Archive for the ‘Makeovers’ Category

Contact Paper Stencil Lazy Susan

Contact Paper Stencil Lazy Susan Here’s a fun, DIY makeover to help freshen up your tabletop. I’d read here that Contact Paper makes a good stencil material, so I thought I’d give it a try and make over our well-used IKEA lazy Susan. It went from this sad, water-stained (but functional) round… To this happy, decorative centerpiece! First I slapped on two coats of a stain-blocking primer, sanding in-between coats. […] Read more »

Pixelated Pop in a Classic Bath

Pixelated Pop in a Classic Bath This bathroom could turn me into a morning person – the graphic and sunny space that De Meza + Architecture + Interiors designers Gregg De Meza, Jennifer Gustafson and Michelle Nelson created for this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. The fresh colors and crisp cabinetry enticed. But it was the dance of a black-and-white pixelated mosaic that drew us in like fish to a sparkly […] Read more »

Recycled Jeans TV Remote Pocket Pillow

Recycled Jeans TV Remote Pocket Pillow Here’s a practical project that adds a touch of whimsy to your couch. “Where’s the remote, Mom? Hey!! Have you seen the remote?” The interrogation and cushion tossing begins in family rooms across the country. You’d better hope we can find the remote before the opening face-off of The Sharks game. The solution? A Pocket Pillow to hold the remote. And this one’s extra-special, crafted […] Read more »

Makeover — Girl-Next-Door Painted Cupboard

Makeover — Girl-Next-Door Painted Cupboard by Diana Durkes Don your possibilities spectacles and scour the alleys, Design Junkies! It’s DIY time with furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving. This cupboard deserved a second lease on life, I thought when I came upon it in the alley last month. It was in well-used but sturdy […] Read more »

Quick Spray Paint Projects for Spring

Quick Spray Paint Projects for Spring by GraceAnn Simoni Here’s a speedy DIY decor update from Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. GraceAnn shares budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories. — Spring and good weather are finally here. The sun is shining and the birds are singing outside my office window. This means I will again get […] Read more »

Transforming Light Fixtures

Transforming Light Fixtures by Regina Garay We’re doin’ the DIY today with our Decorative Painting and Surface Design Expert, and Contributor Regina Garay. Regina blogs about her creative work and inspiration at Fauxology. — As a decorative painter, I have access to many finishes and techniques that transform surfaces.  A few years ago, I discovered a beautiful lamp in a gorgeous bright lime green.  I bought it and […] Read more »

DIY Upholstered Ottoman with Painted Fabric Quilt

DIY Upholstered Ottoman with Painted Fabric Quilt Quilts are in style. I’m glad because truth is for me, they never went out. Quilt designs are a comforting link with our past, and today’s quilt artists are incredible. (If you ever get the chance — drop in on one of the large quilt shows like Pacific International and you’ll see what I mean — awesome artistry and craftsmanship.) I’m especially smitten with the […] Read more »

How to Make a Living Room Slob Proof

How to Make a Living Room Slob Proof When interior designer Debbie Wiener makes over a room, her goal is twofold: 1) To create a beautiful environment that people are pleased to be in and 2) To “Slobproof” it. Debbie coined the term Slobproof to describe her philosophy of designing with families and pets in mind. Here’s a living room that Debbie recently decorated. The room before was bland and lacked the warmth […] Read more »

A Cook’s California Kitchen

A Cook’s California Kitchen Renovation of a 1940’s Kitchen What happens when you’re born to cook, but your kitchen isn’t? That was the case for the woman who hangs her apron in this beautiful Southern California, Spanish Colonial Revival home. The existing kitchen had vintage 40’s charm—but its style was not in keeping with the home’s architecture or with its rich color palette. And it was far from convenient […] Read more »

Makeover — Eastlake Parlor Chair

Makeover — Eastlake Parlor Chair by Diana Durkes Wahoo! It’s time again for chair sorcery from our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. What to do with a challenging, homely chair? Years ago, this one may have occupied pride of place in the parlor. It emulates the Eastlake style, a late 1800’s […] Read more »

Make Your Warm, Neutral Space Pop with Color

Make Your Warm, Neutral Space Pop with Color Color is powerful. Even if you prefer your rooms anchored in neutral tones, you can achieve an enormous impact with colorful accessories. Bath After See what Dallas Designer Cristie Schlosser, ASID, did with this kitchen and bath renovation. First, check out the Before and Afters of the striking transformation. Bath Before Kitchen Before In the resulting contemporary spaces, Cristie used neutral-toned finishes, accented with pops […] Read more »

Makeover — Embellished Glass Plates

Makeover — Embellished Glass Plates by Diana Durkes Today we beautify a thrift-store find with our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. — For last month’s makeover, I used a thrift shop resource to turn old sweaters into a throw rug. This month, I thought I’d continue the idea of giving new […] Read more »

Designers Coffeehouse — A Designer’s Eye

Designers Coffeehouse — A Designer’s Eye Let’s take a break again in the virtual café as we share a cup o’ joe and a chat with a group of interior designers. Today we are joined by: Linda H. Bassert, of Masterworks Window Fashions & Design in Fairfax, Virginia Barbara Miller, of Barbara Miller Design in West Linn, Oregon Linda Merrill, of Chameleon Interiors in Duxbury, Massachusetts Kerry Ann Dame, of Posh […] Read more »

Bungalow Built-Ins

Bungalow Built-Ins Built-in cabinetry can add storage and charm to a space. Case in point? This San Francisco bungalow dining room. Before “The clients wanted a space to store their large collection of books, collections from travels, linens, and personal photographs,” said designer Jennifer Jones. After “The room is a generous size for a dining area (compared to the rest of the house) so it made sense […] Read more »

Makeover — Recycled Sweater Rug

Makeover — Recycled Sweater Rug by Diana Durkes Today let’s work some DIY magic with our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. — Not that anybody asked me, but in my opinion, crafters are geniuses. They take often overlooked bits of things, parts big and small, and put them together in the […] Read more »

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