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These 4 Local Pandemic Projects That Will Make You Want To Do It Yourself

Baby Nash Gatchion Nursery. Photography: Amanda Gaccioni.

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When Amanda and Eric Gaccioni moved into their new home in Charlestown in February 2020, it was empty: no paint, no decorative accents, no frills. They wanted the design It’s all by itself – and maybe save money in the process. When the pandemic hit, they had plenty of time to work on their projects.

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Before. Photography: Amanda Gaccioni.

As for the nursery, they knew they were having a boy – little Nash is now seven years old months old – which helped narrow the range of color choices. Amanda found a change A table on Facebook Marketplace, polished it, gave it new fixtures and a new Sherwin-Williams Shade-Grown coat, along with her childhood rocking chair, which her parents brought from her native Pennsylvania.

She designed the bookshelves, built by Eric, for the many children’s books she received during her baby shower and used white shelves to create an accent wall. An Allen and Roth ceiling light with a rattan shade adds warmth, and a woodland green wall hanging from Etsy Store Twisted Thread Co ties the room’s elements together.

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finished Facebook Market The changing table and handmade bookshelves in the nursery. Photography: Amanda Gaccioni.

“It took a whole nine months” to finish the room, says Amanda, who records her home design projects (and a little baking too) on Instagram at Tweet embed. “We ended up days before Baby Nash arrived.”

For the dining room, the couple made their own wood paneling, cutting the panels and fitting them together.

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Before. Photography: Amanda Gaccioni.

“It was probably the hardest way to do it, but it was definitely a way to save money,” Amanda says.

I painted them in Iron Ore from Sherwin-Williams and added wine racks on the Facebook Marketplace as planters for succulents and air plants. It’s the place where they relax, have family meals together and host friends, and the dark gray fits in perfectly with the living room fireplace.

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The dining room pops thanks to a shiplap accent wall made in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore. Photography: Amanda Gaccioni.

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bunker glow

Joanna Munoz and partner Luis Goya knew they wanted to start in the basement when it came time to renovate their 1921 Romford home. It was the end of March 2020, and everything was closed. They knew they could handle everything themselves; In fact, the only help they got was hiring someone for an old oil tank wagon.

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Before. Photography: Joanna Munoz.

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after, after. Photography: Joanna Munoz

“We’re not at hand at all,” Munoz says. “But we watch a lot of YouTube videos. I said to Luis, ‘I think we can do it.'”

Munoz has incorporated design elements from everyone – includingTheir thirteen-year-old son, Aidan, entered the room. she wanted Something cute and cozy, so the bright walls are made in Sherwin-Williams Alabaster. Aidan loves green, so she painted this original beadwork wall in Rock Garden by Sherwin-Williams. Lewis wanted a big TV.

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Photography: Joanna Munoz.

To add a sense of space, they removed the overhanging ceiling and painted the rafters and a brick pillar to match the rest of the space. They built in walls and added storage, and Munoz covered the exposed floors with Floorigami peel-and-stick carpet tiles.

They all love space. It’s a great place for the three of them to relax, watch movies, and just hang out. Aidan, in particular, loves all the rooms he has for games and Legos.

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Before. Photography: Joanna Munoz.

“My son is obsessed now,” Munoz says with a laugh. I rarely see him. He’s always downstairs playing with Lego.”

Munoz is already working on her next project: renovating her garage and converting it into a workspace where she can complete projects for the year-Round (read: don’t sweat in summer and freeze in winterfor her furniture refinishing and interior design work, Paint by the Penny.paintingbythepenny.com).

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Before. Photography: Joanna Munoz.

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From chaos to calm

After two months of isolation thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, in May 2020 Kristen Smith accepted an unsolicited offer for her three-bedroom home in Burlington, Vermont.

“She was feeling very lonely there,” says a Smithfield resident. “I I loved it – it was great, but when the pandemic hits you realize who you need around you.”

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Before. Photography by Gina Bossio.

Her parents began looking for a home for her in Rhode Island, and she decided to create a tidy home in 1986 in South Kingstown. Region carries a special meaning; Her family often frequented Roy Carpenter Beach during her childhood years. captured it.

It was July 2020. On the 27th, she closed her home in Vermont. On the twenty-eighth, she closed the South Kingstown home. On the twenty-ninth, I started a new job.

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The dining and living areas are sunny and spacious, decorated with a mix of refinished finds and Sherwin-Williams shades of Alabaster and Crushed Ice. Photography by Gina Bossio.

“It was a mess, frankly,” Smith says. But that was also when the transformation began.

“Once the conclusion happens, the fun begins for me – I can bring all my ideas to life. I am really excited about DIY projects. It is a lot of work but very rewarding.”

On closing day, I had “champagne and shampoo” The Party: Her family came, excited her fortune, and started washing the walls. Within three weeks, the walls were painted the color of mustard, ketchup, and relish.

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Before. Photography by Gina Bossio.

“I moved here and started painting everything black,” she says. “All my friends make fun of me because I like black so much.”

She pulled up a rug in the living room and molded a red oak floor underneath. She wanted a lighter Scandinavian look that would match the beachy vibe of the area, so the contractor added white pigment to the polyurethane during the refinishing process. Manufactured A black wooden wall in the living room with hooks, a bench and storage space underneath for visitors to hang their belongings.

You can see more of Smith’s home DIY projects and repurposed vintage finds on Instagram at Tweet embed And of course under the hashtag #paintitblack.

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The handcrafted sitting area in the living room doubles as a terracotta type space with plenty of storage and hanging shelves. Photography by Gina Bossio.

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retro glam

The turning point came when Hannah Hazleton was eight years old Her niece admitted that she was too afraid to use the bathroom in Hazleton North Smithfield House.

It looked like a haunted hospital, she said.

This made Hazelton think. I wondered if her niece dreads using it, how many adults have felt the same way?

So in April of 2020, she and her husband, Jarrod, started. They were working from home and had time to tackle the project. They’re no strangers to home improvement jobs: They’ve rebuilt their home, the 1851 Jacob Morse House, piece by piece for years.

“Too much of it undoes the bad restore that was done in The 1940s, ’70s, ’90s, and 2000s,” says Hazelton. “We’ve been peeling the layers away trying to find the original home.”

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Before. Photography: Hannah Hazleton.

She knew right away that she wanted to save the mint green tile on the 1920s tile walls and floor, which was revealed after Hazelton scraped a layer of vinyl flooring from the ’90s and another layer of linoleum.

“That was a big surprise,” she said. “A lot of people with FenTaig tile bathrooms completely gut them. There is a lot of magic out there. Why not work with it instead of against it? “

I searched for antique pieces to complement the room on eBay, scoring sink fittings, wall sconces and a gilded mirror. she asked Black Sink Online From Kohler, He Almost Used A Black Toilet Also, but couldn’t bring herself to do it. I settled instead on a black toilet seat.

However, the star of the room is the stunning wallpaper. Hazelton went with a hand-printed 1920s graphic of Bradbury and Bradbury flocked to colorful birds and plants. The result is a moody and elegant space that perfectly accentuates the room’s historical undertones with calm – and without a doubt Not Nervous – vibe.

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after, after. Photography: Hannah Hazleton.


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