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May 2, 2014

It's Friday!  And you know what that means -
yup, Before & After projects!
Let's kick off today's post with a truly fab makeover:
What I love about this project is that these types of dressers can still
be found at thrift shops for relatively reasonable prices.  Click here 
for the step-by-step tutorial.  P.S. Awesome hardware update!
This next project is a combination of old and new techniques:
The chest was stripped then the drawers were
stained and the rest of the chest was painted.
The same technique was used on a distressed side table:
A piece that was rescued from being put out on the curb:
How many times have you walked past a dated piece of furniture
without considering the possibilities?  Me, too - lots of times!
Do you have an awkward space in your home that
just doesn't seem to have it's own identify?

Joy, from Beautiful Protest, reinvented the under-used cove
between her living room and large eat-in kitchen.   It's now
a music room/office.  Great job, Joy!
As hubby and I struggle through our Miss Money Pitt renovation
I'm always on the lookout for (insane) people who undertake the
same type of project.  Boy, did I find one:
Living Room - Before

Living room - After
Sara Gray and her husband, Eric, of Portland, Oregon, undertook
a massive project - completely renovating their dated home from
top to bottom.  Here are some of the amazing Before & After photos
 of their incredible renovation journey.
Let's go back to the foyer:
Master Bedroom - Before

Master Bedroom - After
 I am crushing all over these hardwood floors!
(And I might have added a chandelier.)

Master bath - Before

Master bath - After

 That's Sara behind the camera - hi, Sara!  It's almost impossible
to photograph a small bathroom without including yourself.

Laundry room - Before


Laundry room - After

 I just can't take my eyes off of those gorgeous floors!
Guest room, i.e., home office - Before

Guest room, i.e., home office - After

And, now, the room you've all been waiting for - The kitchen:
Incredible After
I know!  So sophisticated and sleek.  Click here to
view more of Sara's and Eric's renovation diary.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  As you can tell from the jumbled
format of today's post, I'm still struggling without Google Chrome.
For some mysterious reason my laptop refuses to accept my
numerous attempts of trying to reinstall it.
Hopefully, I'll have the problem cleared up this weekend.  See you Monday!


  1. That is my dream laundry room - it looks great! And that master bedroom is so spacious. I love the hardwood flooring.

    1. Those hardwood floors are ahhhhhh-mazing!! The entire house renovation is one of the best I've ever featured. Have a great weekend.

  2. That last one!!! Omg :) Awesome!!

    1. That kitchen looks like something out of a movie set, doesn't it? So sleek and chic.

  3. I think the kitchen looks great. It's amazing how much more open it appears. I also like the laundry room, it looks practical, and very neat.

    1. The kitchen and the laundry room are the 2 most important rooms in the house - they really "earn their keep" as we say in the south. The kitchen in today's post truly is amazing. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. Amazing transformations. Happy Weekend!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great weekend, also.

  5. I look forward to Friday before and afters all week.

    1. As my 3 year old grandson, Jack, says, "Fanks!" I really appreciate your stopping by.

  6. Some really great makeovers there. I feel a need to find an old dresser to do up, no idea where I would put it but they look so awesome!

    1. Isn't it amazing what can be accomplished with sandpaper and a can of paint?! Dresser makeovers are some of my favorite items to post. Have a great weekend.

    2. Eres mujer fuerte
      trabajas sin cesar
      de día y de madrugada
      no sientes ningún pesar
      al tener que levantarte
      a tu hijito cuidar
      ya sea para alimentarlo
      teniendo que amamantar
      o preparar el tetero
      asi te tengas que desvelar,
      ya sea que se enferme
      o que sienta algún temor
      allá estas presente
      ante cualquier clamor
      A la vez eres frágil
      porque reposa en ti
      toda la dulzura
      que en el mundo vi
      Fuerte como leona
      para tus hijos proteger
      frágil como cristal
      cuando toca querer
      por eso Madre
      te pago con amor
      eres lo mas bello
      que ha hecho el Creador

      Que seas muy feliz en este dia amiga mia!!!
      Con cariño Victoria