before and afterrugs and flooring

before & after: sarah’s rug + kat’s planters

by Kate Pruitt


These two before & afters share a couple characteristics. Not only do they inject a much-needed dose of sunny yellow into my otherwise cold and drab November day, but they both display a significant amount of DIY ingenuity.

This painted floral rug from Sarah has turned on a light bulb over my head — why would I ever need to settle for a boring rug again? Inspired by a luxurious floral tufted rug she spotted at Anthropologie, Sarah decided to grab some paint and a brush and try her own hand at a large-scale printed rug. The result has a lovely painterly quality and it really ties the room together :) I’m sure the “after” is even more satisfying for Sarah, considering she managed to save a bundle and recycle an old rug. Great job, Sarah! — Kate

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Our second sunny-hued project comes from Kat, who, along with her husband, managed to build these fall planters in a weekend out of some salvaged wood, a few cast-off rusted tables, and some “as is” Ikea table legs. Looking at the “before” image of the materials, I have to admit that I had no idea what these would turn into, but I love the result! I actually think the rust looks really nice with the yellow hue, and these planters have a modern and eclectic style you certainly won’t find anywhere else. Great transformation, Kat!

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