Friday, July 10, 2009


I wanted to share my own personal makeovers with you , show you how some paint and imagination can help you to create a new and one of a kind piece to treasure and to add style to your home. This Ikea shelf was changed by priming and painting it and adding little pieces of half round pine , it now has a new beachy look.

I found this little table on a want ads site , it had a very grandma vibe , it was also a bit wobbly , so a few screws were tightened , after a light sanding I primed and painted it , it is now something I will treasure forever.

This very ugly mahogany coffee table was obviously made for an office , I liked it clean solid lines and knew instantly it would make a perfect ottoman , I used a drop cloth for the fabric and easily transformed it into an ottoman , the table cost me $25.00

Adding simple MDF pieces to the wall created this panel detail which changed the whole look of the house.

Although I had added trim and painted and glazed these cupboards when we moved in, it was dark and drab , a fresh coat of white brought the kitchen to life , I also added a subway tile backsplash , new lighting ,new appliances, and a custom range covers and then built a custom island in place of a table tripling the storage space in this kitchen of mine.

I often find just what I am looking for on Craigslist , I found this chair for a song and re-designed it , it was well worth the effort .

I had been given this frame which was a mirror many years ago , I decided to take the mirror out and use the backing which was Masonite and I painted it with flat black paint creating a charming chalkboard.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when looking at garage sales , flea markets , and Craigslist and other sites like it ,

1. Is it in good shape ?

2. Is the overall shape appealing to you ?

3. What would it look like painted ?or recovered?

4. If it is the wrong color , can it be changed to a color I like?

5. What else can I turn it into { a frame into a mirror , or memo board or chalkboard}?

If any of these questions is answered with yes , you should strongly consider buying a piece.

Happy hunting .


StylishHeather said...

Looks great! You've inspired me to get back to some of the projects I've been neglecting around here!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

You're so clever and creative! Great tips to keeping it all real. Ya know I love me some cheap furniture redos, and you are such great inspiration for keeping things fresh & on budget.

Mama Holli said...

Great work,,,,very inspiring to all of us in Blogland! Thank you,
Mama Holli

prashant said...

Looks great!

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Kelly said...

I love the MDF you added to the wall. I think that added soo much to your house. Excellent idea! Added you to my fav blog list on my blog!

Starwood Country Creations said...

I recently picked up a used square coffee table, I might use your idea to redo it. I'll let you know if I do.


Diane said...

You are so creative! It's your gift/talent, for sure! I love the before and afters.

"your home should be your haven, a place of refuge that speaks to who you are "