DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS

10 Easy Home Improvements for the New Year

Give your home a fresh start with these design resolutions

Customizing cookie-cutter cabinets, reupholstering a tired chair, DIYing nearly-built-in bookcases. Kick off 2015 by giving your home a fresh look and some new functionality.
Customizing cookie-cutter cabinets, reupholstering a tired chair, DIYing nearly-built-in bookcases. Kick off 2015 by giving your home a fresh look and some new functionality.

Like every true design fiend, Lonny's editors are in a permanent state of redecorating. Trying out new styles, rearranging furniture, and DIYing within an inch of their lives—or at least of their fingers—is par for the course. But not wanting to put you through the rigors of a design swing-and-miss, they've hand-picked the 10 most impactful things you can do to your home this year, from the purely aesthetic (meet the new gallery wall), to the oh-so-functional (they're talking toilets).

Maybe your resolution is to try new things, or do one thing each day that scares you. Admirable, indeed. Well making that first nail hole, rolling on that first stripe of paint, or pulling off a cabinet front can be pretty terrifying acts of bravery. To fortify you to go forth and renovate, here are 10 designer– and editor-tested projects that will breathe new life into your home, and the how-to tutorials to complete each with confidence.

Meet the design resolutions you'll really want to keep.

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