Did you get a new stair-cut?

Sometimes I think I would like to write another blog about other stuff, and in this imaginary other blog I would have something I’d call #newmusicMondays, and on Monday I would share some new music that I like and that’s about as far as I’ve thought it through.

For instance, today I am listening to Beck’s latest album Morning Phase on repeat on repeat, and it’s just about the most perfect thing my ears have ever heard and I feel like I need to stop every person I meet and shake them by the shoulders and tell them nicely but forcefully to GIVE IT A LISTEN.

This album actually came out over a year ago, so maybe I would have to just call it #musicMonday, but these are just thoughts that I’m thinking. Anyway. Give it a listen.

But this is not a blog about music, no, unless you are talking about the music of makeovers! I have one sure to please your eyeballs right now.

This room needed a whole lotta help, but the biggest offender was not the burgundy carpet, dingy walls or pine-paneled ceiling. It was that tragic staircase, awkwardly taking up half the room and creating a bunch of stupid little corners of worthlessness.

Moving Stairs Before

 

Moving Stairs After

Wowzers! What a change! Meredith and her husband did a little staircase geometry and reconfigured it into a simplified design that maximized every inch of the floorplan.

 

Moving Stairs Before 1

 

Moving Stairs After 1

No more choppy awkward pony walls, no more corners-to-nowhere.  It’s simply genius, much like the unsung genius of Beck. Just in case you thought I was done talking about him.

See more from Meredith at Me & My Handyman.


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Stop and stay for a tile.

Wow, what a week! In the past seven days I have hosted nine people at my house, thrown a surprise 30th birthday party for my sister, had my favorite band come over and play a private concert for me nobigdeal, dealt with sick kids, the baby getting his molars, a dead air conditioner, and a broken down car. Is it Friday yet?

Is it? I don’t think I can even crack my open my eyes to check.

I think I’ll head back to bed (hahahahahaha, I wish), while you feast your eyes on this lovely foyer makeover from Sabrina at Little Pink Notebook. From beige and bland to gray and anything but! Those hexagon tiles are enough to ‘stop’ me in my tracks. Get it? Because they’re shaped like stop signs? What’s that? Stop signs are octagons? I’m tired.

 

foyer makeover with gray hexagon tile

 

foyer makeover after with  copy


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Rage Against the Garage

Happy Monday! Thanks so much for all your kind comments on my beast of a bookcase makeover. And for your concern! You are too kind.  I DID in fact wear a mask and the room was very well-ventilated, but I still don’t recommend spray-painting anything that large.  I would definitely not do it again. But I’m glad it’s done!

So, how was your weekend? Did you do anything cool? Work on some fun DIY project out in your garage? Hey, here’s a crazy idea. What if your garage WAS your DIY project? What if you organized it and spiffed it up so cute that you couldn’t wait to get out there and make stuff! Or … if you’re me, you obsessively organize it, and then freak out when anybody touches it, (which happens anyway no matter how much you freak out), and then you give up on it ever being organized, let alone cute. Your choice.

Joan chose to carve out some cuteness in her workshop and it’s unfairly adorable. This old cabinet got an apothecary-style makeover:

Apothecary Cabinet Makeover

 

Apothecary Cabinet Makeover After

Then she really jazzed up this plain old green cabinet above with a tissue paper transfer:

Lumber Cabinet Makeover Before

 

Lumber Cabinet Makeover After | betterafter.net

Then she built a new countertop out of pine boards, built a rolling cart to store wood scraps, added a task light, and there’s even room for some decor! I have garage envy.

Workshop Makeover before

Workshop Makeover | betterafter.net

This is only a small corner of her workshop makeover, believe it or not.  Check out her blog Scavenger Chic to see more. Warning: you will probably feel inadequate in your garage-organizing capabilities afterwards.

 


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What do you call an office in a closet? (Don’t say cloffice).

You know how sometimes you think you have a boring old closet, but it turns out it was actually a wonderful little office all along?  You know that feeling?  It’s similar to the feeling I had the other day when I was bummed out because I felt like I had suddenly gained a bunch of weight, but it turns out I just had my pants on backwards. All day.

The sad thing is, that’s happened to me more than once.  But the happy thing is, Jennifer now has an adorable little office (I refuse to use the word ‘cloffice’) to enjoy instead of a dreary closet, and it has faux wood planks that are super cool, and you can see more at The Old Painted Cottage.

Wood Plank Closet Office Before
Wood Plank Closet Office Makeover | betterafter.net

 


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