before and after

before & after: polka dot desktop + union jack dresser

by Kate Pruitt

So many transformations involve bright colors or bold, outrageous patterns, so when we get a subdued makeover here and there, it can be quite refreshing. Don’t get me wrong — I love high-intensity design. But I’m finding the calm, neutral palette and subtle polka-dot pattern of desktop makeover very pleasing. Sarah had an old Ikea desk with a surface that had seen much better days, so she decided to update it with a piece of taupe polka-dot oilcloth. The result is lovely, much easier to clean and fits perfectly with Sarah’s style. Great transformation, Sarah! — 

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CLICK HERE for Marian’s dresser after the jump!

Now, it’s true that we’ve seen Union Jacks in our Before & After column before, and the beautiful version on Mackenzie’s dresser last fall was so great, it made me realize how much I prefer this flag to the ol’ stars and stripes . . . sorry USA. What this amazing dresser from (aka ) has also made me realize is how versatile the design can be, depending on its application. Where Mackenzie’s Union Jack was sharp and bright, Marian’s has a more aged finish. It looks spectacular on this antique-style dresser, and I love how she’s carried the pattern over the entire front. Truly stunning. I’m completely converted to loving the Union Jack as a home-decor design. Fantastic job, Marian!

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