Makeover Madness Projects

We've scoured the Internet for the best DIY projects and our favorites faced off in a Makeover Madness challenge. Read more about the projects and bloggers here.

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    Dresser-Turned-Media-Stand

    Division: Furniture Revamps

    Blogger: Talitha, Love, Pomegranate House

     

    About the Project

    The idea for this piece was born from a need for a little more beauty and a lot more storage than our old TV stand offered. When I found this gorgeous, dinged-up dresser in a thrift store, I knew it would be a perfect solution. I love the added storage and organization, but my favorite part is the drawer that I converted into a flip-down drawer that hides all of our media players.

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    Meet Talitha

    Talitha is a self-proclaimed DIY addict who loves making her home more beautiful and functional using unique and thrifty pieces. She finds her inspiration in mixing classic elegance with modern simplicity for a completely one-of-a-kind result. Talitha lives in Colorado with her husband, David, and their puppy, Ruby.

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    Secretary Makeover

    Division: Furniture Revamps

    Blogger: Sarah, Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

     

    About the Project:

    When I first saw this bookcase in a thrift store for $30, I instantly knew that it had potential. It was a dark, visually unbalanced piece, and the wood was damaged, but nothing a little wood filler, paint, and reconfiguration couldn't fix! Moving the fold-down door to desk height makes it double as a secretary desk, adding small feet prevents it from looking bottom-heavy, and white paint and stencils brighten it up while giving it a custom look. I'm always amazed by the power of paint and simple modifications! Now it's one of my favorite pieces!

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    Meet Sarah
    I'm Sarah, an interior designer and DIYer who blogs about transforming thrift store finds, building from scratch, and adding color and pattern to make my rental feel more like a home at Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. I believe that with a little creativity, time, and effort, you don't need a lot of money to make your home look fabulous!

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    Chalkboard File Cabinet

    Division: Furniture Revamps

    Blogger: Haeley, Design Improvised

     

    About the Project

    This old file cabinet became chic crafts supplies storage and has been such a fun addition to my office. I had been on the lookout for a piece of furniture to hold large crafts supplies, and the deep drawers of the file cabinet were the perfect solution. I gave this industrial piece a feminine look with bold white trim and light pink hardware. My favorite part about the new storage cabinet is that it does double duty as my to-do list thanks to chalkboard paint!

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    Meet Haeley

    Haeley Giambalvo blogs about simple home decor and entertaining projects that make a big impact. Most of the projects on her blog Design Improvised can be completed in under an hour for under $20. Haeley is a business consultant who became a DIY blogger based in San Antonio, Texas, and a mom to Stella (4) and Hazel (2).

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    File Cabinet Makeover

    Division: Furniture Makeovers

    Blogger: Diane, In My Own Style

     

    About the Project

    I needed a tall piece of furniture to go between two windows. I had no budget for something new, but did have the short hand-me-down wood file cabinet. I searched my house and found a wood bookshelf that fit perfectly on top of it. Together, along with bun feet that I added, the new piece fills the space beautifully. I painted it with white chalk paint and shined up the brass hardware. I love that I took what I had and created something that fit my needs and style.

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    Meet Diane

    Diane Henkler is the blogger behind In My Own Style, where she shares her affordable DIY decorating and creative ideas. She mastered her skills as a display designer early in her career and is the author of the book Instant Decorating.

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    Cane Chair Revamp

    Division: Chairs and Side Tables

    Blogger: Erin, House of Earnest

     

    About the Project

    I'm not usually the trash-picking sort (this was a first for me), but I really couldn't resist a set of dilapidated cane chairs that were sitting out along the road. The cane wrap was unraveling at the joints, the seats were blown out, and their original finish was mostly chipped off. I wanted the chairs to be chic and modern but still fun. I had landed on a fun, exploded Swiss dot fabric to cover the chairs with, but when the fabric chosen wasn't in stock, I decided to make it myself. A simple repainting and re-covering project turned into something truly unique and one-of-a-kind with a little resourcefulness and lots of imagination.

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    About Erin

    Erin is the founder and editor-in-chief of House of Earnest as well as the owner and creative director for home and decor brand, Grandiflora. Based in Columbus, Ohio, she is a creative who specializes in making "something from nothing." Erin is a creative thinker who is best at manipulating common items to make them special.

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    Thread-Wrapped Stool

    Division: Chairs and Side Tables

    Blogger: Mandi, Vintage Revivals

    About the Project

    My thread-wrapped stool is a simple DIY project that anyone can re-create and customize. I found the bentwood wicker stool at a thrift store for $12 (score!). After a coat of white spray paint, I wrapped sections of it with embroidery thread. This out-of-the-box DIY is such a happy addition to the office makeover I did for beauty blogger Maskcara.

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    Meet Mandi

    Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals is known for her fearless approach to all things DIY. She is a self-proclaimed thrift store junkie, Craigslist stalker (not the killing kind), and garage sale maven. Her approach to design is simple: She believes that your true style has the chance to emerge when you stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, will think, or might say, and do what makes your guts grin. She lives in St. George, Utah, with her husband, Courtney, two daughters Ivie and Dylan, and the ever-growing pile of furniture her husband lovingly refers to as The Hoard.

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    Folding-Chair Refresh

    Division: Chairs and Side Tables

    Blogger: Jenn, My Fabuless Life

     

    About the Project

    I'm someone who loves to entertain and loves to put lots of work and love into throwing a beautiful party. Every time I needed more seating, out came the hideous folding chairs, and I just felt like they were eyesores. With a little spray paint and fabric, I transformed the chairs from the eyesores of the party into furniture that fits perfectly for any occasion. The mix of color and patterns means they fit almost any occasion, and now I get excited every time I get to pull them out for a gathering because they add that little something extra.

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    About Jenn

    I'm Jenn. I truly believe that a beautiful home doesn't have to come at a premium price, and I love creating pieces for my home that are beautiful, affordable, and uniquely me. The need to create runs in my blood, and if I don't know how to do something, I'll figure it out or make it up as I go (not that it always works). I grew up with a mother who got creative when it came to making a beautiful home on a budget, and I now share a passion for the same. There's something about items that are vintage, antique, collected, and eclectic -- things with a story and a past -- that make my heart happy.

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    Suitcase Nightstand

    Division: Chairs and Side Tables

    Blogger: Reeves, The Weathered Door

     

    About the Project

    I love a great vintage piece, like a suitcase, but it's not always easy to find a way to use it. Combining midcentury legs with a vintage suitcase makes it a functional and useful piece while still putting it on display. I like it because the suitcase provides storage for blankets and other item inside and still works as a nightstand beside a bed.

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    Meet Reeves

    I'm a 19-year-old college student fixing up furniture whenever I have the chance. I look for vintage and antique pieces with great style to refinish or paint, which enhances the original design.

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    Water-Jug Lamp

    Division: Accessories

    Blogger: Melissa, The Inspired Room

     

    About the Project

    I made a lamp out of a blue glass water jug! Sometimes you know exactly what you want and you can't find it anywhere. Or when you do find something similar to what you want, it costs way more than you want to spend or you might have to wait weeks to order it and you want it right now. I wanted a big glass lamp, and I couldn't find what I had in mind on my budget. So even though I'm not a very confident DIYer, I attempted something new to me and made the lamp myself. I love it. Sometimes we need to push ourselves to try something new. I'm glad I did!

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    Meet Melissa

    Melissa Michaels is the creator of The Inspired Room, one of the most respected home decorating blogs on the Web since 2007. The Inspired Room offers simple and affordable ideas to inspire you to love the home you have!

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    Chalkboard Calendar

    Division: Accessories

    Blogger: KariAnne; Thistlewood Farms

     

    About the Project

    There is something wonderful about making something beautiful out of something that was destined for the trash bin. I found an old abandoned window in the trash, and it looked like the perfect solution for organizing our busy family. I simply added a large piece of plywood painted with chalkboard paint behind the window frame and created an oversize chalkboard calendar. Each month we fill it out and add in our activities. It's a fun and easy project that created a treasure from the trash.

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    Meet KariAnne

    Hi! My name is KariAnne and I write the lifestyle blog Thistlewood Farm from the back porch of my turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. I love to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with my knight in shining armor as the sun sets over the river, and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And I've never met a decorating project I didn't like.

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    Brass Bowl Pendant

    Division: Accessories

    Blogger: Kristin, The Hunted Interior

     

    About the Project

    After hunting for the perfect light fixture for months, a quick trip to the thrift store and an open mind led to our ultimate kitchen pendant. By using readily available lighting accessories and a secondhand brass bowl, we were able to quickly wire up our own custom light fixture. The high-end results leave our friends gasping when they hear we spent less than $10! I love that high-end design doesn't always have to have the high-end price tag.

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    Meet Kristin

    Kristin Jackson is the interior designer and blogger behind the Hunted Interior, promoting the design philosophy that you should hunt your surroundings to build a layered space that is true to you.

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    Chandelier Planter

    Division: Accessories

    Blogger: Roeshel, DIY Show Off

     

    About the Project

    This DIY chandelier planter project is an awesome idea for repurposing outdated lighting. Rescue a brass chandelier for a couple of dollars from the thrift store and add a fun DIY decorative element to your outdoor garden or patio. I collected a few for my Mother's Day garden-theme dinner party as gifts for the women in my family. Each mom filled her chandelier planter with flowers to display and enjoy all summer long.

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    Meet Roeshel

    Lover of DIY and eclectic decorating, Roeshel of DIY Show Off shares the transformation of an old fixer-upper farmhouse with budget-friendly DIY decorating and home improvement stories, before-and-after room makeovers, and fun crafts ideas. Roeshel encourages readers to choose the do-it-yourself route to create a beautiful home filled with personalization and love, and she offers DIY fans an opportunity to show off their DIY projects.

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    Side-Table Revamp

    Division: Bargain Redos

    Blogger: Chelsea, Lovely Indeed

     

    About the Project

    When I saw the sad state of our poor, old IKEA Lack table, I knew it was time for a refresher. I loved this project because it was quick and simple but made such an impact. The gold faux-crocodile fabric was a perfect solution for the worn tabletop, and the furniture tacks added just the bit of polish the table needed. Now it's like a piece of custom furniture, which I love!

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    Meet Chelsea

    Chelsea Foy is the maker behind Lovely Indeed, a DIY and lifestyle blog about all of the lovely things in life. Chelsea's work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, BuzzFeed, HGTV, and more. She recently coauthored Make Your Day, a digital crafting book.

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    Dresser Refresh

    Division: Bargain Redos

    Blogger: Sarah, Sarah Hearts

     

    About the Project

    My husband and I purchased the IKEA Malm dressers shortly after we got married. After a few years, they started to look generic and dated. Rather than buy a new furniture, I opted to remake ours into a midcentury modern-looking piece. I sanded, primed, and painted the drawers white and added vintage-inspired drawer pulls. I completed the look with PVC overlays, which added just the perfect amount of detail and pattern.

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    Meet Sarah

    Sarah Khandjian is the crafty maker behind the DIY lifestyle blog Sarah Hearts. She is a graphic designer who's transforming her house into a home one DIY project at a time.

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    DIY Upholstered Headboard

    Division: Bargain Redos

    Blogger: Aniko, Place of My Taste

     

    About the Project

    We were planning our master bedroom makeover for a while. The first project we tackled was the headboard, using our already-owned IKEA Malm bed set. It was a total DIY makeover. We really love our new piece, as it gives us an absolute different look as we walk into our bedroom.

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    Meet Aniko

    My name is Aniko. I am a wife, mommy of two, a business owner, photographer, DIYer and design-lover by heart. In my crazy-busy life, I always find myself working on new DIY projects, crafts, and makeovers. If I am not in the middle of a project, you find me in my kitchen cooking some delicious food.

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    Barnwood Coffee Table

    Division: Bargain Redos

    Blogger: Jen, City Farmhouse

     

    About the Project

    Farmhouse decor has always been a loved element in my home, so it was no surprise when I fell hard for a beautiful rustic coffee table from a local shop. Not having the budget for such a large-ticket item proved to be a blessing in disguise. My resourceful nature kicked into gear, and I eagerly sought to get the look for less. I relied on my love of paint to create a new weathered wood-planked top to enhance an existing IKEA coffee table. Its worn finish is a perfect fit for the heart of my well-used family room. The best part: It gets better with age. With each nick and bump, it tells another story.

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    Meet Jen

    Jennifer O'Brien is the voice and creative talent behind the DIY and decorating blog City Farmhouse. This is where she shares simple, thrifty decorating solutions, budget-friendly makeovers, project tutorials, and moments of honesty as a mother and wife trying to juggle life gracefully. She believes a beautifully styled home, layered in thoughtful details, can be shaped on any budget.

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