Easy Home Improvements

Plain white room with desk
The Problem: A Boring, All-White Room

If you love the peaceful, beachy look white wood paneling brings to a room, then let this office makeover from The DIY Playbook inspire your next home project. Before the shiplap was installed, the entire room was a blank slate begging for a redesign. Bridget Dutkowski, one of the bloggers behind The DIY Playbook, documented her hunt for the perfect white paint for this room (she ultimately went with Behr’s Falling Snow), but after a few months working in a minimalist office, she was ready to introduce some personality. “After adding the furniture into my office, I realized that the white paint seemed like it could use some additional texture to really warm up the space. That’s where the DIY shiplap came in!” she says.

Home office with shiplap, shelves

Frugal Fix: Add Inexpensive Shiplap

To introduce some texture into the space, Dutkowski created a shiplap accent wall out of inexpensive plywood. How do you get enough wood to cover an entire wall for less than $100? “Instead of buying individual pieces, which can add up quickly, I opted to buy four large plywood pieces and had those cut down to 6-inch strips,” she explains. By painting the plywood with the paint she had left over from the walls, she was able to cut costs and create a cohesive look. When combined with a soft rug and a wooden shelving unit, the wood paneled wall makes the office feel cozy.

Dark red front door with wreath

The Problem: A Front Door in Need of a Refresh

The color you choose for your front door is not only the first thing visitors notice about your home, but this decision may even affect the value of your house. To help narrow down the color choices, some homeowners turn to the advice of experts (here are 7 designers’ top picks), but instead, Jo-Anna Rooney from A Pretty Life opted for a color that reflects how she wants guests to feel when they walk into her home. Before the door received a makeover, it was an attractive red color, but after five years without a refresh, it was starting to feel stale.

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