before and after

before & after: nursery makeover + butcher block

by Kate Pruitt

I’d like to think my tastes have matured since infancy and that there aren’t many nurseries I would want to live in, but this one from Megan might be the first! I adore those dip-dyed coral curtains, and I think I might have to build myself an adult-sized teepee like this one. The mix of colors and fabrics is incredibly sophisticated, while the soothing, cheerful palette seems perfect for babies (and adults!). Great transformation, Megan! — Kate

Time: One year (for the entire house)

Cost: $800 for nursery (including paint, furniture, etc.)

Basic Steps: The entire room took an absurd amount of white paint and white things! We collected many natural and raw-looking pieces of furniture, and then we would randomly place pops of primary color for accents. Whenever we brought in something soft and white, we would balance it with something raw or rustic. Since we live in a tropical area, we wanted the green from outside to be a focal point. What advice do you have for people trying to tackle a similar project? Try building things yourself! Only bring in things that you absolutely love — you may not have much, but at least you’ll like it all. — Megan

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CLICK HERE to see Tricia’s power-tool butcher block after the jump!
Seeing that I’ve spent hours poring over power tools for DIY 101, it should come as no surprise that I have a soft spot for this little butcher block table from Tricia. Not only does it fit perfectly into the little nook in her kitchen, but it also adds a wonderful pop of color and texture to her cheerful, vintage-inspired white kitchen. If this table were on the market, I’d snatch it up in a heartbeat. Fantastic work, Tricia!

Time: 3 hours

Cost: $25

Basic Steps: Even though this was out for the bulk trash just around the corner, it was too heavy to carry home, and I did need a friend with some moving straps and a trunk to help me lug it home. From there, my  fiancée and I disassembled the top table and blade area and removed the motor and wiring. It was a little tricky to figure out how everything came apart at first, but we only needed a ratchet to remove the bolts that were keeping everything in place.

The butcher block is just from the local hardware store, cut from a 1 1/4″ thick board to the dimensions I needed. I cleaned the base with mild soap and warm water only, as I didn’t want to strip any of the paint, and then attached the “butcher block” top through the existing screw plates and some new heavy-duty screws.

Advice: Don’t overlook your neighbor’s trash. Sometimes, it’s the most unexpected items that are the easiest to overhaul and that have the most interesting results. — Tricia

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