B&A: A Rotting Wood Deck Gets a Luxe Double-Decker Overhaul
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Now there’s plenty of space to relax outside, rain or shine.
B&A: A Dingy Screened Porch Gets a Cozy, Inviting Spruce-Up for $850
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Paint and a new ceiling are total game-changers for this once-brown and drab porch.
Jun 12, 2023
B&A: 5 Renter-Friendly DIYs Gave This Small Balcony a Stylish New Look
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It’s renter-friendly, too!
Jun 2, 2023
B&A: 3 Simple but Striking Paint Projects Liven up a Drab ‘80s Porch
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According to trendspotters, the porch is taking priority over the backyard in 2023 — after all, it’s where the first impression is made.
May 28, 2023
B&A: A $200 Project Makes This Bare Patio Feel Like a Private Escape
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This is a DIY anyone can do.
May 16, 2023
B&A: A Muddy Lawn Gets a Full Redo with Room for Gardening, Dining, and More
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The falling-down fence and mushy ground spots had to go.
May 13, 2023
B&A: A Bare Yard Gets a Smart Redo with Separate Zones for Everything
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These homeowners daydreamed about all the cool things they could do with their ample space.
May 10, 2023
Before and After: This $135 Balcony Redo Is a Masterclass in Upcycling
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This clever DIYer “shopped” free resources to turn her unwelcoming balcony into a cheery hangout.
May 6, 2023
Before and After: Smart Buys and a DIY Make This Patio More Private and Cozy
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See how this homeowner upgraded her patio with $1600 worth of budget-friendly finds.
Apr 29, 2023
Before and After: This Patio Redo Features a Cheery Color Combo That Screams “Summer”
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If you want to revive a tired outdoor space, paint is the way to go.
Apr 23, 2023
Before and After: A Tiny Terrace Gets a Luxe DIY Checkerboard Upgrade
Thanks to checkerboard floors and faux plants.
Apr 22, 2023
B&A: $330 and a Lucky Find Later, a Once-Filthy Balcony Looks Brand New
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“This is the first time I'm living in an apartment with a balcony, so that was very exciting,” this renter says.
Apr 15, 2023
B&A: 5 DIYs Turned My Bare Patio into a Cozy Outdoor Living Area for Under $1000
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I’ve always loved the concept of having seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces — and a few weekends worth of DIYs helped me make my own.
Apr 8, 2023
B&A: A Decrepit Gazebo Looks Completely Unrecognizable After a $600 MakeoverPlants & Yard
Paula Bishir-Jensen made her gazebo safer and so much more sophisticated.
Mar 28, 2023
B&A: A Neglected Backyard Corner Is Transformed By Paint and a Pergola for $400Plants & Yard
A DIYer built her own pergola to get the oasis of her dreams.
Mar 24, 2023
B&A: A Bungalow's Garden Is Transformed With a Hand-Painted Concrete Slab Plants & Yard
It took five different paint colors and $300.
Mar 4, 2023
B&A: A 1936 Fixer-Upper Ramps up the Curb Appeal with a Classic Color Scheme
Fresh paint brought out the best in this charming old house.
Feb 11, 2023
B&A: A $200 DIY Redo Turns a Gloomy Patio into a Dreamy Outdoor Dining SpotPlants & Yard
Sweat equity and a little creativity go a long way in transforming this dreary space into a must-see hangout.
Jan 6, 2023
B&A: Dreaming of Warmer Weather? Let This Stunning Patio Redo Inspire YouPlants & Yard
This family's yard redo offers multiple hangout spots that help them take full advantage of their outdoor space.
Nov 6, 2022
B&A: This Front Entrance's Curb Appeal-Boosting Refresh Cost Less Than $300
Paint rescued the front door AND the concrete steps in this budget-friendly refresh for fall.
Nov 2, 2022
B&A: A White Front Door Gets an Autumn-Inspired $20 Refresh
The "before" was the perfect blank canvas.
Oct 18, 2022
Before & After: Eliza’s Baby Blue DeckPlants & Yard
I am gearing up to finish a few garden projects….one of which is a deck that we dug the footings for last fall. I have gone back and forth on the way to finish the deck. Do I do pressure treated wood that I stain (cheap), or do I invest in a hardwood that will be less maintenance (expensive)?I have obsessed so much that I even had an architect friend write a whole article about the pros and cons of all the decking options.
Oct 17, 2022
Before & After: A Year of Outdoor ProjectsPlants & Yard
Are you tired of it getting dark at 5 PM every day? I know I am, but we’re in luck: this year’s Winter Solstice fell on December 21st, which means that the days are getting longer, and that summer will come again, and that this is a perfect time to start thinking about sunny days and outdoor projects. Here are 10 of our favorite outdoor-space transformations from 2012.TOP ROW:1. Before & After: Bare Patio Turned Luxurious Cabana2. Jane and Justin’s Backyard Before & After3.
Oct 14, 2022
B&A: A 1957 Ranch's Warped Exterior Gets a Modern Redo with Mid-Century Appeal
This 1957 ranch's warped garage looks way more sophisticated after a major upgrade.
Sep 22, 2022
B&A: A Sad, Debris-Filled Patch of Dirt Becomes a Lush Patio Oasis for $6,000
This outdoor space went from a dead patch of grass to a cozy boho-style family hangout.
Sep 18, 2022
B&A: Color, Pattern, and DIY Flower Boxes Totally Transform This Dingy Balcony
This bummer space got a beautiful new look.
Sep 11, 2022
B&A: Woven Materials Warm up a Once-Bleak Balcony in This Dreamy $264 Redo
Some clever additions make this standard-issue balcony feel like a custom cozy retreat.
Sep 6, 2022
B&A: A Renter's Under-$200 Redo Turns a Bare Balcony into a Joyful Hangout
"The whole setup with the repotting of the plants took me less than three hours," this renter says.
Aug 31, 2022
B&A: A $375 Redo Transforms a Sparse Balcony into a Family Play SpacePlants & Yard
This balcony is small but mighty.
Aug 18, 2022
B&A: $35 IKEA Floor Tiles and a Bold Paint Color Rescue This Once-Dull BalconyPlants & Yard
Renters and owners with small balconies: This one's for you! "I feel like I am escaping the city and have a relaxing space away from the hustle down below," this DIYer says of her redo.
Aug 3, 2022
B&A: A Standard Front Door Gets a Modern New Look (Yes, It's the Same Door!)Plants & Yard
A quick but ambitious DIY project took this front door from cookie cutter to contemporary.
Jul 25, 2022
Before and After: A 1950s Brick Ranch's Redo Gives It Contemporary Curb Appeal
This transformation gives the house a fresh update without losing all its retro charm.
Jul 2, 2022
B&A: A "Dumping Ground" Garage Becomes the Most Adorable Gardening ShedPlants & Yard
This chic shed will make you want to start gardening immediately.
Jun 25, 2022
Before and After: A Historic But Basic Black Front Door Goes Bright and BoldPlants & Yard
This 1910 door had been painted over plenty of times, but stripping it down and repainting it in a fresh color gave it a completely new life.
Jun 22, 2022
B&A: A "Barely Functional Outdoor Space" Gets a Dreamy Redo with Added Storage
The "old, creaky, and slanting" deck was causing major problems before.
Jun 12, 2022
B&A: Space-Savvy Projects Turn a Patch of Grass into a Relaxing Patio for $2000Plants & Yard
You've got to see the refurbished outdoor tub.
May 31, 2022
B&A: This $2 Basket-Turned-Boho Planter Is a 20-Minute ProjectPlants & Yard
One item you should always add to your secondhand shopping list? Wicker baskets. You never know what kind of cute accessories you can make with them.
May 30, 2022
Before and After: A Tropical Backyard With 5 Affordable Ideas to StealPlants & Yard
This Miami backyard is a masterclass in landscape design
May 28, 2022
B&A: $300 Worth of DIY Projects Make This Small Balcony Much More Inviting
No space is too small to enjoy al fresco dining, sipping, reading, or relaxing.
May 27, 2022
Before and After: A Grimy Outdoor Wall Gets a Beautiful Summer-Ready Redo
A pro painter completed this project for his own home, and he's got tips to share.
May 23, 2022
Before and After: Ali Wong Turns a Basic Basement and Backyard Into the Ultimate Indoor-Outdoor Living SpacePlants & Yard
Ali Wong give her best friend's backyard a makeover with the help of the Property Brothers.
May 10, 2022
B&A: A Boho-Glam Patio Redo Includes a DIY Chandelier, Succulent Wall, and More
"I have always dreamt about having a beautiful backyard that feels like an oasis," this DIYer says. See how she made it happen.
Apr 29, 2022
B&A: A "Jungle of Weeds & Webs" Becomes a Beautiful Backyard in Time for SpringPlants & Yard
"It had never been landscaped previously," this homeowner says of her overgrown backyard. Now, it's well-manicured with great spots for entertaining.
Feb 25, 2022
B&A: A Drab Beige Roof Deck Gets a Wildly Colorful (and Comfy!) RedoPlants & Yard
It's not too soon to start thinking about your outdoor plans this spring, and this is just the project to inspire you.
Feb 18, 2022
B&A: A $2,500 Redo Turns a Bare Backyard into a Relaxing Boho-Style EscapePlants & Yard
Winter blues got you dreaming of warmer days? Get inspired by this patio redo.
Jan 7, 2022
Before and After: This $275 Shed Spruce-Up Uses Mostly Reclaimed MaterialsPlants & Yard
"It changed the look of our backyard completely," this DIYer says of her shed facelift.
Nov 22, 2021
Before & After: A Dramatic Paint Job Gives a 1918 Farmhouse a Stylish New StartPlants & Yard
The new paint color honors the original house while also making it feel modern.
Nov 9, 2021
Before and After: A $200 Curb Appeal Project Makes the Whole House Look NewerPlants & Yard
Small DIY changes went a really long way in making this 1977 house look totally fresh.
Oct 24, 2021
Before and After: A Writer Brings a Sunny Slice of Tuscany to Her Overgrown YardPlants & Yard
It all started with terracotta checkerboard pavers!
Aug 17, 2021
Before and After: Justin Hartley Turned a Bare Backyard Into a Poolside RetreatPlants & Yard
Wait until you see the electric pergola.
Dec 17, 2020
Before and After: A Massive Dirt Pile Becomes a Dreamy Outdoor EscapePlants & Yard
There's a lot of potential in this pile of dirt.
Aug 24, 2020
Before and After: Stock Tank Gardening ProjectPlants & Yard
I’ve been in love with galvanized stock tank gardens for a long time and posted a roundup of my favorites last summer. Finally, I’ve gotten the chance to exercise my green thumb and take the first, small step to adding a little style to the exterior of my home.After nearly a year of renovations to the interior of my home, I’ve finally had the chance to start adding a little curb appeal.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Raised Garden BedPlants & Yard
During the last year, we focused mainly on fixing up the inside of our house. But 2011 is all about the outside, and we got to work before the holidays so we could eat out of our first food-producing garden come early spring. So far, so good. Take a look!We’re grateful that we have a lot of real estate to work with. Our first raised bed (the one pictured here) is four feet wide, eight feet long, and a foot and a half deep. It needed a cubic yard of dirt to fill it up!
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: Old Fence Posts Transformed With StringPlants & Yard
It’s been raining buckets throughout much of the Midwest for the better part of the weekend and it seems as though my galoshes have never seen so much use! Although I’ve previously mentioned using a baking sheet as a quick boot tray, check out this DIY that all started as a scrap pile of used fence posts!
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Budget Garden MakeoverPlants & Yard
Since moving back to our rented home we’ve been slowly rebuilding the gardens around the house. Working with what we have and focusing on the growing-not-mowing philosophy, we turned the space near our front door in to a useable garden space for less than $20.Until recently the space was only used to access the hot water system.
Jul 15, 2020
Before & After: Michelle’s Welcoming CourtyardPlants & Yard
During the cold days of winter, I like to mentally fast forward to the lazy lounging days of summertime. So even though warm weather has just arrived, I’ve already been spending quite a bit of time thinking about outdoor spaces…This little courtyard before and after from Michelle over at Three Men and a Lady is just the thing to inspire me.
Dec 19, 2019
Before & After: Backyard Studio & DeckPlants & Yard
Corey in Seattle shared his before & after backyard project with us. Jump below to see what it looks like “after” all of the hard work:Corey says: My wife and I live in Seattle, WA. We finished our backyard studio garage 2 years ago and just finished the deck last fall. The plants are starting to come in nicely now, and we can’t wait to enjoy the yard this summer and entertain friends and family. Thanks for sharing, Corey!(Re-edited from a post originally published 06.24.
Dec 19, 2019
Before & After: Shirley’s Country GardenPlants & Yard
This garden in southern California, was designed by Shirley Bovshow for a client with a small budget (at lease for the size of the work needed). So, the initial vision for beautiful gazebos and country elegance with all the bells and whistles was ultimately fulfilled with budget friendly versions.
Dec 19, 2019
Before, During, After: An Evolving Outdoor SpacePlants & Yard
Just about this time last summer I somewhat sheepishly shared our back deck and the modest makeover cover-up that I attempted to pull off with $150 and a can of paint. This year, we’ve poured a bit more thought, time, and money into the space, and it has totally transformed our summer!As I explained in last year’s post, we have the world’s narrowest deck attached to possibly the world ugliest addition.
Dec 19, 2019
Garden Before & Afters: Three Inspirational MakeoversPlants & Yard
As the summer heats up, I thought I would try to inspire you to head outside and get your hands dirty with some inspirational and aspirational garden ‘before and after’ projects.The first is landscape designer Andrew Grossman’s garden. He shares the progress of his garden at his blog titled ‘A Year in My Garden’ — even though he admits that this garden was fully 12 years in the making.
Dec 19, 2019