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CO NTENTS MAKEOVER 8 SOLVE IT

Homeowners from around the country share their solutions to everyday decorating dilemmas.

12 DIG IN Cassie Freeman transforms beloved hand-me-downs and simple chain-store finds to create chic living spaces.

16 TRY THIS Make your own headboard. We show you how!

18 TAKE A TOUR See how a couple used ingenuity to brighten up a dated California ranch.

ORGANIZE 28 SOLVE IT

Homeowners share inventive ways to improve home functionality.

32 DIG IN Detailed planning pays off when Cyndy Aldred converts a little-used room into a storage-savvy crafts space.

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36 TRY THIS Transform a small hall closet into an efficient mudroom .

38 TAKE A TOUR Missy Callaghan shares her organizational success recipe for a family of eight.

DECORATE 46 SOLVE IT

Homeowners use paint and creativity to lend trouble spots brilliant personality.

50 DIG IN Emily Lex creates an indoor clubhouse with room for reading and play.

54 TRY THIS Get a curated look. We show you how to hang art pieces.

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56 TAKE A TOUR Kelly Keiser stretches every inch—and dollar—to transform her tiny San Francisco condo into a sweet home.

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64 SOLVE IT Homeowners share their ideas for creative kitchen, bath, and office updates that require more sweat equity than cash.

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68 DIG IN Jaime Costiglio uses a breezy paint treatment and salvaged materials to create a period-apt master bath.

72 TRY THIS Save money by reviving existing cabinets with paint.

74 TAKE A TOUR To lend their historic home a modern sensibility, a family gets creative with paint.

OUTSIDE

84 SOLVE IT Homeowners turn their yards into stylish entertaining spaces with DIY fixes.

88 DIG IN Angie Packer and Dan Bishop use a shade treatment to put an unused deck back to work.

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90 TRY THIS Use cool salvage finds to plant a crop of funky flowers.

92 TAKE A TOUR A couple steers their homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curb appeal in a more attractive direction with a few cost-effective projects.

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We love do-it-yourself projects. It’s inspiring and empowering to see the creative and stylish solutions homeowners come up with for everyday decorating and organizing problems. That’s what this magazine is all about. We share real problems and real solutions from homeowners around the country. Many are favorites from Better Homes and Gardens® popular “I Did It” column. To make it easy to use these DIY ideas in your own home, we’ve divided the issue into five chapters. Each has the same four sections: Solve It—Find solutions for common home pain points. Dig In—Discover simple makeovers in this workbook. Try This—Get detailed project how-to instructions. Take a Tour—Meet homeowners who pulled a look together throughout their home. Turn inspiration into action and send us your next project! Tag your makeovers #BHGIDidIt and share them with us on Instagram.

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the right fit PROBLEM

Danielle Driscoll was missing a play surface where her two fun-loving boys could build things and draw without having to worry about marker damage.

SOLUTION

C UT TH E LEG S O N ANY TAB LE TO C U STO M IZE TH I S PROJ ECT TO TH E RIG HT H E IG HT FO R YO U.

She transformed a $5 garage sale coffee table into a right-height drawing table for her sons with a bright coat of paint and a chalkboard paint top.

M E E T D A N I E L L E There’s not much that Danielle Driscoll won’t paint— except the dark wood trim in the 1927 Dutch Colonial home in Massachusetts that she shares with her husband, Luke, and two sons. She’s passionate about reimagining old furniture with paint, and she blogs about her creations at Finding Silver Pennies. “When I see a piece of furniture that’s sad and no one wants it, I know it can be so much more than it is,” Danielle says. “It’s more than just making something pretty. It’s making something valuable again.”


make an entrance “NOTHING GOES UNSCATHED IN OUR HOUSE, SO IT’S BETTER TO GO WITH A RELAXED APPROACH TO DECORATING FROM THE START.” EMILY CLARK PROBLEM

Emily Clark’s high-traffic entry was a snooze. It needed to serve as a music room yet still make a strong first impression.

SOLUTION

Emily taped off lines on a boring entry wall and filled in with black paint to create dramatic stripes. To further dress up the large expanse of wall, Emily sprayed inexpensive frames from a crafts store with metallic gold paint, filling them with custom-cut mats from eBay and botanical prints pulled from a coffee table book. The piano is tucked beneath the art, capped with lamps and decorative jars and flanked by storage ottomans to mimic the look of a traditional console table while providing a functional place to practice music.

M E E T E M I L Y You’d never guess that much of the Charlotte home that Emily and Keith Clark share with their five children is decorated with secondhand items. That’s because Emily has a knack for combining Craigslist finds with retail options to achieve a personal look that’s family- and budget-friendly. As life transitions, Emily isn’t afraid to shift things around in her home to create fresh spaces. She blogs about her adventures at Emily A. Clark. “Right now our home has a lighter color palette, and I’ve used slipcovers and textural elements to keep everything feeling laid-back,” she says.

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vinyl panache “THIS ROOM MADE ME REALIZE I WANT A LITTLE BIT OF WHIMSY IN EVERY ROOM.” ERIN MUFFORD PROBLEM

Blank nursery walls left Erin Mufford uninspired when cradling her daughter, Kenley, in her Waterport, New York, home.

SOLUTION

Erin brought on the smiles with a whimsical wall treatment created using raindrop shapes cut from colored sheets of adhesive vinyl. A Cricut electronic cutter made quick work of crafting 187 droplets, but old-fashioned scissors could also do the trick. No need to measure or stress about math—Erin just firmly stuck up the cutouts.

MEET ERIN

Former English teacher, now stay-at-home mom, Erin Mufford has learned that a little imperfection only makes a room more charming. “Even though I didn’t measure anything before I started putting the raindrops on the wall, somehow it still worked out,” Erin says. “There’s something rewarding about taking a risk and being bold.”

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I NTRO D U C E A FU N PAT TE RN BY RE PL AC ING A C LOS ET DOOR WITH A C U RTAI N .


change of tone PROBLEM

Charlotte Smith lacked drawer space for stashing entertaining supplies in an organized fashion. SOLUTION

Charlotte converted a metal office cabinet into dining room storage for napkins and silverware by painting it with a paint card’s worth of purple hues. The pièce de résistance: an elegant homemade wood base, stained dark, that gives the piece a style boost. The ombré effect on the drawer fronts was created using three shades of Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan—Henrietta and Emile mixed with Old White as needed. The paint was applied directly to the metal, no priming required.

M E E T C H A R L O T T E Fun, frugal, repurposed, and eclectic—that’s how Charlotte Smith describes her decorating style. She’s spent the past few years getting used to living in the suburbs after previously calling New York City home, and she blogs about her creative adventures at Ciburbanity. Charlotte, her husband, Mark, and their five children (who are all under the age of 7) recently moved around the corner to a new fixer-upper, where there are lots of DIY projects in the works, or at least being dreamed about.

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MEET CASSIE

Cassie Freeman wanted cute rooms for her husband, John, and kids, Jackson and Sloan, to call home, but she prefers spending money on travel rather than home decor. So she started making over her home one room at a time on a tight budget. She blogs about her projects—and more—at Hi Sugarplum!

RIGHT Honey-gold wood

bookcases dragged down the hip vibe of Cassie Freeman’s plush living room sofa, so she converted them into sweet standouts by painting them white, adding base and crown molding, and lining the inside with fabric. Simple ribbon trim applied around the fabric edges with double-sided tape disguises any not-so-perfect cuts.

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GET THE LOOK!

Outline a bare mirror—think boring builder bath—or create your own custom frame with pre-taped frames that simply press onto a wall. Available in dozens of styles, starting at $104; mirrormate.com

ABOVE To create a large, elegant mirror for her petite entry, Cassie

stuck a series of square IKEA mirror tiles directly onto her wall. She embellished the intersecting lines with glued-on brass nailheads and outlined the grouping with a chunky stick-on frame, which she purchased as a kit. A colorful kilim rug atop a sisal one warms the tile floors and checks off boxes for both color and texture on Cassie’s must-have list.

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HAN G C U RTAI N S ABOVE WI N DOW FR AM E S TO AM PLI F Y A C E I LI N G’S H E IG HT.

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BELOW There was a lot of brown—table, chairs, chest, and piano—in

Cassie’s dining room pre-makeover. But over a year’s time she slowly updated pieces. She sold dark wood chairs bought after she first married on Craigslist and used the cash to supplement new upholstered ones from Overstock.com. Then she traded out burgundy sheers for homemade beauties whipped up from $7-a-yard fabric (inspired by a $200-a-yard designer print). Two gallons of paint—one red, one soft pink—energized the walls and ceiling. A navy striped rug unites the scheme.


HOW TO PA I N T B R IC K

1 To ensure paint will adhere to the brick, first remove any dirt or dust with a wire scrub brush and nonsudsy trisodium phosphate (TSP). Wear gloves while working with TSP. Rinse throughly and let dry.

ABOVE Brick in its natural form has its charms, but the dark tone

of Cassie’s fireplace was a visual stumbling point that left the living room feeling dated rather than cozy. Cassie changed that by slathering the brick with a warm white paint. She used a cheapo paintbrush on the rough surface, knowing it would get beat up. An empty, flattened cereal box proved an inexpensive hack for protecting the wood floors while she painted down low. She just slipped it under the brick base as she worked.

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2 To avoid soot stains bleeding through, prime the brick with a stain-blocking, oil-base primer. Then apply two coats of indoor latex paint that’s rated to withstand high heat.

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cutting-edge design In need of an affordable statement headboard, Jenni Radosevich spent $90 on materials and taught herself to use a miter saw in an afternoon. PHOTOS ADAM ALBRIGHT STYLING BARBARA SCHMIDT

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HOW TO MA KE A HEA DBOA RD

82×48-inch piece of plywood (sized to fit a king bed; adjust to fit the width and height of your mattress) ×2¼-inch white-primed finger-jointed door and window casing molding cut into 32 inches (12 pieces), 22 inches (6 pieces), and 5 inches (8 pieces) ×2¼-inch unfinished finger-jointed door and window casing molding cut into 32 inches (12 pieces), 22 inches (6 pieces), and 5 inches (10 pieces) 1×2 flat pine trim miter saw wood glue Bandy clamps

WHEN CUTTING MULTIPLE PIECES OF TRIM AT THE SAME LENGTH , SKIP THE TIMECONSUMING TASK OF MEASURING EACH ONE . INSTEAD, CUT A SCR AP PIECE TO THE PROPER LENGTH AND USE THAT AS YOUR PATTERN .

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Using a miter saw, cut a 45-degree angle on one end of each of the 32-inch pieces of white casing, cutting half of the pieces in one direction and the other half in the opposite direction. Repeat for the unfinished casing. Lay pieces on the plywood to form the right and left sections, working from the top down, alternating the white and unfinished pieces and lining up the flat ends with the outside plywood edges.

For the center section, cut a 45-degree angle at each end of the six 22-inch white pieces in opposite directions so they line up between the long unfinished pieces on the plywood. Repeat for the six 22-inch unfinished pieces so they line up between the long white pieces.

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Lay the 5-inch casing pieces along the outer edges of the plywood, below the 32-inch pieces, alternating colors. Use wood glue to affix the pieces to the plywood, and hold them in place with clamps. Let dry 24 hours. Sand any rough ends.

Cut three pieces of 1×2 flat trim to match the top and sides of the headboard, mitering the ends of the trim where they meet in the corners. Use wood glue to affix the trim to the headboard, and clamp. Let dry for 24 hours.

These trim pieces retail at home centers for about $6 for a 7-foot length. Each casing piece has one thick edge and one thin edge, so alternating their direction creates a rippled profile.

GET THE TOOL!

With an eye toward future projects, Jenni Radosevich invested in the moderately priced Kobalt 10-inch 15-Amp Single Bevel Sliding Compound Laser Miter Saw to make her cuts. $199; lowes.com

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LE T TH ER E B E LI G HT In two weeks, on a strict budget, and largely on their own, the Mockabees turned a dreary ’60s ranch into a welcoming home. WORDS JODY GARLOCK

PHOTOS DAVID TSAY

ST YLING SCOT T HORNE

PRODUCER ANDREA CAUGHEY

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OPEN-MINDED

The bulk of Jodi and Jason Mockabee’s remodel budget went toward reconfiguring the kitchen and opening it up to the living room, above. A table instead of an island gives the family a dining space. Laminate floors were a budget-minded compromise that Jodi now likes because they’re so easy to maintain.

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SMOOTH FINISH

MEET THE MOCKABEES

For Jodi Mockabee, the rocks and twigs her kids (Everett, Elias, Scarlett, Carter, and August) drag inside are welcome treasures that often find a home in her decor. After all, it was a desire to connect with nature that led Jodi and Jason to their lofted ranch in Sonora, California. “It seemed so peaceful,” Jodi says. And it came with a mortgage the couple could love—the home just needed a few tweaks. Not wanting to rent or live with construction, Jodi and Jason committed to an unthinkably fast, mostly DIY remodel that they achieved with the help of a handy cousin and a lot of quick decisions by Jodi.

The home’s original cinder block walls made rooms feel like a basement. Drywall was too expensive, so Jodi hired a plasterer to skim-coat the walls to create a smooth surface that she hoped would look modern-industrial, left. “I was terrified, but we all ended up happy,” she says. The only downside: patching a nail hole requires a plaster kit. Shelves prove the answer for displaying a host of objects in easy-to-switch fashion. CORNER CADDY

A flea market mirror and footstool pair with a few hooks to provide an impromptu drop spot near a back door, below left. Jodi warms the floors with woven mats and sprinkles potted plants throughout the house to organically bring the outside in.

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SWEET COMPROMISE

The house is a marriage of Scandinavian and midcentury modern, which Jodi likes, and rustic cabin, which Jason likes. The living room ceiling is a perfect reflection of their styles: freshly painted white planks speak to Jodi, while natural exposed wood beams get a thumbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up from Jason. Matchstick bamboo blinds fit right in: Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re streamlined yet introduce a warm counterpoint to the gray walls.


“WE SEE SUNSETS FROM THE LIVING ROOM AND CAN HEAD OUT THE BACK DOOR FOR HIKES. THIS HOUSE, THIS LOCATION IS US.” J ODI MOCKABEE

STORAGE HAPPY

Lockers in the entry, right, form a casual yet highly functional mudroom. After Jodi drove two hours to nab the lockers for $60, Jason retrofitted the insides with shelves to hold the kids’ shoes. Coat hooks secured to scrap wood host hats and bags next to the lockers, far right. A windowlike wall cutout shares natural light between spaces. Jodi clad the cutout’s supporting beam in leftover wood pieces. MADE TO ORDER

Jodi sketched out a new design for the kitchen, right, which involved relocating the refrigerator to an adjacent wall to open up a larger work area near the range. She saved big by having her cousin custom-build the cabinetry. She debated between laminate and marble countertops, but when the final quotes came in just $400 apart, she went with natural stone. “I don’t care if it stains or etches,” Jodi says. “I love the look of marble.”

GET THE LOOK!

This wood-leg side chair by Fine Mod Imports is sleek yet kid-friendly with its easy-clean molded plastic seat. $77; wayfair.com

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NATU RE ’S G I F T

Jodi, who works part-time as a photographer, traded a few photo sessions to get what have become her favorite features in the house: the bed in the master bedroom and the tree-trunk stair post. “I don’t know why, but I knew I wanted a tree right there— something tall to anchor the room,” Jodi says. It’s fastened securely at top and bottom in case the kids try to climb it.

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HUMBLE INVENTION

Jodi built a simple wall-mount desk in the master bedroom, right, from wood left over from other projects. “I’ve never had the means to just walk into a store and purchase whatever I want, so I’ve learned to get creative,” she says.

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W H I T E WA S H

The master bedroom features plywood plank floors—a $300 DIY alternative to hardwood. But the wood’s pedigree is a well-kept secret thanks to white paint. Wood accents enrich the scene. The window valance is crafted from part of a split-rail fence found in a trash pile.

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FO U N D S PAC E

About a year after finishing the remodel, the Mockabees discovered they were expecting twins. That surprise led them to convert the garage into a bedroom for the two older boys. Using salvaged windows freed up money for laminate flooring. Bunk beds ensure thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s floor space for play.


SIMPLE CHIC

More white paint turned dreary cinder blocks in Scarlettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room into a rich, textural feature. Throughout the house, Jodi underscores the industrial vibe with simple pendants made from wire and metal.

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BEFORE

GET THE LOOK!

Replicate the vintage vibe of a classic spindle-style bed with a Jenny Lind headboard. $220 full; target.com

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ORGANIZE Maximize the functionality of the hardworking areas of your home with these tried-and-tested homeowner solutions for gracefully managing everyday stuff.

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O R G A N I Z E S O LV E I T

high efficiency PROBLEM

From the plain walls to the dingy vinyl flooring, Kelly Marzkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lackluster laundry room did little to brighten chore time.

SOLUTION

For a fresh spin, Kelly painted the walls white, then stenciled one wall using iridescent stencil cream. Her husband, Andy, installed a wall cabinet bought for $20 at a yard sale, then built shelves on both sides. The couple used primer and porch paint, applied in stripes, to cheer up the vinyl floor.

MEET KELLY

With more enthusiasm than experience, Kelly Marzka started to chronicle on her blog, View Along The Way, her DIY efforts to transform the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beatendown Atlanta home into a sanctuary for their family. When the paint store folks were skeptical about painting over vinyl flooring, she tried it anyway. Many laundry loads later, the stripes still look new. And the kicker to this makeover? It cost just $157.

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BEFORE


plan of attack “IT’S A SMALL WALL, BUT IT’S INCREDIBLE HOW FUNCTIONAL IT IS NOW.” JENNA BURGER PROBLEM

Jenna Burger wanted a way to organize the calendars of her family of five so everyone could see sport times and appointments at a glance.

SOLUTION

Jenna tapped into unused wall space, converting a 30-inch-wide spot where her foyer, kitchen, and dining room meet into a command center using chalkboard paint, picture frames, clipboards, and caddies. A two-months-ata-time calendar slipped behind a glass picture frame makes quick work of adjustments. “I can write on the glass with a dry-erase marker and easily wipe it off,” Jenna says. The clipboards hold a weekly calendar, grocery list, and chore and reward charts.

M E E T J E N N A Designer, blogger, DIYer, bargain hunter, thrift-store junkie, wife, and mom of three—these are just a few of the adjectives Jenna Burger uses to describe herself on her blog, Jenna Burger. With so much going on in her Saratoga Springs, New York, home, it’s little wonder that one of Jenna’s favorite things to tackle is getting organized. From closets to garages, Jenna has lots of ideas. But sometimes the little things make the biggest difference. Case in point: To equip the command center with pens, she attached two glass jars to the wall with pipe hose clamps and picture hangers. The stylish fix took just five minutes.

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pieced together “I LOVE TRADITIONAL FOUNDATIONS WITH EDGIER CHOICES LAYERED IN.” KR ISTIN CADWALLADER PROBLEM

Kristin Cadwallader’s Illinois living room needed storage—for magazines, for music, for all the special things she and her family collect.

I LLU M I NATE S H E LF D I S PL AYS WITH PICTU RE LIG HTS .

SOLUTION

Kristin devised an ingenious plan to create a library wall with hidden speakers by using IKEA bookcases. A panel of wood above the shelving units creates a united front while hiding the speakers. Vertical panels cover the bookcase “seams” and speaker wiring. Trim molding added to the top and bottom completes the illusion of a pricey built-in.

MEET KRISTIN

Kristin Cadwallader loves the art of making a home for her husband, Dave, and two boys. She shares her tricks for getting a luxe look for less on her blog, Bliss At Home. The bookshelves reflect her savvy skills. “If we had gone with custom builtins, we would have spent $2,500,” Kristin says. “This entire project cost just $582!”

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BEFORE


saving time and toes PROBLEM

Lo Savarese was tired of hearing, “Mom, where’s my car?” and then stepping on the missing piece. She wanted to find a way to store her sons’ toy cars that didn’t involve tubs.

SOLUTION

Lo put the brakes on toy clutter in her home by creating a wall garage. She disassembled two wooden shoe racks ($14.99 each; bedbathandbeyond.com), discarded the legs, and then painted the slatted shelves before mounting them flat against the wall to form a rack. The slatted shelves are mounted two deep (one behind the other) to hold the cars. “It’s like a fun piece of art!” Lo says.

BEFORE

MEET LO

As a mother of twin boys, Lo Savarese quickly found her house overrun by an ever-growing population of toy cars. Her creative rack solution was a sanity saver, but the best part turned out to be how it empowered her kids. “Now the boys can easily access whichever car they want, and they’ve learned to put their cars away when they’re done playing,” Lo says. The solution resonated so strongly with readers of Lo’s blog, A Lo and Behold Life, that she and her husband, Andy, have opened a mom-and-pop operation assembling custom “Mom! Where’s My Car?” wall garages out of their Pasadena, California, home.

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ORGANIZE DIG IN

crafty notions Texas DIY dynamo Cyndy Aldred converted a haphazard room into the ultimate crafts space. WORDS MAR A BOO

PHOTOS KIM CORNELISON

ST YLING JENNY O ’CONNOR

MEET CYNDY

Cyndy Aldred is an avid crafter who spends as much time painting and sewing as she does sharing the results of her creative pursuits online at The Creativity Exchange. She saved hundreds of dollars by working with a carpenter to create shelves as toppers to ready-made cabinets. She used the wall itself as the backing for the shelves instead of wood to save even more money.

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ABOVE To make room for her artistic endeavors, Cyndy Aldred

packed 250 square feet of underutilized space with open and closed storage. Ready-made kitchen cabinets—only $80 per single unit—hide tools that might read as clutter, while open shelves showcase pretty supplies. The cabinets are topped with birch plywood counters. Oil-base enamel ties the pieces together and provides a surface that shrugs off crafts paint and adhesive spills.


GET THE TOOL!

Keep pint-size office and crafting supplies tidy with clear acrylic drawer organizers. Rubber feet keep these pieces from sliding around. Six-piece set, $15–$20; interdesignusa.com

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LEFT Cyndy lined the

inside of drawers with patterned scrapbook papers for a high-style, low-cost pick-me-up.

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ABOVE LEFT Classic glass canisters corral paint supplies, while soft felt baskets cradle yarn balls, ensuring that delicate fibers don’t get snagged. ABOVE RIGHT To create custom valances that perfectly fit her color palette, Cyndy combined paint with texture medium and then brushed stripes onto natural linen fabric.

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HOW TO ADD NAILHEADS BELOW Knowing she needed only a little pattern to make a big

splash, Cyndy splurged on a small piece of designer fabric to create a dynamic bulletin board. She wrapped the fabric around two pieces of cork and embellished with chrome nailheads.

1 If you want to speed-trim a bulletin board (or any piece of furniture), purchase a string of nailheads instead of individual tacks. These kits come with a hole every five spaces. Just pound the provided nails into the holes to secure.

SIMULATE THE LOOK OF WOOD FLOORS AT A FR ACTION OF THE COST WITH VINYL PLANKS . CYNDY PICKED A GR AY-WASHED FINISH COMPLETE WITH A R AISED WOOD GR AIN TO HELP THIS SMALL SPACE FEEL BIGGER .

LEFT Tension rods hold

rolls of paper, forming a gift-wrap station. Ribbons and bows are visible in clear containers stored above the papers, while a basket on the floor holds gift bags.

ABOVE An expandable metal file organizer serves as a drying rack

for the numerous pieces of art Cyndy paints. It maximizes potentially wasted space on top of the desk’s hutch and keeps wet pieces out of the main work zone so they don’t get smudged.

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ABOVE Cyndy scored a desk with a hutch for $150 on Facebook from a friend, knowing it would

be ideal for housing her computer, printer, and project files. “I fell in love with the desk because of the hutch’s many compartments,” Cyndy says. “It keeps everything in order.” She painted the piece the same soft gray hue as the built-in cabinets for a unified front.

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smart entry Trading a rod for two levels of hooks, Christy Brokens made room for twice as many coats in her entry closet while easing congestion. PHOTOS MART Y BALDWIN

ST YLING MEREDITH L ADIK

REDUCE CLUTTER BY STORING ONLY TWO COATS PER PERSON IN A SMALL ENTRY CLOSET. PUT THE REST IN BEDROOM CLOSETS UNTIL THE SEASON â&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RIGHT.

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HOW TO MA KE OVER A COAT CLOSET

Take control of an overstuffed entry closet with these four simple storage fixes.

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Double hanging space with these tall Blecka hooks, which feature two crooks. $6 for two; ikea-usa.com

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Swap a rod for rows of hooks—one high for grown-ups, one low for the kids—on all three of a closet’s walls to make coats and bags easy to grab. These hooks were installed on 1×6 boards—rather than straight into the drywall—to make them sturdier.

Hang metal mesh pockets to put small items such as sunglasses, umbrellas, and bug repellent at the ready at a glance. Position the basket down low so kids can take responsibility for stowing their gear—and finding it when it’s time to go!

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Stash labeled bins on a top shelf to organize hats, gloves, and rain gear. Look for containers with handles to make the bins easy to pull off the shelf during the morning dash.

Slip a shoe rack into the closet and add labels to the front edge. Already have a shoe rack? Consider a shorter version as Christy did to free up hanging space above.

GET THE TOOL!

Turn paper into clear-coated stickers to label shelves or bins using a Xyron sticker maker. Christy Brokens made personalized name tags on paper using her printer, then rolled them through the sticker maker. Want to skip the printer step? Simply handwrite your label on paper. $13; xyron.com

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Christy stuck adhesive letters onto painted wood craft triangles to create neat labels for her bins. The tags are secured with parachute cord.

“I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH BIGGER THE CLOSET SEEMS. IT FEELS LIKE A WALK-IN CLOSET.” C HR ISTY BROK ENS

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I N TH E ZO N E Self-taught organizer Missy Callaghan uses simple strategies to stay on top of clutter in her busy household of eight. WORDS JAN SOULTS WALKER

PHOTOS JESSICA GLYNN

PRODUCER CHRIS HAY WOOD

WORKING IT OUT

Missy’s successful storage strategies revolve around working with daily habits, rather than against them. “If you experiment with a solution and it doesn’t work,” she says, “it may be you’re not following the natural patterns of your family.” Missy converted a room just off the mudroom into a homework and project space, left, so as the children come in from school, they can drop their bags and get started on their nightly to-do lists. She introduced drawer storage and a crafts caddy as a table centerpiece. The divided wooden tote corrals crafts supplies and is easy to carry to other areas.

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MEET THE CALLAGHANS

Missy Callaghan is the first to admit that she wasn’t born with the well-tuned organizational skills she uses today to keep her Tampa household stylish and in order. “Some people are innately organized, but this was a learned behavior for me,” she says. “I read a lot of books and, through trial and error over many, many years, I figured out what works best for us.” Smart storage solutions were a must-have for her and husband Phil as their family grew to include six sons, now ages 6 to 19 “With each new child, I had to step up my game,” Missy says.

WELL-SORTED

Three sets of wide drawers on casters, left, near the homework table are labeled by family member and supply category. GAME PLAN

Missy framed a large segment of wall in the laundry room with molding to create a jumbo-size bulletin board, above. Labeled folders act as personal organizers, keeping upcoming event flyers handy.


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CROWD-PLEASER

An extra-long island, above, features a deep overhang that accommodates seating beneath. It was important to Missy that the whole family could gather and work together in the kitchen. The streamlined stool design maximizes seating — and family togetherness. TH E RE ’S A S POT FO R THAT

Mudroom lockers, left, provide personalized hanging space, shelves, boxes, drawers, and device-charging spots for each family member. Even the family dogs have a spot for their leashes. Regular upkeep is a crucial component to Missy’s recipe for clutter-free living. “We’re all responsible for maintaining our personal areas,” she says. “A few times a year, I give our boys each a grocery bag and ask them to choose 10 things they no longer need and to toss out or give away those things. This teaches them how to reevaluate and purge.”


SLEEP STUDY

A spacious dorm-style bedroom, below, optimizes space in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovated attic. The shared sleep space includes a new bathroom and houses three of the six boys, with an extra bed for sleepovers. M ETAL G E AR

Shiplap walls extend into the shared bath, right, and lend seafaring charm. A ship portal mirror opens to reveal a medicine cabinet. Galvanized metal pegboards host metal toiletry baskets. PERFECT FIT

A compact table and chairs, far right, tuck into one corner of the attic bedroom, serving as the perfect spot for the boys to gather for games, snacks, or homework.

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NAME IT, CLAIM IT

Missy likes to label everything so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no confusion as to which item belongs to which family member or where it belongs. Clear plastic baskets with handles are her go-to holders in the bath, right, and kitchen. Adhesive-back chalkboard tags let her easily revise labels. ON THE SIDE

Metal rolling carts flank the headboard in the master bedroom, below, keeping reading materials within easy reach. A drawer on each cart contains smaller items such as lip balm, hand cream, reading glasses, pens, and notepads.

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Neatly spell out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where with chalkboard tags labeled using liquid chalk markers. $5 each; chalkink.com


“I SPEND A LOT OF TIME IMPARTING TO THE BOYS THAT AN ORGANIZED LIFE IS A HAPPY LIFE. IF YOU CAN INSTILL THAT MIND-SET AT A YOUNG AGE, BEING ORGANIZED BECOMES A LIFESTYLE.” M I SSY CALLAGH AN

CLEAN SWEEP

Laundry is a never-ending event at the Callaghan household, so Missy had a long countertop installed above her front-loading washer and dryers, left. As clothes come out of the dryer, they are folded and placed into piles, so wrinkles never have a chance to set in. A commercial-grade rolling laundry basket stows bulky folded items. N E AT D IVI S IO N S

A combination of hanging rods, drawers, and shelves, above, provides a spot for clothes and shoes in the master closet. A mannequin bust on top of a bureau keeps jewelry tangle-free and in plain sight. Decorative boxes stored up high keep out-of-season items out of the way yet together. “We live in stressful times, but life is much less daunting when you can actually find things,” Missy says.

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DECOR ATE Why not transition a bedroom into a playroom? Or convert a table into an upholstered ottoman? There are no rules, just cool results when homeowners color outside the lines to create one-of-a-kind spaces.


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homemade glamour “MY HOME IMPROVEMENT ADVICE: DON’T BE SCARED. IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA, TRY IT!” K RYS MELO PROBLEM

Krys Melo wanted an ottoman/coffee table that would add color and shine to her Los Angeles home, but she couldn’t find anything ready-made that filled the bill. SOLUTION

Krys bought a set of metal IKEA tables, tucked one away for a future project, and painted the other one gold. She swapped the glass top for a particleboard shelf and upholstered the shelf in velvet. Now she’s got a soft spot that serves as a table, a footrest, and even a seat when there’s a party.

MEET KRYS

Krys Melo loves mixing midcentury and vintage styles to create her own eclectic vibe. Case in point: She framed a series of 1950s Saturday Evening Post prints and used them as an exclamation point above a streamlined white sofa in her living room. Krys shares her DIY home projects, travel tips, and recipes on her blog, Melodrama.

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custom corbels PROBLEM

STAN D A TR AY O R PL ATE O N E N D TO AD D VI S UAL H E IG HT TO S H E LF D I S PL AYS .

Opting to forgo upper kitchen cabinets, Brittany Bailey needed functional shelves pretty enough to sit out in the open. SOLUTION

Brittany hired an architectural antiques company to produce vintage-style corbels to her exact dimensions, and then she distressed the pieces with paint. To mount the corbels, she used a diamond drill bit to get through the marble tile and inserted anchors and screws into the studs. Then she topped the corbels with shelves made from reclaimed lumber. “I dream that someday when a woman walks into a home improvement store, it won’t be assumed that she doesn’t know what she’s doing,” Brittany says.

M E E T B R I T T A N Y “Are you woman enough to use my tools?” reads a sign over Brittany Bailey’s workbench. Many people aren’t, but through her blog, Pretty Handy Girl, Brittany is determined to change that. She’s been wielding a hammer for nearly as long as she’s been walking. Brittany uses her can-do spirit to make over outdated furniture, then shares the results and step-by-step instructions online. She has also tackled bigger projects, including the renovation of the kitchen in her North Carolina home. “I think 75 percent is having the confidence to know you can do it, and the rest is taking time to read the instruction manual, watch a tutorial online, or ask someone for help,” she says. “You have to be willing to fail and learn.”

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f ine print “YOU CAN PUT A LOT OF PERSONALITY INTO SIMPLE SPACES.” J ENNIFER MATH IS PROBLEM

High ceilings help rooms in Jennifer Mathis’ cozy new home feel larger, but that height left a large, awkward gap above the headboard in the master bedroom. SOLUTION

Jennifer elegantly conquered the void with pattern. She used a stencil treatment as a low-budget, high-style alternative to wallpaper. The damask motif was applied with a large stencil designed for wall applications, allowing her to sweep on color in large swaths in a time-efficient manner. She kept the pattern contained to the headboard wall to make it a focal point. “The color energizes me,” she says.

M E E T J E N N I F E R Waste is a four-letter word for Jennifer Mathis. She cringes at individual-size yogurt cups, preferring one large container that her two teen girls can spoon out. “I think our family really believes it’s important to be aware of what we use,” Jennifer says. “If you don’t need something, let it go.” For Jennifer and her husband, Mike Cline, letting go also applies to square footage. The couple built their dream house—a downsized three-bedroom in a sustainable development near Charleston—and have been savoring its handle-everything stealth ever since.

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inside story PROBLEM

Sharilyn Wright wanted to display her daughter Adelaide’s growing collection of mementos while keeping them out of reach for everyday play. SOLUTION

Sharilyn lined the inside of a variety of different size wooden cubbies with fabric to create a colorful backdrop for treasured objects. When it was time to hang the display, she left space between the boxes so she could perch more toys on box tops. The end result is a display that feels organized yet free-form— there’s just the right amount of eye-pleasing symmetry without any formality.

M E E T S H A R I L Y N It’s fitting that Sharilyn Wright’s business creating handmade paper products is called Lovely Design. That perfectly describes the Vancouver-area home she shares with her partner, Charles Guan, and two children. Sharilyn relies on color and clever storage solutions to keep her home organized. “I’m a gatherer and we have lots of collections, but I have to have a place for everything or I can feel stressed,” she says. “I remember things by color, so that’s how I tend to sort my stuff.”

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ready to play Emily Lex turns a bedroom into a sweet—and organized— indoor clubhouse that’s just right for child’s work. WORDS K ATHY BARNES PHOTOS JOHN GR ANEN ST YLING JANNA LUFKIN PRODUCER ANDREA CAUGHEY

MEET EMILY

Emily Lex isn’t afraid to reimagine the possibilities as her family’s needs change. The house she shares with her husband, Ryan, and four children in Seattle is a revolving laboratory for design ideas—and as such, her kiddos have exchanged bedrooms multiple times. She chronicles her “growing” ideas on her blog, Jones Design Company.

ABOVE and RIGHT With four kids under the age of 10, Emily Lex needed a central place for books, toys, and art supplies. She decided to move the couple’s three boys into a bunk room and converted a bedroom into a playroom. A pretty hand-me-down chest from Emily’s mother is filled with cars, train tracks, and animal figures.

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HOW TO CREATE WA L L ST R I P E S BELOW A supersize salvaged chalkboard is the centerpiece of the playroom, where the four Lex children love to play school and draw. Triangles cut from decorative papers are attached to a piece of string to form a cheerful garland. Emily added white stripes of paint to the existing beige walls to give the room visual interest. “This is an environment where kids can be kids,” she says. “It’s their favorite place in the house.”

1 Using low-tack painters tape, tape off stripes on a wall one at a time.

2 Seal each tape edge with a thin coat of the wall’s base color; let it dry. This step keeping color from seeping under the tape.

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Convert surfaces into a usable chalkboard with specialty paint. Looking for color? Pick from 12 hues. $9.70 per quart; rustoleum.com

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3 Paint each stripe with the desired color, applying two coats if necessary. Use a small roller, which gives you more control. Allow paint to dry after each coat. When you’re fi nished, remove the tape.

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HOW TO CREATE A FLAG BANNER

1 Explore a new technique for old mapsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;turn them into decorating bunting. Get started by cutting a triangle template from cardboard. Fold a map, then place the shortest edge of the template along the fold. Cut along the other two sides to create a double triangle. Repeat to make as many flags as needed.

2 Fold each double triangle over twine or ribbon, and secure with double-stick tape.

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BELOW Emily filled the playroom with practical and comfortable furniture solutions: an old neutral sofa that she could layer with pillows, a beat-up coffee table, and a hand-me-down dresser. She introduced pattern with polka-dot sheer panels (doubled for extra color density) and a chevron-stripe rug. Bright red metal chairs add a punch of energy.


KE E P OVE RS IZE PI LLOWS O N HAN D TO C RE ATE CO M F Y FLOOR S E ATI N G .

BELOW Shelves and baskets corral books. The shelves are picture

ledges from IKEA, which are made to display art but work just as well holding books. “They are narrow and just right for layering,” Emily says. “You can really pack a bunch onto each shelf.”

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it easy for the Lex kids to make quick reading picks at bedtime—and to put books away. Smaller paperbacks tuck into the baskets below. A lamp positioned next to the sofa shines a light on reading time.

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leave an impression Awkward gap above a bed, begone! Meredith Ladik uses a symmetrical grouping of frames to lend scale in place of a headboard. PHOTOS ADAM ALBRIGHT

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kraft paper painters tape electric drill wall anchors

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Check that the hardware aligns correctly with the marks. Drill pilot holes through paper into the wall for each frame. Install wall anchors through the paper.

To keep frames in busy areas like hallways or staircases from shifting, stick stabilizer strips onto the lower corners of the frame back and press into the wall. Starting at $3; command.com

GET THE TOOL!

Line up your art in a jiffy with a laser level. This Black & Decker model (BDL220S) has a rotating wall attachment that projects lines at an angle—making it great for hanging art in stairwells. $15; blackanddecker.com

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Hang frames within assigned marks and assess the look. Make a mistake with your screw placement? Repair holes with wall putty.

When satisfied with the arrangement, remove frames and paper. Replace frames on wall anchors— and you’re done.

“FOR AN INSTANT ART COLLECTION, FRAME PAGES FROM A BOOK OR PURCHASE ORIGINAL PRINTS FROM A WEBSITE FOR INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, SUCH AS MINTED.COM, WHICH I USED HERE.” M ER EDIT H L A DIK

MATE RIAL MAT TE RS

Smoothly cover up holes with the multitasking 3M Patch Plus Primer 4-in-1 applicator, which combines surfacing compound, primer, applicator, and sanding pad in one product. $7; 3m.com

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C L A S S I C T WI ST Without sacrificing an inch of style—or overstretching her wallet—Kelly Keiser makes living small timeless. WORDS PAIGE PORTER FISCHER

PHOTOS JOHN MERKL

ST YLING JOE MAER

MEET KELLY

Designer Kelly Keiser is the first to admit that living—and working— in 564 square feet of space doesn’t leave a lot of room for frivolous fluff. So she got right down to business when she decorated her San Francisco home, bringing in furnishings that know how to multitask. Simple tweaks help budgetfriendly solutions appear luxe. Take the gallery wall in Kelly’s living room, where smaller frames unite to create a big splash without the price tag of a single large piece of art. “I love IKEA’s Ribba frames,” she says. “They come with white mats and look much more expensive than their price tags.”

QUICK CHANGE PIC K FU RN ITU RE THAT LOO KS C H IC O N TH E O UT S I D E B UT WO RKS HARD INSIDE.

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Kelly needed lots of function from her furniture, but she wanted it to have style, too. “If I buy what I call ‘cheap and cheerful’ furniture to perform a job, the first thing I do is change hardware to make it look more expensive,” she says. She outfitted this white cabinet, above, with Home Depot pulls that she painted gold.


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Kelly wanted to refresh her chenille sofa without spending a lot of money to reupholster it. She chose a swatch of wool plaid fabric and wrapped the two worn-out seat cushions to create a bench seat.


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L I G H T LY L AY E R E D

Kelly layered curtains over blinds, above, to enhance her light and privacy options. Her DIY panels are made from $5-a-yard duck cloth. Nine lamps throughout the apartment provide additional control over lighting. “It may seem like a lot, but lamps are colorful and sculptural, and the fastest way to change the look of a small room is to turn on different lamps to create a different ambience,” she says. WELCOME HOME

USE TR AYS TO KEEP OBJECTS CONTAINED. DESIGN BOOKS GIVE KELLY’S OTTOMAN A STURDY SURFACE FOR HOSTING FLOWERS OR DRINKS , WHILE THE TR AY LETS HER EASILY MOVE THE BOOKS TO THE FLOOR WHEN SHE WANTS TO PUT HER FEET UP.

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A small but shapely table with a shelf, left, serves as a drop zone inside the front door. EASY UPGRADE

Kelly gave an inexpensive white IKEA dresser, opposite, an instant facelift by gluing overlays on the drawers. She also added brass corner brackets she found on Etsy.


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GO AHEAD, BE MOODY

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no getting around the fact that things are tight in Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom, so rather than fight the dimensions, she embraced a sense of coziness by saturating the walls in charcoal gray paint. Brass sconces, a metallic gold side table, and shimmery golden accent pillows provide bright contrast.

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“I HAVE A RULE ABOUT RUGS IN SMALL SPACES, AND THAT IS TO KEEP THEM NEUTRAL BUT RICH IN TEXTURE.” K ELLY K EISER

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CLASS ACT

Because she sacrificed her only closet to gain a bedroom, Kelly needed a place to keep her hanging clothes and shoes. She gave up a few square feet in her breakfast nook for a pair of IKEA wardrobes, above right, an inexpensive alternative to a custom closet, that she once again upgraded with new hardware and decorative overlays.

GET THE LOOK!

These lightweight, decorative fretwork panels come in several patterns and sizes. They are paintable and easily attach to furniture, mirrors, walls, and glass. Starting at $56 per kit; myoverlays.com

OPEN AND SHUT

Kelly opted for wardrobes with drawers, far right, because she relies on them for easy access in a small space. “I organize my life by drawers,” she says. “If you keep all like things in one drawer, you never lose anything.” M U LT I TA S K E R

Small spaces need furniture that can do double duty, so Kelly found a narrow drop-leaf table, right, that can open wide for sit-down meals or buffets, move into her living room as an extra (larger) work surface, or tuck into the corner of her breakfast nook to serve as a bar.

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UPDATE

Homeowners on tight budgets from around the country find inventive ways to turn tired architecture and secondhand furniture into fresh decor.


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detailed approach PROBLEM

Crafted from humble materials, Kristin Jackson’s kitchen needed a style pick-me-up. SOLUTION

Kristin gave her existing cabinets the look of campaign furniture with inexpensive brass L brackets from a home improvement store. Then she turned a $2 brass bowl from Goodwill upside down, drilled a hole through it, and added a light kit to create a swanky oversink fixture. She framed out the window with a cornice board crafted by stapling a stenciled drop cloth over a plywood box frame.

USE C HALKBOARD PAI NT TO TU RN A WALL I NTO A M E S SAG E AN D DOO D LE BOARD.

MEET KRISTIN

Mixing roadside castoffs, thrift store finds, and DIY projects, Kristin Jackson banishes the bought-from-a-box-store feel in the Atlanta home she shares with her husband, daughter, and stepson. Kristin spent five years designing for hotels all over the world before she made the shift to stay-at-home mom. To fuel her creativity—and prove her ethos that high-end design can be achievable and affordable—she launched her blog, Hunted Interior, where she shares her DIY adventures.

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pieced together PROBLEM

Ronda Batchelor was drowning in piles of paper and there was nothing calm about the hodgepodge of office supplies she’d amassed to try to stay organized.

SOLUTION

Ronda outfitted her home office for $500 by making old, unmatched furniture—a desk, an entertainment center, and a bookcase— look like built-ins. To tie the pieces together, Ronda built a paper sorter from scratch, added crown molding, and painted everything white. “Everyone thought I was crazy gathering ugly used furniture,” she says. “But I’m inspired by others’ castoffs.” Even the desk chair is a $5 thrift store find, which Ronda reupholstered with a tablecloth from Target.

M E E T R O N D A A hunter and gatherer at heart, Ronda Batchelor loves nothing more than roadside scavenging and turning someone’s junk into workable decor. She’s the first to admit that she’s cheap, even though you’d never know it from the finished projects and room makeovers that she shares on her blog, Batchelors Way. “I’m good at figuring out how to get the look I want for way less money,” Ronda says. The mother of six children, Ronda has long been inventing ways to stretch the family’s finances while keeping her Magna, Utah, home real. “You have to make things functional as well as beautiful,” she says. “Otherwise, rooms will just get messed up with stacks of stuff.”

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cosmetic touches “IF A LITTLE PATTERN FEELS GOOD, THEN A LOT FEELS BETTER. I LIKE TO MIX MULTIPLE PATTERNS.” GRETCH EN BON D PROBLEM

The sconces in Gretchen Bond’s powder room were wired too close together, but moving them would be spendy.

SOLUTION

Gretchen left the infrastructure and shopped for cosmetic upgrades. She found the extra-skinny mirror at a consignment shop, and the narrow wall-mount lights are by Jonathan Adler. Their geometric pattern is the perfect counterpoint to an animated butterfly wallcovering.

MEET GRETCHEN

Designer Gretchen Bond has two simple decorating rules: If it’s ugly, paint it. If it’s plain, add pattern. These are the principles Gretchen used when she and her husband, Chris, bought their 1912 Philadelphia home. They knew it could turn into a money pit if they remodeled everything that was outdated, so Gretchen let paint be her salvation.

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it’s a wrap PROBLEM

The island in Heather Patterson’s kitchen was more eyesore than centerpiece, and it took up too much space in the center of the room’s work zone.

SOLUTION

PORTR AIT PHOTO MEKENZIE PAT TERSON

Heather wrapped the island in beaded-board paneling and replaced the laminate counter with a butcher-block top she cut and finished with a food-safe stain. The new top is narrower but longer, creating seating space at the end versus along the sides. “We gained almost 2 feet of space between the island and the refrigerator,” Heather says. “It feels like we doubled the width of our kitchen.” Two legs cut from newels support the island’s new length.

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MEET HEATHER

Making food for her friends and family—which includes her husband and two teenagers—is a task Heather Patterson relishes. But she didn’t feel her kitchen was up to the task of entertaining with its drab builder-grade, honey-oak-finish cabinets, so she set out to update it. To catch the progress of her kitchen’s transformation, Heather called on her other passions of writing, blogging, and photography. She shares the complete story on her blog, At the Picket Fence, which she cowrites with her sister.

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vintage renewal Jaime Costiglio presents reclaimed materials in refreshing ways to revive the master bath in her historic farmhouse. WORDS ANN WILSON

MEET JAIME

With a can-do spirit and a bevy of tools, Jaime Costiglio has embarked on the challenge of modernizing the 1740s farmhouse in Port Chester, New York, that she shares with her husband, Mark, and kids, Ava, Emma, and Andrew, while maintaining its historic integrity. Jaime shares her creative solutions on her blog, That’s My Letter.

RIGHT Considering form,

function, and floor space, Jaime Costiglio swapped out a pedestal sink in her master bath for a homemade storage-rich vanity that wraps around a vintage sink found curbside. The vanity is made from pine boards stained dark walnut and includes an ample countertop, shelves, and cubbies. Visit Jaime’s blog, That’s My Letter, for detailed instructions on how to build the vanity.

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PHOTOS L AUR A MOSS

ST YLING ANNA MOLVIK

PRODUCER ANDREA CAUGHEY


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ABOVE By tearing out a linen closet adjoining the tiny first-floor master

bath, Jaime made way for a much-desired walk-in shower. Hexagon floor tiles, board-and-batten wainscoting, and warm wood finishes reference the past, while a vivid buffalo check pattern painted on walls gives the room modern-day appeal. The outside bottom of the vintage sink is painted with the same navy paint used on the walls to bring the color scheme full circle.

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BELOW Different paint sheens partner with stained finishes to lend the C H OOS E M I LD EWRE S I STANT PAI NT FO R BATH ROO M S .

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LIGHT STRIPE MIX 1 PART OF THE MEDIUM PAINT COLOR WITH 1 PART WHITE PAINT TO CREATE THE LIGHTEST PAINT COLOR .

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walls eye-catching contrast. The window trim and wainscoting were painted with white semigloss, while the room’s buffalo check wall treatment features matte paint. A walnut-stained floorboard reinvented as molding crowns the window wall; its flat profile is perfectly in keeping with the home’s Colonial roots. IKEA towel hooks further the vintage vibe. ”The bathroom has the same kind of charm as the rest of our house—but now it is new, functional, and fresh!” Jaime says.


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Choose light, medium, and dark shades of one color. Use a 2-inch angled brush to freehand paint alternating horizontal lines the lightest paint color. Let dry. For super crisp lines, use painters tape to outline stripes before painting.

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Use painters tape to mask off the center squares where vertical and horizontal lines intersect. Paint these squares the darkest paint color.

ABOVE Jaime turned weathered floorboardsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;

gifted by a friend and finished with walnut stainâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;into a display shelf above the commode.

GET THE TOOL!

This multipurpose 18-Volt One+ Lithium-Ion Starter Drill Kit is one of Jaimeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go-tos for simplifying building tasks. $69; ryobitools.com

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clever work-arounds Alexandria Szwarc updated her kitchen for $250 by building a refrigerator cabinet, adding soffits, and painting cabinets a creamy neutral. PHOTOS MICHAEL PARTENIO

ST YLING KRISTINE KENNEDY

GIVE A FREESTANDING REFRIGER ATOR THE LUXE LOOK OF A BUILT-IN BY FR AMING IT WITH INEXPENSIVE MEDIUM DENSIT Y FIBERBOARD (MDF). FOR FULL DIY DETAILS, VISIT ALEXANDRIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BLOG, DIO HOME IMPROVEMENTS .

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HOW T O PA I N T CA BI N ETS

painters tape scraper paint triangles deglosser primer drop cloth 2½-inch-wide tapered paintbrush paintable wood fi ller putty knife medium-grit sandpaper tack cloth self-leveling paint

USE A TAPERED BRUSH WHEN APPLYING PAINT TO CABINETS . IT CREATES EVEN BRUSHSTROKES AND IT’S A PRO AT GETTING INTO NOOKS .

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Prime door backs with a paintbrush. Brush on primer following wood grain. Dry completely (fans speed the process). Flip to front and repeat.

painted surfaces, these tiny pyramids let you paint edges with ease and flip doors over without allowing for drying time. Approximately $10 for pack of 10; hydetools.com

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Apply self-leveling paint to door backs. Work in small sections, and be sure to get the paint into the grain of the wood. Allow to dry, then apply a second coat if needed. Repeat process on door fronts and cabinet boxes.

“I LIKE TO FIND SOMETHING I THINK IS BEAUTIFUL, AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DO IT CHEAPER.”

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PER SO NAL PANAC H E The Jamisons transform dated spaces into a polished but practical home that shows off their rustic-meets-modern roots. WORDS SAR AH WOLF

PHOTOS DAVID PAT TERSON

PRODUCER EL AINE ST. LOUIS

MEET THE JAMISONS

Lindsey and Josh Jamison and their three children, Gwyn, Betsy, and Henry, are doers. “We are a family always on the go and always in the middle of a project,” says Lindsey, who is an interior designer. “We love the outdoors and are always exploring, moving, doing, going.” The crew lured some of their beloved outdoors inside when they revamped their century-old Wyoming home. They even salvaged some of the home’s midcentury elements, built in during a 1950s renovation, by cleaning up an old banquette and reusing kitchen cabinets. “We’ve done remodels before, but this is the first time the kids were old enough to help,” Lindsey says. “We put them on wallpaper-removal duty.”

A STEP ABOVE

The foyer’s once-orangey oak steps and wall studs went mod with a simple coat of white paint, above. Lindsey swabbed gray paint on each tread for a “stepping-stone” look. Polyurethane protects her handiwork. “I joke with the kids to stay in the middle—don’t walk on the white!” she says.

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FOCAL FUN

The Jamisons said good-bye to dated wood paneling in favor of gray-painted drywall in their living room, above. For a contemporary twist, they beefed up the character of the fireplace with a three-dimensional product made of recycled sugarcane waste. It installs like tile but costs less—and it’s paintable. “So you can do any color,” Lindsey says.

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RECYC LE KITC H E N CAB I N ETS I NTO A BU FFET WITH PAI NT AN D CASTE RS .


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Most of the house was cloaked in dated ’60s wallpaper, which the Jamisons dutifully stripped off. (Lindsey’s secret recipe is hot water and vinegar in a spray bottle). For an easier-to-change dose of pattern, she added a black-on-white geometric design on one dining-room wall, opposite. She drew out the motif with a yardstick and pencil, then traced over the lines with black paint using a small brush. The chandelier is a Jamison original: The couple threaded the cords of five light sockets through a salvaged board and hung it by a chain.

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Removing upper cabinets from around the sink opened up the kitchen, above, but left a visual void that Lindsey and Josh artfully filled by marching marble tiles from countertop to ceiling. The couple laid out the natural stone tiles on the floor in a herringbone pattern to get the right mélange of lights and darks before they secured the pieces to the wall. PAI NTE D B E AUT Y

The kitchen’s existing banquette and pleather cushions, left, were in good shape, so Lindsey kept them. But to separate the table from the benches, she gave the seats a kicky new coat of cobalt blue paint. Charcoal gray walls and white window trim complete the modern update.

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C RE ATE 3 - D ART BY D R AWI N G FR AM E S ARO U N D PL ASTE R AN I MAL H E ADS .

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To reimage a second-floor bedroom as a playroom, above, the Jamisons laid luxury vinyl tile over the existing ’60s floor tile, painted the wainscoting white, and gave the kids a huge canvas for artwork, spelling practice, and math problems by dressing the walls with black chalkboard paint.

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“I FEEL YOUR HOME IS AN EXTENSION OF WHO YOU ARE. IT SHOULD SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY.” LINDSEY JAMISON

PERSONAL NOTE

Lindsey revitalized an antique office door, right, and created a sweet tribute to 7-year-old Betsy with paint and a stencil. She painted inside the stencil with the same black milk paint used to paint the door. COT TAG E D RE AM S

Lindsey built a pink “house,” bottom right, complete with a roof and chimney, out of fun fabrics to lend drama above the headboard in Betsy’s room. She tacked the fabrics to the wall with a nail to hold them, then she poured liquid starch into a pan, dipped in a roller, and applied the starch over the fabrics on the wall. “It dries overnight,” Lindsey says. “If you’re renting and you have to remove it before moving out, it just peels off without gouging or scraping.” Bands of gray ribbon, also secured with starch, outline the roof.

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MATE RIAL MAT TE RS PUT A D I N I N G ROO M C HAN D E LI E R TO WO RK AS SWE ET I LLU M I NATIO N IN A B E D ROO M .

Liquid starch is designed to take the wrinkle out of clothes, but it also makes a great glue for hanging fabric or lining drawers with decorative paper. It’s also commonly used to make children’s slime and papier-mâché crafts. $3; purex.com

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“I LIKE BRINGING IN UNIQUE PIECES THAT PEOPLE CAN TALK ABOUT, THAT CAN START A CONVERSATION.” LINDSEY JAMISON

C O O L R E V I VA L S

Lindsey and Josh imbued their home office, opposite, with rustic charm by paneling a wall with wood salvaged from an old barn at Pathfinder Ranch in Wyoming. “Now you can buy wood paneling like this where you peel off the backing and stick the planks to the wall, but we did this before I realized that,” Lindsey says. She spied the chairs in a dumpster at a local Village Inn restaurant, which had discarded them as part of a remodel. She coaxed them into modern majesty with two shades of Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan and gold-dipped legs.

T H E PA L ET T E

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S PAC E -AG E ST YLE

Oak paneling and rooster wallpaper in Henry’s room, above right, was replaced with serene gray painted walls enlivened with a flock of black triangle decals. “The Sputnik-style chandelier fosters a fun, electric mood,” Lindsey says. The playful mood gets a boost from a shot of orange introduced via the upholstered headboard. S H A D E S O F G R AY

Built-in floor-to-ceiling shelves and cabinets, right, were standouts for storage—they just needed a fresh face. Two shades of Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan give the wall a graphic, attention-grabbing quality. “Painting the backs of the shelves is a great way to showcase your accessories,” Lindsey says.

MATE RIAL MAT TE RS

A coat of clear wax (applied in small circles with an old T-shirt) shields chalk-painted surfaces from scratches and scrapes. $15–$25; anniesloan.com.

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OUTSIDE Step outdoors and enjoy the viewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or a comfy seat. Take a page from these homeowner designs for ramping up curb appeal and transforming underutilized alfresco space into prime real estate.


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compact dining PROBLEM

Kelly and Solomon Kang’s tight swath of patio needed to serve as both an alfresco dining area and a play zone for daughter Dylan. SOLUTION

Kelly and Solomon built an ipe wood table that’s mounted to the patio wall and hinged for folding. The outdoor table folds up and away into a box on the wall when it’s not in use. “It’s such a simple solution,” Kelly says. “And because we used materials that already appear throughout our backyard, it fits seamlessly with our existing aesthetic. It’s so functional—we use it every weekend.”

MEET KELLY

For the most part, Kelly and Solomon Kang’s home is minimal and modern. “It’s monochromatic in color scheme, but I like to add unexpected twists,” Kelly says. Her job as a marketing executive for a luxury modern hotel brand provides endless inspiration. So what’s next on the project list? “Definitely Dylan’s playroom,” she says.

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stand out “LITTLE UPDATES CAN GO SUCH A LONG WAY. THEY TRULY TURNED THIS PLACE INTO A COTTAGE WE LOVE.” LINDSAY JACKMAN PROBLEM

Far from issuing a warm welcome, Lindsay and Chris Jackman’s bungalow, which they share with their daughter, Rosie, felt forlorn—it lacked foundation plants, color, and definition. SOLUTION

Lindsay and Chris gave their home curb appeal by replacing unattractive downspouts and wroughtiron posts with wooden columns. Then they painted the stoop, removed an odd window by the door to smooth out the facade, added a board-and-batten detail to the stoop’s peak, and built their own shutters. The finishing touch: A new glass-pane wood front door. “The door pops against the white and brings in a rustic quality that I love,” Lindsay says.

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MEET LINDSAY

All of the walls in Lindsay Jackman’s Greenville, South Carolina, home are white, allowing the colorful DIY projects she blogs about at The White Buffalo Styling Co. to stand out. When she visualized upgrades to her home’s exterior, she knew she wanted to stick with a white palette outside, too. She used just a dab of charcoal gray paint on the chimney stack and front steps for contrast.

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sof t ef fect PROBLEM

Despite enjoying a temperate year-round climate, Corey Willis’ San Diego patio was underutilized because it didn’t feel inviting. SOLUTION

Corey added a cozy factor by making her own colorful, weather-resistant patio curtains using $5 drop cloths. She spray-painted stripes on both sides of each panel, then she hung the curtains from clip rings on 10-foot-long metal conduit.

SAVE TI M E AN D HAS S LE ! AS K A H O M E C E NTE R STO RE TO C UT CO N D U IT TO FIT YO U R RO D S IZE .

M E E T C O R E Y The inside of the home Corey Willis shares with her husband and two kiddos is decorated in subtle hues, so her outdoor space offered the perfect place to play with bold pops of color. This was the first time she attempted to spray-paint fabric; she was surprised at how easy it was. “The colors are so vibrant,” she says. Corey loves to push the envelope on design and to coach others to do the same through her blog, Hey There, Home. Her best advice: “Be flexible on your time frame, so you can work in stages and save a ton of money.”

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under cover “CLEANUP IS EASY. WE JUST SWEEP THE STRAY SAND RIGHT INTO THE BOX.” K RISTY K ROPAT PROBLEM

Kristy Kropat wanted a sandbox that was handy but wouldn’t be in the way when the family entertained. SOLUTION

Kristy and her husband, Martin, cut a rectangular hole in their ipe wood deck, then recessed a plastic mortar tub ($40 at a local home center) into it to create a sandbox for their sons, Karsten and Lukas. The section of planks the couple removed was reconfigured into two hinged lids that lie flat when open and seamlessly cover the box when the family wants full use of the deck. Holes drilled in the bottom of the tub allow water to drain. “The kids love filling it up with water!” Kristy says.

MEET KRISTY

Kristy Kropat’s home in San Diego is a compact 1,400 square feet, so she knew that utilizing outdoor spaces would be key to helping the family stretch out. With a pool taking up the backyard, Kristy looked to the front yard for additional living space. She and Marti n added a fence to turn an expanse of grass into a safe play area, and then they installed a deck across the front of the house. Kristy used the problem-solving skills she’s developed as an interior designer to come up with the sandbox’s design.

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decked out Right-size furnishings and shade turn Angie Packer and Dan Bishop’s unused deck into an inviting fresh-air hangout. PHOTOS PETE KRUMHARDT

ST YLING JOE BOEHM

MEET THE PACKER-BISHOPS

Clean lines and modern shapes appeal to Angie Packer and Dan Bishop, but even they admit the old furniture on their Iowa deck was a tad austere. The two chairs and small table couldn’t seat their family of four, let alone guests. Then again, no one wanted to sit on the sun-baked deck anyway.

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BEFORE ABOVE Angie Packer and Dan Bishop blocked out the sun’s glare by attaching a retractable shade canopy system to the existing pergola. New armless chairs and backless benches make room for both a dining area and a lounge zone within the deck’s 14×17-foot space.


BELOW The couple made a pair of low-profi le cedar

benches to maximize seating using a minimal footprint. “Benches give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to seating,” Angie says. “They can host a crowd in a small space and they’re easy to move around.” BELOW Angie selected

taupe fabric panels so the canopy looks like a natural extension of the house. The panels extend and retract on a sliding track system.

PU M P U P CO LO R WITH EASY-TO C HAN G E ACC E NT PI LLOWS .

GET THE LOOK!

Angie and Dan used self-priming Woodscapes semi-transparent stain in Cedar Bark to revive their deck. $51.49 per gallon; sherwin-williams.com

ABOVE A custom cedar cabinet

topped with a polished concrete countertop adds food prep space and storage. The cabinet was built without a base, so the grill can roll in and out.

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sweet mix Sue Whitney uses a simple combination of circular salvaged metal pieces to bring her garden into bloom. WORDS MEGAN McCONNELL HUGHES

PHOTOS K ARL A CONR AD

DON â&#x20AC;&#x2122;T BE AFR AID TO DECONSTRUCT SALVAGE . BY LOOSENING A FEW BOLTS OR USING A HACKSAW, YOU CAN FREE CIRCULAR ELEMENTS FROM THEIR LINEAR COUNTERPARTS . SUE WHITNEY SHARES MORE FUN FLEAMARKET- FIND IDEAS AT JUNKMARKETSTYLE .COM.


HOW TO CREATE META L FLOW ERS

6–8 round metal pieces in a variety of sizes waterproof glue five 1½-inch wood screws and washers drill Phillips drill bit

LOO K FO R SALVAG E WITH TEX TU RE . FLUTE D O R SCALLO PE D E DG E S ARE I D E AL FO R TH I S PROJ ECT.

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Use waterproof glue to attach a small metal piece to a medium metal piece, creating a flower center. Glue small pieces to larger pieces when possible to make construction quick and easy. Allow ample time for glue to dry.

Position largest metal piece in the center of the fence or location where you want to hang the flowers. Add flower center, created in Step 1, to middle of large round piece. Attach all three metal pieces to the fence using a wood screw, washer (if necessary), and drill.

Gorilla Super Glue Brush & Nozzle has two dispensing options. Choose the fine-bristle brush for controlled coverage or the precision-tip nozzle for quick and easy dispensing. $5–$6; gorillatough.com

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Build third wall flower to the right of the large center flower. Position flower so it is a few inches lower than the prominent center flower. Use drill and a screw to attach a medium round metal piece to the fence. Use drill and screws to finish third flower by hanging remaining small pieces inside the medium round metal piece.

GREAT WALL FLOWERS BEGIN WITH GREAT SALVAGE . COLLECT ALL SORTS OF VINTAGE , ARCHITECTUR AL , AND MODERN JUNK TO CREATE THESE YEAR- ROUND GARDEN BEAUTIES . SUE WHITNEY LIKES TO COMBINE TWO TO FIVE PIECES TO CREATE A SINGLE FLOWER .

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FACAD E FIX One weekend at a time, Maria and John Charbonneaux tackled projects to step up the curb appeal of their lackluster exterior. PHOTOS JAY WILDE

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Maria and John Charbonneaux started their exterior overhaul by stripping away the dated and dilapidated. The rickety storm door came down to reveal a pretty wood door, above. Dinky dented lights were replaced with inexpensive orbs. And the straggly bushes hit the compost pile, replaced with new, colorful perennials.

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MEET THE CHARBONNEAUXES

PORTR AIT PHOTO BEK AH MOLLOY

Upside-down shutters. Peeling paint on the steps. Overgrown shrubs. Geese on the mailbox. It was a facade only a couple of first-time, DIY-happy homeowners could love. Those eager beavers are Maria and John Charbonneaux. When they purchased their Des Moines home six years ago, they only saw potential.

Inspired by a vintage kilim rug, Maria gave a $10 IKEA welcome mat an eye-catching makeover, left. She made her own stencil using an electronic die-cutting tool, then applied the pattern with the help of seven different exterior paint colors. She used leftover paint from two other exterior projects and purchased five sample pots. TH E PATH H O M E

Maria and John connected the driveway to their front door by laying a brick walkway, below left, of pavers picked up for less than 50 cents apiece at a local home improvement store. The couple mapped out the pathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curve using a garden hose and then spray-painted guidelines. After excavating an 8-inch-deep trench that was slightly wider than their intended path, they flattened the trench using a tamper. A weed barrier topped with crushed road stone and sand set the foundation for the bricks, which are laid in a herringbone design with solider courses on each side.

GET THE LOOK!

Illuminate a path at night with wire-free, solar-power lights. These lights charge during the day and provide up to six hours of light when they automatically turn on at dusk. $60 for six; allmodern.com

CO N S I D E R B RIC K S IZE WH E N D ETE R M I N I N G A PATHWAY â&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WI DTH TO AVO I D EX TR A C UTS .

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“OUR 1948 RANCH’S CLASSIC BRICK EXTERIOR WOOED US INTO BUYING IT, BUT WE NEEDED TO UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL!” MARIA CHARBONNEAUX S T E P T H I S WAY

The couple’s sinking concrete steps were mud-jacked to level them, scraped of paint, and then stained. Decorative railings featuring intricate fretwork add architectural detail to the boring stoop, opposite. Maria’s dad used a mix of pressure-treated 6×6s, 2×4s, 2×2 spindles, and deck boards to construct the custom structures. After priming and painting, the couple bolted the railings to the concrete and brick at the stoop, creating footings in the ground for the bottom posts. Obelisks—built from 2×2s—add height to the neighboring garden bed. WINDOW TRIM

Maria and John built a window box, above right, from 1×12 cedar planks using the Kreg Jig K4 Master System and then hung it using 8-inch corner braces. A coat of sealer protects the wood. They also crafted their own shutters from planks of cedar, spending just $125 on wood and paint materials for four shutters.

ALL WOUND UP

Medium-weight yarn tightly wrapped around twigs within a twisted twig wreath from a crafts store issues a warm welcome, above. Clear crafts glue secures the ends.

YOU ’VE GOT MAIL

Outside, a new mailbox, right, is run-of-the-mill, but inside Maria left her mark with a peppy spray-painted hue and a personalized message. She designed a stencil with a favorite font, which she cut from vinyl using an electronic die-cutting tool. To achieve a similar effect, you could hand-cut a fun saying. Use an artists brush and paint to transfer the message to the lid.

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fab furniture f lip Able to see beyond a dated finish, Carrie Waller draws out the beauty of an old dresser’s silhouette with creative paint treatments. PHOTOS JOHN BESSLER

ST YLING CHAR HATCH L ANGOS

HER PROJECT

Update a $150 thrift-store dresser by painting the frame white, staining the drawer fronts dark walnut, and adding a green accent using a herringbone stencil. D ECO R ATI N G ADVICE

Don’t rush it! Decorating a home takes time, and the best rooms come about with a steady evolution. B E S T WAY T O SPEND $50

Accessories at a thrift store. Unique, colorful accessories breathe life into a space.

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I Did It™ (ISSN 2474-5685), 2017. I Did It is published annually in December by Meredith Corp., 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309-3023. In Canada: Mailed under Publications Mail Sales Product Agreement No. 40069223. Canadian BN 12348 2887 RT. Better Homes and Gardens is a registered trademark in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Better Homes and Gardens marca registrada en México. © Meredith Corp. 2016. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A.

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Carrie Waller writes the Dream Green DIY blog from her home in Waynesboro, Virginia.


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