8 Great DIYs from the One Room Challenge

For the last week I’ve been working my way through all the One Room Challenge reveals and trying to take a look at every entry. It’s really been inspiring to see the changes people affected in their homes in such a short time. In addition to painting, demoing, shopping (and returning), styling, and shooting these spaces, a number of participants also found time include their own DIY projects, with some incredibly beautiful and creative results.

Here are my 8 favorite DIYs done by One Room Challenge participants. I wish I could find a place for all of them in my own home!

1. Sleek and Modern Buffet

Brit from House Updated built this ultra cool buffet for her dining room using a cabinet base, wood top, and a Salvation Army belt. It looks amazing!

You can see her whole gorgeous space here, and check out the DIY for her buffet here.

2. Insanely Gorgeous Copper Floors

Melissa from A Prudent Life made blew me away with these crazy beautiful copper floors in her GARAGE. They really are incredible!

She’s going to be posting the entire tutorial next month, but for now you read about the floors here and see her entire really jealousy-inducing garage makeover here.

3. Picture Perfect Built-in Bookcases

Sabrina from Pink Little Notebook created these FABULOUS bookcases out of nothing, and they are absolutely perfect for the space. They have integrated lighting, sconces, perfect architectural detail, and space for a window seat. They are downright dreamy!

See her serene and beautifully styled living/dining room makeover here.

4. Pinch-Pleated Dropcloth Curtains

Julia from Home on 129 Acres whipped up these simple pinch-pleated curtains that are the definition of casual elegance.

Her bold blue walls are also really inspiring me right now! Check out her lovely master bedroom makeover here.

5. Funky Mid-century Side Table with Pin-hair Legs

Erin from Whaling City Cottage made this easy but adorable side table to contrast with her son’s traditional bed. It’s simple enough to make in an afternoon, but it adds such a fun touch.

See the DIY here, and then check out all the details from her son’s adorable vintage-inspired room here.

6. Whimsical Potato-stamped Feature Wall

June from Nostalgiecat really made me smile with her beautiful, bright, and original makeover of her daughter’s room. It totally makes me want to be a kid again (only hipper this time)! June’s design was inspired by a Ferm Living wallpaper, which she recreated using a potato stamp. GENIUS.

I seriously want to do the DIY here. And definitely do not miss the full room reveal here. June did an awesome job! She made the lovely lantern light pictured above, too.

7. Glam Office Desk

Kimberly from Swoon Worthy transformed a common (and honestly not too attractive) office desk into a statement piece perfectly suited to her glam and gorgeous office. This one took some vision, folks.

See the desk makeover here, and swoon over all the details of her office reveal here.

8. Reclaimed Wood Valance

Jenna Sue of Jenna Sue Design Co. did so many DIY projects in her bathroom that it was hard to pick just one, but I love the simple wood valance she made with just a plank and a jigsaw.

I’m in total awe of this entire makeover. Even as stunning as this photos is, you HAVE TO see the befores to really appreciate what was accomplished here. Check it out immediately right here.

These are some really creative ladies, for sure! Which was your favorite, or would you be most likely to try in your own home?

I was considering taking a small hiatus to rest up after finishing the kitchen, but then I did some impulse painting in the downstairs bedroom, so it looks like I’ll be taking that on for my next project. I should have an update (and cautionary tale against impulse painting, which should really be self-explanatory) on that coming up for you soon!


13 thoughts on “8 Great DIYs from the One Room Challenge

  1. Thank you so much for including my floors in this brilliant round up! I have been through every link in the ORC, but missed some of the details you pointed out. So much goodness!


    • Love love your whole makeover, Melissa! So inspiring, especially for a space many let be relegated to storing junk (or garage-less folk like me dream of letting be relegated to storing junk ;)). The floors were an absolute stroke of creative genius!


  2. Thank you so much for including my buffet in your round-up, Britt! We use the buffet daily and am so glad someone likes it besides me. 🙂 Can’t wait to check out the details from all of your picks – such great choices!


  3. Yes, awesome decorations, creative ladies for sure. The no.6, potato wall stuff and the pink and plant office are something I like from here. You guys do make home life fun its not just a place to be, stay and do nothing, very inspiring.


    • Amazing creativity! I love the potato stamp, too. THAT is a project that took patience, for sure. It was a nice boost in inspiration and motivation to see the great work everyone did.


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