Merry Merry Christmas to you from me! I hope your holiday season has been filled with joy and delight and happy feelings.

I feel the need to give you, dear reader, a huge thank you for being here and hanging out with me and supporting Better After.  Every kind email and sweet comment you send my way truly makes my whole day, and makes chugging on with this blog (heading into it’s sixth year!) worth it.

I couldn’t do it without you being so generous to share your projects and talents with me, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Keep those submissions coming! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for 2015!

I will be taking the rest off the week off, and will see you soon for a yearly wrap up of my favorite Better Afters of 2014.

And now, an adorable pallet makeover from my gal Julie at Redhead Can Decorate.




Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays my friend!

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Once upon a wardrobe.

The old wardrobe sat quietly to the side, trying to hide her tears.  The church yard sale was almost over, and she hadn’t been sold.  Of course she hadn’t.  Who would want to drag her home? She was nothing but tattered junk.  Old and worn through, no good to anybody anymore.  Her beauty had long since faded, sure, but she had foolishly hoped she could still be useful. Her hopes sank further as she heard the snickering of teenage boys preparing to toss her in the dump pile.

But what’s this? They weren’t headed to the dump pile; they hoisted her up and placed her in the back of an SUV!  Somebody had bought her? Why, this was too good to be true.

She arrived at her new home and stared face-to-face at her new owner, but she still refused to believe it.

Tami seemed like a nice lady, but she couldn’t possibly repair all the damage that had been done over the years.  And why would she want to try? But still, the old wardrobe seemed to whisper, “Don’t give up on me!”

And Tami listened.


brown chifferobe before


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Through the blood, sweat, tears, curses, ridicule, and hours of labor, Tami listened. She coaxed out the beauty that was within her all along.

So don’t forget to remember that story whenever you have one of those days where you feel like a pile of junk too. You’re not! You have more worth and beauty that you know! I said so, and I know about these things.

See more to the story at Curb Alert.

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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 | |

gorgeous refinishing job on a $30 craigslist dresser | |

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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


A beautiful reclaimed wood wall makeover at

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