design sponge: before & after

i make a daily stop at design sponge.
i always take a peak at the before and after section.
i love seeing not so pretty things transform into something beautiful.
this little hutch is something you would see on craigslist or a thrift store.

the transformation is stunning.
one of my favorite parts, the candlesticks with bowls and plates on top. what a creative way to make serving platters for a party!

this chair is looking a little worn.

a fresh coat of paint and an old sack gives it a completely renewed look!
we all have an old desk laying around.

a bench, genius.

this chair looks helpless

a little tlc and time, it looks brand new

old wood crates, what to do with them?

a headboard of course, why didn’t i think of that?

a plain and boring dresser, most people would think to donate it and buy a new one.

don’t waste the money, this new dresser is stunning.
i wouldn’t mind taking it home with me.

secretaries desk, do we still use these?

i would if mine looked like this.
remove the door and a fresh coat of paint, lovely.

this desk has great lines, kinda mid-century modern feeling.


i already like this dresser, but maybe a little plain.

not anymore, this is now a statement piece.

doesn’t this make you want to do a diy project?
if you do, send them my way.
i would love to see them!

fine art photography: etsy style

while browsing on lifestyle bohemia i came across a fabulous etsy shop.

her soft toned vintage style photography makes the perfect piece of art for most homes.
i find her art to be so versatile.
i would put it in my living room, bedroom, kitchen, or even bathroom.

good news, she is currently having a sale.
you could pick up one of her pieces for $25.00

also, don’t forget to enter my online room design giveaway!

dining room

last week i purchased 2 mirrors from a thrift store for $8.00 each.
i knew they would be perfect in my dining room.
they needed some work but the lines were just right.

i taped the mirrors to make painting easier.

then i painted.
2 coats or primer and 4 coats of paint.
ugh, it makes me tired just thinking of it!

i also gave them a quick sand between each coat.

i purchased tintable sample paint from home depot and also some artists brushes.

then i carefully painted the interior of the mirror a pale blue.

$23.00 + 1 afternoon = success!

i love them.