before and after

before & after: bamboo screens + lamp + garden bench

by Grace Bonney

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!


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!]


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

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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