Up, Up, and Away

Here’s a little secret: Kids appreciate a clean and organized bedroom just as much as adults do. Ok, maybe not ‘just’ as much. I’ve never seen a kid obsessively dust a ceiling fan or arrange books in a bookcase according to height or make sure all the socks in the drawer point in the same direction and OK maybe this is just my own neurosis talking.

Hey, remember that show ‘Jon and Kate plus 8‘? Of course you do. Remember that episode when Kate talked about how after the kids would go to bed she would clean their rooms so hard, right down to arranging the family of dolls in the dollhouse? Well, she turned out to be crazy. But I was like “I get you, Kate.”

The point is, an organized room makes everyone a lot less crazy, kids included.

Amy was starting to feel a little nuts at the lack of storage space in her son’s room. It was a minefield of toys; a twisted ankle waiting to happen.

vintage-sports-makeover before

 

vintage-sports-makeover bedroom

But not today! She redid the entire space, integrating plenty of storage solutions into the vintage sports decor. Studies have shown that kids enjoy their toys more when most of them are put away. Then they can focus on what they are actually playing with without being overwhelmed by choices. This study was performed by me, a person who has kids and watches them do things sometimes. So yeah. Scientific fact.

One thing I especially love about this makeover is how she brought the eye up. In the before room, nothing was over two or three feet tall, making the room feel squatty and bottom-heavy. Now, with the addition of the wainscoating, and the taller bed and bookshelf, it feels so much more balanced and airy.

Does her son love the results? I’m going to wager YES.  Much more to see on her blog My Life From Home.

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Side Chic

One nightstand? A little something on the side?

No. Those hardworking tables beside your bed deserve more recognition than that. Who else dutifully holds your books and alarm clocks and cups of water all through the night? Who else keeps your secrets tucked safely in their drawers? (My secrets include ibuprofen and an adult coloring book).

So give your side tables a pat on the back today. And why not give them a makeover while you’re at it, if they are looking a little worse for the wear.  They’ll thank you for it. (They won’t really. They’re furniture. Stop being crazy). But you’ll thank yourself, I’m sure of that.

Shelly freshened up her nightstand with white paint and colorful new pulls.

white-nighstand-before-copy

 

white-nightstand-copy

She opted not to paint the top, which gives it a little contrast and is also easier to protect than a painted top would be.  Always thinking, that Shelly. See it on her blog 100 Things 2 Do.

 

You may recognize this next table as an antique labor table.  In the olden days, pregnant women would rest their elbows on the table and hold onto the spindles for support as they labored through childbirth. That’s not true, I just made that up. They’re probably for something boring like hanging blankets or towels. Better After reader JoAnne decided to streamline it and removed the handles altogether.

small-black-table-before

small-black-table

Sweet, simple, and space-saving!

 

And here’s another table with an appendage. I’m assuming it’s for holding magazines. For your guns.

NO! I’m kidding. That’s a terrible place to keep bullets. Keep anything else in that little pocket.

levi-inspired-table-before-copy

levi-inspired-table-copy

Aww, and now it looks like an actual pocket. What a fun way to incorporate that into the design. Scottie did a great job making the paint look like denim too. See more on her blog Saved by Scottie.

 

“Lindsey,” you are saying, “those side tables are great. I would love one of my own. But all I have is a broken stool and an old suitcase. I guess I’ll never have a side table to love. I’ll just sit here and feel sad.”

suitcase-side-table-before-copy

 

suitcase-side-table-copy

Oh knock it off. Just slap those two together and boom! Side table. In fact, if you have a taller bed, this might be the best option of all. From Jessica at Live Randomly Simple.

 

Katrina redid this next little table for her aunt’s guest room. What a sweetheart. My nieces have never helped me with MY guest room. My nieces are six and 11 months old, but still. Jerks.

pink-poppy-nightstand-befo-copy

 

pink-poppy-nightstand-after

Kidding, kidding. In fact, I’m quite impressed with Katrina’s makeover, because she’s only 14! She hauled the quilt to Home Depot to match the shade of pink for the paint, and free-handed the poppies on top for some extra flair. She’s going places, this girl.

 

Have a great weekend friend.


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Lusting over Balusters

Question: let’s say you move into a new home, and right smack dab in your face when you open the door is a staircase. And you don’t particularly love the staircase, but there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s functional and super sturdy. Should you just leave it alone and let it do its job?  Or is it worth the time and expense it would take to replace it?

You bet your balusters it’s worth it! Who do you think you are talking to? I hereby give you permission to change anything in your house you don’t love. (Unless you are renting … better ask your landlord first. [Of course, you can always ask for forgiveness rather than permission. {But you didn’t hear that from me}]).

Anyway, Anne found herself in this exact situation, and she didn’t hesitate for a moment. Down went the old staircase …

 

staircase-makeover-before

 

staircase-makeover-after

And up went this fantastic reinterpretation! She and her husband did all the work themselves and it took nearly a month to finish, but it was definitely worth it.  I love the design she achieved by spacing full balusters in between shorter sections. Such a custom look.  Extra points for repainting over those peachy pink walls too. And replacing the black outlets, like why were those ever there in the first place? Black outlets = whyyyyyyyyyyyy?

See more details on this staircase remodel on her blog Planting Sequoias.


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The Fifth Wall

If you’re an actor, your job is to ignore the ‘fourth wall,’ the imaginary barrier that separates the performance from the audience. If you’re an interior designer, your job is to pay attention to all the walls. But what about the fifth wall? Ignoring the fifth wall in a room is the last thing you want to do. Career suicide!

“But Lindsey,” you say, “I’m not an actor. Or an interior designer. But I do want my rooms to look nice. And my room only has four walls. And it’s far too early in the morning for your riddles.”

Fine, just take a look at this super sweet little girl’s bedroom makeover from Stephanie at The Divine Living Space. I bet you can tell what the fifth wall is right away.

stenciled-ceiling-bedroom-makeover-before

stenciled-ceiling-bedroom-makeover-after

The ceiling, of course! Often overlooked, but a great place to add personality to any room. It’s like a big blank canvas just waiting to make a statement. Stephanie made it a  focal point of her daughter’s room with a cheetah print stencil. If you’ve ever stenciled a regular wall before, you know that alone takes major patience, so someone give this lady a medal.

Check out her blog to get all the sweet details of this room, there’s much much more to see! The Divine Living Space.


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