Flip and Stir

Here’s a dresser-turned-entertainment-center idea flipped on its head.  Literally, Better After reader Sarah flipped this dresser upside down.  She planned to build some extra components on top and she says it just worked out better building it from the bottom.  Huh!  That would have never occurred to me.

Not only did she add extra storage for the electronics, she also beefed up the top (which is now the bottom, follow?) with some chunky trim and created a super cool chevron patterned top with a bunch of free paint sticks. (Stir sticks?  What do you call those?)

 

A beautiful entertainment center made over with paint sticks at betterafter.net

A beautiful entertainment center made over with paint sticks at betterafter.net

Here’s a look at the top, obviously before she attached it.  What a cool way to add a custom look.  Grand total of this entire piece: $105!

A beautiful entertainment center made over with paint sticks at betterafter.net

 


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Table for 14

Eden had a dream.  She dreamed of finding a dining set that could seat 14+ people and cost less than $500. (Pause for laughter). Newsflash: she didn’t find one.  So she made one instead!

Using simple pine boards and hardware she already had on hand, Eden and her husband created this 9′x4′ table for around $75.

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

“Thats great, but what about the chairs?” you are thinking. Well, I was just about to tell you.  Eden’s dream chairs were $289.  APIECE!  Let’s do some quick math here, 14 chairs at $289 apiece … that’s $4,046!!!  Uh, no thanks.  So she hit up Craigslist and found a restaurant going out of business that sold her these chairs for $6.50 each.  Using her JoAnn’s coupons, she was able to get a deal on fabric and slipcovered the tops and reupholstered the seats for a grand total of $28 per chair.  And THAT is how you do it folks.

See more on her blog DIYHER.

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

***The Ugly Lamp contest is coming soon! Submit your original ugly lamp photo to enter! BetterAfter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp. Deadline is August 15th. More info HERE.***


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Blame it on the Grain

Lindsey (not me, another, more productive Lindsey) had a solid set of dressers on her hands that she found at a yard sale.  It appears that someone at one point had attempted to spray-paint them white, then, realizing that pressing a button for 10 seconds at a time was far too much work, gave up, leaving behind one white drawer front and a half-hearted streak across the top.  Wow, that person is even worse than me.

Fortunately Lindsey isn’t afraid of a process, and took her time taping, painting, staining and sanding them into the lovely grain-sack-inspired pair they are today. They look great!  See more at This Delightful Life.

 

Grain-Sack dresser makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Grain-Sack dresser makeovers at betterafter.net


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End Decoration Procrastination in 30 days!

Do you have  case of Decoration Procrastination? Symptoms include ignoring a problem-area in your home while vowing that you’ll get to it someday. Only someday never comes, and random piles of junk slowly overtake the space until it becomes a bonafide ‘Room of Shame,’ and you rush to close its door anytime company unexpectedly drops by.

Serena at Thrift Diving has a cure.  She recently challenged herself and her readers to a 30-day challenge, with no excuses!  Thirty days to whip her Room of Shame into shape, which in this case, was her laundry room.  So she gave herself the month of June …

 

See this beautiful laundry room makeover complete with a surprise table makeover at betterafter.net

 

See this beautiful laundry room makeover complete with a surprise table makeover at betterafter.net

And what incredible results!  She even tiled the floor herself! It’s amazing what a deadline can force you to accomplish.  She created a folding station by chopping a standard size dining table in half, genius.

 

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See this beautiful laundry room makeover complete with a surprise table makeover at betterafter.net

If you’re interested in a 30-day challenge for yourself, Serena is doing another one starting August 1st!  Sign up and reap the benefits of camaraderie and accountability! More info at Thrift Diving.

 

***The Ugly Lamp contest is coming soon!  Submit your original ugly lamp photo to enter! BetterAfter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp. Deadline is August 15th.  More info HERE.***


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