Seeing Things in Black & White

Happy Labor Day! It should really be called Day Off of Labor Day.  Except I am planning to use it to do a few projects around the house, and I suspect many of you might do the same, so Labor Day it is!

However, my daughter Mia, who is five, declared that she is throwing a pool party at the neighborhood pool; and has spent the entire weekend making posters and inviting strangers, so we might end up at the pool too.

So here is something to tickle your eyeballs before you head off to the pool or BBQ or hardware store.  Judy and Jess transformed this awkward space into a showroom-worthy dining room. I mean, it is stunning. Makes me want to do my entire house in black and white. And my wardrobe. Everything. Outside of my car. Inside of my fridge. Whatever.

Head on over to their site Verandah House to see all the delicious details!

 

veranda dining room before | betterafter.net

 

Verandah House dining room makeover | betterafter.net

 

PS: One more day to enter the HomeGoods giftcard giveaway!  Winner announced tomorrow.


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You and me and the fridge makes three.

I know a few people who have never used a microwave.  Don’t have one, don’t want one.  Likewise, many people forgo dishwashers and just do the dishes themselves.  (I am neither of those people, by the way.  I am intent on creating a home appliance robot army).

But what about a fridge?  Errbody uses those.  Dorm rooms, hotel rooms, some people even have an extra fridge in the garage! Since the fridge is such a big component in the home, literally, why not treat it like the member of the family it is, with its own little room? Suzan built a nice niche for her fridge, and now it takes up way less floor space and the flow of the kitchen is vastly improved. (Actually, everything was vastly improved in here).

See this and more (like her paneled kitchen ceiling!) on her blog Simply Vintageous.

Don't miss this updated black and white kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

 

Don't miss this updated black and white kitchen makeover at betterafter.netSee? It really is one of the family.


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From a Yellow Bellow to Cream and Dreamy

Look.  Fans of yellow.  We need to have a talk.  Apparently, painting a room yellow is a way bad idea. Look at some facts I just learned according to a psychological study on the effect of colors:

- Yellow can create feelings of frustration and anger. While it is considered a cheerful color, people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.

- Yellow is the most fatiguing to the eye due to the high amount of light that is reflected. Using yellow as a background on paper or computer monitors can lead to eyestrain or vision loss in extreme cases.

EXTRA CRY-Y BABIES?!  VISION LOSS!?   No thanks Jose.

That’s why this overly yellow kitchen had to go.  Well, that and the fact that it was outright hideous.  The talented duo of Ali and Brian at BK Wenger Properties had a go at it, making it beautiful, traditional, and unlikely to cause anyone to fly into a yellow-induced temper rage.

 

Don't miss this gorgeous kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

 

Don't miss this gorgeous kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

I don’t even understand how this is the same room.  But Brian and Ali seem like pretty nice people, so we’ll take their word for it.  Hey, you want to read something funny? Check out some these people’s comments about how they react to the color yellow.  I think the one about the teacher’s yellow shirt is my favorite.  Enjoy.

Don't miss this gorgeous kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

Don't miss this gorgeous kitchen makeover at betterafter.net
***The Ugly Lamp contest is coming soon! Submit your original ugly lamp photo to enter! BetterAfter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp. Deadline is August 15th. More info HERE.***


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Table for 14

Eden had a dream.  She dreamed of finding a dining set that could seat 14+ people and cost less than $500. (Pause for laughter). Newsflash: she didn’t find one.  So she made one instead!

Using simple pine boards and hardware she already had on hand, Eden and her husband created this 9′x4′ table for around $75.

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

“Thats great, but what about the chairs?” you are thinking. Well, I was just about to tell you.  Eden’s dream chairs were $289.  APIECE!  Let’s do some quick math here, 14 chairs at $289 apiece … that’s $4,046!!!  Uh, no thanks.  So she hit up Craigslist and found a restaurant going out of business that sold her these chairs for $6.50 each.  Using her JoAnn’s coupons, she was able to get a deal on fabric and slipcovered the tops and reupholstered the seats for a grand total of $28 per chair.  And THAT is how you do it folks.

See more on her blog DIYHER.

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

***The Ugly Lamp contest is coming soon! Submit your original ugly lamp photo to enter! BetterAfter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp. Deadline is August 15th. More info HERE.***


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