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Display Name: Brit Gagne
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Before & After: An Amazing & Cheery Up-Cycled Recycling Center
7/2/14 12:24 AM

Spray paint the original handles white and they would have had a somewhat angular appearance, just like the sides. No fight, imo, rather, a little more character. The new knobs are just a lot more boring. Cute paint and sides, though!

Before & After: What To Do With A Grimy Garage Sale Side Table
7/2/14 12:06 AM

1. New ceiling fan/light fixture. (Probably $100+)
2. I'd paint the fireplace a white (or pastel you can compliment) before the paneling. ($35/gal.)
3. If the painted fireplace doesn't do enough, you can strip and restain the paneling. Or just paint, if restaining is too much work. It's not THAT big a deal to paint. (staining=$30 or so + some good time and effort)
4. I wouldn't paint the beams, though. They'll look cool just like that unless you want to do a huge whitewash-everything change, like this: That carpet would look more ugly with an all white room, though.
5. New door or painted door. (leftover FP paint?)
6. Small tile/vinyl area around the door? ($100 + time & effort, or hire somebody for a bit more)
7. Shelves?
8. The FP wall seems too dark and that ceiling fan has a slim chance of looking chic no matter what, but your furniture and other decor will really decide the room. Try to visualize with that, first.
9. Good luck! You should post your revamp. It would be fun to see the suggestions you used or didn't.

Can This \"Man Cave\" Become Cottage Chic? Good Questions
6/24/14 02:06 PM

I didn't read them all, but I'm going to say your story is the worst. Goosebumps, cold sweat/clammy hands and feet, and imaginary itches after that one. Agh!! <shudder>

The House Centipede: Get Rid of Them, or Let Them Be?
5/7/14 01:13 AM

I squeal and my heart lurches to twice as many beats per minute, and I quickly and carefully catch them and put them outside. Kids are good for being a backup when one person needs to keep eyes and another needs to find a capturing device. I think we've caught and released about 10/12 or so in our five years here. They'd be super creepy even if they didn't run 100 mph, but that and the possibility of a bite/sting freaks the poop out of me.

The House Centipede: Get Rid of Them, or Let Them Be?
5/7/14 01:04 AM

A cool or slightly rosy-tone grey could play well off the light yellow, and white is always a good option, or even a basic cool taupe. If you're not into neutrals, a much more muted blue would actually look really nice.

Really, any color will work just fine, but in my opinion anything too yellow or warm will bring out too much yellow in the floor. :)

What Color Would You Paint This Kitchen? Good Questions
4/14/14 10:04 AM

No paint unless necessary. The bottom piece looks GORGEOUS... Love it. So much.
The top piece is a little weird. I wonder how it worked before? What you put in it and on it would change its look pretty dramatically. Would you be open to removing the glass, or would that look worse? Right now, with the old picture and... Is that a figurine of some sort? It looks empty and grandma-like. Mod it up! MCM style is "MC" with a current "M" for Modern. i.e. You don't want a time capsule, just some chic atomic era lines in a 2014 room. Check out some Pinterest for decorating ideas! Books, maybe some greenery of some sort, some weird little memento, etc. Lots of possibilities!

Would You Paint These Vintage Laminate Pieces? Good Questions
4/11/14 12:18 AM

Second the lighting idea. The shades on that fan are SUPER hideous, too.
Why is painting white such a big no-no?? Especially if you pay for it??

What To Do with Ugly, Beige-y Walls in a Rental? Good Questions
4/10/14 06:02 PM

Hanging art or something more functional. Easy, cheap.
Removing trim and adding art or to-do board with hinges. Possibility you'd need to fill any gaps currently covered by trim.

Best Way to Disguise Ugly Kitchen Electric Panel? Good Questions
4/8/14 09:46 PM

I guessed Chicago! Reminded me of the rooftop places off Wrigley when we took a trip there a couple of years ago.

That's the same credenza as one of the Before & After projects, where she painted part of the face of it white. Jealous. Is there a third one I can get on the cheap somewhere?? :)

Jaclyn's Down-to-Earth Live/Work Apartment House Tour
4/6/14 08:53 PM

I like the idea...but I'm wincing a little. Sorry to be a Negative Nancy! Medium colors with variegated patterns hide grime best, because most dirt will be somewhere in the middle of the value scale. Super light background means everything darker shows, and vice versa. (I have a black bedroom set and an off-white rug... Lots of maintenance, but beautiful!)

Before & After: Back Steps Become a Stairway of Heaven
4/1/14 11:53 PM

Better yet, buy one really nice house and fill it with super nice things, then get a little apartment with more economical things, then vacuum seal the expensive house and live in the apartment. All your expensive stuff would stay super nice! My ideas are pure gold.

5 Reasons You Should Be Using Plastic Furniture Covers Right Now
4/1/14 01:14 PM

Bah, humbug. It looks nice! No, you don't have to scrap everything to refresh, but there is a reason the word "fresh" is a synonym of "new." She did keep (at least) the piece in the corner, which you could barely see with the before color and lighting. Every single piece might not be every single person's cup of tea, but you have to admit it went from a dungeon to something much more "polished," as stated!

I especially like the mirror-y, shiny table in that setting. It's not overwhelmingly glam when contrasted with the more casual majority.

A Polished Philadelphia Living Room Professional Project
3/29/14 08:44 PM


Before & After: Patience's Fairy Tale Fireplace Makeover
3/24/14 05:09 PM

The last picture shows cutting a shower liner? Why would you need to trim the bottom of a shower liner that's not touching the floor? That's silly, unless it's impossible to raise the rod. This trimming idea is to fix the extra foot or so where water can get between the liner and tub wall. Right?

Anyway, the electrical to our vent/fan is messed up, and if that wasn't enough, our tub-to-surround caulk has allowed water to get to the sheetrock (Mold City, which has made recaulking ineffective). My husband never closes the shower curtain afterward, and we have hard water. Boom --> moldy ceiling, surround, sheetrock, and liner, with a bunch of rust and other deposits, and peeling paint all over. I'll worry about trimming my liner, if necessary, after our bathroom reno (:/ hopefully coming soon...).

Clean Shower Tip: Do You Trim Your Curtain Liner?
3/24/14 04:47 PM

Love it.

Before & After: Sabrina's From Damaged to Daring Modern Desk Makeover
3/23/14 10:13 AM

I'd like to see more, too, but the main bits are there. Looks fantastic!

Before & After: IKEA Hemnes Nightstand Gets an Inventive Upgrade
3/21/14 10:18 AM

Identify list items at home. Write it down when you think of needing/wanting it, then prioritize. If you see it in a store, go home. Get it next time, if you still want it.

It's the Little Things:
5 Ways to Spend Less & Reduce Clutter

3/20/14 03:03 PM

It would be interesting to see how this piece is styled. Kelly green rates higher on the obnoxious colors scale (hence, more blue & gray furniture), but anything can look chic if it's done right.

Before & After: St Patrick Himself Would Be Proud of This Sideboard
3/18/14 09:33 AM

We don't, but I hate having bare feet. Sweater socks have helped keep shoes off. I'd need like ten pairs of slippers to make sure they were always where I needed them. Making/having a good place for shoe drop-off/pick-up is most of the battle.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 01:10 PM