See How I Transformed My Dated Living Room into a Dreamy Hangout
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Scrapping the crumbling plaster walls revealed gorgeous vintage brick.
A $700 Fireplace Makeover Saves the Original Mid-Century Wood Paneling
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These homeowners decided to “un-flip” their 1956 home’s stunning original features.
Jan 4, 2024
A Pink Fireplace Isn’t Even the Boldest Part of This Living Room Redo
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This maximalist living room has maximum joy.
Dec 26, 2023
A “Garish” Blue Living Room Gets a Soft, Dreamy Redo for $1,270
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Sometimes, simplicity is key.
Dec 21, 2023
A Smart Makeover Creates a "Triple Duty" Living Room
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The renovated space makes room for hangouts, overnight guests, and WFH days.
Dec 15, 2023
This Living Room Redo Has Three (!!!) Designer-Level Furniture Hacks
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It went from “an uncomfortable beige box” to technicolored and oh-so clever.
Dec 10, 2023
A $300 One-Wall Upgrade Luxes up This “Boring” Living Room
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Before, this homeowner avoided including this wall in any photographs. Now, it’s ready for its close-up!
Dec 7, 2023
A Plain Living Room Gets a “Boho Barbie” Makeover with Lots of DIYs
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And it only cost about $250!
Nov 30, 2023
A Tired Brick Fireplace Gets New Life with a DIY Whitewash
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The new mantel is an eye-catching upgrade.
Nov 25, 2023
IKEA Shelves Turn This Living Room into a “Mini Museum”
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This once-blank space is now a collector’s dream.
Nov 19, 2023
A Dark Living Room Goes Bright with a $5,000 MCM-Style Makeover
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The after puts the “modern” in mid-century modern.
Nov 7, 2023
This Living Room Makeover Is Like Night and Day (Literally)
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Before, the oatmeal-colored walls made the whole room feel dark despite its large windows.
Nov 3, 2023
An Eclectic Living Room Makeover Has a Totally Unique Curtain Rod DIY
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“Work with the unique features of the room, and don’t be afraid to mix it up when the mood strikes,” this homeowner advises.
Oct 25, 2023
Plants and Checkerboard Are a DIY Dream Team in This Living Room Redo
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“This was a very risky project,” the DIYer says. “I didn't know if it would turn out cool or chunky and busy.”
Oct 19, 2023
A DIY Bench Adds 18 Feet of Hidden Storage to This Family Room
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And it cost a fraction of a professional custom install.
Sep 28, 2023
Decluttering and De-Paneling Rescue This ’80s Cabin Living Room
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“With dark walls and so much clutter, it was hard to enjoy the real hero: the view,” this homeowner says of the space before.
Sep 26, 2023
3 Big Changes Make an All-White Living Room Color-Drenched and Cozy
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“We spend way more time in here now than we did the first two years of living in the house,” says the homeowner.
Sep 24, 2023
An Easy IKEA Hack Brings Statement Shelving to This Bare Wall
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Only a few steps were needed to give these IKEA shelves the look of custom built-ins.
Sep 23, 2023
A Renter-Friendly Spare Room Refresh Brightens the Space
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“You don't always have to renovate a space to make it look pretty,” this homeowner says.
Sep 17, 2023
An Unused Basement Becomes a Relaxing 1970s-Style Hangout for $3,000
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Now, it’s a groovy space for hosting friends.
Sep 13, 2023
A Neglected Living Room Gets a Cottagecore Redo for About $1,000
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Smart design choices and budget-savvy shopping gave this blank space a charming new look that totally fits the home’s 1941 roots.
Sep 7, 2023
B&A: Bespoke Wall Treatments Give This Living Room a “Vintage Feel”
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It feels both new and old.
Sep 4, 2023
B&A: Upcycles and DIYs Transformed a 1910 Living Room for Just $1,060
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One highlight: a hand-painted floral pattern on the walls.
Sep 2, 2023
B&A: A Post-College Apartment's $1200 Redo Is Renter-Friendly Chic
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Turns out, tuning your living room into a cozy oasis doesn't require any paint.
Aug 30, 2023
B&A: Brick and Stone from 1793 Look New Again in This Living Room Redo
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This historic living room redo shows off the room’s best features.
Aug 22, 2023
B&A: This Rental Kitchen Redo Features Clever DIYs for Tiny Spaces
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This renter made big use of her small square footage.
Aug 12, 2023
B&A: A Lifeless Living Room Gets a DIY Fireplace Focal Point
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Plus color and pattern galore!
Aug 11, 2023
B&A: An 1890s Victorian Living Room Gets a Bold-Yet-Respectful Redo
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“Be very gentle with old homes,” this designer says. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go bold with paint!
Aug 7, 2023
B&A: A Living Room’s Chic Redo Disguises Its Old ‘80s Brick Fireplace
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“I wanted to go bigger with this fireplace,” this homeowner says of her unique transformation.
Jul 15, 2023
B&A: A Small Sunroom’s $800 Revamp Is Cozy, Boho, and Renter-Friendly
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This renter-friendly redo has a great solution for brightening up a retro wood-paneled space.
Jul 12, 2023
B&A: A Small NYC Living Room Redo Makes the Most of a Tiny (70-Inch!) Space
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This living room redo is chock-full of tips for filling up a small space without it feeling overwhelming.
Jul 8, 2023
B&A: A Bold Paint Choice Brings Out the Best in This 1930s Living Room
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This color-loving homeowner knew the neutrals had to go.
Jul 3, 2023
B&A: A Plain Living Room Gets a Chic Redo That’s Fit for Game Nights
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“Our larger coffee table allows ten people to play games together (with room for cocktails or wine),” the renter says of her redesigned space.
Jun 25, 2023
Before and After: A $200 Redo Turns a Bare TV Zone into a Luxe-Looking Focal Point
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The space has a seamless new look that’s also clutter-free.
Jun 20, 2023
B&A: A Neglected Spare Room Becomes a Chic Speakeasy for Just $2,000
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The new space looks like a swanky lounge at your favorite fancy hotel.
Jun 18, 2023
B&A: A DIY Faux Fireplace Made My Living Room Feel Bigger and Cozier
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The new “fireplace” gives me back almost a foot of floor space.
Jun 13, 2023
B&A: IKEA BILLY Built-Ins Give a Living Room Tons of Functional Storage
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BILLY bookshelves are the secret ingredient in this living room makeover.
Jun 4, 2023
B&A: A “Secret Garden” Redo Makes This Plain Living Room Feel Cozier Projects & Improvements
Wallpaper makes the biggest difference in giving this gray living room an inviting new look.
Jun 1, 2023
B&A: A Simple Paint Project Changes This Living Room’s Whole Vibe
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“I had an apartment before where I just did a rectangle on the wall, and I LOVED how it looked,” this DIYer says. “Now that I have my own house, I knew I could get a bit more extra with it.”
May 29, 2023
B&A:“Despised” Red Brick Fireplace Is Revitalized with a $20 Refresh
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“From execution to completion (dry time), it only took us about 36 hours or so,” this DIYer says of this beginner-friendly project.
May 27, 2023
B&A: A $72 One-Wall Project Makes a Whole Living Room Feel Larger
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A low-budget IKEA product, plus a little bit of paint, were the perfect sleek solutions for an awkward spot in this house.
May 19, 2023
B&A: I Transformed My Sad Beige Living Room TV Wall with a Budget of $160
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The biggest-impact steps: paint and cord covers.
May 8, 2023
B&A: A Blah 200-Square-Foot Studio Gets a Dreamy Travel-Inspired Makeover
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This tiny studio’s bedroom and living area started out dingy, but with some fresh paint and furniture it’s totally unrecognizable.
May 5, 2023
B&A: A Rustic-Themed Living Room Gets a Minimalist Redo Filled with DIYs
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The previous homeowner put tons of work into creating a rustic-style space they loved — but when the new homeowners moved in, it didn’t quite suit them. Here’s how they made it their own.
May 3, 2023
B&A: $850 Later, a Blank Living Room Is Unrecognizable — and Majorly Cozy
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A five-week project using IKEA IVARs and a discount fireplace totally transforms this blank white box.
May 2, 2023
B&A: A $5,000 Redo Makes This Rotted 1962 Caravan a Vibrant Retro Retreat
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When these owners purchased their caravan, it was in much worse shape than they first thought. A complete overhaul brought it back to life.
Apr 27, 2023
B&A: A Plain Spare Room Transforms into a “Disco Cocoon” Media Lounge
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The new space is a grown-up secret clubhouse that goes all-out with bold design.
Apr 21, 2023
B&A: A 1924 Sears Kit Living Room Gets a Respectful Redo Full of Charm
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This home was part of a Sears catalog kit, and many of its original features can be seen in the living room today.
Apr 18, 2023
Before and After: A 1980s Living Room’s Redo Makes Dated Mirror Walls Look Fresh
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See how a blah beige living room gets a glam glow-up that’s both trendy and timeless.
Apr 12, 2023
B&A: Peel-and-Stick Products Turn a Bland Fireplace into a Colorful Focal Point
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Wallpaper, tile, and a new mantel take this fireplace from a blank slate to a bespoke and character-filled feature.
Apr 6, 2023
B&A: Custom Wall-Mount Shelves Turn a Reading Corner into a Bookworm’s Fantasy
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“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
B&A: A Geometric Wood Accent Wall Livens Up a Blank White Living Room for $450
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These homeowners “wanted something moody, modern and something no one else had.”
Apr 3, 2023
B&A: A Group of Friends Turn a Wall Into a "Monet Meets Pollock" Work of ArtProjects & Improvements
This DIY is perfect for art lovers on a budget.
Mar 23, 2023
Before and After: A Non-Working Fireplace Goes from Bland to Glam in Under $200
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A can of paint and a little wallpaper went a long way to elevate the boring fireplace in our newly flipped home.
Mar 14, 2023
B&A: $1,200 Later, a Stuck-in-the-'80s Living Room Has a Vibrant New Look
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Before, the living room had a faux brick fireplace, a textured ceiling, and "awful '80s patterned carpet." The after is unrecognizably luxe while honoring the features the homeowners *did* like before.
Mar 11, 2023
B&A: This $200 Rental-Friendly Hack Fakes the Look of Dramatic Built-Ins
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By painting her walls and built-ins the same color, this DIYer created a seamless storage setup. Read more about her painting tips and takeaways.
Mar 10, 2023
B&A: A $255 Redo Transforms an Awkward Alcove into Dreamy Reading NookProjects & Improvements
This would be the perfect spot to curl up with a book on a Saturday morning.
Mar 7, 2023
B&A: A Paint-Fueled Redo Gives This Beige Box Apartment Some Much-Needed CharmProjects & Improvements
Visions of Paris inspired this cozy makeover.
Feb 27, 2023
B&A: This DIY Fireplace Update Features a $2 Gallery Wall Hack Worth CopyingProjects & Improvements
A less-than-exciting fireplace became a bold focal point.
Feb 21, 2023
B&A: 3 Big Changes Call Attention to a 100-Year-Old Living Room's Best Features
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Paint, tile, and new seating are a winning combo in this cozy cabin living room.
Feb 17, 2023