I’m no quilter.

A few months ago, I won an auction at church for a hand-made baby quilt.  Woo! The sweet woman sewing it said I could pick my pattern and colors, and me, knowing zero things about quilting, chose what I thought was a simple enough pattern.  Turns out it required something like 157  triangles to be individually cut out of six different fabrics then stitched together, one at a time.  Woah.  She was super sweet during the whole thing, but I bet deep down she wanted to choke me.  It’s a fantastic quilt though!

But quilts aren’t reserved for just babies and bedrooms.  You can get that quilty look you love just about anywhere!  Sarah at Backwoods Babies ‘quilted’ these IKEA dressers with scrapbook paper!

 

If you like "quilted" makeovers, you won't want to miss these dresser and chest makeovers!

 

If you like "quilted" makeovers, you won't want to miss these dresser and chest makeovers!

 

Lisa at Sweet Parsley Home made use of her fabric scraps and quilted over this formerly uggtastic ottoman.  Wow, it was so bad.

Now all you have to do is win an auction for someone else to do these projects for you, and you’re in business!

If you like "quilted" makeovers, you won't want to miss these dresser and chest makeovers!

 

If you like "quilted" makeovers, you won't want to miss these dresser and chest makeovers!


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Fireplace Frenzy

Fireplaces are probably the last thing on your mind during the blazing, blistering months of summer, but … here come some anyway!  Actually,  now is the perfect time to be thinking about fireplace makeovers, because  you probably aren’t even using it. No one wants you getting all crazy and deciding to repaint the mantle on Christmas Eve or anything, ok?

Here are some ideas to consider:

Stephanie at Simply Swider went with classic white which really lightens up the whole room.  I also love the addition of the overmantle, and the subtraction of the brass grate which she painted black.

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

If dark wood is more your thang, check out Maralee’s makeover at mGraphic Design.  She simply restained that honey oak with an espresso (a stain, not a literal espresso, although that would be entertaining to watch), and also changed out the firebox. The old one didn’t actually burn off all the gas it emitted, so they had to use it with an open window.  Uh, you’re kinda missing the point there, firebox.

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

One more in white now from Kristen at Bliss at Home.  Some people truly fret about painting stone, but I love the look.  Lots of texture but still clean and chic.  And please note those random staggered shelves on the before. They are so tiny!  Perfect for hanging stockings … but that’s about it.  So much better now.

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

 


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Cribbing My Style

Have an old crib lying around?  Who doesn’t, am I right?  Ok, I don’t.  I don’t even have a new crib for my sweet baby boy.  He is creeping up on 5 months now, and still sleeping in his bassinet, which he is way too chunky for. But I love having him close to me at night, and I think he feels nice and snug in there.  He conks out as soon as we lay him down. Ok, ok, here is a pic, twist my arm.

IMG_5291(He does actually have more room in there than this picture is making it seem!)

But at some point those babies outgrow the bassinet, then they outgrow the crib, then you just have a crib hanging out.  If you aren’t planning on using it again, here are a couple ideas!

Better After reader (and fellow Lindsey with an E) Lindsey combined a set of Craigslisted mailboxes with the end of her daughter’s old crib, and got a happy little space for outdoor storage.  She reports that “The kids have LOVED being able to put their own gardening tools/gloves/random “treasures” inside!  Next weekend it is time to plant some flowers around there and just sit and stare at it because it makes me very happy!”

 

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Unexpected makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Come see these unexpected makeovers at betterafter.netCute!

And here’s another.  Better After reader Becky has recently began selling made-over furniture.  A client came to her looking to make over this cradle into something practical for her home.  But it wasn’t just any old cradle, this was the one she had used as a child. Her children grew up playing with it too, so it held a lot of special memories.  With her children grown and the recent passing of her mother, she decided it was time to turn it into something lovely that she could use everyday.  When Becky delivered the cradle-turned-bench she created, her client was close to tears.  But don’t worry!  They were the happy kind!

What a sweet, meaningful piece.  It’s giving me the warm fuzzies!
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Come see these unexpected 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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