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April 19, 2013

   How 'bout we celebrate Friday with a few Before & After projects?

                                                                                                                                       Restoration Redoux

A paint job and a little trim molding
completely transformed this bookcase:

A great source for finding old cabinets is a Habitat For Humanity resale shop:

Janet at Cottage Blessings turned a thrift shop lamp into a side table treasure:

Cottage Blessings

The next time you're browsing in a thrift shop or at a yard sale,
consider taking home a little jewelry box and giving it a makeover:

LOVE the button drawer pulls!
Tip:  At thrift shops I always check the clothes clearance rack for outfits
that have interesting buttons.  Have you priced buttons lately?!
It's hard to believe these are the same basement stairs, isn't it?
 Amazing and so inspiring!

This sad little cabinet was distressed but not in
a good way.  Now, he's presentably distressed:

Here's a contemporary re-do for a little cabinet:

Pondered, Primed, Perfected

How much do you love this secretary transformation?!

 Before:                                                                                      After:

Great job!

We've all seen chairs like this one at yard sales, just begging to be taken home:
Gamer With a Hammer
The contrast is almost unbelievable, isn't it?

Maybe you'll find your own 'before' project this weekend.  Happy hunting!


  1. Thank you. There is nothing more inspiring than a group of before and after photos.
    Great post!
    Have a marvelous weekend.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  2. always love the befor and after posts. I never thought to look for button like that. Thanks!!

  3. There's some clever and creative people out there. I particularly liked the small projects. Jx

  4. So much inspiration in those photos!

  5. Jan- What great makeovers. WOW! That basement one is truly AMAZING. It's fun to see all the transformations here- xo Diana

  6. wow!!! that's some hard work being worth it!

  7. I have just been browsing through your posts and love how you have turned around and brought new life into some rather sad looking pieces of furniture. I also love the new basement steps and wall - that is impressive. I am new to your blog and have enjoyed my visit. I shall return to peek some more. Have a wonderful day.

  8. Thanks so much for the shout out on my lamp redo! Such great transformations here and it just goes to show you can amazing things with a little work and creativity!

  9. You make magic. I love making the old new again. This is a great post. Have a sweet spring, Mary

  10. Some real inspiration there! Love that bookcase. Thought I would pop by to say hello and so glad I did. Have a good week. Jenny

  11. Lovely transformations. I just recently bought an old patio set--- all the cushions need to be recovered and the set needs to be painted, but the potential is still there :-)