Time Release

This dresser had some good things going for it, and a few things that should be boxed up in a time machine and sent back to whatever era they came from. Unfortunately, Jen doesn’t have a functioning time machine, but she does have a handy husband, (which is even better, in my book!) who helped her turn it into the stunner it is today.

They freed it from the funky fake plastic inserts that were confining it to the ’70s, and achieved that gray stain with the ol’ vinegar and steel wool trick. I have tried that trick too, but I never get that lovely gray stain! Mine turns everything like, beet red.  I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I opened a carton of eggs upside down today, so obviously I’m having trouble winning at life lately.

See this lovely dresser and more from Jen at All Things New.

70s to rustic chic dresser makeover |betterafter.net

70s to rustic chic dresser makeover |betterafter.net


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Operation Table

So Trisha is a crafty gal who found a free table, dragged it home, and envisioned it becoming …

 

A bright blue entry way makeover complete with an extra table makeover at betterafter.net

… this thing:

A bright blue entry way makeover complete with an extra table makeover at betterafter.netWow!  Very creative and DIY-y!  But um … what the heck is it?

Perhaps her entryway makeover can answer our burning questions. Before, it was a cramped and bleak space whose most notable feature was that big utility box right smack-a-doodle in the middle of the wall.

A bright blue entry way makeover complete with an extra table makeover at betterafter.net

 

A bright blue entry way makeover complete with an extra table makeover at betterafter.net

And now, it’s a bright and happy welcome home! She disguised the utility box and once she explained to her husband what her vision for the free table was, he chopped it up and reassembled it into a handy shoe storage station, at exactly the right height.  Oh, to have a handy husband.  If I said “Hey Matt, we need a comfier place to stash our shoes,” he would probably just list our house and try to move us again.

See more from Trisha on her blog Black and White Obsession.


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Gelivision

Here’s a handy tip for everyone: (ok, not everyone.  This tip pertains to people who want to stain something without moving it).  Does that describe you?  If so, keep reading!  If not … keep reading anyway!

Jennifer had put in some custom oak trim when she first bought her home.  Fast forward a few years, and she was over its honey golden glow.  But sweet heavens to Betsy she didn’t want to remove it! What a pain. Luckily, there exists such a thing as gel stain, which is a non-drippy type of stain that made it easy to transform her trim to a deep espresso color, which played a big part in the entire entryway makeover.  Better!

You won't want to miss this beautiful entry way makeover! And there's a surprise table makeover too at betterafter.net

 

You won't want to miss this beautiful entry way makeover! And there's a surprise table makeover too at betterafter.net

 

She also made over this cabinet, that was not actually a cabinet yet, because she could never figure out how to attach the drawers and doors like she wanted.  So she cut her losses, removed the top, plopped it on a set of matching legs, and it looks like it rolled out of the store that way!  See more details on that on her blog Owen Family Six.

You won't want to miss this beautiful entry way makeover! And there's a surprise table makeover too at betterafter.net

You won't want to miss this beautiful entry way makeover! And there's a surprise table makeover too at betterafter.net


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By your powers combined … I am Pnuematic Addict!

Much like Captain Planet and the Planeteers, when the elements of these bookcases and buffet combine, they form a complete, more powerful whole! (Please tell me you remember Captain Planet).

On their own, they are nice, but weak. Incapable of supporting a large TV, not visually arresting in any way, and unable to defeat the giant wall-o-space behind them.

But when their powers combine, watch out!  They come together to create a cohesive, space-dominating entertainment center, and the world instantly becomes a better place.  It’s all thanks to Elisha from Pneumatic Addict Furniture, who never met a furniture foe she couldn’t match. She should probably just get herself a superhero suit by now.

 

See this lovely "built-in" entertainment center makeover at betterafter.net

See this lovely "built-in" entertainment center makeover at betterafter.net
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