Stonewalled

Jaclyn was haunted by this big blank wall. Situated between a sliding glass door and a large window, it desperately needed an OOMPH-factor. The lone TV and electric fireplace were doing a very half-hearted job of delivering any oomph. They had like, 2% oomph.

How about a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace?  Oomphy enough?


White and Gray Fireplace Makeovers | betterafter.net

White and Gray Fireplace Makeovers | betterafter.net

Yes indeed it was! Here’s the best part. This fireplace is simply panels of stone veneer placed over a wooden frame that her husband built. The firebox is an electric insert. The whole thing took two days! Doesn’t it look amazing? See more from Jaclyn at Love and Bellinis.

 

Sally also gave her fireplace a one-way ticket to Oomphville by ditching the beige drywall ‘accents’ and tile surround, and replacing them with beautiful custom woodworking and a stunning herringbone tile design.


White and Gray Fireplace Makeovers | betterafter.net

 

fireplace after

I know! It doesn’t look like it could possibly be the same fireplace and room, but it is! See the proof for yourself at Love of Homes.


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The Mullet Principle

A gallery wall requires precise proportions. Thoughtful weighing and balancing. Much like a mullet.  We can’t have party in the front, AND party in the back, now can we? Party in the front, business in the back? NO!

It’s business in the front, party in the back, and ever shall it be.

Now, simply apply the mullet-principle to your gallery walls. Party up top, business down low.  For example, Cara’s before wall had way too much party.  The top half was great, but everything underneath dragged the whole look down. The desk, the wires, the TV components, it was cluttered and jumbled and gave your eyeball no place to rest.

 

Ikea Hack Media Console Makeover | betterafter.net

Ikea Hack Media Console Makeover | betterafter.net

But now, look what a little streamlining can do! Nothing on the wall even moved!  Cara made it happen by hacking some IKEA consoles, and you can read more about it at The Project Addict.


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The Really Real World

This is the true story … of seven strangers … picked to live in a house … and find out what happens … when housewares stop being polite … and start getting real … The Real World: Jamie’s Bedroom.

On this episode, Drab Wallcolor can no longer put up with Laundry Pile’s excessive drama. Flimsy Curtains and Matronly Lamps have a major blowup, upsetting the sensitive Book Stack. Antique Chest confronts Mismatched Bed Linens, annoyed with her laziness and lack of contribution to the household.

“You just lie there ALL DAY!”

“Get off my back, geezer!”

Something had to change. Something like … all of it.

White Bedroom with Pops of Color Makeover |betterafter.net

White Bedroom with Pops of Color Makeover |betterafter.net

Everything got the boot! Everything that is, except Antique Chest, who got herself a lead in the critically-acclaimed spin-off, Jamie’s Bedroom: Back from the Brink.

See more from Jamie at Southern Revivals.


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Laundry’s a beach.

Woah. You guys blew me away with your applications to participate in The Mystery Thrift-Off!  There were waaaay more than I expected! I’m so excited to get started, but also a little overwhelmed at the thought of narrowing down that list of awesomeness.

I can tell you that I’ve already been scouting around the thrift-stores and giggling with maniacal glee at some of my finds.  I hope you guys know what you’ve signed yourselves up for.

But now, let’s kick Monday in the butt by conquering the laundry room. Liz at Smart Girls DIY took control of what little space she had in here by replacing her washer and dryer with a stackable set, then adding shelves, storage, and more storage.

Colorful Laundry Room Makeover |betterafter.net

 

Colorful Laundry Room Makeover |betterafter.net

It looks at least three times bigger now! I love all the beachy accents too.  Did you know if you start a wash cycle and close your eyes, you can hear the ocean?


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