Salon Design

8 Salon Makeovers That May Just Inspire You to Pick Up a Hammer

Beware: After viewing these before and after photos, whatever excuse you had for not completing that renovation project may go out the window (which coincidentally now needs to be replaced, so get on that)! You and your clients may find joy in a beautifully redone space. 

Makeover 1: Adding a Nail Department



As co-owner of True Envy for three years, Ramar Russell had envisioned all the ways in which he’d be able to add nail services to his hair salon — except for the way it finally happened. As fate would have it, the nail salon one door down closed its doors (and with it went an exclusivity agreement as the plaza’s only nail services provider), but True Envy couldn’t expand into that space because the plaza owner wanted it. So True Envy opted to replace two mostly unused hair stations with pedicure benches.

The benches posed challenges both in getting them inside the salon and in getting the plumbing in place. The delivery men couldn’t get the benches through the door on the pallets, so Russell unpackaged all of the pieces in the parking lot and hand-carried them in. For the plumbing, there was a lot of back-and-forth with the plumber regarding whether the salon floor would need to be dug into to install water drainage lines, but ultimately Russell located a pump small enough to fit under the benches. The manicure table is folded up and under the curtain (where it looks like a table with drawers). For manicures, the salon has the client sit at a dryer chair and performs the nail services on the table.

More Info: True Envy Salon Spa, Orlando

Renovation square footage: 77
Time frame: 9 weeks
Hired help? Yes, a plumber, and the salon may still hire a handyman to install a commercial light fixture. Russell installed a new wall finish (actually kitchen backsplash tiles from The Home Depot) himself to save money.

Key purchases:
> 2 pedicure benches with pipeless plumbed basins
> small Minerva discharge pump for pedicure basins
> pedicure bench accessories, including pillows, armrests, and stools
> 20 Fasäde wall tiles
> 4 white IKEA curtains (to separate the new nail area from the existing hair area)
> invisible curtain rod
> Pibbs 2009BL Foldable Manicure Cart
> storage units (including IKEA cabinets)
> miscellaneous decorative items
> miscellaneous nail service items
(The paint for touch-ups was left over from the original paint.)

Russell chronicles his first year with a nail department at

Next page: Makeover 2: Uneven Floor, No More

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