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Thursday May 17th, 2012

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before & after: ombre booth walls

It’s a thrilling time of year for me, a former display artist, when I get to see emerging designers not only prepping their goods for exhibitions but also tinkering away to create unexpected, dramatic displays to showcase their designs. The booths deserve their own show for the amount of effort and creativity that go into…

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Thursday February 9th, 2012

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before & after: painted pattern floor

When floors are in bad condition and refinishing or renovating seems out of the question, people often try to downplay their floors by painting them a neutral color or hiding them under various rugs. However, I’m becoming increasingly convinced that if you can find a pattern or color you really love, the best cure for…

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Thursday October 20th, 2011

Thursday September 29th, 2011

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before & after: painted geometric rug

It’s awesome to see the DIY painted-rug trend blowing up these days, especially because rugs can be one of the hardest things to shop for — there are so many ugly rugs out there, and the best-looking ones always seem too expensive. This isn’t the first project Holly has shared with us — we featured…

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Thursday July 28th, 2011

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before & after: hutch makeover

Jesyka D’Itri Marés managed to pack two incredibly creative makeovers into her dining room, and although this hutch was featured on Centsational Girl earlier this year, we felt the pair of projects was too charming to resist. The untreated hutch was lovely to begin with, albeit a bit damaged, but Jesyka had a vision for…

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Thursday July 7th, 2011

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before & after: painted dresser

There’s painted furniture, and then there’s painted furniture — pieces covered in handmade patterns that totally transform the original. This Ikat buffet by Kim Frazier is a great example of what handmade designs can add. I love the imperfections and the rich color palette Kim chose. Great job, Kim! — Kate Have a Before & After…

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Thursday June 23rd, 2011

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before & after: painted plank headboard

I may have discovered my new favorite color palette, thanks in no small part to this painted headboard from Heather. Doesn’t  the gold, wood, cream and ochre combination look fantastic? So rich and warm, and incredibly soothing. The untreated wood gives the gilded stencil design so much character, and I love the accessibility of the…

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Thursday April 28th, 2011

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Thursday June 3rd, 2010

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before & after: barb’s desk + dresser

barb’s makeovers at knack studios always have fun little unexpected details in them. this dresser, painted blue, has a decoupaged number surface that looks like its made from bingo cards or some sort of numbered paper with a great red and blue font. i’ve been moving away from decoupage in my home for the past…

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Thursday May 20th, 2010

Thursday April 22nd, 2010