Before & Afters of 2009
December 17, 2009
Hiya friends. I was just looking back through the archives doing a little blog housekeeping. In looking back to February to the beginning of this little online adventure of mine, it seems I’ve been a teensy bit busy. In hindsight, all I can say is I should have bought stock in some home improvement and fabric stores, cause I sure spent a few cents throughout the year sprucing up some stuff.
A few folks have been asking for a roundup, and perhaps a few of you who are new around here may have missed some of these crazy schemes eager projects.
So here’s a look back at thirty of my Before and Afters from this past year. These were all completed by yours truly and include a range of projects, from the smaller afternoon paint transformations to some totally overhauled spaces. They’re in no special order of importance.
For the full articles, just click on the titles . .
. . . and away we go !
# 30 – Garage Sale Benches
This pair of mismatched benches were forced to coordinate with some gel stain, and then recovered with some bright fabric and pom pom trim to create tea party perches in my daughter’s room.
Mr. CG’s office mates had a plain balcony until I upgraded it in an afternoon as a birthday present.
This use of river rocks was featured by Apartment Therapy as a great way to mulch plants.
For the full tour of the entire balcony space, click here.
#28 – Painted Cabinet
This paneled cabinet was the perfect size, but had less than a perfect finish for my daughter’s room. I sanded, primed and painted it, then “wallpapered” the back.
This lost and lonely footboard was revamped into a message center with some primer, white and chalkboard paint.
I added knobs and use it indoors as a coat rack in the mud room hallway.
My friends over at Luv In The Mommyhood really liked this one.
#26 – Salvaged Dresser
I brought home this $15 dollar beat up dresser from the Goodwill and restained it in ‘Antique Red’ for my nephews shared bedroom.
And how cool is it that Minwax Corporation named this dresser their Showcase Project back in April ?
#25 – Thrift Store Chairs
I repainted the frames and recovered the seats on a pair of tattered chairs from the local thrift store to sit outside under our covered balcony.
#24 – Bleak to Très Chic
Yet another thrift store chair that also got a new fabric seat and some delicious nailhead trim.
I also painted it using my easiest technique in the world for achieving a distressed antiqued look with a can of white spray paint.
#23 Bathtub Bliss
One of my favorite spaces in the universe is right here in the master bathroom. Here’s the bathtub Before (or halfway):
The entire master bathroom was finally finished this year. Want the tour? Click here.
#22 – Disappearing Brass
A simple project with big impact – the dated brass surround of our fireplace was painted with some high temperature black paint for a fresher look.
#21 Stripped Down Dressers
These chipped pistachio green thrift store finds were stripped and repainted in a muted gray with pewter hand painted detail and pulls for my brother’s bachelor pad.
My daughter’s closet got the royal treatment with a fresh striped paint treatment on the wall and then I added some swaged beaded velvet curtains to replace the old closet doors.
The finish on this classic French style piece was chipping and in need of repair. I chose to refinish it with some oil based white primer and paint and I added a ‘Tiffany Blue’ hue paint treatment to the back.
#18 Cinderella Chair
This Goodwill chair was refurbished for my office with a fresh coat of paint. It was recovered in a stylish chocolate and spa blue fabric and finished off with some nailhead trim
This spindly old thrift store shelving unit was primed and refinished with outdoor paint and given new life as an étagère for outdoor dining all summer long.
I tore apart this dowdy looking bench, repainted it, and recovered it in lemongrass silk, and I also re-tufted the seat cushion too. It now sits under the window in my daughter’s room.
Detail up close:
This storage bench I ordered years ago and arrived with an unexpected saturated cherry finish. It was given a fresh coat of white paint and a custom seat cushion.
This grouping of random dollar brass items from the Goodwill was given new life with a can of spray paint (imagine that . . .) and transformed into a spa bath shelf for my master bathroom.
A pair of Pier One barstools get a custom look seat cushion for the kitchen with some foam, fabric and one afternoon’s worth of work.
An old headboard gets a new look, transformed with some white paint and bronze hooks into a one-of-a kind statement coat rack.
#11 One Fair Chair
An old Heritage chair gets a fresh coat of paint, some silver handpainted detail, and a new aqua velvet seat cushion.
This Dorothy Draper knock off I picked up at the Goodwill. I was not a fan of it’s classic spotty black paint job, I gave it a fresh coat of blue and white paint. (OMG – she painted a Draper ! … well as you’ll see, so are many other designers these days.)
This old mirror set used to belong to a dresser but had been long abandoned, so I spruced it up with some fresh white paint and a new mirror for the arch.
I needed a writing surface in my girl’s room, but the scratched honey tone finish on this thrift store desk wouldn’t do, so I painted it with my own custom blended paint.
This table I picked up for $40 dollars at a store closing its doors. I painted it white, stenciled the top, then added a glass top surface for a unique writer’s desk for my home office.
A thrift store highboy was restained and an entry mirror repainted to upgrade our foyer to a more elegant look.
Our friend in a downtown restaurant asked that I give his front window a rustic Italian landscape, so I upgraded his display of simple succulents with some deep red colored urns, iron work, olive trees, and textile patterned pillows.
PlaySkool ruled the roost in our kids playroom space until I reclaimed it with some organization and a spectacular wall map focal point.
My daughter’s old nursery went from baby blue room filled with clutter to sweet as a candy soft green and pink – perfect for a five year old girl.
Our plain oak contractor staircase gets a new stain and paint/glaze treatment, and the walls get a dramatic wallpaper treatment with molding and a chair rail.
#1 Home Office Remodel
My home office is transformed from an overdose of brown into a fresh new space in a palate of white, aqua blue, and brown.
That’s the year in review, featuring most of my Before and Afters. Stay tuned for another roundup of original creative projects I’ve featured throughout the year !!!