A Unicorn Makeover

The other day I was strolling through Goodwill when I spotted a little unicorn sculpture. You can’t walk past a unicorn and not buy it. You just can’t.

I’m not one to disobey rules of the universe, so I paid $2.99 for this unicorn and brought it home even though I had no idea what to do with it.

Then an idea popped into my head: gold polka dots! I love when fully-formed ideas pop into my head. It’s rare, but it makes things so easy.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

unicorn statue before |betterafter.net


gold polka dot unicorn statue makeover | betterafter.net

Tada! I started by giving her a few coats of white satin spray paint to cover up the old iridescent paint job, then just used a gold Sharpie paint pen to make the dots, eyeballing a pattern as I went along. I love how it turned out!


gold polka dot unicorn statue makeover after | betterafter.net

If you want to try this at home, remember to use a Sharpie PAINT pen. They go on much, much better than a regular Sharpie. There are also other paint pen brands too, just be sure they are oil-based.You can probably find them anywhere craft projects are sold, I found mine in the craft section at Wal-Mart. And also remember to never not buy a unicorn when you have the chance.

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Merry Merry Christmas to you from me! I hope your holiday season has been filled with joy and delight and happy feelings.

I feel the need to give you, dear reader, a huge thank you for being here and hanging out with me and supporting Better After.  Every kind email and sweet comment you send my way truly makes my whole day, and makes chugging on with this blog (heading into it’s sixth year!) worth it.

I couldn’t do it without you being so generous to share your projects and talents with me, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Keep those submissions coming! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for 2015!

I will be taking the rest off the week off, and will see you soon for a yearly wrap up of my favorite Better Afters of 2014.

And now, an adorable pallet makeover from my gal Julie at Redhead Can Decorate.




Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays my friend!

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Hanging stockings with great care.

Hanging Christmas stockings can be tricky business if you don’t have a cute mantle or stair railings or even a decent shelf.  I remember taping ours to the wall many years ago in one of our first apartments.  Real festive Lindsey.

Here’s a genius idea that I wish I would have thought of back then: a coat rack! Spiff it up with some peppermint paint and new knobs and you’re all set for the big day. Plus, unlike stockings taped to the wall, they won’t fall down immediately when you actually try to put things in them. But seriously though, who could have possibly seen that coming?

From Sarah at FunCycled.

coat rack - before


Candy Cane - Stocking Holder - Makeover |betterafter.net

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Sharpie Shooter

You probably already knew this, but Sharpies are good for way more than just writing. They are also good for hoarding, which is what I do with mine.  I have a small Sharpie obsession, and I don’t like to share them, and a friend recently came over and was using one of mine on a project, and casually mentioned that she had used it all up LOLZ, and I gritted my teeth and tried really hard not to be irate about it on the inside, but I’m still talking about it a month later, so yeah, I might have a problem. Whooo. Breathe, Lindsey.

Ok. I’m fine. Really. Anyway, there are Sharpie projects aplenty in the interspace right now, and here’s an especially creative one from Katie at Upcycled Treasures.  A rug! She knocked-off a $500 West Elm version for $25! Dare I say, hers looks even better?

I love it! Let’s all make one!

plain white rug sharpie makeover | betterafter.net


sharpie makeover rug | betterafter.netJust bring your own Sharpies.


Come visit me at BuildDirect.com this week, where you can ask me one-on-one decorating advice and questions and be entered to win $1,000 just for asking!

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