See how major renovations or simple decorating changes completely transformed these homes.
These are 20 of our best before-and-afters, including kitchens, bathrooms, exteriors, and more. You'll be shocked when you see the original version of this spectacular kitchen!
Owners called this diamond in the rough "a pit... with a certain charm and wonderful natural light."
They planned the house and landscaping in unison so that the handsome exterior finishes, paint colors, and architectural detailing would complement the glorious garden.
At first, the homeowners wondered if there was any hope for this 1960s Alpine chalet located far from ski country.
Fieldstone columns, finely detailed dormers, and a wood-shingled roof help transform the house into a cottage-style haven.
A mom-and-daughter team sought to transform this dated bath in their 1920s home.
The finished product has a truly vintage feel and clean lines. Pink tile and unsightly floral wallpaper were replaced with fresh blue beaded board and white paint.
In addition to being drab, this bath was so narrow that the owners could barely slide past one another at the sink.
New flooring, regrouted tile, and fresh paint gives the room a new look. A smaller sink gives the residents more elbow room.
Besides lending its good looks to the backyard, the two-story addition also opened up the kitchen and added a bedroom and extra living space.
This bedroom was virtually a clean slate before the homeowners started the project.
A series of do-it-yourself projects, including the upholstered headboard, completely transform the space.
Homeowners wanted to remove the childhood touches from this master bedroom for a modern, mature look.
The new stylish room is full of surprises, like bright red lamps wired from vases and inexpensive, colorful prints hung together for high impact.
The two nightstands add extra storage space in an inexpensive and innovative way. The skirted tables are actually new metal trash cans topped with 30-inch rounds of plywood. The cans hold seasonal items, such as sweaters, that aren't needed year-round.
Now a pretty botanical theme lightens up the room. Minor color changes make a big difference.
This closed-off kitchen made little use of the space available and was outdated, to boot.
The space is now open to both the family room and dining area and features a large multi-purpose island. All of the appliances were relocated for ease of use and appearance.
The tragic flaw in this big kitchen was the lighting―fluorescents set in a dropped ceiling.
Recessed lighting and a new, 9-foot gypsum drywall ceiling was just the start. New tiles, flooring, and paint complete the picture.
This small kitchen was no longer large enough to accommodate a growing family.
The kitchen now maintains its original U-shaped plan but expands into a former bedroom. Removing the upper cabinets adds even more space.
Now, this wide-open French country kitchen welcomes all comers. Notable details include beaded-board walls and smart black countertops.
New fabrics, paint, and adjustments to the layout have turned it into a showplace.
Though homeowners loved this old bungalow, they found it unlivable. After buying it, they didn't move in for more than a year.
On move-in day, the cottage was aglow and every nook and cranny indoors had gone from sad to super.
The fireplace bore a noticeable cutout for a gas furnace flue and "everything was salmon colored."
The remodeled fireplace is wood-burning and is the centerpiece of the renovated living room. Comfortable furniture and columns add character and definition.
The original kitchen was a tiny galley in need of a total overhaul.
The stunning new kitchen is graced with a generous island and ample cabinets. It opens into a living area fitted with an entertaining wet bar.
This small space was a bedroom next to the original kitchen.
Now, this cozy spot provides room for guests to chat while meals are prepared. Additions include a new fireplace flanked by low bookshelves.
Fabric panels and a fresh coat of paint provide an instant, amazing update. The small travertine marble hearth is comprised of remnants from a stone shop―a great cost-cutting move.
This unappealing fireplace dated the whole room with its contrasting bricks and bronze hardware.
The homeowners created this dazzling look with a combination of textured and latex paint. Built-in bookshelves and favorite artwork add to the appeal.