Black Halloween Cat Makeover

I’ve got some spooky Halloween decor for you today, (if you follow me on instagram, you’ve already had a sneak peek!) The best part is you can whip up in ten minutes or less, assuming you have a super ugly cat sculpture lying around the house. And who doesn’t, am I right?

If you are fresh out of ugly cat sculptures, I’ll wait while you head down to your local thrift store where you are sure to find something similar.

*twiddling thumbs*

You’re back! Great! Let’s get started.

Step one: Spray paint that sad little thing black.

 

halloween cat before

black hallloween cat

Paint the eyeballs if you want it to look especially creepy. Boom. You are done.

I originally painted my cat’s eyes white, but everyone in the household was too creeped out by its soul-sucking blank stare and preferred the red.

halloween cat sculpture before

 

halloween cat after

What do you think? Red or white? Or maybe you’d do something else entirely.  I’d love to see your pics if you do, especially if you can’t find any cats and have to use like, ceramic geese or something. Oh man, Halloween geese! That should be a thing.

Happy Saturday!


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Two For Tea

Well, ‘ello mate!  Would you care for a spot of tea? Maybe Jen’s before cart wasn’t all that appetizing, but who could resist sneaking a scone from it now? Not me.  I am powerless around scones. (Although, I’m talking about American scones AKA  sopapillas, AKA puffy puffs of frybread.  English scones are much more biscuit-y.  But yes, I’ll have one of those too.  I guess I’m just powerless around carbs).

Anyway.  Tea cart, snack station, whatever you want to call it, it’s adorable.  I love the cross-braces Jen added on the sides.  She tells you how to do it on her blog A Thousand Words, and she makes it seem super easy!

 

Tea trolley before | betterafter.net

Adorable tea trolley makeover | betterafter.net

 

Congrats to our HomeGoods giftcard winner, Roberta G.! Check your email Roberta!


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At Random

Random stuff time!  I have for you today a small collection of makeovers that don’t really fit in any category.  Unless there is a category called “Awesome Stuff You Should Look At Today,” then yes, that would work.  Here goes!

Shelly at 100 Things 2 Do had a cool set of old lockers. You might think “Old lockers have all kinds of character, no need to give them a makeover!”  True.  But sometimes old lockers also come with things like old smells, bad graffiti, and lessons in … uh … human anatomy. Ahem.  Shelly painted right over all that jazz and went the extra mile with monogram decals.

 

From lockers to dog beds, you won't want to miss these fun makeovers at betterafter.net

 

From lockers to dog beds, you won't want to miss these fun makeovers at betterafter.net

 

I’ve seen lots of door projects, but I have yet to see a door turned into a trophy display.  Until now! Annisa at A Pretty Happy Home wanted a place to show off her husband’s many awards from his races.  He only recently began running and happens to be very good at it.  (Maybe there’s hope for me.  But probably not.  Running and I don’t like each other at all).

She says, “This board makes a BIG impact in our office and talk about a conversation starter! I love that I was able to incorporate the fruits of his labor into our home’s decor in a way that makes both of us happy. Most of all, I’m proud of him for all that he’s accomplished and for truly changing his lifestyle and health. It doesn’t just impact him, but our entire family in a truly positive way.” High fives all around!

 

From lockers to dog beds, you won't want to miss these fun makeovers at betterafter.net

 

From lockers to dog beds, you won't want to miss these fun makeovers at betterafter.net

Have an old tube TV taking up space?  Do you also have a dog that lays around all day?  Lazy things. Why not combine the two?  Shanna at Restoration Redoux did, and it’s … not exaggerating … the cutest thing I’ve seen all day. And that includes my own children. (Ok, slight exaggeration.  I think my baby is pretty cute stuff).

tv dog bed

tv dog bed after

While you recover from your cuteness attack, check out one last makeover, from Victoria at Trois Petites Filles. She has a shabby chic style that extends all they way to the appliances. I mean, really, why leave the poor fridge out of the decorating scheme?  He does so much for you.  She?  I think this one is definitely a she. C’est magnifique!

 

From lockers to dog beds, you won't want to miss these fun makeovers at betterafter.net

 

From lockers to dog beds, you won't want to miss these fun makeovers at betterafter.net


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All the small things.

Hey party people, happy Friday!  Or FRYday, if you could get a good look at my shoulders and back.  I am a terrifying shade of hot pink, thanks to my day-o-fun at the waterpark yesterday.  And I put sunscreen on four times! FOUR TIMES!  80 SPF!  What brand, you ask? It was Bullfrog. More like Bullcrap.

Anyway, if the blistering rays of summer have kept you indoors lately, here is a little roundup of simple projects you can do in the comfort of your own shady and air-conditioned home. How about making a coat rack out of an old oar? Enjoy the idea of summer without, you know, going outside. Isn’t it charming? From Caitlin at The Picket Fence Projects.

 

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

Ronda wanted a fancy box to hang her keys, but found that they were selling online for up to $100.  No thankies. She fixed up this $2 thrift store box with paper and a new door she made herself out of scrap trim. (I’m kind of dying to know what the “mini me” key goes to). See it at Batchelors Way.

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Beck liked everything about this chalkboard/mail holder, other than it’s aggressive orange stain and that funky-and-not-in-a-good-way decorative cut-out on top. She hacked it off and replaced it with simple trim and a soft yellow, and it looks brand new.  Check it out on her blog Beckwith’s Treasures.

 

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

 

“Wait a minute,” you say.  “You said these were going to be small projects Lindsey.  I can’t redo a dresser inside my house!”  Hey now.  I wouldn’t lead you astray. Of course you can.  That’s because this dresser is actually a jewelry box!  I think.  Beck calls it a tabletop dresser?  Who knows. Anyway, it’s handy for holding small items, and it looks a heckuvalot better than it used to.  See it also at Beckwith’s Treasures.

 

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Are your wall hangings … wimpy?  Need something beefier to fill up your walls?  Don’t chuck them and buy something bigger! Embiggen them yourself like Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer did with this formerly miniscule mirror.  She simply painted it black, then mounted it on a large piece of plywood she had painted and framed. Love!

 

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

 

 

And finally, if you have some random boxes lying around, give them a unified look like these from Jennifer at Dimples and Tangles.  She wanted the look of stacked lacquered boxes without the crazy price tag, so she sprayed hers a high gloss green and added a couple decorative pieces (one is a Christmas ornament!) to finish them off in style.

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

Simple changes make a huge difference. Don't miss these amazing makeovers at betterafter.net

Happy weekend friend!


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