before and after

before & after: nonpareil hutch + rebecca’s fireplace

by Grace Bonney

i always love seeing behind the scenes of a magazine photoshoot, and this before & after gives us a little peek into a shoot for nonpareil magazine. bethany of b*spoke and maddy of inspired bride bought this hutch on craigslist for $75 specifically for the nonpareil shoot. they thought that red/pink color was a little too much for the shoot, but the form itself was perfect for their “modern marie antoinette” themed shoot. so they sanded it down, repainted with a rich cream paint, and added wallpaper from target to the back of the hutch. the original antique gold hardware was saved and now matches the look of the piece so much better. great work, ladies!

*stay tuned for one more before & after at 2pm!

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CLICK HERE for rebecca’s fireplace before & after after the jump!

i understand the pain of people stuck with ugly tiles in their home. i would give anything to be allowed to rip out the prison-gray tiles in my bathroom and replace them with bright white wainscoting. rebecca from bananasaurus rex (i love that name and her blog) was in the same position but thought of something much more clever to deal with her icky tile situation. rebecca’s self-described “suburban tract home” was in need of an update so she embarked on a mission to, “kick the ever-lovin’ tract out of my home”. to cover the fireplace’s red tiles, she used book pages, mod podge and a little elbow grease to cover up the tile and give the entire corner a new look. click here to read more about the project and see some additional images. thanks, rebecca!

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  • I love the nonpareil makeover…but even more I love the painted candlesticks with the white plates and dishes on top!!!! I see a visit to the thrift store coming soon!

  • I have a very similar fireplace setup with the tile. Would love to try something like this. Is it easy to remove for us renters?

  • I agree the original fireplace tiles were lacking character, but the book pages and lace just look tacky to me. It looks easy enough to tear out the old tile and find charming antique tile to replace it.

  • Love the look of the new tiles … great idea if you can’t afford to replace them. Wondering if you could get a similar effect if you used a tile transfer kit and created your own “designs”?!

    I checked out the link to the “sketch book” project … what a great idea … it’s on my “to do list”.

  • I don’t think I will ever get why people feel the need to share their negative feelings on before and afters. One person’s tacky is another person’s clever solution, right?

  • I have seen a lot of furniture pieces made over with the use of wallpaper segments. Is there any way to find a cheaper substitute? Anyway to buy just a few pieces instead of a large bundle that costs around $100?? Would love any suggestions! thanks!

  • We had horrid tiles in our kitchen, but don’t own. Solution? High quality contact paper and a sharp razor blade. It look a lot of time, because to make it look good you have to cut each piece along the tile grouting, but it was so worth it. And it’s been great for the kitchen because clean up is as easy as with tile. When we leave, we’ll be able to peel it right off. It was the dream solution for us.

  • OMG Kat, that’s brilliant and I am going to do that next weekend for my sad sad ugly rented kitchen!

  • Nice job on the Hutch..thinking it would have been a nice little student computer desk as well…I also liked the black floor tile painted for beckys fp…the paper is different..good job ladies : )

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