Chronicles of Hernia

They say nothing in life is free, but ‘they’ obviously don’t check the free section of Craigslist often. Because if they did, they would have seen this old dresser that Andrea scored for zip zilch zero dollars. Sure, she had to drive out to the middle of nowhere where it had been sitting in a ditch for two days and load into the back of her car by herself, but a hernia is a small price to pay for the perfect little TV stand, right?

Read more on Andrea’s blog Arch, and find out what she discovered in the bottom drawers!

See this classic gray and white TV stand at betterafter.net

See this classic gray and white TV stand at betterafter.net


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TV console is keyed up!

Holy moly, are you watching The Voice?  I used to love that show.  I can’t even handle it lately.  These battle rounds are the worst!  It’s just a scream-fest to see who can out-shout R. Kelly songs at each other. I can’t even handle it.  My husband, on the other hand, is a huge fan.  I’m afraid we are going to be those people who need the special tv-watching headphones to keep our marriage alive sooner than we think.

But here’s something I could watch all day: furniture transformations! Stephanie at Simply Swider wanted a sleek new TV console. What she found was an outdated TV console from a hotel liquidation for $30.  Close enough.  With fresh paint and a Greek-key design she made with trim pieces, it totally looks the part now.  Swanky!

 A lovely white console complete with Greek Key trimming at betterafter.net

 

A lovely white console complete with Greek Key trimming at betterafter.net


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Lots of chevron and impromptu haikus

Chevron is a pretty popular pattern, but don’t call it trendy! It’s been around for a looong time. Credible sources pinpoint its rise to popularity to 13th century Italy. (Credible sources include me and the 40 seconds of google research I just did).

So if you love chevron so hard, sit back and enjoy! If not, you can still use these ideas as inspiration to display your own favorite pattern, whether it’s plaid, polka-dots, houndstooth, argyle, ogee, paisley, or camouflage.

And speaking of patterns, I thought I’d introduce these projects with my favorite one of all: 5-7-5. Yes, the patron saint of patternry in poetry, the haiku. Here we go.

Simple table by

DeDe at Designed Decor.

zigs left, and zags right.

Chevron Roundup: Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Amber adds gold feet

and A Little Bit of Zazz,

old chair gets funky.

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blackwhite_chair_makeover

Sad piano bench

now Nicer Than New

Play on Joan, play on.

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Passed-down set of chairs

Robin has chevronified.

One down, nine to go.

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

 

Smart Girls DIY,

bet this called for heavy math.

Liz ain’t no dummy.

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

And, since I’m in a contest kind of mood lately, let’s have a haiku contest RIGHT NOW!

Leave a comment in the form of a haiku and the best one shall win $10 giftcard to, I don’t know, Target or whatever you want. Fun!


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Pleasantly Purple

Did somebody say PURPLE?  No?  I’ll bet they did.  I bet ten thousand people on earth just said the word ‘purple’ right now. Let’s all say it together: PURPLE!  Yay, purple is fun!

Now please prepare yourself for some purple repurposed pieces. You’ve been warned.  They’re bold!

Pelham painted this dresser his very favorite color (purple, of course), with plans to sell it, only he loved it so much he couldn’t bear to part with it. See how he mixed up that custom shade with milkpaint on his blog Urban Den.

Purple Rain: Check out these purple furniture makeovers at betterafter.net

Purple Rain: Check out these purple furniture makeovers at betterafter.net

And while Pelham’s dresser may have left some of you wood-purists clutching your pearls, I think everyone can agree that Desiree’s horrid orange chair needed a drastic change. What better than purple paint and zebra print?  Ummm, nothing that I can think of.

I think Desiree’s chair and Pelham’s dresser need to move in together. Or at least throw a party and invite me.  See more at New View Furniture.

Purple Rain: Check out these purple furniture makeovers at betterafter.net

Purple Rain: Check out these purple furniture makeovers at betterafter.net

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