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The House that Funk Built
roxxierae wrote in saucydwellings
In July, I purchased my own tiny chunk of the Golden State.  With nothing but a rigorous commitment to my seemingly-insane aesthetic and tons of free labor from friends and family, the Saucy Dwelling in my mind became reality.  

The place was a dirty-looking off-white on the walls.  The fireplace was faux lava rock.  The floor was glossy tile the color of a bloodstain.  I painted, laid down laminate flooring, painted the fireplace (omg, what a project!), had the bathroom tiled, changed the light fixtures and put in new baseboards. 

The day i got the house, the living room looked like this:

The bathroom became one of the things I am most proud of.  The tile floor is the only thing I paid a contractor to do throughout the entire process.   This is a rather blurry photo of the room the day I got the keys: 

And a shot of it now: 

The cabinets are decoupaged with fabric from some Ikea panel curtains I put up in my dining room.  More on those later.  

The second bedroom and the master looked pretty much identical, except for size.  filthy carpet, etc. 

The second bedroom had a closet with floor to ceiling sliding doors.  I took those out in favor of panel curtains, and the shelving was the brainchild of my parents... That protrusion into the room was due to a coat closet in the dining room, which seemed like an odd place for a closet.  We punched through the wall and built boxes for either side... Creating a huge, deep shelving unit in the second bedroom that really increased storage, and a shallower one in the dining room.  The second bedroom after:

The shelving on the dining room side:

As for the dining room itself, I don't have a lot of before pictures.  The finished product viewed from the kitchen looks like this: 

And viewed from the living room looks like this: 

The fabric used for the panel curtains was mentioned earlier re: the front of my cabinets.  I also used it as a stencil to make a woodgrain table...

Into this: 

The master suite doesn't have anything really extraordinary done to it, mostly just paint and baseboards and flooring like the rest of the place.  In case you didn't notice, I love the combination of cool and warm colors! 

My bedroom has my first ever walk-in closet, which still excites me every time I see it.

It excited me so much, in fact, that I decided to find the silliest, girliest, sparkliest light fixture I could.  I toyed with a chandelier for a while, and ultimately settled on the following: 

Thank you so much for looking!! 

Very nice, it's lovely!
That chandelier/light in the last picture is absolutely gorgeous. I love it.

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Thank you!!

for the table, i just spray painted it black, affixed a chunk of the fabric to the top of the table with spray adhesive, and sprayed silver over the fabric, so it ended up being a stencil. Then i took that section of fabric that had been sprayed silver, and decoupaged it on the doors of my bathroom cabinets after trimming it to size.

I like everything a lot! It's amazing how much more awesome the living room looks compared to the before!! I love when people post before and afters :)

This is very cool. I love your style! What is on the curio shelf in the dining room? And what are those pictures on the headboard?

I am drooling over your bedroom. So different and amazing.

Thanks! The curio shelf is my shot glass collection... It's a case my dad built me for Christmas one year. The pictures on my headboard are pulp novel covers from the 30s-50s.

This is one of those places where it may not be my personal style, but I love it!

The stenciled table is amazing! I also love the bathroom sink and those shelves in the bedroom.

Wonderful makeover!

You have done a great dob with the house! Where is the light fixture from? It's perfect. Thanks in advance!

Thank you so much! I found the light fixture at Lowe's.

great transformafion! sauce all over the place :)

Wow!!! You did SUCH an awesome job! Love everything about it!

I'd love to see a close up of your headboard :)

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Love it, especially your kitchen.

Such great improvements! i love the flooring. built-in bookshelves rock. and i like the cool and warm color combos, it reminds me a bit of Indian themes (especially the peacock table and the bedspread), but all modern & stuff.

i really like that you didn't remove the stone from the fireplace and painted it white, too. the texture is a nice contrast to the modern furniture.


Painting the fireplace was my friend's idea... It was a hard-won battle, but totally worth it. Glad you enjoy it!

Did i see a peacock table there??!?! Can i see more??? :)

Also: this is truly remarkable. Well done!


My great-aunt Mary Ellen made that table about 50 years ago. It's been around my house since I was a baby. My folks went through a long time of just storing it, and it was the first thing I asked for when I moved out all those years ago. It's always been one of my favorite pieces of furniture, and I was really happy to be able to make it a focal point in my living room. Some closer shots:

Peacock Table I

Peacock Table II

The wood floors look fantastic!

You should be proud of your first place, it's absolutely amazing! Great work and ideas! :)

Stunning! Are those comic book covers on the headboard of the bed?

I love it all, and I'm going to steal your ideas for the walk-in closet! Don't know how much I'll be able to do in a rental, but I'm going to try.

that living room is one of the sauciest i've seen on this site!

LoveloveloveLOVE it!
And you have just put an AMAZING idea into my mind for my bedroom as well. I don't like the closet doors, so why NOT use curtains?! It would look much more...cozy instead of the icky metals doors I have now (that I am looking to replace)
Thank you!

I'm a HUGE advocate of curtains over closet doors... there's a closet in the hallway to my garage and the doors were the first thing to go on that in favor of some basic, white Ikea curtains. The ones pictured in my second bedroom do wonders to hide all the storage i've got in that space AND they look beautiful!

Those panel curtains from Ikea were really easy to customize and install, by the way.

I also love cool and warm colors together. Beautiful job. And I really like that you used the same swirl pattern in the bathroom and livingroom

What a wonderful transformation. The headboard looks amazing. Would like to see a close-up of that. The table looks incredible as well. What a change! I envy such creativity.

Beautiful! I adore the living room, it's so swank!

This is AMAZING. I frickin love everything. As an aside, where did you get your bedspread or the fabric for it?

Thank you!! It was a gift from my mom... she found it at a thrift store while I was in Costa Rica as an exchange student... I came home to find my bedroom quite spruced up by the presence of something so big and shiny and orange!!


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