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Fun vintage kitchen cupboard makeover

by 8:09 AM
Fun vintage kitchen cupboard makeover

A vintage kitchen cupboard gets a fun makeover

One of my readers sent me this vintage kitchen cupboard that had belonged to her grandma. She wanted me to transform it into something fresh and fun to go with her modern home decor. This is what I did.

Some weeks ago I shared here an old sideboard makeover that I did for a reader. This reader had two bits of furniture that she had inherited from her grandma and wanted me to transform them and give them a more modern look to match her home decor style.

As I said, you've already seen one of the transformations, so today it's time for the other one - a vintage kitchen cupboard:

Fun vintage kitchen cupboard makeover

Granny's vintage kitchen cupboard

These cupboards were very common in Spain back in the day. You would find them in every granny or great aunt's home. You could find them in lots of different, fun colors, green, blue, orange, red...

They were cheap and common so when they became old fashioned, most people just got rid of them and now they are quite sought-after. The retro lines and vibrant colors make them quite fun and fresh, so many young people want them in their homes.

Adapting a vintage kichen cupboard to a modern home

That's what Rosana, the reader, wanted me to do with this vintage kitchen cupboard - to transform it and make it fit into her modern and colorful home decor. I absolutely love red, but it wasn't the best color for her home and the paint was in very bad condition anyway. The cupboard had already been painted once, quite a long time ago, and the paint had chipped away all over the place.

Rosana wanted to put this cupboard in her living room, which is decorated in white with pops of green, pink and red. The minute I saw photos of her living room I knew pink was the perfect color for this vintage kitchen cupboard.

Her instincts were orange but she trusted me and let me go pink. Oh my! I absolutely love how it turned out and so did she!!

Fun vintage kitchen cupboard makeover

Before painting there were other boring bits to take care of though. First I took off the doors and drawers, which was quite tricky because the screws had almost become part of the cupboard. Then I thoroughly cleaned the thing (there was A LOT to clean) and sanded it before applying the primer.

Fun vintage kitchen cupboard makeover

Fun vintage kitchen cupboard makeover

I wanted a fun pink that was fresh but not too cheesy and to add some pops of black on the handles and doorknobs to stop it being too girly.

Fun vintage kitchen cupboard makeover

Fun vintage kitchen cupboard makeover

Fun vintage kitchen cupboard makeover

Rosana, who is so lovely, sent me a photo of her living room. I really like how the old sideboard and this vintage kitchen cabinet go together. My initial advice to her was to put them in separate rooms because I thought they were just too different but this photo changed my mind. What do you think?

Before & after this vintage kitchen cupboard

Fun vintage kitchen cupboard makeover

Here you can clearly see the difference between the before and after the makeover. The things you can do with a bit of love and a can of paint! In case you missed it, check out Rosana's old sideboard makeover and do not miss any of my furniture makeover projects.

How do you like this vintage kitchen cupboard makeover?

My hall makeover. Part I - diy accent wall

by 6:06 PM
My hall makeover. Part I - diy accent wall

My hall makeover: diy accent wall

The walls in my hall used to look extremely boring and ugly. Not anymore! They've undergone an extreme makeover. Check it out!

After finishing my bedroom makeover, my small living room decor and my small kitchen remodel it's time to tackle the next challenge: the terrible, dark, lame hall.

The hall is pretty dark, as I said, and it had popcorn textured walls. I smoothed them myself but that was a messy dirty dusty process that I don't even want to think about anymore so let's go with the fun part - painting and decorating.

The first thing you see when you walk into our home is a flat dark wall at the end of the hall. It's not interesting or pretty and I wanted to do something eyecatching and also give it some depth so when you cross the door you see something inviting.

For this I wanted to use a photo of Mick that I took in Marrakech because it's pretty and, because it was taken right in front of a window, it also gives that illusion of depth and a touch of light.

The next thing after having the photo printed and framed was choosing the perfect wallpaper to give that wall some texture and interest. I spent hours and hours on the hunt but I just couldn't find the right one. My mind kept going back again and again to this gorgeous Kelly Wearstler graffito wallpaper:

My hall makeover. Part I - diy accent wall

This wallpaper is so very beautiful and so veeerrrryyyy expensive, $996 per roll, no less. I don't think I've spent $1000 total on any of the rooms so, obviously, this wallpaper was absolutely over budget. But it got me thinking... 'Hmmmm, maybe I can do my own diy version'. Ding!

My hall makeover. Part I - diy accent wall

I painted all the walls in this soft pink color. It gives the hall a bit of life but doesn't take out any light. I used the same color for this diy accent wall. I started using a medium brush and the finished the details with a finer one.

My hall makeover. Part I - diy accent wall

My hall makeover. Part I - diy accent wall

I painted directly on the plaster I used to smooth the popcorn walls so the paint was unevenly absorbed in different places highlighting the brushmarks. I love the fact that you can see it was hand painted. It gives it more texture and makes it more interesting.

On the other walls I used a primer before painting to get an even finish.

My hall makeover. Part I - diy accent wall


My hall makeover. Part I - diy accent wall

Those wardrobe doors are ugly and dated, the floor is not the pretties but, man, do I love my new walls. What a difference from the terrible popcorn walls I had before.

I love how much depth this photo brings to this flat wall. It's almost like a fake window. I used a similar trick on my bedroom makeover but that time using a mirror that reflects a shelf full of plants.

I thought about using a mirror in this spot too but I don't want to be welcomed home by my own reflection everytime I come in the house, thank you very much.

I wasn't intending to add a rug in this space but right now, I definetely feel it's really asking for one. What do you think?

An old sideboard gets a classy and modern makeover

by 2:55 PM
An old sideboard gets a classy and modern makeover

An old sideboard makeover

If you don't think and old sideboard can fit in a modern decor, think again. This old sideboard gets a fresh new look

Some weeks ago a reader sent me an email asking for help with a couple of bits of furntiture that she inherited from her grandma. They were quite shabby and a bit battered but she was emotionally attached to them and was asking if I could try and word a bit of magic and turn them into something new. I said, I'd try!

One of the pieces was this traditional sideboard:

An old sideboard gets a classy and modern makeover

Back in the day, every grandma in Spain had one of these at home. They were usually in the dining room and were used to keep the best china and the nice tablecloths in. The poor old sideboard had definetely seen better days but with a bit of love it could be transformed into something that would sit well in a thirty-year-old's home.

This is the result of the sideboard makeover:

An old sideboard gets a classy and modern makeover

To be honest, when I was styling it for the photoshoot I thougt 'This really fits in my small living room, I wish I could keep it!' (I'm such a hoarder!)

A new look for an old sideboard

I didn't want to go for a crazy colorful look for this sideboard. Yes, I wanted it to feel modern and current but I didn't want to completely kill its true spirit. To me it doesn't make sense to take a traditional piece and paint geometric shapes all over it. It's like putting a mohican on the Queen of England, it just doesn't work.

So the goal was to make it more modern but keep it classy.

How I renovated this old sideboard

After taking it apart and cleaning it I lightly sanded it. I wanted to higlight its main features, the contouring and the legs that is, and hide the uglier parts. To do this I kept the wood color on the pretty bits and painted the not-so- pretty.

I rubbed the wood parts with solvent to lighten the color a bit. The original color was quite dark and that made the sideboard look old fashioned.

I used a warm white to paint the drawers, doors, top and sides of the sideboard. I think it's a color that feels fresh and light but still has some depth to it that goes very well with the style of the thing. Pure white would have been too Scandinavian.

An old sideboard gets a classy and modern makeover

Changing the handles and doornobs can do wonders for an old piece of furniture. I used four vintage brass handles for the drawers and two faux bone doornobs for the doors. The idea was to use straight-lined modern pieces but with a classic feel. Nothing too outrageous or contemporary that could spoil the elegant timeless look that I was going for.

The little detail of the keyhold is another reference to that classic style.

An old sideboard gets a classy and modern makeover

Well, I think the difference between the before and after is pretty remarkable. I always say you should really think carefully before getting rid of an old piece of furntiture. Sometimes, a few tweaks here and there can totally transform the piece into something new, and old furniture has a charm that new furniture just takes years to acquire...

An old sideboard gets a classy and modern makeover

OK, so I said the reader had two pieces for me to transform. This old sideboard is one of them, the next one you'll see in a couple of weeks. It's another Spanish classic, but with a completely different feel. It's one of those things that back in the day were considered so cheap and worthless that most people got rid of them, but now they are all super cool and trendy.

If you like this kind of makeover why not visit my furniture makeover projects gallery.

You like this old sideboard's makeover?

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

by 9:58 AM
My inexpensive bedroom makeover

Before & after: my inexpensive bedroom makeover

I've changed my bedroom decor on a budget (again). Check my inexpensive bedroom makeover and steal some ideas for your own bedroom

Here's another chapter of my home decor transformation: my inexpensive bedroom makeover. Maybe I should say my inexpensive bedroom makeover II.

What my bedroom looked like before the makeover

We rented this flat unfurnished but I asked my landlady to send me photos of the flat from before, when her mom lived here. This is what the bedroom looked like:

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

It's a well travelled educated old lady bedroom. It's interesting... but it's definetely not my style at all.

As I said before, the flat was empty when we moved in.

Nuestra habitación (casi 100%) diy

Right after we moved in the place was a hot mess. I was desperate to make it look like a home instead of a messy warehouse, so I made a lot of hasty decisions and it showed:

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

At first, I liked it. After a week, doubts started to creep in, and after a month, I absolutely hated it.

I don't think it's healthy (or stylish) to go to bed every single night in a bedroom that you hate, so my bedroom makeover needed a makeover.

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

Why my second bedroom makeover DOES work

First of all, it works because I like it. That's the main ingredient in every succesful decor. It really doesn't matter if the best of the best interior designers tell you your house looks awesome. If you don't like it, it'll never work.

The second reason is that it's well structured. The focal points are clear and well distributed throughout the space. The diy velvet tufted headboard I had is beautiful but it just didn't work in this space. It didn't have enough space to breathe and the color was too pale when combined with the rest of the decor. It had to go.

Now the shelf with the plants is a clear focal point complemented by the colorful graphic throw on the bed.

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

It's a fresh urban style, which is more our vibe than the previous romantic boho. I love boho, but more hippy rock chic boho.

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

Blue has completely gone from my home decor and I couldn't be happier. I love strong colors like red, black and green. Blue is a nice color and it can be really beautiful but it's just not my color. I don't know what I was thinking when I decided blue was going to be the main color in the bedroom. I suppose I wasn't thinking...

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

Are plants harmful or helpful in the bedroom?

Some people believe it's not healthy to have plants in the bedroom but that's nonsense.

Plants not only look beautiful and sculptural but they also purify and humidify the air, which is great for your skin.

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

Ideas to pull off an inexpensive bedroom makeover

This blog is all about creating an original, stylish and personal decor on a budget. It can be done - you just have to think a little bit outside the box. You should be looking for alternatives to big chain stores, know your style and dominate the principles of home styling.

There are some things that will help you decorate your bedroom on a budget:

Diy - both bedside table lamps, the shelf above the bed, all the pillows, the throw, the hanging pots, the desk... my entire home is full of diy projects so the bedroom wasn't going to be any different.

Second hand - every pot is second hand and none of them cost more than $4. The little rattan stool was $5, the frames are also second hand, both sconces above the bed... buying second hand is not only cheaper but also greener. You'll also end up a more unique collection of objects, and a more original decor.

Repurpose: the mirror behind the rattan stool was an old door I rescued from a skip, I added a second hand frame to an old cork board to make it look a bit more mature... use your imagination to transform what you have and make it look beautiful and modern.

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

Our flat is really small so I had to fit a tiny home office in the bedroom. It's not ideal to work in the same space you use to unwind, relax and sleep after a hard day but I have to say I love my little corner. It feels cozy, which is pretty unusual for a workspace.

The key points of my inexpensive bedroom makeover

The color palette

My favourite color palette (right now): black, white, red, wood, plants and brass. I had my thoughts and second thoughts about painting the wall grey because it's not a color I love. Black was too dark, white too bland and any other color wouldn't have looked good with the rest of the decor, so I went with the grey and it turned out great! It totally works on that wall.

Casual symmetry

The bedroom is the perfect room to pull off symmetry. You just need to center the bed, use identical pillows, bedside tables, table lamps... I didn't want it to look too perfect and formal, though, so I used different lamps and styled both bedside tables differently in what I like to call 'casual symmetry'.

The focal point

The shelf above the bed is the main focal point and the rest of the decor works around it. Right in front of the shelf there's a grey wall with a mirror. The shelf is reflected in that mirror creating a window-like effects, which also adds depth to the flat wall.

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

A photo of my beloved David Bowie protects me in my sleep.

My inexpensive bedroom makeover

Peggy tried a bed for the first time. I had to take the pictures really quickly and move her out before she had time to realize how comfy and nice it feels to sleep on a bed, haha. She's getting so big so quick! (sigh).

La decoración de mi dormitorio

Well, this is my inexpensive bedroom makeover. Next stop: the corridor, which, right now, looks dark and sad. I'm planning on making it look fresh and modern. Let's see how I get on...sign up the newsletter for updates!

What do you think. Do you prefer the old or the new bedroom decor?

My bedroom makeover plans

by 9:58 AM
My bedroom makeover plans

My modern and fresh bedroom makeover plans

My bedroom makeover is on its way! I'm going to tell you all about it

As I've finished decorating my small living room on a budget it's time to hit the second most important room - the bedroom.

The truth is that I already decorated my bedroom just over a year ago, but I absolutely hated the result. The whole decoration process was rushed,nand it showed. This is what my bedroom looked like:

My bedroom makeover plans

After deciding the color palette and the style I want to go for, I started shopping. I actually have almost everything I need so there's not that much to shop for. The reality is that I need to knuckle down to work!

I want my bedroom decor to look fresh and modern with a touch of vintage, just like my living room and my kitchen (if you missed it, it's time to check my diy small kitchen remodel). I'm including black of course, and I also want to add some hints of red.

My first attempt at decorating my bedroom ended up looking too romantic and a bit cheesy for my taste. Let's just say that the women in my family are more into red than into pink and we don't do pastels at all.

My bedroom makeover plans

Some thrifting finds

I absolutely love thrifting and buying secondhand stuff. I just adore it. It's an inexpensive way of adding unique characterful pieces to your decor and it's also eco-friendly. A perfect combination of style, budget and sustainability. Love it.

I also really enjoy the hunting and the buzz I get out of finding the perfect piece in a pile of junk. It's just not the same when you go to a perfectly styled store where everything is shiny and new. (yawn...)

The first thing I bought was this pair of vintage English sconces.

My bedroom makeover plans

I found them on eBay and my heart stopped. They had that vintage look and patina but still felt modern. I'm also a sucker for articulating lamps so I just had to have them. They were $30 and I had to change the sockets, so in total I ended up spending $45.

The next thing I bought were a couple of shelf brackets.

My bedroom makeover plans

I didn't want to use your average, everyday brackets. I wanted something a bit special and interesting without going too over the top. I found these shelves in a home decor store that was getting rid of all their eighties stuff. The colores were all a bit crazy but nothing some spray paint can't solve.

Fitting a workspace in my bedroom

I've had enough of working on my dining table in the lounge and my back has certainly had enough of it. Also, Mick's desk is right next to the dinner table too, so when we're both working, we're both cramped up in quite a tight little space. Squidging up on the sofa while watching a movie is one thing, but... I think it's time to have my own desk.

To fit a workspace in my bedroom, I had to take the rocking chair out. Mick found it on the street and we both absolutely love it but together with the velvet tufted headboard, it had to go.

I'll place a small diy desk in that space. Small desk, big ideas!! (hopefully...)

The rug

My bedroom makeover plans

First I bought this brick red rug and I love it. I love the color and it would go great with the black, white and green but I then I saw this plain white rug and loved it even more.

My bedroom makeover plans

I love the color and the texture although having a white rug may not be the best idea. It was just $50 so I'll take the risk.

New color for my wall

The wall in front of the bed is a bit weird. It's kind of divided into three parts so it's a bit tricky to decorate. I want to paint two of the three parts and the color I've chosen is grey. Grey isn't generally my favourite but I think it's the perfect color for that spot.

Right now, I'm trying different shades of grey (no pun intended...) to find the right one. I always rush this part of the process and decide on a particular shade without trying it first but this time I want to take my time and do it right.

The fabrics

My bedroom makeover plans

I love diying, and sewing pillows is really easy. I bought some lovely fabrics in black, white and grey that I believe will look awesome with the rest of the decor.

These are my overall plans for my bedroom makeover (part II). I'm going with a fresh, ecclectic, modern, clean vibe that i think represent us much better.

Do you like the look of it?
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