Try This DIY Project!: Turn an Old Box Spring Mattress into Stand Alone Bed Frame
This DIY project is a great use for older box springs, and an affordable way to have a “brand new” bed. It only requires about four yards of upholstery fabric, and can be done in just a couple of hours… Katy from The Clever Bunny had a hand-me-down mattress which was relegated to her guest room. In lieu of a bed frame she chose to cover the box spring with fabric and add legs.
Dec 19, 2019
How to Build a Custom DIY Floating Frame for Artwork
This inexpensive painting ($40 on eBay) needed a frame, but I didn’t want to invest the money in an expensive custom job. After doing a little research, I came up with a DIY floating frame that’s simple and modern, and very easy to make. This particular painting was done on a masonite board, but the plan can be modified for wrapped canvas as well. 1″ x 2″ lengths of wood (in actuality they are about .75″ x 1.
Dec 19, 2019
Upholstery Project: How To Make a DIY Headboard with Fabric Slipcover
I get obsessed with things I see on Pinterest, and this padded headboard (okay, the whole place) is one of my recent fixations. I like the modern, streamlined look of it— but that it’s also more relaxed than a lot of the tufted, nailhead DIY headboards I see all the time.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Upholstery Project: How Make Your Own Custom Fabric Piping (or Welting)
Piping (or welting if you prefer) adds a nice detail to DIY upholstery projects, and gives added tailoring to cushions and headboards. Choose the same color as your main upholstery fabric, or a fun contrasting color for more zip. It’s also easy and quick to make.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Project Idea: How to Make Easter Baskets from Sugar String
These simple and sweet Easter baskets, made from sugar and string, are a great DIY project for the upcoming holiday. Reader Krys shows you how her grandmother used to make them when she was growing up. Read on to learn to make them yourself: 3 cups sugar Acrylic spray Lace or ribbon (optional) 1 spool crochet thread (350 yards) 3-9 inch balloon Approx.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Renovation Project: How To Build a Recessed Shower Shelf
When remodeling a bathroom, consider adding a recessed shower shelf into your design. It’s a practical and streamlined way to add storage space for shampoos and soaps, without taking away elbow room. Built-in shower niches are also a great alternative to gunky corner shelves and rusty shower caddies. For all of you DIY renovators, read on to learn how to build a shower shelf of your own.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Project: How To Grout Tile
Applying grout is always exciting. It’s the final touch to all of your hard tiling work, and much less tedious and time consuming. (If you missed it, see my earlier tutorial on how to tile your shower.) Yet, there are still some steps to ensure the longevity of your grout lines and the lifespan of your tiles.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Home Renovation: How To Tile Your Bathroom Shower
Unlike painting, tiling isn’t as quick and easy as it looks. Tiling is for those who enjoy tedious, repetitive perfectionism. And I can’t say that I do, but in the end, the three days that turned into three weeks (seriously) was all worth it. Clean white subway tile transforms spaces — all in such a timeless way. So, before you start mixing the thin-set, check out the lessons I learned about how to tile your bathroom.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Project: How To Remove and Install a Kitchen Sink
Earlier this week, I showed you my newly renovated sink and backsplash area in my kitchen. If you’re interested in learning how to remove and install your own sink, follow these steps to complete the process yourself! A new kitchen sink that fits both width, length and depth of the existing space Plumber’s putty Your brand new sink!
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Lighting Project: How To Make a Swing Arm Wall Sconce
I’m a big fan of DIY lighting projects— once you get the basics down, an entire world of lamps, sconces and pendants open up to you. Here’s everything you need to make this industrial-style swing arm wall sconce. A pair would look really nice on either side of your bed, wouldn’t it? For this project, I purchased all supplies from Grand Brass.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Home Decor: Lego Family Portrait
If photo shoots make you cringe, then Lisa’s Lego-themed family portrait might be more up your alley. It’s cute, but not TOO cute. See how she did it…. Lego Minifigures IKEA Ribba Frame Heavy Cardboard Command Strips Scissors Glue Stick Hot Glue Gun 1. To make the mini figurine family, choose the right hair, heads, bodies and legs (and dogs!) from your Lego stash.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Room Decor: How To Make A Steel Pipe Chandelier
Looking to get the industrial look for less? A perfect complement to a rustic farm table, Camilla of Something Is Done created this cool chandelier made from pipes.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Home Decor: How to Make a Vinyl Chalk Cloth Wall Organizer
I’m a bit preoccupied with black and white. While always a classic pairing, inspirational black and white images have been popping up everywhere recently — like this recent roundup of entryways. Lucky for me, my 1910 apartment has a fantastic vintage black and white bathroom. It also has a bit of an odd 18″ angled wall that was screaming for a DIY solution! I chose to create a wall pocket organizer using vinyl chalk cloth, in part because you can write on it (how fun!
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Home Decor: How to Make a Leather Valet Tray
When Paul’s not busy restoring vintage items, he’s down in his basement workshop crafting leather goods for his etsy shop. Most projects are made to fill orders but, every once in awhile, he makes personal projects as well, including this super simple valet. Here’s how to do it yourself: Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 1 hour Project Cost: $20-50 (depending on size and tools used) When choosing your piece of leather, pick something thick and firm enough to hold its shape.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Home Decor: How to Make a Rope Side Table from Scratch
Ashley loved rope-wrapped side tables, but didn’t like the idea of buying two for her living room. After some brainstorming, she came up with a cheap solution that: a) met the need for an accent table and b) mimicked the look of woven rope. Although not great for houses with cats, they’re an otherwise affordable and stylish alternative.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Project Idea: How to Make a Modern Pegboard Shelving System
As DIY projects go, this is one of my favorites. A photo of one popped up here on Apartment Therapy last year, and it’s been in my crosshairs ever since. I love this shelving system because it’s simple, yet pretty, and can be configured in multiple ways. It’s also very easy to make, with a little precision and patience.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Install Window Insulation Film
With an average savings of over $15/window during heating season, insulating your windows with plastic film makes whole lot of sense—especially if you live in an old, drafty house. And if you have any windows that don’t open, keep those insulated year-round for extra savings on cooling costs during the summer months. Here’s how. Window insulation kit Extra window tape (optional) Ladder Scissors Measuring tape Hairdryer An extra set of hands (optional) 1.
Dec 19, 2019
I Transformed My Kitchen for Under $200—and it Still Looks Great a Year Later
One writer shares her budget-friendly transformation that can withstand the test of time.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Your Own Reusable Food Wrap
Sorry Costco, but I don't buy Saran Wrap in bulk anymore.
Dec 18, 2019
This Weekend: Give a Rug or Carpet a Deep Clean
Winter is rough on our floors from wet snow, mud and more, especially on our carpets and rugs. This Weekend Project is about giving one carpeted room or rug a deep, thorough clean that will make your whole space feel invigorated and refreshed. Experts suggest that you deep-clean rugs and carpet at least once a year. This weekend, knock out one spot in your home really well.
Dec 16, 2019
Before and After: A Genius Holiday-Ready Gallery Wall Redo for $40
You'll want to rainbow everything once you see this transformation.
Dec 15, 2019
Before and After: A $200 Bathroom Transformation Done in a Weekend
A couple Benjamins and a little elbow grease make for one stylish bathroom redo.
Dec 14, 2019
Before and After: DIYs and Savvy Shopping Remake a Kitchen for $1000
Those dollars go a long way in this kitchen transformation.
Dec 13, 2019
Before and After: A Super Functional Closet Redo with a Tropical Twist
The only thing missing from this adorable closet redo is a daiquiri.
Dec 12, 2019
How To Make DIY Scented Pinecones
There's nothing like a little cinnamon to make it smell like home for the holidays.
Dec 12, 2019
Before and After: This $1200 Entry/Laundry Room Is Organization Goals
So bright! So open! So ORGANIZED.
Dec 11, 2019
Crochet Your Very Own Baby Yoda, Now You Can
Thanks to the power of crocheting, you can now create your very own baby Yoda.
Dec 11, 2019
Before and After: A $200 Accent Wall Makes This Bedroom Unforgettable
This will be the bedroom that convinces you to paint your walls mustard yellow (seriously).
Dec 10, 2019
Before and After: This Living Room Redo Brings Instant Cozy
Looking at this living room just makes us want to curl up with a good book.
Dec 8, 2019
Before and After: A Dark, Dramatic, and Totally DIY Master Bedroom
Deep navy paint is MOODY—in a good way.
Dec 7, 2019
Before and After: This Charming DIY Home Office Goes Fabulously Un-Gray
Bring on the color!
Dec 6, 2019
This House Has Creative DIYs in Every Room—and a New Front Door Color Every Year
They have added DIY touches to pretty much every space in the home.
Dec 6, 2019
Before and After: DIY Elbow Grease Made a 1990s Bath Beautiful
We'd say those 30 hours (!) of hand-painting really paid off.
Dec 5, 2019
6 Projects You Can DIY Using Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year
Whether you want a little Classic Blue or a lot, these projects will help you stay on-trend for 2020.
Dec 5, 2019
DIY Floors that Look Like a Million Bucks
These DIYs will floor you
Dec 5, 2019
Before and After: These Walls Mimic High-End Wallpaper (for Under $2!)
Sponge painting, but make it FASHION.
Dec 3, 2019
Have a Very Hyggelig Holiday: 65 Scandinavian Decorating Ideas
If your love for all things Scandi is still going strong, these ideas are for you!
Dec 3, 2019
7 Photo Display Ideas That Are Both Fun and Stylish
In this day and age, we often post photos to Facebook or Instagram and then forget all about them. But with so many clever ways to display printed pictures around the house, why not round up your favorite photos and start decorating?
Dec 2, 2019
Before and After: The Most Magical Little DIY Playhouse You've Ever Seen
This little fairytale house will make you want to be a kid again.
Dec 2, 2019
Before and After: $1000 Rental Kitchen With One Luxe-Looking IKEA Hack
You won't even believe it's the same kitchen.
Dec 1, 2019
Before and After: A Dreamy Fireplace Just in Time for the Holiday Season
This bright, welcoming redo is fireplace goals.
Nov 26, 2019
A 650-Square-Foot Berlin Apartment Fuses Lush Fabrics With Over 76 Plants
Most of the objects and furniture in this rental apartment are either handmade, refinished, found, or upcycled!
Nov 21, 2019
Before and After: This Floral Laundry Room Makes Chores Feel... Luxurious??
Ok, yes, strong claim—but wait until you see it.
Nov 26, 2019
6 One-Step Upgrades to Make Your Things Look Way More Expensive
Plain home decor: tired. One-step-upgraded home decor: WIRED.
Nov 29, 2019
The New Textile Company That’s Making High-End Fabrics Available to the Masses
Frustrated by to-the-trade fabrics? Then this one's for you.
Nov 28, 2019
Before and After: You'll Want to Warm Up in This Sunroom ASAP
Bye, dirty carpet and crumbly ceiling tiles. Hi, dream destination.
Nov 25, 2019
Before and After: See This Frumpy Living Room Go Cozy-Modern
You can barely tell it's the same space!
Nov 25, 2019
The 4 Most Useful DIY Skills I Learned from My Mom
Practical advice I'm thankful for this year.
Nov 27, 2019
Before and After: How a Master Suite Went from Basic to Fabulously Boho
The new bedroom and bathroom are a little fresh, a little funky, a lot stylish.
Nov 25, 2019
The Secret to Easy Faux Shiplap (Plus 3 Other Paint-Only Projects)
Give your hammer a rest. These projects are paint-only, so no tools needed!
Nov 26, 2019
8 Sneaky Ways to Create the Illusion of More Space
These are pretty clever.
Nov 26, 2019
9 Tiny Time Savers You Should Always Have on Hand at Home
Keep a home repair kit and you'll save LOTS of future headaches.
Nov 26, 2019
Before and After: This Bathroom Refresh Shows What $100 Can Really Do
Let these bold changes inspire you.
Nov 25, 2019
9 Ideas: Turn Basic Picture Frames Into Something Spectacular
Basic frames are easy to come by—you probably have one lying around the house, and if not, they’re a dime a dozen (ok, they’re $1 each) at your local dollar store. But the art to fill them? That’s typically the harder, much more expensive part. Instead, change your frame of mind and stop letting these pieces play supporting roles. In these DIY ideas, the frames steal the show. IKEA rethinks the wreath frame, this time using actual picture frames.
Nov 25, 2019
Before and After: A Cute IKEA Hack That Will Make You Want Dino Knobs
Jeff Goldblum would go wild for these adorable little made-over nightstands.
Nov 24, 2019
Before and After: This New Bedroom Looks Like it Belongs in a Luxe Spa
Neutral colors and minimalist style? We're relaxed just LOOKING at this bedroom refresh.
Nov 23, 2019
9 Smart Tricks to Make Your Next Paint Job Simple and Painless
For those of us (hi, me) who like our chores to feel a little less chore-y.
Nov 23, 2019
This Tabletop Fireplace Will Make All Your Cozy Dreams Come True
No wood, no smoke, no kidding!
Nov 22, 2019
Before & After: A $0 (Yeah, That's Right) DIY Entry Redo Done in an Afternoon
So quick! So cheap! So EASY!
Nov 22, 2019
Before and After: A Bold Bookshelf Transformation for Less than $100
A wall full of built-in bookshelves is a bookworm's dream! Bit Karie Frost didn't love about it: the white paint job, which—while nice enough—made the wear-and-tear of the decades-old wood more obvious.
Nov 19, 2019
Step Up Your Bedroom Style: Doable DIY Headboard Ideas
Chances are your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, and since the headboard is the focal point of your bed, it has a huge impact on the look of the room. Here are 11 fun, affordable ways to give your bed (and your bedroom) a whole new look. Above: From Alvhem Makleri, an inexpensive and impactful way to create a ‘headboard’: apply a piece of wallpaper to the wall behind the bed and frame it with picture moldings.
Nov 19, 2019
11 Headboard Hacks So Good You’ll Want to Stay in Bed
If you are decorating on a budget, or just want to try something a little unique, you don't have to shell out a lot of money on a new one, or even buy one at all.
Nov 19, 2019
Here's How to Fix a Wobbly Table Before Holiday Guests Arrive
You don't have to deal with a shaky dinner! This is one to-do that's easy to tackle.
Nov 18, 2019
Before and After: From Useless Pantry to Fab IKEA-Built Home Bar
Let this DIY built-in bar get you in the renovating spirit.
Nov 17, 2019
Before and After: A Total Dining Room Revamp at This Abandoned House
*Blink blink blink.* Yes, it's the same dining room!
Nov 16, 2019
Before and After: This Clever Guest Room/Office Redo Cost Just $500
This redesign makes clever use of space—and a gorgeous green paint.
Nov 15, 2019
How To Make a Clementine Candle
I learned this fabulous little party trick when I was a school teacher years ago and have been showing other folks how to do it for years.
Nov 15, 2019
Before and After: 5 Inspiring Chair Redos, and One Clever IKEA Hack
You'll barely recognize the befores.
Nov 14, 2019
Before and After: This 1995-Era Master Bathroom Redo Is Plain Dreamy
Hello, 1995? We're here to give your beige tile back.
Nov 12, 2019
Before and After: A Cozy Redo for This Dark Rental Living Room
This rental-friendly living room redo is peak chill spot.
Nov 11, 2019
Before and After: DIY Guest Bedroom Features a Super Clever IKEA Hack
This guest bedroom has tons of charm (and your new favorite IKEA hack).
Nov 8, 2019
Before and After: A Mini $30 Entry Makeover with Big Results
This is proof that you can make a serious transformation on a tiny budget.
Nov 8, 2019