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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.

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 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!

Hello! I’m Carrie from Lovely Etc. and I’m so happy to be posting as a guest blogger here today. I was thrilled when the play kitchen I made for my sons was chosen for the “I Did It” feature in the August issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. This cute little kitchen really represents my outlook on decorating. I believe a gorgeous, unique home doesn’t need to be expensive; there’s nothing better than finding a new life for something that’s no longer useful; and a little paint can transform absolutely anything! This little kitchen started out as an outdated entertainment center that nobody wanted, but with a little paint and imagination, it now gets used every single day.

That is what I love the most about upcycled DIY projects — giving something old a brand-new purpose. Below are a few more of my favorite upcycled projects!

antique dresser bathroom vanity with vessel sink

Bathroom vanity made from an old dresser

Finding a bathroom vanity with great character can get expensive fast. An easy way to get a one-of-a-kind piece is to start with an old dresser. I made this vanity from a family friend’s childhood dresser. It didn’t start out in the best condition, but with some paint, a new sink, and a little work, it turned into one of the favorite parts of our home.

Lantern wired into a lamp

Lamp made from a lantern

I love cute candle lanterns, but as much as I love candlelight, I almost never take the time to actually walk around and light candles. One day, inspiration struck! Why not turn some of my lanterns into lamps that can be turned on with the flip of a switch? Now this cute little lantern gets used nightly in my son’s room.


vintage jewelry drawer pull

Drawer pulls made from old jewelry

Nothing dresses up a piece of furniture like some really great hardware. Unfortunately, gorgeous hardware is hard to find and can get expensive fast. This is a fantastic way to make your own using those huge brooches and earrings that are at every estate sale. These DIY drawer pulls are the perfect hardware for a statement piece of furniture.

vintage camera nightlight

Nightlight made from a vintage camera

Vintage cameras are easy to find at yard sales, Craigslist, or Ebay, and they add vintage style to any room. Even better, it’s easy to turn an old camera with a flash unit into the perfect nightlight.

nightstands made from old vanity

Nightstands made from an old vanity

I see cute old vanities at estate sales and yard sales all the time but never had a use for one. When I was searching for a matching pair of very skinny nightstands, I realized these old vanities can be taken apart pretty easily. It is an inexpensive way to get a pair of unique nightstands.

I truly believe that almost anything can be given new life again with a little creativity. (Or, let’s be real, sometimes a lot of creativity.) Do you have a great upcycling idea or need help seeing the potential in something you already own?  Share in the comments or tag me on Instagram @lovelyetc. I’d love to see what you are working with!

Hi! My name is Jenni Radosevich, DIY blogger of I Spy DIY, and I am so excited to be here today posting as a guest Style Spotter!

I SPY DIY is a website where all my do-it-yourself projects come to life! I love seeking out the latest trends in fashion and home then showing you how to recreate them for less. I started my site in 2010 as a creative outlet and have been lucky enough to turn DIY content into my full-time gig. Being able to inspire my readers to create their own DIY project is what makes me most happy.

When I found out that Better Homes and Garden magazine wanted to feature my DIY wood headboard in the “I Did It!” section of the July issue, I was beyond excited. I have always loved and admired BHG, and this was a dream come true.

The day of the shoot was a complete whirlwind and totally surreal. My small studio was spilling over with props and people working to make my DIY headboard magazine-ready. I am so excited and grateful that they were able to capture my first wood-working project!

This project was one of my favorites and surprisingly pretty easy to achieve! I chose to paint half of the wood for something a little edgier, but if you’re looking for a more monochromatic look, use a single shade of wood. Or, you can really spice things up by painting the wood with bright, bold colors to make a real statement!

Finding a unique headboard for a king-size bed that did not break the bank was nearly impossible. Since the casing used to create the pattern is so inexpensive, it’s easy to scale larger for minimal cost. I also love that you can get more creative and intricate with the pattern with only a few additional cuts.

No matter what you do, this DIY project is the perfect solution to an upscale headboard on a low-cost budget. Get the full instructions for this project here or in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens!

Hey there, everyone!  I’m Katie from Addicted 2 DIY, and I’m so excited to be featured in June’s “I Did It” section of Better Homes and Gardens magazine! My featured project was this simple planter made from a recycled tire, and it’s a great weekend project that can add a little character to your outdoor space. I love how even a quick project can have a big impact, and I’ve compiled some of my favorite DIY projects that can be completed in a weekend or less. Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the DIY pool or you’ve already jumped right in, there’s something in this list for everyone!

1.  Bust boredom for the kids

DIY 4-in-1 Activity Table with Free Plans

This 4-in-1 activity table packs a punch with a flip-top design that will keep the kids occupied for hours.

2.  Display family photos or your favorite plants

Rustic Multi-Purpose Ladder DisplayThis rustic ladder display can hold photos, succulents, craft supplies, or whatever you like. The best part is that this quick and easy DIY project can be completed in as little as an hour.

3.  Hide Fido’s food in plain sight


Keep everything in one place and dog food out of sight with this DIY dog food station. The tote inside holds up to 30 pounds of dog food!

 4.  Bring order to the chaos of bikes and scooters

DIY bike and scooter rack

The never-ending tangle (and tripping hazard) of bikes and scooters on the garage floor gets old quick, but this simple DIY bike rack keeps everything — even the helmets! – neat and in one place.

5.  Get a leg up with a simple step stool

rustic step stool

Add some style and function with this DIY step stool. It’s sturdy enough for adults and kids, plus this entire project is made from one single board!

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