Before & After Projects
IKEA hacks, vintage DIYs, whole room transformations, renovations, and more from our readers.
Before and After: A DIY-Filled Bedroom Makeover Goes Bold with an Unexpected Color
See how molding, red paint, and dramatic floral wallpaper make this “blank slate” bedroom feel dark and calming.
Before and After: An Old Bathroom’s DIY-Packed Makeover Adds Drama for $2,000
See how beadboard, paint, wallpaper, and a console table-turned-vanity add drama to this dated bathroom.
Before and After: A “Cold, Dirty, and Neglected” Guest Bedroom Gets a $420 Makeover
See how a bedroom makeover consisting of mostly paint and $70 DIY trim adds whimsy and color to a once-dated room.
Before and After: A Builder-Grade Kitchen Gets a Cozy Cottage Makeover for Just $450
See how simple DIY cabinet upgrades plus other easy swaps give this brown builder-grade kitchen a Parisian cottage vibe.
Before and After: IKEA BOAXEL Shelves Turn This Living Room into a Collector’s Dream
See how an IKEA shelving system shows off collectibles and adds color to an apartment. It’s modern maximalism.
Before and After: A Design Firm Makes Magic in a Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Redo
See how a design firm brought a 1961 mid-century modern kitchen back to life with walnut cabinetry and new appliances.
Before and After: 4 DIY Projects Make a Blah Laundry Room Beautiful *and* Functional
See how four smart projects, from peel-and-stick to upgraded wicker baskets, make this laundry room more functional.
Before and After: My Dated Kitchen’s Gut Reno Unearthed a Beautiful Brick Wall
See my kitchen’s demo that drastically improves its layout. It’s no longer a dated add-on; it honors the historic roots.
Before and After: A DIY Upholstered Bench Adds Stylish Storage to a Dated Dining Room
See how white paint and built-in seating (with storage) give a once-dated dining room some modern-meets-charming flair.
Before and After: A Rental Bedroom’s $2,000 Boho-Style Redo Mixes High and Low
See a renter turn a 100-year-old San Francisco bedroom into a calm, earth-toned oasis with new furniture and paint.
Before and After: An Awkward Wall Gets a New Life as a Luxe Green Kitchenette
See how these renters made a tiny kitchenette in an entryway space that's just 40 square feet.
Before and After: Fresh Doors Give This Kitchen’s Dated Wood Cabinets a Whole New Look
See how a DIYer used veneer to give her dated orange cabinets a lighter, more modern oak look — for $785.
Before and After: A “Cream and Boring” Bedroom Gets a Colorful, Upcycle-Packed Makeover
See how wall molding, teal paint, and a couple of furniture upcycles revive this “cream and boring” bedroom.