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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

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

Happy weekend friend!


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Odd n’ Ends

Odd-n-ends. That’s what I’ve got for you today.  Cute and clever little projects that don’t really fit in anywhere else.  (They are secretly my favorite kinds of projects.  Anything that can be accomplished in less than an hour while I’m watching Jimmy Fallon is alright with me.  PS: I’m just putting it out in the universe right now that my ultimate goal in life is to one day compete in a lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon.  Just so the universe knows.  Dream big, kids).

Also, I thought I would give you a quick recap of my month of Paleo dieting, because I know like … two of you might be wondering how it went.  Answer: eh.  It was fine.  I didn’t hate it. I thought it would be harder than it was, because I’ve never ever tried any type of restrictive diet in my life, unless you count that one time that I tried to be a vegetarian but kept forgetting.  I’d be like, halfway through a bag of beef jerky and then think, “Oh, yeah!”

So I didn’t really struggle with it, but I did get a little bored of what I was eating.  That was my fault, there are tons of awesome Paleo recipe sources out there, and I just got lazy by the end.  I also ended the month on a downer, I got pretty sick last week and just kind of felt down in the dumps in general, so I didn’t really end with a bang. More like a weary sigh.  I lost about 8 pounds though, so I’ll call that a success!  I do think I’ll keep it up for the most part, just not so hardcore.  Mama needs her butter.

ANYWAY.  Moving on.  Here are some fun odd-n-ends, and you should probably do some yourself this weekend and send the pictures to meee!

Firstly:  this pink mirror makeover from Shanna at Restoration Redoux. My daughter would go nuts for this.  Such cute and easy decor!

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Odds and Ends makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Better After reader Teresa updated this little crate, and my eleven-year-old self wept, because the before would have matched my 1992 bedroom perfectly.  I could have stashed all my Baby-Sitters Club books in there.  My current self likes it much better now though.  Fun fact: this entire makeover cost a cool $2.

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 Odds and Ends makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Ok, so maybe this one took a little longer than an hour.  You might need to find a good series on Netflix before you tackle reupholstering a vintage shampoo chair.  First things first, you need to FIND a vintage shampoo chair.  Good luck with that.  Let’s just enjoy Dena’s work instead, more of which there is to see on her blog Hearts & Sharts.

shampoo chair before copy

shampoo chair after

 

This portrait of a palm tree in a pot might have been the saddest thing the thriftstore had to offer, but Katy at A Shade of Teal changed that in a jiffy by turning it into a burlap covered corkboard.  Such a quick and gratifying project!  Right now Wal-Mart has some wooden pushpins that would look super cute on a bulletin board such as this, just an FYI.

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I just love these hip little planters that Rebecca made using dollar store pots.  Before, they were more along the lines of something you’d give to a kindergarten teacher. If you hated her.  But with a little chalky paint and some vinyl circle stencils, anyone would be happy to own one now!  See the striped version she also made on her blog The Crafted Sparrow.

clay pot makeover before

clay pots after

And here’s another one from Dena at Hearts and Sharts, who had a big pile of worthless china, and a big box of paint pens.  So she put the two together, and … magic!  Check out her entire plate gallery, you don’t want to miss it. Trust me.  There’s a Tupac plate.

diy plate art before

diy plate art after

Last one!  It’s so whimsical and fun! Lindsay at My Creative Days found a set of wooden salad bowls and turned them into … well just scroll down and see for yourself.

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Odds and Ends makeovers at betterafter.net

SO cute, right?  And if you liked that, wait til you see her bowling ball caterpillar!

Happy weekend friends!


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Rasberry Display

Sing it with me, “She wore a raaaaaaspberry beret! The kind you find in a second-hand store!” You know what else you can find in a second-hand store?  Old furniture that needs new life!  And come to think of it, I’ve never actually found a raspberry beret in a second-hand store.  I’ve never actually looked for one.  But I did find a gold sequined fanny-pack once, and I’m still mad at myself for not buying it.  I’ve been trying to bring fanny packs back for years now, but I’m having a hard time getting anyone onboard my train.  I don’t understand it. They’re so handy!  C’mon!  Get onboard this train.

Anyway, this train has kind of derailed, so lets get back on track with where I was going to begin with: raspberry makeovers!  Here comes one now from Christina Miller at Phoenix Restoration. Before, a veneer covered dresser of unspecialness.  Now?  Super special! And that color! Yum.

 

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Love Fuchsia? Don't miss these bright makeover at betterafter.net

 

And speaking of unspecialness, Megan had herself a rug that was as exciting as a Wheat Thin.  So … not very exciting. It kind of looks like a giant Wheat Thin.  And everyone knows Wheat Thins are better with a little something sweet on top.  How about … raspberry! See her blog Rappsody in Rooms to find out how she did this with tape, paint, and patience.

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Love Fuchsia? Don't miss these bright makeover at betterafter.net


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What the shelf?

Shanna had the good fortune of finding this antique five-panel door, in the perfect shade of aqua and perfectly distressed.  Like, real-deal distressed.  Like, found in a barn under a filthy layer of 50-year-old-barn-detritus distressed.

She sanitized it as much as possible, then turned it into you’ll never guess.  Unless you guessed ‘coffee table,’ because then you are correct!  Or psychic!  Or already a reader of her blog!  See more about this door-to-table process on her blog Restoration Redoux.

Vintage door and suitcase repurosed into coffee table and shelves on betterafter.net

Vintage door and suitcase repurosed into coffee table and shelves on betterafter.net

Here’s another idea if you’ve got some vintage stuff hanging around, but wish it could be more functional and less ‘pile of stuff hanging around.’ Hannah at Young and Crafty wanted to do more than display these suitcases, so she turned them into the display themselves! Suitcase shelves!  Cute cute cute.

Just another one of those things that makes me wonder if our great-great-grandchildren will be nailing our wheeled Samsonites to their walls someday. Ha!

Vintage door and suitcase repurosed into coffee table and shelves on betterafter.net

Vintage door and suitcase repurosed into coffee table and shelves on betterafter.net


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