Let’s talk about stripes, baby.

If you ever find yourself in decorating paralysis, here’s a tip. Go take a nice long look at your closet.  “Lindsey,” you are thinking, “be serious. I need help decorating my living room. I can’t even pick out a throw pillow to save my life. How is staring at my closet going to help? Am I in time-out?”

No, no, no, of course not.  There’s just no better place to find your own personal style than … hello … the place where you physically keep your personal style. What looks do you gravitate toward? What patterns and colors you are attracted to? Would your favorite sweater serve you better if you chopped it up and turned it into that throw pillow? All good questions to ask yourself.

If you looked into my closet, you would find a lot of black and gray because I’m very boring (but at least I know what I like) and lot’s of stripes! I do love a good stripe.

So, if you are a fellow stripe-lover, you are sure to find inspiration with today’s makeovers, starting with this adorable nightstand.

Gray and White Striped Nightstand Before
Striped Furniture Makeovers | betterafter.net

Gray, white, and red can never be wrong together. So darn cute. I feel like the handles are coming in for a hug. From Danielle at 2 Little Super Heroes.

 

 

Shanna’s side table was very similar to Danielle’s, but she sent her stripes in the opposite direction. Oooh, slimming! I love the punch of the red handles here too.

Blue and White Striped Nightstand
Striped Furniture Makeovers | betterafter.net

See more at Restoration Redoux.

 

 

And lastly, who says your fridge needs to be boring? Well, nobody actually ever says that, but we’ve come to accept it as truth.  Nuh-uh. Not for Katie. Why not have a striped fridge? I certainly can’t think of a good enough reason not to.

Black and White Striped Fridge Before
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She created this look with nothing but black duct tape, and it’s amazing, and you can see it at Kate’s Design Space.


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A tisket, a tasket, an easy Easter Basket

Pssst, I don’t mean to scare you, but EASTER is TOMORROW! Do you have your eggs and and baskets and goodies all ready to go?  Yes? Well then. Good for you. Way to be prepared and stuff.

Some of us, on the other hand, will be picking out way through what remains in the Easter section of Target at around 10 pm tonight. And some of us might have forgotten where we stashed the Easter baskets last year.  Luckily, Jess at Live Randomly Simple has a quick and easy Easter basket project made with minimal supplies and maximum cuteness.

A simple crate, wood strips, and wire is all it takes. Stuff it with some fake grass and you’re practically done. Just kidding. I actually don’t condone using fake grass. You will be cleaning it up until Christmas, trust me on that.

Easter Egg Basket Crate Before Makeover

 

Easter Egg Basket Crate Before Makeover | betterafter.net

Happy happy Easter weekend!


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Happy Camper

Here’s a funny story.  As you know, we put in new floors a few weeks ago and our house was turned inside out and it was a little bit of a nightmare. Cut to this week, where we came to Texas to visit some family, and they just so happen to be redoing their floors too.  It was supposed to be done before we got here, but it didn’t work out, so we’ve been sidestepping piles of upturned furniture and eating our meals standing up all week.

You know how you always need a vacation after a vacation? Yeaahhhh. This is one of those. I could go for a serene camping trip in the wilderness, far, very far away from any and all flooring projects.

Maybe I’ll hijack Larissa’s camper. She recently redid the whole thing, and from the looks of it, the flooring is DONE.

Camper Makeover Before
Green and Tan Camper Makeover | betterafter.net

 

Everything else looks great too, but let’s give one more high five for those floors.

Camper Makeover Before

 

Green and Tan Camper Makeover | betterafter.net

Love the green and tan color scheme, so nature-y! See more from Larissa at The Pop Up Princess.


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Friday: Randoms

I love the big projects, and I always will – room reveals, massive furniture makeovers, huge renovation undertakings – but my heart can’t help but love the little projects the most. Things that you can accomplish in an afternoon, during the baby’s naptime, with a can of spray paint and a hot glue gun. The projects that make you think “I can do that!” instead of “Maybe if I had $50,000 and a construction crew on hand, I could do that.”

So here are some fun little projects for your eyeballz to enjoy.  This first one sent me on a Craigslist hunt for a gumball machine, which led to me checking out today’s furniture listings, which led to me looking at the free section, which never ends well.

Anyway, I still want a gumball machine so I can paint it gold and fill it with white gumballs, and then forbid anyone in my family from actually having a gumball. Can’t you kids tell these are decorative gumballs? Sheesh.

 

Gold Gumball Machine Makeover | betterafter.net

Gold Gumball Machine Makeover | betterafter.net

From Courtney at Intention & Grace.

And speaking of white and gold, which is apparently my love language, Joy at Beautiful Protest dolled up this itsy-bitsy jewelry box, and it looks so chic on her shelf now! Chic on a Shelf  just so happens to be the name of the e-book I’m writing; a definitive how-to guide on decorating shelves. I’m not really doing that, but don’t copy my idea just in case I ever do.

White and Gold Jewlery Box | betterafter.net
White and Gold Jewlery Box | betterafter.net

 

I love sunburst mirrors, and have no fewer than five at my house right now. This DIY version from Ashley at Domestic Imperfection is perfection.

Gold Sunburst Mirror Makeover | betterafter.net

Gold Sunburst Mirror Makeover | betterafter.net

I tried a similar project once, also using skewers, but my mirror was simply a round mirror with no frame, and it just didn’t look that great.  Definitely go with a substantial frame like Ashley did, it’s gorgeous!

 

This next project from Better After reader Angela just tickles me to bits. A birdfeeder makeover for her baby daughter!  Don’t worry, her daughter doesn’t eat birdseed, she just loves to look out the window, so Angela thought she’d try to attract some cute little birds to make the experience even more enjoyable. So sweet.

Bird Feeder Makeover | betterafter.net

Bird Feeder Makeover | betterafter.net

Straight out of the box it was nothing special, but Angela made it fit for a woodland fairy!

 

Finally, if you’ve been looking everywhere for a way to use up all your fabric scraps while brushing up on your United States geography at the same time, I’ve got just the project for you, you big weirdo.

Amanda made a fabric scrap map and not only is it fun to say, it looks awesome! Oh man, I bet cutting out all those states was tedious, but worth it in the end. If you wanted to save time, I can see this looking pretty rad even as a single state silhouette.  I think my state is pretty good looking, how about yours?

 

Fabric USA Map Makeover | betterafter.net

Fabric USA Map Makeover | betterafter.net

See more details from Amanda at Mommy is CooCoo.

Happy Weekend!


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