Whether it’s redoing your kitchen cabinets, painting the kids’ bedrooms, or completely overhauling your backyard, a year spent inside our homes has inspired many of us to refresh and renew our spaces. But even if it’s not your first time picking up a paint roller or hammer, taking on new DIY projects can be tricky.
That’s why Country Living and Good Housekeeping decided to team up to host our first-ever Makeover Takeover Renovation Summit on May 12 and 13. The two-day virtual event (sponsored by Trex, Pergo Extreme and Dutch Boy Paints) featured DIY demos, intimate panel discussions and fireside chats packed with design advice, renovation hacks and money-saving secrets from some of our favorite design experts, including the Property Brothers, Emily Henderson, Brian Patrick Flynn, Candace Cameron Bure, Ellen Pompeo, Tia Mowry, Tamron Hall and so many others. What they’ve learned from years of experience — and more than a few missteps! — will help you pull off that amazing DIY home makeover on a real-world budget.
Below, watch each day’s programming in full, or take a look at highlights and clips from each of the panels.
- 1 Yes, You Can Do That!
- 2 Highly Debatable: This or That Part 1
- 3 Secrets of a Serial Decorator
- 4 Design Trends: What’s Hot In Paint, Tiles, Cabinetry, Flooring & More
- 5 Real-Life Design Dilemmas With Beth Diana Smith
- 6 At Home with Brent Ridge & Josh Kilmer Purcell
- 7 Design 101 (First Lesson: Call a Friend)
- 8 Makeover Takeover DIY: Gallery Wall 2.0
- 9 Furniture DIYs with Alex Mata and Elisabeth Engelhart
- 10 Great Outdoor Spaces: Dream Decks, Pretty Patios, Al Fresco Kitchens & More
- 11 The Truth About Total Flips
- 12 Quick Fixes for Old Houses
- 13 Start Small, Conquer All: A DIY Painting Workshop Presented By Dutch Boy® Paints
- 14 At Home With Gail Simmons
- 15 Finding Your Personal Style
- 16 Makeover Takeover DIY: Geometric Wall Features
- 17 Highly Debatable: This or That Part 2
- 18 Real-Life Design Dilemmas with Shea McGee
- 19 The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Renovations
Watch All of Day 1
Our experts tackled how to take on big design risks and renovation projects. “Start simple and just go for it” was the biggest takeaway. They also shared lots of ideas for small changes that have big impact — from changing out all the wall switches in your home, to using paint to create faux moulding around a doorway. Get a pen and pad ready —you’ll want to start a list of inexpensive DIY projects to try while watching this panel.
TVs in the bedroom: for or against? Toilet paper: over or under? Matte or glossy paint? Our favorite design-obsessed celebrities, interior designers, home bloggers and stylists share their thoughts on these and other polarizing design questions.
Actress, author, and producer Tia Mowry shares her passion for all things design in this one-on-one chat led by Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping’s Senior News & Entertainment Editor. Mowry has smart solutions for collaborating with a partner whose design aesthetic is totally different than yours, plus tips for creating a stylish home that is also cozy and kid-friendly.
Presented by Pergo Extreme, Blake, Gibbons and Huh share notes about what’s on-trend in home design — from paint colors to floor plans to wall decor — and which trends are on their way out. Their advice on how to choose what to do in your own home? Go with what you love — even if it’s not so trendy.
We asked readers to send in their design questions, and interior designer Beth Diana Smith offered solutions for how to increase kitchen storage in small spaces, revamp a craft room and more.
Take an exclusive peek inside Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge’s new farmhouse renovation. The founders of Beekman 1802 discuss building their new kitchen around an existing fireplace, using various shades of paint on cabinets to create more depth and height, and dedicating a new room solely to displaying travel treasures. Watch along and get inspired to make unique adjustments to your own home.
Interior Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard joins his longtime friend and “design partner in crime” Ellen Pompeo to talk about their shared passion for upscale home design that embraces comfort. They discuss the ins and outs of home renovations they’ve done together, as well as share their tips on creating gorgeous-but-practical spaces.
Designer Brian Patrick Flynn shows you how to turn a basic wall into a decor statement.
Good Housekeeping stylists Alex Mata and Elisabeth Engelhart gave the same cabinet two completely different looks. Use the tips in their step-by-step tutorials to add personality to a piece you already own with cheap materials like stick-on wallpaper, fabric, and a few tools from your handy-dandy toolbox.
Watch All of Day 2
When considering a major backyard transformation, where do you start? Presented by Trex Company, four outdoor design pros share secrets on picking the perfect layout, materials, lighting and shrubbery to best compliment your unique space and create an environment that is both stylish and functional.
Nischelle Turner, co-host of Entertainment Tonight and longtime DIY enthusiast, joins GH’s Monique Valeris to discuss her past experiences with home renovation projects, where she gets inspiration for new projects, and what is was like to work with an all-female team. She also shared deets about her new gig hosting the upcoming series Celebrity Home Renovation.
Buying a fixer-upper can be a major time and money commitment. But with the right tools and guidance, turning it into the home of your dreams doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Listen in on this candid discussion with our old-home pros to learn from their mistakes and pick up priceless design tricks.
In this tutorial, Renovation Summit sponsor Dutch Boy® shows you easy, quick ways to transform doors, cabinets and trim with paint.
Gail Simmons, host of Bravo’s upcoming series Top Chef Amateurs, currently lives in a former church. Now, she gives us a peek inside the kitchen where many of her culinary adventures take place.
Candace Cameron Bure reflects on her past roles on hit sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, and shares her exciting new home-makeover projects to come in the near future with Country Living Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett.
Cincinnati-based lifestyle blogger Anna Mae Groves shows how to upgrade basic walls with 3-D texture, graphic shapes and fun finishing touches.
Our favorite celebrities, interior designers, home bloggers, paint specialists, stylists and more share their thoughts on controversial design questions.
We asked readers to send in design questions. Shea McGee, founder of the design firm Studio McGee and star of Netflix’s Dream Home Makeover, tackles topics like how to revitalize a space to add value, experiment with textured wallpaper and more!
Planning a major revamp? Home design veterans Drew and Jonathan Scott, a.k.a. the Property Brothers, give cost-effective solutions and budget-friendly tips to help overcome some of those “bound to happen” hiccups throughout the process. Plus, get the scoop on the trends they think will stick or sink.
Thank you to the sponsors of the Country Living x Good Housekeeping 2021 Makeover Takeover Home Renovation Summit: Pergo Extreme, Trex, and Dutch Boy Paint. Check out goodhousekeeping.com/events for more information on upcoming summits.
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