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February 15, 2013

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a sweet Valentine's Day and are looking
forward to a fun weekend.  One of my favorite ways to get ready for
the weekend is to view Before & After photos.  They're so inspiring.

Today's first project is a little perplexing.  I don't know how to
categorize this dresser - maybe 1970's Reproduction Spanish?


I don't care what category it's in - it's stunning:


These two end tables were rather dated, weren't they?


Not anymore!  Love the mirrors on the front of the drawers.

Bleak 2 Unique

Casa Sugar recently posted several incredible
makeovers.  I still can hardly believe the results:


Ridiculously awesome, right?

How pitiful was this little boudoir chair?
                            Before                                                           After

Enchanting!   Click here to view more
Befores & Afters on Casa Sugar's blog.

Oh, my.  What a moldy, devastating pile of former loveliness:

Before                                                          After

Furniture Medic
I'm so relieved they could salvage it and restore it to its former glory.

This 'before' is probably what the lovely settee
would look like after I tried to upholster it.

 Andrew's Refinishing in Carrollton, Texas, did
an amazing job on this vintage settee, didn't they?

Small buffets are incredibly versatile.   And
this one went from ordinary to extraordinary.


Beneath My Heart
It's perfect in a foyer, isn't it?

For a few dollars this little cabinet was rescued and restored. 

Before:                                               After:
Impatiently Praying for Patience
Paint, stencils and new hardware made this inexpensive re-do a reality.

Even tiny kitchens can pack a big punch with the right make-over plan:

Apartment Therapy
What I truly, truly love about this renovation is that the original stove,
refrigerator and cabinets were not replaced.  Everything that was
done was cosmetic and economical.  $tellar!

Here's another kitchen makeover that turned out darling:

Room 6 Design
Such a refreshing update.

One of the things I love about this next Before & After project is that
it's so easy.  And by 'easy' I mean that reproduction French Provincial
dressers are still fairly easy to find in thrift shops and consignment
stores and they're ea$y on your pocketbook. 

A Girl and A Brush
So simple, so elegant.  LOVE the drawer pulls.

A basic white paint treatment and a little fabric can make such a difference:

                                    Before:                                                                    After:
Dina's Mad Tea Party

This Martha Washington sewing chest went from drab to fab:


Phantastic Phind

The entertainment center on the left was given a new life as a book case by
simply removing the doors and staining it.  Now that televisions have out-
grown cabinets many of us will probably have pieces like this one re-purpose.

Brendan Carpenter

Found a piece of furniture that you want but can't afford
to buy?  Copy it!  Here are 3 steps to make it happen:

1.  Have an ideal to imitate

2.   Begin with a similarly shaped piece then
roll up your sleeves and get to work

3.  Graciously accept the well-earned accolades!
Mama With a Dash of DIY Drama

          Can't afford this?                                    Make this!  

Remember - imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!  Have a great weekend.


  1. I love looking at (and doing!) before and afters. How fun to have a bunch of them all in one place! Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Anytime I need a jolt of motivation, I look back through B&As - they're so inspiring.

  2. Those makeovers are pretty amazing! I actually had one of those Spanish style dressers from the 70's. It was pretty ugly and we sold it. Now I wish I had seen this! Inspiring ideas! Have a great weekend! xoox

    1. A couple of months ago I ran across a Spanish-y style console in a thrift shop. It was only $25! I've been kicking myself for not snatching it up. Jan 8)

  3. So glad to find your blog. Thanks for becoming a follower, that's how I found this fabulous place!! I love befores and afters!! I'm following back!