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Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

I know you may not want to hear it, but summer is starting its gradual wind-down right about now. Have you felt the transition yet? It’s still blazing hot here in Virginia, but I’ve noticed that the nights, at least, are cooling down enough that I don’t have to blast our extra A.C. unit to keep on top of the heat during the day.

As a big fan of fall, I can’t help but be over-the-moon about the impending change, but one thing I do miss when the cooler months arrive is all that green life outside. I love full, leafy trees, so when fall and winter take over (taking those pretty leaves with them), I try to make up for it by filling our indoor spaces with as much plant décor as possible to compensate. Keep scrolling for a few of the green plant-themed things I’m considering.

Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

1. Wall Hanging Test Tube Planter ($16)

2. Unikko Reversible Comforter Set ($130)

3. Hand-Tufted Wool Blue/Brown Area Rug ($68)

4. Leaf Framed Wall Poster Print ($19)

5. Climbing Floral Light Filtering Window Curtain Panels ($25)

6. Floral Tapestry ($14)

7. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Basket ($58)

8. Removable Wall Mural ($335)

9. Succulent Framed Wall Canvas ($50)

10. Hand-Woven Monstera Leaf Door Mat ($20)

11. Hanging Planter Vase ($21)

12. Batik Forest Removable Wall Mural ($305)

The cool thing about most of the goodies on that list is that you don’t necessarily need to have a green thumb to make them work in your home. We have a pretty good mixture of faux plants and real ones in our own house, but I’m hoping to “branch out” (har, har) with some things that aren’t literal at all—things like a floral rug, wallpaper with vines printed on it, and even petal-patterned bedding. What’s your favorite item on the list? Do you have anything else to add? Leave a link in the comments below!

Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

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Pet Stuff You Won’t Mind Leaving Out

Pet Stuff You Won't Mind Leaving Out

To be honest, this roundup was a whole heck of a lot easier to put together than I thought it would be. For some reason, I anticipated that it would be really hard to find pet accessories that I wouldn’t mind having out amongst the rest of our modern, sleek décor, but I actually ended up finding more than I needed when it came time to compile this list! I think that’s because brands are finally catching on that people want to get style and functionality out of the pet bedding, litter boxes, toys, and bowls they buy. Can I just say: it’s about time!

Pet Stuff You Won’t Mind Leaving Out:

1. Ceramic Dog Bowl with Carved Pattern ($10)

2. Cat Condo ($80)

3. Rustic Lodge Style Dog House ($161)

4. Cat Scratcher Lounge & Bed ($48)

5. Litter Scoop Set ($28)

6. Oreo Cat House ($54)

7. Pet Blanket ($48)

8. Cat Litter Box with Lid ($140)

9. Natural Sphere Cat Tower ($210)

10. Vertical Stripe Rectangle Dog Bed ($58)

11. Furbo Dog Camera ($199)

12. Hooded Dog Bed ($177)

Do you have a favorite item from that list? I thought that Oreo Cat House was especially cute (and a great place to hide a litter box), and I’m also considering that Hooded Dog Bed, too. I know our four furry kiddos would get a big kick out of this collection…If only I could buy each and every item in the list! Let me know your top pick (or picks!) in the comments below.

Pet Stuff You Won't Mind Leaving Out

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DIY Black And White Abstract Art

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

Have you ever gone to an art museum and muttered to yourself something along the lines of, “Well, I could do that!” while standing in front of an abstract painting? Today, I’m challenging you to finally make good on your claim!

One of the most-asked requests after revealing our master bedroom makeover was source information for the black and white painting I hung over the dresser. The truth is that I whipped it up myself in 10 minutes, and I 100% believe that you can do the same thing—even if you have little to no painting experience.

I didn’t actually take any pictures of the process while I was doing the painting because I never imagined that it would turn out to be such a popular piece with you guys! That said, the step-by-step method I used can easily be explained in words, as you’ll find out below.

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

But before we get to all that, I thought I’d talk through my inspiration for the piece. It actually came from this photo that I spotted on the @chrislovesjulia Instagram feed. They had hung an abstract painting over the bed in their own master bedroom, and I loved the neutral, sophisticated tone of the framed piece. It didn’t take away from the pretty greenery, colorful rug, and bedding they had in the rest of the room, and that was exactly what I was hoping to achieve in our own space.

The only problem was price. I had used up most of my makeover budget on things like a new lumbar pillow for the bed and the new thrifted dresser, so I couldn’t justify spending almost $600 on the exact same piece that the Marcums’ used over their bed. But I already had plenty of black paint in my craft closet, the brushes I needed, and I could also reuse the large gold frame that was already hanging in our bedroom (I had planned on switching out the art in that frame anyway).

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

Not wanting to have an exact replica of Chris and Julia’s art print, I took to the web to find a different piece to “copy.” A quick Google search of “Black and white abstract art” yielded hundreds of options, so I just picked the one that looked easiest to mimic, and went from there.

The one thing I did buy for this project was a large piece of white drawing paper. It cost about $5 at Michaels, so definitely not a budget-buster. Once I had that home, I grabbed my black acrylic paint and a 1-inch foam paintbrush, then laid the drawing paper out on our kitchen floor over a drop cloth.

Next, I went at the paper with my paint and brush, making sure to have my inspiration painting pulled up on my phone to reference. Since this is your own handmade creation, feel free to take artistic liberties with the shapes and design you end up doing on your own paper, but having an image of your inspiration painting handy will help guide you as you work.

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

This project really is so easy to do, but just in case you’re feeling trepidation about doing it for the first time, here are a couple of small things I would suggest when doing this on your own.

1. Buy more than one piece of drawing paper at the store so you have a backup. That way, if you mess up or don’t like your first piece, you can start fresh.

2. Mix a little water into your black paint to make it easier to work with (think: 1 tablespoon of water to every 1/4-cup of acrylic paint you use).

3. Be long and quick with your paint strokes so you get more of a fluid look.

4. Make some of your paint strokes go all the way to the edge of the paper, and some that stop a few inches in from the sides to balance things out.

5. After you have your solid black paint strokes in place, and you’re happy with the look, wring some of the paint out of your brush and add some drier strokes along the sides of the solid ones. See how my painting has a few “see-through” strokes across the paper? Where it looks like I didn’t have enough paint on my brush? Those were intentional to help give the finished piece more of a free-form, painterly look.

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

The last thing I want to suggest before sending you along on your way is this: Sign your finished painting! If you’re going for a professional look, like I was, scrawl your name in cursive in the corner. This is a super fast way to take your painting from “DIY” to “masterpiece.” Trust me!

It might feel silly, but I promise that it makes a difference. And don’t forget to put the paper behind glass in a (matted!) frame. That also helps make your handy work look like you bought it from a high-end art store. Now, tell me in the comments below…Would you try this art craft at home? Or would you buy a ready-made version from the store?

DIY Black And White Abstract Art

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Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved change. I’d switch rooms with my little sister just for fun, I painted and repainted the walls in my childhood bedroom more times than I can count, and I’ve been going to yard sales and thrift stores with my mom as far back as I can remember looking for new treasures. My love and passion for newness when it comes to home décor has always been deeply engrained in my process, and that is still going strong into my adulthood.

Case in point, the dresser my dad built for me a couple years ago. I’m obviously never going to get rid of this heirloom piece of furniture, but I was starting to feel the itch for something a little different in terms of the look. I’ll also never paint the piece because the stain my dad and I chose for it is just going to get prettier with age, but the hardware is something I feel totally validated in changing up as my mood inevitably swings around.

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

As you can see in that “Before” photo above (or if you remember the original post when I introduced the new dresser), I made the most of some cabinet door handles that we had taken down in the kitchen. I thought it would be really nice to repurpose the brass flower pulls for use on my new dresser, but after living with the look for a year or two, I decided that it wasn’t the best fit after all.

If you scroll back up to that “Before” photo again (sorry), you’ll probably appreciate the soft gold color of the brass against the wood grain. The dainty flower shapes on the faces of the pulls also made me smile. What I didn’t end up liking after looking at them for so long was that the brass just sort of faded into the cherry wood color of the dresser. They didn’t quite POP like I wanted them to. So I decided to change them out for a new set of matte black pulls.

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Those new sleek dark handles really make a statement against the wood grain, and I love that they match the black pulls I added to our recently thrifted lowboy dresser, too. The other thing I appreciate so much about the new hardware (other than how affordable the swap was, of course!) is that they also helped modernize the more traditional, simple shape of the dresser. It feels very “me” now, and I don’t anticipate that I’ll feel the urge to change this look up for a long time to come.

What do you think? Would you have kept the classic brass flower drawer handles, or do you prefer the new modern matte black pulls? There’s no right or wrong answer here because I think both looks are beautiful—but it sure is fun to change things up for fun, isn’t it?!

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

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DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

One of my very favorite things about mid-century design is that the pieces from that era tend to be really sleek in shape. Their silhouettes are often made up of mostly straight lines, with tapered legs, simple stained finishes, and purely functional design accents (ex. scooped wooden drawer pulls integrated right into the construction of the piece rather than elaborate metal hardware meant to steal the show).

Because of that, it’s fairly simple for DIYers like you and me to get the look using pretty much nothing but store-bought wood! I proved the point over on Hunker last month with my homemade wood slat coffee table. I had seen these types of linear vintage tables all over my favorite mid-century-centric Instagram feeds, and finally decided to try my hand at building something similar for myself. SPOILER: It worked!

DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

Hop over to Hunker now for the step-by-step tutorial, including my trick for getting the spacing juuuuuust right between those slats on top. If I had had more time, I think the only thing I might have changed about the design to make it a little more practical for everyday modern lifestyles is to add a plexiglass top. It would be a synch to attach a custom-cut clear piece of plastic sheeting over top of the slats, and that would help you avoid losing pens and other small items between the wood pieces.

I made sure to leave plenty of room to stick your fingers down into the table to retrieve whatever you might lose, and I think a nice tray—like the one you see pictured here—is the perfect way to avoid dropping things inside the table, but overall, I love the design. It’s the perfect homage to vintage pieces (like this!) that I’ve had my eye on for years. See the process for making your own this way.

DIY Mid-century-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

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Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

It was actually just a couple of minor initial changes in our master bedroom that prompted this latest room makeover. First, we upgraded our tired old white painted dresser to a nicer wood one that we found at an antique store. I also made the rather sad decision to cover up the DIY faux wood paneling feature wall that I had hand-painted last year. While I loved that rich wood-like texture, it was just a little too much for a bedroom that’s meant to be a relaxing space. So, I repainted the wall white to match the rest of the space.

The new all-white painted room inspired me to rethink some of the art, and we also rearranged the furniture so that our new-to-us mid-century dresser could be the focal point. In the end, I decided all of these smaller changes combined as the perfect excuse to go all out, so I changed up the bedding (mostly using linens we already had!), the framed prints, and also the surface styling throughout the space. Long story short, our bedroom is looking pretty different since the last time I shared it here on the blog, so here’s a quick look around the refreshed room!

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Large lumbar pillow: Target | Pillowcases: Cultiver | Table lamp: Target | Table Lamp Shade: Target | 2-drawer table: Galaxie Modern | Bed: Wayfair | Black Kinetic Pipe Sculpture: DIY

I honestly didn’t have to buy much at all for this makeover, which was a relief since I’m trying to be extra careful with my spending right now. Please don’t curse me for saying it, but Christmas will be here before we know it, and that’s usually the most expensive time of the year for me, so I’m keeping myself on a tight budget.

The bedding is actually just a plain white insert that I usually put inside a duvet, but this time around I left it uncovered to really shine. I have to wash it a lot because the dog gets in bed with me every morning after John goes to work, but I adore the bright white color, so it’s worth it to me.

I also layered two oatmeal-colored quilts at the foot of the bed to break up all the white, and stacked the headboard pillows in a sort of different way for me. They’re placed one on top of the other so that you can see the bottoms of the pillows. It was such a simple change, but I think the look adds something special and unexpected to the bed overall. The striped tassel throw pillow and side table lamp are the only new pieces I bought for the bed area.

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Yellow bud vase: Heath Ceramics | Colorful abstract art: Minted | Ceramics: DGD Pottery | Side chair: Galaxie Modern | Lumbar pillow: Cultiver | Black dresser knobs: Etsy

Oh, actually that’s a slight fib because I did also buy the new black frames for over the bed…In them I added art prints that were very kindly gifted to me from the artist Jan Skacelik. The modern geometric shapes and soft color palette were the real jumping-off points when I was trying to settle on an overall tone for the space. Because of the new art, I tried to go really minimalist and modern with the décor. The final look feels so refreshing whenever I walk into the space, so I’m considering it a win!

That said, I made plenty of mistakes while trying to nail the look I had in my head. Before settling on the plain white and oatmeal bedding, I bought a bright mint-colored bedding set from Target. It ended up going back to the store in the end, though, because it was just too bold for what I was going for. I also went through a couple of art options for that spot over our new dresser before finally deciding to paint my own abstract art piece. I’m planning to share more about that process in its own blog post, so stay tuned!

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Remodelista book: Amazon | Vintage Hanging Lamp: Circa | Slider table: Queen City Marketplace | Fan: Wayfair (similar) | Geometric Art: Jan Skacelik Art

As for the styling in the room, I tried to keep that pretty simple, too, choosing just a few favorite DIY projects to display (my kinetic pipe sculpture and wood mobile!), as well as a handful of my most nostalgic antique store scores—like the pair of wooden vases I found in Richmond four or five years ago, the tall ceramic vase I bought from a consignment store in North Carolina this past winter, and the hanging mid-century light my dad restored for me. Everything tells a story, and I love that.

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

Rug: Home Depot | Rattan Bag: Amazon | Clock: Target | Painted Pot: DIY | Abstract Painting: DIY | Brass switch plate: Amazon | Wood mobile: DIY

I’ve actually already made a few tiny tweaks to the design since photographing this tour. For example, I decided to take down the DIY upholstered cornice that I had built to conceal our wall-mounted AC unit. Virginia has been sweltering hot this summer (like much of the world!), and I started to worry that my cornice board was limiting the flow of cool air coming from the AC, so I took it down.

I’m trying to be better about embracing functional imperfections throughout our house, like exposing the unsightly AC unit. It was kind of silly to try to hide such an important unit just for aesthetic reasons, so I’m letting it run freely out in the open. As dumb as it sounds, that’s kind of a big step for me since I’m usually willing to let design win over functionality and comfort.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the tour! I tried to link to most of the resources throughout the post, but let me know in the comments if you want more information on any one piece. Shout if you have master bedroom décor ideas of your own, too. I’m sure I’ll be feeling the itch to make this space over sooner rather than later. I can’t be stopped!

Touring Our Updated Master Bedroom

*I earn a small percentage from purchases made using the affiliate links above. Affiliate links are not sponsored. Rest assured that I never recommend products we wouldn’t use or don’t already love ourselves.

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Shopping List For Your Stylish Pet Hideaway

Shopping List For Your Stylish Pet Hideaway

One of the number one questions I got after revealing our Pet Hideaway Closet Makeover earlier this month was: “Where did you get that litter box?!” It might not be the classiest or most appealing thing to talk about (especially if you’re reading this first thing in the morning…sorry about that!), but it really is a good-looking litter box.

Shopping List For Your Stylish Pet Hideaway

So, I spent a little time today gathering links to all the items I used in the refresh—from that fan-favorite litter box, to the peel-and-stick tile floor, too! Keep scrolling for all the details, and let me know in the comments if you have any other questions from the closet makeover.

I should also mention that, if you’re a little lost about what the heck I’m talking about, you can click back here for the whole story, where I explain what inspired us to turn an under-appreciated closet in our basement into a colorful hideaway for our cats.

Resources From Our Pet Closet Makeover:

1. Cat house ($143)

2. White litter box ($28)

3. Wood and fabric storage box ($15)

4. Peel-and-stick patterned tiles (ON SALE: $9.98)

5. Mini dust pan set ($9)

6. Faux snake plant ($58)

7. Vintage rug ($60)

8. White rope basket ($13)

9. White basket with handles ($13)

10. Wall basket plant holder ($19.97)

Shopping List For Your Stylish Pet Hideaway

*I earn a small percentage from purchases made using the affiliate links above. Affiliate links are not sponsored. Rest assured that I never recommend products we wouldn’t use or don’t already love ourselves.

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How to Upgrade Your IKEA BILLSTA Table

You know by now that I’m a pretty big fan of Ikea hacks, right? That particular Big Box store has so many amazing deals on furniture, but the truth is that the most cost effective pieces in their collection are kind of on the bland side. They fit our meager budget, definitely, but are they show-stopping? Not really. They usually come out of the box in plain white or done in the most boring wood finish you can imagine, and there’s nothing particularly interesting about their silhouettes either.

To cut to the chase, I’m specifically talking about Ikea’s Billsta Table. The super simple shape of this round pedestal table is practically begging for some kind of DIY treatment, so I worked up a fun new tutorial for Hunker that will help you up-cycle your own Billsta Table using…yup, you guessed it…wood dowels!

DIY Midcentury-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

DIY Midcentury-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

DIY Midcentury-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

The coolest part about this tutorial is that you can undo the look if you change your mind later on. So, say you want to paint the entire thing a sleek matte black, or you just decide you’re over the rounded texture of the dowels. If that’s the case in a year or two, I’ll show you how to dismantle the dowel detail without damaging your Billsta Table. Want to find out how? Click over to Hunker here to see the tutorial in action.

DIY Midcentury-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

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Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup

Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup

Now, I know I recently declared that minimalism is just a little too far over my head to be achievable in real life, but that doesn’t mean it’s a concept I’m ruling out when it comes to physically shopping for a room makeover or refresh.

At this point, I’m the first to admit that my style of minimalism just isn’t all that minimal. The thing is, though, as long as I keep the principals of this type of design in mind, I’m much more likely to keep my buying to a minimum.

That, to me, is really what it’s all about anyway, so I’ve rounded up a list of 12 decorative accents that, when considered each on its own, could stand out on just about any tabletop in your home—be it a low dresser, the table by your couch, or even a simple bathroom shelf.

Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup:

1. White/Pine Digital Alarm Clock ($20)

2. Concrete Table Desk Lamp ($44)

3. Loop Candleholder ($50)

4. Coiled Rope Tapered Basket ($9)

5. Leather Round Serving Tray ($36)

6. Baies/Berries Scented Candle ($36)

7. Faux Marble Wedge Frame ($13)

8. Ula Table Lamp ($330)

9. 2 Brass Taper Candle Holders ($26)

10. Rilynn Statue ($161)

11. Terracotta Candle ($17)

12. Bluetooth Speaker with Clock ($50)

Which is your favorite item from the list? And do you think you could keep your shopping to just one item? I realize that it might seem counterintuitive to share a list of a dozen new things to buy, but if you look at the list as a whole, you might end up missing my point.

I love the concept of choosing just one extra special piece to bring into a home—something that can satisfy your love for good design, and inspire you to love what you already have, too. That’s why I pulled together this curated list of simple, neutral pieces. Nothing is so bold that it can’t work with the pieces you already have, but every single thing on that list above is special enough to elevate not just the look of your space—it will perk up the mood of your home, too! Now, to me, that’s smart shopping…

Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup

*I earn a small percentage from purchases made using the affiliate links above. Affiliate links are not sponsored. Rest assured that I never recommend products we wouldn’t use or don’t already love ourselves.

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From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

*This post has been sponsored by Church & Dwight Co., Inc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s probably pretty obvious that I’m passionate about good design at home. I try my best to carefully consider just about everything that we bring in through the front door, making sure that it’s something that will add to our space—not detract from it. Big box stores know me by sight at this point because returns are sort of the norm for me. If it’s not a good fit, it goes right back to the store!

And, while it might be a little more information than you need this early in the morning, that logic even goes for cat litter! For years (and I mean decades), I’ve always used the same run-of-the-mill cat litter. Our cats—both our current trio and the kitties I had growing up as a kid—have always used clumping litter from one specific brand, so that’s what I kept up with into my adulthood. Then, very randomly a few months ago, I decided to make a switch.

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

I decided to stick with clumping litter since I didn’t want to throw our gals for a loop, but I had gotten so sick of the layers of dust that would build up in the room where we kept the litter box that I was drawn in by the 100% dust-free formula of the new Cloud Control™ Clumping Litter from ARM & HAMMER™.

It has now been two months since I bought the litter from the pet aisle at Kroger, and I’m a true convert. It really is 100% dust-free, so you can breathe easy. Plus, I no longer have to wipe down nearby furniture (ew!). This litter reduces airborne dander and other nasties when you scoop, and it’s free from heavy perfumes—having just a light hypoallergenic scent.

I know I’m getting a little wordy, but I wanted to make sure I introduced the story as thoroughly as possible. Today’s post is sponsored by the company behind ARM & HAMMER™ Cloud Control™ Clumping Litter, but I had already made the permanent switch over to their product long before I received an invitation to be a partner with them.

Anyway, to celebrate our partnership, I decided to go really big by turning an ugly closet in our basement into a dust-free pet zone. See the before/after photos below, and make sure you take advantage of Kroger Pickup to find extra savings for yourself!

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

The closet in question was in our basement under the stairs. We hadn’t touched it since moving in four years ago, so it still had the same stained bare drywall, raw concrete floors, and dusty old shelves. I’ve always just used the closet as a hideaway spot for boxes filled with craft supplies, and, of course, our extra cat litter box. It worked, but it was far from pretty. Like, really far.

I’ve wanted to give the closet a facelift for years but since I only ever went in there to scoop litter or grab an armload of craft supplies, I wanted that facelift to cost me very little money and take very little time to pull off. While I could have skim-coated the walls to make them smooth and rebuilt the shelves to look nice and custom, I just didn’t want to get that involved. My main goal was to retain the function but make it a small space I wouldn’t mind wandering into from time to time (read: that wouldn’t make me scowl and want to run right back up the stairs).

After lots of brainstorming, I decided on this plan of action: (1) paint the bare drywall white, (2) spray the exposed pipe on the left a nice modern matte black, and (3) cover the raw concrete with fun patterned peel-and-stick vinyl tile. I also thought I’d bring in some faux greenery and rattan textures, plus a new-to-us vintage rug to help breathe personality into the space. The finishing touch was an upgraded white litter box and a pet house for the corner of the closet.

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

Honestly, the hardest part of this entire makeover was the painting. It’s difficult to avoid covering your entire body (and head of hair) with paint when crouched down in an awkward closet like ours, so I was a mess by the time both coats of paint were done. The difference in the closet, though, was worth every ounce of effort.

As you can see, I didn’t patch up any of the seams or cover any holes in the wall—I just painted right over the bare drywall as it was—but the fresh white paint helped hide all of the old water stains and brightened the closet, too. I could have stopped there, but I wanted to tackle the floors before bringing in any accessories and storage boxes.

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

Can you believe the difference that new peel-and-stick floor made?! The new vinyl tiles helped finish off the closet perfectly, and made a bigger impact than I could have ever anticipated. The best news of all is that I was able to lay it down right over the exposed concrete floors in less than an hour with John’s help.

Truth be told, the instructions on the box of tiles said to prime any concrete surfaces before laying them down but since we barely ever actually stand on this floor, I figured it was okay to skip that step in the interest of time and energy. If you plan to use the same type of tile in a higher traffic area of your home, definitely make sure you follow the installation instructions and prime your floors first. I just wanted to bring that out into the open before I got lots of questions in the comments! Despite the lack of primer, our tiles are holding up just fine so far.

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The final step in this closet makeover project was to bring in the accents and décor. I spent an hour or so tweaking every detail, and now I finally feel like it’s perfect. The best news of all is that our pets love it, too. The closet has been done for about a week at this point and whenever I can’t find one of our cats, I almost always discover them lazing around in their new hideaway.

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From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

Of course, the ARM & HAMMER™ Cloud Control™ Clumping Litter is another big hit in this project, but I already knew that was going to be the case. The modern rounded litter box I found online was the perfect way to contain the litter, and the litter itself has done an excellent job containing what goes on inside the box (TMI but true!). It also comes in 2 sizes (14lb. and 19lb.), perfect for any household!

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From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

Can you believe the before-and-after difference? That one photo above is a tiny bit of a stretch from the truth because I Photoshopped the ugly pipe out just to see how it might look but even with the pipe, the freshly designed room still takes me by surprise. I’m kicking myself for not doing the project sooner, but I’m glad that it provided the perfect opportunity to team up with a brand that our household already uses and trusts.

Grab your own box of ARM & HAMMER™ Cloud Control™ Clumping Litter in the pet aisle at your local Kroger or Kroger banner stores, and don’t forget to find savings using Kroger Grocery Pickup. Now, shout out in the comments below with any questions you might have or tell us about a closet you’ve been meaning to make over in your house!

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