After: An Atlanta home has been expanded and transformed with a new shake roof, new paint on the brick, new shutters and a more spacious front porch. To get a fresh start on the lawn, they removed some of the existing landscaping.
For an inexpensive quick fix, Atlanta interior designer Steve McKenzie used two shades of gray paint to update an ugly blond 1980s cabinet. He worked with DIY blogger Dena Stormer on the project for Dwell with Dignity, a nonprofit agency that does home makeovers for families living in poverty. "Dwell with Dignity likes to reuse or refurbish anything they can, showing the families that with a little bit of work, you can transform anything," she says. "I love that idea." She removed the doors, sanded it down, taped off the inside, primed it and sprayed the doors separately from the console.
Contemporary and historic collide in this gorgeous, Victorian New Orleans home. Large, vintage inspired mirrors bounce natural light around and reflect the scenery from the french quarter just outside.
Before a home makeover, this home had a tiny front porch and narrow, steep stairs. The home's transformation included the building of an extended deck across the front of the house. Now the home's entrance feels fresh and inviting.
The neutral color of this Spanish-style home makes a perfect backdrop to a beautifully landscaped yard. Bright colors pop in flower beds and window boxes against the home's facade. Application details that complemented the existing architecture were added around the windows and front porch.
Sometimes the key to an updated look hinges on, well, the hinges. In this Georgia lake home kitchen, designer Beth Johnson preserved the original cabinets but removed the existing exposed bronze hinges on the doors and replaced them with hidden hinges. Together with a fresh coat of paint, the wall of cabinets now has a clean, streamlined appeal.
After, this patio has a new table but containers with an interesting patina. Buy cheap containers on closeout at a local home and garden store and then take thinned latex paint and do a wash on the containers for an aged/weathered look, Atlanta interior designer Steve McKenzie.
After: In this amazing makeover by Handcrafted Homes, a new portico is just one of the incredible additions. An island with a rock bed, boulders, trees and flowering plants is the center of a new driveway.