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How To Install Window Insulation FilmProjects & Improvements
With an average savings of over $15/window during heating season, insulating your windows with plastic film makes whole lot of sense—especially if you live in an old, drafty house. And if you have any windows that don’t open, keep those insulated year-round for extra savings on cooling costs during the summer months. Here’s how. Window insulation kit Extra window tape (optional) Ladder Scissors Measuring tape Hairdryer An extra set of hands (optional) 1.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make DIY Scented PineconesProjects & Improvements
There's nothing like a little cinnamon to make it smell like home for the holidays.
Dec 12, 2019
15 Major Money-Saving Ways to Cut Remodeling CostsProjects & Improvements
How I got what I wanted, for a whole lot less.
Dec 12, 2019
DIY Floors that Look Like a Million BucksProjects & Improvements
These DIYs will floor you
Dec 5, 2019
Budget Tip: Don't Buy Gift Boxes Before You Check These 3 Places FirstProjects & Improvements
A quick peek can save you lots of money on packaging this holiday season.
Dec 4, 2019
Under $1000 Kitchen Makeovers (That Look Like A Million Bucks)Projects & Improvements
These will knock your socks off, despite the teeniest tiniest price tags imaginable.
Nov 20, 2019
10 Actually Awesome Kitchen Countertop DIY ProjectsProjects & Improvements
Creating your own countertops may seem intimidating — but we’ve rounded up 10 stylish DIYs that demystify the process. Your kitchen will look brand-new in no time! 1. Above: DIY Concrete Coated Countertops by Little Green Notebook 2. Faux Marble Countertops by Batchelors Way for Remodelaholic 3. DIY Butcher Block Countertops by This and That 4. DIY Live Edge Wood Countertops by Modfrugal (This is obviously a bathroom, but the concept could be adapted to a kitchen.) 5.
Nov 19, 2019
Step Up Your Bedroom Style: Doable DIY Headboard IdeasProjects & Improvements
Chances are your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, and since the headboard is the focal point of your bed, it has a huge impact on the look of the room. Here are 11 fun, affordable ways to give your bed (and your bedroom) a whole new look. Above: From Alvhem Makleri, an inexpensive and impactful way to create a ‘headboard’: apply a piece of wallpaper to the wall behind the bed and frame it with picture moldings.
Nov 19, 2019
15 Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide, Your Favorite First Aid StapleProjects & Improvements
It's not just for cuts and scrapes—that bottle can do SO much more.
Nov 2, 2019
7 Budget Projects to Make Your Living Room Feel Twice as BrightProjects & Improvements
If you can't add a window, try one of these low-cost tricks instead.
Oct 30, 2019
10 Last-Minute Halloween Decor Items You Can Get at the Dollar StoreProjects & Improvements
Spooky doesn't have to mean spendy! These Halloween picks are budget-friendly and super easy to find at your local dollar store.
Oct 24, 2019
Before and After: This Bright DIY Bathroom Transformation Cost Just $204Projects & Improvements
Andrea did the $250 Challenge: a 6-week project that involved transforming one room in your home on a $250 budget.
Oct 14, 2019
The Best Things You Can Do to Your Living Room for Under $100Projects & Improvements
You don't have to spend a fortune to make a big impact in your living space. Here, our favorite ideas for brining lots of charm and character for not a lot of money.
Oct 10, 2019
7 High-Impact Kitchen Upgrades Even Renters Can TryProjects & Improvements
Got a rental in need of a kitchen facelift? No problem!
Oct 7, 2019
Fast Fixes: Small, Landlord Friendly Upgrades For the BathroomProjects & Improvements
When we moved into our apartment, the bathroom was the first thing I wanted to upgrade. In an attempt to satisfy the urge to remodel the entire room, I decided to start with several low cost, low time investment upgrades.Towel Rack The towel rack didn’t hold enough towels, and it was just low enough that the towels dangled around the top of the only logical location for the bathroom garbage can. Yuck.
Sep 6, 2019
Make It Work: The Complete Guide to IKEA Hacks & ProjectsProjects & Improvements
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
Here’s How To Fix Broken Household Items For Free—Even If You’re Not HandyProjects & Improvements
As the Depression era saying goes, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." Easy, at these free community organized workshops for people fed up with throwaway culture.
Aug 10, 2019
Before & After: From Busted Sofa to Stylish Safari BenchProjects & Improvements
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
Daniel’s Brilliant IKEA Fräck HackProjects & Improvements
At left, the affordable and handy Fräck mirror from IKEA. I’ve had one hanging in my bathroom for a few years and, now that I’ve seen what Daniel was able to do with his, I’m looking at mine in a whole new light… A whole new light! See what I did there? Daniel, from Manhattan Nest, is responsible for this brilliant IKEA hack. He was also kind enough to give us step-by-step directions on his blog so we can make one for ourselves!
May 6, 2019
Before &amp After: Andi &amp Dean’s Master Bath on a BudgetProjects & Improvements
Budget is the name of the game, but you’d never know after taking a peek at Andi and Dean’s newly renovated bathroom. Following the purchase of their San Francisco Victorian last year, the couple has taken on the remodel room by room. Check out the amazing transformation of their master bath!After falling in love with an Anne Sacks tile that was slightly over budget, the couple did some research and found a similar Italian porcelain for less.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Daniel’s Scary to Stylish WindowProjects & Improvements
Security gates can be a necessity for city living, but, man, they can be ugly. For a little makeover inspiration, check out how much better this window looks with added salvaged molding.Daniel Kanter of Manhattan Nest is no stranger to DIY, but the fearlessness and skill evidenced in this project are especially impressive. When he saw that another resident of his building was discarding a pile of original moldings, he took them into his apartment, nails and all.
May 6, 2019
Flat Cushion Fix: Replacing Your Feathers With FoamProjects & Improvements
Feather cushioned sofas are oh so soft and comfy — for awhile anyway. Like anything else they can get a little squished and flat. Foam can easily be replaced, but feathers… well that’s a whole different story. So we’re turning to our favorite upholstery pro Shelly Leer.Do you have a feather sofa? Does it need a little love? The good news is there’s something you can do and then there’s what will work in the end.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: From Trash to Silk Screened StyleProjects & Improvements
Walking by this mess is what I suspect most people would do if they saw this sadly torn up chair (myself included). It takes a confident upholsterer who knows their stuff to see its potential.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Revamping A Hand-Me-Down DresserProjects & Improvements
When Jennifer and her husband inherited this dresser from her mom and dad, she was thrilled with the extra storage but not with the look of the piece itself. The piece, which Jennifer’s parents bought back in the 1970s was dark and dated, but Jennifer knew with just a little work she could create a more modern piece for her home.Jennifer removed the handles, painted the frame, and replaced the legs in her quest to give this dresser a new lease on life.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Trash to Treasure Table in Just an HourProjects & Improvements
Katie bought this table 4 years ago for $30 at a yard sale, and has been using it in all its scratched glory in her master bedroom ever since. Now that she is redoing that room, she knew the time had come for the table to receive a little TLC as well. Unwilling to go through the time consuming process of a full refinish, Katie was able to transform the look of this table with just an hour of work.
May 6, 2019
PANYL: Easy & Affordable IKEA CustomizationProjects & Improvements
Many of us are IKEA fans but do you ever wish there were more finishes and colors to choose from? Sure, some DIY IKEA hackmasters may be able to put orange cabinets on their Expedit shelves but for the rest of us IKEA is a universe dominated by white and birch. Until now. A new company called Panyl is giving IKEA lovers a way to personalize and customize their favorite flat-pack pieces.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Molly’s IKEA Rast Turned Campaign ChestProjects & Improvements
Molly sent us an email sharing her take on the ever popular with DIYers IKEA Rast dresser. She wrote: After searching for a campaign piece I could fit in my dining room and having unsatisfying results, I decided to redo the Ikea Rast dresser (like many before me!).I patched up the knob holes and painted the dresser, and drilled on these flat corners. Then I measured and drilled holes in the center of each drawers for the campaign style pulls from Ansaldi and Sons.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Trashed Hutch Turned Vanity DresserProjects & Improvements
When Sausha first encountered this hutch she thought it was too far gone to be worth refinishing. It had been repainted more than ten times and was in need of a major sanding effort, among other things. But instead of trashing it, she took it as a challenge and made plans to repurpose and refinish the piece…Sausha chose to work with just the lower portion of the hutch and began by sanding it down to remove the build-up of paint.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Salvaged Stool to Colorful Plant StandProjects & Improvements
This before & after project is a great example of how a good imagination is often the key to a great makeover. Kind of makes me feel better about all that daydreaming I did during algebra class.This makeover was featured on Sunset, and I love that this plant stand wound up costing $3.19, the cost of the Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in Sun Yellow. If you needed to buy a pot, the project would cost a bit more, but still far less than a wrought iron planter.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Mismatched Thrift Store Lamps Get a Hip New LookProjects & Improvements
The 80 degree weather we’re having here in Chicago (in March?!) is making me feel a little Alice-in-Wonderland, like suddenly, oddly neat things are possible, like say, Mandi from Vintage Revivals turning old, mismatched thrift store lamps into something utterly modern and so very cool.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: A White Washed KitchenProjects & Improvements
Here’s a great example of how paint and new cabinet hardware can easily and inexpensively upgrade a kitchen. The family over at Keeping It Cozy made over their kitchen with these upgrades, and a few other finishing touches to make the space look bright and brand new — with a budget of only $1000!
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Mid-Century Inspired Dresser Knobs from Mason Jar LidsProjects & Improvements
I recently purchased one of these RE dressers on sale at Target, and after 2 days of putting it together, it was crying out to me for some kind of bold hardware. Not wanting to spend a lot on 6 knobs but still wanting something with some mid-century flare, I came up with an idea: mason jar lids.I remembered as a kid occasionally watching a show called Family Affair. Remember Uncle Bill and Mr. French?
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Dresser MakeunderProjects & Improvements
Most of the time when we feature a furniture makeover, it’s been transformed by applying something new to the surface — paint, fabric, paneling, etc. But designer William Dohman shows us that a really impressive project is when a vintage piece has been restored to its former glory.Architect William Dohman, the designer behind Oh Dier, restored this classic mid-century Lane dresser by removing the multiple layers of paint and weird tape that mysteriously stuck to most of the edges.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: A Mini Master Bath MakeoverProjects & Improvements
A key element of renovating a room is knowing when to say when. If you have a limited budget or limited time then the most helpful thing you can do is to be realistic about what you can achieve. This is especially true when you purchase a house that is a ‘fixer-upper,’ because then you are in danger of succumbing to project fatigue, when there is so much to do in every direction that it is difficult to focus on just one thing.
May 5, 2019
Before and After: Decoupaged Child’s ChairProjects & Improvements
Take a little four-dollar thrift store chair. Add some cut-up bits of colorful paper and that magical elixir known as Modge Podge. Spend a few hours making it all come together and you get……a one-of-a-kind seriously fun seat! Erin at In Between Laundry made this basic thrift store find something special by getting busy with the colorful paper and the Modge Podge. We especially like how the botanical/butterfly motif echoes the natural texture of the woven seat.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Box Spring Chair & TableProjects & Improvements
Of the many Before and Afters we have featured, this one may take the prize for the biggest blindside, meaning when you click through, you will in no way have figured out what was coming and the ‘After’ photo just may knock you flat. While you can sometimes predict how a thrift store dresser or end table will be saved and transformed, just try it with this box spring. You’ll be wrong. Trust us. Just go look.We told you!
May 5, 2019
Before & After: “Audree” Gets a MakeoverProjects & Improvements
Audree was always pretty. She definitely has good bones, but over time Audree’s looks had, well, faded a bit. It happens. Life on the road takes a toll on a girl. But then in walked Tiffany, Audree’s new owner. She knew that with a fresh coat of pink and a hip new look, Audree could still turn heads. And she was right. What a bombshell Audree’s become!
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Frank’s Dramatic Ikea Kitchen RemodelProjects & Improvements
At last night’s Apartment Therapy design meetup, we heard from Frank Potash (aka Mid-C Frank), whose quick — and very dramatic — kitchen remodel was featured on the Kitchn a few years ago. Before, the kitchen was clean and cozy, but a bit generic. Jump below to see the after, and a floor plan of the changes.Check out the full tour at The Kitchn to see how Frank re-did his whole kitchen with Ikea cabinets — in just five weeks.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Plain Jane Nightstand Gets a Reclaimed Wood MakeoverProjects & Improvements
I found this before and after and loved not just the transformation, but the use of reclaimed wood pieces to create an entirely new tabletop. Take a look!Using wood pieces from a discarded trellis found in her garden, Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers created a fresh, stylish table that showcases the beautiful colors and textures running through the found wood scraps.
May 5, 2019
New Life for an Old HouseProjects & Improvements
Have you ever driven by a run-down, abandoned house and thought what a shame it is that such a lovely home is going to waste? This is the story of how one couple purchased an abandoned home and, with a lot of help from generous friends and neighbors, gave it a completely new lease on life. The couple in question are the parents of our lovely and talented video director, Rebecca Blumhagen.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Makeover of a Cozy NookProjects & Improvements
One rainy weekend Lora Neveu decided to build a charming little dream escape in a window nook in her daughter’s room that had remained empty and unused. Follow me after the jump to see what she came up with.Two days and $165 later, Lora had created a wonderful and cozy space that doubles as a play/nap and storage area. She built a simple box and divider out of plywood and brackets, painted, added cushions, lanterns, and drapes, and then she was done.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Create a ‘Bedroom’ in a Studio Apartment with Ikea PanelsProjects & Improvements
What do you do when you’re living in a small studio apartment, but don’t want people to be able to see your bed immediately upon walking in the door? Apartment Therapy reader Christina was faced with this particular dilemma when designing her friend Ann’s apartment and decided to get creative.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Obsolete Crib Makes a Fantastically Functional Set of ShelvesProjects & Improvements
A sad, old crib sat at a thrift store — not useful as a baby bed for safety reasons, this piece seemed destined for the scrap pile! Until Cristin came along, that is… she saw some untapped potential in its pretty spindles and simple shape, and came up with a clever way to breathe new life into an old piece.She found some cabinet doors in a garbage pile that were the perfect size for shelves, and removed a few brackets and braces from the crib to help reinforce the new legs.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Drab Armoire Gets a Whimsical New FaceProjects & Improvements
If you live in an older home, you’re familiar with Adrienne’s struggle with storage — namely, that there isn’t any! Her 1930’s home is lacking in the closet department, so it was up to her to come up with some creative storage solutions for her four-year-old’s room.She found this old slightly warped and musty armoire at an antique store, and for less than $100 (including the armoire!) she created this fun, playful piece.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: A Moroccan Pattern Stenciled BathroomProjects & Improvements
This relatively plain bathroom got a major face lift with something that looks as good as wallpaper, but is actually impeccably painted, DIYed stencil handiwork. While that has a huge impact on the space, there are a few other east improvements that A Pumpkin and a Princess implemented that helped transform the room — can you spot them?Crystal from A Pumpkin and a Priness set out to makeover her guest bathroom, all on her own.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Simple IKEA Wooden Bed Frame Gets a Luxe Upholstered LookProjects & Improvements
This little Ikea bed frame is cute and very economical, but it lacked a certain joie de vivre. With some MDF, batting, stylish fabric, and lots of clever planning, this little frame went from dull to delightful!Lisa from All Things Campbell had a design in mind when it was time to move her daughter to a toddler bed… she carefully sketched out her idea, and was able to complete the project in under two days.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Old Wooden Crate Gets a Fun New Life
Jolene kept some old nail boxes in her garage for some time, waiting for a way to repurpose them into something useful. Can you guess what she made for her kids? Click to see what she and her husband did with one crate in an hour’s time, with a few tools and additional supplies. I’ll give you a hint: it involves eyebolts.Jolene cut some holes for legs and her husband secured the rope before hanging it from a tree in their front yard.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Pallets, from Scrap to Sofa
The ubiquitous pallet — just when you think you’ve seen every pallet project under the sun, one comes along and surprises you! This clever little toddler sofa is the perfect height for playing, reading, or resting — and it’s super cute, to boot!Griffin Carrick says this about her pallet sofa project: I stumbled upon some abandoned wood pallets (once used to transport sod) in my neighborhood and jumped on the pallet bandwagon.
May 5, 2019
Budget DIY: Tips for Stretching Your Project Dollars
We’re halfway through DIY and Project month, and right about now some of you may be considering taking on a household upgrade or two. You’re probably also hoping that these DIY endeavours will save some money, as well as give you bragging rights among your friends.But as any crafty enthusiast knows, DIY can end up being just as expensive (or sometimes more so) than going pro or store-bought.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Coffee Table Turned Tufted Ottoman
Brooke, from the home décor blog Inside-Out Design, started with this run-of-the-mill old coffee table, and with some ingenuity and a lot of handiwork, she and her husband transformed it into a one-of-a-kind hand-tufted ottoman.Brooke used West Elm’s Ikat Print by the Yard fabric as inspiration for completely transforming the coffee table.
May 5, 2019
How To “Fake” a Gallery-WrappedCanvas Print
This tutorial is inexpensive, easy, and best of all: low-risk. I was in need of some art for our bathroom, and it needed to be rather large and until I can afford what I’ve really got my heart set on — rather cheap.I decided to take a poster that I liked (picked up at a craft store for around $10) and skip the large expensive frame. Instead, I made it look like a wrapped canvas, using a cheap old thrift store canvas I had lying around.
May 5, 2019
How To Make Homemade Citrus Cleaner
I have been eating my way through crates of winter citrus, and recently decided to use some of the peels to make a homemade cleaner. I added orange peels to vinegar, and let them sit in an airtight container for a couple of weeks. The result: a powerful, inexpensive, natural cleaner.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Rusty Filing Cabinet Makeover
Have you ever been intimidated by refinishing metal furniture? Joanna shows it’s entirely possible, and gets great results with a little time and elbow grease. She found this little cabinet in a parking lot and instantly saw its potential. Want to see the result of her work? Read on… The cabinet is now totally bright, cheerful and ready for its new life in Joanna’s house.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Audrey’s Scavenged Parisian Chair Makeover
One of the (many) nice things about living in Paris is that people often put their old furniture out on the pavement for opportunistic treasure hunters like myself to scavenge. I found this old chair one evening and I suspect that, as I took it home on the metro, the other passengers thought I was an eccentric expat who brought her own seating.However when I got it home it looked a bit drab so I decided to perk it up with a lick of paint and a bit of decoupage.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Erin’s Chair Refresh on a Budget
Bargain shopper Erin haggled this chair from an estate sale down to $10. It sat in her home, patiently waiting for a refresh, until she found the perfect fabric. See how she made over this chair for under $50 total:From Erin: I am an Architect Technologist by day and sewer/DIYer/furniture upcycler by night. I am a thrifty shopper, and limit most purchases to no more than $20.00. If it’s in the trash, even better!
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Jenna’s Revamped Planter Stand
Jenna found this planter at a junk store for just $2. Though it was in rough shape, she saw its potential. See how she transformed it into a totally cute vessel for indoor planting.From Jenna: My apartment is small and I have lots of terrariums around the house, but am always looking for fun ways to bring more greenery inside. I found this planter stand at a junk store for $2 — a new coat of paint in a herringbone print, plus some jars I had lying around and voila!
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Galley Kitchen Gets Budget Makeover
With a lot of research, planning, and smart shopping, Judy transformed this kitchen for only $13,000, including all labor and materials. The fixtures are from Overstock, Wayfair, and eBay. The cabinet boxes, countertops, and range hood were purchased during an IKEA kitchen sale. The marble was their only splurge. We brought costs down by doing away with the general contractor, keeping the existing appliances and floor, and getting materials that looked high-end-ish, but were really not in price.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Messy Shed To Minimalist Man Cave
Thanks Derek! Your new space rocks.
May 5, 2019
Get Laken’s Look!: DIY Dorm Bed Canopy Project
Yesterday we saw the reveal of Wash U freshman Laken’s spruced up new digs. Today, Laken is showing us how she created the custom bed canopy shown above. If you like the look, you can make one for yourself! Materials Large 24″ diameter embroidery hoop Two curtain panels (we used one package of IKEA Vivan, for $9.
May 5, 2019
Transform the IKEA Stockholm Lamp into a Sputnik-Style Chandelier
I’ve been trying to hack an IKEA chandelier into a serviceable, modern, Sputnik-style chandelier for over a year now. Successful IKEA chandelier hack tutorials abound on the Internet, but mine has been been pretty slow going between the spray paint, origami, and the fact that I ordered completely the wrong size chandelier. But apparently a really good IKEA Sputnik is easier than I ever thought. Over at IKEA Hackers, Caissie St.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Boy’s Nautical Room Makeover on a Budget
This is a great makeover and a cool story because it involves a mom and son working collaboratively to create a completely new room for a budget of only $150! Take a dip into Levi’s newly nautical bedroom (puns = not my strong suit). I know, wonderful, isn’t it?
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A Not So Pretty In Pink Bathroom
When you buy a house with a pink, mauve, salmon and coral bathroom, it might be time to renovate. Some people like that kind of thing, but Katie isn’t one of them. She and her husband tore out the carpet the day they moved in. Soon after that, they made a plan and got to work on the rest of the renovation. You might be surprised to learn that this beautiful bathroom update only cost $3,500. Katie and her husband did a lot of the work themselves, and made some smart choices.
May 4, 2019
One Minute Tip: How to Make Felted Soap
Before there were loofahs and washcloths, people used an old fashioned bar of soap sewn into a felted wool covering. The wool was exfoliating and had antibacterial qualities, and the soap created a nice lather without wasting its suds. In the last few years, felted soap has come back into fashion (it’s popping up in lots of Etsy shops as well as Anthropologie, and is a popular gift item this season). Today, we show you how to make it!
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Vintage Table Becomes Medical Miracle
Victoria’s bathroom needed storage— namely a perfectly sized table on which to keep frequently-used stuff handy, and off the sink counter. She got what she needed in the form of an antique medical table found in the basement of an estate sale, and priced at a whopping ten dollars. The original enamel paint was in bad shape and flaking off in big sections. Victoria took to it with a wire brush, then eventually a power grinder.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Office Cabinet is All Business Up Front, Then Party in the Back
This office credenza is all business. It’s gray, it’s functional, but pretty it is not. Owner Joanne took this cabinet to task, refinished it in about 4 hours in her driveway, then found a better place for it. Want to see? What was all business in the front, is now a party in the back. The formerly buttoned-up credenza fits nicely in her nook, and is now the perfect furniture host. It holds drinks, stores glasses and wine, and blends in nicely with the rest of the home.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Hemnes Hack Gets The Dubai Treatment
It’s rare when the words IKEA and Dubai appear in one sentence. Dubai, with its reputation for luxury and modern excess, hardly calls to mind budget furniture. However, UAE resident Jacqui wanted to insert a least a hint of glamour into this old Blue Hemnes dresser, and bring a little glitz to her master bedroom. Here’s her hack… She started by painting the dresser a dramatic jet black, then added a nailhead trim around all the edges. Spray painted gold knobs complete the look.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Simple Lampshade Hack Gets a Gold Medal for Glamour
Once again, you don’t have to be a trained woodworker to make something for your home. Armed with some wrapping paper, reader Angelica did something quite clever to this basic table lamp… She went for the gold! For this simple project, cut strips of wrapping paper at the height of the lamp shade and about 2.5 inches wide. Apply Mode Podge on the back of each strip and affix the wrapping paper onto the lamp shade, pressing smoothly to remove any air bubbles.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: Loveseat Avoids Reupholstery Redo
Upholstery is one of the those projects you start with really good intentions, but they often peter out before the piece is totally done. Sibylle knew that recovering her newfound loveseat would be a pain in the ass, and decided to go a totally different route. Behold! A painted upholstered sofa! Yep, Sibylle went to town on both the wood AND the fabric parts. Using textile medium, and matte black paint, she transformed this vintage loveseat into a more modern piece of furniture.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A Thrifted Table Gets More Glam
Tiffany loves thrift shopping and regularly brings home furniture that’s seen better days. This $5 table looked a little worse for wear, but nothing that a couple of coats of white paint couldn’t fix. When disaster struck, the tabletop veneer got ruined, and Tiffany was forced to find a new solution…. Since the top wasn’t salvageable, Tiffany made an entirely new one!
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A Bunch of Old Pallets Gain Purpose
Kevin rounded up some old wooden pallets by driving around to various warehouses, and through Craigslist. He had a project in mind, and just needed a bunch that were roughly equal sized. Want to see what he did with them? This impressive reclaimed wood backyard deck is the result! After measuring the space, he laid the pallets where he wanted the deck to be. Starting with the first row, Kevin lined up all gaps and used pavers to level and support the pallets.
May 4, 2019