Reader Redesigns

Reader Redesign: Baby Bliss

When Brieanne sent over her amazing nursery before and after pics we couldn’t wait to share the major transformation. Here’s her letter:

Last year my sister asked me (her younger sister with the architecture degree) to help her with her nursery for my future (and now completely adorable) niece Claire. Because my sister and brother-in-law could possibly have more than one child in their current space, they wanted a decently gender neutral nursery. Beginning with some bedding by Skip Hop my sister loved, we started a “mood board.” The criteria: gender neutral, simple, non-cluttered and CHEAP. Jen (my sister) wanted something fresh and relaxing for herself, knowing the nursery would be mostly for her enjoyment. Armed with these thoughts, I decided to do a modern ode to “The Little Prince,” even though the baby was/is a girl–it was one of my sister’s favorite stories growing up. Hope you like the nursery as much as I enjoy your blog! – Brieanne

Here’s the room serving as a half-hearted guest bedroom before the big makeover:

And here it is now after it has been transformed into a lovely nursery for baby Claire:

Oh and here’s a resource list from Brieanne:

Didn’t Brieanne and her sister do a great job making that room cozy and adorable for the lucky little lady? Let’s play a little game we like to call what’s-your-favorite-part? We love everything from the mobile to the charming quote on the wall so it’s truly a tough call.

Update: Brieanne actually does have a blog and just shared the addy with us. Feel free to pop by and ogle the eye candy.



Reader Redesign: Feeling Frosty

When Courtney sent over her awesome entertainment center transformation we just had to share the goods. Here’s her letter:

YHL always inspires me because you find ways to tweak or repurpose the resources that you have rather than blow the budget on something expensive. I’m not a fan of clutter and have tried multiple ways to hide the shame that is the DVD collection in my entertainment center (I’ve covered the glass doors with wrapping paper, but this required opening the doors to use the remotes for the cable box and DVD players). Then I came across these cut-outs at Michael’s that are used for scrap-booking and thought they would make great stencils. Down came the wrapping paper and up went the stencils (I used 3M General Purpose 45 Spray Adhesive to hold them in place) so I could frost the glass to hide the mess but still allow for remote controls access. I protected the wood frame of the door by placing plastic bags around the perimeter and just sprayed Rust-O-Leum Specialty Frosted Glass spray in a semi-transparent finish (about two coats while still wet). Ten minutes later it was dry and ready to use (see more details over on my blog). Thanks so much for your dedication to YHL and to your followers; it makes my day to see what you two accomplish and it inspires me to do the same in my own rental! – Courtney

Here’s one side of her entertainment center before the big transformation (see the door on the right?). The left door has the stencil stuck in place but has yet to be sprayed…

… and here’s everything after the frosting spray was applied and the stencils were removed. Pretty darn amazing, eh?

Wasn’t that functional and beautiful solution a stroke of genius on her part? Thanks so much for sending the photos our way Courtney. We love that the remotes still work through the newly frosted doors and it all looks so chic and high end. The entire piece is elevated by this crafty little solution. What do you guys think? Didn’t she use that frosting spray like a champ? Anyone else out there interested in frosting their entertainment center doors after seeing this stunning transformation?

Psst- Speaking of frosting things, check out this step-by-step tutorial on how we frosted the windows in our very own basement.