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9 IKEA Hacks for Your Entryway You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner
Because we ask a lot of our entryways.
Sep 23, 2019
Before and After: The Ceiling Mural in This New Entryway Might Make You Gasp
Andrea Latham's entryway had fabulous bones, but it wasn't living up to its potential, and it wasn't very functional either.
Sep 20, 2019
The Home Projects You Should Never DIY, According to Homeowners
Aside from the embarrassment of a disastrous attempt at fixing stuff around the house, performing your own fixes could very well wind up costing your more money than you’d planned on spending.
Sep 19, 2019
Before and After: We Dare You to Guess How Inexpensive This UK Kitchen Reno Was
"I wanted a kitchen with an open aspect that I could love, enjoy, and utilize," writes Vicky Flynn of Liverpool. Instead, she had a "dark, gloomy, decrepit space" with a leaky tap and "some interesting shades of brown."
Sep 18, 2019
Before and After: You Won’t Recognize This Kitchen After Its Completely DIY Upgrade
Sure, Kalila's 1975 kitchen had been updated a bit with a cooktop, dishwasher, and refrigerator. But overall, it was a wood-filled, windowless room desperately in need of a renovation.
Sep 18, 2019
Before and After: A Plain White Bathroom Gets a Greenery-Filled Upgrade
Get ready to see a lot of plant action.
Sep 18, 2019
How to Make the Most Out of Your Outdoor Space in Fall
People often think of patio season as starting and ending with summer, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Sep 15, 2019
Before and After: A Couple Gave Their SoCal Fixer-Upper a Light-Filled New Look
When Andrea Jensen and her husband were house hunting, they narrowed in on a Southern California area they loved. However, "the neighborhood came with a steep price tag," Andrea writes, "so we knew whatever we bought in our price range would require a lot of work."
Sep 15, 2019
Before and After: This Wasted Space Got a Super Functional Makeover (and a Herringbone Feature Wall)
Allison Schaeffer and her husband Noel had a large loft space at the top of their stairs that wasn't serving much purpose—but had serious potential.
Sep 14, 2019
Before & After: A Boring, Bland Rental Apartment’s $20 (and Temporary!) Fireplace Fix
Caroline made a small, affordable (only $20!) and gorgeous update that elevates her fireplace, complements the rest of her decor, and adds a touch of elegance to the entire home.
Sep 13, 2019
This Inexpensive Material Is Your Key to a Stylish Decor Hack
The half-moon dowel is more or less having a moment.
Sep 12, 2019
It’s Starting to Get Colder. Here Are 6 Ways to Make Candles the Center of Attention at Home
It's becoming chillier outside, which means it's officially the season for cozy nights in, pumpkin-flavored recipes (if that's basic, so be it!) , and, of course, candles.
Sep 11, 2019
3 Fire Pits You Can Make Using Stuff You Basically Already Own
A firepit isn't like other yard goals (a new deck, a hot tub, a perimeter full of privacy-lending trees), because all you need to add one is a tiny yard and a little motivation.
Sep 10, 2019
This DIY Makes an Affordable Target Bar Cart Look Way More Expensive Than It Is
Fashion blogger Jordan Blackwell figured out how to have a gorgeous golden bar cart set up without spending a ton of dough.
Sep 10, 2019
30 Home Hacks Everyone Should Know by 30
Psst... you can pick up great design tips at any age.
Sep 8, 2019
8 Nontraditional Pieces of DIY Wall Art that Make a Bold Statement
If you’re feeling a little ho-hum about the state of your wall decor—and want something besides a gallery wall—we feel you.
Sep 8, 2019
Before and After: An Uninspired Sitting Room Gets Some Neon Personality
When Lucy and her husband bought their UK home four years ago, their sitting room and its Victorian fireplace were every shade of neutral.
Sep 6, 2019
Before & After: A MacBook Remade Just For Mom
It was about two years ago, my partner Emily’s 2006 MacBook laptop began showing the visible signs of being well used…very well used. The white polycarbonate front edges cracked after years of palm pressure and the heat discolored the once pristine white laptop to a yellowish hue most often equated with British dental hygiene.
Sep 6, 2019
5 Indoor Swing DIYs, Because This Pinterest Trend Lets You Be a Kid Forever
Why not bring the playground to you? Try out one of these indoor swing tutorials to include a sense of whimsy in your home.
Sep 5, 2019
Before and After: A California Cabin Becomes the Sweet Destination It Always Had the Potential to Be
As soon as Hope Mendes and her husband saw their Cobb, California, cabin, they knew it was the place they'd been searching for.
Sep 4, 2019
7 Surprising Uses For Bar Carts That Don’t Involve Alcohol
Sure, they're a pretty way to store bottles of wine and cocktail mixer sets, but bar carts can also serve so many other purposes around the house.
Aug 31, 2019
We Love These 6 DIY Hair Clips So Much, Maybe We’ll Never Wear Our Hair Without One Again
We promise that hair clips aren't just a thing of the '90s!
Aug 30, 2019
Before and After: See How Black Paint Made a Traditional Fireplace Wall Pop
Initially, Jessie Ecker only planned to paint her fireplace surround black, but she decided that it looked so good and modern that she would keep going and paint the paneling around it.
Aug 28, 2019
DIY Memory Game
If you’re looking for a thoughtful and fun gift, look no further. Ioana’s project is a simple, unexpected, and customizable. Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 1 hour Project Cost: $10-20 What You Need Tools Beer coastersPrinted photosClear self-adhesive foilEyeletCardstock, red and whiteBakers twine Materials PrinterCutterRulerEdge rounder (punch)GlueEyelet setterScoring board with bone folder Instructions Cut the photos as big as the coasters and round their edges.
Aug 26, 2019
Three Ways to Style Your Bed Like a Design Pro
Three ways to style a mattress that are so pretty, you won't be able to choose a favorite.
Aug 24, 2019
Before & After: How One Renter Upgraded Her Basic Bungalow With Easy DIYs
Just some of the renter-friendly upgrades to this rental bungalow are a new pendant lamp for the dining room, removable wallpaper in the bathroom, and faux grass in the back patio.
Aug 23, 2019
6 Easy DIY Projects For People Who Think They Suck at DIY Projects
Here are some projects from the Apartment Therapy archives that we promise even a novice DIYer can handle.
Aug 22, 2019
Before and After: Faux Tile and Marble Helped Give This Basic Bathroom a $200 Facelift
When we see a bathroom renovation roll in for under $200, it gets our attention because, let’s be honest, a light fixture alone can cost well over $200!
Aug 22, 2019
This $20 Item Is the New Classic IKEA Piece
IKEA's GLADOM tray—at only $20—is a strong contender for the newest classic piece to come from the brand.
Aug 22, 2019
Before and After: Check Out This Chic Solution for a Living Room with an Asymmetrical Fireplace
How do you design a living room when it has an uneven fireplace sitting oddly in the corner? Kristyn Jackson was baffled.
Aug 21, 2019
Very Cool Ways to Hack Galvanized Stock Tanks & Troughs
Galvanized stock tanks and troughs are essentially huge tubs which can be turned into or reused as any number of things. Depending on the context, they can read modern, industrial, or farmhouse. Learn all the ways you can hack them and create something spectacular and useful for your home. Bathroom Tubs: Jayme used a large round tank as a bathtub in her in warm and inviting modernist home in Philadelphia.
Aug 21, 2019
What Is Chalk Paint, Anyway?
Curious to see what all the hype's about?
Aug 20, 2019
Before and After: An Aging Blue Bathroom Gets a Modern Monochrome Revamp
Lucinda Mitra and her husband inherited a bathroom from their UK home's previous owners that was "completely livable, but somewhat tired and dated," she writes.
Aug 16, 2019
Before and After: This Patio’s Major Makeover Is Thanks to Paint—Seriously
Devon Else wanted her family's large patio to feel warm and inviting, so she decided to break out some paint and DIY it. Including a door, the entire project cost just over $1,000.
Aug 14, 2019
7 Colorful IKEA Hacks That’ll Brighten Up the Rest of Your Summer
Well, August came fast! Summer may be starting to wind down, but you can keep your home warm and colorful all year long with seasonally themed IKEA hacks.
Aug 13, 2019
Make It Work: The Complete Guide to IKEA Hacks & Projects
You know the saying: give someone a fish and they eat for a day. But teach that person to fish and they eat for a lifetime? Wise words, and completely applicable to IKEA hacks. Because, we can show you good examples of “Before & After” projects all day long but, sooner or later young lady, you’ll find yourself standing in front of a broke-down MALM dresser and you won’t know what to do. And then where are you going to be? Huh? Can you answer me that?
Aug 12, 2019
9 Useful Ways to Use Up Food Coloring Outside of the Kitchen
Here are nine useful or fun ways to use your food coloring and bring the rainbow to projects outside of the kitchen.
Aug 8, 2019
Before and After: This Pink Powder Room Reno Cost Less Than $600
The powder room didn’t quite make it to the top of Laurel list of must-immediately-make home improvements—until she found out that a wall had to be taken out completely and rebuilt for proper support.
Aug 6, 2019
9 Little Home Upgrades for People Who Aren’t Afraid of Color
Looking to add a little more oomph to a neutral room? You could paint the walls, but there are plenty of other ways to incorporate a fun color into your home.
Aug 5, 2019
Before & After: You Won’t Believe How Fantastically This Inexpensive Dining Room Refresh Came Together
Alexandra Madison loves “taking old spaces and making them feel new and fresh,” she writes, so in a few weeks and with less than $600, she gave her dining room an entirely updated feel.
Aug 2, 2019
Before and After: A Tile-Heavy Bathroom Is Transformed from Mismatched to Classic
When Katie and ​David​ purchased their home in Memphis, the house had all of the charm of the 1940s—but the bathroom left much to be desired.
Aug 2, 2019
5 Gorgeous, Modern Armchairs That Prove They'll Never Go Out of Style
Pretty fabrics AND comfy armrests? Yes, please.
Jul 31, 2019
Before and After: Punch Needling Takes Planters from Basic to Business
Joanne Mooney​'s IKEA FLÅDIS​ planter did its job—aka, holding plants—but looked pretty bland against the backdrop of her colorful home. She decided to use punch needling to give the seagrass baskets a makeover.
Jul 31, 2019
Before & After: From Busted Sofa to Stylish Safari Bench
You are not going to believe this. If you, like me, are only able to see this old busted leather sofa as an old busted leather sofa, you may be pretty astonished at what one enterprising DIYer managed to make out of it. Leather furniture, as you may know if you’ve ever shopped for leather furniture, can be really expensive.
Jul 29, 2019
This Pink Velvet Daybed Has a Secret: It’s Also a Trundle Bed
It’ll solve tons of your small space problems.
Jul 28, 2019
Inside the Bizarre History of the Beanbag Chair
The plush seats were once the height of cool home decor.
Jul 27, 2019
5 Reasons Not to Hack That IKEA Product You’ve Been Thinking About
The truth is, an IKEA hack isn’t always worth your time and effort.
Jul 26, 2019
This Portable Sun Shade Is a Must-have for Your Beach Bag
Beach days just got so much better.
Jul 20, 2019
This Dog Crate That Doubles as a Side Table Will Match Your Design Aesthetic
Thoughtfully-designed do products DO exist.
Jul 17, 2019
Top 10: Dining Chairs
We’ve blogged side chairs, but we wanted to zone in more closely on dining chairs. You know, the ones that really need to be comfortable, while allowing you to sit up tall and enjoy your food.
Jul 5, 2019
DWR’s Sonno Mattresses
It wasn’t long ago now that DWR stepped into the ring with their own mattress lineup, getting ever closer to one-stop shopping at their hip, urban stores. Interestingly, they chose to skip the conventional route and headed straight for memory foam. Very modern.Based on the Tempur-Pedic model, Sonno Mattresses are topped with a layer of visco-elastic memory foam and are pure polyurethane foam in the middle.
Jul 5, 2019
Bye-Bye, Billy! 7 Affordable First-Apartment Furniture Finds That Aren’t from IKEA
If you’re moving into your first “grown up” place, you’ve probably been told time and time again that you just have to go to IKEA for affordable, functional furniture. While it’s no secret that we’re huge fans of the Swedish retailer—not to mention the countless hacks you can perform to glam up even its most basic pieces—the search for inexpensive furniture items doesn’t have to end there.
Jul 1, 2019
Before and After: A Hoboken Condo Finds Happiness After a Reno
This place needed A LOT of updates but after six weeks of chaos, countless Home Depot trips, and tons of sweat equity, this condo now fits the couple's personalities.
Jul 1, 2019
A Family of Four Makes Every Inch of This 600-Square-Foot Home Work With Brilliant DIY Built-Ins
Keeping everything in a neutral tone and playing with textures helps the small space feel visually cohesive and less cluttered.
Jun 27, 2019
Before & After: A Courtyard Gets a Low-Maintenance Makeover
For a less intrepid DIY-er the assortment pictured above would be one intimidating pile of rocks. Not so for April. She transformed her courtyard into a relaxing spot, perfect for entertaining. Best of all, it’s super low maintenance so she can spend more time planning parties and less time watering grass! From April: I am in love with the new look of my courtyard area, which was almost all do-it-yourself projects.
Jun 26, 2019
6 Big Garden Trends We’re So Excited to See This Year
Here's a little inspiration to transform your outdoor space (or even just get started gardening).
Jun 26, 2019
Before and After: A Front Yard Makeover With Massive Curb Appeal
This Bay Area front yard had seen better days, but now it is an urban oasis worthy of major admiration—and envy, especially of their lucky friends who get invitations for sunset cocktails but didn’t have to do any of the actual work. If you happen to have a similar project to tackle, this reader submission has the most thorough process description ever seen in a Before & After post. Everything looks so lush and luxurious!
Jun 26, 2019
Amazon Is Selling a Table That Turns into a Fire Pit for $130
S'mores lovers rejoice.
Jun 23, 2019
Sam’s Club Is Selling a Floating Picnic Table That Puts Pool Floats to Shame
It's the ultimate lake house accessory.
Jun 22, 2019
Amazon’s Summer Renovation Event Is Here for All Your DIY Project Needs
Time to tackle everything on your home reno to-do list.
Jun 21, 2019
How to Create a Kokedama to Hang in Your Bathroom
With the rising population of plant parents, it’s no surprise we’re finding Kokedama decorating on porches, chilling on coffee tables, and hanging in showers. Kokedama, roughly translated as “moss ball,” is a minimal form of Japanese gardening that perfectly balances the odd and the beautiful, elevating hanging plants into an art form. That art form happens to be perfect for your bathroom—in the shower, to be specific.
Jun 20, 2019
These Easy Changes Will Make Your Shower Feel Downright Palatial
Some crafty renovation moves and other tricks that'll make a tiny shower or tub seem double its size.
Jun 17, 2019
Amazon Is Selling a Portable Greenhouse for Less Than $40
Every green thumb can own one.
Jun 16, 2019
8 Designers Reveal the Secrets to a Grown-Up Space
Here are the moments when these eight designers knew their environments had leveled up.
Jun 16, 2019
Here’s How to Get Rid of Termites (Hint: You’re Probably Not DIY-ing This Gross Job)
If you think you have termites, don’t skip straight to burning down your house for the insurance money. Take these steps before resorting to fire.
Jun 15, 2019
8 Rattan Crafts You Can Make Just in Time for Summer
Start with trendy rattan to make these eight DIY creations that will look way-too-perfect in your summertime, beach-inspired decor.
Jun 13, 2019
Copper Craving: Do-able DIY Details For Your Bathroom
Copper accents in the bathroom is a look we’re loving right now. A recent roundup of inspiration featured copper sinks and copper faucets and exposed copper pipes, but there are other ways to bring a little shine to your bathroom. If you crave the look but can’t afford to remodel, or you’re renting and that just isn’t a possibility, then take a look at these clever DIYs. Above, bespoke bath faucets designed by the home’s owner, Niki Turner.
Jun 7, 2019
How To Condition Leather Furniture
Leather furniture can last for decades if properly taken care of. Prolong the life of your piece by using this simple, all-natural leather conditioner. Vinegar Linseed oil Essential oil (optional) Jar with a lid or spray bottle Microfiber cloth Wipe down your furniture to be sure it is dust-free in preparation for the conditioning treatment. 2. Mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts linseed oil in a jar with a lid. Close the lid and shake vigorously.
Jun 5, 2019
How To Make a Fruit Fly Trap To Get Rid of Fruit Flies
We’ve all experienced it at one point: fruit flies, first a few then an infestation surrounding your fruit bowl. They’re pesky little critters, but we’ve found the best way to rid your kitchen of them. Here are our quick instructions for making a fruit fly trap with just a few simple materials. Vinegar, fruit or wine (apple cider vinegar works especially well) Glass or jar Sheet of paper Tape Find a suitable glass or jar.
Jun 5, 2019
How To Naturally Unclog The Bathroom Sink
A clogged or slow-draining bathroom sink is a common problem in most homes. It shouldn’t happen too often, but when it does, be sure to use this natural formula to remove all the gunk–believe me, you don’t want a list of what that “gunk” actually is–and get that drain in tip top shape. 1/2 cup Baking soda 1/2 cup Vinegar Lemon juice (optional) Measuring cups Step 1. Remove the drain cover.
Jun 5, 2019