A Repurpose Report

All hail the creative visionairres of the world, who see things differently and dare to step outside the norm. I try to be like that sometimes, but the only thing I usually end up creating are words that don’t exist; for example ‘visionairres.’

Gail is one of those creative souls.  She took a look at this headboard and didn’t think ‘headboard.’ She thought …

Headboard Shelf Before

Headboard Shelf

… ‘headboard shelf!’ Whoulda thunk? Obviously not me. See it at My RePurposed Life.


Kandice also took a look at this hutch and didn’t just think ‘hutch.’

Gray Flowered Curio Cabinet Before


Gray Flowered Curio Cabinet

Ok, so she kinda did, but more along the lines of “Hutch, only with the top cut off and repurposed it into a buffet/display case with a cute little set of feet at the bottom and the perfectly neural yet visually exciting flowered print on the back.”

It’s just that easy.  See more from Kandice at  Just the Woods.

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My Dining Room Makeover

Hey gang! So, we’ve been in our house for about a year and a half now, and I know for some people that’s more than enough time to get their act together and have the entire house 100% decorated and styled to their heart’s content.  Are you one of those people? Congratulations, I hate you.

Just kidding. I don’t hate you, I want to be you. But that’s just not the way I work, and I suspect most of us are the same way. Creating a home you love that truly reflects your style is long, loooong process. Fraught with trial and error. Heck, even just nailing down your ‘style’ is tricky business.

So, while the overwhelming majority of my house is still builder-beige and there are plenty of empty walls patiently waiting for attention, I’m slowly trying to make progress.

I’ve been working on my dining room, and while I’m not totally content with it yet, it’s coming along! This is what it looked like last year at Christmas time.  Shield your eyes from the festiveness about to assault you:

dining room makeover before

WHEW. That was overwhelming.

Since then, I’ve made just a few simple changes in here, namely curtains, a new light fixture, a tiny little bit of paint, and a new rug, and here is the result:

dining room makeover after  dining room rug black and white

I liked the old rug, it just was way too off-white to look good with all the white-white furniture in here, so it has moved to a different room. I LOVE the new rug, it’s super duper soft, and the hexagon pattern is echoed in the mirror on the wall.

I also painted the ceiling black and now, much like Mick Jagger, I want to paint everything black. It’s so dramatic!  Unpainted ceilings: so not dramatic. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

painted ceiling before

But, like I said, getting to that point is often a LOT of trial and error. For example: I thought I would use a popular deep gray called Peppercorn and that it would look duh, awesome, so I slapped on a quart and it did not look awesome.

I’ve used it successfully in other places in my house, but in this room it just looked purple. And also, a quart was nowhere near enough.  So, stupidly, I went back to the store and had them mix up another quart of Peppercorn. And they didn’t mix it exactly the same as the first time, so my second coat was slightly lighter (and more purpley) than the first coat, which meant my second coat was null and void.  It looked like garbage.  I left it like that for about a week while I pouted.

Then I thought, “Lindsey, look deep into your heart. What do you REALLY want?” And I had to tell myself the truth.  I wanted a black ceiling. None of this gentle gray nonsense.


repainting the ceiling black

This time I bought a gallon of black (lightened by 10%), and within the first few brush strokes, I knew I had done the right thing.

repainting the ceiling

Oooh, do you notice that perfectly straight line? It’s all thanks to my ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE painting tool of all time, and I’ve only recently discovered it, but I will never paint anything without it. No joke.

It’s the Shur-Line Paint Edger, it’s super inexpensive, and you will never have to use painter’s tape to mask off edges again.  It’s the only reason I was able to paint FIVE coats of paint on the ceiling without spending 1000 hours taping and losing my mind, my will to live, and all blood-flow to my brain.


dining room with black ceiling

dining room table plaid runner

The orb chandelier is a slight step up from the builder fixture that was there before. Understatement.

gray curtain close up

The curtains are from Budget Blinds and I’m pretty thrilled with them.  They offer LONG lengths, which is so hard to find. They have tons of options to choose from, I went with charcoal linen, and was happy to see that they come fully lined. I was even able to customize my grommet color to make sure it matched my curtain rod.

long gray curtains

I actually have two panels on each side, four panels total, because I like a nice full look. I definitely recommend!

(My fiddle leaf fig will die immediately if I move it from that spot).


orb chandilier in dining room    thanksgiving tablescape

I’m currently displaying my pretty pumpkin collection for Thanksgiving/Fall; I try to find a new one each year. Also, do you like my plaid table runner? Just kidding, it’s a scarf! A huge huge scarf.  You can find that huge huge scarf at Target.

And here are the sources for everything else!

Apex Hexagon Rug from RugsUSA (It’s 70% off right now!!)

Shur-Line Paint Edger

Curtains from Budget Blinds.

Orb Chrome Chandelier from Overstock.com

Huge Huge Scarf


Thanks for reading friend, hope you enjoyed.  Have a great weekend.


<<This post contains affiliate links; curtains were provided courtesy of Budget Blinds; all words and opinions are my own.

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Toodle-oo Tiny Tile!

Tiles for miles! That’s what Corey was up against in this bathroom remodel she did for her aunt. Tons and tons of tiny one-inch tile.  The shower was tiled, the tub was tiled, the weird little area in the corner of the two was tiled.  Let’s talk about THAT for a second. What on earth?? I’m so curious what it was used for.  I can’t even make a semi-plausible guess. It has a drain in it so … yeah I have nothing.  Watering plants? Washing a dog? Literally there is no activity that would make sense in there.

Let’s see how she conquered the problem …

Dark Wood and Tile Bathroom Before 1

Dark Wood and Tile Bathroom 1

Problem? What problem? All I see is a gorgeous bathroom.  It looks so good in fact, that as was reading about it on Corey’s blog, I kind of passed over the after pictures, thinking they were inspiration photos from a magazine or something, not the actual bathroom itself!

She capitalized on the natural lighting, while everything else around it was updated with a very zen, spa-like vibe. (I’m guessing this house is in a very secluded location, otherwise the neighbors are capitalizing on that natural lighting too…)

Dark Wood and Tile Bathroom Before


dark wood bathroom makeover vanity

Previously, her aunt couldn’t even use the tub because of a leak, and the shower was broken too. Maybe THAT’S what the strange little corner nook was for. Backup. But now thanks to Corey, not only can she soak and shower, she can do it in style!

bathroom makeover tiled tub before


bathroom makeover tiled tub after

I’d never leave!  See all the details from Corey at Hey There, Home.

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Just Beachy

I’m dreaming of the beach today because it’s a FREAKING POLAR VORTEX here in Phoenix and I’m freezing to death. Yes, it actually gets cold here. Yes, 60 degrees is cold. Is too. I even got out my coat. The PUFFY ONE. It’s serious.

So maybe some coastal-inspired makeovers will help us endure this frigid season of freezingness, or at least inspire someone to take a second look at that sketchy cloche in the thrift-store:

Coastal Cloche Before

Coastal Cloche

From grandma’s basement to your best friend’s beach-house! You could run in any direction with this idea. Cloche’s are rather easy to find.  Not so easy to say. Closhhh? Claw-shay? Clockguhhuh? <– that’s how I say it and I’m absolutely certain I’m correct.

I have no idea.  But I do know that you can see more from Marianne at Songbird.


How about a countertop cabinet? Could this countrified cutie ever be beachy?

Beach Bathroom Cabinet Before


Beach Bathroom Cabinet

You bet your buns it can. Christy gave it plenty of coastal charm with a transferred ‘beach’ graphic and a fresh set of doors made from pieces of her old fence. Grand total: $8! Wow! See it at Confessions of a Serial DIYer.


And lastly, this boob-light from Heather that definitely did not have a beachy vibe happening at all.  Not the beaches I go to anyway, I don’t know what you’re into.




Chime Light

She dismantled it, de-shined it, and de-boobed it by simply attaching a capiz-shell shade that she already had with zip-ties. Don’t have a capiz-shell shade lying around? Did you know you can actually make a knock-off version with wax paper and an iron?  There are tons of tutorials online, I’d google it for you, but my hands are literally frozen.

Anyway, you have to check out Heather’s post on her blog The Heathered Nest, if not for the litany of boobtacular boob jokes, but also for her ingenious and hilarious suggestions for reusing boob-lights. Oh, the possibilities …

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