If it’s any consolation …

Now that TVs are all flat and slim and sexy and easily mounted on the wall, you may think there is no need for a traditional entertainment center. You are both right and wrong. True, you may no longer need a hulking armoire to house your 300 lb. TV. But you probably still need a place to stash all your remotes and DVDs and consoles and gaming equipment and whathaveyou.

Or, in my case, you would never in one million years allow your husband to mount a TV to the wall himself, not after the Garage Shelf Tragedy of 2009 wherein half of your Christmas ornaments were destroyed and your car got dented, but that’s a story for another day.

Hush now, let us console ourselves with these consoles. (See what I did there? I’m sure you did).

Heather at Bake Create Love saved this electric orange dresser from itself with a walnut stain and it now serves proudly and beautifully under the TV. (I love that she’s watching Saved By The Bell. PS: Did you watch “The Unauthorized Story of Saved By The Bell” on Lifetime? Should I be ashamed to admit that I did? What did you think? Mostly I just felt sorry for poor little Screech).


mcm dresser makeover into media stand before | betterafter.net


stained mcm dresser makeover into media stand  | betterafter.net


Annnnnnyway, this next console actually began life as a sophisticated stereo system, decades ago.  However, it was most recently suffering in the garage as a workbench with a drillpress screwed to the top! Oh honey no.

Jen rescued it with a lot of love and tenderness and now it’s back inside where it can do the job it was intended to do in the first place. See more at All Things New.

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vintage stereo makeover into media console | betterafter.net

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Attic-ted to You Baby

This room was perfect for a baby, if your baby happens to be a brooding teenager who sleeps in the attic and writes bad poetry amidst his laundry baskets. Unfortunately, Tricia’s baby was none of those things.  Fortunately, she changed this bleak little space to match his sweet and happy personality instead. Good call Tricia.


baby nursery makeover paneled walls


baby nursery makeover white paneling

Oh man, isn’t that the sweetest thing? So sweet I just lost a tooth.

Let’s check out another angle.  That polka-dot door! I need an excuse to polka-dot a door in my life.  Also, did you know she designed the fabric for the bedding herself? You can too! See that and more on her blog 724 South House.


nursery makeover before

nursery makeover after white aqua gray


Lots more kid-friendly makeovers to see right heah!

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Sharpie Shooter

You probably already knew this, but Sharpies are good for way more than just writing. They are also good for hoarding, which is what I do with mine.  I have a small Sharpie obsession, and I don’t like to share them, and a friend recently came over and was using one of mine on a project, and casually mentioned that she had used it all up LOLZ, and I gritted my teeth and tried really hard not to be irate about it on the inside, but I’m still talking about it a month later, so yeah, I might have a problem. Whooo. Breathe, Lindsey.

Ok. I’m fine. Really. Anyway, there are Sharpie projects aplenty in the interspace right now, and here’s an especially creative one from Katie at Upcycled Treasures.  A rug! She knocked-off a $500 West Elm version for $25! Dare I say, hers looks even better?

I love it! Let’s all make one!

plain white rug sharpie makeover | betterafter.net


sharpie makeover rug | betterafter.netJust bring your own Sharpies.


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All Inclusive Kitchen

Hey gang, how’s your Monday? Are you in the middle of the polar vortex? I don’t even know what that is, sorry. Like, a bunch of cold all at once?  Sounds terrible.  You should move to Arizona.

Speaking of tropical islands, (go with it) check out this deserted island in the middle of Kate’s kitchen. It looks so small and sad; all forlorn just sitting there, staring at the rest of the kitchen, a little orphan desperately wishing for a family of its own. Wow, it’s bumming me out.

Don’t worry.  All ends well for the little island, and the rest of the kitchen too.  Black and white for the win!

Best parts: the new island of course, the new flooring that no longer divides the kitchen and dining space, and the cornice that unites that outlier cabinet with the rest of the kitchen.  There’s a lot of inclusiveness going on here.

See more from Kate at Eating in the Shower. kitchen makeover before small island | betterafter.net

white red black kitchen makeover with black countertops | betterafter.net

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