Woodn’t you?

There’s something to be said about a quality refinishing job.  That something is: “Wooooo!”  (There’s probably a more eloquent something, but that’s the best I’ve got so far.  Feel free to chime in).

Better After reader Hilary had high hopes for this $30 Craigslist dresser, even though the previous owner thought it was a lost cause thanks to its multiple oil stains and scratches galore. Plus it had thin veneer top, and if you’ve ever messed around with those, you know they are next to impossible to repair.  But what the heck.  Why not try to salvage that beautiful solid wood first?

She veeeeery carefully sanded off the previous finish and stain, then did two coats of stain and many coats of poly to achieve this rejuvenated look.  New knobs from World Market to top it off, and she’s in business!  (The business of NOT selling it, that is.  This one’s a keeper!)

 

 

gorgeous refinishing job on a $30 craigslist dresser | betterafter.net |

gorgeous refinishing job on a $30 craigslist dresser | betterafter.net |


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Board Room

There is a mystery of the universe that I’d like to solve.  No, not the case of Solange in the elevator with the shoe. (Actually, I’d TOTALLY like to solve that one.  What the heck was that about?  I’m very much dying to know). No, the mystery I’m talking about is footboards!  What are they exactly?  What purpose do they serve?  Are they really necessary?

Answers: They are mini headboards for your feet; none, other than to take up extra inches in your bedroom and make making the bed harder; and no.  Not really.  I think you could safely rid yourself of your footboard and all would be well.  But this isn’t really even a post about footboards at all.  It’s a post about boards!

Lindsay recently updated her bedroom by removing her footboard and adding a whole lot of reclaimed boards on the wall.  The result is a woodsy funky Gramercy Park Hotel-like vibe that she was aiming for all along.  Nailed it! (ha! pun!)  See more on her blog Another Mormon Mommy Blog.

A beautiful reclaimed wood wall makeover at betterafter.net

 

A beautiful reclaimed wood wall makeover at betterafter.net


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Elephant Barred!

I’m just going to come right out and talk about the elephant in the room.  Or, more precisely, the elephant who has now exited the room, after he obviously destroyed these chairs. Who invited him anyway? Sheesh.

It’s OK though, because DeDe at Designed Decor has fixed them right up, and they are seriously stunning.  Seriously.  Just look at that woodgrain shine!

A beautiful cain chair makeover at betterafter.net

A beautiful cain chair makeover at betterafter.net


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Campaign Management

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!  If I was a good blogger, I’d have a big round-up of green-themed makeovers to share, but I’m not and I don’t.  I didn’t even know that today WAS St. Patrick’s Day, until my kids reminded me this morning. So I hustled downstairs to make green pancakes before they went to school, which they were happy to NOT eat because they had already eaten breakfast, but didn’t tell me that until after I had made a big stack of shamrock-shaped pancakes, which were 0% recognizable as shamrocks. At least my son went to school in a green shirt.  A shirt that I’m pretty sure he slept in last night.  Yep, I’ve got it together over here!  I blame the newborn who never sleeps more than two hours at a time.

In other, more interesting news, check out this campaign dresser makeover by Better After reader Maribeth.  It didn’t start out as a campaign dresser though, just a simple handmade dresser that her father-in-law had built over 30 years ago.  It was high time for a fresh look, so she taped the edges and varnished the rest in red mahogany, then used L-brackets and new pulls for that campaign look.  Love it!

Campaign Style dresser makeover at betterafter.net

 Campaign Style dresser makeover at betterafter.net

PS: Have you entered the MyQ Garage giveaway?  It’s one of the coolest products I’ve tried in a while, and it could be yours!


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