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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In need of a makeover for her out-of-date 2008 design, Stephanie used the odd shape of the room off her home’s entryway to her advantage.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.

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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,

~Bri


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


It’s so easy to get swept away by shimmering, scene-setting surfaces — especially when notice-me looks merge with modern convenience. Burn rings from hot pans, evidence of red wine spills, and scratches from sharp utensils are all worries of the past thanks to today’s innovative surfacing materials. Along with a few other journalists, I recently had the opportunity to visit Cosentino’s global headquarters in Almeria, Spain to learn about its leading brands, Silestone and Dekton, and see how they partner time-honored materials with forward-thinking design.

Silestone is a scratch-resistant, non-porous quartz product. Many colors in the Silestone line also feature bacteriostatic protection, making the material a pretty and practical surface option for kitchens, bathrooms, and work surfaces. No germs, no scuffs, no fuss.

Silestone is available in a variety of texture options, from perfectly smooth to a matte finish. Polished Silestone in Lyra on the floor, vanity, and walls takes center stage in this sleek, streamlined setting.

Dekton, Cosentino’s ultra-compact surfacing material, is created by manipulating a blend of minerals and raw materials via an accelerated metamorphic process. High temperatures and pressures mimic the aging process of natural stone over thousands of years to quickly render a remarkably versatile material. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, its beauty is deserving of the spotlight in a kitchen or bath, yet durable for use on high-traffic floors or staircases. Dekton’s resistance to compression and UV-rays also makes it suitable for driveways, terrace flooring, and exterior cladding.

Dekton’s manufacturing process allows great control over each slab’s pigment and design, making it easy to produce large pieces without showing seams. Aura, pictured on the left, resembles the classic appearance of marble without any of the upkeep.

And finally, take a look at Cosentino’s Prexury line. Constructed from beautiful semiprecious stones and natural materials, Prexury takes its design cues from traditional jewelry-making materials such as agate and amethyst. This luxe material would be an eye-catching addition to a kitchen island, makeup vanity, or dining table, don’t you think?


Treat yourself to a spa day without spending beaucoup bucks! These 10 easy-to-make beauty fixes prove you don’t have to go over budget to be kind to your skin

 

 

1. Exfoliate your skin with Rachel Cooks‘s Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub. It smells as good as it sounds and makes a wonderful hostess gift.

 

 

2. If you’re tired wasting money on manicures that last two days max, then look to Shrimp Salad Circus‘s DIY Gel Polish Tutorial, Tips & Tricks for nails with a longer life expectancy.

 

 

3. I swear it’s not frosting! The ice cream scoop may be deceiving, but the ingredients are not. With 4 ingredients you can have Savvy Naturalista‘s DIY Cream Soap in a matter of minutes.

 

 

4. Turn your extra fresh herbs into a delicious-smelling toner like this DIY Basil Toner from Pink Little Notebook.

 

 

5. Take your favorite soap wherever you go with Shrimp Salad Circus‘ Tiny Travel Soap Gems.

 

 

6. Hydrate dry skin with Whoorl‘s Honey Mask.

 

 

7. Next time you draw a bath, use Rosemary Lavender Bath Salt by Living Locurto for some sweet-scented bliss.

 

 

8. Instead of paying three dollars for a small tube of chapstick, make your own! Look to Practically Functional‘s Homemade Chapstick for a more affordable option.

 

 

9. Consider Julie Blanner‘s Homemade Rose Milk Bath Recipe for a last-minute gift idea.

 

 

10. Thank you Thirty Handmade Days for sharing this darling DIY Dry Shampoo recipe with us!

 

 

Enjoy!

xx Madison

 

 


The Spring 2013 issue of Kitchen + Bath Makeovers is coming to a newsstand near you any day now! The theme is “Before and After,” so today I thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes peeks of a few furniture makeovers from the issue.

 

When we produced the Budget Kitchen makeover last summer, we hit up consignment shops, thrift stores, and Craiglist for affordable dining room furniture and frames. After some searching, here’s what we found. While some of our pieces needed a deep cleaning, they had good bones.

 

Here’s a peek at how we used these pieces in a dining room. Hard to believe they’re the same pieces, right?

 

 

The chairs and bench each got a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Medieval Times. We removed the rush seats first before priming and painting to keep them their natural color.

 

The homeowner already had the IKEA cabinet shown in the after photo, but it’s now discontinued and we wanted two storage units for the dining room for balance. We found a used IKEA cabinet that was a close match, but a little large. We trimmed the legs down with a circular saw to make it more closely match the scale of the existing cabinet and removed the door before priming and painting them both in Benjamin Moore Grey Mist.

 

The frames were a great deal! We found a bunch of them on Craigslist, so we tested out lots of configurations until we were happy with an arrangement. If you’re having trouble deciding how to hang art, try laying out the pieces on the floor first before you put holes in the wall. Snap photos of various arrangements and compare them to decide which one you like best–you’ll also have a guide to help you remember how they looked as you start hanging them. If your frames are really big, you may want to get out a ladder like I did to take good photos from up high! We used a spray primer to quickly coat the intricate frames, and then applied a couple of coats of Benjamin Moore Henderson Buff, Woodstock Tan, and Medieval Times.

 

If you’re on a budget, I encourage you to consider finding some quality used pieces that you can give a new lease on life. Not only is it an affordable solution, it’s also rewarding to have a customized piece that you refreshed yourself! Check out these furniture makeovers for more inspiration and watch this video for tips on painting furniture.

 

—Maria Charbonneaux, Associate Editor, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers


 

Hi everyone! Maria Charbonneaux of Real-Life Kitchens & Baths, here. When we produce a product story the whole team is involved. The process includes identifying trends, scouring the marketplace for just the right items, and compiling our finds until we have just the right mix of styles, product categories, and price points.

 

Lately, we’ve been obsessed with the idea of Simple Geometry. Pick up the Winter 2012 issue on newsstands (or get the digital version on Zinio) now to see our complete roundup. We love that the geometric trend can be incorporated into so many kitchen and bath styles–from ultra-contemporary to traditional to eclectic. Want to bring the look home? Here are five geometric-print towel picks–all available online now.

 

 

 

1. Chief Joseph Towels, Pendleton, $12–$38

2. Techno Stripe 3-Piece Towel Set, Target, $31.99

3. Gardner Street Towels, kate spade new york, $8–$20

4. Vice Versa Dot Towels, JCP, $7–$13

5. Rimmed Geometry Towels, Anthropologie, $8–$36

 

—Maria Charbonneaux, Real-Life Kitchens & Baths

 

 

 


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