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Playroom Makeover {Before & After}

When we moved into our last home, we knew right away that this games room would be the future home of our playroom. With the room looking so dark when we purchased it, we knew that we would need A LOT of paint to brighten the space up. I can't even remember exactly how much paint went into it, but the end result was amazing! Total transformation! Come on over to check out the entire transformation as well as a source list!

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Family Room MakeOver

This recently completed client project is definitely one of my favorites!

We opened up a wall into the kitchen, closed a doorway into a hall (yes - CLOSED up a door!) and created a more open concept living space for this family.

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Frugal Faux Floors- Brown Paper Treatment

When we built my craft room in our basement I had a lot of unique ideas I wanted to incorporate into the project. One of those things was to try this technique of using brown paper to create a faux finish for my floor. Shown below are the items you'll need for the first portion of the project.

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Moroccan-Inspired Basement Makeover

When my husband and I relocated for his new job, we lived with his parents while we searched for a place of our own. Itching for some home improvement between houses, I helped my mother-in-law with a makeover of her basement inspired by a trip she took to Morocco!

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Our 100% DIY Hand-Built , Debt-Free, Off-Grid Shelter:

I have been a Hometalk fan for several years and always follow other people's DIY projects. Then I realized I have a massive DIY project of my own, and entered a competition sponsored by a WONDERFUL store in Truckee, CA, called High Camp Home. ( We won the DIY Contest and everything escalated from there. We initially had to find some land, and came across high-elevation farmland in South West Colorado. Starting off in a TENT, we spent the next few years building a shelter from five 40 foot shipping containers, which my husband reinforced with beams and then buried to keep them cool in Summer and warm in Winter. We got a well operating for water as a first action.

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Barn Door using a closet track

While completing my recently renovated basement I knew a barn door was going in there somewhere. Without using the expensive hardware I was able to create my own barn door..

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DIY Closet to Homeschool / Homework Nook

Our oldest started school last year, and we wanted a space just for schooling. The closet in my office was the perfect space. It only took us one weekend and $50 to complete the project. (Details better explained in video)

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Warning (Still) Under Construction

Hello again! we finally took the next step in completing our walk in closet. We decided on a tile floor! We have been looking at the different types and styles at the local big box stores and decided on the aged wood look of these Ceramic tiles.

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Wall of built Ins out of IKEA Hemnes cabinets

When renovating my basement I knew I wanted a wall of built ins. Keeping my budget in mind I created that feature using IKEA bookshelves from the Hemnes line. Visit for more details, pictures and ideas!

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Painted Rug

I painted stripes on the back of my hounds tooth rug. I used blue tape for the stripes and regular old latex paint that I had stashed in the basement. One side hounds tooth the other side beachy stripes! Check out the play by play at

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Episode 5: Dingy Basement to Dreamy Guestroom

< Previous episode | Next episode >Michelle was tired of her run-down basement and desperately wanted to give it a makeover. She was craving a functional and fashionable guestroom, but she didn't know where to start. Michelle decided to bring in Hometalk DIYer Alicia W. to help her plan a design, get the right materials, and get started on some simple updates to transform her space.

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20 Projects Built From Scratch

You may know I love to repurpose, and build new useful pieces from old discarded items. I also love to build stuff from the bottom up. I fly by the seat of my pants, without a sketch or plan. You can see some of my favorite projects, including some fabulous guest posts in my latest Take 2 Tuesday post.

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Weekend Project – Installing New Stair Treads

Have you ever dreamt of having beautiful hardwood stairs but your stairs look something like this? Did you know that you do not have to rip out your old stairs?

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How To Install a Scrap Wood Wall #WallCandy

The back wall of my bonus room/art studio is one of the only vertical spots to hang artwork in the room. In addition to making it a feature wall, I wanted to maximize the art hanging space with some ledges.
I used almost all of the pallet wood and scraps that I had lying around my workshop! I purchased just a few 1 x 4 pine boards for the ledges. Then made those new boards look old!

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DIY Basement Apartment Kitchen

After living "temporarily" in a tiny basement apartment in Toronto ( for 5 + years).. it was starting to wane on me. I was waiting to invest any $$ into my REAL house.. but, I also don’t have any immediate plans to move out- so enough was enough- I made a sweet deal with my amazing landlord.. and made completely made over my basement apartment kitchen, on a major budget! (All in under $2000).

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Basement Craft Room Ceiling

The craft room ceiling was a work in progress a lot longer than I thought it would be. Finding the right look without spending much made my brain hurt from so much thinking...LOL!

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Kids Cave

Unfinished portion of our Basement into a Kids Cave. 4 Kids and a Christmas Budget. We told the kids we were spraying the room for insects... One Weekend Project.

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How I Created Our Home's Mini-Me

When we were little, my mom created several dollhouses for my sister and me. She bought them unfinished, and then meticulously decorated and furnished them, using real carpet, tile, and linoleum remnants on the floors, and using fabric to create wallpaper for the walls. Those dollhouses were our prized possessions and I always envisioned creating a similar dollhouse for my own daughter someday.
Since I have two sons, I kind of assumed that there wouldn't be any dollhouses in my future, so imagine my surprise when - just a couple of weeks before Christmas - my little boys told me a dollhouse was "the only thing they wanted!!" Both boys love looking at photos of our house on my blog, so I decided to personalize the dollhouse to look just like our home - but with Christmas just around the corner, it had to be quick and easy.
I started with an off-the-shelf, primary colored dollhouse like this one...

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Custom Furniture Pieces: Which is your favorite?

Many spaces we design include custom furniture pieces. Whether it's a piece for special storage, or built to suit a unique need - these pieces are not items you can walk into a store and buy! They are custom down to the tiniest detail, and the client can be as specific or as hands-off as they choose in their design.
Which of these is your favorite? What would you change if it was in your home?

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Hiding the Washing Machine

I have an old washing machine in my spare family room. It is old but it works very well and... it is not going anywhere anytime soon. It is going to stay right there, all plugged into the water pipes. Practical but not pretty!

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How to Hide an Electrical Panel in a Finished Basement!

Some electrical panels are perfectly fine hidden behind a metal door but when we finished our basement and had to increase the size of our the panel even more to accommodate the electrical needs for my craft room and the mancave, it looked horrendous.Here are a few pictures of the 'before':

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Makeover A Basement Floor For Less Than $300

Flooring is one of the most expensive changes to make in a home and can easily fall to the bottom of the to-do list because of budget. Give your floors a makeover without breaking the bank by using our floor stencils! A stencil pattern is the secret to adding affordable style to your space. Today we’re going to share with you a stenciled cement floor featuring our Paisley Allover Stencil.

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Dated Basement turned Bright Playroom

Goodbye 1981 orangey wood trim, doors, baseboards, built-in's and tile. Hello bright, fun, modern, playroom! By painting out all the wood to a stark glossy white and covering the tile with dark wood laminate floors this basement went from dungeon to the place we do not want to leave.

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Bar Upgrade

I totally dislike all the Oak in this house. Every time I walk into a room...I sigh! Well, the downstairs Bar area is no exception to this. So, I did a quick little upgrade to buy me some time until I can totally rip this out! So here it is!

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MenDen Basement Finish. All Re-purposed Materials.

My wife and I wanted to give our three boys a great place to hang out. So we did some work on the basement over the past few months. It was unfinished, but framed out previously. We only purchased a few boards, some stain, nails, can lights, and a few tools... to complete this project. Everything else was picked up for free. There are still a few things to button up. I will make posts on those later.