Life and Nails

It should be against the rules of life for your car to break down and everyone in the house to get sick, including the baby, who got sick enough to go to the ER in the space of a few days. Against the rules I say!

Don’t’ you hate when life gets all life-y?

If we are friends on Instagram you might have seen me in the hospital with my baby boy night before last.  He had a raging fever flare up out of nowhere with a wicked cough that left him struggling to breathe, so we hurried him in. Turns out he has a respiratory virus thing, which was scary because of that virus affecting kids on the news, but they got him fixed up, and he’s doing much better today.  In fact, he’s sitting by my feet, trying to eat a stick.  I don’t know where he found a stick inside the house, but the point is, he’s doing good. And I  just wanted to say thanks for the well wishes and concern! We are on the mend!

And here comes some makeover goodness your way, nailhead-style!  First from Jen at Girl in the Garage, who nailed it (hA!) with this cream vanity.

vanity makeover before | betterafter.net

 

cream nailhead vanity makeover | betterafter.net

 

And I love, love this vinyl chair transformation from Jenn at With Heart via Create/Enjoy. The pink was cute but unsalvageable, so after a little trial and error, she found the perfect white to show off those lines and nailhead details.  Best part: it has a twin!  Other best part: they were only $8 a piece!

 

pink vinyl chair makeover before | betterafter.net

 

 

 

 

white painted vinyl chair makeover after | betterafter.net

 


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Judging a couch by its cover.

I’m all for form over function.  I’d rather hide my trashcan in a closet than keep it somewhere convenient and have to look at it all day. But even I can’t get behind the idea of plastic covered couch cushions.  Praise the heavens that this went out of vouge.  (Was it ever in vogue?)

When you are more concerned with keeping stains off your couch than your are of keeping guests comfortable on your couch, you’ve crossed a line my friend.  (Although, it wouldn’t be too hard to keep people on a plastic couch, especially if they were wearing shorts on a hot day, I’m just saying).

But now it’s not even a ghost of its former Saran-Wrapped self.  Better After reader Donna reupholstered it in gray, and get this, it’s only her SECOND TIME REUPHOLSTERING. Ever.  Yeah.  She taught herself by watching YouTube.  She rocks.  I have a friend who taught himself how to be a beekeeper by watching YouTube, and now he has a successful bee removal business.

So, before you go longing for the good ol’ days, just remember, they had plastic covered furniture and no way to teach yourself how reupholster and be a beekeeper without getting up off of it.

couch makeover before | betterafter.net

gray upholstered couch makeover | betterafter.net

 


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How to Stain Your Dragon

Sorry.  I can’t tell you how to stain your dragon.  I just thought that was a catchy title.  Side note: my 7th grader just wrote on a school report that his favorite animal is a dragon.  Do you think I should tell him?  I mean … 7th grade.  And no, I’m afraid he isn’t talking about a Komodo dragon.

Anyhoo, stains aren’t often things we purposely want to apply, unless we’re talking about furniture of course.  “Hey, I stained my carpet today.” That’s a bummer. “Hey, I stained my table today.” Yay!  See what I mean?

So buckle up for a little ride down Stained-On-Purpose Street.

Starting with Sarah at Backwoods Babies. Not only did she attend to this $15 sewing table’s badly damaged veneer (more proof of that on her blog), she gave the top some attention too, with a harlequin diamond design.

sewing table makeover with stain | betterafter.net

aqua sewing table makeover with stained top | betterafter.net

I like how stain can have a more subtle effect.  This bench would feel much different feel if Sarah had painted those chevrons on rather than stained them.  See this bench makeover right here.

bench makeover | betterafter.net

bench makeover with stain | betterafter.net

 

But who has two thumbs and says stain has to be subtle?  Not this girl.  And not Beth, who happens to be the Stain Master.  (I feel like that name has already been used somewhere…) Here is just one of her many examples of the stain-shading technique she has perfected.  Learn all about how to do it too on her blog Sawdust and Embryos.

buffet makeover | betterafter.net

 

buffet makeover with stain | betterafter.net


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Sit & Shine

Makeovers don’t have to be huge.  Sometimes things just need a little spit and polish.  Erica shined up this sweet little MCM chair with gold fabric and simple gold-dipped legs.  Sorry to disappoint you, but no spit was actually involved at all.

But it’s a perfect little chair for this corner, and makes a great companion for her shiny silver Sperry’s. See more on her blog Dwell Beautiful.

 

A simple yet gorgeous gold dipped chair makeover at betterafter.net

 

A simple yet gorgeous gold dipped chair makeover at betterafter.net

Oh hayyyy, there’s a party in the back too!

A simple yet gorgeous gold dipped chair makeover at betterafter.net

***There is still time to submit your photo for the Ugly Lamp Contest!  Send your original photo to BetterAfter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp. Deadline is August 15th. More info HERE.***


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