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An Outer Banks cleaning service found a loaded pistol last week in the children’s room of a Kill Devil Hills beach house. The Glock handgun was found in a drawer in a room with bunk beds and toys in a closet, said Rebecca Lancaster, owner of Island Time Property Solutions. The room was used by adults last week, but a family with children moved in this week. “If the cleaners had not seen it, ...

Sure, the ever-functional bathroom is sometimes swept aside in favor of decorating more grandiose rooms. But your bathroom doesn’t have to be boring! It’s the little details that count, so we’ve rounded up seven easy DIY updates for every part of the room, from the walls down to the bottom of your vanity. They’re also inexpensive and quick — you can complete some of these projects in a day. Dust off your tools this weekend and make your bathroom look its best.

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West Elm’s modern nightstand is totally timeless, but for $349 it might take you way too much time to save up for this splurge. Furniture flipper @flipaddie found a free nightstand on Facebook marketplace and used a saw, wood filler, paint, new hardware, and new legs to get the look for way less.

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Kallax cabinets might be a staple in every dorm room, but don’t exactly have a timeless look. This Ikea DIY from @thornecreek adds custom doors, trendy mint paint, and new hardware to completely transform a Kallax into a chic storage unit.

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If you’re dying to try the tile furniture trend, this simple Ikea hack from @lonefoxhome will help you do it on a budget. To make your own, you’ll need an Ikea Besta unit, some extra wood boards to fill out the back, a tile of your choice, and grout.

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In artist @teresa_jack’s quest to turn free and found furniture into $100,000 in sales, she stumbled upon this water damaged mid-century dresser for free on Facebook Marketplace. Using a $50 sander and wood stain, she transforms the dresser into a gorgeous classic piece of furniture that’s received an inbox full of offers for her asking price of $200.

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TikTok user @makingitwithabby found this mid-century modern barrel chair at a thrift store for $2.50, and it was in pretty bad shape. Thanks to a newly upholster cushion in a modern print and a coat of paint, this chair now brings together old and new design elements in a completely chic way.

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Organizing closets is a great opportunity to take stock of how much stuff you own versus what you really use. Pull all the items out of your bedroom closet, and sort them into like categories. Then, get out similar items stashed under beds or in a spare-bedroom closet. Once you have items in a single place, it’s hard to ignore excess and duplication.

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The kitchen can be one of the easiest places to organize. Start by going through the food in your pantry. Box up unwanted items that haven’t been opened and aren’t expired, and take them to your local food shelf. Next, go through your tableware, pots and pans and decorative kitchen accessories. Donate anything you aren’t using regularly or don’t love. Giving makes the letting go a lot easier.

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Your home should reflect your personal style. If you are using furniture that was passed down to you, make it your own by painting it a new color or swapping out hardware such as drawer pulls. Don’t let sentimentality bully you into keeping items that are just not you. If a hand-me-down isn’t working for you, let it go, and make room for a piece that you really love.

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Maximizing space in a 250 square foot apartment might seem like a serious challenge, but TikTok creator @alisssalynnn has some NYC apartment hacks that anyone can implement. First tip: get your lighting off the floor and opt for wall sconces. She also recommends wall shelving, drop leaf tables, and collapsible bedside tables.

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If you find yourself constantly untangling cords from hot tools, this surprisingly simple bathroom storage hack from popular DIY duo The Sorry Girls will solve your storage issues for good. Using wood pieces, wood glue, some white spray paint, and hardware to match the existing bathroom cabinetry, @thesorrygirls show you how to build a pull-out storage cabinet that keeps hair dryers, curling irons, and straighteners organized.

These ideas will help you squeeze more style into your small living room— without sacrificing function. Snug rooms are a chance to get cozy. To seat a crowd, ditch the awkward sectional in favor of small sofas and chairs packed closely together.

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Kids’ outdoor furniture like playhouses should be cleaned and inspected before it’s time to play. Plastic playhouses and furniture can be hosed down with water, or you can use a pressure washer. For wood playhouses, you may need to use a wood-safe solvent and a soft brush. If you’re concerned about critters finding their way into the playhouse, ward them off by planting mint around it.

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