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10 Before-and-After Projects You Can Do This Weekend (Really!)

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Feels like a good weekend for a project. And we've rounded up some of the best-ever projects from around the web. Ready to be inspired? Take a look.

Horizontal Striped Curtain DIY Project
Like stripes? We do, too (especially to dress a window). These started with basic neutral-toned IKEA curtains and were transformed into stylish room décor.
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DIY Painted Woodcut Platter
Tabletop transformations are some of our favorites. Especially when you can show them off at your next dinner party. A handsome slat of wood gets a brand new life with some surprising touches.
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Neon Toe Flats
Makeovers come in so many creative forms and fashions. Ballet flats get some spirit with hot pink and fluorescent yellow.
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Ikea Hemnes Dresser Hack
Confession: We love IKEA hacks of all shapes and sizes. Since Hemnes already feels like a member of our family, it was inevitable for us not to go wild for this charming makeover.
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Beau Hanging Planter
If you don't look up, you'll risk missing out on the most beautiful accents. These high-flying dip-dyed planters will add an unexpected burst of cheer to an office or corner of your home. Plus, we Get the how-tos at

Reupholstered Print Chair
A good reupholstery project will always have a special place in our decorating hearts. For a modern approach, choose a bold fabric, like graphic black and white, to instantly update plain seats.
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Painting the Painting Table
Bet you wouldn't believe that this desk was originally black. Yep, really. Tackled by one of our favorite designing duo, this project is a must-try. Admit it, the home office is worth it.
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How to Create Floating Desk and Shelves
Smart and creative ways of updating a space makes us oh-so-happy. Please direct your attention to this unbelievably clever project, which carves a work area into your home. Clean, modern, and functional.
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Eraser Stamp Rainbow
This piece of art was made especially for St. Patty's Day, but we love the unexpected tool and technique (pencil eraser as "brush") that created such a cheery masterpiece. This piece of art will invigorate a space all year long.
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DIY Gold Striped Vases
Obsess over flowers much? So do we. An ordinary bouquet of blooms gets an instant update when paired in an extra special vessel. A few bold golden bands give these $1 vases a surprising touch.
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We're making our lists-and checking them twice and three times. If you have a favorite DIY blog that you think we should be checking out, then share it with us. And if it happens to be your own blog, we beg you not to be shy. (We're all friends around here.) E-mail with your recs.