10 Easy DIY Makeovers (with Major Wow Factor!)

10 EASY DIY Makovers via www.abeautifulmess.comThis post has been brewing in my brain for a while. We do a lot of projects around here. Many are easy, most are budget-friendly, but once in a while this extra magic happens when it’s both AND high impact too! Today I’m here to talk about these kinds of X-factor DIY projects. It’s nice when they’re ridiculously easy OR practically free…or when the stars align, both!

With that said, I’ll take moderately easy and pretty inexpensive too. I’m not picky. 

My Top 10 Easy DIY Makeovers 
*Use these as a jumping off point to create your own perfect-for-you versions! 

Paint it white1. Don’t like it? Paint it white!

Once you join the wonderful world of home ownership, there are no rules except for the ones you impose on yourself. If you don’t love it, change it! It’s your home. It makes me sad when people live with things they don’t like. Laura’s white-painted fireplace is a great example! It’s not gonna be for everyone, but she hated it and now she loves it. #chooselove

By the way, it doesn’t have to be white! I love all the paint colors (OK, OK, mostly just gold, yellow, turquoise and some occasional orange or pink). White is just my go-to because it’s timeless, matches everything and quickly brightens up rooms. 

Stamp or stencil a wall2. Stamp or stencil a wall. 

I love this stencil pattern that Mandi used in her bathroom. We’re big statement wall fans here and most of ours were done by hand! (see them all here)

While I wouldn’t necessarily file all these walls under “easy” (some took a whole day to apply), they are super inexpensive and create a huge visual impact. These walls make excellent weekend projects! 

Paint upholstery3. Paint upholstery

You heard me correctly. If a piece is “too far gone” and reupholstery isn’t an option, don’t be afraid to paint your fabric. Next time I try this I am going to try a pattern instead of one color all over. If you just have a few stains, add dots! 😀 

Add a surprise pop of color4. Add a surprise pop of color! 

This is one of my favorite things we did in my kitchen, and then Emma did it in her kitchen too (the true test, right?). It’s so simple, but it really added a lot more personality to my old painted kitchen cabinets. 

Line your shelves5. Line your shelves!

I loved Rachel’s clever, custom bookshelf lining. It completely brought that room to life (and was the perfect renter-friendly option too). Lining shelves is a great way to make a space feel more polished and pulled together with minimal supplies and commitment. 

Another fun solution we found was adhering fabric with rubber cement. I recently removed the fabric after more than a year and it didn’t leave any marks or residue. 

Highly recommended! 

Tie it together with color6. Make thrifted pieces match with color! 

When we first moved into our current home, we had tons of expenses, and new chairs for our 8 seat table were not at the top of our priority list quite yet (plus I couldn’t decide which chairs I even wanted).

I decided to thrift inexpensive, mismatched chairs and paint them all yellow for a quirky (but still matching) look. The result was super cute! We used these chairs for over a year before purchasing a matching set and still have many of them in our house now (randomly scattered throughout rooms).

A lot of you even thought the yellow chairs were cuter and have commented that you miss them. I highly recommend this method for stretching a tight budget or just adding fun color to your dining room! 

Reinvent a %22nothing space%227. Reinvent a “nothing space”. 

We all have them. Perfectly good spaces, hallways, maybe even rooms that aren’t being used to their full potential. 

Our mudroom organization is a great example. Just by adding a few hooks and some stained crates, we created a cozy space that holds most of our gardening tools and random things that we do not want to misplace, like our dogs’ leashes. 

Find those unused spaces in your home and optimize them with a quick, inexpensive makeover! 

Print it big8. Go BIG. 

When it comes to wall art, bigger is most definitely better. We love a good gallery wall, but there can become such a thing as “too many gallery walls”. Plus galleries are much more expensive because, in addition to whatever art you curate or photos you print, you have to buy frames for all of them. 

When you find those spaces that need something big, consider blueprint copies. I have several in my home and love the scale and neutral texture they add to my rooms. Here Laura took it a step farther by framing hers in a neon yellow frame. SO cute (it’s even CUTER in person). 

Half paint a door!9. Half-paint a door or wall. 

I’ve seen half-painted walls all over Pinterest and I love the look. This door in my office only took a couple hours and adds SO much to the space. I would definitely do it again! 

When in doubt... use tape.10. When in doubt, use removable tape! 

This washer/dryer makeover still makes me smile every day. It was super easy to install and has aged perfectly (or would you say, “hasn’t aged at all”?). Either way…I would definitely recommend this for anyone wanting to customize a boring appliance. The sky’s the limit as far as patterns you can create! 

Here are a couple fun temporary decor ideas we did using washi—a graphic heart and a striped doorway. I took the doorway stripes down while we were shooting our book and have regretted it ever since. 

The fun thing about using tape to create pattern is that it’s usually completely removable, so if you’re like me and you’re afraid of changing your mind, that takes some pressure off. 

One more makeover that I haven’t personally done is removing a skirt from a couch! This one is extreme (nerd glasses status) because the couch looks old and “bad vintage”, but just by ripping off the skirt, it looks younger and cooler. So if you see a cute vintage couch with a hideous skirt, just take a closer look and see if you could remove it yourself! 

Thanks for reading, guys! If you have any awesome makeover experiences, I would love to hear them! xx. Elsie 

  • Love this! I am in the process of buying a condo and don’t have a big budget for home renos so this roundup is PERFECT. You all are THE BEST.

  • I love this post so much! I adore interior design and I too am in rented accommodation at the moment. I am going to dottify my washing machine!!!! Fantastic work ladies! Love the mismatched chairs too! X

  • Wow! All of these makeovers look so amazing 🙂


  • Love this post! Amazing ideas!))) Thank you very much!)))

  • Oh my, so many possibilities. I love the shelf lining idea and the stickers on the washer and dryer. So simple, yet so stylish! Thanks for always inspiring me =)

    Juju Sprinkles

  • These are so stunning! I especially love the look of wallpaper. I think that when it is used in moderation you can get a truly beautiful end result. Unfortunately I am a renter, so I am stuck drooling over all of the painting, and wallpaper-ing and such for now!

  • I love the blue on the inside of that cabinet!


  • Gah! Totally loving the blue patterned bathroom wall and the two-toned door. Genius!

  • This is one of the most inspiring posts I’ve read in a long time! I want to go out there and paint/washi tape my entire place!!! Thanks for the inspiration.


  • 4, 6 and 9 were some of my favorites that I’ve seen here, because they’re quirky and colorful and that’s very much my style. Somehow I’d missed 7 but I love that one too now that I’ve seen it. Such great ideas 🙂

  • I absoluteley adore those metal mini-crates you have in your kitchen! Where did you get them?

  • I don’t know how you come up with these amazing ideas, miss. I never fail to be impressed!

  • I like the door, hidden pop of color and painting things white. I also would have never thought that painting furniture would be an option but thats cool.


  • this is EXACTLY the post i had been waiting for. my boyfriend and i are about to move into our first adorable apartment together and i am obsessed with dreaming about the design possibilities. oh yeah, and we have next to no dollas. this is perfect! can’t wait to try a couple of these ideas (definitely lining a bookshelf!).

  • I think it’s called She’s All That :)…it’s streaming on Netflix currently! Love the post ladies, as per usual!

  • Another amazing blog post! The half painted door + painting on the inside of the shelves is perfect.

  • All of these makeovers are amazing, I especially love the idea of reinventing a “nothing space”!


  • I love these! so simple and look so good! I really want to try these

  • Awesome ideas. Love the washing machine design and the stencils in the bathroom. May just steal a couple of these 🙂

  • If I had a dollar for every time I watched that movie back in the day…I could easily afford to do all of these projects!!

    <3 Haley @ www.beautyinthischaos.com

  • She’s all that! I hilariously ordered that movie this week on DVD because I realized I only had it on vhs. Haha. Best!

    Did you feature the painted couch on a “how is it holding up” post? I don’t remember but am so curious to know how it is holding up/with what frequency it is used. I love the idea.

  • Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!


  • This is so inspirational! It’s amazing what a little color and pattern can do to a space. I am in love with the washer and dryer! I want to put striped wall paper all over my house now.

    xx Jill
    Latest Post – How to Wear Horizontal Stripes: Double Down

  • Loooooving these ideas especially yellow chairs!

    -L | www.thenerdymelife.blogspot.com

  • Wonderful pictures.
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  • Hi sweetie
    amazing deco insiration. Kisses
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary – Fashion blog

  • Wowww these photos are amazing
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  • I’m loving these ideas! I’m definitely going to look into the blueprint copies because I have a HUGE empty wall in a guest bedroom. That could be perfect!

  • Some great ideas here! I really want to take to my washing machine with washi tape now!

  • I love that draw on the wall, It’s looks like on a Game box 🙂

  • You guys (and the staff at ABM) are so inspirational! I’m sure you hear that all the time, but SERIOUSLY – sometimes when I read your blog I almost get angsty with all the inspiration and things that I want to do!!! And I love (and am also slightly jealous) that you guys are sisters and have each other and work so well together. Well done all of you!! 🙂 xoxo

  • Wait what movie is that? I don’t recognize it! But it looks like one I’d love!

  • I love that white painted fireplace! Makes the room look so much fresher! 🙂

    Loren | Cloudy Coconut

  • I like featuring large art pieces on a wall. And the suggestion to paint inside a cabinet using a vibrant color is a really fun idea.

    Happy Friday 🙂

  • This list is amazing! I’m renting right now and a lot of these would be perfect for adding temporary color!


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  • LOVE the washer/dryer makeover! It makes me want to do laundry all day long! HA

    Thanks for the inspiration! www.houseofandaloo.com

  • Wow! So much lovely ideas! I want it all in my future home 😀

  • Where is that pillow from displayed on the couch in #9. LOVE IT! Love all these ideas.

  • I’ve always said that the easiest way to makeover a room is to put a mirror in it!! Mark Montano’s Big A$$ Book of Crafts has a LOT of DIY mirror ideas that are AMAZING. And can you really paint upholstery without sweaty legs making the paint bleed on your skin? I’m definitely curious!! 😀

    xoxoxo, Naomi | http://bunnyandfawn.blogspot.com

  • I have a lot of our old furniture in storage right now. This has given me some great ideas on ways to re-purpose some of the pieces!

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