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Have you been considering a remodeling project but aren’t sure how to upgrade your room? To class up any room, just add a built-in unit. Unsure about the process? These 8 bloggers have you covered! Check out this compilation of built-ins for every room in the house and details on how to get the job done.

1. Front Room Built-In Bookcase

In need of a makeover for her out-of-date 2008 design, Stephanie used the odd shape of the room off her home’s entryway to her advantage. This DIY built-in bookcase was created by cutting and melding stock IKEA shelves. Give guests a great first impression by following Stephanie’s design process for her built-in, and be sure to check out the full makeover at her blog, Studio 36 Interiors.


Image Via: Studio 36 Interiors

2. Kitchenette Storage Banquette Seat

You can never have enough storage, and — thanks to Kristi of Addicted to Decorating — now you can have more in your kitchenette. The best news? This DIY built-in storage bench is easy to build. At least that’s what Kristi says. See if she’s right, here!

Image Via: Addicted 2 Decorating

3. Office Desk Built-In

Laura and Dana configured this easy DIY built-in desk for their farmhouse office space. Though it may look complicated, the husband-and-wife team say it’s simply the outcome of building a few basic boxes, using a couple stock cabinets, and topping it with plywood. A little more than that goes into the project, and you can see for yourself at their blog Finding Home Farms.

Image Via: Finding Home Farms

4. Living Room Built-in

This built-in unit started as nothing more than a fireplace on a jutted partial wall. Nate and Michelle worked together to create a seamless shelving unit for their living room, complete with a classic molding. See how they did it – and find more cute pictures of their dog, Ike — over at their blog, Decor and the Dog.

Image Via: Decor and the Dog

5. Kids’ Room Bunk Bed Built-In

This blogger and mom of five opted for the logical approach to housing all her children. Extreme bunk beds. She really does go all out. Not only are the beds and stairs built-in, she went as far as giving each bed its own built-in shelving. Head over to the August Fields blog page and see this awesome process in four parts. Part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

Image Via: August Fields

6. Bathroom Storage Built-In

Ever have a bathroom with no storage? So did Angela — the creator of Unexpected Elegance — until she DIYed her own built-in solution. A “seriously easy” project, she claims, though you will need a space of wall between studs and a tool that can easily cut into drywall. You can find her tutorial on this diy built-in bathroom shelving at her blog.

Image Via: Unexpected Elegance

7. Bedroom Bookshelf Built-In

Take your reading nook to the next level. Try a built-in bedroom bookshelf headboard (say that ten times, fast). Our Humble Abode creator Amanda and husband Bed converted a dimly lit, dark wood room to an inviting, cozy space. They brought new life to an old bookshelf and look good doing it.

Image Via: Our Humble Abode

8. DIY Built-In Closet

Sawdust Girl Sandra admits that this project isn’t for the inexperienced, but she has a lot of tips to help you along the way, just in case. In her guide to plan and design a built-in closet, she’ll walk you through how to assess your closeting needs, measure a room, create a plan, and execute a design. You’ll have a beautiful DIY master closet in no-time!

Image Via: Sawdust Girl

As you prepare for your next remodel, keep these built-in ideas in mind, or even take a stab at executing one of them. You may be surprised in what you can accomplish. Show me your projects when they’re done!

Until next time,


The Modern Farmhouse-12 Style Trends

Ahh, the modern farmhouse, we can’t seem to get enough of it lately. From its sleek lines to its clean & cozy aesthetic, there is something in this easy living style for everyone. The idea that has captivated me the most about this style is the endless ways you can interpret it and make it your own. Starting my blog 4 years ago I was enamored with this design philosophy and began to chronicle my own modern country home journey, hence came the name City Farmhouse. As I focused on decorating our new farmhouse I realized that by combining the 2 contrasting styles it gave my home an authentic feel it was needing. This style has recently come to the forefront of design and shown to be a creative and innovative leader in purposeful living. Although there are vast ways to translate this tend, here are 12 style do’s when it comes to crafting a home with modern farmhouse flair…

Do use white and mix materials. White is a hot color when it comes to farmhouse living, on the exterior as well as on the interior. When this classic and crisp color is paired with industrial and non-conventional materials it becomes a perfect match.

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Who doesn’t love and want planked walls over every verticle surface in their home? OK, maybe not every wall but there is no doubt this vintage look has quickly become a favorite thanks to Joanna & Chip Gaines. Joined with the modern material of the stair rails these walls become a focal point that screams style.

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Black has become the newest accent every modern farmhouse needs these days. When mixed with warm woods, white and texture it become a beautifully executed neutral palette.

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We have seen the sliding, rustic barn door have its moment(s) and now the torch is being passed. We are seeing a modern twist on this farmhouse favorite to a sleeker, more contemporary sliding door.

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Part of the charm and authenticity about this style is the ability to mix and match different styles under the umbrella of “modern farmhouse”. Keeping continuity with a repeated color palette helps to make this look feel cohesive.

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Black trim & frames, yes! Am I the only one wanting to repaint my doors and frames black? Wow, what a look when paired with white and warm woods. It adds a bit of panache to the traditional farmhouse look that is utterly swoon worthy.

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Add modern elements like lighting and bold geometric patterns into the mix. Oh and while you are at it, maybe a little gray. The contrast between the details, especially within a neutral space can have a big visual impact.

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Reclaimed & warm wood tones will always be a player when it comes to modern farmhouse living. When paired with more contemporary components like glass and marble it is a stunning stand out.

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Less can be more with this style. Clean lines with a minimalist approach can take a space in a whole other direction. By layering in texture and warmer tones to the crisp, mod look this new style emerges.

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Subway tile with dark grout has become the newest craze to hit farmhouse style. Not only is it easy to maintain but gives this vintage material a graphic look by highlighting the repeating pattern.

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If you are looking to make some modern updates to your rustic space hopefully this gave you some ideas. Thanks for stopping by,


Since we finished the guest room in the basement a few weeks ago, we’ve decided we really want to get the last few rooms in the basement done right away. We want to be able to move on from this dusty, noisy construction phase! There really isn’t too much left to do. The playroom, my office, and the guest room and bathroom are completely done, and the drywall is up everywhere else. We even have all of the cabinets in the little kitchenette installed. Speaking of the kitchenette, I had a moment of inspiration a few weeks ago when I overheard my husband chatting with the contractor about tile for the backsplash. They were discussing white subway tile, which is what we have in our kitchen upstairs and in the master bathroom. But it occured to me that we have the chance to do something fun and different in our basement kitchenette, and we shouldn’t waste the opportunity. I think a pretty patterned tile backsplash would look so nice, and would make a subtle statement in that corner of the basement. After a few hours of online research, we have something really gorgeous all picked out that goes well with the gray and white color scheme of the rest of the house. Here are just a few of the beautiful patterened tile looks I pinned while doing my research…

gray and white tile mosaic

I love this tile mosaic on a guest bathroom wall. It looks classic and timeless, but really beautiful and unique at the same time. (photo from Sarah Richardson Design)

ann sacks braided marble tile

I couldn’t find any photos of this gorgeous Ann Sacks braided mosaic tile in situ, but it looks pretty amazing up close, so I can just imagine how chic it would look installed in a room. (photo from Ann Sacks)

black and white floor tile

It took me a while to track down this tile, but I found it! This is the Cluny cement tile from Granada Tile (or something similar), and you are welcome! (photo from

gray and white floor tile

Another beautiful painted floor tile. This one is similar to the tile above, but with a slightly different quatrefoil pattern. (photo from Sophie Burke Design via Decorpad)

black adn white patterned kitchen tile

If you want to get some real life style inspiration, follow my friend Miranda of the blog One Little Minute and her sister Amelia of Mae Woven. They are both so chic. This black and white patterned tile floor from their parents’ house is just amazing! Miranda said they got it on, but I couldn’t find it. It looks similar to the Eastern Promise Tangier field tile from Ann Sacks. (photo from Instagram)

gray and white hand painted terra cotta kitchen tile

And this last one made me gasp when I saw it for the first time on Pinterest. While I had the idea to do a patterned backsplash for the basement kitchenette, I didn’t have a specific tile in mind when I started looking around. I just knew that I’d know what I wanted when I saw it. And when I saw this tile I knew I had to have it. And then it took me an hour of searching to find out what it was. I’ll save you the trouble of having to do the same! It is the Tabarka Signature tile from the Nord collection from Tabarka Tile, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based company. (photo via The Sweetest Occasion)

So the tread on your car tires is worn down. Time to replace them and send them off to the junkyard? Think again. Well, definitely replace them, but don’t just toss the old ones; turn them into something new! You won’t believe how cute these DIY tire upcycles will look indoors and out.

1. DIY Tire Flower Planter

Paint, plant, hang. That’s all you need to do to make this pretty DIY Flower Planter. Roeshel has a great tutorial over at her blog DIY Show Off. Hang in the home or from a tree out in the yard — she did both!


Image Via: DIY Show Off

2. Tire Climbing Tower

Check out Blessings Overflowing for this awesome guide to your own Tire Climbing Tower. Jackie has all the tools and steps you need for this fun backyard edition. Build as a stand alone tower or attach to your clubhouse or swing set.

Image Via: Blessings Overflowing

3. DIY Recycled Tire Dog Bed

How adorable is this dog?! Oh — and of course her DIY recycled tire dog bed! You can create this comfy spot for your four-legged friend, too, with a little help from Practically Functional’s step-by-step guide. Blog creator Jessi says it’s perfect for pooch Fawkes to curl up in.

Image Via: Practically Functional

4. DIY Tire Pond

Joan A., a blogger for Home Talk, worked with her husband to create this beautiful pond from an old tractor tire (which she picked up for free from a local agricultural equipment supplier). Check out the detailed photos from her post to see how it’s done. She’ll even show you how to incorporate a DIY fountain.

Image Via: Home Talk

5. DIY Toy Shelf from a Used Tire

Upcycle your used tire by creating a fun piece of children’s storage. Layne Quintanilla’s DIY toy shelf is the perfect addition for her boys’ backyard toys. With just a pine board, some screws, spray paint, and, of course. a used tire, she shows you how you can create this project. Check it out over at her blog Spaceships and Laser Beams.

Image Via: Spaceships and Laser Beams

6. Upcycled Tractor Tire Sandbox

Blogger Emily wrote this neat guest piece for I Heart Naptime. She and her son turned a tractor tire into a sandbox for under $25. Another great find from a tractor supply company, Emily got her choice of tire for free. See her process on how to clean, cut, paint, and prepare this fun DIY sandbox from an old tire here.

Image Via: I Heart Naptime

7. Upcycled Tire Table and Ottomans

Shazni was inspired to put husbands old tires to use. She went above and beyond buy creating several upcycled tire furniture pieces. Head over to her post on Instructables to see how she created a lovely furniture set that doesn’t look like a set of tires at all!

Image Via: Instructables

8. DIY Recycled Tire Swing

OK, so maybe you have thought of this one before. But it never hurts to see how to assemble one of these bad boys. Plus, Stately Kitsch creator Heidi researched a ton of options in her detailed post about the best way to hang a tire swing without damaging her tree.

Image Via: Stately Kitsch

Did one of these projects peak your interest? Give it a try! Who knew that tires could be used for decor, storage, sitting, and family fun?

Until next time,


Hi BHG readers! My name is Katelyn Cheek and I write the lifestyle blog Katalina Girl. My blog is a place where I share all of the things I‘m truly passionate about related to fashion, home, entertaining, travel and of course my fur babies. By day I’m the eCommerce Editor at Better Homes and Gardens and by night, the Design Director for my family’s home building and renovation company called Oakstone Homes. So yes, you guessed it, pretty things are my jam.

I’m super excited to share one of our latest home renovations because what’s better than before and after pictures to inspire your own home makeover? We teamed up with Megan, the homeowner and founder of MB Interior Design to help create her dream home. From cabinets and paint to extending walls and new flooring, this was a complete and total gut job.

Megan and her husband, Matt, purchased this outdated 1980s home for their family of five for a few great reasons. Number one, this house had spectacular bones and tons of square footage. Second, the house was in town and nestled on a nearly 11 acre wooded lot – you just don’t find that every day! As soon as I saw the home I  recognized its endless potential. From the kitchen to the basement, check out how we transformed this dark, builder-grade house into a light, bright, custom home.

The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. As you can see, the old kitchen had honey oak cabinets, a misshaped island, an outdated solarium window, and the world’s smallest pantry! To create a more functional space, we extended the wall with the window out almost six feet to create a bigger space and make room for the oversize island. We also cut back the wall separating the kitchen and dining nook to better connect the spaces. This wall is a support beam so we weren’t able to completely remove it without blowing the budget. Last but not least, the kitchen looks back at their 10+ acres. To create a better view we replaced the old solarium with a triple window. The amount of light it lets provides a clean, airy feel.

Like many older homes, this one had a formal dining room that the family didn’t need. It was a huge room with two openings: one into the kitchen and one into the entryway of the home. To create better use of the space, we split the room to create a large walk-in pantry and an office space.

Another one of my favorite spaces in the house is the pantry. The custom barn doors are hung where the old entrance to the dining room was. The pantry features a custom built-in with a quartz countertop and custom shelving to hold appliances such as a wine refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. Creating a space in your pantry for these items will remove the clutter from your kitchen countertops.

The living room has large, 25-foot ceilings and a wall of windows that overlook the wooded backyard. This big space needed a few cosmetic fixes including new flooring – which spans the main level – and a new stain color for the built-in to better complement the floor. We also removed the track lighting and added can lighting to the ceiling. The kitchen and living room were painted Revere Pewter, which is the perfect warm gray color, in my opinion.

The laundry room was large but lacked storage. To compensate for the problem we installed custom built-ins with shelving and drawers – each family member has their own! The cabinets were painted Dorian Gray and upgraded with new gold knobs and a new quartz countertop.

Every bathroom in the home needed a little love including this main level powder room. This space was completely gutted an upgraded with a new stool, vanity, countertop, mirror, and to top it off, a vessel sink.

The basement level lacked character. To brighten up the space we painted the large honey oak fireplace surround white and added shiplap for the TV to hang on.  There was also a large kitchenette in the basement that was completely closed off from the living space by a door. To connect the kitchenette and basement living room for optimal entertaining, we opened up the wall and created a bar top for seating and serving!

Just like the rest of the house, this space had outdated oak cabinets. We followed Megan’s same design concept in the laundry and painted the cabinets Dorian Gray, plus added gold knobs.  We even used our leftover barn wood from the pantry doors to create an X-shaped wine holder. The herringbone backsplash and gold sink faucet  completed the space perfectly!

Photography: Jake Boyd Photo

Coat Rack Makeover for $15! Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

I’ve been on a mission to makeover our front entry. I’ve already added a cute shoe cupboard and added some artwork, but I still have more work to do. On my front entryway makeover to do list: paint the door, paint the walls, tear out the ugly tile, and add a coat rack. The tile and painting will have to wait for a while, so I jumped on the coat rack project. We don’t have much room in the entry and I needed a coat rack that can fit on the wall right behind the door. During my search I found a TON of cute wall racks, but they were way outside of my budget. I wanted something colorful, but not too expensive. That’s when I decided to makeover a plain white wall rack. I already have a lot of spray paint, so this was the perfect idea.

I’m happy with how this turned out! I chose to paint four gold hooks and two yellow. It’s my version of color blocking with hooks. The two yellow hooks are the spots where my 6-year-old can hang her coat and umbrella. So glad I won’t hear, “I don’t know where my coat goes.” from my kiddo anymore. Well, maybe I’ll still hear it, but less often? Ha!

Supplies needed:

  • inexpensive wall coat rack (I found this one on Amazon and love it)
  • primer spray paint
  • spray paint colors (I went with yellow and gold)
  • clear acrylic spray


Step 1: Use a screwdriver to remove the coat hooks from the board.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Step 2: In a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors, prop up your hooks to prepare for painting. First, you’ll apply a couple coats of the primer (since the hooks are metal the primer will help keep the paint from chipping off). Next, add a few coats of your colorful paints. When the colorful paint is dry to the touch, add two coats of the clear acrylic sealer. I like to add the clear acrylic spray to the end of spray painting projects to add a strong barrier over my paint. It definitely helps. Note: Don’t forget to wear a face mask and eye protection when using spray paint. Stay safe!

Step 3: Let the hooks cure for at least 24 hours. Longer is better. The paint can dent and smudge right after painting.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Step 4: When the hooks are ready, grab your screwdriver and install them back onto the coat rack board. Install the board onto your wall and you are ready to organize with this colorful and inexpensive coat rack!

Final cost: $15 for the coat rack. I already owned all the other supplies to create this project.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama

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