Before & After Projects
IKEA hacks, vintage DIYs, whole room transformations, renovations, and more from our readers.
This bedroom redo by homeowners Caleb and Elle Crosby is a beautiful harmony of lots of different styles: somewhat cottagecore, somewhat eclectic, somewhat maximalist, and somewhat rustic. “It has a really charming, old-world, Southern feel to it that really draws us in,” Caleb says.
If you’ve got an awkward alcove or corner in your home, installing built-ins is one way to give that space purpose. But if you’re a renter, a project of that scope might not be possible — so instead, bookmark this project by Johanna Nauts to make effective use of the space. By painting her walls and built-ins the same color, this DIYer created a seamless storage setup.
Paint, stain, wooden appliqués, and new hardware are all great materials for adding a bit more personality to a plain, old dresser. And this inspiring IKEA RAST redo by DIYer Meghan Wheeler has all four. She brought rich color and new textures to IKEA’s three-drawer pine chest in about three days and for about $100.
After Jessica Leach’s family’s beloved dog, passed away, they decided to convert this space that was once a puppy playpen into a space where they could relax and make new memories. See how this outdoor space went from a dead patch of grass to a boho family hangout.
Not every home project has to be a giant undertaking. Yes, knocking out walls or constructing a wall-spanning set of built-ins makes a noticeable impact, but so can smaller changes. Take for instance, this living room that designer Valerie Darden renovated in this Virginia row house.