How to Repaint Furniture | The Painted Dresser Project

How to repaint a dresser

Ready for a fun before-and-after project? A boring Craigslist dresser is transformed into a vision of blue beauty, in just 10 steps! There is a right way to to achieve a great finish on a painted dresser, and there is certainly a wrong way, too. Sure, you could just slap on a coat of paint and call it a day, but impatience and rushing through the repainting process means sloppy results. However, we're here to share our careful step-by-step process, and to make sure you get it right the first time around so your Craigslist finds can shine!             Continue Reading

The 100 Best IKEA Hacks of All Time

100 Best IKEA hacks of all time.

We've rounded up one hundred IKEA hacks that prove you can have champagne tastes on a beer budget. Each of these hacks illustrates the power of transformation – basic warehouse pieces are cleverly altered in beautiful ways that make them feel custom. This round up has me feeling like Aladdin on a magic carpet ride – so come along with me! I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, over, sideways and under on a magic IKEA hack ride. Continue Reading

Before and After: How to Transform a Rusty Metal Cabinet to a Modern Statement Piece

Photo: Jeran McConnel

Okay, confession time.  I have a lot of random junk in my garage.  I love to thrift, so when I come across furniture that has “potential”, I buy it and save it for a rainy day.  This ugly little metal drawer cabinet has been in my garage for a couple years now collecting dust.  I bought it at the Pasadena Flea Market and paid about $20 for it.  It was very rusty and had a lot of holes and chipped layers of paint.       Continue Reading

10 Easy Ways To Add Serious Personality To Your Home

10 Easy Ways To Add Serious Personality To Your Home
Photo: Jennifer Farley

It’s a problem that a lot of homes suffer from, whether their owners know it or not – boringness. Does your house lack personality? Or maybe it has plenty and you want to add even more? Well today we have ten easy ways to add serious personality to your home. Click through to check ’em out.   



10 Easy Ways To Add Serious Personality To Your Home
Photo: M.E. Russell

1. Make some typographical wall art. 

Adding letters, words and phrases is a super easy way to give your walls some serious pizzazz… get the tutorial for this DIY wall decal here. Continue Reading

75 Do-It-Yourself Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Room

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

With the new school year right around the corner, those of you who are heading back to college are probably thinking about how to decorate your dorm room this year. Well, we're here to help! Today we have 75 awesome DIY dorm decor ideas to give your space a unique, custom feel. Click through to check 'em out.     




Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Wee Birdy

1. Add some color to your dorm room walls with this cheerful giant paper confetti. Continue Reading

75 Kids’ Decor Ideas You Can Totally DIY

75 DIY Kids Decor Ideas You Can Totally Do!

Decorating a child's room is such a fun experience. You can go crazy with color, pick animated and adorable elements, and all the furniture is just so tiny. However, these small spaces do come with their own set of unique challenges. As kids grow and change, so do their interests and needs. If you're looking to save money, or are just looking for ways to add your own unique stamp to a room, why not do-it-yourself?  Continue Reading

67 Furniture “Before and Afters” That’ll Totally Inspire You

I love a good before-and-after, don't you? There's so much satisfaction in taking a sad roadside find or cheap garage sale rescue and totally transforming it into something new and different. We've rounded up some of our favorite furniture makeovers to inspire you to either start that upholstery project, get out the spray paint, or hit up this weekend's local yard sale scene. From dressers to dining tables, here are some of our favorite furniture makeovers.            Continue Reading

19 Totally Unexpected Ways To Paint Furniture

19 Unexpected Ways to Paint Furniture

We all love a good furniture makeover, and these don’t disappoint! Get prepared to swoon over these 19 furniture pieces that have been painted in totally unexpected ways. Each piece is inspiring because they’re extremely unique. If are you’re looking for ways to make over your latest thrifted find, these painted beauties will inspire you!


1.  Color Blocked Painted Furniture

If a furniture piece has the right structure, color blocking in a muted shade is a simple and stunning method of painting. Continue Reading

Before and After: An Incredibly Easy IKEA Dresser Hack

Before and After: An Incredibly Easy IKEA Dresser Hack
Photo: IKEA

Sometimes IKEA hacks can be complicated. Or sometimes they look worse after than they did before. But that’s certainly not the case with this dresser hack, in my humble opinion. It is incredibly easy to do and the final product is so pretty. Click through to check it out.   


Before and After: An Incredibly Easy IKEA Dresser Hack
Photo: IKEA Hackers

The key material here is gold contact paper… just apply it to the support frame behind the drawers, and you’re finished! It doesn’t get any easier than that. Continue Reading

Upholstery Newbies: Here is a Roundup of Projects You Could Try This Weekend

Simple Upholstery Projects For Beginners

Upgrading thrifted or inexpensive furniture is one way you can accomplish a cute home on a budget, and also make your home unique. Reupholstering furniture can seem daunting, especially if you don’t have many tools. These 12 upholstery projects don’t need fancy upholstery tools, and are perfect for any upholstery beginner.   


1. Upholster a chair seat.

Upholstering a chair is the most simple upholstery project. The only tools you need are a hand held staple gun and a screwdriver.   Continue Reading