Dresser Expressions

Oh, this dresser!  What a hard life it must have lived.  I want to give him a hug, poor thing.

Luckily, Deb gave him the furniture equivalent of a hug: a solid scrub and a fresh paint job that restored his pride and dignity. What a fancy boy he is now!  I really have to stop personifying furniture, people are going to start thinking I am strange.

See more from Deb at Lake Girl Paints.

 

See this gray and white-washed dresser makeover at betterafter.net

 

See this gray and white-washed dresser makeover at betterafter.net


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Little girl, big color!

Pop quiz time.  What’s the best way to begin a room makeover?

A) Paint the walls!

B) Find accessories!

C) Buy the big items!

The answer might surprise you.  It’s B.  I’m not making it up, go ask David Bromstad and he’ll tell you the same thing.  Start somewhere small.  A pillow with a fabric you’re in love with.  A favorite photo.  A colorful throw. Something that captures the ‘mood’ you’re trying to create.  The paint should come last if you decide to paint at all.

That’s exactly how it happened for Julie, anyway. Her daughter is a happy little thing, and her room was just the opposite.  A dark, depressing box.  That wouldn’t do!  This girl needed color! Fun! Whimsy! A bright space for a bright girl. And where did Julie start?  With a rug that was all of those things!  After that, everything seemed to fall into place.  So cute.  More details to see on her blog Julie Petunia.

 

What a colorful transformation of this little girl bedroom at betterafter.net

 

What a colorful transformation of this little girl bedroom at betterafter.net


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Lord of the Things

I hope you had a fabulous Easter weekend!  For some reason, Easter sneaks up on me every year. Probably  because it’s always different on the calendar, and I never figure out when it actually is until about 10 minutes beforehand.  The Easter bunny had a hard time filling baskets with the scanty selection of goods Wal-Mart had to offer on Easter Eve, is what I’m sayin.

Korrie at Red Hen Home had the same problem.  She was so unprepared, she still had her Christmas tree up.  Ha!  I kid, of course.  This is the before shot of her family room, back in it’s beige glory days.  It was due for an upgrade, so she decided to go with a “vintage geek” theme.  What does that mean?  It means she paid homage to her husband’s obsession with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, while managing to keep the whole look cool and classy.  Nicely done! Check out her blog for more details.

 

Does your living room need a makeover? Get inspiration at betterafter.net

 

Does your living room need a makeover? Get inspiration at betterafter.net


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Fashion Friday: Skirt Style!

Hey gang!  It’s time for a Fashion Friday!  I always love these, I don’t know why I don’t post them more often.  If you’ve got any refashion submissions (or any before and after submissions!) to share, you can always send them my way at betterafter(at)live.com.

Today, I’m feeling skirty-flirty. It’s a thing. You will be feeling it too, after your eyeballs behold these super fab skirt/dress refashions starting with …

Kristen at Twenty Paper Links. Before, this shirt was suitable for … a renaissance festival maybe?  But after a little snip here and there, it looks less like she’s headed to a joust, and more like she’s on her way to mingle with all the hip kids at Coachella.
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Katrina at Offsquare wasn’t feeling this batwing shirt.  Frumpadelic.  So she stitched up the sleeves and turned it into a batwing skirt instead!  Love it!  Check out her blog for the how-to.

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I’ll bet you’ll never guess what Andrea at Refashion Co-op turned these t-shirts into.  Ok, I bet you will: skirts.  How is a pattern that is absolutely uncute as a shirt look so adorable as a skirt?  One of the universe’s many mysteries.

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Beth at The Renegade Seamstress fearlessly chopped off the top of this dress and made it a skirt instead.  I like it sooooo much better as a skirt, how about you?  With that sassy belt?  Yes. She’s a doll.

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And one more from Katrina at Offsquare. Oh man, I would love to accompany her to the thrift store and see how her mind works.  We’d be skimming through the racks together, and then I’d jump out wearing this pioneer prom dress as a joke, and she’d be like, “No, you’re on to something here.” And I’d be like, “Katrina, be serious!” And she’d be like, “I’m buying it if you aren’t.” And I’d be like, “Well, I can’t sew, so go ahead.  And good luck.”  And then she’d surprise me with this:

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Isn’t it fabulous?!  Great job ladies.  Remember, if you have anything to share for Fashion Friday, I’d love to see it!  Send to betterafter(at)live.com.  And have a great weekend friends!!


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