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June 21, 2013

We made it - TGIF!  I don't know about you
but we've had a crazy week.  Got a lot of little errands and nagging projects wrapped up but still have lots more to finish.  At least we can
see the weekend peeping around the corner.

How 'bout we wrap up the week with some motivating Before & After photos?

  Before                                                                                  After
Refreshingly Chic

Sometimes, when the veneer of a piece is too damaged
to restore, the best solution is just to paint it.

  Before                                                                              After

Garbage to Glam
What a fresh new look for a tired little cabinet.

With this next makeover we also get a dash of repurposing:
  Before                                                                         After

Trevi Vintage Design
Many of us wouldn't have given this small, distressed folding chair a second
look but, boy, would we have been wrong.  A pair of these would make cute
nightstands, wouldn't they?

And we've all seen dated end tables, like the one below, patiently waiting in a
thrift shop for someone with imagination to come along.
 Before                                                                                  After
Trevi Vintage Design

When the team at Printerette Press decided to relocate from St. Paul to Minneapolis, they had a daunting task - convert warehouse space into office space.  They did a great job:

Here's a charming formula for restoration success:
 +   =

So fleaChic!

This yard sale dresser was plainly pitiful:

But, now - ooooh, so pretty!

 Natty by Design
Natalie of Natty by Design transformed the dresser into a darling addition
to any nursery.  LOVE the two-tone paint treatment with an angle design.

The vintage children's chalkboard, below, might not seem remarkable but it's a glimpse of Americana that was restored to its original condition.



Chalkboards like this one use to be fairly common at flea
markets and in antique shops but I haven't seen one in years.

It's really not fair to compare black and white photos with color photos
but, in this case, these results are too remarkable not to share:

I'm speechless, too!

I love Mid-Century Modern better than the next
but this before was definitely too tacky.

   Before                                                         After

Located in Manhattan Beach, California, this
bungalow is unrecognizable from its former self.

I hope today's post will inspire you to take on a few restoration
projects of your own.  Have a great weekend.

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