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Who doesn’t like a good make over, right?  With the turn of the calendar page and the stroke of the clock we begin 2013 with all it has to offer while reminiscing about what 2012 brought us. makeover Sometimes the best way to honor the indulgences of the past is to bid them a fond farewell with a thoughtful makeover. Why not start with your surroundings? Not an entire room per se as this kind of change can be a daunting task but maybe start the New Year with the makeover of a piece or two within that room. The best makeovers are not always those where all of the old is thrown out but rather where we pay homage to the integrity of the original item.


Check out Apartment Therapy where this dime a dozen thrift store find, a cheaply-made TV/media cart was given new life. By removing the wheels (a TV on wheels? Really? Was that ever a good idea?!) and replacing said wheels with wooden furniture feet, a fresh coat of primer and paint,


changing out the door knobs and adding a bit of flair to the doors with decoupaged decorative paper, this cart is saved from the trash and born again as a bedside table. And a really lovely table at that.   Check out more details about this makeover and other DIY projects at Belle Maison.

Steampunk Ceiling Fan

A design style typically inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century this Steampunk fan was ingeniously created with such mundane elements as an empty cookie tin, a few water heater pipes and spare sprinkler parts. Perhaps the Steampunk most recognizable features are anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them clearly seen in the ceiling fan below.

makeover5Jonathan Adler

The man who has done his best to bring the glam-chic of 70’s design back to the forefront (Channing Six Drawer Console at right) is certainly the inspiration behind many a DIY project.makeover6 Adler’s company prides itself on its ability to combine a serious design philosophy with a colorful sense of optimism. The guiding motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it,” reflects his commitment to craftsmanship and irreverent luxury.

Apparently the Centsational Girl (CG) has been paying attention to Adler with her makeover of her $25 funky bamboo find.   What [CG] mostly loves is the statement it now makes in the guest room.  Lesson learned: as tempting and lovely as it is, don’t always play it safe with white, black or gray.  Every room needs a pop of color so why not make it a piece of furniture?  We should all push ourselves to embrace bold colors to bring personality to our spaces.

Go From This….


To This….and visit  Dans le Townhouse


Before starting any makeover the first thing to do is stand back and take a look at the piece.  Study its most interesting underlying characteristics, decide which of those should be played up, which should be thoughtfully manipulated and which should be completely abandoned.

Once you have a clearly defined path, gather you your tools and materials and transform your world one piece at a time leaving behind the embarrassments of a past that should be left far behind.