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Estate sales are always a bit of a letdown for me. I think the name implies too much. Estate Sale. How fancy! I’m expecting Marilyn Monroe’s grand piano and instead I find your Aunt Barb’s collection of jelly jars. They should just call them “More stuff than your average yard sale Sales.”

Anyhoo, Better After reader Joanna found this dresser for $35 at an estate sale. The finished product really has an Alice in Wonderland vibe going on, don’t you think? I love all the curves.


 And if you were in the mood for some more diamonds, (or shall we use the fancier term: harlequin) then this trompe l’oeil table will not disappoint. (ooh! Two fancy terms in one sentence! Perhaps we should don our kid gloves, meet for high tea, spend the afternoon at estate sales and make a day of it!) 

From Annie at Annie Fowler Designs.


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  1. Love harlequin patterns!! I get the Alice in Wonderland vibe too, in a foxy, lux way!
    The key detail is precious, nice hustle!
    Ciao ~ Eva ~

  2. That first piece is a total SCORE!

  3. So pretty, I just hope the kids don’t trompe on the l’oeil.

  4. I absolutely love the first one, and impressed with the detailing on the second one!

  5. Love it! Just an FYI, though, the “after” pic is still labeled “before.” 🙂

  6. The first “after” pic, I mean 🙂

  7. That first one is seriously awesome!! Seriously!! 🙂

  8. Beautiful transformation!

    I have a question…How do you get rid of the musky odour that usually lingers in the drawers of these old dressers?

  9. Wow, that dresser is!

    You know what I love about this blog? I don’t know what I enjoy most about it, the b&a’s or how funny you are when you describe them. Your wittiness is also Thanks for the daily laughs!

  10. I could not agree with you more – I think they just call them estate sales so they can charge more for the same junk. At least that’s how it is in my neighborhood – it’s really quite annoying.

    These makeovers however, are simply gorgeous!

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