Before & After Projects
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Then the pair got to work creating a bathroom of “natural tones and textures.” They laid ornate black-and-white floor tiles (much more bathroom-friendly flooring!) and added white subway tiles and new soothing green-painted paneling to the walls. Then, they installed that glass-encased walk-in shower and smaller-but-still-dramatic clawfoot tub. Finally, they swapped out the pedestal sink for a small gray vanity, and they brought in many, many houseplants. #beforeandafter
Statement-making natural wood vanities are having a moment in bathrooms right now, and for good reason: They’re beautiful! They look like high-quality furniture and they add storage under the sink, too — a win-win. Solid wood vanities can also be quite expensive, but they don’t have to be, thanks to examples set by a couple of DIYers featured on Apartment Therapy.
Primary closets can have such an impact on how your day begins. A messy space with clothes crammed into a too-tight area can be stressful, making getting ready in the morning an ordeal — even if you don’t have to find something to wear or mull over an outfit. On the other hand, a closet where every single item has a place and picking out clothes is an experience of joy sets a whole different kind of tone.
Neutral tones might reign supreme across home design inspo pages as of late, and it’s clear why: These colors can be foolproof when it comes to accessorizing. When you want to make sure that your home is on trend, sometimes it’s far less stressful to take this path.
Some decisions are meant to last a lifetime. But a room makeover only needs to last as long as it’s making you happy. And when it’s not? Well, it’s easy enough to shuffle things up again and create a space that makes you feel good and reflects your personal tastes.
A smart way to save money on a home reno? Figure out a way to work with the big stuff. In a kitchen makeover, that might mean keeping the existing cabinets and refreshing them with paint. In the bathroom, it might mean holding on to the most expensive fixtures and giving them a bit of a zhuzh.
Built-in storage may seem complicated and expensive, but homeowner Amanda Rice wants you to know that “built-ins are completely doable as a DIY project.” (And these green bookshelves, these pinkish beige ones, and these white ones in a dining room all prove it!)