Before and After: Two Inspired Kitchen Makeovers

created at: 11/15/2010

Amanda from ReDo decided to keep this kitchen makeover clean, simple, white and add a big bold punch of plaid to the kitchen floor in a 1923 bungalow that was in want of an update.  

You can see it wasn’t an awful layout to start with, but feast your eyes on this:

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The plaid kitchen floor design which was first seen on Cococozy back in November 2008 inspired two readers in their kitchen remodels.  Architect Tom Newman‘s Hancock Park kitchen was the original inspiration for the plaid floors. Continue Reading

Brizo Talked Me Into a Powder Room Makeover

created at: 09/16/2010

This is what I have now, it’s the BEFORE.

I’ve posted about other people’s powder room re-dos, but now it’s my turn. When I first did this powder room, I truly believed I would NEVER want to change it. The soft gray walls, black and white photos, white pedestal sink and toilet, hardwood floors and the then-so-chic shiny brass fixtures. For me, contemplating a makeover is serious business. I’ve been deliberating about this for the past year. Continue Reading

Upholstery Workshop: How to Pleat a Rolled Arm

created at: 07/26/2010

Now what? You’ve started attaching the inside arm of that Goodwill chair, but you have no clue how to get that rolled arm pleated and finished. See how the pros do it, step-by-step.created at: 07/26/2010

Starting at the curve on the inside, form a tight pleat by folding the fabric over and using the regulator, or long needle. to make it crisp. This is the second pleat moving towards the top of the arm.

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Hold the pleat in place and secure with the staples or tacks. Continue Reading

Granny Chair Makeover


You’ve seen these sofas and chairs at the thrift stores. Upholstered in a shiny damask granny fabric, they make me want to barf. However, don’t be fooled. Chairs like this one can be really well built.  It just needs a makeover–BAD! 


Well, look what we have here–ivory painted wood, light blue linen (which I have in my stash), and now we’re talking. For under $30.00, Kelly from Much To Do With Nothing ended up turning this dog into a soft, beautifully simple chair for her bedroom. Continue Reading

How To Recover a Chair In Three Minutes

created at: 04/08/2010

My new best Twitter friend, Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff, writes her witty blog about everything I love. It’s like I found my Canadian counterpart, only she has killer abs and  a TV show. I chuckled aloud as I read her blog and then, being a big fan of an easy chair re-do, my jaw dropped. She’s so much more clever than I am! My mom always said “the cream always rises”, and sure enough, her chair re-do pops up on

ApartmentTherapySanFrancisco. Continue Reading

How To Paint Laminate Cabinets and Countertops

created at: 2009-05-04

photo: 248designcenter

One surefire way to jazz up a cookie cutter kitchen is to paint the kitchen cabinets a bold color to reflect your individuality. If you live in a neighborhood full of uninteresting kitchen cabinet choices that don’t accurately represent your style, don’t even hesitate – paint them! created at: 2009-05-04


The Washington Post ran an article a while back that provides a comprehensive guide to painting  laminate cabinets as well as laminate countertops. In the article, Jeanne Huber covered all aspects of formica and laminate painting. Continue Reading

Upholstery Spray Paint Follow Up

created at: 2009-04-30

Photo: Courtesy of ApartmentTherapy

A few weeks back I wrote a post entitled You Can Paint Your Ugly La-Z-Boy.  That was before I personally tried the product I was writing about, but now the verdict is in. The product that piqued my curiosity from watching a YouTube video really does work. To see more photos and the test results,  Apartment Therapy has has a mini photo-tutorial right here.

You Can Paint Your Ugly La-Z-Boy

created at: 2009-03-30

Yep! It’s true. SimplySpray sells a non-toxic, not-flammable, aerosol spray paint that can be used for for a variety of upholstered pieces-canvas, rugs, car or boat interiors, and rugs. Watch the YouTube demonstration

video to see how a sofa is transformed. Let’s face it, in a pinch it’s worth a try.

There is a disclaimer that if your upholstery fabric can absorb water, then the spray paint should work.  Available in nine upholstery colors, an artistic type could certainly create a stunning piece of upholstered artwork.  Continue Reading

2 Easy DIY Wall Decorating Ideas

created at: 2009-03-27

Checking in with ApartmentTherapy-Chicago this morning, these two walls by decorator Lindsay Segal, screamed “DIY ME!”  Quick, easy and cheap–take a short stretch of wall, give it some bold horizontal stripes to make the statement, and then add some monochromatic pieces in front of it. Wow!  The second one requires my favorite activity—thrifting.

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Head over to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or any other 2nd hand dive and stock up on plates, plates, plates. For more photos of Lindsay’s fun and budget friendly style, click here. Continue Reading