All Inclusive Kitchen

Hey gang, how’s your Monday? Are you in the middle of the polar vortex? I don’t even know what that is, sorry. Like, a bunch of cold all at once?  Sounds terrible.  You should move to Arizona.

Speaking of tropical islands, (go with it) check out this deserted island in the middle of Kate’s kitchen. It looks so small and sad; all forlorn just sitting there, staring at the rest of the kitchen, a little orphan desperately wishing for a family of its own. Wow, it’s bumming me out.

Don’t worry.  All ends well for the little island, and the rest of the kitchen too.  Black and white for the win!

Best parts: the new island of course, the new flooring that no longer divides the kitchen and dining space, and the cornice that unites that outlier cabinet with the rest of the kitchen.  There’s a lot of inclusiveness going on here.

See more from Kate at Eating in the Shower. kitchen makeover before small island |

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PS: I’m one of the featured designers this week on’s “Ask A Designer” series. Come on over and ask your home/decor/design related questions and get one-on-one advice! Plus you’ll automatically be entered to win a $1,000 giftcard.  So, pretty awesome.

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From Howdy to Bonjour!

(Please enjoy this Better After Flashback from 2011. Happy Saturday!)

Have you ever heard someone say “I love EVERY type of music! Well, except country and rap.” I’m almost inclined to agree, but I actually like quite a bit of rap. Country … is … not really my thing. Sorry. Same with design. I love EVERYTHING, I really do. Modern, transitional, industrial, minimalist, bohemian, you name it. Except country and rap. (If you don’t think “rap” is a design style, you haven’t watched a lot of MTV Cribs. Usually involves at least one framed Scarface poster).

So I would probably have avoided this very hunter-green, country-fied sofa table, but once again, white paint saves the day. It looks so elegant and very French-country, which is worlds away from regular ol’ country. I can’t speak for French-country music though.

From the fantastic Alicia at Thrifty and Chic.

hunter green table with knobs before makeover |
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In The Pink

Hey hey, pink stuff yay!

I’m not a poet, and I know it. You don’t have to tell me.

But if you like pink, then rub your hands together with glee, because I’ve got some pink makeovers for you today.  And if you don’t, well you probably know someone who does.  And if you don’t, you’re either lying to me, or you don’t have any friends. And if you don’t, I’ll be your friend.  And I like pink.  So here we are.

Kimberly was living in a two bedroom home and pregnant with her third child.  Needing another room, she converted this narrow space into her three-year-old daughter’s bedroom, fulfilling a life-long dream to decorate something pink pink pink girly explosion! So fun.

But don’t you worry, this is only a temporary arrangement until they move to a larger home. You can see more of her super fun style right here at MissFurnellie.


bedroom closet makeover before


Pink - Closet turned Bedroom - Makeover |


I bet you’ll never guess what Better After reader Sara did with this playhouse.  You’re right. She painted it pink! How did you know?

She received it free from a neighbor and fixed it up for her girls. Um, my neighbors never give me anything this cool.  All I get from my neighbors are notes asking me to please remember to close my bathroom blinds at night.  (Haha, I’m kidding.  They ask me to keep them open).

(Just kidding again). (Sorry in advance for your nightmares).

pink playhouse before


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I love the sweet little treatment Jen gave to this yard-sale dresser. She had learned that it was at least 50 years old and didn’t want to sand it for fear of lead-based paint. Also it was the color of depressed urine. No thanks! Primer, paint, and a little hand-painted work on the drawer details, and it looks better than new.

Check out all of her tips and helpful product recommendations for doing the same on her blog All Four Love.


cream dresser before


Pink - White - Dresser - Makeover |

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You have the right to right now.

Tanya is saving up her cash for a dream kitchen makeover, which will take place sometime in the distant future.  Might as well just live with this boring old kitchen that she absolutely hates in the meantime, right?


That big-budget dream kitchen could be years down the road. Her logic is, why not make it look and function better right now?

She spent less than $1,500 to transform her kitchen into a beautiful and fun space that she’s happy with RIGHT NOW!  Tiny cramped cabinets were removed to make way for open shelving, which means she doesn’t have to wait for some imaginary day in the far-off future to enjoy her collection of bright aqua dishware. She can enjoy them RIGHT NOW! She can greet her kitchen with a smile TODAY!

Are you putting off something that you could change to make you happy right now? Don’t wait! It’s not time or money wasted.  It’s a small price to pay to avoid years of discontentment, that’s what I’d say.

See much much more at Dans le Lakehouse.

oak kitchen before
White - Aqua - Kitchen - Makeover |

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