A Discarded Brown Nightstand Gets a Boho-Coastal Makeover for Just $80
The furniture flipper behind this project swears by four steps: preparation, priming, painting, and protecting.
B&A: An 1982 Trailer Looks Unrecognizable After a $500 — Yes, Really! — Refresh
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Nope, we didn’t drop a zero on that total cost. Budget-friendly DIYs were the key to this dramatic transformation.
Apr 9, 2023
B&A: Custom Wall-Mount Shelves Turn a Reading Corner into a Bookworm’s Fantasy
“I love having my books all together on the wall; it really feels like a feature in the room instead of an afterthought,” this DIYer says. This one’s for the bookworms out there!
Apr 4, 2023
9 Ways to Revamp Your Boring Old Dresser in Just One Day — and for $100 or Less
Whether you have an old hand-me-down dresser or a past-its-prime IKEA one, these DIYs will give you plenty of ideas for giving it a new life.
Feb 24, 2023
B&A: A $46 Redo Gives "Cheap-Looking" 1990s Interior Doors Some Vintage Charm
"I'm lucky to have some amazing original features, like an exposed brick wall and cast-iron columns, and the doors felt really out of place," this apartment owner says of her dated interior doors.
Jan 20, 2023
B&A: An Underutilized, Underwhelming Hallway Gets a New Life as a Luxe Home Bar
Bold wallpaper + unique lighting + a statement furniture piece is a winning design formula.
Jan 16, 2023
B&A: A Cluttered Closet Becomes a Functional "Speakeasy" for $800Projects & Improvements
The redo doesn't sacrifice practicality in the name of style.
Jan 3, 2023
B&A: This $0 Redo of an Old IKEA Rug Is Perfect Inspo for "Shopping Your Home"
This homeowner's project cost her $0 because she used what she already had. But even if you had to buy all new supplies, your project total will come in under $100.
Dec 15, 2022
B&A: 2 DIYs Transform a Dingy Staircase into an Artistic Centerpiece
A dripping paint effect without using paint? You'll have to see this staircase to believe it.
Dec 2, 2022
B&A: An Empty Stair Landing Gets a Stylish Redo That's Surprisingly PracticalProjects & Improvements
A few additions went a long way in helping this underutilized space reach its potential.
Nov 26, 2022
B&A: Scrapping the Wire Shelves Turns a Closet into a Practical Design Feature
A $550 project creates a cool spot for displaying vintage dishes.
Nov 13, 2022
B&A: A Stained Staircase Loses the Carpet and Gets a Modern Refresh for $60
The new staircases matches its 1970s A-frame house much better than the stained and carpeted "before."
Nov 11, 2022
Before & After: DIY Crib Turned Toddler Bed (Turned Crib Again!)Projects & Improvements
Long time readers may remember father and small space problem solver Jason who built his daughter Annabelle a stylish crib (above) to fit into a nook that was a few inches too small for a traditional crib. He took charge of his home and made it work for his family. As they all do, Annabelle grew up and was ready for a big girl bed. Here’s how Jason converted the crib into a toddler bed…and then back again when brother William joined the family!
Oct 13, 2022
B&A: A Boring Staircase Gets an $825 Bold & Moody Redo with a Cool Paint Trick
"I counted how many times I used the stairs in question over the course of one day, and it was over 30!" this DIYer says. "That’s a lot of time to be in boring decor. It deserved a makeover."
Aug 21, 2022
B&A: This Planter Revamp Cost $20 and Took Less Than an Hour Projects & Improvements
Home DIYer and blogger Kristen Johnson upcycled her recycling bin contents by giving a plastic planter new life.
Jul 13, 2022
B&A: A $500 Redo with a Trendy DIY Makes This Basic Hall Closet Look BespokeProjects & Improvements
A helpful kit takes this laundry room closet to the next level.
Jun 29, 2022
B&A: An RV Bought "As-Is" Undergoes an Unbelievable 30-Day Transformation
"Our goal was to create a modern inspired tiny home on wheels, and that's exactly what we did," this RV owner says.
May 24, 2022
B&A: A "Blank, Empty, Sad" Spot Beside the Stairs Becomes a Major Design MomentProjects & Improvements
A designer added texture and artwork with special meaning behind it to a blank canvas spot in her home.
May 13, 2022
B&A: A 1940s Fan Found in the Trash Gets a Groovy Orange Redo for Just $20Projects & Improvements
"I knew this cool piece of history needed to be saved," the DIYer says.
Apr 22, 2022
Before and After: A Renter-Friendly $67 IKEA Hack Rescues a "Dreaded Boob Light"Projects & Improvements
"There is life after the boob light," this DIYer says — and there's proof in her super contemporary, streamlined "after."
Apr 19, 2022
This Faux Plaster Lamp Makeover Will Wow YouProjects & Improvements
Learn how to give a thrift store lamp a high-end look with a few basic supplies.
Apr 16, 2022
Before and After: A Groovy '70s Trailer Squeezes in a Kitchen and Sleep Space
The whole project — trailer included — cost $4,000.
Apr 14, 2022
B&A: A $400 DIY Turns an Impractical Hall Closet into a Stunning Statement PieceProjects & Improvements
This project is the ultimate cross between style and function.
Apr 2, 2022
Before and After: A Family Heirloom Lamp Is Renewed and Re-Loved with an $87 DIYProjects & Improvements
“I hated having this family piece just sitting in storage," this DIYer says. "Giving it new life feels like I’m bringing my Nana back into my home.”
Mar 4, 2022
No Time for a Full Renovation? Try These Easy One-Wall Makeovers InsteadProjects & Improvements
These one-wall wonders totally transform the entire look of a space.
Feb 8, 2022
B&A: A One-Weekend, $300 Project Immediately Modernizes a Dated StaircaseProjects & Improvements
There was no paint required for this simple update.
Jan 31, 2022
Before and After: A Dim, Stripped-Down Stairway Goes Bold and Colorful for $450Projects & Improvements
"I had all of these ideas and was struggling to narrow them down, to simplify the design, until I realized it’s my house, and in this small space I can take some risks," the homeowner says. "So I did all of them."
Jan 12, 2022
B&A: A Boring Fireplace Gets a Cozy $700 Redo Just in Time for the Holidays
It's now a much better focal point.
Oct 15, 2021
B&A: A $300 Project Turns a "Doorway to Nowhere" into a Dreamy Mini LibraryProjects & Improvements
Have an awkward, unusable spot in your own home? Let this project inspire you to make the most of it.
Oct 9, 2021
Before & After: Cool Blue Hues and Beloved Family Photos Transform Drab BedroomProjects & Improvements
Cherished collections of milk glass and old photos add meaning and character to this revamped master bedroom.
Sep 8, 2021
Before & After: An Old Freebie Cabinet Becomes a Modern Statement Piece for $200Projects & Improvements
You know the saying: One person's trash is another one's DIY project in the making.
Sep 2, 2021
This Hack Can Help You Make a Giant Luxe-Looking Mirror for $150 or LessProjects & Improvements
Marissa Ashcraft, a home and DIY creator, found a way to hack a 3-foot by 5-foot giant mirror for just $150.
Sep 1, 2021
B&A: An Easy Glow-Up Brings Out the Best in This $17 Goodwill DresserProjects & Improvements
Some smart changes give the old piece a new lease on life.
Aug 24, 2021
B&A: A Vintage Record Cabinet Rescued from the Trash Gets a $22 RefreshProjects & Improvements
This record cabinet got a second chance with a stylish new look.
Aug 4, 2021
B&A: A Custom DIY Doormat Brings This "Underwhelming" Entryway to LifeProjects & Improvements
This is an easy curb appeal project you can copy for your own home, too.
Jul 20, 2021
B&A: A $350 Vintage-Meets-Modern DIY Stair Redo Saved This Couple ThousandsProjects & Improvements
The DIY job cost literally a fraction of what they were quoted.
Jul 13, 2021
Mikel Welch Helped Replace This Curtain Divider with a Storage-Filled WallProjects & Improvements
This impressive project could make #RoomSeparatorGoals a thing.
May 27, 2021
B&A: Most of the Furniture in This $420 Playroom Is Built From ScratchProjects & Improvements
This playroom is like a mini studio apartment. "I am so proud that I built almost everything in here with my own two hands," the homeowner says.
May 14, 2021
Before and After: A $2,000 Redo Turned a Dated Camper into a Mobile Dream HomeProjects & Improvements
It's still only just 280 square feet, but feels so much bigger.
Jan 5, 2021
Before and After: An Under-$100 Upgrade Transforms a Blah FireplaceProjects & Improvements
A big risk pays off in this living room.
Nov 12, 2020
Before and After: This Closet's the Same Size, But Holds So Much More—for $600Projects & Improvements
"I wanted the space to look beautiful and be more functional," this DIYer says.
Oct 30, 2020
Before and After: A $110 Closet Makeover Filled with Smart, Renter-Friendly DIYsProjects & Improvements
From top to bottom, this closet's packed with clever fixes.
Oct 20, 2020
Before and After: Just $125 Gave a Cramped Closet a Colorful New LifeProjects & Improvements
This new closet puts the "fun" in "functional."
Oct 11, 2020
Before and After: A $900 Redo Turns an Awkward Nook into a Functional Desk SpaceProjects & Improvements
"It feels like we added an entire room," says the homeowner.
Aug 29, 2020
Before and After: An Unwelcoming Backyard Becomes a "Tropical Oasis" for $1000Projects & Improvements
"The only thing I would do differently is I should've done this project years ago," the homeowner says.
Jul 28, 2020
Before and After: A Fun and Functional $100 Kid-Friendly Work SpaceProjects & Improvements
The before? "Tremendously ugly," says the homeowner—but she saw the potential.
Jul 23, 2020
Before and After: This Wagon Wheel Project Could Have Gone Horribly WrongProjects & Improvements
I was warming up to make a bunch of wagon wheel coffee table jokes — most referencing When Harry Met Sally — when I realized this is actually a mill wheel. We’ll just have to appreciate this project for what it is: an approachable, unique upcycle of a neglected old piece of equipment. Here’s how this project came to be, according to Roxanne of The Honeycomb Home: While at a flea market, an old wooden wheel caught my eye. The seller said it may have been from a grist mill.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A One-Weekend Bathroom Refresh (+ Painting Tips from a Lazy Perfectionist)Projects & Improvements
With the warm season starting, I’ve become obsessed with all things white. So I’ve returned to my rental white walls in the bathroom, which feels so fresh and clean for summer. Check out the results below. I used the same color on the baseboard and moldings so I didn’t need to worry about that clean line of paint as the color changes (the most frustrating part of a painting job to a self-proclaimed lazy perfectionist).
Jul 16, 2020
Before and After: A $250 DIY Closet Redo Looks Like a High-End Custom DesignProjects & Improvements
The after is more functional and more beautiful, too.
Jun 16, 2020
Before and After: This DIY Built-In Proves You Can Fit an Office AnywhereProjects & Improvements
Not everyone has a whole room to turn into a home office, but this project shows you can do a lot with a little.
May 29, 2020
Before & After: DIY Slab Marble DeskProjects & Improvements
Marble countertops have become part of the renovation/decor vernacular thanks to TV makeover shows (though a distant second to the ever-popular granite countertop). But despite marble’s beauty, it’s rarely mentioned as a material for DIY projects because of its weight and cost, which makes this custom made midcentury inspired home office project unique… Redditor yourpalthomps combined four materials into his very own handsome midcentury-inspired desk.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: A Target Lamp RedoProjects & Improvements
I’ve had this old quirky elephant lamp from Target for several years, and although I loved its silly charm, I felt like it was in need of an update. Using some fabric, and new shade, and some spray paint, I managed to change the look of my old friend.As for the shade, I used an old Urban Outfitters lampshade that I had from another lamp and covered it with sheets of brocade fabric. Read more about that process in this earlier post.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: Floorboards to Cheese BoardsProjects & Improvements
Brooklyn to West‘s Ariele has done it again. In my opinion, she’s the junkyard, dumpster diving, demo-ed house DIY Queen. This gal finds discarded household materials throughout Brooklyn and transforms them into artistic, thoughtful, and beautiful everyday objects. Most recently, she’s taken floorboards and changed them into cheese boards. Genius? YES!Ariele never ceases to amaze me.
Mar 11, 2020
The “Dingy to Decorative” DIY Patterned Entryway MakeoverProjects & Improvements
Project by: June Location: Hertfordshire, UK Our hallway was dark and dull, looking grubby and tired.
Dec 19, 2019
The “100% DIY Faux Flavor Paper” ProjectProjects & Improvements
Project by: Kelly Location: Athens, GA I recently became obsessed with this wallpaper pattern called “Cuben” made by Flavor Paper. I saw a photo online of how someone had used it in a kitchen. Unfortunately the wallpaper is a little out of my budget so I decided to attempt to recreate it in my own kitchen with paint. I measured my walls and plotted out the design on graph paper. I used a yard stick and a level to get all the lines penciled onto the wall.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make a Painted Faux Marble Table TopProjects & Improvements
Yesterday I showed you the “before” condition of this poor little table, which was used outside by its previous owner and left to rot and weather. Today I’m showing you how to paint faux marble to use as a replacement table top for any project you have in the works. This is a very easy technique that takes hardly any time or money to do. Round wooden top or decorators table Black paint White paint Sealer Regular paint brush Sea sponge Small feather 1.
Dec 19, 2019
Before and After: A Super Functional Closet Redo with a Tropical TwistProjects & Improvements
The only thing missing from this adorable closet redo is a daiquiri.
Dec 12, 2019