Operation Table

So Trisha is a crafty gal who found a free table, dragged it home, and envisioned it becoming …

 

A bright blue entry way makeover complete with an extra table makeover at betterafter.net

… this thing:

A bright blue entry way makeover complete with an extra table makeover at betterafter.netWow!  Very creative and DIY-y!  But um … what the heck is it?

Perhaps her entryway makeover can answer our burning questions. Before, it was a cramped and bleak space whose most notable feature was that big utility box right smack-a-doodle in the middle of the wall.

A bright blue entry way makeover complete with an extra table makeover at betterafter.net

 

A bright blue entry way makeover complete with an extra table makeover at betterafter.net

And now, it’s a bright and happy welcome home! She disguised the utility box and once she explained to her husband what her vision for the free table was, he chopped it up and reassembled it into a handy shoe storage station, at exactly the right height.  Oh, to have a handy husband.  If I said “Hey Matt, we need a comfier place to stash our shoes,” he would probably just list our house and try to move us again.

See more from Trisha on her blog Black and White Obsession.


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Insane in the Membrane

You know what my problem is?  I have a bossy left brain.  My right brain is all like, “Hey, let’s paint something!  Let’s do a project!  Let’s read a book!” And then my left brain comes in and lays down the law like Cinderella’s stepmother:  “Paint something?  Sure. Right after you balance the checkbook.” Or “You can do a project. IF you clean this room first.  And organize all the drawers.  And vacuum.  And then maybe.”

For example, my right brain would take one look at Laura’s before craft room and want to immediately start exploring for treasures; my left brain would be standing in the center of the room, fists clenched, screaming inside.

But I’m absolutely positive they would high-five each other in agreement on the organizational oasis it became.  After all, I do happen to know them pretty well.

See more from Laura at Top This Top That.

 

See this bright and organized craft room at betterafter.net

 

See this bright and organized craft room at betterafter.net


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It’s rude to stair.

Better After reader Lynn had an unfortunate wall-o-stairs that punched you in the face as soon as you stepped foot inside her front door.  How unwelcoming!  Alongside the light-blocking stairs, the entryway was also rocking two different linoleums, a fugomatic light fixture, and a flowery faux stained-glass sidelight.  Hrm.  Change was needed here.

And boy oh boy, Lynn changed it all and then some, right down to the light switches. The new banister opens the space up and makes it feel so much bigger and brighter.  Huge impact!

Before-Front Entry (2)

After-Front Entry (1)

Out of all the recent changes she’s made on her home, she reports that this one is still her favorite.  Not hard to see why!

A beautiful staircase entryway makeover at betterafter.net

A beautiful staircase entryway makeover at betterafter.net


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Play It Again

Is there anything more oppressive than floor to ceiling brown paneling?  In a basement, no less?  It wasn’t a space that sparked much creative brain activity, other than maybe my favorite game, “What’s The Best Way To Escape This Area In A Hostage Situation?”  Yeah. I can be a little paranoid sometimes.  My other favorite game is “Remember Everything About This Exact Moment In Case You Need It Later For An Alibi.”  But ANYWAY. Enough about me.

Let’s talk about the gorgeous play-room Brit turned it into!  It’s just so darn happy!  Maximum creative-juicing happening in here for sure.  See that storage unit in the back?  It’s an Ikea hack!  Love that.  So much more to see on her blog House Updated.

Get creative in this colorful kid's playroom at betterafter.net

Get creative in this colorful kids playroom at betterafter.net


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