I’m no quilter.

A few months ago, I won an auction at church for a hand-made baby quilt.  Woo! The sweet woman sewing it said I could pick my pattern and colors, and me, knowing zero things about quilting, chose what I thought was a simple enough pattern.  Turns out it required something like 157  triangles to be individually cut out of six different fabrics then stitched together, one at a time.  Woah.  She was super sweet during the whole thing, but I bet deep down she wanted to choke me.  It’s a fantastic quilt though!

But quilts aren’t reserved for just babies and bedrooms.  You can get that quilty look you love just about anywhere!  Sarah at Backwoods Babies ‘quilted’ these IKEA dressers with scrapbook paper!

 

If you like "quilted" makeovers, you won't want to miss these dresser and chest makeovers!

 

If you like "quilted" makeovers, you won't want to miss these dresser and chest makeovers!

 

Lisa at Sweet Parsley Home made use of her fabric scraps and quilted over this formerly uggtastic ottoman.  Wow, it was so bad.

Now all you have to do is win an auction for someone else to do these projects for you, and you’re in business!

If you like "quilted" makeovers, you won't want to miss these dresser and chest makeovers!

 

If you like "quilted" makeovers, you won't want to miss these dresser and chest makeovers!


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Plank Challenge

Do you like planking?  You should, it’s like, the best exercise ever for your core .  So they tell me.  Planking is also an awesome endeavor for adding punch and pizzazz to any drab wall in your home!  And it’s not hard.  Melissa planked it up hardcore in her bedroom, simply by cutting sheets of plywood into 5″ wide strips in random lengths, staining them a complementary assortment of colors and finish-nailing them straight to the wall.

Strengthen your core!  Beef up your wall!  Planking can do anything.  See more from Melissa at Cornbread and Beans Quilting.

 

Check out the beautifully bold plank wall makeover at betterafter.net

 

Check out the beautifully bold plank wall makeover at betterafter.net


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Lampicillin

The Ugly Lamp Contest is coming soon!  Start training your eyeballs now so they will to be able to withstand the soul-crushing hideousness that is coming their way. I will have more info soon, but I am starting to accept submissions now, so send those original ugly lamp pics my way!  (Betterafter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp).

And in NON ugly lamp news, Christina at The Frugal Homemaker took this sickly set of brass lamps and healed them with a dosage of white paint.

(Truly, they weren’t that bad).  I’m a fan of brass and think it can look awesome in the right room, but white will always and forever be a classic favorite!

 

What a change white paint can make! See a white lamp makeover at betterafter.net

 

What a change white paint can make! See a white lamp makeover at betterafter.net


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Expect More

Every room should have an unexpected element.  But that unexpected element shouldn’t be something like: “Gee, I didn’t expect your powder room to be so … brown.”  That’s not what we’re going for.  I’m talking more like, “Oh wow, a live edge countertop in your powder room!?  I never would have thought of that!”

But that’s what Gina dreamed up when she banished all beige and brown from her powder room.  Truly looks and feels like an entirely different space! Well done.  See more on her blog What Gina Says.

 

See this light and beautiful powder room makeover at betterafter.net

 

See this light and beautiful powder room makeover at betterafter.net


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