Forget 50 Shades

Do not adjust your monitor. You ARE seeing everything in black and white.

Ok, not yet. But when you scroll down …

 

Black and White Dressers Before

 

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Bam! Now you are! I love this dresser from Redoux Interiors. I really just love anything black and white. Ninety-five percent of my wardrobe is black and white. Some of the best things in life are black and white. Pandas. Penguins. Zebras. Ok, those examples are only animals, but I think we can agree that they are some of the best animals.  No one goes to the zoo to see the prairie dogs, amIright?

 

Other cool black and white things: old movies, Oreos, tuxedos,

Black and White Curio Makeover Before

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… and this fabulous hutch from Kellee at The Charmed Workshop.  Almost as cool as an Oreo tuxedo. (Please someone make that exist in real life).

 

How about a black and white photo of Ryan Gosling in a tuxedo?

Just proving my theory.

 

Reeves at The Weathered Door also agrees that the best things in life are black and white, which is what inspired her to painted this dresser black with white knobs.

Black Dresser with White Knobs Before

 

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I don’t know if that’s really true, but we’ll say it is. I love and need those knobs in my life.

 

Very old  and haggard things often look better in black and white  – for instance, my selfies — and also this sun-faded dresser from Sarah at FunCycled.

FunCycled Black Dresser Before

 

FunCycled Black Dresser | betterafter.netShe looks half her age!

 

Jen was asked to give this desk a black and white ‘French feel’ for a client’s daughter, and she delivered with decoupage.

 

Black and White Decoupaged Desk Before

 

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Check out Girl in the Garage for a step-by-step tutorial just in case you need more black and white in your world.

 


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Coral n’ Cowboys

Coral is such a pretty shade. I would describe it as kind of an orangey pink, which is funny because actual coral, like from the bottom of the ocean, comes in trabillions of colors. That would be like taking a particular shade of yellow and naming it “Rainbow.” I have a piece of coral from the Bahamas. It’s black and looks like a dead weed. I don’t know where I’m going with this other than to say, hey look! Here are some coral-colored makeovers for you today!

Up first is this dresser from Stephanie, which she painted … you guessed it … coral. Coral coral, not dead weed colored coral. I love the simple new pulls, gold and coral together are always a sure bet!

Coral Dresser Before

 

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See it at The Styled Soul.

And speaking of gold, if you need a place to easily store yours, why not use this wild-wild-west-themed shelf? I sense your stares of dubiousness, but scroll onward and you will see how Kelly sent the  cowboys riding off into the sunset by flipping it upside down and covering the mirror with fabric and chicken wire. She added paint and mini tart-pans, and faster than you can say ‘get along little doggies,’ it’s a jewelry storage system! Yeehaw!

Coral Jewelry Holder Before

 

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Lil’ Laundry Room

Is anyone else limping across the finish line as the school year winds down? I am officially out of gas. One of my kids went to school today with nothing but a juice box and crackers in his lunchbox. I was shocked that we even had juice boxes. Just one more day of school left for us here, and then it’s summmmmmmmmer! Time to kick back, relax, and stand underneath the air conditioner until October.

I’m hoping to get the kids on some kind of summer-time-fun-time-chore-time routine so I don’t go completely mad.  If you have any pointers or charts or things that have worked for you, please hook a girl up!

And speaking of chore-time fun, such a thing really is possible.  But only if your laundry room is as adorable as Kristyn’s. A little storage and a little color make a lot of difference. So cute!

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Halfway to Bombay

Long, long ago I used to be obsessed with Bombay. The store, not the place. The store no longer exists*, and there actually is no place called Bombay anymore either. It was officially switched to ‘Mumbai’ around 1995, as the old spelling was considered to be a corrupted English version and an unwanted legacy of British colonial rule. Feel free to work that factual tidbit into your conversations at parties.

Anyway, I don’t know why I was so taken with the wares in Bombay, but I wanted nothing more than to furnish my entire life like I ran some kind of black market elephant tusk cartel.

Everything seemed so exotic and luxurious! Mahogany! Tassels! Animal print! Mahogany!

This highboy looks to be a remnant of those Bombay glory days, but today’s styles seem to lean a bit lighter and brighter, so Jennifer at Trillium Park Designs brought it up to speed with just a little paint and glaze.

Aqua and Wood Highboy Makeover

Aqua and Wood Highboy BeforeOooh! Still as stylish as ever. Great job Jennifer!

 

*Bombay is still a distributor, but no longer a store. Not to be confused with The Bombay Store, a completely different store. That’s not at all confusing at all. I spent way too much time googling this crap.


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