Sarah Everett

Assistant Editor of Home Projects at Apartment Therapy

Brooklyn, NY

I’m from Columbia, Missouri, a journalism town (okay, technically a college town with a big journalism school). It’s also home to one of my favorite things: True/False Film Fest, an international documentary festival. So I’ve been inspired by journalism/journalists/nonfiction storytelling for, I think, forever? I have an MA and BA in journalism from the University of Missouri and Belmont University, respectively. While in school, I worked for city magazines (and also started working part-time for AT!). I learned to love clever, voicey content that’s helpful, whether it’s recommending something to watch or read, helping you get involved in your community, or helping you decorate your home. As Assistant Editor of Home Projects, I cover DIY and design, and I organize the Before & After series. (If you’ve done a cool project, please send it to me!) Outside of work, I love doing the crossword, chatting with friends, drinking iced lattes, and going on little walks and sometimes longer runs. If there were a job that combined those things, I would do that. But for now, I'll do the next-best thing, where I pretty much do chat with friends, read, drink lattes, and go on little walks — with lots of writing, editing, and looking at cool homes mixed in.
Before and After: Custom Wall-Mount Shelves Turn This Reading Corner into a Bookworm’s Fantasy
This one’s for the bookworms out there!
May 20, 2024
Before and After: Painting the Cabinets in This Kitchen Made Everything Look New Again (No Gut Reno Needed)
It totally transformed the look of the counters.
May 4, 2024
Before and After: A $1,400 Kid’s Room Transformation Features a Smart IKEA Closet Hack
The homeowner completed several first-time DIY projects.
Apr 9, 2024
Before and After: A Tear-Down Makeover Turned This Victorian Living Room into a Stunner
Fear not: The beautiful antique fireplace stayed!
Mar 4, 2024
Before and After: These 5 Redos Make Dated Wood Kitchens Look Modern — Without Refinishing the Cabinets
This one’s for all the renters and early 2000s homeowners with oak cabinets out there. You won’t find any paint here!
Feb 16, 2024
Before and After: A Budget Kitchen Redo Makes Chocolate Brown Cabinets Look Oh-So Chic
Find two ways to fake the look of expensive marble herein.
Feb 12, 2024
Before and After: This Laundry Room Ditched Its Wire Shelves and Now It’s Functional and Cozy
DIYer Karen Sloan added form and function over a six-week project.
Jan 24, 2024
Before and After: A ‘70s Fireplace Goes from a Living Room Eyesore to a Favorite Feature
And it’s easily reversible, too.
Jan 22, 2024
Before and After: Painting the Cabinets in This Kitchen Made Everything Look New Again (No Gut Reno Needed)
It totally transformed the look of the counters.
Dec 27, 2023
Before and After: After a Luxe Yet Cozy Redo, This Basement Doesn’t Even Look Like a Basement
It's still completely functional for the family, but now with lots more luxe style.
Dec 7, 2023
Before and After: A Stained Staircase Loses the Carpet and Gets a Modern Refresh for $60
Goodbye, stained carpeters. Hello, beautiful, custom-stained wood.
Nov 16, 2023
Before and After: This Dramatic $1,500 TV Wall Transformation Is Pure Art
The after is perfect for dimming the lights, curling up under a blanket, and pressing play on a good movie.
Nov 13, 2023
Before and After: This Early 2000s Bathroom Revamp Cost $5,500 — But It Looks Way More Expensive
Lots of DIY and plenty of resourcefulness helped keep costs down in this 2000s builder-grade bathroom makeover.
Nov 13, 2023
Before and After: A 1980s Bathroom Redo Keeps the Original Green Fixtures — and The Result Is Delightful
With the right surroundings, even so-called "dated" fixtures can look contemporary.
Oct 24, 2023
Before and After: This Cozy Living Room Redo Makes You Want to Stay and Hang Out
Come for the epic gallery wall; stay for the clever way to disguise a TV.
Oct 21, 2023
Before and After: A Bare-Walled Bedroom Gets a Truly One-of-a-Kind Makeover for $500
This is a fabulous idea for a kid or teen's room, too.
Oct 19, 2023
Before and After: 2 DIYs Transform a Dingy Staircase into an Artistic Centerpiece
A dripping paint effect without using paint? You'll have to see this staircase to believe it.
Oct 10, 2023
Before and After: A Hand-Me-Down Bunk Bed Inspires a Whole-Room Redo with a Surprising (and Thrilling!) Wallpaper Dupe
This kid's room makes a total 180 thanks to bright new paint and new decor.
Oct 3, 2023
Before and After: How $1,000 IKEA Built-Ins Saved This Cluttered Garage Entryway
The easy DIY project makes the family's entryway way more functional for them.
Sep 28, 2023
Before and After: This Entryway’s Colorful Transformation Has 3 Great Gallery Wall Tricks
A favorite travel destination inspired many pieces of this personality-packed gallery wall.
Sep 22, 2023
Before and After: A Smart Shower Storage Solution Helps Free Up Bathroom Cabinet Space
It's renter-friendly AND budget-friendly.
Aug 20, 2023
Before and After: IKEA Hack Built-In Bookshelves Bring New Life to a Family Room for Just $800
IKEA GERSBY bookshelves become custom-looking shelving in this room-transforming, one-wall redo.
Jul 29, 2023
Before and After: This $450 DIY Laundry Room Redo Went from Dreary and Dysfunctional to Bright and Cheery
One highlight? The bold stenciled statement wall.
Jun 26, 2023
Before and After: Painting the Cabinets in This Kitchen Made Everything Look New Again (No Gut Reno Needed)
It totally transformed the look of the counters.
Jun 26, 2023
Before and After: A Spare Room Becomes an Affordable Yet Fairytale Nursery
Including $75 faux-man (get it?) shades.
Jun 19, 2023
Before and After: A $40 Painted Animal Mural Adds Major Color and Whimsy to a Kid’s Room
When wallpaper proved too pricey, this DIY'er created her own animal design - with paint!
Apr 18, 2023
Before and After: For $150, an Underutilized Closet Becomes a Hideaway Kids’ Crafting Area
“Cloffices” aren’t just for adults.
Apr 4, 2023
Before and After: An $800 Closet-Turned-Nursery Proves the Amazing Potential of Small Spaces
It's packed with DIYs and great small-space IKEA finds.
Mar 7, 2023
Before and After: This Family Room’s IKEA Shelves Look Like Custom Built-Ins, But For a Fraction of the Cost
These homeowners saved literally thousands of dollars (!) with this IKEA dupe for built-ins.
Mar 7, 2023
Before and After: After a Luxe Yet Cozy Redo, This Basement Doesn’t Even Look Like a Basement
It's still completely functional for the family, but now with lots more luxe style.
Feb 13, 2023
Before and After: A $400 DIY Bunkbed Plus Planetary Wallpaper Transform a Grey Kids’ Room
The before was no match for her boys' huge imagination.
Jan 9, 2023