The best part of a before and after project is the big reveal — the more dramatic the transformation, the more satisfying that first peek at the “after” image. This bedroom makeover from Jennifer provides one of the most satisfying reveals I’ve had yet! Amazingly, the color palette in these two rooms is essentially the same — white, tan, cream, and pink — and the furniture hasn’t changed. Notice what a difference the subtle shift in hues and the few small but significant changes to the objects make to the room as a whole. To update her daughters’ bedroom, Jennifer went with a warmer, more sophisticated tan color for the walls, swapped out the bubblegum pink ruffles for a subdued peach floral curtain, and “purified” the furniture by stripping away the bright paint from the night stand and the flowery upholstery from the bed frames. Oh, and let’s not disregard the amazing butterfly frame vignettes above each bed. Jennifer clearly has a keen design sensibility; I love the composition of everything in this room! There are many reasons to want a second childhood — I want one so I can share a room just like this with my big sister. Amazing makeover, Jennifer! — Kate
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Decoupage queen bee Amy found this piece of art at a hobby shop and used her favorite material to give it a majorly fun makeover. I’m loving the dynamic energy in Amy’s colorful key portrait. The keys appear to hang of their own accord, perhaps for a little gab session, which I imagine to be about the pains of having to open humongous doors. I would probably leave the gilded frame untouched, but I do love how her bright blue and green pallet transforms this somewhat stodgy, overly ornate mess into a fun and cheeky piece of art. You can see how Amy achieved this look here. Great work, Amy!