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before and after

before & after: bamboo screens + lamp + garden bench

by Grace Bonney

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today we’re kicking off before & after day with three projects from d*s readers. first up- paul and jim from center44 in nyc. this design-savvy duo turned chinese screens into a clever “headboard” that masks the storage closet behind their bed (you can access the closet from the wall to the right of the bed). it’s such a clever but simple way to make the best of a small space situation. thanks for sharing, paul and jim!

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next up is an outdoor bench makeover from d*s reader kim. kim “rescued” her bench from a duplex that she rented nearly a decade ago (a tenant in another unit left it behind). in the years since, it has served as everything from a plant stand to “random paint swatch test subject.” but after a few coats of spray paint and some handy sewing from kim, it’s now a colorful place to have a seat out back. great work, kim!

[have a before & after you’d like to share on d*s? just send me an email right here with your images!]

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CLICK HERE for jelena’s electric orange lamp makeover after the jump!

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this colorful makeover comes from jelena of poppyseed living. she recently started her own furniture refurbishing business and decided to start with this lamp that got a bold orange makeover give it a more modern look. i’m totally loving that matte finish- it’s such a nice touch. great work, jelena!

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