Thursday, September 16, 2010

Show me off: Fab transformations!

Well hello there! This week is positively flying by -- crazy! I can’t believe it’s almost the weekend already.

It’s time to show off a few more of you lovelies out there in blogland! I’ve received so many emails highlighting some incredible projects, and this post is all about taking the not-so-glamorous befores to fabulous afters!

First off, Myra at My Blessed Life found a gorgeous Craigslist vanity for her foyer:


It wasn’t in the best shape though, so she sanded it down and painted it a beeeautiiful lime green!:IMG_3051

Yes, I said LIME. Isn’t that stunning? I just love that color. (It’s a Home Depot color match to Huntington Green by Benjamin Moore.) 

She styled it wonderfully…perfection!:

You can see more about this transformation on Myra’s site.

Sara (what a fantastic name, really) at It’s Good to be Queen (love THAT name too!) was a little over the finish and wear on their kitchen table and chairs:

But they had fantastic lines, didn’t they? So in a weekend she transformed it into this:


The power of paint never ceases to amaze me. Seriously. AND Sara is my hero because she has three kids and was able to accomplish this in just a few days! You can see the process she used here.

Lisa at Got Good Love had a hand me down kitchen table that was also in a honey finish:


Because it was solid maple, they were able to sand it down and stain the set a lovely dark expresso color:


Sigh – I’m such a sucker for a dark stain…love it! (Lisa has not blogged about this project but she can probably answer any questions if you visit her site here.

Erica at Making a Home Sweet Home took an old bathroom cabinet:

And gave it new life with white paint and some super cute fabric:

EricaShe lined the back of the cabinet as well as the back of the mirror – LOVE it! You can see how Erica did this one by visiting her here.

Amanda over at Craft it Unique has a studio with dark 70’s paneling, and she was trying to figure out a way to brighten up the space. She took the door:

(This is the other side of the door.)

And did a really fun and creative treatment to dress it up:


Isn’t that TOO fun? I absolutely love it!! You can see how Amanda painted the door here.

And finally, Jessica at My Quarter Life Crisis transformed their whole family room by taking their fireplace:

And amping it up just a smidge. Or a whole heckuva lot:


But you know what? I (believe) the only change is the painted brick. Isn’t that amazing? I stared at the before and afters forever, trying to pinpoint what else was different, because it looked so…well…different. :)

Her fabulous accessorizing sure doesn’t hurt either! Fabulous! You can see more of her before and after here.

I loved all of these projects – the possibilities are endless with a quart of paint and some imagination of what could be.

Got a room redo or project you want me to highlight? Send me an email (thriftydecorchick (at) gmail (dot) com) with links and pictures and put “Show Me Off” in the subject line!


  1. It all looks stunning! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Beautiful before and afters! Thanks for the post!

  3. What a great group of transformations!! I agree - that fireplace looks so different. That painted brick was a stroke of genius!


  4. Dogs always love to sit in front of the fireplace. I love the espresso colored dining set too.

  5. So cute! Love the shutters & the fire place!!

  6. What an awesome collection of Before and Afters! Thanks for sharing! I love that espresso stained table!

    Just wanted to let you know that I used a picture and linked back to your dollar store hurricane post in my post today.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. What amazing transformations and ideas! Love them all!! Especially the fireplace!! :)

  8. These were all great! Love the green desk!

  9. from the green desk to the darn stained table to that fireplace - all of those were amazing. So inspiring! Thanks for rounding these up!

  10. I am drooling all over my keyboard after that desk & fireplace. Great job on all your projects! I'm enjoying following from Texas!

  11. This is absolutely crazy!! I think Myra came to my house and took my vanity... Just kidding but I have one that is almost identical (slight difference in the top drawers) sitting in my living room. It was given to me by a friend almost 10 years ago (she bought it at a yard sale 25 years before that!) On our recent move the movers chipped large portions of the cherry veneer off. Now I have hope!! Wait til my hubby sees hers!!! He will be justified in saying I should paint it, ha ha!!

    Thanks!!! :)

  12. Those are great! I especially love the fireplace and medicine cabinet. Such a pretty damask fabric.

  13. Wow! Those are fantastic!!! Great job all you before and afterers!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. that desk is to die for.

    do you mind if i link from your blog to mine for my weekly surf for next week?! I'd love to show some of your transformations off!

  15. Ok. That's it. I'm painting my bed! Head/foot board, that is. :)

  16. So i love love your blog, i just made your dollar store wreath...i had all the stuff, i just need to know what to do with it, SO thanks! Come check out my corn husk wreath, i think you will loVe it
    amanda form dejavucrafts!

  17. I love it all and sure wish I had the patience to do things like this.

    Me, I'm more apt to paint the item okay but not so much with the sanding it down first. lol

    Have a great day!


  18. wow, what great pieces of furniture and you have maintained them so nicely that i only have words of appreciation for you!! i loved the chest of drawers and the cabinets as they looked really good

  19. wow! these are all gorgeous! loving that lime dresser...

  20. Loving that fireplace. Now I just have to convince the hubby ours would look better white!

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  22. There is added trim to the fireplace below the mantle!

  23. I think the green table is by far the best transformation since it's the most unexpected one, but the color IS gorgeous.


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