Loss of Gloss

If you have an ugly fireplace, but also have a complex about painting stone, I am here to save the day!  (Now pretend I’m leaping into the room wearing a cape with like, a picture of paint can and a fireplace on it.  I’m a very specific pretend super-hero).

First, let’s take a closer look at that ugly fireplace. If it’s anything like Better After reader Lacey’s, that’s good news!  Look closely. That reddish hue is NOT a natural brick color.  It’s just some glossy maroon paint.  Woof! Anything’s better than that. Get out your white paint, and while you’re at it, why not beef up that mantle with something substantial to top off the look.

Much better! Check out this fireplace makeover at betterafter.net

Check out this fireplace makeover at betterafter.net


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Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Here’s a little fireplace that went from wood to white.

“Hmph,” you are thinking.  “Big deal.”  Well, hang-on grumpy pants, I’m not done yet.

Don't miss this faux fireplace makeover at betterafter.net

Don't miss this faux fireplace makeover at betterafter.net

Sure it looks cute and everything, but for the full impact of this makeover, we need to zoom out a little.

Zoom out.

Zoom out.

Zoom out.

There!

Don't miss this faux fireplace makeover at betterafter.net

Don't miss this faux fireplace makeover at betterafter.net

Ok, now didn’t that make a huge difference?  It blends in so nicely with this area now, which is so lovely and white and pure, I think it is possibly Heaven’s waiting room.  From Connie at Connie Nikiforoff Designs.


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Condo Commando

So you have a condo on the beach, right?  And it’s nice, but could use a little work, you know?  Hmmm?  What’s that?  You DON’T know what it’s like to own a fixer-upper condo on the beach?  That’s OK, neither do I.  I have a tent with a broken zipper that I can set up on my front lawn, but that’s about as close as I’ve got.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy this top-to-bottom makeover of Diane’s beachfront condo!  Diane enlisted the help of her stepdaughters: interior designer Caitlin, and super handy Brittany, who just happens to be one of the most talented bloggers I have the pleasure of knowing in real life.  I can already imagine her charging up the steps, power tools slung over her shoulder, ready to attack.  It’s been a joy seeing what she’s accomplished with this project.  So let’s check it out!

 First of all, this outdated living/dining area got … whatever the opposite of outdated is.  Indated?  Updated?  Yes, updated.  Pardon me, I’m on a newborn’s sleep schedule.  Anyway, looks fab.

See this beautiful beach house makeover at betterafter.net

See this beautiful beach house makeover at betterafter.net.

How about this guest room?  I know that wicker is making a big comeback and everything, but I’m still going to cast my vote with the after room.  So bright and welcoming!

See this beautiful beach house makeover at betterafter.net.

See this beautiful beach house makeover at betterafter.net

The master bedroom received new flooring, drapes and paint color, but my favorite thing has to be that custom headboard that Brittany built for less than $100!

See this beautiful beach house makeover at betterafter.net

See this beautiful beach house makeover at betterafter.net

The bathroom got a night-and-day makeover as well.  Looks SO much more spacious.  I love the colors too, very coastal and calm.

See this beautiful beach house makeover at betterafter.net

See this beautiful beach house makeover at betterafter.net

Want to see more?  There’s tons more where this came from on Brittany’s blog Pretty Handy Girl. Planning a vacation near Topsail Beach in North Carolina? Good news, this beautiful condo is available to rent!  Interested in learning how to make your own headboard?  I aim to please.  Here is Brittany’s headboard tutorial.

Happy weekend friend!

 


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Going Wheat-Free

Whole Wheat.  What do those words bring to mind?  Excessively wholesome bread items?  Yeah, that’s all I’ve got too.  But did you know Whole Wheat is also a paint color?  It probably doesn’t make you think “Oh boy! That sounds like a color I want to paint my entire home with!”  And who can blame you?  Of all the paint color names in the world, it might be a contender for the boringest.

But that’s what Pamela was dealing with, an entire houseful of Whole Wheat walls and builder-grade everything else.  She’s slowly been tweaking everything to suit her style, from the flooring to the furniture, and of course, the paint.  Now her living room is rocking a soothing coat of Classic Khaki (which, ok, might ALSO be pretty high up there on the paint-color-name-of-boringness scale), but it certainly LOOKS better now.

See more of her transition from warm and wheaty to calm and creamy on her blog From My Front Porch To Yours.

 

Creamy neutral living room makeover on betterafter.net

Creamy neutral living room makeover on betterafter.net

 Doesn’t it look so much brighter now?  I also love the way she’s sectioned off the room a bit with the new furniture placement too.  Well done Pamela!

Creamy neutral living room makeover on betterafter.net

Creamy neutral living room makeover on betterafter.net


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