Projects & Improvements

Introducing Makeover Madness: A March Letter From the Editor

published Mar 2, 2020
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If you’re looking for a fast home refresh, one of my favorite suggestions is to paint the inside of your front door. I’ve said it so many times, the Apartment Therapy editors could probably start a drinking game around it. But that’s because it’s true: I painted the interior of my front door last year to transform it from gray to pink (Benjamin Moore’s Rose Bisque, to be exact). It was easy and inexpensive, with a huge payoff—it’s a bright pop in my otherwise plain entryway. I see the door from my couch, where I spend most of my time at home. And every time I look at it I feel a little pang of happiness. If I change my mind? It’s simple enough to change back, or to swap in a new color.

The month of March is often synonymous with madness. And no offense to basketball fans, but that’s not really our thing (for the most part) on the Apartment Therapy editorial team. So when we were brainstorming content for the month of March, we decided to invent the concept of “Makeover Madness.” All month long, we’ll be exploring ways to make over what you have at home. Think: little upgrades (like my door), as well as some bigger projects.

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We’re kicking off Makeover Madness tomorrow with our new Mystery Makeover series. Here’s how it works: our home projects editor, Megan, sent five DIYers across the country one item and $50. We’ll watch as they receive their challenge (think: a thrift store find or an IKEA blank slate). Then, they’ll transform each item—I’ve had a sneak peek, and every single one is really something special. Tune in every Wednesday throughout the month for the latest edition.

We’ll also have a bracket faceoff of some iconic home items, new DIY how-tos, and plenty of before and afters to feed your spring inspiration.

Of course, there’s a lot happening in March beyond makeovers. In the next few weeks, we’ll be celebrating Women’s History Month (in addition to International Women’s Day on March 8), including a look at today’s home heroes, stories of women who have bought homes by themselves (which is happening at an all-time high in the United States), and profiles of women-owned design businesses.

Also, in case  you missed it, last week we announced a major new event, The Small/Cool Experience (which will kick off at the same time as the new-and-improved Small/Cool Contest). 20 designers will be bringing 20 trends to life—all in 20 small spaces. It’s all happening at Industry City, home to the Brooklyn design district. We have (free) tickets available for the public on April 4 and 5 (sign up here). If you live in the NYC area, I’d love to meet you there!

Credit: Joe Lingeman / Apartment Therapy

Our letter from the editor series appears the first Monday of every month. You can follow Laura on Instagram here.