“To Make Or Not To Make The Bed; That Is The Question”


I am pretty sure that Hamlet, being who he was, would have never bothered to discuss such a dilemma; but we ordinary people, with extraordinary busy lives, who are faced with this tedious chore every single morning may ask this question and seek a reasonable answer.

There is no doubt that there are two types of people out there; those who make their bed and those who don’t. Both may probably be right in their choice, and in my opinion there is no right or wrong answer to above statement.

However, I must confess!

I never faced this dilemma, nor did I seek an answer as to should or shouldn’t I make a bed. I was the eldest of my siblings so I was expected to set “ a bed making example”, which I did.

I am not going to lie, as a kid making my bed wasn’t the chore that I was looking forward to accomplish first thing in the morning; but, as I was growing up I started liking it and also started being creative with my bed making chore.

I realised that a god made bed, and moreover a dressed up one, make the room look more grounded, prettier, and cleaner. Very soon, the very task of making the bed made me feel happier and gave me a small sense of pride. It encouraged me to do another task, another, and another….


To this day I think that making a bed daily is so beneficial and rewarding. As small as it may seem, the very task of making your bed every morning gives you sense of accomplishment. It takes only a few minutes of your daily time, but this task ignites a positive tone for the rest of the day. Moreover, once you get into the habit of your bed making, you crave little more organisation because you appreciate how it makes you feel.

One day you’ll take a moment to look around your room and decide that it really wouldn’t take much more time to pick up a few clothes. You’ll spend about a minute putting away a few items and be wowed! That didn’t take much time at all! We’re only up to few minutes!

This feeling is so addictive it will spill into the other rooms of the house. Before you know it, you won’t go to bed before the kitchen is clean!

There is no better feeling than opening the bedroom door and finding your bed made and room organised. This makes you feel relaxed in an instant.

Do you recall how you feel when you stay at a hotel? You enter the room and it’s tidy. Right away your mood elevates and you look forward to climbing into the crisply made bed. But hey, you can create this mood and setting at home everyday. You only need a few hours to deeply clean and organise/reorganise the room, find some decorative accessories by shopping your house, add some fresh flowers or greenery, commit a few minutes each morning to make your bed, and voila you created your sanctuary which you will enjoy, and your sleep and dreams will be much sweeter.


So, how about you? Do you make your bed every morning? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading.

Besa

Simple and Cosy Living Room Holiday Decor


This year I was too late with any Holiday decorating, and it was only two days ago that I was, finally, able to put up my Holiday decor in the living room.

Even though I decorate for the Holidays, my approach for the seasonal decor is keeping it simple and easy, meaning that I do not want to spend a lot of time decorating, and also when the Holidays are over it is not going to take a lot of time for me to put away all decorating items.

I am a big fan of fresh greenery used for the Holiday decorating so, this year too, I DIY-ed a long garland using fresh cedar clippings. The fresh aroma of the cedar is the best decorating “item” one can use for the Holidays.

I bought an artificial pre lit tree though, despite the fact that I love natural ones. The reason is that my living room is quite small and the only tree that I can fit in it is a tall and narrow tree which can be found easily only as an artificial product.


I bought a cheery striped fabric at the local fabric store and DIY-ed our oversized stockings. I just liked the fabric and made the stockings in a large scale to show off the fabric (chuckles).

I DIY-ed this simple and easy coffee table centrepiece which turned quite nice. Again, I used fresh cedar clippings, fresh magnolia leaves which and placed them carefully in an oversized clear glass bowl and then added in between the leaves Ferrero Roche chocolates. The centrepiece turned so cute, added cheer to the table and it is a nice way to greet and welcome guests who may visit during the Holidays.



Unlike previous years, this year I used red as a decorative accenting colour, and it really worked well with the existing colouring scheme in my living room. It is so easy and effortless decorating with this colour.

So this is pretty much it. Now I have to think about the cooking part, which gets complicated. I like to cook, but I also love to limit the calorie intake, so this is when the cooking gets complicated and the search for the Holiday low calorie recipes gets you on to a frustration mode.

Happy Holidays Everyone, and thank you visiting this blog.

Besa

An Outdoor Room

It’s natural to think of home and garden as two separate entities with a strict boundary in between. But linking indoor and outdoor spaces, even if it’s only a tiny garden or terrace, makes an interior feel larger. With the exterior connected to the house your eye sees further and a garden-facing room appears larger.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am an outdoor person, and I love spending time in my backyard. When the weather is warm outside, my living room doors leading to the terrace stay always open, so it was about the time to start thinking of setting up a sitting area next to my living room.

I furnished this exterior space as I would do an indoor one. I started by adding two comfy lounging outdoor chairs, then used indoor poufs which were slipcovered with an outdoor fabric, added a lot of cushions for extra seating and grouped them around a large coffee table. To tie the space together I added an existing outdoor sisal rug, and also used small side table as extra space to keep drinks to hand.


With the living room doors left open to the terrace, the home felt bigger and brighter, and we got to enjoy both places throughout summer.



Are you an outdoor person? Do you spend a lot of time in your backyard, deck or terrace during the summer? Do you decorate your outdoors as you would indoor spaces?



Love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you for reading this post.

Besa

Pouf Slipcovers

Poufs are expensive, but they are pretty and quite versatile. You can use them in every room around the house be it as an extra seating, as a feet rest, as a table with a tray on top and the list goes on.

Few years back I made a pretty fuchia coloured pouf. It was my first pouf ever made, and it turned beautiful. Since then I made a lot of of them in different colours and shapes using various fabrics, because in my styling projects I always look for different textures, materials and colours.

What I never thought of though, was creating a pouf slipcover; this way I would use an existing pouf, and add the needed colour and texture to a styling project just by slipcovering it.

Recently I was in a need of a pouf in specific colour and fabric texture for an outdoor use, so I created these simple and practical pouf slipcovers that changed entirely the look of the previous pouf and are so easy to slip them on and off to the existing pouf. They are machine washable, thus a perfect solution for an outdoor use.

An indoor pouf can be used outdoors throughout summer only by slipcovering it with a proper outdoor fabric.

I used these slipcovered poufs throughout summer as additional seating in different areas of my backyard. They not only provided comfy seating, but also added a stylish touch to the sitting corners in our backyard. In my next post I will share how I styled a teracce by incorporating these slipcovered poufs.



Adding a handle makes it easy to transport the pouf around the house or backyard.


Nona (my mother) loved the idea of slipcovering the poufs and on the photoshooting day we enjoyed our morning coffee sitting on slipcovered poufs in my dog’s IMO playground.

Imo, the dog did not take a seat on the poufs though. While at his playground he kept being bussy chasing bees and butterflies.

Do you like poufs, or do you own one? If you like them and would like to make one check my tutorial on how to make one HERE. If you already own one and would like to slipcover it then follow the below written instructions:

1.Measure the width of the ottoman’s top with a fabric tape measure. Add 1 inch to the width to allow for a 1/2-inch seam allowance the entire way around the circle. Record the measurement.

2. Measure the distance from the ottoman’s top to the floor. Add 1 1/2 inches to the measurement to allow for the seams. Record the measurement.

3. Wrap the tape measure around the sides of the ottoman to measure its circumference, or length of fabric needed for its sides. Add 1 inch to the measurement for seam allowance.

4. Spread the fabric out flat on a work surface, positioning its patterned side down. Measure and draw a circle on the fabric using the tape measure and a fabric pencil, making it equal in diameter, or width, to the calculated measurement from the first step.

5. Measure and mark a rectangle on the fabric’s surface using the tape measure and fabric pencil. Make the rectangle equal in width to the measurement from the second step and equal in length to the measurement from the third step.

6. Cut out the fabric circle with a pair of scissors, following the marked line. Cut out the rectangle with the scissors.

7. Spread the fabric rectangle out on the work surface with its patterned side down. Fold one of its lengthwise edges inward by 1/2 inch with wrong sides together. Fold the edge over again by 1/2 inch to create the hem. Pin along the edge with straight pins to hold the folds in place.

8. Select a color of polyester thread that matches the fabric’s main color as closely as possible. Thread the sewing machine with the thread.

9. Sew a 1/2-inch seam of straight stitches along the pinned edge to secure the hem in place. Remove each straight pin before sewing over it to prevent the machine’s needle from breaking. Clip any thread tails at the beginning and end of the seam using scissors.

10. Fold the rectangle in half with patterned sides together, matching up its two short edges and pinning them together. Sew a 1/2 inch seam across the pinned edge to turn the rectangle into a cylinder. Remove the pins before sewing over them.

11. Cut off any thread tails on either end of the seam with scissors. Press the seam open with a warm iron.

12. Lay the fabric circle flat on the work surface with its patterned side facing up. Match up the cylinder’s raw edge, or edge opposite to its hemmed edge, with the raw edge of the fabric circle, positioning their patterned sides together. Pin the matched edges together with straight pins.

13. Sew a 1/2 inch seam around the pinned edge, removing each straight pin before sewing over it. Cut back any thread tails.

14. Turn the slipcover right side out, pulling its circular sides down around its round top. Pull the slip cover over top of the ottoman.

The written instructions are from https://homeguides.sfgate.com/make-slipcover-round-ottoman-88622.html.

Thank you for checking this page.

Besa

Boho Backyard Corner

I am a summer person, and just love being outside whenever there is a good weather. Having a good sized backyard gives me the opportunity to create different sitting corners so I can enjoy the view of my backyard from different angles. Depending on the mood, I style and restyle these corners very often and this makes the time spent in my yard much more enjoyable and fun.

Because I love spending time in my backyard I also have to do a lot of gardening work, but luckily my husband got hooked into gardening too; so, I am sort of relieved from some of the gardening duties this year therefore I can spent more time chilling in different sitting corners in my garden.

I am happy to share some photos of one of the sitting corners in my backyard this year; it wasn’t anything special, but surely we enjoyed this setting for for a while during this summer.

Do you like to dress up your sitting areas in your backyard, porch or deck? Do you like to change the look of the sitting areas in your back yard, front porch or your deck often? It is so easy and you can do it by changing your pillows and adding different throws and accesories. It is so much fun and enhances the enjoyment of the al fresco sitting during the summer.


These macrame candle holders were an easy DIY and they really added a much needed sparkle during those summer evenings.






Weekend Makeover – My Niece’s Bedroom


My niece is a busy bee. She is an university student, soon to graduate on two majors Accounting and Finance, so if she is not in a class or at the library studying for her exams, she will be either at the gym lifting weights, boxing, running on treadmill, or taking a class on advanced flute lessons. When at home she will be in the kitchen preparing her vegan recipes, and sometimes even developing some delicious ones to suit her very sophisticated taste for vegan food!

Being busy took its toll on her room! Even though with the help of her mom (my sister) she changed the look of her room several times, she was never quite happy with its overall look; but she new that one day I will be visiting her so I will give her room a quick makeover (…chuckles…).

So that day finally came this spring when I visited my sister and her family.

During this visit we undertook several projects: kitchen project; living room styling project, termostat cover project and the project of repurposing the dinning room into a multifunctional room.

The niece’s bedroom makeover was the last project in line and, judging from my niece’s reaction after the makeover was completed, I must say that it was the most successful project of all.

I suggested to start with changing the layout by rearranging the bedroom furniture.

Since the bed is the most important part of the bedroom, it is a good idea to get it in place first. Generally, you’ll want to put the bed against the wall opposite the door or the largest wall with no windows. So this is an interior design guideline that you may want to follow when designing a bedroom, and this is what my niece did previously!

Well, as you may see it did not work, especially not in her small bedroom!

While planning for the layout, I found a perfect spot for the bed that made the most sense to me. After making sure that the wardrobe doors (which we planned to place against the wall where the bed was previously) can be smoothly opened and closed, I suggested that the bed should be placed under the window, and I was so happy that my niece liked the idea.

The two existing shoe cabinets, for those extra shoes that we all have were placed, opposite the bed and above them we framed my nieces favourite pieces of art, one being the her caricature made by (if I can recall correctly) her friend.



For her books, reading material for her studies, make up items and other bits and pieces I DIY-ed this shelving cabinet which had been sitting in their basement and they were planning to give it away. I painted horizontal dark grey stripes all the way dow at the backing of the shelving cabinet and added some more shelving boards. After the makeover, they were happy that they didn’t give it away.


The little desk area was painted with a dark grey colour and I placed a picture shelf where my niece would put pictures that meant a lot to her as well as an interesting and lovely poem that was written on spot especially for her.



Her bed had no bed frame so to dress the bed up a little bit, I custom made a bed skirt which I attached it on a mattress box.


Lastly and most importantly, according to my niece’s specific requests I custom made her the drapes for the bedroom window. We found this pretty yellow patterned fabric designed by Nate BERKUS, which is my niece’s favourite designer.


She requested that the drapes should be black-out lined; a very important feature for her sleep. Having the black out drapes you have to open and close them depending on the needs, so this wouldn’t work with her bed placed under the window. So instead lining the drapes with a black out lining I mounted the black out roller shade under the drapes so this way the drapes will remain untouched while she will operate the shade to accommodate her sleep.


To make the window look taller we installed the shade just a few inches below the ceiling and right at the same level we installed the curtain rod. This small detail changed the whole look of the room. After being dressed up with drapes and the shades this rather small window looks much taller now, and it really makes a statement in the room.


So as a conclusion this was a very fun and low cost weekend project where I got to spend a lot of time with both my sister and my niece. We worked perfectly together as a team; my sister painting the desk area wall and helping to install the shade and the curtain rod, my niece rearranging the furniture, decluttering and freeing up the closet space by giving away almost all of her clothing, shoes and so many other items that she was no longer using but she couldn’t make that decision to let those things go; all this while I was working on the bed skirt, sewing the drapes and DIY-ing the shelf, and of course making those important design decisions (…chuckles…)

I am so happy that after all the work we did together and after I styled the room at the end, it looked so perfectly put together and it seemed and felt much larger than it really is.




My niece loved it, and she is loving it every day more and more, so I couldn’t be happier too. I love my beautiful, smart, hardworking, dedicated, responsible niece so much, so I love to see her happy because she deserves it so much.

Thank you for visiting this blog and checking this post.

Besa

How To Decorate A Room From Scratch


Working in the field of home styling for a few years now, I am constantly approached by clients who are faced with decorating dilemmas as the time to move into their new empty place, be it a house or an apartment, approaches.

That’s because decorating a room or the whole place completely from scratch is intimidating! You have no where to start and yet so many choices to make.

When I design a room for a client, I sometimes have the same dilemma. I have a completely blank canvas with endless possibilities.

So, how you can get started? More often than not, I personally start by using a piece of artwork as a starting point. For this styling project I DIY-ed this Brushstroke artwork, and this is one of many which i did so far my styling projects. If you look closely to this painting you will see there is a dark grey and beige colour brushstroke. I wanted to emphasise those colors in the painting, so I used them for the upholstery and the neutral colour rug.

Choosing a rug at the beginning of the styling process is a good idea, and then proceed with choosing the upholstery which creates contrast or mixes well with the rug.

In this rom I used the neutral sisal rug which mixes well with everything, is easy to maintain and, the best part, came with at a very affordable price.

As this place was a rental, I couldn’t change the paint color, but when choosing a paint color while decorating from scratch, you may want choosing it at the end.

You may think that the best time to pick a paint color is at the beginning, but I prefer choosing it at the end. Why? It’s easier to pick a tone to complement your entire furniture collection than the other way around. Pick paint samples and look at them against the furniture you’ve chosen until you find the perfect match. Examine them against fabric or material samples to make sure that everything works together. If you can, get sample pots and paint a small square on your wall to look at under different lights throughout the day. Each paint will look radically different under natural light than it does on a paint chip.

Next step is to start shopping for pieces you love, starting with the biggest ones first. It’s easier to place smaller items in afterward than the other way around. In this small living room the biggest piece was the couch.

Lastly, add in accessories in your space as you create layers that will make it feel lived in.

The styling project for this rental property was done on a very tight budget, however it turned out nice and the renter loved it.

Are you planing to soon move in into a new apartment or house but when you think about decorating it from scratch, you get overwhelmed with options and decision? Are the following questions such which paint color should I choose; should I get a sectional or three-seater sofa; what size rug do I need constantly bugging you? You are not alone, and that is OK! There are plenty of others like you who are intimidated by the process of decorating a place from scratch! Many, gain confidence and get through the process but the others who don’t, they consider engaging professional styling services. We at BESA GM Interiors specialise in such services and, we would be happy to help you decorate your space. Contact us via e mail besagmblog@gmail.com or social media Instagram @besagm and Facebok BESA GM Interiors and we would be happy to help.

So here it is the look of the empty room:

And this is how it looks after being styled on a budget:

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Besa

Repurposing A Dining Room Into A Bedroom/Reading Room


It is no news that people live more casually today than they did when formal dining rooms were put into homes.

If you like the idea of inhabiting every room in your home rather than setting aside a formal space that is only used a handful of times a year, than this post is for you.

This space used to be a formal dinning room which was used during the holidays, and on other rare family occasions.

However, the family needed more storage space as well as an extra guest bedroom, and a reading corner so this former dinning room was an excellent solution to fulfills all those needs .

With all these needs in mind, I designed a space that altogether provides an extra multipurpose storage space for the family, a stylish day bed suitable for an afternoon or weekend readings, shelves for displaying artwork, memorable souvenirs and books, and a space which, at the same time, serves as an extra bedroom for those out of country guests.

To enhance the storage space we purchased and assembled the IKEA PAX wardrobe frames (35 cmm wide) and used FORSAND doors which luckily were on sale for $50 including the soft closing hinges.


For the stylish daybed I used the existing single bed frame, and added a long board at the back frame to create a backing support for multiple custom made pillows, which are now also part of @besahomeaccessories summer collection 2019.



To provide a space for storing books and souvenirs within this small room I added a set of shelving which the family already owned and they were sitting unused in the basement. In front of these shelves I placed two existing stools which I “topped” them with stylish tassel pillows from @besahomeaccessories. Beside providing extra seating space, these stools also added a ton of style, and make this room such a neat looking space.



I also aded a rug, which is highly resistant on stains and dirt and can also be easily cleaned up.

To add a splash of colour I purchased 6 meters of quality drapery fabric in turquoise colour, and custom made two panels which now grace this beautiful window against the daybed.

To address the privacy issues, in case the space is used as a bedroom, there is a cotton curtain which covers the opening of the dinning area that leads to the hallway. When not in use, the curtain is tucked away at the side of the wall opening and it even

This multi purpose space now, which was originally dedicated as a formal dinning room, has been transformed and adapted to how this family really lives, and they are now able to use all the square footage they have.

I really love how this space turned out, but happier than me is the whole family who gets to enjoy this fun, modern and fresh looking space.



Is your square footage used according to your needs and lifestyle? Is there any space in your home that is not being used at its full potential, and you would like to change that but you don’t now how, or you do not have time to tackle such a project? Well, you are not alone! There are so many people just like you that let valuable square footage get “waisted” by sitting unused or getting that space piled up with unused stuff, thus making the space looking messy. If this is a case than consider hiring professional services that can repurpose your unused spaces. We at BESA GM Interiors provide such services, including decluttering, organising, accessorising and styling. You can contact us via e mail besagmblog@gmail.com or via social media accounts Instagram @besagm and FB fun page BESAGM Interiors.


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Living Room Styling On A Budget


My sister’s living room is not a spacious space. Moreover, in one of the living room walls there is a door that leads to the basement as well as a small corridor leading to the powder bathroom and the mud room, so it really gets complicated to come up with a good furniture layout.

Her existing furniture was purchased based on the current needs of her family and, at this time, she did not consider changing the furniture or the layout, so this made the small room styling process even more difficult.

However, her living room needed some styling and I was prepared to take this challenge. In fact, my sister was saying that, her living room was begging for something to be done. She admitted that the lack of style in her living space was having a terrible effect on her mood.

This is an open concept space divided by an open wall, and it is adjacent to the kitchen which underwent a successful facelifting process just few days beforeI I started to do the styling of this room.

The first thing I considered before I started the styling of this room was to address the curve shaped design on the upper parts of the built in shelving around the fireplace, as these made the space feel a bit dated.

As an efficient fixing route I suggested that we should find a very thin wood board, paint it in the colour of the shelving and glue it on top of the area we wanted to cover up. This worked perfectly fine and the shelving instantly changed for better. It is all in small little details after all.


I used various existing decorative items and some books to style the shelves around the fireplace. Also, we purchased two huge clear glass vases in which I placed some branch clippings from a tree in my sister’s garden. This added texture and interest around the TV area. After I left, the branches were blooming fresh leaves throughout and my sister said the whole scene above the fireplace looked even better.

The next thing that I suggested was purchasing an area rug.

Because of the busy lifestyle of this family of five, which until recently they also had a beautiful and big lovely dog, and in order to make the house errands more manageable and efficient they went bare floors for quite some time.

However, in order to create style, add some texture to the space as well as to make the room feel larger, I suggested that the room will definitely need a large area rug so we got one Costco, and it instantly brightened up the room.

USEFUL TIP: While rugs are a must for a stylish living room, they should still match the size and style of the space.
Small rugs imbalance the room, so when purchasing a rug you should consider a rug that’s so big that the front feet of all your lounge room furniture are placed on it.
This provides balance and creates zones for your room, and will also make it feel larger too.

Luckily, there was an existing glass-topped coffee table in the living, something that I would suggest for a small living space

USEFUL TIP: Pairing a glass-topped coffee table with a patterned rug will create the illusion of space, while allowing the rug to shine in all of its glory.

And lastly fresh flowers always make the space feel crisp, stylish and happy, just like this living room looks and feels now.


Does your living space looks dull or outdated and you cannot afford a major renovation? Styling it differently, changing the layout of the furniture, a new fresh coat of interesting paint colour may do the difference without spending a lot of money on renovation. You can do this yourself or you may consider also consultation with a designer or stylist regarding the colour scheme, furniture placement, shelf styling and other tricks that may be used to bring an outdated and dull looking living room from drab to fab! BESA GM Interiors offers such consultation services so write us at besagmblog@gmail.com and we will take it from there!

BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS


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Besa

DIY Kitchen Makeover On A Budget

No matter how comfortable the rest of a house might be, everyone loves to meet in the kitchen be it for a tasty meal one just made, or just for grabbing a cup of coffee and catching up with the other members of the family. So, no wonder that everyone likes to have an organised and a pretty looking kitchen where a family can enjoy meals and time together.

However, as the time goes by, once pretty looking kitchen becomes dated and not so fresh looking anymore. Renovation of any kitchen, be it the smallest one, costs a lot so DIY updating it in some way is an easy and non costly option.

My sister’s kitchen is an old builder grade kitchen of a good quality. Originally, it was an oak kitchen or a wood stained in oak finish which 10 or 15 years ago everyone who had one of those kitchens started hating its colour, my sister being among the first ones.

She started hating its colour so much at the point that she couldn’t live with it anymore. Of course, renovating the kitchen wasn’t an option for her so I suggested her to take a paint route.

At first she thought that painting a kitchen was a huge and tedious job, so she wasn’t sure whether she could do it herself. After some words of encouragement by me and her strong will to make things happen, I convinced her that she could do it herself and suggested the paint colour, DARK BROWN.

This was almost 10 years ago, when dark brown kitchens were trending. Her kitchen turned great in that colour then, it looked so updated and modern at that time, but sory, not anymore in 2019.

Sooo it was that right time now for another paint job and for some refreshing colours in her dark brown kitchen; therefore, here is now my sister’s facelifted kitchen with colours that have brought such a positive feeling and happiness to the family members and who can’t wait now to wake up and enjoy a morning coffee together before they all leave for work or school.

It all started as soon as I arrived at her home, for a lengthy visit this time! We immediately started talking about the kitchen makeover project, and came up with a colour pallete, as well as things that have to go, what stays in the kitchen and what should we get new for this project. We also allocated the budget of 200$, and luckily we were only a few bucks over the budget!

We got rid of the old kitchen table and chairs and bought an IKEA round table and slightly used set of six quality chairs which I DIY the seats to fit our colour scheme.

Getting rid of the kithchen light fixture which was really an eyesore in this kitchen was the first thing on my sister’s list, so this new spider shaped fixture that we purchased at the Home Depot, at a very affordable price, brought the whole new look to the space.

Navy blue seat covers really complement the kitchen island, which frankly was one of the kitchen parts that was kind of begging for a makeover, and I had the pleasure in painting the kitchen island.

I applied one coat of primer and two coats of paint throughout the surfaces that needed to be painted, and the island was transformed completely and turned gorgeous after installing modern hardware which we scored at a price $2 each! The rich navy paint and modern brushed steel handles made this island the star of the kitchen.

My sister did the painting of the kitchen cabinets. My brother in law and nephew helped with unscrewing the hinges from the cabinet doors, and this step really helped for an even application of one coat of primer and two coats of paint. At the time we did the painting, the weather outside was most of the time cold so most of the paint job was done in the kitchen.

In addition to changing the colour of the kitchen cabinets to light grey with blu undertones, we also changed the handles on the upper parts of the cabinet doors, which were purchased at IKEA, and we sanded the existing ones to achieve the brushed steel effect.


So in this kitchen now there are mixed and matched handles throughout, and the end result is great; the kitchen doesn’t look boring and old, instead it feels fresh, clean and so much fun.

For the kitchen window I also designed and sewed a curtain panel which I attached it to the existing roman shade and it functions perfectly and looks so crisp and stylish. The white fabric used for this project is high quality cotton with black out backing. The middle yellow stripe is a fabric that is sewn on top of the white one and it really makes this roman shade so special and unique.

So here are some more pictures which are not high quality ones; they were taken with my I phone 8 Plus as I did not have my camera with me.




Does your kitchen looks outdated and you cannot afford a major kitchen renovation? Consider a kitchen facelift with paint and new hardware. They will do the trick and you will fall in love with your kitchen again! Consider also consultation with a designer or stylist regarding the colour scheme, hardware and other tricks that may be used to bring an outdated kitchen from drab to fab! BESA GM Interiors offers such consultation services so write to us at besagmblog@gmail.com and we would be happy to help!



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Besa

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