Category: Before & After

Entry with painted furniture

Easy DIY Ideas: A Painted Entry

Tired of living with the same old furniture? Or are you dying to bring salvaged pieces back to life? Then try these super-fun DIY ideas!

painted office furniture

Easy DIY Ideas: Freshen an Office with Paint

Add a little sass to your home with an eye-catching office suite. Thrifty materials and supplies plus less-than-stellar flea market finds can go from serviceable to stunning with

Bedroom with painted furniture

Easy DIY Ideas: Paint Your Way to a Fresh Bedroom

Be on the lookout for bargain bedroom pieces with dated finishes or hardware but pretty silhouettes like

Beverage center

Space Makeover: A Reach-In Beverage Center

Formerly an in-kitchen laundry closet, this little nook brings big entertainment value to a small kitchen. I’m not one to keep my family washing tidy at all times…

Decorated deck

Outdoor Living: Decorating an Expanded Deck

Two weeks of construction, planting and affordable furnishing was all the time needed to turn this tiny deck into an inviting outdoor living area. An area perfect for…

Fountain patio

Outdoor Living: Splash Zone

Take a neglected patio from drab to fab with new furnishings, a surface upgrade and a cool fountain. Carved out of a steep backyard, this sand and gravel…

Backyard deck expansion

Outdoor Living: Expand a Tiny Deck

Expanding your deck and have some handy friends? This 12 x 12-foot addition is a surprisingly doable DIY. A new home usually calls for a refresh by painting…

Furnished pergola

Outdoor Living: Decorate a Backyard Room

We turned a neglected pergola into a sweet little hideaway shaded by an apple tree that’s a perfect spot to entertain or sit and watch kids play. The…

Guest room overall

Room Makeovers: Refresh a Small Guest Room

Transform a small space into a welcoming guest room with comfy furnishings and thoughtful touches. Previous homeowners decorated this room for a pre-teen boy so the first step…

Bedroom furnishing flip overall

Easy DIY Ideas: Bedroom Furnishing Flips

Lots of paint, a bit of hardware, piles of pattern and a cheap and easy framed artwork give old pieces new life (in some cases new purpose, too)…

Furnishing flip living room overall

Easy DIY Ideas: Living Room Furnishing Flips

It’s so satisfying to see the potential in an object, then transform it into something uniquely yours. Whether you’re searching antiques and thrift stores, digging in the basement…