Best Case Scenario

Do you have a Halloween costume yet?  It’s not too late. I saw a cute idea the other day that would be super easy to pull together with a few thrift-store items: flight attendant! All you need is a dark blazer, a scarf, and why not accessorize with a rolling suitcase, or even better, a vintage travel case!

These are always plentiful at the thrift-stores around here, and give me good feels because they remind me of my grandma who never left home without one.

Rebecca at Ivy & Co.  recently made over a few, and they turned out adorable. Stock yours with mini pretzels and tiny sodas, and you’ll be the hit of the Halloween party!

 

vintage train case before

 

 

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So cute.  She did a fabulous job of choosing fabrics that complemented each case.


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Happy Camper

Attention!  This is the final push for Ugly Lamp Contest submissions! If you have (or know of) a lamp that possesses an ugliness so extreme your eyes wither up into little pruneballs at the mere sight of it, then what are you waiting for? Get a picture of that thing to me ASAP at BetterAfter(at)live.com!  Today is the deadline, but I’ll let you squeak by if you submit a picture over the weekend.

I’ve been sifting through a hearty crop of truly terrible submissions, but I don’t know if we’ve reached the pinnacle of pure ugliness yet. Our winner might still be out there.  Get your pics in soon, there is a $100 gift card on the line, man! More info can be found right here.

ugly lamp logo 2014

And now, a sweet little camper makeover by Dawn and her daughter Meghan.  Dawn says “After attending an outdoor summer wedding which featured renovated vintage camping trailers used for food and beverage stations, my daughter became somewhat obsessed with the idea of obtaining a camper of her own to renovate.  A few months later my husband and I received a phone call from said daughter announcing she had purchased a trailer which needed “a little work” and would we be willing to help her renovate the camper?  I’m afraid my husband and I must have made all of our DIY projects look a bit too easy because what we found when we visited the camper for the first time was many, many hours of work ahead of us.”

Mom and Dad of the Year alert! They dove in and helped Meghan transform it into the happiest lil’ camper ever. It almost makes me want to go camping! Almost. If they can guarantee flush toilets and working showers and no spiders, snakes or killer bears, and wifi, then yes. Sign me up.

You won't believe how adorable this camping trailer makeover turned out at betterafter.net

You won't believe how adorable this camping trailer makeover turned out at betterafter.net

(Before pics are not so great, but hey, that’s what makes for an even better after, right?)

You won't believe how adorable this camping trailer makeover turned out at betterafter.net

You won't believe how adorable this camping trailer makeover turned out at betterafter.netHappy weekend friend!  Get those Ugly Lamps in soon!


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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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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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