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 |


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 |

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 |

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 |


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 |

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Aqua Eyefuls

Here’s something you may not know about me: I have terrible, terrible eyesight. Without glasses or contacts I can’t read anything farther than six inches away. I can’t drive. I can’t see how grimy my shower probably is. But don’t feel bad, because I’m getting LASIK next week! *high five high five high five* I’m so excited. *happy dancing* I’ve waited for YEARS to do it. I’m going to be able to SEE!  ALL the time! *celebratory skipping* I can hardly wait.

But in the meantime I have to stop wearing my contacts and start wearing my glasses, which are about eight years old and tremendously unattractive.  I pretty much hate wearing my glasses, which I’m sure is leftover trauma from a childhood spent looking like this:


Yes, that is me underneath those enormous spectacles and protective helmet of bangs. Speaking of being eight-years-old and tremendously unattractive …

But enough about me.  Let’s talk about makeovers.

Even without windshield-sized glasses, it’s easy to see that this dresser was in need of some correcting too. Nice finish, but a little on the boring side. (At least no one could accuse me and my bolo tie of that!)  Debbie at Painted Therapy dressed it up with a blue so bold that it looks like she painted the drawer fronts too, but nope! That’s the original finish, which complemented the paint color perfectly.



And Better After reader Lexie gave mixing her own chalk paint a shot, and her results were glorious! This formerly dreary dresser is now a vision in aqua, silver and white.

wood dresser before


aqua silver white dresser makeover |

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Coffee Table Interventions

Coffee table makeovers are super fun and here’s why:

1. They are not hard to find.  I bet you could pick up a coffee table from a thriftstore today for like, nine dollars.

2. They are small, thus they are not overwhelming projects to tackle.  You could start and finish a coffee table makeover in the time it takes to watch a few episodes of Girlfriend Intervention.  (Please tell me I’m not the only one watching this show.  I don’t want to be alone in this place).

3. They are a perfect blank canvas to really get creative on, being you know, flat and all. Plus, if you don’t like how it turns out … see #1.

Asia certainly got creative with her coffee table makeover.  You wont even recognize it! It totally fits with her feminine and shabby chic style now. It’s like it was the star of an episode of Girlfriend Intervention! (No really, please watch it with me). See more at Under A Creative Spell.


red coffee table before.


ornate yellow coffee table makeover |

At first it was like:




But now it’s all:

girlfriends2You know what I’m saying girlfriend? I think you do.


Here’s another from Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. She ditched that nasty yellow-toned table like a holey pair of sweatpants and dolled it up with a black and white stencil that really shows off its curves.  It’s ready for a night out on the town! Get it girl!

I think I may need the intervention …

oak square table before

black and white stenciled coffee table makeover |

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