You’re a super bar. That is what you are.

You’d better go warm up the car right now.  Do it.  Because as soon as you see this makeover from Lisa at Sweet Parsley Home you’re going to want to peel out of your driveway, floor it to the thrift store, and claw down anyone who stands between you and all the flimsy outdated entertainment towers you can get your hands on.

Now you know their secret. They’ve never stopped entertaining.

You won't believe this wine bar transformation at betterafter.net

You won't believe this wine bar transformation at betterafter.net


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Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Here’s a little fireplace that went from wood to white.

“Hmph,” you are thinking.  “Big deal.”  Well, hang-on grumpy pants, I’m not done yet.

Don't miss this faux fireplace makeover at betterafter.net

Don't miss this faux fireplace makeover at betterafter.net

Sure it looks cute and everything, but for the full impact of this makeover, we need to zoom out a little.

Zoom out.

Zoom out.

Zoom out.

There!

Don't miss this faux fireplace makeover at betterafter.net

Don't miss this faux fireplace makeover at betterafter.net

Ok, now didn’t that make a huge difference?  It blends in so nicely with this area now, which is so lovely and white and pure, I think it is possibly Heaven’s waiting room.  From Connie at Connie Nikiforoff Designs.


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Island Eyesores

Islands in the stream, that is what we are…

Well, now you’re going to have that song in your head all day.  If you are a Dolly Parton fan and you actually know that song.  I’m a Dolly Parton fan.  She seems really cool. I wonder if she has a biography out?  I just checked my library’s website, and guess what? She does.  Only, it came out in 1994.  That was 20 years ago!  I’m going to need more than that, Dolly, c’mon.

Anyway, believe it or not, this post is actually about islands.  I don’t know how we got off on a Dolly Parton tangent, but there are worse things that could happen.  Here are a couple of island updates that are sure to please your eyeballs, and your island, if you have an ugly one that wants a makeover.

First, Shelly spruced up this sad island eyesore with paint and a granite top.  Fooled ya!  It’s actually fake granite.  And by fake granite, I mean: paint! Plus a tiny sprinkling of glitter and a coat of epoxy.  Check it out up close on her blog 100 Things 2 Do.

How to create a faux granite countertop!  betterafter.net

How to create a faux granite countertop!  betterafter.net

And I don’t know if this is officially the “World’s Ugliest Island,” but Stacy seemed to think so.  It was certainly awkward and unattractive. But if the movies have taught us anything, it’s that the award and unattractive girl is secretly a total hottie underneath it all, cue makeover sequence.

See the whole process of this one, (because I honestly didn’t believe it was even the same island) (spoiler alert: it is!) on Stacy’s blog The Serene Swede.

Kitchen island makeover on betterafter.net

Kitchen island makeover on betterafter.net


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Organized Sublime

A fresh new year is right around the corner, and you know what that means, right?  Time to get organized!  There really is no better time to do it, except maybe the few weeks right before the new year, because then you can roll smugly into the new year feeling completely on top of your game.  Of course, this never ever happens to me thanks to all the holiday hoopla and the laying around eating fudge that occurs during this time, but it’s a nice idea.

Here are some ideas if you want to get a jumpstart on organizing your life in 2014.

You could find a sad looking organizer like Jen at Girl in the Garage did, and fix it up pretty with scrapbook paper.  Perfect for storing your small things!

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Have bigger things?  Here’s one from Jesse at Nine Red,who made over this card catalog cabinet with white, gold and varying shades of blue.  The whole entryway looks refreshed.

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Up close … so shiny.

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Need a place to store your decoratively rolled sheet music?  I thought you’d never ask.  Here’s a lovely solution from Amanda at One Girl in Pink. (I know, I know, it’s meant for mail!)

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

And if your New Year’s resolution is to stop losing your keys and/or creating a place to hold memos and other paperphanelia, (just made that word up) (just Googled it and realized it’s already a giftshop in Kentucky, dangit!), then you might be inspired by Jennifer’s bulletin board makeover.

She was inspired by a $259 version from Pottery Barn. Her’s cost $15.  Win!  See more at Decorated Chaos.

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Enter for your chance to win $75 at Linkel Designs!  Easy entry, winner chosen Monday!


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