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 3: Dreary to Upbeat Retro



A former hair studio site, Nailed It! started in a dark, dreary space with a wall that bisected the space into two awkward areas, plus housed an inefficiently large coat closet. Deciding to open the salon with zero debt, co-owners Anne Schlegel and John Sidoti (wife and husband) relied exclusively on their savings to complete the project, which encompassed the entire working area of the salon. (Out-of-sight places like the break room weren’t done.)



Doing much of the work themselves, the salon has a whole new look after knocking down the wall, converting the oversized closet to a pedicure room, applying fresh paint, and adding checkered floor tiles. “We wanted the salon to feel like a soda shop from the ’50s or ’60s,” Schlegel says. She decorated the walls with retro tin prints of icons like James Dean and Rosie the Riveter, plus tracked down old advertisements for nail products no longer in production, which she framed before hanging. Her favorite wall decoration is one she unearthed during the demolition: a small handpainted sign from the plumbing supply company that originally built the building.



More Info: Nailed It!, Racine, Wis.

Renovation square footage: 400
Time frame: 5 months (~3 months of hands-on work; the rest was waiting for permits and scheduling conflicts)
Hired help? Yes, a flooring installer, plumber, and electrician. Self-professed DIY junkies, Schlegel and Sidoti did the rest themselves, asking friends and the local hardware store for advice as needed.

Key purchases:
> flooring, including plywood for subfloor, baseboards, and tiles
> drywall
> Behr paint
> cabinets
> door
> 2 IKEA chairs for pedicures and vinyl headrests
> 2 IKEA tables for manicures
> IKEA eight cube shelf for retail
> 2 FootsieBath pedicure basins
> 2 Dina Meri pedicure carts
> 2 ceiling fans
> garage sale finds: 8 chairs (redone completely), reception cafe table (stripped and painted)
> miscellaneous accessories including lamps, storage containers, and shelves

Next page: Makeover 4: Head to Toe Revamp

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