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I’m Chelsea, and I blog over at Making Home Base. I love sharing inexpensive DIY and decorating ideas that anyone can do. I seriously get giddy making a house feel like home. Rental decorating is a specialty of mine after moving eight times in the last ten years. In each home we’ve lived, I’ve made it a priority to spruce up the space by adding a splash of my own personal style. Rentals often pose interesting limitations that require you to get creative to make the space work for you. Adding personalized yet temporary touches that can move with you can make you feel at home wherever you go. I am so excited that this creativity landed one of my projects in the “I Did It” feature in the February 2017 issue of Better Homes and Gardens!

Here are some of my favorite DIY projects that you can pack up and move with you.

DIY Entryway Organizer: Our previous home lacked storage, big time. We built this DIY entryway organizer, pictured above, to serve as a drop zone. Our girls store their shoes in the basket below and the hooks hold coats, backpacks, and keys. Download the instructions for this project here.

Grid Accent wallGrid Accent Wall: Inspired by a board-and-batten wall treatment, I used vinyl stripes to create an accent wall with the same visual interest. The decals come off just as easily as they go on with no harm to the walls. It’s the perfect solution for rentals.

Oversize Wall Art: When paint isn’t an option, wall art is the next best thing. Oversize art that can make walls look less stark and your place feel more cozy is a major win. This trio was a DIY project that cost less than $40 for all three.

Window Seat with Storage: If your rental lacks storage space, you can gain additional storage by using ottomans or storage benches. We built a window seat with deep storage for our breakfast nook. It allows me to hide small appliances while keeping them within reach. It also provides extra seating around our table and is a favorite spot for our girls.


I’m Jeanette, and I’m the DIY enthusiast and writer behind SnazzyLittleThings.com. I love to decorate with industrial elements in a classically-styled backdrop with a little touch of farmhouse thrown in.

My grandfather was an antiques “picker” — he loved to repurpose items back to their original glory. He’d sometimes refer to his creations as “snazzy little things,” so naturally I had the perfect name for my blog! I didn’t realize then how much influence he had on my ability to see the beauty in what some would consider junk. I’m so honored that Better Homes & Gardens chose one of my projects to feature in the January 2017 “I Did It!” section of the magazine. And my sheltie, Buddy, made his debut as well. What a thrill!

My DIY journey began in 2012 — I was a single parent living in a brand new builder-grade home. The housing market had just started to rebound. My circumstances forced me to keep an open mind and improve my home on an extreme budget. My DIY skills were developing at best. Today I’m sharing affordable high-impact projects that I’ve tackled to make our home look luxe for less.

And the best part? A DIY newbie can do them, too!

Add Wainscoting + Trim:

I wanted my home to make a good first impression, so I focused on the foyer during my first year of DIY. After painting the walls a dark, dramatic color, I craved the classic design elements found in my previous 1930s-era brownstone apartment. When I built this house in 2005, I knew that I would add crown molding and wainscoting one day. The foyer wainscoting project significantly upgraded the overall appearance of my home and it only cost about $750. The alternative would have been to pay a builder thousands! This project is how I got hooked on power tools!

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DIY Wainscoting Tutorial

Paint Doors:

Interior and exterior doors can be used to anchor a color scheme or to create even more drama and contrast. My front door was not immune to change during the foyer upgrade project, and choosing black was such a good decision. Eventually I painted all of my interior doors a darker color as well. If black isn’t your preference, go for any color that complements your aesthetic. After all, it’s just paint!

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 I often wonder what happened to my other boot in this picture :)

Black door paint tutorial

Embellish Kitchen Cabinetry: 

In addition to paint, your cabinetry might need a little embellishment to enhance their aesthetic. In my case, I added trim first then painted our oak paneled cabinets. I followed that with more trim at the ceiling and the bottom to close any gaps. Then I added new hardware and even removed some wood panels and replaced them with faux leaded glass. As you can tell, it was a process that evolved over time. Finally, adding wreaths during the holidays made the cabinets look even more luxe for less!

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 Tips for embellishing your kitchen cabinets

Curate and Collect:

Mixing older collected pieces with new decor is a fun way to add sophistication and character in your home. Many of the antiques I’ve rescued and repurposed have become my favorite pieces. It takes considerable time to curate a special collection, but the payoff is gorgeous and it demonstrates a well thought-out space.

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Victorian table tutorial

 

Be Resourceful:

Being thrifty is great, but being resourceful has saved me thousands of dollars. Honing your painting expertise or learning how to repair broken furniture are both valuable skills. Learning to decoupage has enabled me to create my own art. Although it might not be an expensive masterpiece, it can certainly be made to look that way. It’s worth it to push yourself out of your comfort zone to learn a new craft to create decor with a high-end look. The way in which you repurpose a thrift store treasure is important; it can look like a craft or you can make it look elegant. And it’s not just about learning how to use power tools.

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How to make your own wood trim

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Image Transfers Made Simple

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Vintage art made with decoupage

Choose a Versatile Wall Color with Staying Power:  

The question I’m asked most often is, “What color is your wall paint?” I’ll let you in on a little secret — it has been the same color for ten years! Wall color was a huge decision for me, and it was a spur-of-the-moment choice when I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. Other than a few touch ups, I’ve had no reason to update it because it works well in our space. It’s a warm tone during some seasons and cool in others. I can get funky and add crazy patterns and textures, or I can buy trendy chairs, art, or pillows to give my rooms a new look. It’s fun knowing that I can change my rooms simply by swapping out a few accessories.

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Dining room at SnazzyLittleThings.com

DIY projects reward those who are patient, and I’m glad that we took this longer road. Tastes and styles change, and I firmly believe you need to live in a space for awhile before your vision becomes clear. We could have hastily made decisions five years ago that we might have regretted later. Each project was done purposefully and was carefully curated to match our current tastes. We now can say that our home has evolved into exactly what we want.

I hope you will visit me at Snazzy Little Things where we share our latest creations, including free art downloads, furniture plans, and DIY tutorials. We are continuing our DIY journey, one small project at a time.

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Hi, everyone! My name is Jillian, and I blog at I Am a Homemaker where I aim to demystify DIY for the everyday homeowner and help them live large on less. My blog started as a way for me to share the projects I did around my house in hopes that it could help my readers save money creating something on their own. There is such a great level of satisfaction to be found in completing a project exactly the way you want it and being able to say, “I did that!”

About a year ago, I built a breakfast bar for my kitchen because I had found an amazing antique kitchen stool that needed a table of a certain height I couldn’t find in stores. I wasn’t exactly sure how to do it, but with a whole lot of thought and some research, I completed my breakfast bar and I have loved it ever since. That led me to build a dining room table, a bookcase, a desk, and some other pieces. I recently built a trunk coffee table, and that is when I got an email from Better Homes and Gardens to appear in the “I Did It” section of the December issue! Even though I have a copy at my desk, I still can’t believe it is real!

I love seeing inventive options for creating or making over an existing piece of furniture. I’m excited to share these six amazing coffee table ideas with you.

 DIY Faux Plank Coffee Table

Lauren at Bless’er House created the illusion of a plank tabletop by using a circular saw to create shallow cuts in the existing wood, totally changing the look of this secondhand coffee table.

Three-Way Nesting Tables

Elisha from Pneumatic Addict built these amazing nesting tables with a vinyl wrap that creates the look of marble without without all the weight or cost. Nesting tables provide extra table space without all the added bulk in your living room.

Rustic Farmhouse Table

This coffee table from Corey at Sawdust 2 Stitches might be a little more difficult to build, but when I saw it I knew I had to include it. Rustic farmhouse is so hot right now, and the form and style of this coffee table is amazing.

Kid-Friendly Apothecary Table

Most children would love to have a train table but they aren’t exactly functional in a shared family space. Kim at The Kim Six Fix disguised her train table as an apothecary table that can hide toys away in a flash.

Rustic Coffee Table

Part of the joy of building something yourself is that you dictate the materials and the cost. Gail from My Repurposed Life made her coffee table from scrap wood, but you would never know it!

Geometric Wood Art Table

The tabletop created by Sam at DIY Huntress is nothing short of artwork. Finished off with hairpin legs, this table is sure to be a conversation starter.

I would love for you to swing by my blog and find inspiration and all the details on my trunk coffee table, and be sure to pick up the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens to see my “I Did It” in print!


Hi all! I’m Jill Rose from the Rozy Home (Rose + Cozy = Rozy!) and I have been blogging about my home remodel for the past six years. It hasn’t always been easy and there have been lots of do-overs — especially in my kitchen. The kitchen was the first thing I knew I had to change, but it wasn’t until the third or fourth try that I got it right.

Somewhere throughout the kitchen remodel process, I decided to create what has to be my favorite project — a faux bronze range hood. Who knew that with a little bit of plywood, trim, and metallic paint, I could create something that would have me featured in the “I Did It!” section in Better Homes and Garden magazine! Look for it in the November issue. It was a simple project that encompasses my design style — a high-end look on a DIY budget.

Creating a range hood I loved was just the beginning of my final kitchen remodel. Below are more projects that helped me create the kitchen of my dreams that I hope will inspire you too!

Painted Cabinets

Hands down, one of the easiest ways to give an old kitchen new life is painting the cabinets. With the right tools, the right paint, a little prep and a bit of patience, painting your cabinets can be a quick and easy way to create a showstopping kitchen.

 

Add A Pop Of Color

Adding a pop of color to the inside of your cabinets is a great way to give your cabinets a custom look. I always recommend picking an accent color that ties to a favorite place or memory. I created the color above based on a gate I saw in Paris and instantly fell in love with. Every time I grab a plate or bowl out of the cabinet, it reminds me of my trip.

DIY Herringbone Counters

Tired of granite and quartz? Want something that is inexpensive but incredibly durable? Look no further than wood! I created a herringbone pattern on my kitchen island out of 2-inch white oak and finished it off with a paint treatment to give it an aged look. Over the past two years they’ve only gotten prettier with additional age and use.

Trim It Out

Trim is an inexpensive way to make a statement in your kitchen. Building up your kitchen’s crown molding gives standard cabinets a truly custom look, while adding trim to the bottom of your cabinets gives it a finished look, and adding trim to flat-front drawer panels creates a more cohesive feel.

Create Your Own Light Fixture

What do you do when on-trend light fixtures cost a small fortune? You make your own! I found a plug-in light on sale, picked up a canopy kit, and created my own hanging light for a fraction of the price.


Hi everyone, my name is Ariel and I’m the voice behind PMQ for two*, a site that started out as home décor and design for Canadian Military families living in base housing, and has evolved into a site that offers accessible and affordable home décor and DIYs that are colourful and eclectic. *Private Married Quarters (PMQ)

I’m drawn to bold colors, patterns and textures used in unexpected ways that create unique spaces each time. They’re not for everyone, but everyone finds something to be inspired by in each space. With each posting I get a chance to start fresh and create new spaces, that show how my style has evolved,and our most recent posting this summer was no excpetion.

Our PMQ is a warm and bright palette infused with lots of color, kooky details like a wall of chicken plates and painted ceilings with thrifted furniture pieces. Go bold or go home right? Well in the master bedroom, the only bedroom in the house (the other one is my office) I was looking for something different.

To see photos of our Family Room // Dining Room // Bathroom // Master Bedroom

After what we will refer to as the “shamrock green incident” – where I painted the wall green and it looked like a bad St.Patricks Day celebration – I was having no luck nailing down a color for an accent wall in our bedroom. The rest of the house was already painted and I was starting to hang art, so in a fit of whimsy, I painted the wall dark dark grey, almost black, and I haven’t looked back since.

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In our style of PMQ, you can only fit a Queen sized bed, the closet takes up an entire wall, a window takes the other, and that leaves two walls – one with a door. It was slim pickings as far as furniture arranging goes, but having the black wall to anchor the room has paid-off because all the colours look stupendous next to the black.

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Now, the decision to paint our bedroom wall black wasn’t out of the blue. I had been seeing more and more black walls in otherwise colorful and eclectic spaces.

What is it about the black wall?

Is it because it’s literally all the colors in one? Is it because it allows all the other colors to define themselves against such a striking contrast? Or is it because everything goes with black? I feel like it’s all of the above, and then some.

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With gold and brass still such a strong presence on the home décor scene, and bolder colours making a come-back, they look beautifully against black. Not to mention that after more than a few seasons of white everything, it might just be time for a change. I for one, am loving the black wall and am even thinking of painting another space in our house with a black wall. Who would have thought! Me! A card carrying member of the bold and colorful school of design. I am a convert and think I might have to have one black wall in each of our homes going forward.

The black walls also inspired me to paint the trim on our renter-friendly tiled wall glossy black to compliment it. // Photos of Renter-Friendly Tiled Bathroom Wall

Either way, this space looks stunning in summer as it does in fall, and I’m sure it will be gorgeous through the winter and spring.

To see the tutorial for the DIY Vice Jars

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To show you guys that I’m not crazy, I’ve actually included links to a few other gorgeous black walls to help inspire you to take the leap!

Swoon Worthy // Cassie Bustamante // Rain on a Tin Roof

The Stripped House // PMQ for two // Monica Wants it

Blue i Style // Domicile 37 // Haneens Haven

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Hi everyone! My name is Bre, and I blog over at Brepurposed where I share my love of design and DIY. What started out as a blog about flipping furniture has turned into so much more. I’m constantly discovering my style and have my hands full after a recent move into a new home. I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for furniture makeovers and couldn’t be happier that it led me down the path of making one of my dreams come true of being featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s “I Did It!” section!

Pick up the October issue to see my dresser makeover, showcased above. I’m still pinching myself that it actually happened, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my other furniture projects. Here are a few of my favorite nightstand makeovers that I’ve done. Hope you enjoy!

Scandinavian Pink French Provincial Nightstand
Use two colors of paint to get a layered look. After you distress the piece, the layers of paint help give dimension and character. Add in a fun surprise by lining the inside of the drawer with fun patterned paper.

Two-Toned Geometric Chest of Drawers
Add a custom design to your nightstands using a stain and paint combo. With a little bit of painters tape, you can create a beautiful geometric pattern that pops. The possibilities are endless, and there’s really nothing better than the satisfaction of pulling off the tape and seeing that clean, crisp line, am I right?

Distressed Nightstand with Burlap
Add beautiful contrast to a nightstand by staining the top and painting the rest. It helps bring out the wood undertones that peek through the paint and gives furniture a rustic look. Wrapping a piece of burlap over part of the drawer front and adding a fun new knob is the perfect way to bring the look together.

Painted Table with Fabric-Covered Drawer
Add a pop of color or pattern to a painted piece of furniture by covering the drawer front with fabric. It’s a great way to create a custom piece that fits your style!

Antibes Green Side Table

Don’t be afraid to make a statement and go bold. Painted furniture is one of the best ways to bring a pop of color into a room, and a nightstand is the perfect piece to try it on. It’s not as large as a dresser and won’t feel overwhelming. Keep the rest of your decor somewhat neutral to really let it shine.

One of the best parts about painting furniture is finding the perfect piece that someone else thought was trash. Next time you’re driving and see an old table on the side of the road, I challenge you to pull over and pick it up. Grab your paintbrush and let your creative juices flow! Everyone deserves a second chance, right? Even smelly, old furniture ;)

I’d love for you to come visit me at my blog and check out some of my other DIYs and furniture makeovers!


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