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August 7, 2015

Today's Before & After Friday is a hot mess of miscellaneous projects.
(In other words, it's time to clean out the bookmark files!)

The dreary living room of a cottage renovation before:
 The fabulous after:
Instead of curtains or drapes the owners installed
old doors in front of the windows.  I love it!

Here's a sad dining room, before:
  The same dining room after:

I don't know that I've ever seen a harvest gold commode:

Got to say that I really prefer regular ole' white.
And the new tile floor is no much nicer.

It's easy to overlook the possibilities of a hallway:

The rugs!  The artwork!  The Boston Bull dog!  I love it all.

Lauren of The Thinking Closet is One Smart Cookie.
You know the kind - they can turn a rag, a bone and a
hank of hair into a work of art.  Well, that's what she
did with this nautical themed bedroom.
 Yes, it was 'fine' before but she really bumped it up a notch (sorry!):

Lauren waved her  Magical Talent Wand
over a 1980's pre-fab faux roll top desk:

 Surprise!  She painted the inside of the drawers an arresting blue: 
Check out Lauren's creative and motivating site - The Thinking Closet

Looking for some inspiration on how to perk up a bedroom?
(Actually, this appears to be the cat's bedroom.)
That's right - the wall was stenciled!

Here are a couple of other transforming stencil ideas:

A yard sale coffee table was turned into an
expensive-looking work of art.

With a little paint and some wallpaper scraps, an inexpensive
thrift shop letter holder is now very elegant: 

 A $2 thrift store vintage suitcase was repainted and is now used for storage:

Tiffany & Co. logo from a magazine ad was cut
out and glued onto the name tag plate.  So cute!

A simple chest of drawers before:
 And now after:

Can you believe that anyone would leave this
treasure on the side of the road for the trash man?!
I'm so happy that it was rescued by someone
who saw its beauty and potential.

A thrift store china cabinet:
. . . . . got the Royal Treatment:

Such a sophisticated chair makeover:

Naugahyde is durable but often not very attractive:

The classic blue striped ticking was a perfect choice of fabric.

Vintage end tables:
Is that Kermit Frog green?!

A beautiful secretary before:
 And after:

I'm sure that if we walked past this hideous
lamp at a flea market we'd roll our eyes:
 Boy, would we be wrong:
Lesson:  a can of spray paint is an amazing thing.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how a thrift shop
coffee table was turned into a beautiful ottoman: 

And here are two more coffee tables that were
charmingly converted into ottomans:

No. 1

No. 2

I'm closing today's post with one of the most interesting
renovation and repurposing projects I've ever featured.

A deserted 1969 railroad workers' car was
rescued and converted into a cabin get-away:
 The same railroad car, after:

A tree had fallen through the roof:
 Isn't the interior amazing?
Click here to see a lot more photos of this successful project.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope that some of today's photos
will inspire you to tackle a makeover project of your own.


  1. Impressive, I love the railcar an amazing transformation. As always an inspirational post.

  2. Fabulous !
    And I agree some paint, children's art work and a cute dog makes everything better.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. I love your before-and-after features. So inspiring!