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before & after: nicole’s patterned wall + beth’s desk

by Grace Bonney


there are few things i love more than a good pattern, whether it’s on paper, fabric, or wallpaper. so whenever someone takes the effort to mimic a pattern with paint i’m both pleased and impressed. this bedroom wall before & after does just that, and comes from nicole merrell of ntm designs. inspired by a picture of a white pool fence she saw in a magazine, nicole created a stencil and painted her bedroom to replicate the breezy blue feel of the photo. it’s a subtle change, but one that adds just enough interest that you don’t need to stress artwork or heavy details above the bed. you can read more about nicole’s process and inspiration right herethanks, nicole!

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CLICK HERE for beth’s grey and yellow desk makeover after the jump!


d*s reader beth stephenson picked up this roll top desk at goodwill for only $20. it had a high shine coating on top, so she primed over the slick finish and applied a warm gray paint until she got her desired finish. the hardware was also primed and painted a bright chartreuse color and now the finished piece has a prized spot in beth’s den. well done, beth!

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