Just Do It

I currently have a bookcase in my garage that is very similar to these before tables.  Jacinda found these tables for a steal online. I paid $2 for my bookshelf at a yardsale.

Her tables needed to be stripped. My bookcase needed to be stripped.  She buckled down and powered through SIX DAYS of stripping and staining.  I spent approximately one horrible hour stripping, then made a sandwich.

She finished her tables and is enjoying their fabulous new look in her living room. My bookshelf has sat in my garage for over three years.  I’ve moved with the dumb half-stripped thing two different times!

But, if Jacinda can do it on three tables with curved legs and carved details in less than a week, by George, I can do it to my little bookcase too.  For reals. I’m going to do it. Seriously. Hold me to it, you guys.

White and Stained Top Coffee Tables Before


White and Stained Top Coffee Tables

See more on her blog Northern Nester.

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No strain to stain!

Do you have trouble with commitment? I do.  I love so many things that it’s hard to pick just one, for instance, in décor. I think that’s why it’s been difficult for me to get my home anywhere near to where I want it, because as soon as I choose a style or direction I think I like, I immediately second guess it and want something else.

Is there a professional decision maker I could hire? Not just for décor, but in everyday life? That would make my life 1000 times easier.  Or at least ordering in restaurants 1000 times easier.

But sometimes you CAN have it all! For instance, you don’t need to commit to one color of stain, you can try them all, and they can look glorious together! Check out these dressers from Sarah at Funcycled for  proof:

MCM Wood Stained Dresser Makeover


MCM Wood Stained Dresser Makeover


So dynamic! And still harmonious.  That Sarah knows what she’s doing.

For further proof, see her ombre stained example below:


White Ombre Stained Dresser Makeover

White Ombre Stained Dresser Makeover

Doesn’t it look great with the gold hardware? I’ll say. You can also see more of this beauty right here at FunCycled.

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Two Ways About It

Have you ever been reading a fashion magazine, and it will have a feature called something like “One Dress, Two Ways!” And they show the same dress styled in two drastically different ways, and both of the ways are like, ugh, who would even wear that?

Today’s makeovers are exactly like that except not like that at all. Because I think you will like them both! And they are actually pretty similar.

So get ready for “One Dresser, Two (similar) Ways!”

Brittany brought out the best in this beauty by refinishing the damaged drawer fronts and top. She used a walnut stain really enhance that quarter-sawn specialness. Vintage rose handles complete the sweet look, and you can see more at Sparrow Layne.


White and Wood Dresser with Rose Handles Before


White and Wood Dresser with Rose Handles

And Gilly also had herself a dinged up dresser that was thirsty for a little stripping, sanding, and love. And paint.

Herringbone Dresser Makeover before

herrinbone dresser makeover after

Herringbone paint! Doesn’t it look fantastic? And so precise too! I’m sure I would have given up one row in after trying to line up all those lines. But Gilly’s a champ and you can see more of her work at Colour Saturated Life.

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Putting on a Front

Did you know that today is National Pink Day? Well, I didn’t either, so I don’t have any pink makeovers lined up for you today. Sorrytimes. Maybe I’ll get around to that later in the week. Or later. Ask my sister, who is still waiting on a present from me for her birthday … in May.  I swear I’ll get around to it, I always do!

Just like someday I’ll get around to making over a dresser exactly like this one from Vicki and Amy at Canary Street Crafts.  I do love it so.


It looks amazing and complicated, but because the boat graphic is only in one color, I think it could be pretty doable! Putting this one in my “Seriously, I’m Going To Do This” file.  And also in my “See Honey, I Told You That Overhead Projector I Bought Two Years Ago Really Would Come In Handy Someday” file.


And if you liked all that jazz on the front of that dresser, then you’ll enjoy this one from Kathryn at The Junk in our Trunks. She lightened it up and gave it a retro feel with …




… this gorgeous gal!  She’s cute, even if she seems to be judgmentally evaluating your clothing decisions: “Goodness, yoga pants four days in a row? How delightful! And is that another messy bun I see? Why, I could never pull that off!”

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