Before & After Projects
IKEA hacks, vintage DIYs, whole room transformations, renovations, and more from our readers.
Jen and her boyfriend repurposed their "wasted space" outdoor area into a cozier, more welcoming outdoor escape.
Andrea De Castro, transforms a scary-looking closet with a very sloped ceiling into a beautiful pantry that maximizes functionality.
See how a DIYer turned her closet into a practical office space with tons of storage.
A balcony redo adds more privacy and more plants. “I decided that it was time to revamp the lanai, not only to improve my view while I was working, but also to serve as a relaxing and rejuvenating break area.”
See this drab gray 1960s kitchen become much brighter and much more era-appropriate after a major renovation.
Ajda Miška bought the ’60s nightstand from Facebook Marketplace, in hopes to turn it into a bold statement piece for her bedroom.
See how a DIYer used three IKEA BILLYs to create the ultra-long, low-profile media console of her dreams
Whether you’re painting to stay on trend or just looking for a change of pace in your kitchen, designer Drew Scott has some great tips for painting cabinets.
See how a homeowner IKEA hacked the long black framed mirror look she was after.
See this cookie-cutter entryway take a turn for the dramatic thanks to wallpaper, dark paint, and a glam mirror.
See how this homeowner converted her storage area into a cute and quaint kitchenette for her Mother.
See how individual DIY projects come together to make a big change in this bedroom redo.
This 1985 powder room needed some TLC, badly. Sherri and her husband gutted the whole place and started fresh.
In Christina Orleans’ home, losing the wall and pass-through on the left-hand side of the space made the narrow kitchen feel much larger. “The kitchen before was so cramped and frustrating,” Christina explains. The 6-foot-wide layout “with very little counter space and very old, inefficient cabinets” was original to the 1945 home.
See this plain brown dining table become a one-of-a-kind, travel-inspired work of art. “I’ve been wanting a new table for the dining room for a while, and this was the perfect opportunity to go a bit ‘extra’ on it,” Jo says.
See how a bare patio is transformed with a DIY patio screen project.
See how a renter turned plain gray cabinetry into sleek open shelving.
See how one renter went for a maximalist-but-streamlined change of pace in her once-cluttered entryway.
The cabinet’s small size was actually perfect for a project Hana was working on: turning her main bedroom’s giant closet into a nursery for the daughter she was expecting. “This piece what is the exact right size for a DIY dresser makeover,” Hana says. “Even though it was an ugly old laminate wood finish, I saw potential in it.”
See how a yard is transformed with new gravel and paver gathering spaces and raised beds. “The problem with our backyard was that it just wasn’t well thought out,” Edith says. “It lacked a cohesive and functional design — and was mostly a large grass yard with some planters on one side of the yard.”
See how this attic with moldy carpet becomes a sleek and modern stunner.
See how DIYer Lauren Garcia renovated her family’s 1977 Caravan.
See a spacious-but-barren yard get a smart redo with distinct zones.
“The work consisted of two main efforts: one, painting all cabinets, doors and drawer fronts, which I did myself, and two, replacing the countertops, backsplash, sink and faucet, which we outsourced to a professional team and was completed when the cabinetry was about half done.”
See how a dreary balcony gets a cheerful refresh with upcycled furniture and decor.