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My daughter, Lulu, recently spotted a shirt that she loved – a dip-dyed watermelon number that set her six-year-old heart a flutter. And bless her heart, I gave her the dreaded “I could totally make that” answer. If you were raised by crafty people, you’ve probably heard that one before. But I held my end of the bargain by creating this simple and oh-so-adorable watermelon shirt that she will wear all summer long. Watch the video below to see how you can make your own just in time for the Fourth of July.

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Dyeing fabric may seem daunting, but it’s so easy! I think this treatment would be really cute on a picnic blanket as well, don’t you? We are just all about some watermelon around here today!

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In case you missed it: A couple of weeks ago, the Design Happens team held a craft challenge here at HGTV Headquarters. We handed nine of your favorite D-Happ bloggers a basic, unfinished, square-shaped wood tray and let everyone’s clever and totally unique ideas take over. The only parameter? With the exception of a few general in-house supplies, each blogger had a $20 budget for materials.

DIY Jewelry Organizer

I’ll admit, I was a bit stumped when I first starting thinking about this craft challenge. I knew I wanted to transform my tray into something other than a tray, but what? So many possibilities. My idea came to me when I stumbled upon a section of decorative aluminum sheets at the craft store. The patterns were not only cute and trendy but also the perfect shape and size for displaying French wire earrings. I decided to make my tray into a hanging jewelry organizer with additional hooks for necklaces. If you’ve been searching for a way to stylishly keep your jewelry in order, here are the steps I followed for this easy DIY project.

6 Steps for a DIY Hanging Jewelry Organizer

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Struggling to find the perfect Father’s Day gift for that special guy? Check out these creative and inexpensive ideas for the techy dad, DIY dad and more!

For the Grill Master

BBQ Dragon

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Dads love gadgets, but they especially love grilling gadgets. Instead of buying him another knife set this year, give Dad the super-powered BBQ Dragon charcoal starter. A top product from DIY Network series I Want Thatthis device is hands-free, portable and gets any charcoal grill ready to cook in 10 minutes or less. Take a look >>

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For the Tech Dad

Automatic Adapter

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Combine Dad’s love of cars and technology with the automatic car adapter. This tiny device plugs into a vehicle’s standard diagnostics port then reports data from the car’s computer back to an app on your smartphone. From there, it can diagnose engine problems, remember where you parked, call for help in a crash and much more. Take a look >>

For the Athlete

DIY cornhole boards from DIY Network

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Step up your homemade gift game this Father’s Day by making Dad this DIY cornhole set. Admit it: It’s so much more fun than that tie he got last year. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

12 More Unique Gift Ideas

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In case you missed it: A couple of weeks ago, the Design Happens team held a craft challenge here at HGTV Headquarters. We handed nine of your favorite D-Happ bloggers a basic, unfinished, square-shaped wood tray and let everyone’s clever and totally unique ideas take over. The only parameter? With the exception of a few general in-house supplies, each blogger had a $20 budget for materials.

We shared nine easy and totally different tray transformations. From a retro wall clock to a moss centerpiece, everyone had a completely different vision for their unfinished tray. BUT we asked you, our faithful readers, to vote on your favorite tray makeover. The votes are in, and you’ve chosen the oh-so-seasonal hanging door planter as your winning tray transformation. Not far behind is the super smart (and super colorful!) hanging jewelry organizer.

DIY Tray Transformation

Your Favorites

Hanging Door Planter

You all loved the seasonality and unexpected use of Chelsea‘s hanging planter. Instagrammer @grannystorey said, “Love them all but 1 is my favorite.” Instagrammer @lesleyg478 agreed: “#1 door decoration!”

Hanging Jewelry Organizer

Fans of Shannon‘s jewelry organizer started picturing their earrings within reach. Instagrammer @claire12469 is ready to get out her glue gun: “Earring holder for sure !!! Please share how to DIY !!” Instagrammer @kimmielewis7 was torn: “Personally, I like the earring holder and the plant idea!”

It looks like we may have missed an idea, though.

Drew Scott on Facebook

Maybe we should pull Drew into our next challenge?!

Stay tuned in the coming days for tutorials on these two trays so you can make them at home!

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A couple of weeks ago, the Design Happens team held a craft challenge here at HGTV Headquarters. (I know — it sounds terrible, right?) We handed everyone a basic, unfinished, square-shaped wood tray and let everyone’s clever and totally unique ideas take over. The only parameter? With the exception of a few general in-house supplies, each blogger had a $20 budget for materials. Drills came out, there was a minor paint mishap, and one project got refaced at least three times. That’s what makes crafting fun — trial and error, then scrubbing liquid gilding off your hands.

Design Happens Tray Challenge

Nine of your favorite Design Happens bloggers participated in our first DIY challenge, and we have the project reveals below. But we also want to know, which one is your favorite? Which DIY would you tackle? Take a look at all the tray transformations, then vote in the poll at the bottom of this post.

Pick Your Favorite Tray Transformation

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I love a good chair. What makes chair rehab projects a bit more exciting to me than other furniture DIYs is that more often than not, a chair gives you the chance to play with colors on the chair itself and by using fabrics. Oh, the combinations! The possibilities! Chair makeovers can easily be one of the cheaper furniture projects you can take on, as Marianne showed us earlier this week in her chair upholstery tutorial. Let’s see how all of you handy DIYers have given your chairs new life.

Instagram user @designs_by_me2 gave these midcentury-style teak chairs a fun, modern update with fresh fabric. The shiny sheen of the fabric adds a luxe look.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @designs_by_me2.

Turquoise spray paint and some light sanding was all that @ournestof5 needed to transform this darling little piece. It pops perfectly against that dark armoire, don’t you think? And those hydrangeas…swoon!

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @ournestof5.

Turquoise and red is one of my all-time favorite color combos, so you know I love this retro set from @vitanovadecor. The bold, striped cushions are super fun, and now I’m craving a shot of espresso.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @vitanovadecor.

Instagrammer @kaylita20 gave us a double dose of chair rehab. This art deco-style chair now looks like it came straight out of a Fixer Upper episode. Below it, a bold, geometric black-and-white print goes a long way to update a chair that once looked like it belonged in a doctor’s office. The chair itself only cost $5! Well done.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @kaylita20.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @kaylita20.

For even more fabulous furniture DIYs from fellow readers, check out the #HGTVmakeover hashtag on Instagram, and keep tagging your projects for our upcoming posts. 

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Welcome to the first installment of our new series, HGTV Design Fix! Everyone has those nagging design issues, from how to move forward on a living room decorating project to how to stretch your budget to the max and still have a stylish home.

Each month, we’ll answer a reader’s question about their biggest design dilemma. This month, we’re talking patio design on a budget. HGTV Facebook fan Tobey M. asks: “When i bought the house, it had a patio with a roof and a concrete floor. It is very dark and dreary. How can i add some privacy and brighten up the area on a very low budget?”

Patio Makeover - HGTV Design Fix

Tobey, you’re in luck — our HGTV.com staff is all about stretching a dollar in the name of good design. Here are some of our favorite ways to add privacy and style to a patio without breaking the bank.

4 Ways to Get the Look >>

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Are you engaged? Have you fallen in the never-ending black hole of wedding decor yet? The options are endless! Even more overwhelming are the quantity of tutorials online for DIYing everything from your wedding flowers and invitations to your favors. How do you know which projects will be worth taking on and which will end up giving you a headache and covering your house in glitter? I’m here to tell you.

You might decide to DIY your wedding decor versus hiring a professional for numerous reasons: to save money, to have creative control, because you enjoy it and to be able to bond with your fiancé over a special project. It’s wonderful to create a few special touches for your wedding with your own two hands. When the projects you take on are fun, simple, interesting, affordable and actually doable, DIYing your wedding decor won’t cause a huge headache. My experience creating custom decor for over 40 weddings in the last four years has taught me the types of projects that are simple for a novice (or even a skilled) crafter to complete. (Remember, I do this for a living.) Most likely, you have a full-time job and other life responsibilities besides planning your wedding. The best projects to do yourself are ones that you can fit into your everyday life without a bunch of stress. Here are my recommendations for what you can do yourself and what you should hire a professional for:

DIY: SIGNAGE

wedding diy signagePhoto by hart & sol photography

Practice your handwriting skills on a few special signs for your wedding. Use these chalk markers on these purchased chalkboards to be able to erase and re-do if you make a mistake. Create a welcome sign, a drink menu and a sign for your guestbook table. The markers, unlike chalk, won’t smudge in transport.

HIRE A PRO: COMPLICATED PAPER GOODS

ceremony program booksPhoto by Kimberly Mufferi Photography

Booklet wedding programs are all the rage right now. Making only one is completely doable. Making 150? Not so much. Hire a local stationer to create amazing, booklet wedding programs for you. Use the inside pages to tell your guests where you met your bridesmaids, a thank you letter to your parents and even the story of how you met.

DIY: SIMPLE PROGRAMS

flag diy wedding programsPhoto by Erika Layne photography

Would you prefer simpler ceremony programs? Make them yourself. Use Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator to layout a very simple ceremony program. Print on my favorite card stock, cut into a flag shape and glue onto a wooden dowel for a fun, unconventional take on a ceremony program.

DIY or No? Find Out

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Ah, Mother’s Day. If you’re a mom yourself, maybe you can relate to this situation: you want to relax and enjoy your day, but hello, you have to recognize your own mom (and mother-in-law too!). This year, I’m letting my daughter Lulu take the reigns, making these beautiful leaf prints.

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Leaf Print Artwork

I’ve already got mine hanging in a gallery wall and two more in frames for the other mothers in my life. Watch the video to see how we make them:

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Are you DIYing anything for Mother’s Day? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Now that those April showers are almost gone, May flowers are prime for the picking … or for gifting! Surprise Mom this Mother’s Day with the gift of fresh blooms. Or if you’re hosting, set a cheerful mood with a gorgeous handmade centerpiece. Get all of your DIY Mother’s Day floral tips and inspiration right here.

CREATE YOUR OWN CHIC + SIMPLE BOUQUET

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Save time and money by handcrafting a simple yet lovely floral gift  Mom will adore. Check out these 10 DIY arrangements you can make in 5 minutes or less >>

Plus, you can easily use blooms from your own garden! These 11 spring flowers look great in fresh arrangements >>

DESIGN LIKE THE PROS

Flower Arranging Tips

A little rusty on your flower arranging skills? Brush up with these 10 top-notch tips. Mom will be so proud!

Perfect Your Flowers for Mom

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I’ll just come right out and say it: I’m a mama’s girl. So naturally, Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. My mom is a rock star and it’s so much fun showering her with love on her special day. Whether you’re celebrating a mother, grandmother, sister, friend or mother figure this May, let her know how amazing she is with some of our favorite DIY gift and project ideas.

DIY Ideas for Mom

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Alright, D-Hap readers. I need you to go way back in your memory banks for a minute. Back in 2012 and 2013 we shared some beautiful design vignettes created by our Home Studio interns that focused on both current and iconic design trends. Aspiring interior designer Justin DiPiero spent two quarters as an HGTV design intern and I’ve been shamelessly Insta-stalking him ever since he left.

Fast forward to 2015 and Justin is now a Homepolish interior designer in New York City. But finding the perfect job came with a bit of a nightmarish task — house hunting in the Big Apple. After finding the perfect spot in Brooklyn, he wanted to throw a city-style housewarming party to thank his friends for hosting him during his search. Certainly one of the perks of being an interior designer is being able to source beautiful products and inspiration to throw a killer soiree on a budget, and that’s just what he did. We love how he infused coastal style with elements found in NYC’s Chinatown. Check it out:

Justin’s Party Tips:

I tried to bring my two worlds together. Since I went to school in the South and identify myself as Southern, I wanted to pay tribute to the past but also inject some of the present; that’s what led the look and decor for the party.

Homepolish Housewarming Party

Homepolish Housewarming Party

Chic + Budget-Friendly Party Ideas

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Last year for Mother’s Day I made this wall shelf from reclaimed pallet wood and transformed it into a succulent planter. My mom loved it! So now that the warm weather is back in full swing here in Tennessee, it’s time to dig out that shelf from winter hibernation and give it some life again. Succulent arrangements make the best gifts because they’re beautiful, easy to maintain and they flourish indoors and out. So if you’re looking for a great gift idea or just want to bring some plant life to your home, follow the 5 easy steps below to make your own gorgeous pallet wood succulent planter.

Pallet Wood Succulent Planter

What You’ll Need

  • wood pallet shelf
  • small bag of potting soil
  • variety of 3.5″ succulents (amount depends on the size of your planter, I used 9)
  • plastic bag or other plastic liner (as needed)
  • pebbles or other small rocks (as needed)

Follow 5 Easy Steps to Make This Gorgeous Planter

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Editors’ note: Today, we’re welcoming wedding designer and HGTV.com contributor Michelle Edgemont to share her wedding-planning savvy in a new series we’re calling Wedding Survival Guide. Recently engaged? Read on for advice from Michelle, and from couples who have planned a wedding — and lived to tell the tale.

You’re engaged…now what? You’ve shared the news with friends and family, so now it’s time to start some serious wedding planning. It can be very overwhelming to plan what is probably the biggest party of your lives. Learn from those who’ve done it before by consulting with newlyweds. A few of my past wedding design clients have kindly shared their tips for what to do first after the proposal.

DECIDE WHAT’S IMPORTANT

brooklyn bride and groom at liberty warehouse

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Liz and Tim were married in an open loft venue, Liberty Warehouse, in Brooklyn. Liz says, “Our decisions were based on what had been important to us throughout our ten year relationship. Brooklyn was where we fell in love and lived together in our first apartment.” Use her advice and make a list of anything and everything that is important to you both or had a huge impact in your relationship. This brainstorming session can help you decide what city to be married in.

CHOOSE YOUR EVENT SIZE

modern indian wedding ceremony

Our Labor of Love

In a multicultural event, Nisha and Brendan were married in a modern, Hindu ceremony. “We both really wanted an outdoor ceremony. Afterwards, we moved the party to a beautiful indoor reception space. The space perfectly accommodated our number of guests,” Nisha says.  Nisha makes a great point here about guest count. The number of loved ones you invite is going to make a huge impact on your ceremony and reception venue choices. Some spaces can’t hold over 200 people, while others might have minimum guest counts on weekends that wouldn’t allow for small weddings. Knowing a rough guest count before you start your venue search is key in finding the right event space for you.

DON’T OD ON INSPIRATION

colorful modern indian wedding reception

Our Labor of Love

Nisha, an Indian bride planning a colorful, whimsical wedding, loved looking at inspiration online right after she was engaged. A few months into the design process, she realized it was better to stay true to what they wanted as a couple instead of constantly looking at all of the wonderful wedding images online. I love this advice! After you get engaged, spend some time getting familiar with classic wedding decor by browsing blogs and magazines. Then, discuss what types of decor are important with your fiance. Make a list, stick to it, and cut your wedding blog browsing down to once a week in order to avoid getting overwhelmed with inspiration.

REAL TALK: TIME TO BUDGET

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Ah, the budget. This step is the most uncomfortable and the most important. How much money do you have to spend? Whether you are eloping or having a 300-guest black tie affair, your wedding is going to cost at least the amount of your marriage license. Decisions cannot be made in the planning process unless you know how much money you have. Talk with your fiance and both sets of parents about the amount of cash everyone is able and willing to contribute. No one likes to talk about money. It might be awkward. Someone might get upset/angry/disappointed. But, when the conversations are over, you’ll have an amount to work with. It could be $5,000 or $50,000. Either way, you’ll know where you stand, and what you can afford.

You’ll be glad you spent the time thinking about what you really want and can afford when the process gets rolling.

So tell me: Which of these steps have you taken? What wedding questions are stumping you? I’m here to help.

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Yes, I am an adult with no children who still decorates eggs every year. Why? It’s a blank canvas with endless possibilities, and there are always new techniques to try.

So hard-boil up a dozen or use an egg blower and a dremel to drain the eggshells without cracking them, allowing you to keep these decorated eggs for years to come. Then, try one of these fun new ways to dress up your eggs.

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GOLD-DIPPED EGGS

These industrial-inspired eggs are perfect for industrial-modern design lovers! Abby Larson, Founder/Editor of Style Me Pretty Living, used grape juice and vinegar to create the cool, concrete-inspired effect. Stop there for a version you can turn into egg salad — or add a gold accent for a decorative-only egg with lots of sparkle.

Gold Dipped Marbled Eggs

Image courtesy Abby Larson/Style Me Pretty Living

MATERIALS

  • grape juice
  • white vinegar
  • white eggs
  • glass or metal bowl
  • gold paint

DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Hard boil or blow out your eggs. (If hard boiled, keep in mind these eggs will not be edible later. If blown out, you will need to place something on top of the bowl to keep the eggs covered in the dye).

Step 2: Mix equal parts grape juice & vinegar in a bowl, enough to submerge your eggs. Place eggs in the bowl and leave overnight.

Step 3: The next day, remove eggs from the bowl and rinse off. Use a paper towel to rub away the foamy layer, revealing the marbled surface.

Step 4: Dip egg partially into a cup of gold paint. Place upside-down in egg carton to dry.

Step 5: Place in a bowl on your Easter table to enjoy!

Gold-Dipped Marbled Easter Eggs From HGTV.com

Image courtesy Abby Larson/Style Me Pretty Living

4 MORE EASTER EGG DIYS

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Truth time: If DIY were a grade in school I probably would have already been left behind, though not for lack of enthusiasm!

I really want to be a DIY ninja but knowing my own limitations, I try to remind myself that I need to stay focused on projects that don’t leave me in a puddle of tears on my living room floor with glue gun cartridges stuck in my hair. This is why I was so excited when I had a recent brainstorm and decided I wanted to nail a rug to my wall.

How to Hang a Rug on the Wall

As a renter, I’m always looking for easy ways to upgrade my home without putting my security deposit in jeopardy. Luckily, this rug-nailing bonanza fits the bill perfectly. It’s easier than removable wallpaper (no seams to line up!), doesn’t involve paint (woo hoo!) and can drastically change the look of your space.

All you need is a rug, some nails and a hammer. (You can also do this project with screws and a drill.) Here’s how:

1. Choose a rug that will work well with your space. I was hoping to zhush up my bathroom and wanted to go bold, so I chose a brightly colored cotton rug. It’s best if you can find a thinner rug that’s easier to attach to your wall. I would also recommend choosing a rug that’s as close as you can get in size to the space you need to fill, but err on the side of slightly larger.

2. Decide how you’d like to position the rug on your wall. Originally, I wanted to cover my entire wall (and, in fact, purchased two rugs so that I could). However, once I got the first rug up, I decided I loved how it looked, so I ditched my plan for covering the whole wall. Hold your rug up and see if you prefer to start at the ceiling level, the floor level or perhaps hang it in the middle of the wall like it’s a piece of art.

3. Start nailing the rug to your wall. If your rug is slightly larger (as mine was) you can fold it back a bit until it’s as wide or as tall as you  need it to be. You can nail the rug to the wall all around the perimeter. Depending on the fabric of your rug, you might need more or fewer nails to keep it up there. You will also likely need someone to help you hold the rug in place as you hammer all the nails in.

That’s it. Seriously!

Have you ever tried this wall hanging technique? Or, what art alternatives have you tried? Let us know in the comments below.

Here’s another method you can try: How to Turn a Rug Into a Wall Art Tapestry

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This year, I’m in charge of dessert for my family’s Easter dinner. Sure, there’s a lot to love about bunny-shaped treats and classic coconut cakes, but this year, I’m thinking pizza. Egg-shaped fruit pizza, to be exact! Just look:

Easter Dessert Recipe - Egg-Shaped Fruit Pizza
This impressive-looking dessert is deceptively simple thanks to store-bought sugar cookie dough and an easy-to-make lemony whipped cream topping. Watch how it’s done.

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See, even non-bakers can totally do this! Have fun by swapping in your favorite fruit and creating your own custom design. It’s a giant blank canvas. The best part: It can double as an Easter centerpiece…until your family gobbles it up, that is.

What are you serving on your Easter table this Sunday? Tell us about it in the comments below. 

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The recent arrival of spring can mean only one thing: Easter with all its colored-egg-and-chocolate-bunny-awesomeness is right around the corner. And, what do you need to hold said eggs and candy? A cute Easter bucket, of course!

Handmade Feathered Chick Easter Bucket

Make your own with our step-by-step instructions >>

Yes, I said “bucket” not “basket.” Readily available at your local hardware or craft store, a bucket is a great stand-in for a traditional Easter basket because its smooth sides allow for all kinds of crafty creativity. Plus, it’s just the right size for stashing your kid’s stuff — like small toys or art supplies — the other 364 days of the year.

Easy and inexpensive (you just need a bucket and a few craft-store materials), this is one project you can tackle while watching a favorite show. Get crafting with these step-by-step instructions:

Handmade Feathered Chick Easter Bucket

Looking for more original Easter ideas? From recipes to egg-dyeing tips to easy decorating ideas, we’ve got you covered. Just hop on over to HGTV’s Easter Central, then be sure to share your Easter ideas and tips with us in the comments below.

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Something must be in the water around these parts. Between Marianne’s nightstand and Liz’s upcoming dresser project, it seems like everyone around here has caught the DIY furniture bug. Our readers are no exception.

Since Liz is still deciding how to transform her own bedroom dresser, we rounded up some favorites from the #HGTVmakeover hashtag on Instagram to keep the creative juices flowing.

We’re loving the trend of colorful custom furniture to add fun and personality to a room. I feel like we all have a piece like this one from @Heather_Hill5 taking up space in a garage. Her finished gray dresser is another example of how far a coat of paint and new knobs can go in reviving a piece of furniture that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @heather_hill5

Logan from @thestylishpeach shares the details of this mid-century modern makeover on her blog. In her case, the original dresser had too many scratches and stains for it to work as-is. A few smart and trendy choices make this piece look like it came straight from a fancy furniture show room.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @thestylishpeach

Ombre is a trend that’s still making the rounds on window treatments, decorative art and focal walls. We especially love it on the drawers of a dresser, seen below in a lovely blue-gray hue by @beautymark_furniture.  Want to make your own ombre dresser? We’ll show you how.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @beautymark_furniture

More DIY Dressers We Love

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I absolutely love gardening. But because I live in an apartment, my “garden” is just an assortment of containers that I refresh each spring. So, instead of spending money on new pots this year, I decided to search for creative ways to revamp my basic terra cotta containers. I found out there’s so much you can do with them, from paint and fabric to materials like rope. Check out these easy and creative planter projects I’m dying to try this spring.

ModPodge + Fabric

These adorable fabric-wrapped pots are super simple and make perfect Mother’s Day gifts. Although they aren’t intended for outside use, they’re great for potting orchids, indoor succulents or as decorative catchalls. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Add more color with these glow-in-the-dark planters >>

Milk Paint

If you’re going for a French Country look this year, these milk-painted pots are perfect. Use them as centerpieces, gifts or for a weathered feel in the garden. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Rustic Rope

Terra cotta pots wrapped in rope on HGTV.com

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Create these French Country-inspired planters with terra cotta pots, sisal rope and metallic spray paint. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

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