Boom! Heirloom.

Something about this armoire seemed sad.  Probably because the top of it was shaped like a frown. And that color was so lifeless too. Doesn’t it look like it needs a hug? Man, I’m getting bummed out the more I look at it.  But, hold on to your flip-flops, because you won’t believe what Sarah at Funcycled did with it. AMAZIFIED it.  Seriously.  Amazing.

Sarah reports that those hand-carved onlays did not come cheap, but they added so much to this piece that whatever she paid was worth it.  It’s positively heirloom-worthy!

PS: I’ve gotten some comments from a few readers lately saying that they’d really like to see the before and after pics side-by-side on this ol’ blog too. So let’s try it out, shall we?

What do you think? I can see the appeal, but it’s also like … 20 seconds of extra work for me, so I don’t knowwwwww …  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. Yes! Side-by-side is great. Less scrolling (and an extra 2 seconds) for us 🙂

  2. Love the side-by-side shots!

  3. I like them better as single shots – ONLY because they are larger, and you can see more details. 🙂

  4. I vote vertical images should go side by side, but keep horizontal ones separate.

  5. I do love the side by side shots.

  6. I don’t see the need for extra work on your part. I agree with Wendy; and it’s no big deal to spend the time observing the differences from an independent perspective. It increases my ability to drink in the changes. You’re helping my cognitive abilities, Lindsey! Thank you!

  7. I like the new color on the wardrobe. I think that the carved accent is too much; it’s a simple design and it clutters up the charm of the piece. I DO, however, like the change in pulls on the drawers and the change-out of the door pulls to keyhole pulls. Good job!

  8. I like the side-by-side, but I also like the bigger pictures and the surprise you get by having to scroll down to see the after picture. So today’s format was pretty much perfect–the big pictures for the big reveal, but smaller side-by-side so you can compare the difference easily.

  9. side-by-side = great idea

  10. I’m on the side-by-side boat (that sounded weird)! 😉
    LOVE the after with the armoire. GORGEOUS!!

  11. I also agree with Melissa. I like having the surprise of scrolling down and seeing the after show. I think both methods would serve your blog well Lindsey!

  12. Looks great!

  13. Not to make even more work for you, but I also like Melissa’s idea to have the big pictures followed by the side-by-side, like you did this post 🙂

  14. I like the side by side, but I like the vertical as well – I get bigger pics if they are vertical so can see details better. Do whatever is easiest for you. I’ll keep coming back no matter what.

  15. I’m with Melissa: Love the surprise factor of scrolling down and your commentary in between but I LOVE the side-by-side mostly so it can be pinned as one image! I think being able to do that would draw more attention to your blog, actually!

  16. At Last! I’ve wished for side-by-side pics – for me, it’s easier to make the comparison. Whichever way you decide to go, thanks for what you do.

  17. I like the individual pictures better. I like being surprised when I have to scroll down.


  18. Individual furniture pieces could go side by side, but whole room makeovers need the extra space. Plus, side by side ruins the big reveal factor which is fun. I like reading your commentary before I see the piece in question. Also, since I read your blog in Feedly, there are sidebars that reduce the actual space allotted to the blog itself. So the pictures are smaller for me than they would be for you.

  19. Okay, first of all, what would I do without you to crack me up every day? Love the makeover. LOVE the side-by-sides. The 20 seconds is totally worth it. haha

  20. Oh, I just read the other comments… I like it just the way you have it today:



  21. Love how you did this post: a single large pic of each and then a side by side of the before and after at the end. Perfect!!

  22. Thanks so much for sharing the piece, Lindsey! Your posts always make my day!
    -Sarah from FunCycled

  23. Oh my!!That is so beautiful, it took my breath away! Seriously…I stopped breathing.
    I need to find an armoire now!!! Amazing job!!!!!!

  24. Love the side-by-side pictures!

  25. I love to see them as a scroll down, bit like the ol’ drum roll and then TA-DA!!!! But then if I want to actually compare something I prefer side by side.
    However who cares in this case? This armoire is divine! Wonderful job!

  26. LOVE the ‘after’ especially since it isn’t distressed 🙂 I always wonder why some pieces get all that prepping done only to make them look worn out already (?) Just my own opinion…. And yes the side-by-side photos are a great idea. 🙂

  27. Yes for side by side – picmonkey makes it oh so easy!

  28. The side-by-side is better to compare the befores and afters, but we still need the before at the top with the after underneath for the dramatic reveal.

  29. Both separate AND side-by-side. Today’s post is perfect, big pics and surprise at the top, with a smaller side-by-side image at the bottom. The smaller side-by-side pic is perfect for pinning!

  30. I love scrolling down for the reveal!

  31. Another vote for side-by-side.

  32. This is the perfect re-do. I love it. Nice job

  33. That is the cat’s meow!! Love the color & the inlays.

  34. That is the cat’s meow!! Love the color & the inlays.

  35. Onlay, not inlay. That’s what I really meant. 😉

  36. I like being able to see both images at the same time, so I am a fan of the side-by-side picture at the end of the post. I really like having the larger single pictures to see first.

  37. I’m going to pretend that my email was what made you go side-by-side 😉 I love the larger detail shots of the separate, but I LOVE the before and after contained in one picture file for inspiration-folder/pinterest goodness!

  38. I also like how you did it in this post.

  39. I do like the format you used in this post as well.

  40. Keep the side-by-side pictures!!! It’s amazing!!

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