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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Stonewalled

Jaclyn was haunted by this big blank wall. Situated between a sliding glass door and a large window, it desperately needed an OOMPH-factor. The lone TV and electric fireplace were doing a very half-hearted job of delivering any oomph. They had like, 2% oomph.

How about a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace?  Oomphy enough?


White and Gray Fireplace Makeovers | betterafter.net

White and Gray Fireplace Makeovers | betterafter.net

Yes indeed it was! Here’s the best part. This fireplace is simply panels of stone veneer placed over a wooden frame that her husband built. The firebox is an electric insert. The whole thing took two days! Doesn’t it look amazing? See more from Jaclyn at Love and Bellinis.

 

Sally also gave her fireplace a one-way ticket to Oomphville by ditching the beige drywall ‘accents’ and tile surround, and replacing them with beautiful custom woodworking and a stunning herringbone tile design.


White and Gray Fireplace Makeovers | betterafter.net

 

fireplace after

I know! It doesn’t look like it could possibly be the same fireplace and room, but it is! See the proof for yourself at Love of Homes.


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Take The Floor

So yesterday I mentioned we were in the throes of ripping out our flooring, which made a few people ask “Hey, didn’t you just build that house? What gives?”

It’s true, we did just build our house less than a year ago. And when I say ‘we’ I don’t mean ‘we’ because ‘we’ are not nearly handy enough to build a house. We went through a builder, and if you’ve ever done the same, you’ll know that some upgrades (like flooring) come RIDICULOUSLY overpriced.  I’m talking over three times what it would cost to hire it out ourselves.

We even asked the builder not to put any flooring in at all, but yeah right. They don’t work that way. So we opted for the cheapest possible floors, knowing full well that they would be coming out as soon as we got a chance to put in what we really wanted.

It’s a hugebungous pain to do it this way. But it will all be worth it, I’m sure of it. I think. I’m pretty sure.  Ask me in two weeks, when we have floors again.

And now – to paraphrase Jay-Z – If you’ve got flooring problems, I feel bad for you son, I’ve got 99 problems, but a floor ain’t one (because I don’t currently have floors).

Here is one solution to a floor you hate, paint it! Suzan at Simply Vintageous stenciled her entire floor, and the results are eye-popping! I like that she kept the rest of her furniture simple and white to not compete with the pattern.

scratched - wood floor - before

Painted Floor - Makeovers | betterafter.net

 

Karen was dead-set on reviving her bathroom with a next-to-nothing budget. She wanted a weathered wood floor, so she simply painted one right on the surface of the sub-floor! Check out her technique on her blog Redoux Interiors, she walks you through all the steps.

tan - yellow - bathroom - before

weathered floor diy Yep, that’s just paint!

 

 

Even though she dreams of someday gutting this teensy bathroom, Julia is in the “work-with-what-you-got” phase. And what she’s got is an unattached piece of linoleum that serves as both her bathroom floor and a cover to hide the trap-door to the crawl-space that lies underneath.

So she jazzed it up in the meantime with a funky design that she likes so much, it is also the header of her blog: Just Something I Whipped Up! Super cute.

small - blue - bathroom - before

Painted Floor - Makeovers | betterafter.net


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