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 5: Ageless and Timeless



Just because she’s past the so-called “retirement age,” Ruth Gurry didn’t let that stop her from renovating a former apartment (now zoned for commercial use) into a stress-free sanctuary for nail clients. Gurry (at 68) and her husband (over 70) sanded the floor, which took more than two days. After the sanding, and with the help of an interior designer friend, Claudine Calvin (over 70), they whitewashed the floor to make it look old like the building. The color scheme started with a local regulation that the awning outside be burgundy or hunter green; they chose the former. Calvin then suggested painting a burgundy border on the floor and a burgundy “rug” in the center to give the salon a signature look.



“It was much work on both our parts, laying on the floor and painting this rug,” Gurry remembers. “I asked Claudine how she was going to get up off the floor. She said not to worry, she recently took a course that, in case she fell, taught her how to get up.”

Gurry enjoys catering to bridal parties, and the space’s kitchen is handy for that. However, she wasn’t able to fit two whirlpool spas into the space, so she decided on a pipeless whirlpool spa and a European Touch Petite Spa. Gurry saved some money on her manicure table: her original Dina Meri granite-top boomerang table from 1993 is still in great shape.

More Info: Sensationails by Ruth, Manchester Center, Vt.

Renovation square footage: 300
Time frame: 2.5 months
Hired help? Yes, an electrician put in the track lighting and a plumber helped with the pedicure chair.

Key purchases:
> pipeless whirlpool spa
> European Touch Petite Spa
> paint
> replacement window
> awning
> sign and sign post
> air conditioner

Next page: Makeover 6: From Carpeted Drab to Overall Fab

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