Before & After: An Old Filing Cabinet Gets A Chic Makeover

Filing cabinets are definitely making a comeback. You can find them at garage sales, flea markets, craigslist, and all sorts of secondhand places. I am partial to the larger catalog-style cabinets that are loaded with drawer space and this makeover definitely caught my eye! 


This makes me feel the need to scour every flea market for miles to find a cabinet similar to this one! What a beauty! Continue Reading

Rental Kitchen Gets MUCH Needed Makeover

Rental Kitchen Disaster
Photo: Creative Living

Usually around the Curbly neighborhood, we talk about renters who are itching to make improvements to their space. Well, in this case, we’re talking about a landlord who was itching to make improvements to her rental property. Katie, the property’s owner, was faced with a–let’s face it–disaster in the kitchen  when her most recent tenants moved out. (Evidence pictured above.) A shame, really, considering what the kitchen looked like originally when Katie did her first quick kitchen re-do three years ago when she bought the property. Continue Reading

Before and After: A Massive Kitchen Makeover

Before and After: A Massive Kitchen Makeover
Photo: Magnolia Market

For those of you who are fans of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper, you’re going to want to see this incredible makeover. This was the kitchen from their “Beanstalk Bungalow” project… before. Just wait until you see what it looks like now.   


Before and After: A Massive Kitchen Makeover
Photo: Magnolia Market

Quite a difference, right?! The new space is light, open and filled with personality. Make your way over to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ blog Magnolia Market to see the rest of the house and to read about the renovation process. Continue Reading

Before and After: Bold Styling Breathes Life Into a Once Minimal Living Room

Photo: Emily Henderson

Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel to completely transform a space. And this before and after living room makeover will prove it.


Emily Henderson managed to work her magic yet again. And this time, it was without changing the layout of the room one little bit. All the furniture that was in the initial space remained in its place, yet looks totally different with all of the accessories, textiles, etc that were added. Continue Reading

Before and After: A Metal Record Rack Becomes A Beautiful Bar Cart

record rack makeover
photo: Fish & Bull

This before and after makes me want to to scour Craigslist for my own record rack. What a great idea for upcycling!      


record rack makeover
photo: Fish & Bull

Doesn’t it look great? If you don’t want it to be a bar cart, it would make an excellent side table! Check out all the photos from Fish & Bull!

Before and After Bar Cart by [Fish & Bull]

Before and After: Bold Bathroom Makeover

Photo: The Effortless Chic

This all white bathroom was lacking in the personality and style department before, but is now a beautiful, relaxing space that might just inspire your next bathroom renovation. Want to see how it turned out?


Here’s the after…

Photo: The Effortless Chic

Somehow, in keeping the general footprint the same, the space (designed by Jen Pinkston of The Effortless Chic) still feels completely different. Which is great inspiration for do-it-yourselfers who are hoping to tackle a project of similar size. Continue Reading

Before and After: What to Make with an Ikea Besta TV Unit

Photo: Ikea

Been looking for the perfect sideboard for your dining room? Hack together your own with DIY version that utilizes the Ikea Besta tv unit and door knockers. Yep, door knockers. 


Ashley from Sugar & Cloth put together a pretty glam DIY sideboard, that is completely unique with the help of an Ikea Besta cabinet. What do you think of the end result?

Photo: Sugar & Cloth

Visit Sugar & Cloth for the tutorial. Continue Reading

Before and After: The Perfect Patio Umbrella Update for the Long Weekend

Photo: AllModern

Thinking toward the long 4th of July weekend, I wanted to share a cool makeover that would be the perfect project to get your backyard or patio ready for this weekend’s BBQ. Transform a plain canopy umbrella, like this one, with a little bit of paint and a fun pattern.


Photo: Lovely Indeed

Chelsea from Lovely Indeed knocked it out of the park with this incredibly cheerful (and easy to replicate) painted design for her newly transformed patio umbrella. Continue Reading

Before and After: An Unused Covered Patio Turned Vibrant Summer Escape

Photo: Jesse Chamberlain

If you’re looking for a little patio inspiration as the temperatures start to rise, check out this summery before and after makeover. Its like adding a whole extra room to the house.   


Photo: Jesse Chamberlain

Bri from Deisgnlovefest really transformed this once (very) blank space into a warm and inviting party atmosphere. Since this patio is covered, it was easy to bring in items that would typically be found indoors (rugs, artwork, etc). Continue Reading

Weekend Project: A Budget-Friendly Ten Minute Chair Makeover

Photo: Lovely Indeed

If you’re looking for an easy weekend project to try, check out this fun idea for adding a pop of color (and design element) to the back of an otherwise plain chair. It’s completely removable and won’t damage the chair’s surface. So what do you have to lose?


Chelsea from Lovely Indeed transformed a gently used dowel-leg chair into a fun (but still functional) piece with tons of personality. She used a special kind of tape that can be removed quickly and easily. Continue Reading