From Pretty Good to Hollywood!

Lindsey lived in West Hollywood, but her kitchen was from Anywheresville, USA. Not that Anywheresville isn’t nice, but you wouldn’t want to, y’know, LIVE there. It’s just a little too close to Snoozeburg, and nothing exciting ever happens there.

No, she was in Tinseltown, and her kitchen needed to look the part.

west hollywood kitchen makeover - before

 

west hollywood kitchen makeover - after

 

I love how she went white, not only because I do love me a white kitchen, but because now the cabinets blends so seamlessly with the soffit and crown moulding overhead that the ceiling seems twice as high!

kitchen island - before

 

kitchen island makeover - after

New overhead lights and glass tile backsplash round out the look, and speaking of rounding out, does this round wall on her peninsula remind anyone else about that episode of The Hills when Spencer paints a terrible graffiti mural that says “HOLLYWOOD” on Heidi’s similarly-shaped peninsula in her apartment and hilarity and rage (mostly rage) ensue? No? Just me? Carry on then.

Anyway, gorgeous job Lindsey! Be sure to check out more on her blog The O’Donnell Collective.


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WIld Kratts with PBS

Happy Friday gang! Today I have a fun little makeover to share with you that I recently finished.  Lest you think that I somehow managed to complete a dining room makeover AND this other room in the space of a couple weeks, think again. When I say ‘recently finished’ I actually mean ‘I did this over the summer,’ and I am finally able to share it now. I hope you enjoy!

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I recently had the opportunity to work with Overstock.com and PBS to create a Wild Kratts-themed space, and I know what you’re thinking ….

wild kratts

“Wild Kratts? Like, the cartoon?? The cartoon about animal conservation??? Good luck!”

Maybe that’s just what I thought to myself.  But you know, the show is all about educating kids in biology, zoology, and ecology, and teaching them small ways to make big impacts, so actually that is a pretty awesome theme to be working with. I was excited to get going!

 

I decided to go with the ‘educating kids’ route by making over one of the most unappreciated and unloved areas of my home – this sad, sad little computer nook upstairs:

computer nook beforeSo sad.  So beige.

This is supposed to be a ‘homework station,’ but my kids never do any homework here, probably because it’s kinda depressing, and also the lighting is terrible at night.  Only one single recessed light attempts to light up this space, and fails miserably. Plus, the beige. My whole house is so very beige.

But with a little love, I figured it could be a fun space that actually invited the kids in.  “Come!” it would beckon. “Sit here and learn all the things! Drink the sweet nectar of knowledge! Bask in the glow of discovery!” I was very optimistic about this homework nook.

I hopped on over to Overstock and made a plan.

computer nook mood board

My goal was fun and functional with a lot of natural touches, and of course, animals!

But first, how about the big reveal?

computer nook after 1

Ta da!

PBS computer nook window

11 driftwood

11 geode

cement planter

One of the first things I put in my Overstock cart was this cement planter. It has a nice hefty weight to it and was perfect for bringing in some rugged and natural texture.

 

alligator bookend

How cute is the alligator bookend set? It’s sure to inspire some wonder in the kids. Hopefully they will wonder about the vast and magical world of animals, and not about why mom bought this random collection of books at the thrift store just because they were white. Seriously, is that Diane Keaton’s autobiography in there? Yes. Yes it is.

 

1 recycled flip flop elephant

This little elephant not only adds a fun punch of color, but it also does a knock-out job of representing education and conservation.  It was hand-crafted by artisans in Kenya who take recycled flip-flop rubber collected from factories and turn them into works of art. Not only does this help foster environmental sustainability, but it provides income for the artisans and their families. I mean, c’mon. This guy is a WIN!

 

1 metal inbox organizer

faux deer mount

I love this stencil so much, I used it again. You may remember seeing it first in my mini-bathroom makeover.

computer nook makeover after

Although I will never use it anymore, because I chopped it up into pieces so I could work around the corner. File that under “Stenciling Tips That Are Useful But Not Really.”

Even with the walls darker, it feels brighter. Hanging the pendant lamp overhead helped too.  This one simply plugs in, no wiring required.

Also, here’s an easy painting trick I used that can give a window maximum impact: First, I taped off a wide border extended from the window, about 4 inches, and painted it white.  Then I left a smaller border of black around that and started the stencil out from there. The end result: my window looks huge! And I didn’t even have to break out the power tools or hang trim! This trick would obviously work without a stenciled wall too.

 

This was a fun little makeover to work on, special thanks to Overstock.com and PBS for helping make it happen!

Sources here:

Recycled Flip Flop Rubber Elephant

White Chair with Wooden Base

Cement Planter

Black & White Striped Rug

Floating Shelves

Alligator Bookends

Drifting Arrows Stencil

 

side by side

Happy Weekend friend! Thanks so much for hanging out here, I truly appreciate you!


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Ruffle Shuffle

There used to be a potato chip commercial years ago, probably around a thousand years ago because I remember singing along to it as a child, and it went like this: “R-r-r-r-r-uffles have r-r-r-r-ridges!” Remember that one?  My sister and I would sing it over and over, rolling the r-r-r-r part so hard that it eventually morphed into a guttural growl, and we would run around screaming RRRRRRRuffles have RRRRRRRRidges!!! at each other all the time, and it was kind of scary.  

Thanks to the power of the internet, I have discovered that old commercial right here, and it is comedy GOLD. From the r-rolling fetishist at the beginning to an unexplainable appearance by Porky Pig at the end, it’s everything you’ve never dreamed of. Please watch it and then tell me your feelings.

Anyway. Today’s makeovers have nothing to do with potato chips or awesome vintage commercials at all.  But they do have RUFFLES!  Because is there ever such thing as too many ruffles?

rufflesYes. Trick question.

But a little ruffle here and there never hurt anyone, and it can give any piece of furniture some girlish flair.  Like this droopy chair that Beck at Beckwith’s Treasures revived.

Blue Ruffle Chair Before

 

Blue Ruffle Chair

Just the perfect amount of country charm.

And Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable also wanted to fluff up this little side table …

Skirted Ikea Table Before

 

Skirted Ikea Table

… so she added a bit of ruffled fabric with tension rods. That’s pretty genius. What an easy way to bring in some colorful fabric or just hide wires.

 

And this next makeover has nothing to do with ruffles or Ruffles, but it’s got that same country vibe as the other makeovers, so we are just going to go with it mmmkay?

Ocean Blue Buffet with Walnut Top Before

Ocean Blue Buffet with Walnut Top

Samantha at I Love Fabuless Junk won a stare-down with a thrift-store vulture who was ready to pounce on this little buffet the moment she looked away.  Unblinkingly, she stood strong and was able to bring it home, where it serves as a chippy and distressed TV stand today!


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Thrifty Halloween DIYs (3)

Hello, I’m happy you’re here! Glad I haven’t scared you away with all the SUPER SPOOKY Halloween makeovers I’ve shared so far this week.

WEEK OF THRIFTY HALLOWEEN

Today is day three of our thrifty week of Halloween DIYs, so if you’ve missed day one or day two, be sure to head back and check them out. I hope you’re having fun! Maybe this will become a new tradition.
And speaking of new traditions, the Halloween village is quickly becoming a holiday decorating staple just as much as ye olde traditional Christmas villages.So check out this haunted church that Kelli bought for her Halloween village for a mere $250.  HA! Of course she didn’t. That would be crazysnakes. (Even though extremely overpriced village pieces like that actually exist). Who spends $250 on a glorified nightlight? Someone who needs to adopt me as their friend.
So instead Kelli bought this inexpensive little Christmas church for $14.99.  As you can see in the before picture, it already looks a little haunted with the boarded up windows and the hole in the roof.  Guess what? Those details weren’t there when she bought it, she did that herself with polymer clay!halloween village beforehalloween village makeover

Then she really upped the spook factor with this superbly creepy paint job and a few more details, like the gargoyle on the bell tower. Fabulously terrifying! See her process on her blog Craft Shack.

 

Next, how about a princess castle turned haunted-Hogwart’s?

halloween castle before

halloween castle after

So very cool. Don’t you love how the lights are shining through the windows?

From the talented Tracy at General Splendour, whom I am publicly apologizing to for my ‘used candle’ rant from yesterday. I was totally not calling her out on her candles! They looked perfect to me, and 100% did NOT give me the creeps. Love you Tracy!  When I checked my comments on my phone and realized my post had made it sound like I was talking specifically about her candles, I was also holding a bag of dry tapioca (don’t ask) and then my baby knocked it out of my hand, and 100,000 little balls of tapioca went flying across my kitchen, so every time I pick up one of those little tapioca balls, I think of Tracy and candles and apologize fervently in my mind.

 

ANNNNNYYYYYYWAYYYYY …

 

Last one. This one kicks it up a notch from tabletop Halloween decor into life-sized decor! Well, almost life-sized.

Child-sized!

     haunted little tikes playhouse before

haunted little tykes playhouse makeover

I could only find the Etsy page of the woman who made this haunted playhouse – called Saki Girl – so I don’t know if it was for an actual kid to play with, or just some super rad yard decoration, but either way, I give it two skeletal thumbs up.

One thing I love about these types of projects is how much detail you can draw out with just paint. The lanterns and embellishments on the door and planters were all but invisible on the original, but they became prominent features with just a little contrasting color. Same with Kelli’s haunted church, she brought out so much more texture than what was there before, especially in the brick and roof. It’s funny that manufacturers go to the trouble to include all these great little details, then camouflage them with generic paint and colors.  It’s like they WANT us to repaint everything.

 

 


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