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Stylish makeovers to inspire! Photo: made 2 cREate

A kitchen goes from drab to beautiful and vibrantly modern – all on a tight budget. I love that purple Formica countertop! – Bossy Color Blog

Centsational Girl shows her staircase's transformation from oh-so-generic to eye-poppingly gorgeous. It's CG's entry for One Project Closer's Before and After 2009 competition in support of Habitat for Humanity. Check it out and, if you love it, vote for it. – Centsational Girl

Also up for One Project Closer's top prize is made 2 cREate's Kara. Her stunning bathroom makeover is also absolutely gorgeous. A real work of art. Again, if you love it, vote for it. – made 2 cREate

Wait! Here's another competition worth mentioning. It's the Crafty Chica Challenge. Create an eye-catching Day of the Dead shrine and you'll be up to win a super prize pack. – Craftzine

Speaking of folk art, learn how to brighten up your garden with Mexican folk-style garden flowers crafted from old soda cans. – DIY Network

Like rustic country styles? Check out these photos of uninhabited Russian country houses. The gently dilapidated interiors and exteriors remain quite beautiful. – Beach Bungalow 8

Too high? Too low? Too puny? Get some pointers on the rights and wrongs of wreath hanging. – Hooked on Houses

A Storybook Life shares simple rules for gorgeously decorated walls. Tons of photos will inspire you. – A Storybook Life

Need more decor help? Becky at Houzz explains the secrets to arranging artwork. More stunning photos here, too! – Houzz

Outdated candlesticks are transformed with a coat of spray paint. Learn how to wield a can of paint like an expert. – Chez Larsson

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