Before & After: A Modern DIY Fire Pit
With a small budget and a lot of will power, Tanya turned her crumbling fire pit into a super modern lakeside hangout spot. From Tanya: The fire pit that came with my Lake Superior house was slowly crumbling and wasn’t much fun to sit around (I absolutely hate putting chairs on the grass because, living in the country, I’m petrified of ticks).
Aug 22, 2016
Before & After: Freshening Up a Free Dresser
Nicole took one look at this dresser in “horrible condition” and saw major potential. Thanking the furniture gods for the fact that it was a paintable plywood, she set about turning this freebie into a fresh & stylish piece. From Nicole: This ugly red painted plywood dresser was in horrible condition. Missing hardware, holes and scratches everywhere but I loved that it was plywood so I could paint right over that ugly red!
Aug 21, 2016
11 Ways IKEA Can Rescue Your Cluttered Entryway
No matter if you have a non-existent entryway or a spacious foyer, this is one of those spots where clutter seems to pile up before anyone notices. Lucky for us, we can always count on IKEA as an endless source of inspiration for team clutter control. Add one of these hacks or upgrades to your entryway and you’ll gain some extra storage space that also makes a great first impression. When in doubt, wall mount.
Aug 19, 2016
Before & After: A $5 Light Freshens Up
Ashley made some small but seriously impactful changes to this old light. By saying goodbye to a few details and adding a new bulb, she made a stylish and subtle update. From Ashley: Old kitchen pendants or chandeliers are easily found at garage sales and thrift stores. I picked this light up for $5 and knew it had potential. The glass itself was in good shape but the electrical portion of the light had to go.
Aug 19, 2016
Big Impact, Small Effort: Easy Upgrades for IKEA Furniture
One of the best things about IKEA pieces is the myriad ways you can tweak, hack, tinker with, and customize them to create beautiful, unique pieces on a reasonable budget. And the changes you make don’t have to be big, time-consuming ones — sometimes all it takes is just a little effort (and a little ingenuity) to turn a piece into something you’ll be proud to show off. Take a look at these seven super-simple IKEA hacks.
Aug 18, 2016
Before & After: Adding Some Pretty to the Pantry
Ash was about to put his house on the market, so he took a second look at his kitchen and came up with an ingenious and sophisticated idea for sprucing up his pretty blah pantry situation. From Ash: Simply stated, our pantry was an eyesore. It was a little nook of shelves with old curtains pulled to each side. We were going to put our house on the market soon, and in looking at the competition, we kept seeing very similar houses with beautiful kitchens.
Aug 18, 2016
Before & After: Realizing a New Room’s Potential
We’ve been seeing so much really great, eye-catching wallpaper in recent years, that it’s become easy to forget why it had such a bad rap not that long ago. Luckily, Laurène’s pre-trend wallpapered living room is here to remind us. With a super simple paint job and some excellent furniture selection, Laurène was able to maximize the natural light in her space to create a cozy living room/dining area.
Aug 15, 2016
Before & After: Beautifying a Beat Up $5 Furniture Find
Kristine purchased this beat up bad boy for $5 knowing she could make something out of the mid-century style. After some serious blood, sweat and tears it is now a gorgeous patterned side board. From Kristine: I started with this crappy old sideboard which I picked up for just $5… I bought this baby “site unseen” (after a friend sent me a photo) because I loved the clean mid-century lines and generous proportions. I also really liked the fact it looked so disheveled.
Aug 6, 2016
Successfully (& Gradually) Transition Into Fall With Your August Checklist!
August sometimes feels the beginning of the end, and it’s hard to just enjoy these last warm weeks and a relaxed, vacation mentality. Do what you need to do to feel ready and prepared for the upcoming fall season — and all that entails — but also cling to your summer days — because it’s just not over yet!
Aug 4, 2016
Before & After: A Painted Leather Sofa Surprise
I’ve been on the hunt for an affordable brown leather sofa for a while now, and had just about given up when this one turned up on Craigslist. It wasn’t the color I wanted. I was hoping for something a little less Manhattan and a little more Marfa, but for 50 bucks, I figured I could experiment with changing the color. Can you paint a leather sofa? I did! And I’m in love with the results. Let’s take a closer look… And another close up.
Aug 3, 2016
Smart Upgrades That Make Loft Beds Much More Livable
If you’re short on space, lofting your bed is one of the best ways to magically gain square footage. However, sleeping in the sky is not without its challenges—I’m looking at you, late-night ladder navigation. Here are 14 ways to make your loft bed dreamy. The built-in cubby smartly stores extra pillows and blankets—and books, if you’re me. The addition of a bedside outlet is so helpful, allowing for a phone charger, radio, fan, and more.
Aug 3, 2016
This Just Might Be the World’s Easiest DIY
Some DIYs — like refinishing an entire piece of furniture or adding new legs — are pretty involved. But there is one way you can completely transform your furniture that will hardly take any time at all. How to do it? Just add new hardware. All you need is a screwdriver, a few minutes, and you have a whole new look. Case in point: this dresser spotted on Anthropologie, which was transformed thanks to some especially eye-catching geode drawer pulls.
Aug 2, 2016
Before & After: Standing Ovation for This Standing Desk
Kevin’s desk upgrade is impressive on both the style and organization fronts. Start with a standing desk, mix in some accent lighting and top it all off with some DIY bookshelves and you’ve got yourself a very smart workspace. From Kevin: Since January I’ve been planning on revamping the workspace in my bedroom, and I finally pulled it together with a desk I have been eyeing for a while.
Aug 1, 2016
Before & After: From ’70s Clunker to Classy Credenza
Sometimes, you’ve just got to take a chance. When Pati’s sister offered her a large and somewhat underwhelming dresser, she was on the fence. Pati decided to go for it, and with some smartly selected paint, turned this dresser into a gorgeous credenza. From Pati: My sister bought this on our local Facebook classifieds. She decided while moving, she no longer had room for it. She offered it to me and I was a bit undecided. Not only was it heavy, it needed some work.
Jul 31, 2016
Sneaky Ways To Stash All Your Craft Supplies
I love having a well-stocked craft cupboard (or room, tote, or closet), but find myself locked in a never-ending battle with my craft supplies. A box from IKEA holds all my embroidery supplies except my oversized hoops, my twines are all in a tangle, and there are pompoms everywhere. Here are a baker’s dozen ways to keep your stash organized, accessible, and even aesthetically pleasing.
Jul 30, 2016
A Super Simple Trick To Turn Budget Basics Into Serious Style Statements
In their original states, a white pendant lamp and an unframed mirror are blank canvases for creativity. Add the beauty of natural woven fibers and some hits of eye-catching color, and you have a sunny lamp that will brighten any room and a mirror that will turn heads. Put these two DIY ideas on your summer project list so you can enjoy the results all year long.
Jul 28, 2016
Before & After: New Life for a Large Lamp
Cate’s thrift store find was certainly interesting, if a little clunky. After pulling out the pieces she needed for another project, Cate got inventive and the results are pretty charming! From Cate: I grabbed this quirky (and rather large) mid-century modern table lamp from my local thrift store with plans to harvest the brass for another lighting project. After taking the whole thing apart, I was left with some beautiful turned-wood pieces that I couldn’t let go to waste.
Jul 28, 2016
Modern Macramé & To-Die-For Tie Dye: 15 Camp Crafts, All Grown Up
If the summer’s got you in the mood to lanyard it up and tie dye everything you own, we say go for it. Here are 15 camp kid blasts from the pasts, perfect for your current, grownup home. This is project that requires a kit, though I think you could probably source the materials yourself at a well-stocked fabric/notions shop. The adjustable closure means you can take them off easily, a huge improvement on the ones we wore all summer until they got all ratty and gross.
Jul 26, 2016
Before & After: Saving a Space With Shiplap
Kari found herself facing a familiar design foe, the too large white wall. She eventually landed on an ingenuous solution that added interest to the wall without sacrificing any of the cool. From Kari: When we moved into our house last year, it was basically move in ready but we had a large, white wall in our living room and we had no idea what to do with it.
Jul 26, 2016
Try This Super-Simple DIY: Marbled and Ombre Concrete Planters
I’m a huge fan of the concrete and cement planter trend that’s been popping up on DIY blogs for a while now—but while painting the dull gray surface of standard concrete works, I knew there had to be a cooler way of coloring these little plant homes. After some research and hands-on testing, it turns out that the trick is starting with white concrete and stirring in powdered pigments. From there, the sky’s the limit. Marble them, create an ombre stack, go two-tone.
Jul 25, 2016
Swanning About: 10 Swan DIY Projects & Ideas
If it wasn’t for the grounding influence of the Apartment Therapy editors, this post would probably be 10 DIY Björk Swan Dress Swimsuits To Wear On Your Swan Pool Float, so you have them to thank for this collection of planters, cake toppers, headbands, straws—and the most amazing donuts ever. I know I just said I don’t like feathers near my food—that includes drinks—but I couldn’t resist these.
Jul 22, 2016
Before & After: A Long Desired Dramatic Accent Wall
Molly’s space was totally adorable as is, but she was itching for a little drama in the living room, and boy did she bring it! From Molly: My obsession with a black accent wall started about a year ago when I saw this house tour right here on Apartment Therapy. I couldn’t stop thinking about how the art popped and the TV blended — pretty much everything you want for an accent wall that contains a television.
Jul 22, 2016
There Are 5 IKEA Hacks in This Bedroom: Can You Spot Them All?
The only thing better than a brand new IKEA hack is five brand new IKEA hacks, all in one bedroom. Can you tell which bunch of DIY projects began their lives as items from the Swedish big blue retailer? Here are the projects, and the IKEA items used to make them: 1. The WHITE CANE BED uses the FJELLSE Pine Twin Bed ($39.99) as a base, and dresses it up with woven cane, molding strips, curtain finials, and a lot of spray paint. For the full tutorial: → How to Hack An IKEA FJELLSE Bed 2.
Jul 20, 2016
Before & After: Decoupage Away the Drab
When I think about color and pattern in an outdoor space I usually think throw pillows or maybe the occasional funky patio umbrella. Claire decided that pattern need not be limited to textiles and accessories and got really creative with her weathered bench. From Claire: I had a neglected old bench in my garden, that was crying out for a revamp. Instead of just repainting, I decided to give it a designer makeover.
Jul 19, 2016
Before & After: A Sticker-Covered Cabinet Gets Sophisticated
If a cabinet can survive years of kid style wear and tear, you know you’ve got a sturdy piece of furniture on your hands. After removing any trace of Brontosauruses and sharks, Rosa set to work giving this old cabinet new life. From Rosa: This cabinet was purchased about 25 years ago in a thrift store to use in a child’s room. It was covered with stickers of animals, surfboards and all kinds of kid stuff.
Jul 16, 2016
Before & After: A Thrifty & Whimsical Bookshelf Makeover
When bookshelves are in OK shape, it can be so tempting to leave them as is. After all, you’re just going to cover them with with books and tchotchkes, right? Sahana had to go and overachieve by putting curtains AND wallpaper on her total steal of a bookshelf duo. From Sahana: We recently moved from New York to North Carolina. While we were hunting for some furniture, we got an awesome deal of two bookshelves for $20.
Jul 9, 2016
9 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like a Party (for Less than $25)
Hosting a summer bash can quickly get expensive, but one area where you really don’t need to splurge is on the decor. All of these ideas are created using colorful, affordable materials, such as paper, paint, yarn, and balloons, so you can craft big-impact decorations, without going over budget. Add fringe to paper honeycomb balls, suspend them from the ceiling, and you’ve got festive party balloons that will never deflate. Follow the how-to on the Shop Sweet Lulu Blog.
Jul 8, 2016
Get a Jumpstart on July With This Month’s Home Calendar!
Between road trips, outdoor BBQs, and ice cream runs, summer is in full swing and you’re in the thick of it. This month’s checklist balances all the fun with all the ways to stay cool and comfortable at home. Knock one item off your list each weekend and take advantage of everything July has to offer!
Jul 2, 2016
What You Need To Know About Removing Temporary Wallpaper, Before You Hang It
Removable wallpaper seems like one of those “too good to be true” design elements. You get the charm and elegance of wallpaper, without having to painstakingly remove it with steamers, hot soapy water, and 22 different types of wall scrapers. Once you tire of it, all you do is just grab a corner and pull it down. A while back, we installed some for a makeover project and then returned after a couple of months to take it down.
Jun 28, 2016
Fire-Less Fireworks: All The Festivity, None of the Pyrotechnics
Maybe you have small children in the house hell-bent on destroying everything in sight. Maybe you have a dog that’s brave against the mailman, but freakishly scared of loud noises. Or maybe, just maybe, you find yourself (literally) burned out from the last Independence Day party and still waiting for your eyebrows to grow back in.
Jun 26, 2016
12 Summer Sand Art DIYs
All of my sand art associations are beach town souvenir shop-related—the kind of thing that looks cute when you’re on a vacation high but then seems woefully out of place once you return home. But there’s nothing inherently tacky about intriguing layers of cheerfully hued sand, as these 12 fabulous DIYs prove!
Jun 23, 2016
When Professionals Hack: IKEA Projects That Are Both Extreme & Extremely Creative
If you scoff at people who paint an IKEA dresser and call it a hack, this post is for you. These projects take hacking to a completely new level, transforming multiple items into something unusual and noteworthy. They are Frankensteinian yes, but all the more interesting for it. All of these hacks were commissioned by IKEA for its Space 10 living lab in Copenhagen, which was conceived as a place to test new product ideas and discover ways to increase our well-being.
Jun 23, 2016
Before & After: Carriage Seat Dreams
For anyone who is waiting on an elusive piece of dream furniture, let Robin’s carriage seat offer you some hope. She was able to turn her not-totally-perfect-but-close find into a gorgeous manifestation of her entryway bench dreams. From Robin: I have wanted a carriage seat as a house bench forever. Seriously. The one I scored at an auction was not the one I wished for, but it was close enough.
Jun 23, 2016
Mad for Large Scenic Murals? How to DIY the Look in a Rental
Wallpapers are wall coverings, but they can also decorative works of art. Scenic wallpapers can span multiple walls and make a massive statement. Reproductions of the hand-painted originals are available from companies like Zuber, but they are both permanent and expensive. What about renters who want the look without the price tag and commitment? Furniture: Above, Megan Pflug transformed this entryway credenza using a custom image printed large-scale that she then adhered onto the front.
Jun 22, 2016
20 Easy Fourth of July DIYs to Make Your Party Pop
These star-spangled, red-white-and-blue party decoration ideas will have your Fourth of July bash shooting off fireworks. Most of these simple projects don’t require any fancy supplies—bring on the sparklers, balloons, and dollar-store bandanas!—so you get the most bang for your buck. Mix up some non-toxic colored powder (hint: it’s cornstarch!) for your Fourth of July bash’s photo ops, following the recipe on A Beautiful Mess.
Jun 19, 2016
Summery Style: 9 DIY Rope Rug Projects to Try
While winter brings to mind ornate wool rugs and sturdy but plain salt- and snow-soaked doormats, summer rugs can be lighter and more playful. Buy and dye some dollar store clotheslines or recycle your old climbing ropes and get to knitting, crocheting, coiling, or just good old-fashioned gluing. This tutorial requires $16 worth of clothesline rope and some hardcore crochet skills, and the result is totally spa-worthy.
Jun 17, 2016
Mid-Year Rental Check-In: 9 Ways to Make Sure You’re Loving Your “Now” Home Enough
It’s time for a congratulatory toast. We’re halfway through the year! It’s a great time to take a style inventory, get some projects done and tackle a really important topic: Am I going to stay in this apartment? If you know you’re going to renew your lease into 2017 (So far away! That doesn’t even look like a real year, does it?), make sure your summer plans include tackling some updates to make your apartment into a home.
Jun 17, 2016
Before & After: A “Super Budget $7k Kitchen Remodel”
I am sharing our almost-completely DIY, super budget $7K kitchen remodel, which we started in September, and finally wrapped up just a couple weeks ago. The process was a lesson in patience, as we hated the kitchen upon buying our house, but waited about two and a half years before we had created a plan, emotionally recovered from the bathroom remodel (which was shared here a while back!), and saved up enough dollars.
Jun 17, 2016
Denim is Back! DIY Projects That Aren’t Totally Terrible & Tacky
Fashion blogs tell us that denim is big in 2016, but truthfully, when is it not? Jeans are a true wardrobe staple — classic, straightforward, and sturdy. Denim’s versatility translates really well to DIY projects and, when stripped down as basic fabric, can look like something totally new and modern. Bring your faded denim back from the dead with DIY tricks, or use your old jeans, or pick up some used from the thrift store, and these projects will give them a second life.
Jun 16, 2016
It’s Baaaaaack: A Dozen Modern Decoupage DIY Projects
While decoupage has some less-than-pleasant associations for me—the browned, peeling masking tape-decoupaged vases at my favorite Mexican restaurant, the sticky and stained tabletops at a diner I used to frequent—it is a fantastic technique that can easily transform boring or beat-up globes, shoes, balloons, and recyclables into something truly special.
Jun 15, 2016
Space Savers: IKEA Hacks for Small Closets
Teeny tiny closet got you down? After you’ve winnowed your clothes down to the essentials with our Closet Cure (of course), check out these nine clever ways to use IKEA products to squeeze out a little extra storage in your closet. Above: A Grundtal rail and hooks squeeze out storage for a few extra pairs of shoes behind the door in this closet from Maria EMB. The Bygel rail can do the same for heels, as seen on Stylizmo.
Jun 15, 2016
Before & After: Three Cheers For This Office Chair
Tamara spotted this old office chair that was in surprisingly good shape, so she snatched it up with plans to make it her own. Fast forward three years, throw in a lucky find at the fabric store and you have one gorgeously updated chair. From Tamara: I see these old university office/lobby chairs in Surplus Goods quite often, but the joints are not always in great shape so I usually pass.
Jun 15, 2016
Before & After: A Bright Kitchen Upgrade
Ahhh the magic of white paint. Roxanne updated and brightened up her kitchen with some gorgeous new additions but kept the original cabinetry and used some really nice paint with great success. From Roxanne: Our small builder grade kitchen was in desperate need of a makeover. I could no longer stand the orange tone wood cabinetry and yellowish countertops. To save money, we kept the existing cabinets, but extended them to the ceiling, making the room feel larger.
Jun 13, 2016
Before & After: Step Up, The Marimekko Edition
If you’re going to go bold, go bold. Claire took her old beige staircase and turned it into a spunky, funky and printed space that greets you as soon as you walk in the door. From Claire: The first thing you used to see when you opened my front door was some steep victorian stairs crying out for a transformation. I got rid of the boring beige carpet that was just a dust and dirt magnet and brightened them up with a touch of Marimekko.
Jun 12, 2016
Practically Magic: DIY Projects Using Rot Resistant & Insect Repelling Cedar Wood
Cedar is known for its rot resistant properties, not to mention its ability to repel insects. It comes in a nice smelling package to boot! All this makes cedar wood a good choice for home projects, both indoors and out. On the smaller end of the spectrum is a cedar bath mat. This one was made my Merrythought and is an easy way to get a spa-like bathroom. Jen made a cedar planter with a tapered edge for her front stoop, knowing it can be exposed to the elements.
Jun 11, 2016
Before & After: A Small Swiss Kitchen Goes For The Gold
Hannah’s apartment is part of Olympics history! But while her home came with a very cool backstory it also brought along an outdated early 90s kitchen. With some trips to IKEA and a very accomodating landlord, Hannah now has a gold-medal-worthy place to eat her Wheaties. From Hannah: My fiancé and I live in the French Alps in a small apartment. These apartments were originally built to house the press during the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.
Jun 10, 2016
Before & After: Herman Miller Chairs Get Somewhat Psychedelic
Carter had a lucky find with these classic Herman Miller chairs. They needed a little love and Carter decided to go above and beyond to turn these chairs into seriously funky eye candy. From Carter: These Herman Miller fiberglass shell chairs are a true design classic and seem to be everywhere. I found these at a church garage sale and they needed a little cleaning up.
Jun 9, 2016
Before & After: A High & Low Master Bedroom
We’ve seen smart & beautiful design from Kevin before, and he’s keeping it up with this gorgeous master bedroom makeover. From Kevin: After decorating most of my father’s house in one fell swoop, the master bedroom was left unfinished and needed some attention.
Jun 8, 2016
Before & After: Brightening Up A Living Room on a Budget
So you want to revive your living room but your fear of commitment/budget/upper arm strength makes purchasing furniture a big, terrifying deal. Luckily, Jay’s approach to freshening up a room is to actually get rid of some furniture and lighten things up with a coat of paint. From Jay: Here’s a quick and easy way to refresh your room without purchasing any new furniture. Consider painting the walls and letting go of any furniture that sucks all the energy and life out of the room.
Jun 6, 2016
Fill In Your First Apartment, Fast: 7 Larger-Than-Life Wall Art DIY Ideas (On a Little Budget)
Believe it or not, this may be the year we say goodbye to the gallery wall, and hello to oversized statement-making wall art. The trick to large-scale pieces that won’t bring you over budget is mixing in some simple DIY magic. Whether you order an engineering print of a favorite vacation photo or turn your grandmother’s vintage fabric into a wall hanging—all of these ideas take what you love and place them front-and-center in your home.
Jun 2, 2016
Can You Believe It’s June Already? Download this Month’s Calendar & Get Into the Swing of Summer
June is the gateway to cook outs, outdoor parties, summer camp, family vacations, and road trips. It’s also when people take on huge projects around the house. By all means, take advantage of the longer days and get stuff done, but make room to relax too. Pop some or all of these tasks onto your own to-do list — or download ours — for a well-rounded, low-stress way to keep your life running smoothly and your space functioning at its best.
Jun 1, 2016
Easy & Beautiful: 9 DIY Projects to DYE For
See what I did there?? Dye, while a little scary (it’s permanent! it stains things!) can also be a great way to get big results from your DIY projects with a minimum of effort. Here are nine DIYs perfect for transforming your favorite textiles with a little color. Above: From Livet Hemma, instructions for adding a little color to a plain old white IKEA duvet. (Use Google Translate to get directions in English.
May 31, 2016
DIY Inspiration: Mid-Century Shell Chair Updates & Upgrades
We love the classic Eames shell chairs for all their beautiful simplicity, but even the most classic and beautiful things in life can sometimes use an upgrade. Whether you’ve got an original in need of restoration or a knockoff that could use some jazzing-up, there’s a project here to suit your chair — and your style. Print out a banana leaf pattern, decoupage it to the seat, paint the legs coral, and voila—tropical chair!
May 30, 2016
This Weekend: Get a Brand New Bathroom For Practically Pennies
Short of a renovation, there’s not a lot you can do to make bathrooms feel brand spankin’ new and sparkling, deep down in its bones. Your moves are limited. You can declutter the medicine cabinet, keep the room clean, or buy a new shower curtain and towels — but those are largely superficial moves that look good but don’t address the heart of darkness in your bathroom — the corners and crevices where problems start, and mold and grime linger.
May 28, 2016
Before & After: A Mid Century Swivel Table Saga
Astral’s antique market find was almost perfect, save for one thing. After some deconstruction and reconstruction she has a stylish and gold pattern free swivel table. From Astral: I LOVE mid century modern furniture. I lucked upon this beautiful vintage swivel table at an antique mall. Everything about the table was great EXCEPT the gold pattern in the glass. At first I thought that the pattern was part of the table underneath the glass and not a part of the glass.
May 24, 2016
10 Holographic DIYs Fit For a Unicorn
Iridescent, holographic, rainbow fun has been taking over decor, fashion, makeup, and even food — check out the Unicorn Grilled Cheese, Lucky Charms Ice Cream Sandwiches, metallic rainbow flatware, and rainbow-sparkle Birthday Cake Popcorn over at The Kitchn — and I can’t get enough. Here are 10 projects that will let you revel in the over-the-top shiny rainbow madness. Brace yourself: this roundup includes both Koosh balls and a seahorse unicorn!
May 23, 2016
This Weekend: Change One Thing & Make a Better First Impression
It takes one-tenth of a second to make a snap judgement about appearances. What do you want people to think in that moment? When it comes to your home’s exterior, it’s neighbors, real estate agents, potential buyers, and guests who walk or stop by and notice your home’s condition. Increasing curb appeal isn’t just about keeping up with the Joneses.
May 21, 2016
7 Beautiful Ways to Boost a Big Bad Blank Backyard Wall
Curb appeal is a magic phrase in the spring, as is thinking up ways to make your home exterior look better to visitors and passersby. But what about the backyard — the place where you spend your time? First off, yay you. You have actual outdoor space. Now go make it pretty to enjoy all summer long, and start with any blank wall. If you have an unsightly wall, cover it up with some horizontal boards, then paint everything a deep bold color.
May 20, 2016
A Beach Side “Lovers Corner”
Name: Clare Location: Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia Sigh. This is Clare’s cute little outdoor space in a beach side Australian town. Once you’re done day-dreaming about what that must be like, check out how Clare creatively revamped her space on the cheap. From Clare: This is our little balcony off the master bedroom in our beach side apartment.
May 20, 2016
8 Easy DIY Ways To Power Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is about your home’s first impression—the face it presents to the world (and to you, when you come home every day). And while you may think of your home’s exterior as something that’s difficult to change without investing a lot of money and time, there are actually quite a few (really simple, DIY) things you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal—many of them without even picking up a hammer.
May 19, 2016
9 Easy Ways to Transform Your Furniture with Washi Tape
Want to add a little pizazz to your furniture without the trouble of painting? Washi tape is a fun (and inexpensive!) way to dress up boring furniture — and if you ever get tired of your new look, you can just peel it off and start again. Above: Washi tape makes for a colorful (and super quick) chair makeover, as seen on Lonny. The folks at Brit + Co. used washi tape to add kicky stripes to a plain white dresser.
May 18, 2016
3 DIY Furniture Designs to Steal from a Creative Couple’s California Apartment
Architectural designers Amanda and Brandon are masters at DIY. When they can’t find something they need at a retail store, they just… make it. Right out of thin air. Their designs are actually as simple as they are beautiful, and definitely something you can try out for yourself. One slab of concrete, four hairpin legs and one wine rack equals a cool, industrial bar table. Add a sheet of glass on top to finish it off and protect against spills and stains.
May 16, 2016
Before & After: A “Clean and Modern” Bathroom for $2,000
Patience truly is a virtue, as demonstrated by Megan’s two phase bathroom remodel. By keeping one eye on savings and one eye on design, she was able to create a tastefully modern space that didn’t break the bank. From Megan: When we moved into our 1960s home seven years ago, the bathroom was an eyesore. The blue tile and wallpaper were original to the home and they needed to go! The problem was that we didn’t have a budget to completely remodel the space.
May 15, 2016
Leslie’s Lovely, Vintage Los Angeles Garden
Name: Leslie Location: Los Angeles, California ‘Tis the patio season y’all! We’re back on the garden beat with return of My Great Outdoors, and what better way to get things rolling than with Leslie’s boldly colored, vintage brick backyard. From Leslie: Yes…I have turned into my grandmother and all I want to do is work in my garden. My husband and I spent a few months combing neighborhoods with construction and demolition happening to find the vintage brick.
May 14, 2016
Wall-Mounted Shelving Systems You Can DIY
One of my favorite small space hacks is swapping your bookcases for wall-mounted shelving. We’ve created roundups of wall mounted shelving systems before, but for those of you who are especially crafty there are also plenty of DIY options. Here are eight different DIY ways to turn a blank wall into a storage mecca. Above: Dabito from Old Brand New used components available at the hardware store to create this wall-mounted shelving system, which includes a desk.
May 13, 2016
Before & After: A Roaring Paint Job for A 1920s Living Room
Fireplaces are a dream feature for a lot of folks out there. They add character, charm and warmth. But sometimes, the look of the fireplace isn’t quite right. Autumn’s living room had a ton of 1920s charm but the color of the walls and the look of the fireplace kept it from feeling like home. With some smart color selection she was able to turn her living room into a welcoming spot.
May 8, 2016
15 Fresh Flower Inspired Gifts to Make for Mother’s Day
A bouquet of fresh flowers is all well and good—provided your mom actually likes flowers—but why not do something special with the blooms this Mother’s Day? From crowns and combs to donuts and booze, here are 15 projects that will allow you to present the moms in your life with flowers—with flair. DIY Floral Letter by Snippet & Ink Make your mom’s initial—or spell out MOM if you’re feeling ambitious.
May 6, 2016
Before & After: A Charming Closet Makeover
When spots are out of sight it gets super easy to just let them exist in a sort of functional disarray. Clara had enough of her cramped closet and decided to get to work making it the best it could be. From Clara: When I first walk into a consult, I never judge my clients’ homes. They are busy with work and family, it’s understandable that things get busy and their home isn’t perfect all the time. I, however, do judge my home constantly.
May 6, 2016
Before & After: A Bright & Funky Rocking Chair
While Nicolette’s design senses to her that this chair had serious potential, but rehabing the chair in its original fashion was beyond her pay grade. So she got creative, and with a little paint, some upholsury magic and voilá! From Nicolette: Once I closed on my new house I panicked, I knew it was bigger than my current place, so I suddenly went chair crazy. Since home renovation is expensive I had to budget.
May 5, 2016
Make It Yourself: 9 Smart & Stylish DIY Nightstands for Small Spaces
A nightstand is a nice thing to have: everyone could use a little spot for a glass of water, and maybe a lamp, and a little bedside reading, and their phone while it’s charging. If your bedroom’s too tiny for a traditional nightstand, you could try one of these 11 nightstands that are perfect for small bedrooms — or, if you’re feeling especially crafty, use one of these nine DIYs to make your own. Above: DIY Parsons nightstand from A Beautiful Mess.
May 5, 2016
DIY Ideas for Making a Home on a New Grad’s Budget
Living the budget life is not easy and college grads know this more than anyone! During this exciting (read: stressful) phase of your life, having a cozy home that feels like your own space is so essential! After all, you need somewhere to kick up your feet after a busy day of chasing your dreams. If you’re on a budget, how can you create a beautiful home that’s not a mishmash of hand-me-down furniture? Here are some DIY ideas to help you stay on budget AND create a home you love.
May 2, 2016
Download Your May Checklist Now! Simple Tasks to Keep Your Home on Track This Month
May is a brand new month. It’s also a weird transitional time, when you’re split between temperamental spring and the anticipation of summer. Take advantage of being outside now, while you also prepare to make the most of warmer weather down the road. Here’s what you can do for your home this month!
May 1, 2016