stair for a bright, contemporary look. [Photo: Curbly]

10. Use graphic wallpaper to add interest to the front of the steps, covering each stair riser. [Photo: Sunset]

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Art in Unexpected Places: 10 Ideas to Add Style to Every Space in Your Home

by Faith Provencher

Art in Unexpected Places: 10 Ideas to Add Style to Every Space in Your Home

Art doesn't necessarily have to be displayed in the living room... sometimes it can be more inspiring in another part of your home. Your patio, bathroom, kitchen or even your closet may be the perfect spot for your masterpiece. Go ahead, try it!    

created at: 04/05/2013

1. This colorful piece of art adds some much-needed interest to a monochromatic bathroom. [Photo: House and Leisure]

2. Make the mundane task of doing the laundry more fun by adding...

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