before and after

before & after: diana’s bench + jessica’s facade

by Grace Bonney

i’ve got a bit of an obsession with stripes. ac had to practically pry my favorite striped sweater out of my hands when it got too shrunken and faded to wear, and i seriously squealed when i saw the colorful stripes in bonnie’s stereo cabinet. so you can imagine my delight when i saw this bench makeover from in munich. diana found this german 50’s style kitchen bench after the nuns from the kindergarten next door to her house left it outside to be recycled. luckily diana moved more quickly than the recycling truck and convinced her husband that dragging “this brownish thing” home through the rain was a good idea.

diana discovered that the inside was actually made of a lovely scented cedar wood so she stripped the brown coating off and updated with with a fresh coat of white paint and seriously happy-looking colored stripe fabric. and the best part? the bench has built in storage under the seat so now diana’s children have a moth-proof place to store their winter bed linens. great work, diana!


CLICK HERE for jessica’s facade entryway before & after, after the jump!

next up is talented interior designer (you might remember her incredible work in this portland home– it’s one of my top 3 favorite sneak peeks of all time). jessica updated the front of this home, along with her husband, architect . yianni designed the front deck and trellis, and then laminated glass panels were installed over the trellis to let light through, but provide rain protection. all the wood used is FSC certified and the concrete pavers were recycled- cut from the original walk up to the house. thanks so much to jessica and yianni for sharing!

ps: stay tuned for one final before & after today at 2pm!

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