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May 29, 2013

It feels like a Before & After Wednesday, doesn't it?

These 1965 Thomasville dining room chairs were given
an updated look with the help of a little paint and fabric:
                           Before                                                      After
Without Fear or Regret
What a deal - this beauty was snatched
up off of Craig's List for only $12!

The next time you have the house to yourself for
a couple of days, this project might inspire you:
   Before                                                                                    After

How many differences?  Let's counts:
                         1.  Uncluttered and removed the corner cupboard
                         2.  replaced the newel post
                         3.  removed the wallpaper and painted
                         4.  stained the stair treads and bannister
                         5.  replaced the foyer flooring and rugs
                         6.  added the amazing chair rail and molding
Yup, that pretty much took the entire weekend!

An innovative paint treatment and contemporary
art work completely changed this bedroom:

What a dramatic transformation for this extended foyer.
Faux windows were created with framed mirrors and
matching art work and consoles are positioned on either side. 

The Interesting Evolution of a Kitchen:
Most of our kitchens have gone through several transformations.
This one progressed from Bland & Boring to City Sophistication.
Dramatic changes aren't limited to just the inside:
  Before                                                              After
The entryway sets the tone of the house and this makeover raised the bar.
From the look of the overgrown ivy, these 'French doors to no
where' were there for quite a while.  It was worth the wait.
  Before                                                                                 After
Painting this house from the washed-out white drastically improved
its appeal.  The professional landscaping was icing on the cake.
The house below is almost unrecognizable after the improvements were complete:
   Before                                                                             After
From a pleasant bungalow to sophisticated farmhouse:
The expanded porch and new roof line make a startling difference.
You know I go weak in the knees for a Mid-Century
Modern re-do and this one is amazing:
Some of the most successful 'flips' happen with MCM houses.
They're one of the best kept secrets in the real estate world.
   Before                                                                          After
A key rule to remember - a restored period home deserves authentic period furniture.


  1. Love the five spider burner. And the orange chair.

  2. Hi there. I'm not sure that I'm reading this correctly. Are all these home improvements and renovations to your house(s)? In any event, they are all fantastic and what a great job has been done! Loved the kitchen and bedroom photos. I absolutely love what you have done with that chair in the first photo, and the hallway too! I am gradually lightening dark furniture into the more shabby chic look, and I love it.

    1. Unfortunately, none of these photos are of my house. I prowl the 'net looking for motivational Before & After projects to share with my followers and these really stood out. I'm in awe of others' accomplishments and always make an effort to credit the original source under the photo. Thanks so much, Jan

  3. Amazing! Those are some fantastic pics for before n' after projects. I am feeling inspired. :) Awesome post my friend.

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