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16 Jaw-Dropping Pictures Of Home Makeover Before-And-Afters

From drab to fab.

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1. This claustrophobia-inducing work space...

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...that was transformed into an uncluttered home office you'd actually get some work done in.

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What a difference putting everything in storage makes! It took just eight days to complete the project, which brilliantly included a small closet built to hide a sewer and other utilities.

2. This very retro kitchen...

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...that got some fresh paint and a whole new vibe.

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And it's still retro! It cost just $250 to update the charming space. Chalk paint was used on the vintage cabinets, and a gorgeous area rug covered up the uninviting floor.

3. This very standard laundry room...

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...that became a minimalist laundry room with lots of nice-looking storage space.

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OK, this makes doing laundry seem slightly more tolerable. Two 40-inch Ikea cabinets hold all of the unsightly cleaning supplies, while sanded and stained cedar fence boards were used for the wood accent wall. The finished transformation cost just $350.

4. This almost completely barren basement room...

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...that was reimagined into a fully outfitted rustic cabin.

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Yes, that is the same room! It cost just $107 to make the transformation, thanks to some free old crate wood and stones scavenged from the side of the road. The fake-out window (looks real, doesn't it?) was created by hanging a photograph a few inches off of the wall and lighting it from behind.

5. This cramped bungalow kitchen...

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...that turned into an airy, marbled cooking wonderland.

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Ina Garten would definitely approve of this kitchen. An obstructive mudroom was demolished to open up the kitchen space and add more storage room. Subway tiles and all-white cabinetry make the widened area seem even more spacious. Plus, check out that pot-filling spigot above the stove!

6. This barren bedroom...

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...that became something that looks straight out of a Crate & Barrel catalog.

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Just rotating the bed gives a bedroom a completely new feel. Subtle wall decorations like the gold birds and a mirror make the room feel simple but cared for.

7. This lime-green and black (?!) situation...

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...that was remade into an open-concept kitchen with all the modern amenities.

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Whoever said black and green was the new thing in kitchen design was seriously disturbed. Here, that motif was stripped away, along with a dividing wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room. The new area looks much more spacious and way less kitschy.

8. This very boring bathroom...

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...that morphed into a classy AF bathroom.

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This transformation feels like a breath of fresh air. Removing the blinds on the window brings in a ton of light, and the new patterned tiling complements the brown and white accents perfectly.

9. This gloomy-looking kitchen with "sticky" cabinets...

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...that was reworked into a much more aesthetically pleasing place to cook and eat.

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It took two people three weekends to DIY this dream. The awkward counter corner and way-too-low cabinets were eliminated for a more space-efficient kitchen. The renovation is as resourceful as it is pretty: All of the wood from the demolished corner area was reused, the cabinets were stripped and repainted white, and the sink was a $50 find from a yard sale!

10. This very basic bathroom...

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...that morphed into a Pinterest-worthy bathroom with an extra sink.

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Ah, the beauty of a light gray wall color. The old shower, which had been DIYed into a stall with a seat in it by a previous owner, was demolished to make way for a tub with fancy new tile. The large medicine cabinet and over-toilet cabinet doubled the limited storage space, and the single sink was turned into a double.

11. This unfinished attic with lots of work to be done...

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...that became this insanely cozy hideaway.

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The jealousy is real. Wood paneling on the ceiling gave the attic a cabin-like feel, and a bed nook was added for an extra coziness factor.

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12. This dark and outdated bathroom with felt (!) wallpaper...

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...that became a bright, modern-meets-rustic masterpiece.

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Is...is that really the same bathroom? The mostly DIY project — a plumber rerouted the water lines and another professional framed everything out — was designed on a computer and created with the help of YouTube videos! The wood wall accents are old pallets that were bought off Craigslist for $1 per piece.

13. This pretty generic staircase...

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...that stepped up its game and became a totally unique staircase.

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So sleek and so cool! Free scrap metal was used for the railing, and the bamboo on the steps makes everything look much more up-to-date. Those cubbyholes underneath the bottom stairs are a brilliant place to kick off a pair of shoes, too.

14. This humdrum home office...

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...that got an upgrade and became this super-stylish work area.

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This looks like a Pottery Barn ad in real life — in a good way. The owners gave the old desk a new stain to help it match the room's new look, added in a dark gray accent wall, and made the lighting fixture out of a $17.99 basket.

15. These awkwardly placed closets...

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...that were reworked into a dressing area with awesome sliding barn doors.

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Proof that bringing the outdoors inside can be a very good idea, the owner also left the middle closet open and later filled it with a dresser. The total project cost about $250.

16. This basic beige bathroom...

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...that became a white wonderland.

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How'd they get it to look so bright with no windows? With high-gloss paint, beveled mirrors, and polished nickel fixtures. Here's hoping they have plenty of Windex for all of it.

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