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June 26, 2012

Before & After projects rock!

It takes an experienced eye and a huge dose of imagination to visualize the 'after'
when the 'before' is so . . . . pitiful humble:
Cutest lighting fixture makeover on the block!

I have to be honest, I don't think I could have
imagined that this dresser was salvageable:

Lots of structural reinforcement was required to 
complete this rehab but well worth it.  Great job!

Haven't you seen chests of drawers similar to this one
at just about every thrift shop you've browsed?
Before:  ordinary

After:  Sophisticated - the splash of pink is tres chic!

Dax of The Speckled Dog supervises all restorations:

Boy, he does a great job!

It would be easy to walk past this darling
little table without seeing the potential:

Pickin' and Paintin'

A slip cover and a small can of paint completely
transformed this room - for less than $100!

With the tabletops painted aqua, the darling lamps really stand out.

Got mix-and-match pieces?   Allison of fab rehab
turned this unlikely group into a darling trio:

Three little ladies waiting for their new owner:
fab rehab

Allison also worked her magic on this sad rattan end table:

Love the color!

Visit fab rehab to see more of her transformations.

The inlaid work and leg molding got lost
in the 'wood-iness' of these end tables:


Kim at A Brush of Whimsy had the vision to turn these dated,
French-style tables into accent pieces that will fit into any romantic decor.

I'm so glad that Kim left
the table tops unpainted.
The wood grain is beautiful
and adds a charming
element of contrast.

China cabinets like the one below were popular in the
1930s and 40s and are becoming a little harder to find.  


From ordinary to extraordinary!

To quote Grumpy 'Ole Man, "It's a tear down.  Period."
Can't say that I would disagree.  Thank goodness the
new owners thought otherwise.  

Country Living
It's easy for us to look at these photos, marvel at the
transformation, and not think of the months (years?!)
of hard work that went into the restoration.  Amazing.

On the flip side, a dramatic change can be accomplished
in one afternoon with a can of black paint:

the creative imperative

I hope today's projects inspire you to tackle that
long-delayed makeover you have in mind.  


  1. Great projects! Love the china cabinet & chandy! Thanks for following, Im glad to have found your blog!

  2. All totally amazing but I'm sooo glad that home was saved! What a transformation! x

  3. Love, pasion- I realy understand you.Now it`s turn for me to do sth. new (old).I felt inspired.

  4. Absolutely fantastic projects!

  5. LOVE the post! I have a dresser like the shiny fake wood one at the top that I've been racking my brains to figure out what to do with. Now I'm thinking of it in a whole new way!

  6. so glad you found o.m.Gee! i have a dresser that i stripped monthssss ago just sitting in my basement ready to be refinished! i think this was just the nudge i needed... : )

  7. LOVE what you do, too! So glad to follow your blog----such great posts!

  8. Hello, I've just come over from my post at A place for everything, to say thank you for your recent comment. I never know if people actually get to see replies if they don't go back to that post. Anyway thanks for your comment and nice to find someone else in 'study world'. Good luck with yours. I love what you are doing with your transformations, they are excellent. How do you find the time?

  9. i love these before and afters. helps to inspire me when i can't see the light at the end of the tunnel with my own unfinished projects! thanks!

  10. Sarajan, I see another of my projects with my images here, thanks! However, the link does not go to my blog and it should be Quirky Vistas - (Image, not imagine) Would you correct that? I'd appreciate it.

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  14. I love the chandelier re-do!! Please give instructions on how to do it!! What is the chicken? A pitcher?