Re-doux: A bedroom makeover makeover

Today is my baby boy’s first birthday! Wow! I can’t believe how fast that year went by. As we were talking about what we should do for his birthday today, Mia, my six-year-old gravely announced: “Mom, don’t forget about Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it’s special for him too.” So there you have it. A special day all around.

So before we go have some cupcakes in solemn remembrance, here is a bedroom makeover for you to enjoy, and it’s a two-parter! Alicia started with a super plain beigey-mcbrown bedroom, and eventually mixed things up with a lot of white, plenty of accessories and a DIY headboard.

But that didn’t quite scratch the itch.  She didn’t feel like she had nailed her personal style, but with a few more tweaks and a fabulous board and batten accent wall, she’s finally happy! For now!


brown bedroom before


white bedroom first makeover


White- Board Batten - Bedroom - Makeover | betterafter.netSee more from Alicia at Thrifty and Chic.


PS: I’ve got a $100 gift card giveaway to Micheal’s going on over on my instagram.  Follow along and enter to win!

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Hackage Happening Here

How is your Monday? Mine started off with a lengthy phone call with my bank trying to stop some fraudulent charges on my account. Some low-life scamsters in Scotland were trying to pay an electric bill with my debit card number.  Which … almost makes me feel bad.  Shouldn’t scammers be buying like, pinky rings and fake purses? It’s probably some poor Bob Crachit guy over there just trying to keep his flat warm for Tiny Tim, and here I go scrooging all over their attempts to steal my money.  I’m a jerk.


But if you are also trying to keep your own cash in your pocket, here’s a genius idea from Bethany at Dwellings by DeVore. She wanted a super luxe fancy bench for the end of her bed. She just didn’t want to pay a high-end price, ew.

So she hacked this IKEA table, which was the perfect size for some end-of-the-bed-bench-age.  She simply swapped the glass on top for the wooden shelf on the bottom, upholstered it with fun dalmatian print fabric, and painted it gold. Gorgeous.  I know I say this all the time, but I am for sure making this one.








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In The Pink

Hey hey, pink stuff yay!

I’m not a poet, and I know it. You don’t have to tell me.

But if you like pink, then rub your hands together with glee, because I’ve got some pink makeovers for you today.  And if you don’t, well you probably know someone who does.  And if you don’t, you’re either lying to me, or you don’t have any friends. And if you don’t, I’ll be your friend.  And I like pink.  So here we are.

Kimberly was living in a two bedroom home and pregnant with her third child.  Needing another room, she converted this narrow space into her three-year-old daughter’s bedroom, fulfilling a life-long dream to decorate something pink pink pink girly explosion! So fun.

But don’t you worry, this is only a temporary arrangement until they move to a larger home. You can see more of her super fun style right here at MissFurnellie.


bedroom closet makeover before


Pink - Closet turned Bedroom - Makeover |


I bet you’ll never guess what Better After reader Sara did with this playhouse.  You’re right. She painted it pink! How did you know?

She received it free from a neighbor and fixed it up for her girls. Um, my neighbors never give me anything this cool.  All I get from my neighbors are notes asking me to please remember to close my bathroom blinds at night.  (Haha, I’m kidding.  They ask me to keep them open).

(Just kidding again). (Sorry in advance for your nightmares).

pink playhouse before


Pink - Playhouse - Makeover |


I love the sweet little treatment Jen gave to this yard-sale dresser. She had learned that it was at least 50 years old and didn’t want to sand it for fear of lead-based paint. Also it was the color of depressed urine. No thanks! Primer, paint, and a little hand-painted work on the drawer details, and it looks better than new.

Check out all of her tips and helpful product recommendations for doing the same on her blog All Four Love.


cream dresser before


Pink - White - Dresser - Makeover |

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Replacement in the Basement

Hey there, happy Monday! You may have noticed that I didn’t put up my Saturday post, or, if your weekend was anything like mine, you may have not noticed anything at all and now suddenly it’s Monday and where did the last three days go? I need human-cloning technology to be real already because I could use about three more of me.

I’ve been extra busy because there is something kind of crazy going on this week, and if all goes well, I’ll tell you about it soon.  It has nothing to do with DIY or blogging or anything like that, and you could guess for 100 years and still never guess right. So. How’s that for a teaser?

You’ll just have to wait and see, but not for a great before and after! Because I’ve got a lovely one from Vel who transformed a plain basement bedroom into a guest oasis right here.

Here’s what I love: that she faked a window and hid the storm door with curtains, I love how the bed is so much higher and makes the room feel much … fluffier is the best word I can come up with, the headboard is great, the rug is great, and there’s a lot more to see on her blog Life & Home at 2102.


basement bedroom before |


Yellow - Gray - Basement Bedroom - Makeover |



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