Sebring It On

I’m not at a loss for words often, but today’s kitchen makeover might just … you know … do … that.

Actually, I am at a loss for words often, sort of. Example: the other day I was trying to say the words ‘chocolate chips’ while literally holding a bag of chocolate chips in my literal hand, and the only words that kept coming out of my mouth were ‘carrot cakes.’ Like, Lindsey, that’s not even close. Get your life together.

Mom brain, it’s real.

Anyway, I’d love to make some carrot cake cookies or whatever in this beautiful kitchen from the makeover masters at Sebring Services.

sebring kitchen makeover before

 

sebring kitchen makeover after

Nope, I would never cook in this gorgeous kitchen. It’s just too perfect to muck up with such frivolities as cooking and eating. Pshh.  I think I’d just invite people over to come look at it. And charge them admission.

sebring kitchen makeover before 2

sebring kitchen makeover after 2

“Hi! Welcome to my new kitchen. Please come in. Here, have a small cup of water. Don’t touch anything. K, bye!”

sebring kitchen makeover before 3

sebring kitchen makeover after 3

But seriously, isn’t it fabulous? Everything is so crisp and serene, simple but still plenty of visual interest, from the backsplash to the pendants to the wood casing on the windows which warm it up an keep it from being too stark.  Perfection.

Check out Sebring Services for more, they have a huge remodeling portfolio to page through which is a great way to spend half your day!

sebring kitchen after


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Ghost of Bathrooms Past

Barb had a problem with her bathroom, and the problem was that it was haunted.

It wasn’t really haunted. But every time she went in there at night, the bathrobe hanging on the wall totally looked like a ghost and scared her witless.  

That isn’t even a true story, I just made that up. But it could be true. It very likely could be true. That’s probably why she knocked out the bathrobe-wall and expanded the shower instead.

Tiled Bathroom Before

 

tiled bathroom shower after

Or maybe she just wanted a beautifully tiled new shower, who knows? How am I supposed to know? What am I a psychic?

Ghostbuster or not, she now has a fabulous non-haunted new bathroom to enjoy.

tiled shower before

 

tiled shower after

Look at all that space! Look at that fabulous tile! And look at all that spaaaace! Not only did she open it up with wall to wall glass, she gained so much more by extending it all the way to the ceiling too. Best trick in the book.

Fabulous job Barb!

See more on her blog Turtles & Tails.


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Chandilove it!

Much like a new hairstyle on an old head, a new light fixture can do wonders to refresh a room. However, much like a new hairstyle, sometimes you don’t get exactly what you wanted the first time around. Don’t we all know that feeling? But there’s not a hairstylist on earth who wants you to be unsatisfied with your new do; they’ll always tell you to come back for a tweak if it’s not quite right.

Do you let your inner decorator tell you the same thing? You should. Tweak till you freak, that’s my motto. Not really, I just made that up four seconds ago. But you should feel free to tweak. You shouldn’t settle for something that’s ‘kinda ok.’ Or ‘sorta along the lines of what I wanted, I guess.’ NO SIR! You deserve better.

Rebecca has been renovating her dining room and was not at all excited about the chandelier that came with it. But she wanted to save money and make the most of what she had, so she had to either suck it up and live with, it or make it work. Guess which one she chose?

Jute Drum Shade Chandelier Before

 

Jute Drum Shade Chandelier

She made it work, of course she did! She took four inexpensive wood hoops and wrapped them with jute, then using the thinner pieces of wood as spacers, she created a custom shade to hang over the old chandelier for an entirely new look.  Fantastic!

Rebecca is chronicling her renovation on Pinterest! See it all on her design portfolio here.

 

Cyndy also had a light-fixture conundrum on her hands.  She was making over her daughter’s bedroom and wanted an empire-style chandelier that was bold, colorful and fun. The best one she could find on a budget was this $79 version from Lowe’s.  It is neither bold, colorful, nor enormously fun. But it had the right shape, and Cyndy had some paint she’d been dying to try, so …

 

Pink Painted Empire Chandelier Before

Pink Painted Empire ChandelierShe went right ahead and painted each bead exactly how she wanted it. Hot pink, gold and teal? Does it get anymore bold and fun than that? It’s so fun, I’m taking it as my +1 to the next party I’m invited to.

See more of the cute, cute room this chandelier belongs to on Cyndy’s blog The Creativity Exchange.


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Schoolhouse Style

If you’re looking to bring that ‘schoolhouse industrial’ look to your home, look no further than your local high school. You might have to wait a few years until it gets really old and condemned, at which point someone will tear it town and build a new one in its place, but before that happens, if you’re lucky, you might get invited inside to help yourself to all the cool left-behind stuff before it gets bulldozed.

It’s not really a bulletproof plan, but that’s one way to do it.

As fate would have it, that’s exactly how it happened for Naomi and Sage, who got to spend four glorious hours pillaging the remains of an old high school. Don’t tell me I’m the only one who thinks that sounds glorious. I would do that every darn day of the week.

Here is one of their takeaways, a pair of upper cabinets from a science classroom.  Let’s see what they did with them …

Salvaged Cabinets Two Ways Before

 

Salvaged Cabinets Two Ways - Yellow

Holy smokes, they are much bigger than they appeared!  Naomi put a set of tapered legs on hers to get it up off the floor a few inches and painted it a cheerful yellow. Now it has a useful job storing Naomi’s things and probably feels happy to look so cute and not be bulldozed.

 

Salvaged Cabinets Two Ways - BW

Sage opted to stay with the natural wood-look on hers, but jazzed up the back with some fun fabric and mod podge.  She also taught me something I never knew about fabric and mod podge.  She says “the best way to [cut] a clean edge without any fraying is to first coat the back of the fabric with mod podge and let it dry. It really works like a charm and I highly recommend it.”

Makes sense, huh? It would also make the fabric stiffer and easier to work with. Maybe this is obvious to everyone else in the world, but it was a light bulb moment for me! Speaking of light bulbs, they also pillaged a few boxes of those too.  I’m so jealous!

See more of this dynamic duo at Plaster and Disaster.


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