Clever Paint Jobs That Make Your Old, Cheap or Thrifted Furniture Look Expensive
We all know about the transformative power of paint for your wall, ceilings, and even floors, but have you thought about updating your furniture? With all the great colors and techniques out there, it’s easy to freshen up an over-loved piece or thrift flip something plain and make it extraordinary. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite paint transformations to get you started. Faux textured furniture can quickly look dated once the original finish gets dinged.
Mar 13, 2019
Keep Your Entryway Clutter-Free With This DIY Acrylic Organizer
We all need a little more organization in our lives. One thing I wasn’t expecting was how hard it was to find a letter organizer that matched the rest of our decor and could be mounted in the tiny two-foot wall space of our entryway. And when you can’t find a solution, you DIY it! This one can be customized with different colored acrylic or painting/staining the wood.
Mar 8, 2019
Space-Saving Murphy Beds You Can Either Buy or DIY
Murphy beds are the ultimate space-savers. They neatly store themselves when not in use and can quickly turn your office or bonus room into a complete guest retreat. Finding an attractive Murphy bed within your budget just got easier, because we’ve rounded up our favorite DIY and pre-built options.
Feb 16, 2019
11 of the Best IKEA Hacks We’ve Seen This Year
In 2018, we saw IKEA hacks move towards achieving high-end dupes (like designer lighting or custom closets) and were blown away by people's creativity.
Dec 27, 2018
Your Home’s Missing This One Multi-Purpose Piece of Furniture
My entryway is an awkwardly narrow space to begin with, situated between our front door and a stairwell. But it’s also a perpetual mess, as piles of shoes inevitably crowd the small area. I don’t like that it’s the first thing you see coming in or out, so here’s my solution: An entryway bench that will contain the shoe tornado and dog toys, but still look like a nice piece of furniture that belongs in the living room.
Dec 16, 2018
6 Clever Ways to Use Command Strips During the Holidays
Think of Command products as your personal elves, which do the job, then magically disappear after the holidays are over.
Dec 7, 2018
9 Things That Will Make Your Home Feel Like Hogwarts
Did you stand in bookstore lines for the newest releases, dress up in robes for midnight premieres, and take every single House quiz? The Harry Potter series enchanted the world when it first came out, and the phenomenon continues to grow through its amazing fandom. We’ve summoned up the best DIYs to keep the magic going. (Just make sure to invite us to your next Harry Potter movie marathon.) The Deathly Hallows mark is so striking that it lends itself to any kind of DIY.
Nov 14, 2018
12 Cozy Ways to Add a Little (or A Lot) of Boho Flair to Your Lair
Boho decor is so inviting and cozy, with its eclectic, free-spirited look and textured, layered elements that beg you to relax and stay awhile.
Nov 6, 2018
10 Clever Ways to Reuse All Your Old Wool Sweaters
The first whiff of colder weather makes you dream excitedly about boots and cozy sweater outfits. As you run to the closet to dig out your sweaters, you find… moth holes? Don’t throw out those old sweaters though. Sweaters make perfect upcycle material and can be transformed into a myriad of useful (and cute) DIYs. Check out our favorites below. Teapot cozies keep your tea of choice warm as you settle in for a snug night.
Oct 18, 2018
Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for People Who Are Lukewarm on Halloween
If you're allergic to orange and black, these are for you.
Oct 7, 2018
One Teeny Tiny Way to Get Your Entryway Under Control
Awhile ago we shared our favorite DIY key holders to help keep you organized and get out the door faster every morning. But if you rent and can’t put up hooks, there’s one small addition you can add to your entry console to the same effect—a DIY catchall bowl. I love the split, two-tone leather tray from Sugar & Cloth. Use one side to drop loose change and the other for keys, and achieve your Pinterest organizational goals.
Oct 3, 2018
Only Short People Truly Get This One Household Essential
While everyone can argue for the necessity of a step stool, those of us under 5’5″ really truly understand the day-to-day need for this one household buy. All those high places where you managed to squeeze out some extra storage are only good if you can reach them, right? But finding a modern step stool that actually looks good? From DIYs to online buys, we’ve got you covered.
Sep 24, 2018
7 Ways to Hack Your Way to a Kick-Ass DIY Kitchen Island
Another way to personalize your kitchen.
Sep 11, 2018
The One Thing You Should Always Keep on Your Coffee Table
As we move into the next chapter of our lives and slowly phase out IKEA pieces (let’s be real, just our low end, LACK pieces because we’re still all about IKEA hacks), we’re becoming more protective of our new furniture. One obvious way to save the surfaces are coasters! And if they’re DIY, even better. You’d think these luxurious, leather coasters would be expensive to make, but nope!
Sep 6, 2018
The One Thing I Will Never Buy at Either Target or Anthropologie
There are some great deals to be found at both stores, but consider this the next time you're shopping.
Sep 4, 2018
One Tiny, Fun Thing You Can Do For Your Bathroom Under $10
It’s funny how fixated you become on small details once you have your own space. Last week, I was gushing about drying racks, and this week it’s all about toilet paper holders. I never thought about these until faced with the extremely dated, ill-placed toilet paper holder I now deal with daily. As much as I want to replace it, the store-bought options are either boring or too pricey. Thankfully, the DIY community comes to the rescue again.
Aug 22, 2018
This Ultimate Small Space Storage Hack Only Takes $10
Whether you’re eking out more storage with your closet walls or taking advantage of tight corners, every inch counts in a small place. One DIY friendly item that can help? Hinges. Well-placed hinges allow you to use your small space to its fullest potential. Consider a ‘ship-style’ desk instead of a regular fold-down table, like the IKEA NORBERG seen above, which has a little ledge so when the tabletop is folded down, you still have a usable narrow shelf.
Jul 17, 2018
9 Ways to Use Basic Wire Baskets All Over the House
I’m always searching for ways to make organization look like it’s part of my decor (an inescapable reality of small apartments with no closets). Flimsy plastic bins just don’t cut it. Lately, I’ve been turning to basic wire baskets to use all around the house. Once you start thinking of them less like boxes, and more like flexible storage or shelves that don’t require brackets or a saw, you open up new organizational possibilities.
Jul 13, 2018
These Budget Target Buys Will Instantly Boost Your Bathroom
We’re starting a bathroom renovation soon, and I thank my lucky stars it’s going to coincide with all the amazing collections Target keeps rolling out, one after another. I love mixing styles and pulling pieces from their Opalhouse, Project 62, and Threshold lines, and, right now, there are a lot of well-priced treasures on the site — perfect for giving your bathroom a little light reno or quick style boost.
Jun 17, 2018
8 Bedrooms That Master the Open Closet Storage Trend
While house hunting, you sometimes fall in love with a place so quickly you don’t notice what’s not there. When I realized my first apartment had no closet, I made do with a cheap, pop-up wardrobe that looked liked I never really, truly settled in. I wish I had seen some better ideas first (searches for open closets are up 126% on Pinterest) because so many clever people have fully embraced the open storage trend.
May 17, 2018
9 Cheap But Chic Ideas to Refresh Your Tired Bathroom
Add some serious style for almost no $$$.
May 13, 2018
8 Creative Interior Doors That Will Make You Happy on the Inside
Front doors get all the attention, but what about interiors doors? You see the inside just as much as the outside, so why not show yours some love. Brittni of Paper & Stitch holds no punches with her dramatic entryway makeover. The dark charcoal walls make the mint door a focal point instead of an afterthought. She also lays out the best plan for painting the door without removing it, and provides a complete checklist. Is there anything cheerier than a yellow door?
May 11, 2018
8 Cheap But Chic Ideas to Refresh Your Tired Living Room
We’ve turned the clocks forward, the days are longer (and hopefully warmer where you are), and time finally feels like it is in our favor. It’s time to shake off the cozy winter decor, and let your home project a new, lighter mood. Change the tone with a little living room refresh, starting with these eight easy, budget ideas. If you’ve swapped your flannel bed sheets for linen, carry the spring textiles over to the living room as well.
Apr 22, 2018
11 Budget Ways to Upgrade Your Basic Frameless Bathroom Mirror
Ah, the classic, frameless, builder grade mirror. It’s one of your biggest bathroom features, and also one of the least special. Here’s the good news. If you have one of these very common mirrors, there are tons of ways you can upgrade them on a budget. The quintessential budget way is to frame what you already have, using either wooden boards or inexpensive molding, depending on the look you want.
Apr 19, 2018
10 Ways to Fake a Window Seat Even as a Renter
Nothing speaks to my bookworm heart as much as window seat, but, as a renter, I thought my dreams of a window seat would have to wait. Apparently other renters felt the same. These clever folks DIY-ed their cozy nooks and now we can all have a reading haven! Note that most of the window seat DIYs out there aren’t “from scratch” but start with IKEA products as a base.
Apr 13, 2018
Low-Risk Ways to Layer in Some Art Deco At Home
Art Deco feels incredibly old-school glamorous while also being beautifully modern. Thanks to the clean lines and timeless color palette, it can fit right into any home. You don’t want your place looking like the set of The Great Gatsby, however, so try a few of these inexpensive projects to get the feel without becoming too theme-y. An easy way to bring incorporate the style is through wallpaper! Wallpaper doesn’t have to be a whole room.
Mar 12, 2018
Genius Space-Saving Projects For Small Spots & Tight Corners
Renter woes and vintage layouts make odd, small spaces a reality everyone will face at some point. Short of pulling a Chip Gaines and demoing walls, you have to work with what you’ve got. Talk about packing a lot in a tight corner. A shelf never has to be just a shelf. Add notches for keys or under hooks for bags, like in this home on VT Wonen. Just be sure to use wall anchors for heavy loads. Fold-down tables are a classic space saver.
Mar 7, 2018
This Hot Pinterest Trend is Perfect for Budget Decorators
Bone inlay, intarsia and marquetry furniture is popping up more and more these days, and why not? It’s a gorgeous look whose perfect amount of symmetry keeps it from being too busy. Plus, it fits in with almost every kind of decor style. (The Pinterest community agrees: saves for the term “bone inlay” are up 207% this year.) The downside? The hefty price tag, unfortunately. But here’s the good news. You can easily get this look at home, for a fraction of the cost.
Jan 25, 2018
Easy Gifts to Make That Your Furry Friend Will Flip Out Over
Because face it: when they're happy, you're happy.
Dec 15, 2017
10 Quick & Effortless Twists on Classic Pinecone Decorations
Make naturally festive decorations using what's right outside your door.
Dec 10, 2017
Decorate Your Door With These Modern, Minimal DIY Wreaths
Wreaths are the first thing guests see when rolling up to your home during the holidays. Right over the knocker or right next to the doorbell, any of these modern DIY wreaths will be sure to welcome them with holiday spirit. (Above) Starting with a minimal take of the classic pine bough, this wreath seen on Ruffled incorporates dried flowers and pinecones to add familiar winter textures that are sure to be right at home over your welcome mat.
Nov 11, 2017
Where My Booze At: Easy Ideas for Storing Wine & Liquor
The autumnal wind is blowing through and makes spiked cider that much more appealing. It’s also making me want to make my home a little cozier. So with cider on the brain (or in hand) and home decor to peruse, join me in picking out a DIY bar storage option for those extra holiday spirits! Let’s start with the simple brilliance Colie Christensen shares in her Apartment Therapy home tour. She simply added legs to a standard IKEA bookcase that perfectly fills a long wall space.
Oct 24, 2017
The 8 Tools Every DIYer Should Always Have on Hand
In college I had a ‘beginner’s toolbox’ with basics like a hammer, level, tape measure, and mini cordless drill. This little baby drill became the bane of my existence. It never held a charge, wasn’t powerful enough for even self-tapping screws, and made the highest pitched whine. As soon as I was able to, I invested in a cordless power drill and learned an important lesson. Get the good stuff.
Sep 5, 2017
Serve It Up in Style: 7 Chic Tray DIY Ideas
Labor Day is the perfect holiday for cooking out and chilling out. Half the fun of cooking and hosting is in the presentation, so today I’m serving up the best of the best DIY serving boards so you can deliver in style! Let’s start a little crazy and mix materials. Molly breaks down how to attach wood to a marble tile for a 5 step DIY that looks crazy luxurious (see above). I honestly think the main reason any of us have multiple servings trays is for cheese.
Aug 31, 2017
7 Modern DIY Message Boards to Get You Organized
There’s nothing like seeing back to school supplies everywhere to make you realize, man, I miss having a reason to buy 64-count box of crayons. And, oh ya, it’s probably time to get my life in order. With new modern DIY message boards, that first step to organization gets a little more fun. Copper is the metal trend with staying power and is put to great use as a message board!
Aug 14, 2017