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February 28, 2014

Hello, Friday!  Let's kick off the weekend with
some motivating Before & After projects.

The faded beauty, left, was found at a flea market
and transformed into the lovely seat on the right:

Such dramatic results from such humble beginnings:
  The Jules Verne-esque octopus theme would look right at
home in a beach abode or in the home of a science fiction fan.

Another stunning upholstery success:
Kate Pruitt

Painting wood is an affordable option
when veneer damage is extensive:
My 1929 Charmer

These next two projects are further proof that sandpaper and
a small can of paint can completely transform a piece of furniture:
 Before it was painted you hardly noticed the beautiful carving.

You might not have taken a second look at the 'before'
chest of drawers but look how darling it is now:

Before Meets After 

Speaking of drawers . . . . .

Live. Love. DIY.
Robin egg blue is such a beautiful color.

You know how sensitive I am when it comes
to refinishing Mid-Century Modern pieces:

More stylish and sophisticated than when
it came out of the factory 50 years ago!

Last year Laura of Top This, Top That featured
some of her favorite Before & After projects
and I have to agree that this one is spectacular:


Top This, Top That
You're right - that WAS a lot of painting but
the results are well worth the time and effort.

This little cabinet went from pre-fab to completely FAB:
It's hard to believe that this is the
same piece of furniture, isn't it?

Artist Bianca Green was headed to IKEA to buy a
cabinet when a twist of fate pointed her toward her
favorite junk shop.  Look at her 'new' cabinet now:
 Bianca Green

This vintage Ethan Allen chair was spotted at a thrift shop . . . .
Tea Rose Home
. . . . and given a little TLC.

Here's another example of turning a $15 Goodwill bargain . . . .

. . . . . into a thing of beauty:

A corner wet bar in a basement received a classic update:
Addicted 2 Decorating

Several subtle changes in this kitchen made a huge difference:

How many changes can you spot?  I found 7: the cabinets were
painted, the walls were also painted, the counter top is different,
the stools are new, the ceiling lights were either spray painted
white or were replaced, the ovens were replaced and the tools
mounted on the screen were rearranged.  Oh, and it looks as if
the faucet was also replaced.

Three words are all you need to describe
this headboard:  boring, boring, boring!

But you only need one word to describe it now: WOW!

We need a mind-blowing project to end today's post
and I've found just the ticket - a blah guest room
was transformed into a charming nautical nursery:

Another view of the room:

Incredible, isn't it?!   Great job.

Sadly, Bob and my idyllic retreat in the hospitable State of Florida has come to an end.  Tomorrow we head back to north Alabama with fond (warm!) memories of new friends, old acquaintances and fun adventures.

Meet me here Monday for some incredibly clever
repurposing ideas and have a great weekend.


  1. So many cool before and afters. They always inspire me. Have a safe trip back and a wonderful weekend.


  2. Thanks for stopping by. We're eager to get back to our own projects - hopefully, we'll have some Before & After photos of our own!

  3. Amazing transformations!! Very inspirational, thank you for posting

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    Beijos Marie.

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