See How House Flippers Converted a Dark Bungalow into an Airy Abode
BEFORE & AFTER
The transformation is stark.
Apr 19, 2021
Before & After: A $48 Redo Breathes New Life into Childhood Furniture
Solid furniture can last for decades — but sometimes it needs a little spruce up.
Apr 16, 2021
Before and After: A Sideboard gets a Modern Makeover for Just $180
From old-school to new school, with only a few easy changes.
Apr 10, 2021
Before and After: A $13 Craigslist Cabinet Gets a Gloriously Simple Make-Under
There's a gem hiding under all those stickers.
Mar 29, 2021
Before and After: This $200 Closet Redo Is Spring Cleaning Inspiration
It stayed the same size, but now it's so much more functional.
Mar 23, 2021
Before and After: 100-Year-Old Dinged-Up Shelving Gets a Fresh Look
"I realized I was letting perfect get in the way of good," the DIYer says. "Once I let go of that it was freeing."
Mar 14, 2021
Before and After: A Small Room's Redo Fits in a Gym, Office, and More
There's a spot for everything in this little room.
Mar 10, 2021
B&A: A $100 IKEA HEMNES Dresser Hack Is Playful Yet Sophisticated
It features three paint colors and the cutest knobs you've ever seen.
Mar 8, 2021
Before and After: A Glam Hack Makes This $10 IKEA LACK Table Unrecognizable
It's hard to believe there's an IKEA piece hiding in there.
Mar 4, 2021
Before and After: An Old IKEA KALLAX Shelf Gets a Glam Redo for $200
You can't even tell it's IKEA anymore.
Mar 3, 2021
Before and After: A Thrift Store Shelf Becomes a Design Piece for $180
Beneath those scuffs and stains lie lots of potential.
Feb 28, 2021
Before and After: A Tiny Closet's Redo Makes the Most of The Space
It's still tiny, but now it's functional.
Feb 25, 2021
Before and After: $130 and a Smart IKEA Hack Save This Entryway from Clutter
It’s nearly impossible to renovate every room of your home at once, so some spaces have to wait a little longer than others for a transformation. At Michela Andrioletti’s (@casa_in_newyork) home that she shares with her husband, that space was the entryway. “We put in the first things we could find at the most affordable budget when we moved here five years ago and then we just didn’t have time to fix it,” Michela says.
Feb 15, 2021
Before and After: A $25 Facebook Marketplace Find Gets a Glam Second Life
You'll be obsessed with its new pillows.
Feb 12, 2021
Before and After: This Trendy $130 Redo Turns a Dull Dresser into a Showpiece
"I can't believe it's the same dresser!"
Feb 8, 2021
5 Tips for Getting Your Home Project Featured on Apartment Therapy in 2021
These editor-approved tips might help your project make it to the site this year.
Feb 7, 2021
Before and After: A Modern $300 Fireplace Redo Proves the Power of Small Tweaks
This mini makeover was transformative.
Feb 5, 2021
8 Ridiculously Satisfying Make-Unders of Furniture, Hardware, and More
These redos let the original wood and metal shine.
Jan 28, 2021
Before and After: A Luxe $300 Redo Transforms These Cheap Cube Shelves
They're unrecognizable now.
Jan 19, 2021
Before and After: A Washed-Out Bedroom Gets a Dramatic and Sophisticated Upgrade
The before paint color? Meh. The after? Marvelous.
Jan 12, 2021
Before and After: A $20 DIY Takes a Boring Desk Chair from Corporate to Chic
This smart DIY keeps all the comfort of a standard office chair, but makes it way more stylish.
Jan 2, 2021
Before and After: A Destined-for-the-Dump Vintage Hutch Gets Respectful Refresh
This cabinet was going to be trashed until one DIYer turned it into a treasure.
Dec 10, 2020
Before and After: A Dated Desk Is Transformed into a Functional Kitchen Island
It looks totally unrecognizable now.
Dec 7, 2020
Before and After: A $52 IKEA BESTA Redo Uses Surprising Finds for High-End Style
This project's proof that inspiration can strike anywhere.
Dec 1, 2020
Before and After: A Stylish Make-Under for This Authentic Mid-Century Bench
Sometimes the best makeover is a make-under.
Nov 30, 2020
Before and After: This $23 Redo for Dated Chairs Uses a Surprising Pantry Item
This refresh keeps the character but brings tons of modern style, too.
Nov 27, 2020
Before and After: A Dated $80 Craigslist Bar Cart Turned Modern Kitchen Island
Some clever DIYs gave this boring brown cart real star power.
Nov 24, 2020
Before and After: A Luxe-Looking Office Furnished with Mostly Second-Hand Finds
This home office looks like it could be in a fancy hotel.
Nov 21, 2020
Before and After: An Under-$10 DIY Instantly Modernizes These Dated Candlesticks
This makeover is just as easy as it is cheap.
Nov 20, 2020
Netflix’s "Mr. Christmas" Turned This Backyard Into a Holiday Light Show
Yes, he really is called Mr. Christmas.
Nov 18, 2020
Before and After: A $25 Damaged Dresser Gets a Redo with Million-Dollar Style
Some painstaking DIY transformed it from junk to jewel.
Nov 17, 2020
Before and After: These $75 Kitchen Cabinets Get an Unexpected New Life
It's worth it to think outside the (cabinet) box.
Nov 11, 2020
Before and After: A Trashed Vintage Desk Becomes a Restored Treasure
This gorgeous update is a makeunder done right.
Oct 28, 2020
Before and After: A $1500 Redo Makes This Dining Room Bright and Cozy
The "after" has a smart storage solution you'll want to steal.
Oct 27, 2020
Before and After: A Banged-Up Mid-Century Buffet Gets a Smart Update
This piece was destined for the dump before a savvy DIYer got her hands on it.
Oct 17, 2020
Before and After: This Awkward Space Gets the Glow-Up It Deserves
Think: finally getting your braces off the summer before 9th grade... but BETTER.
Oct 15, 2020
Before and After: This Smart Furniture Upcycle Turned 1 Piece into 3—for Less Than £50
This project will inspire you to look at your old furniture in a different light.
Sep 27, 2020
Before & After: A Dollar Store Item Turns an IKEA Cabinet into a Piece of Art
Talk about bang for your buck.
Sep 10, 2020
Before and After: A Cheery $1300 Exterior Redo Brings Tons More Curb Appeal
With all the time spent inside your home—eating, sleeping, etc.—it can be easy to forget about the impact that the outside of your home has.
Sep 6, 2020
Before and After: $52 Turns a Curbside Find into an Organized Entry Drop Spot
This dresser's dramatic glow-up will inspire you to go curb shopping.
Aug 27, 2020
Before and After: See This $6 Mirror Transform into a Designer Lookalike
The after looks like it was ripped from the pages of your favorite boho decor catalog.
Aug 21, 2020
Before and After: A $75 Make-Under Brings Out the Best in This Mid-Century Hutch
Bold is beautiful, but so is something a little more subdued.
Aug 20, 2020
The 8 Best Furniture Makeovers We’ve Seen So Far This Year
These DIYers impress with their skills and creativity.
Aug 18, 2020
Before and After: A Stylish and Organized Office Created in Two Days for £26
Your work space should be inspiring, but that doesn't mean it has to be expensive.
Aug 16, 2020
Before and After: I Turned My Great-Grandmother's Hutch into a Modern Heirloom
Family hand-me-downs don't have to be stuck in the past.
Aug 15, 2020
Before and After: A Sophisticated Custom-Look Sideboard for Less Than £60
Here's proof that furniture can look like a million bucks without costing it.
Aug 14, 2020
The 10 Coziest Before and After Transformations We've Ever Seen
From book nooks to outdoor hangouts, these spaces are all about feeling cozy and comfortable.
Aug 12, 2020
Before and After: A $75 Makeover Takes This Staircase from Sad to Show-Stopping
"The cost was so little for the overall impact on our home," the homeowner says.
Aug 4, 2020
Before and After: A $0 Project Gives Plain Kitchen Chairs a New Shine
This is a smart way to update chairs you've gotten tired of.
Jul 29, 2020
Before and After: HGTV’s “Good Bones” Worked Scandi-Modern Magic on this Abandoned Home
They call it a “cozy, Scandinavian cottage.”
Jul 28, 2020
Before and After: In Just a Few Days, This "Unusable" Space Became Cozy Central
It's so much more inviting now.
Jul 28, 2020
Before and After: A $75 Vintage Sofa Redo Takes Advantage of Surprise Materials
This DIYer's first reupholstery project produced super charming results.
Jul 26, 2020
Before & After: The Year’s Most Dramatic Transformations
TOP ROW:1. Before & After: A Trashed Curbside Dresser2. Before & After: An Unexpected Upholstery Project3. Before & After: Faux Snakeskin Table4. Before & After: Dresser Makeover5. Before & After: From Trash to Silk Screened Style BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: Ottoman Transformation7. Before & After: Salvaging a DIY Dresser Gone Wrong8. Before & After: Trash to Treasure Table in Just an Hour9. Before & After: Restoring a Solid Wood Desk10.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Year of IKEA Hacks
TOP ROW:1. Before & After: Molly’s IKEA Rast Turned Campaign Chest2. Before & After: IKEA Changing Table into Home Office Desk3. Before & After: The DIY IKEA Office Organizer4. Before & After: Bet You Can’t Guess What This IKEA Malm was Converted Into5. Before & After: IKEA Malm Gets an Upholstered Ombre Makeover BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: Anna’s Take on the IKEA Rast7. Lizzie’s Wallpapered IKEA Lack Table8. Before & After: IKEA Granas Table Gets a Rustic Makeover9.
Jul 17, 2020
Before &amp After: Painted Upholstery Chair Makeover
We’ve seen the topic of painting upholstery come up from time to time to time, but this Before & After made my jaw drop. While I may have been on the fence before — one look at the After photo and I’m a believer.the After!Given the option of spending hundreds of dollars to reupholster her Craigslist chair or experimenting with painting the fabric, Kristy Swain of Hyphen Interiors broke out the brushes.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: The Year’s Most Dramatic Transformations
We like to reserve for our very last Before & After roundup the projects that really wow you. As in, these ‘after’ photos will leave you shocked. Amazed. Inspired. Take a look at some of this year’s most dramatic transformations. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: The Year’s Most Creative Transformations
Some of my favorite before & afters are the ones where some intrepid DIYer sees the potential in a piece that everyone else would’ve left on the curb. From a side table turned pet bed to a humble crate turned into a swing, this year’s projects featured plenty of impressive repurposings. Check out some of our favorites. To view the ‘after’ photos, click the links for each project.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: From Antique Dry Sink into Changing Table
When Tiffany over at Taste{full} Life found this antique dry sink, the wheels started turning and she realized she had the potential for a unique changing table for her imminent new baby. Although she was wary of a “country” aesthetic, a new coat of paint and a few other touches updated this piece into modern farmhouse chic.Tiffany learned some important lessons about painting antiques that she shares in her tutorial at Taste{full} Life.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Kids’ Table & Chair Set
I am quite envious of skilled thrifters; I’m unable to see the potential in a yard sale find or figure out what’s quality and just needs a little repair or TLC. That’s why I love seeing yard sale transformations. I have some hope that if I look at enough, the skills will magically transfer to me. So I’ve been staring at this beautiful kids’ table and chair makeover for a few days. Check out what Lolly Jane did with this well-loved table and chairs.Amazing, right?
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Coffee Sack Upholstered Chair
You have to love a project that not only makes over a sad old chair but also reuses old coffee sacks. This creative re-use project not only features repurposed fabric but also looks great too! Check out the fantastic results after the jump.Many of you have seen similar chairs using grain sacks selling for a pretty penny, this step by step tutorial by Doesn’t Cost the Earth shows you how you can get the look for much less using organic coffee sacks.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: That Was a What?
Here at Apartment Therapy, we can’t get enough of Before & Afters… it’s always exciting to see something salvaged from the garbage become something lovely and shiny and useful. We salute all you DIYers out there, but we have to say we’re especially impressed with the people who are able to see special potential in a piece — and turn it into something totally different and totally useful.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: A Newly Modern Austin Bungalow
Just because I’ve come to terms with my home’s imperfections doesn’t mean I don’t obsess over my inspiration boards. The latest addition is this incredible makeover of an Austin bungalow. The owners, Britt and Dan, waited five years to tackle their remodel, and the result is a beautifully modern and calm home awash in white. And yes, I’m jealous much.
Jul 16, 2020
These Might Be the 10 Best IKEA Hacks EVER
Here at Apartment Therapy, we love a good IKEA hack as much as you do. It’s a comforting reminder that there are still places where ingenuity plus elbow grease with a side of using-what-you-got to #makeitwork equals a recipe for success over and over. Check out some of our favorite IKEA hacks and get inspired to find your own new possibilities… 1. Above, Before & After: Molly’s IKEA Rast Turned Campaign Chest 2. Before & After: IKEA Granas Table Gets a Rustic Makeover 3.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Vintage Console TV Converted Into Swank Bar
It’s funny to remember how large, bulky, yet sometimes stylish televisions were before the era of HDTVs took displays from the floor onto our walls. We still remember our childhood 80’s RCA floor console TV taking up about the same amount of room as 40″ HDTV flat panels all lined up. Sometimes you’ll still find one of these wonderful relics of TV’s past in basements, garages or thrift stores, many not in working order.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: From Old to Gold Bar Cart Revamp!
If you’re not over the revamped bar cart trend yet (we’re definitely not), you’ll love this simple but sweet clean-up of a bar cart with a great shape but an older finish that needed freshening. From Alexandra: While on a weekend run to (finally) drop off some bags of clothes at the thrift store I came across this old metal kitchen cart, it was a little dingy and rusty — but I had been looking for a bar cart for some time, and at $12.50 I could not pass it up!
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Sesame Street Dresser
Since I was a child, I’ve loved Sesame Street; my parents even credit it with teaching me to read before I reached kindergarten. And I even had a similarly plain, white dresser in my room. Imagine my delight had my parents turned it into this beauty that features some favorite Sesame Street muppets!I would’ve flipped for this Sesame dresser (although back in the day, Elmo probably would’ve been Kermit), and when my kids were preschoolers, they would’ve loved it, too.
Jul 15, 2020
Before & After: Ikea Malm Goes Grecian Glam
Just look at that Ikea Malm dresser all sitting there all plain and white. You just wait, Ikea Malm dresser. You have no idea what’s about to happen to you. (Hint: it involves O’verlays!)Told you so! We’re such big fans of furniture makeovers, especially when it’s more than just a coat of paint. This makeover, created by Amanda Carol, turned a blank canvas of a dresser into a super statement with Greek key shaped O’verlays that she painted gold.
Jul 15, 2020
Before & After: Katie’s Big Easy Kitchen
New Orleans-based interior designer Katie Logan rents out a small apartment on the bottom floor of her house on Airbnb, and we’re awfully glad: Not only is it a relaxing place to stay in the Big Easy, it’s nice to look at! Seeing the before photos, we’re inspired by the cute space she was able to create without a lot of money or time.
Jul 15, 2020
Before & After: Anna’s Take on the Ikea Rast
We’re certainly no strangers to the versatility of the Ikea Rast around here. I even put together a post about The Endlessly Adaptable IKEA Rast Dresser last year. This $35 dresser is a DIYer’s dream and I love continuing to discover new variations. Anna took the simple little dresser and turned it into a classic nightstand…Anna recently shared her Rast customization on her blog, Take the Side Street.
Jul 15, 2020
Before & After Roundup: Refinished Wood Furniture Projects
While applying a new coat of paint can be a quick and easy way to make over a piece of furniture, refinishing a quality wooden piece is often worth the added time and patience. And it’s often not too hard — a little light sanding and a few simple restoring products is often all it takes to breathe new life into old pieces, and bring out the beautiful grain of wooden furniture.1. A Revamped Kitchen Table, from Door Sixteen2. An Old Dresser, Apartment Therapy3.
Jul 15, 2020
Before & After: IKEA Cutting Board to Industrial End Table
I’ve been having a bear of a time finding a set of side tables that fit next to my couch and don’t look terrible. I also love a good DIY project — especially one that can be finished over a weekend — so I was pretty excited to see this cool set of DIY side tables made from IKEA cutting boards and plumbing pipes.
Jul 15, 2020
Before & After: New Uses for Old Doors
After moving to Saratoga Springs, NY, which is famous for its horses and horse track, Lucianna Samu became obsessed with old horse stall doors. She began collecting and refurbishing the doors for projects around the house. Below are pictures of a liquor cabinet and a kitchen pantry that Lucianna created by hanging the doors on modern sliding rails.According to Lucianna, My advice is that the lighter the door, the easier and less expensive the installation.
Jul 15, 2020