13 Simple Fixes to Show Your Home You Care
These upgrades are fast, easy, and full of love.
Feb 4, 2020
This IKEA Hack Turns a Plain Wood Cabinet into Retro-Inspired Party
The after has color and charm to spare.
Feb 1, 2020
6 IKEA Hacks for the Most Disorganized Among Us
There's always hope!
Jan 29, 2020
9 Time-Saving Tricks Only Pro Painters Know (Until Now)
Make your next paint job a breeze with these expert tips.
Jan 27, 2020
The Easy, Affordable Trick for Making Your Kitchen Look Way More Expensive
It makes a huge difference in the look of your cook space.
Jan 24, 2020
The $9 Find That's Literally Holding My Bed Together
I'll always be keeping this in my tool kit from now on—and you should, too.
Jan 17, 2020
Before and After: A Grown-Up Bedroom Chock Full of Stylish DIYs
The whole bedroom's stunning, but just wait until you see the floors.
Jan 16, 2020
The Best Under-$200 Tricks We Want to Steal From Before and Afters in 2020
These budget-friendly ideas deserve a place on your list this year.
Jan 13, 2020
9 Bright Ideas For Making That Sad Lamp Look Way More Expensive
Give your old lamp the glow up it deserves.
Jan 9, 2020
Easy Rustic DIYs Joanna Gaines Would Totally Approve Of
If you've spent the past couple years binge watching episode after episode of Fixer Upper—this post is for you.
Jan 8, 2020
8 of the Best (and Easiest) IKEA Hacks We Spotted This Year
These types of IKEA "hacks" are the perfect combo of affordable and fast to do.
Jan 7, 2020
6 Seriously Clever IKEA Hacks to Help You Stay More Organized in 2020
Ring in the new decade with some IKEA hacks that will take your home organization to the next level.
Jan 4, 2020
Before and After: A Bold $70 IKEA Hack Is Just What This Entryway Needed
You'll want to steal this clever idea for your home ASAP.
Jan 3, 2020
Before and After: A $0 Entryway Redo Cruella De Vil Would Go Wild Over
This new space has major spunk with minimal investment.
Dec 23, 2019
18 Ways to Use Table Salt, Your Lunchtime Standby
Your salt shaker doesn’t have to stay strapped to the kitchen table. We’ve got 18 ways to put it to work all around your house.
Dec 29, 2019
8 of the Best Home Hacks of 2019, According to Reddit
Put these smart solutions to work next year to make life easier in 2020.
Dec 26, 2019
Humidifiers Are Just as Healthy for Your Home as They Are For Your Sinuses
Your home gets dry skin in winter, too. Here's how you can help.
Dec 23, 2019
13 Uses for Olive Oil, Your Go-To Cooking Aid
Get this hero out of the pantry and into your tool kit.
Dec 22, 2019
6 Easy Upgrades That Make a Plain Mirror Look Way More Expensive
It's time for your mirror to feel like the fairest of them all.
Dec 21, 2019
5 Seasonal Command Hook Hacks to Make Holiday Decorating Easier
Is it just us, or has this holiday season felt extremely short? If you're worried you've run out of time to turn your home into a holiday wonderland, look no further.
Dec 20, 2019
This New-to-the-U.S. Store Is Like if IKEA and Target Had a Baby
We've rounded up our favorite, most hackable finds from your new go-to store.
Dec 17, 2019
18 Uses for White Vinegar, Your Favorite Pantry Staple
You can put this household workhorse to use in every room of your home.
Dec 15, 2019
6 Upgrades to Turn Your Kitchen Island into an Island Getaway
These ideas will take your kitchen to the next level.
Dec 14, 2019
How to Fake a Department Store-Worthy Christmas Tree With Thrift Store Finds
Upcycling never looked so chic.
Dec 13, 2019
Before and After: This Charming DIY Home Office Goes Fabulously Un-Gray
Bring on the color!
Dec 6, 2019
One Easy Way to Score Free Holiday Decorations (and How to Use Them)
Check decorating off your list (and then check it twice, because this is THAT simple).
Dec 3, 2019
This 1-Minute, Cheap Sofa Hack Will Change Your Living Room for the Better
This trick is a game-changer for sofas, chairs, and headboards everywhere.
Dec 3, 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
8 Things Every Bathroom Should Have, According to Amazon Reviewers
They're all under $50!
Nov 27, 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: 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
This $7 Renter-Friendly Amazon Find Lets Me Decorate My Walls Without Ruining Them
While duct tape usually gets touted as the fix-everything sticky product, I think this tape might be out to steal that title.
Nov 9, 2019
Before and After: A Genius Hack to Make Thrifted Pots Look Way Pricier
These planters only look $$$.
Oct 28, 2019
Small and Organized Danish Remodeled Apartment Tour
Blogger and journalist Caroline Sølver renovated this entire Denmark apartment herself, with the help of friends and family.
Oct 27, 2019
This Portable Charging Station Solves One of My Most Annoying Problems—and It’s Under $15
Allow us to introduce you to The Couchlet.
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
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
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
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
How a $6 Amazon Find Can Make Your Trash Can a Million Times Better
We have the most simple solution for your most simple can: Command hooks!
Jun 25, 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 Clean a Rug With Snow
Antique and handwoven rugs are breathtaking but can be tricky to clean. Stay away from chemical detergents by using nature’s cleanser, snow! Snowvember is upon us here in the midwest and I’m trying to make the most of it. After hearing about the magical cleaning powers of snow, I laced up boots, grabbed a recently purchased hand-woven rug and headed outside.
Jun 5, 2019
#2: ELVARLI Storage System
IKEA says: Whether for a walk-in wardrobe, hallway solution or a business, ELVARLI storage system provides open storage that’s easy to get just right, while looking nice. ELVARLI storage system is the result of some innovative development at IKEA to create flexible, beautiful and lightweight storage. ELVARLI storage system is elegantly designed with attention to small details like seamless joints and invisible fittings.
Jun 5, 2019
#7: GRONADAL Rocking Chair
IKEA says: The idea behind GRÖNADAL rocking chair was to make a rocking chair that joins different materials and expressions in unexpected ways. Rattan and ash are vibrant natural materials that age beautifully, and create an interesting contrast to the powder-coated steel. The seat and back are hand-woven using traditional techniques, while the light shape brings modern Scandinavian design to mind.
Jun 5, 2019
#9: BARKABODA Wood Countertop
IKEA’s description: The herringbone pattern has a beautifully pleasing geometry to the eye. In BARKABODA countertop the pattern in dark brown wood adds true elegance to the kitchen. The countertop is made durable with a layer of solid wood that covers a particleboard core. This technique not only gives a genuine expression of solid wood, but is a good environmental choice as it’s resource-efficient.
Jun 5, 2019
How To “Custom” Frame Odd Sized Images
We have looked into framing many an odd sized image, and more often than not a custom framing job really breaks the bank. Here is a little tutorial on “custom” framing your own images for far less than a professional framer. standard frame, larger than your image paint (if desired) custom cut mat acid-free artist’s tape acid-free paper 1. Select and paint your frame. We chose a frame in raw wood (saved a few bucks there) and opted to paint it matte green with acrylic paint.
May 21, 2019
Quick Tip #2: How To Cover Up Scratches on Wooden Furniture
Every well-run home is teeming with tricks and shortcuts to keep it humming along. We’re sharing our best quick tips — for cleaning, organizing and repairing stuff at home — to save you time and money. Click through for today’s helpful hint, and links to tons more… Use a WALNUT! Just rub a shelled walnut on the damaged area, and watch in amazement as the dings, scrapes and scratches all begin to darken and disappear.
May 21, 2019
Quick Tip #45: How To Clean and Defog Bathroom Mirrors
Every well-run home is teeming with tricks and shortcuts to keep it humming along. We’re sharing our best quick tips — for cleaning, organizing and repairing stuff at home — to save you time and money. Click through for today’s helpful hint, and links to tons more… Use VINEGAR! First, thoroughly clean the mirror with your favorite product or homemade solution, then wipe it dry.
May 21, 2019
How To Clean Your Jeans Without Water (In the Freezer!)
Here’s an oldy but a goody that’s even more relevant now as MORE people are doing it… I recently bought my first pair of “serious” jeans. The reason I know this is because as I was standing at the register about to pay A LOT of money for them, a cool dude who was standing next to me at the register said, “Oh, you’re going to like those.” “Do you have a pair?” I asked him.
May 21, 2019
How To Clean a Power Outlet
This is slightly embarrassing but my power outlets are…grodie. Doesn’t it look like it’s crying out? It would be one thing if it was hidden behind the sofa but this is in plain view above the stove. However with a little elbow grease (about the amount of a Smurf) it’s clean, clean, clean.ToolsQ-tips Formula 409ScrewdriverRazor Blade (if you have excess caulking to remove) 1. Shut your power off.2. Remove the power plate cover.
May 21, 2019
How To Build an Indoor Fort
Building forts with couch cushions, pillows, chairs, tables and lots and lots of blankets is a classic childhood indoor activity — but can also be fun as an adult. The best part is making it all up as you go along but here are a few basic pointers. furniture and cushions that are already in the room, pillows, blankets, sheets, extra chairs, heavy books and/or clothespins string of fairy lights, flashlights, snacks, portable TV or viewing access to the TV, laptop, books to read 1.
May 21, 2019
How To Prevent & Get Rid Of Pantry Moths
Pantry moth infestations are most frustrating. At the same time, I am committed to using natural, non-toxic, and mostly no-kill methods to deal with pantry moths. Here are the methods we recommend to get rid of them and effectively prevent further infestation. If you suspect you have pantry moths, first inspect everything in your pantry. Although moths tend to infest flours and grains, you should also check dried fruit, candy, pet food, etc.
May 21, 2019
How To Choose the Right Size Lamp Shade
Whether you’re buying something new or updating the old, pairing a new shade with a lamp can be tricky. We’ve got a few tips for you to keep in mind while you shop for that perfect shade. Measuring tape Lamp Remember these five things: The bottom edge of the lampshade should fall midway on the neck of the lamp. You don’t want the socket or the switch to be visible. When shade shopping, the shade size refers to the width across the bottom of the shade.
May 21, 2019
How To Remove Paint From Textured Glass
While renovating our bathroom, we got an annoying amount of paint on the window. The glass is textured so even though we had prepped the window with painters tape it still leaked [we were also a bit clumsy in other places]. The textured glass meant a razor blade wasn’t very effective so we got creative!Materials:Razor BladeNail Polish RemoverMicrofiber ClothCotton TipsGlass Cleaner 1. Scrape as much paint off the glass as you can with the razor blade.2.
May 8, 2019
How To Swap Out a Pendant Light
We just moved into a new place and even though we’re renting, we wanted to swap out the pendant above the dining table for a nice upgrade we can take with us when we go. I was going to call an electrician until a friend mentioned that I ought to be able to handle it myself. So I did, and was a lot simpler than I expected!Materials:ScrewdriverWirecutters/strippers (or if you’re handy, a pair of scissors) 1. Turn off Electricity!2.
May 8, 2019
How To Remove Jar Labels and Odors
We reuse jars and bottles everywhere in the home – to store bulk grains, dish soap, buttons, nails, you name it. Removing the sticky labels and any odors (most often from foods like tomatoes, pickles, and garlic) from the jars is a mundane yet satisfying task. Here’s how we do it.MaterialsHot waterDish soapSponge or steel woolVegetable oil or peanut butter (optional)Sunshine (optional)Vinegar (optional)Baking soda (optional) ToolsHair dryer (optional) To remove labels1.
May 8, 2019
How To Heat Up The Water at Home
One of our home indulgences–taking scalding hot showers (especially when the temps drop outside). So you can imagine our frustration when we jumped in the shower after a long day of moving only to discover lukewarm water. A quick email to our handyman delivered a quick and easy how to for this problem.1. Locate your hot water heater. At our old apartment, our hot water heater was underneath the house (that only the landlord had the key to unlock).
May 8, 2019
How To Swap a Two-Prong for a Three-Prong Outlet
It’s rare to find two-prong outlets in homes these days. Landlords and home owners have slowly switched over to three-prong outlets as more and more devices and appliances need them to power up. Occasionally though, you move into a place that doesn’t have a three-prong outlet where you need one, so how do you remedy the situation? You switch out your two-prong for a three-prong, but there’s a lot to consider before you start rewiring your apartment.
May 8, 2019
How To Extend the Life of Your Cut Flowers
Fresh flowers are a fleeting pleasure no matter how you slice it, but we think they bring so much life and color to a room that they’re absolutely worth the effort and expense. A few simple tricks borrowed from the pros will help you keep flowers around a good long while. So go ahead, buy yourself a Valentine bouquet!
May 8, 2019
How To Build an Interior Window
Contemporary homes are built with open floor plans, great rooms, and high ceilings — a result of current tastes, as well as programmatic and structural changes in residential architecture. Unlike homes from the mid-century and prior, the contemporary home incorporates the previously private kitchen into the public living space and capitalizes on longer span beams to create rooms that flow together.
May 8, 2019
How To Clean An Old Frame
Since we haven’t gotten around to hanging any of our artwork in our new apartment, we’re literally tripping over everything. For example, this frame used to hold an antique print–but it fell and broke. After we took it apart and removed the broken glass, we took the opportunity to clean up the very old frame.Ingredients [OR] MaterialsMild dishwashing soapWhite VinegarWood Oil ToolsToothbrushQ-tipsSoft cloth 1. Wipe any dust and dirt off of your frame with a clean, soft cloth.2.
May 8, 2019
Weekend Project Ideas: 10 Power Tool-Free IKEA Hacks to Try
These IKEA hacks will take some effort, sure. But, you won’t need any power tools, extension cords or impossibly tiny allen wrenches for these transformations. These are the sort of projects you could do in a few hours with some of your existing IKEA furniture (or hey, if you want to get wild and brave IKEA to purchase a fresh piece to hack, knock yourself out). You could enjoy looking at — and using! — these projects by tonight.
May 4, 2019
25 Masterful Ways to Hack 1 IKEA Dresser
Call them hacks, or makeovers, or just plain paint jobs, but these 25 DIY projects show you just what’s possible with IKEA’s TARVA dresser. It’s an unfinished wood blank slate, waiting for your personal stamp of style. Check out these ideas and finished projects, and try one yourself this weekend.
May 4, 2019
Brilliant Ways to Use Drawer Pulls & Handles You’ve Never Thought Of
The options are endless.
May 4, 2019
Can You Spot It? 10 Nearly Unrecognizable IKEA Hacks
To pull off a truly spectacular IKEA hack, you need tools, talent and an unflappable vision. You need to be able to look at a footstool and see a shelving unit. Can you tell what IKEA products inspired each of these nearly unrecognizable hacks? Workspace shelving from Dutch magazine vtwonen, made from a FROSTA stool. This table was crafted from an ANTONIUS laundry hamper by The Clever Bunny.
May 4, 2019
Insanely Creative Things People Have Made from IKEA Bed Slats
What can you make from IKEA’s most utilitarian offering, you ask? Well what can’t you make? The SULTAN LADE bed slats are a $10 take home add-on that make IKEA’s platform beds feasible without a boxspring, but they’re also simply just a bunch of raw pieces of lumber stapled together to a polyester cord.
May 3, 2019
Wardrobe Makeovers: How To Restyle Your Jeans & Denim for Summer
While I’m not the type of person to cut off all her jeans on the first hot day of the year—I only have two pairs, after all—I can’t help but appreciate the inherent summery-ness of a well-done pair of cutoffs. This summer, transform old jeans, horribly out-of-date jean skirts, and denim yardage into pieces you’ll be rocking all season long.
May 3, 2019
Outdoor Upgrades: Totally Clever & Cool Backyard Hacks To Tackle This Summer
If you’re looking for clever ways to update your backyard or patio, without dipping into your ice cream budget, these projects are right in line with your priorities. They add seating, storage and decor for very little cash. Above, VT Wonen combined buckets and wood to make cheap and plentiful seating for outside. Add some spray paint and felt to some grapevine string lights for a welcome addition to your outdoor wall. From Drawn to DIY.
May 3, 2019
From the Thrift Store to Your Garden: Low-Cost Outdoor Project Ideas
There’s really no need to spend big bucks on garden decor. Look around the house or scour places like Goodwill and flea markets for common items you can turn into planters, feeders, furniture, and decorations on the cheap. Above, this mid-century modern style bird bath from The Red Jet was created with the legs of one of those round plywood decorators tables and an inexpensive bowl —both of which are easily found at Goodwill.
May 3, 2019