Upgrade a Basic Bookcase

Put a personal spin on an off-the-shelf bookcase with these easy DIY makeover ideas.

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Stairway Railing Ideas

Stairway railings serve more than a functional purpose -- they give stairs a visual presence and make a staircase a work of art. Find ideas for the perfect railing for your stairway.

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Beach Chic Porch Renovation

A family put a new roof over their heads by turning their back deck into a coastal-inspired covered porch. Learn how they made the big change from their existing porch to their new, cozy family hangout area.

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Give a Plain Mirror a Makeover

Take a plain mirror to the next level with these easy DIY embellishments.

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DIY Outdoor and Garden Projects

Sprucing up your outdoor space doesn't need to be a massive undertaking. Use these inspirational small projects -- including painting rocks to hanging new house numbers -- to instantly improve the look of a garden, patio, deck, or backyard.

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Add Storage Around Stairs

Step up your home's storage capacity by making the most of underused areas below and beside your stairs. Here's a look at 18 homes that beautifully optimized stairwell and staircase spaces.

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Low-Cost Updates that Add Value

Custom details add character but can come with a big price tag. Follow these cost-cutting tips to personalize your home without exceeding your remodeling budget.

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    • Skip Crown Molding

      When working with a remodeling professional, purchasing molding materials and paying for installation can be tough on your pocketbook. Instead, go with less expensive wainscoting and a simple chair rail. Can't live without the crown molding look? Save money by installing it yourself.

    • Use Ceramic Tile

      Ceramic tile is classic and widely available at home centers and tile stores. Its traditional look makes it the perfect fit for bathrooms, kitchens, and fireplaces. Budget tip: Mix ceramic tiles with a few decorative tiles to create a custom look for a lower cost.

    • Install Carpet

      Lay cozy carpet in a master bedroom rather than more expensive wood flooring. Your feet will thank you on those chilly winter mornings.

    • All About Carpet

      Learn more about carpet and how to choose the right type for your floors.

    • Vary Light Fixtures

      Choose pricier, eye-catching fixtures to highlight one or two main areas in the kitchen, such as the island or sink. Opt for less-expensive, off-the-shelf fixtures elsewhere.

    • DIY Embellishments

      Decorative brackets add an appealing blend of support and architectural interest to basic wooden shelves. Purchase unfinished wooden brackets from a local home improvement store and customize them with paint or small wooden accents.

    • Pick Midrange Cabinetry

      Select affordable, midrange kitchen cabinetry instead of top-of-the-line cabinets. That way you can spend the money you save on high-quality appliances that complement your kitchen's design and layout.

    • Pay Attention to Color

      Color is a home designer's cheapest and most powerful tool when transforming a room. Whether you're adding a little color or a lot, make over any room in your home with a fresh coat of paint, or colorful tile, hardware, or accessories. Mustard-color paint energizes cabinetry in this home's hardworking kitchen.

    • Enhance with Woodwork

      Architectural woodwork not only adds character, it disguises imperfections in old walls. Use simple woodwork, such as beaded-board paneling and corner rosettes, to dress up walls and add interest to rooms. Beaded board is durable, budget-friendly, and can stand up to splashes, making it a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

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      Create Multifunctional Spaces

      Good looks and practicality are equal partners when implementing storage in heavy-traffic areas. Open shelves in the kitchen marry storage and display, providing easy access to dishware during meal prep and entertaining. The technique also works well in any small space around the house -- from bookcases to bathroom storage -- as the visual openness keeps the room from feeling cluttered.

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