before and after

before & after: cori’s camera + kitchen makeover

by Grace Bonney

i love a good makeover that doesn’t involve a chair or sofa. this clever before & after comes from cori kindred, who decided to make over….her camera! using vintage wallpaper cori gave her vintage sx-70 polaroid camera a little facelift. i love it! thanks to cori for sharing.

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

cori after

CLICK HERE for roy’s kitchen makeover after the jump!

this next makeover comes from contract roy y (shoot him an email right here for more info) who used green building guidelines to make over this kitchen and bathroom. i love the fresh green feel in each room. great work, roy!



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  • i think it awesome! better to make something beautiful and use it then just let it sit there. Love the kitchen too its beautiful!

  • I’m sure that the wallpaper was applied on top of the leather, so it’s probably a reversible makeover… I think it’s gorgeous (perfect pattern choice for the white metal version!), but replacing rugged with fragile – if that’s what was done – would indeed be a bit of a shame in the long run.

  • I liked the camera treatment personally and find it pretty rude that nativeson feels it nes. to berate people for their creative endevors. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion yet forcing your own down others throuts pretty much means you suck.
    Bottom line: her camera=her right to her design.

  • wow, harsh, nativeson. It maybe be a collector’s item, but there are a lot around, so to each their own, and I think its a beautiful decorative piece now. I’m curious if this is just for looks, or if cori has found a source for film? Didn’t they (regretably) stop making film for these cameras?

  • What a shame, ruining a camera in such great condition. It took me all of 2 minutes to find one with damaged leatherette and a good body on eBay…

  • I love this post!
    I like the idea of actually using objects and making them your own-instead of letting “collectors items” sit on a shelf somewhere with no one using them. After all-you can’t take it with you. Beautiful job on both of these!

    • hi guys

      i wasn’t around for the publishing of the comment from nativeson. i’ve reviewed the comment and as the owner of the site, i find it neither constructive nor welcome here at d*s. if you’d like to attack people or leave snarky comments that are rude and seek to do nothing but add negativity, please take your comments elsewhere.

      i’m over the major negativity lurking in the comment sections lately. and i’m personally not going to allow it anymore. you’re welcome to disagree, but man, there are so many ways to say things in a tone that doesn’t reek of snarkyness.


  • Not everyone is concerned about “collectors items” and how much money they’re worth. If she’s happier using her polaroid camera now, then I see no problem in that.

  • Destroying the value? Do you keep the plastic on the lamp shades too? Items are meant to be used and enjoyed. Clearly the owner of the polaroid is finding joy in her clever make over. That is where the value is found. On another note, AWESOME make overs by socalcontractor roy.

  • Bravo! Fantastic makeover on the camera! I’ve got the very same exact camera. However, it was handed down to me. The leather exterior is all cracked and worn out. The wallpaper face lift is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks, Sarah, that’s awesome news! Polaroids are truely an artform. I remember tons of photography projects I did with them in college… my camera wasn’t as cool as this one though!

  • Great before & after!! Can you tell me how long your bathroom and kitchen renos took and where you got the majority of your finishes?? My husband and i are planning for bathroom and kitchen reno next year and just need all the help we can get!

  • wow, thanks for the feedback everyone! this is actually the camera i use every day, so the value of it as a “collector’s item” is pretty inconsequential to me. i appreciate the concern though ;)

  • what a neat idea with the polaroid camera!!! I have a digital camera with an ugly “LOGO” strap, that will mos def be covered in some pretty ribbon as a result of this post… thanks for the reminder!!

  • I don’t know if there could be anything better than a personalized camera. I love that idea and the fact that it looks amazing.

  • Cori that is beautiful! The fact that you would makeover your camera shows how much you love using it and how passionate you are about surrounding yourself with beauty. Even with the tools you use to capture the everyday beauty around you. :) And AWESOME renovations! That had to have taken so much blood sweat and tears. Both makeovers are inspirational!

  • cori – it’s nice to see someone using and enjoying a “collector’s item”. there are so many different ideas of “worth” – and i can think of nothing more worthy than finding enjoyment in this cool camera. i personally think it looks awesome! and grace, it’s nice to see you taking a stand on snarky comments – i agree, there’s always a polite way to say things to people who are essentially strangers!

  • cori! i loved the camera the first time i saw it on your blog and i loved seeing it here also. hooray for you and your creative vision i say!

  • I’m loving the re-do on the camera.

    (and good for you, Grace — I agree with Abby. You have a wonderful, positive blog that is a joy to visit and peruse — thank you for making an effort to keep it that way!! Bravo!)

  • Both makeovers are fabulous! The camera with that great wallpaper – now I want to get a camera to makeover.

    Also those stools in the kitchen – where are they from?

  • Thanks to Grace for posting and everyone for the nice comments. I am so happy to share the remodels with all of you. Liz, if you contact me, I can get you in touch with the stool info.

  • The bathroom makeover is beautiful, and quite bright. The kitchen looking welcoming.

    The camera makeover is heartbreaking. The SX-70 is a one of the most beautiful cameras ever made. :(

  • The bathroom and kitchen renos are gorgeous! I love the green. So fresh and cheerful.

    I do have to say that the sx-70 breaks my heart. I can see making over some of the uglier polaroid cameras, but that one is so gorgeous and iconic. I can’t stand the idea of covering up the beautiful worn leather. But, to each their own.

  • Yes, to each their own. That means, everyone can customize their things and space so they can enjoy it even more.
    I for example, would love to have Cori’s skills because the leather on my SX-70 is falling apart and the bits of it are getting in my lens, filter, everywhere.
    So for me this is really inspiring.

  • I must say–and I DO say–that I am very impressed with the kitchen makeover. It gives me a lot of inspiration my own upcoming project. Thank you for sharing this.

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