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December 7, 2011

It's Before and After Time!

Need a little dose of mid-week inspiration?  Me, too.  Here are some charming Befores And Afters that fall within the realm of most of our capabilities.

Diane at In My Own Style featured a mirror re-do that resulted in a beautiful background for a holiday setting (supervised by her granddog, Kindii!). 


A little elbow grease was needed
to strip and restore this simple,
yet elegant, Mid-Century Modern chair.
Source: A Typical Type A


It would have been easy to walk past the non-descript wrought iron chair on the left without a thought of its possibilities.  But, this charming do-over didn't even quite a hammer or sandpaper - just a can of black spray paint, some fabric, and a staple gun. 
Source:  Better After


 Too painful to look at, this wreck-of-a-dresser
was almost beyond saving.

Amazing.  Simply amazing transformation.
Source:  Sweet Pickins'


The scratches, scars, and dings on the top of this table prevented it from being restored.  The paint treatment, however, resulted in a darling breakfast set. 
Another economical aspect of this type of renovation is that the chairs don't have to be original to the set - just about any type of chairs will do.

Source:  Better After


These two photos feature a light fixture that the owner already
had - it simply needed a coat of spray paint. 
Love the pewter-look results!

Source:  320 Sycamore

What a darling nursery creation! 
Beckie at Infarrantly Creative took the outdated top of
a hutch, added dowels, painted it, hung it upside down,
and, voile - you have the perfect childrens' book rack.


Better Homes and Gardens  recently featured this lamp makeover.
Using an enamel paint pen, trace or draw a pattern on a
lamp you already own.  Found in craft stores, the pens come
in an array of colors - turn your imagination loose!

Happy Creating!

1 comment:

  1. How did you do the table top on the breakfast set? I love it!