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May 9, 2013

What keeps us thrift shop and flea market addicts returning to the scene
of the crime fun?  Inspiration!  And what's more inspirational than proof
that a sow's ear really can be transformed into a silk purse?  You know -
it's Before & After projects.

The Better Homes and Gardens blog recently featured several amazing
makeovers and I'm thrilled to feed your addiction share them with you:

This chest was begging for attention and, boy, did he get it!

What was a simple bookcase is now a classy mini-secretary:


New legs, new hardware, a paint job and a little contact paper completely
transformed this nerdy little particle board cabinet:


Vintage tin trays are quickly being snatched up so if you run across a
couple, grab them:

The laminate was very damaged on this antique bed but painted and repurposed,
it makes a beautiful settee:

Vanities are so versatile and make terrific desks:


A quirky, vintage end table has a new home and a chic new look:

Love, Love, Love this cabinet:

As much as I like natural wood, the paint treatment of this vintage tea cart
is so bright and cheerful:

Is this not the cutest ottoman cover ever?!

Most thrift shops have a wide selection of miscellaneous chairs, many under $20:



Almost all of these pieces were found in a thrift shop or at a flea market. 
Click here to view a few more of their inspiring transformations.

Get out there and find your sow's ear.  Happy hunting!

True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience ."  -- Oprah Winfrey


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  2. I really like these transformations - some ugly ducklings turned beautiful! The particle board nightstand is so cute and the vanity turned desk is great! I love the Oprah Winfrey quote! xx

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