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May 3, 2012

Before and After Thursday

Continuing with our series on decor for babies and children, today we're going to start
with a few Before and After Projects:

                           Before: (sorry I don't have the first photo of the plain, bare room!)


            Fabulous After:
What little boys wouldn't love to sleep in such a cool room?

This next project used an old tv cabinet and
two pressboard computer desk cabinets:

Such a darling play kitchen.

 Another amazing Before & After for the little cook in your family:
 Who would have thought that a particle board cabinet
and an old end table could be completely transformed
into a darling kitchenette?
How precious is this?  The stove 'eyes' are cds!

For this project the parents started with a 'blank canvas' guest room:

The weathered wood paneling adds an unexpected architectural element.

The room below was plain and boring . . . . .
 and ended with dramatic, beautiful results
thanks to the black paint under the chair rail:

Switching gears, let's take a look at a couple of nursery craft projects.  
We'll start with a mini tutorial for turning teacups into a darling lamp:

Paint and imagination can turn a child's table
and chairs into something special.


Using chalk board paint allows little ones to
draw on the table and not get into trouble!

Yes, it's possible to turn an old suitcase into a darling nursery accessory:
1.  Clean and dry the suitcase
                      2.  Apply Kilz to seal the exterior

                               3. pick up your paint brush and turn your imagination loose:


The last step is to add a sealing treatment to prevent chipping and peeling.  
What a bright addition to any nursery.

Tomorrow:  celebrity nurseries!

Special photo thanks to Home by Heidi; Better After; hgtv; The Thriftness; Somewhat Quirky Designs

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