Sasha, aka Tattooed Martha, found the cart pictured above at Goodwill, and although it looks like it was in pretty good condition, its lack of personality just wasn't cutting it. So, Sasha busted out the Krylon and started blasting. Her choice of colors--Sea Glass
It's Budget Decor Month! To kick things off, here's a simple way to give a piece of furniture a ridiculously glamorous (in a good way!) face lift! The end result of this vanity is just stunning!
Jacqueline had been meaning to buy a headboard and add more lighting to her bedroom, but hadn't found the time to do either. Enter NY designer Amanda Nisbet who, in one day, made over the room to suit Jacqueline's style perfectly. Besides not having a headboard and enough lighting, before Jacqueline wasn't
See how this $19.50 dining set, from Goodwill, was transformed into a sleek mid century gem. Hint: Bye bye bulky tabletop.
The Lexan family wanted to upgrade the furnishings in their family room, but they are also looking for a new house. This made the makeover a bit trickier as they needed versatile and neutral pieces that would work in their future home. Take
When it comes to furniture makeovers, it seems that more often than not, the simplest changes can have the most impact. The idea of buying a less than perfect piece in hopes making it over to use in your home on a daily basis can seem overwhelming at times, but like Francois et Moi's thrift store table makeover, sometimes all a piece needs is a fresh coat of paint and an easy hardware change.
So the next time you're at a thrift store or garage sale, be on the lookout for those clunky pieces. Chances are that with a little TLC that it could be the next modern addition to your home!
This bland bedroom had tons of unrealized potential - moody dark walls, lots of light and beautiful wood flooring. But it just wasn't there yet. But with a number of small, do-able changes, the space was transformed into an inspired urban retreat.
Earlier this week, I introduced you to the small converted attic that functions as our home office. It was a mishmash of furniture and stuff and things that we brought over from our previous home. Stuff and things and furniture that just didn't fit the space. Oh, and don't even get me started on the horror show that was the existing paint job... because I can't. I can't even.
Since I work from home (all of the time) and my husband works from home (some of the time), we needed a space that could function for both of us. A few things we wanted: a space that was uncluttered (visually and surface-wise) and had a generous amount of out-of-sight storage options; a space that was calming but still lent itself to productivity; and a space that we could happily spend a good amount of time in without wanting to crawl up the walls. Y'know, the small things.
Now, I don't know if this is the "proper" sequence of events to follow for a room makeover, but we started with the furniture first and ended with the paint. Some people like to paint first, but I like knowing what I'm working with before I pick a color. Tomayto, tomahto.
We were lucky enough and BEYOND THRILLED to work with the cool kids at Haworth. In case you're not familiar with Haworth, they are the makers of incredibly beautiful and high-quality office furniture and workspace systems. While their main focus is in the corporate realm, they do have an online store for residential or small business customers. So, that's awesome.
After measuring twice and ordering once, we decided to go with a black/white/beechwood scheme, with the idea that the light and bright palette would help keep our office feeling airy and open. We ditched the L-shaped desk idea from our previous space and opted for two long desks that could be placed side-by-side, facing the window. There's only one window in the room and it happens to have a pretty decent view -- we couldn't let that go to waste! Besides, sometimes you just need to look up from your computer and stare longingly outside. Right?
With the main office furniture and storage pieces figured out, it was time to make a few other updates and accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! Number one and number two on my list were a ceiling fan (we have no AC and it gets as hot as two rats fighting in a wool sock up in this room), and some insulating shades for the window to help keep the heat out in the summer and the cold out in the winter. A quick search on LampsPlus yielded a perfectly-sized fan for our weirdly sloped ceiling and Blinds.com had exactly what we were looking for with some simple top down, bottom up cell shades. HEAT CRISIS AVERTED.
Now, I am a firm believer that every room needs a rug. A rug instantly cozies up a space and makes it feel more homey. Which, frankly, is always good. Know what else adds a good dose of coziness? Throw pillows. While the primary function of this space is an office, it's a home office and I wanted it to feel as such. So we added a (faux) cowhide rug which, FYI, has been surprisingly durable and easy to keep clean; a whole bunch of pillows; and a casual chair for lounging in the corner with a laptop. Throw in a few plants and some artwork and you're set!
Before all the accessories and window treatments and whozits, we DID paint the walls. Obviously, you want to do that before you actually install anything on the walls or windows if you can help it. In an ideal world, we would have spent a whole bunch of time and money skim coating our walls, but we didn't. Instead, we chose paint in a matte finish which helps hide imperfections and reduces the contrast of heavily textured walls. We picked a neutral white for the ceiling and trim and an oh-so-light grey for the walls. Compared to the previous sage green and streaky yellow-ish hues, the new colors worked WONDERS for making our office feel more spacious.
And there you have it! Our fresh and functional home office makeover, or as I like to call it, the Laptop Lounge!
For those interested, I've included a full source list below. If I've missed something, let me know in the comments!
- Desks: Reside Angled Desk (Haworth)
- Desk Chairs: Very Home Chair - Upholstered Back (Haworth)
- Rug: Grand Canyon (Loloi Rugs)
- Filing Cabinets: Compose Mobile Pedestal (Haworth)
- Credenza: Planes Low Height Credenza (Haworth)
- Task Lights: Pixo Desk Lamp (Haworth)
- Ceiling Fan/Light: Minka Aire Spacesaver White Hugger Ceiling Fan (LampsPlus)
- Window Coverings: Super Insulating Triple Cell Shade (Blinds.com)
- Pillows: Fall 2014 Collection (LoLoi Rugs)
- Dog Bed: Sheepsking Bed (Skookum Dog)
- Lounge Chair: Locust Mari Canvas Butterfly Chair Cover + Brass Chair Frame (Urban Outfitters)
- Side Table: Stump Table (Kalon Studios)
- Wall Shelves: Sand Melamine Shelves + Shelf Clip Brackets (The Container Store)
- Wall Art: Custom Pet Portrait by Jo Chambers, The Pug by Evie Kemp, Sami Woman by Lisa Congdon, Moonrise Kingdom print by Lauren Gregg.
- Wall Paint: Classic Gray in matte (Benjamin Moore)
- Ceiling Paint: Simply White in matte (Benjamin Moore)
- Trim/Doors/Baseboards: Simply White in eggshell (Benjamin Moore)
P.S. Be sure to check out the previous post for more "before" photos!
Disclosure: Haworth, LampsPlus, Blinds.com, and Loloi Rugs provided products for this makeover. All views and opinions are mine alone.
This kitchen was scary, and not in a good way. The matching floor and cabinets for that 'coffin' feeling. The fake brick backsplash reminiscent of a medieval dungeon. The enormous, dark range hood protruding from the ceiling ready
Y'know... sometimes when you're working on a project, you accidentally saw a big line down the middle of an unrelated piece of furniture. Sometimes. When that happens, rather than tossing it to the curb, you put your big "think out side the box" cap on and come up with this idea: wrapping the whole thing in leather.
My friends tease me about my love for the color mint green. I have a phone case that's mint green, and I even recently got a manicure of the same color. So naturally, I fell in love with this dresser makeover immediately. Click through to see what it looks like after its minty fresh makeover.
Last week, I visited my local Sherwin-Williams store to get some paint and tools for a furniture makeover I've been working on. And today, I'm ready to share the results from that makeover. Above is what this quirky little end table looked like before. And here is the (now) three-toned table after:
Oh, don't forget to scroll down to find out how to enter a $200 Sherwin-Williams giveaway!