Pipe Dream

We used to live in a house that had all kinds of plumbing issues a few years ago. We came to know our plumber very well.  His name was Boomer, and he was missing all but six or so teeth, and his gray wiry hair was always standing on end like he’d simultaneously survived a tornado and woken up from a nap. Boomer was a great plumber, but it never really occurred to me to ask him for style advice.How wrong I was! He could have directed me to the beauty and enchantment of copper pipes, and I could have been making beautiful makeovers with them all those years ago instead of just learning about it now.  Thanks for nothing Boomer.

I love what Katie at Upcycled Treasures did with about $28 worth of pipes and fittings on this dresser. Ultra fabulous against the navy paint.

faded brown dresser - before

 

dresser - copper pulls - makeover |betterafter.net

Here’s a tip if you want to try this yourself: Copper pipes get grimy and fingerprint-covered fast.  First use ketchup (yes, ketchup!) to polish them, then spray with a lacquer to maintain their shine.


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An Ode

Gray, white, and gold.

Will this trend ever get old?

And lose its hold?

Will it flame out, leaving us in the cold?

As unwanted as a sandwich full of mold?

Or a crook recently paroled?

Or a sneeze uncontrolled?

I say NO, if I could be so bold.

From Krista at Goodwill Glam.

 

 

brown long dresser before

gray, white, two-toned, dresser, makeover | betterafter.net

Hey! you say,

What about gold, white, and gray?

Of course that’s ok.

Hooray!


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Deux Commodes

Despite the fancy soundin’ name, French provincial style furniture is a dime a dozen.  You can easily find some today on your city’s Craigslist or in your grandma’s guest room. In fact, if you are easily amused and have some spare time, please google “french provincial dresser.’ A whole world of french provincial makeovers will open up for you to behold.  Some are really good.  Some are … the eyeball searing opposite of really good.

But here are a couple standouts that rise above the rest. First, a mint and gold take from Bre at Brepurposed. Love the crystal teardrops. Sometimes people mistakenly think that adding sleek modern drawer pulls will update this type of furniture, but I say stick to feminine and flourishy.

 

beige dresser before

 

Green - French - Dresser - Makeover |betterafter.net

 

And let’s first stop and virtually high-five Christy for getting this dresser for a measly $25 when my local thrift stores would have priced it somewhere in the car payment range. Her printed fabric technique is shabby, chic, and so sweet.  See more at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

 

wood dresser before

 

Cream Dresser - Fabric Inlay  - Makeover |betterafter.net

Fun factiod: did you know the French word for dresser is ‘commode?’  What I don’t know is how/when/why that got translated to mean ‘toilet’ when it reached America.  I think it has something to do with chamber pots. Feel free to use that nugget of info to impress your friends.


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See You on the Flip Side

Much like Paul Schaffer, Silent Bob, Robin, and Garth, today’s makeovers are used to playing second banana.

Yes, just like a trusty sidekick, side tables have quietly and unassumingly been doing their jobs while letting the real stars of the room take center stage.  I mean, nobody ever designs a room around a little ol’ side table, right?

Well, not today!  Let’s get those supportive side tables out of the shadows and give them the ooh and ahhs they deserve.

 

Kellee brought this tired table back to life by removing that curtain-like fabric that I can practically smell through my screen (oh, you know it smells funky) and adding a new set of feet for a visual lift.  Such a great update!  See it at The Charmed Workshop.

 

brown side table before

 

light green side table |betterafter.net

Debbie’s side table is ready for her closeup now, draped in a gorgeous green that really shows off those legs.  *whoot-wooo!* <— (That was me attempting to type out a wolf whistle. Not as easy as I thought.)

So striking! Check it out at Painted Therapy.

 

brown wood before side table

 

green - side table - wood top |betterafter.net

 

Before, there wasn’t much to see here at all. But Amber changed that with a free-spirited design that lovingly incorporates this table into the whole room.  I’m loving that trompe l’oeil headboard too!  More to see at Frame Candy.

 

sanded wood end table

white - blue - graphic - side table | betterafter.net

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