Revamping my home with Suzannejane

Recently I have been itching to renovate my home – unfortunately for now the renovations will have to wait for a significant increase in our finances but what is within my grasp is the ability to revamp my decor and I have been so enjoying the process…. I thought I would share a few of my “before” and “afters” with you here.

My very talented friend Sue stepped in to assist me with the process quite unexpectedly – she happened to be round for a braai when I was chatting about changing a few things around my home and she offered to take some pics of my home and give me some tips on what things I could move, change or paint to get an entirely different look. I was more than happy for the input!

A few weeks later she arrived with a flipfile of printouts of the photos by room all marked with ideas I could implement quite easily myself. I was thrilled! I have steadily been working my way through these and ticking as I go.

One of the main ways you can transform your living space is with paint – either on the walls or to change the entire look of a tired piece of furniture. This was something Sue had done beautifully in her own home so I was very keen to get her to do the same to some of my wooden pieces. When we got married and started our home over 11 years ago, wooden furniture all seemed to have the pine orange look… and even though the pieces of furniture themselves were still in a good condition, it wasn’t a look I was loving any longer!

I have been setting aside a few R100 rands to transform an item a month and so far have revamped my coffee table, bedside tables, headboard, small side table and desk – and I’m totally LOVING all the changes. I still have a few pieces I want to transform but here are some of the amazing “new” pieces of furniture I have!

Side table

small table

Coffee table











Bedside tables

bedside tables

What do you think? Are you also a fan of the shabby chic look?

If you are based in Cape Town you are in luck – you can also get some help from Sue – either with some ideas of how to revamp your current home layout or by getting her to paint your furniture.
Reach her on 0842944448 or email
You can also see more of her work on her Facebook page – Suzanne Jane Designs

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!


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