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 6: From Carpeted Drab to Overall Fab



Salon owner Nikki Clifton had one month to turn a former printing shop into a stylish nail salon. One priority was to ditch the carpeting, since (by British Columbia province standards) carpeting is not allowed in salons. The salon also needed drywall installation and a new paint job. To stay within her no-debt budget, Clifton enlisted her husband and her father (both in the construction industry) for help. Her husband installed the laminate flooring, as well as the drywall, painting, and fixtures (sometimes working until 3 a.m., while Clifton stayed home with their two toddlers). Her father installed the pedicure spa plumbing, the hair sink, and milled the red cedar for the salon’s reception counter and two nail tables.



Though themajor projects were completed in a month, Clifton says the frequent tweaks make it feel as though the project has been ongoing for much longer. “It’s taken me two years to get the salon looking the way it does now — with the decor, retail, and the coffee bar. I’m currently looking at expanding again as I just purchased a tanning bed.”

More Info: Killer Nails & Esthetics Day Spa, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada

Renovation square footage: 550 (entire salon)
Time frame: 1 month
Hired help? No, Clifton’s husband and father are both in the construction industry, so they were able to handle everything.

Key purchases:
> laminate flooring
> pedicure chair
> drywall
> paint
> fixtures
> materials for custom-made reception desk and manicure tables

Next page: Makeover 7: Complete Salon Makeover

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