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May 7, 2012

What's more decorating fun than Before and After pictures?  I love how
creative people turn ordinary pieces of furniture into something amazing.

Here are two projects from Kate's Creative Space - a dated pine hutch turned
into a Paris épicerie and a little something for the pirate in your home:

 Take an ordinary trunk, stencil your little mate's name . . . . .

. . . . . then line it with a map of the world!

Sarah, at Dumped and Discovered, has an eye for the salvageable:

So often I run across a beautiful piece of furniture that needs a little TLC at a bargain price but I wonder, "Where would I put it?"

Think outside the box and repurpose it. Why not use this hutch in a nursery, a playroom or in a sewing room?  It's sturdy and offers tons of storage.

Every one of us has stumbled across this type of dresser at a yard sale and were turned off by the 'woody-ness' of it and just couldn't get past the formal faux-brass pulls:

This dresser could  now be placed anywhere in your home, not just in the bedroomand it can accommodate just about type of mirror, too.

I admit it - I probably 'wood' have walked right past this Empire chair at the flea market:
My loss!

Many of us are 'put off' or intimidated by laminated furniture.  Remember,
it can be sanded and painted like solid wood:

I. Love. This. Dresser. Period.

Would you have given this chest of drawers a second glance?


Using glass pulls is one of the small
details that makes this renovation completely charming.

Left in its natural state, wood is beautiful but
that doesn't always mean it fits into your decor:

Painted, the cabinet is now more harmonious with its
surroundings and has lost that commercial appearance:

Julia of 551 East Design is a genius when it comes to rehabbing furniture.  Here are a few of her 'after' photos
that show just a smidgen of her creativity:
 How darling would this chest be in a nursery?

We can all do white paint and dots! 

Staining wood is an alternative to painting.  If you like to mix and match different types
of wood furniture this treatment can pull it all together.

If you have a chance please visit the sites that I featured today. 
These girls work so hard and appreciate visitors.  Have a great day!

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