before & after: theresa’s projects

these before & after projects come from san francisco-based author and crafter, theresa gonzalez. theresa has a great book, ‘dorm decor‘, coming out in may, but in the meantime she’s sharing these fun furniture makeover projects with us. i love the playful cake stand- it makes me want to spray paint all of my plain surfaces with a colorful doily pattern. thanks to theresa for sharing!

[have a before & after makeover you’d like to share on d*s? just shoot me an email right here with your pictures!]




  1. Suzanne says:

    Before and Afters make my day! These are all beautiful!

  2. The blue table and the black with blue cushioned chair are my favourites. So great! xo

  3. Jeni Shirley says:

    All of a sudden, I’m hungry for cake.

  4. Judy Carpenter says:

    These are totally terrific.

  5. nichole says:

    what is the fabric used on the table? I’ve seen it alot lately and dont know where its from.


  6. Belle1 says:

    The cake stand is ADORABLE!! Great transformation from something that you would throw away to something that you can display.

  7. nice work…. any chance you were able to save the tiles on the “before” first table? they look beautiful!

  8. Soft Spoken says:

    I like the before and after picture on that cake! All of the teal looks great. I’m a big fan of teal decor.

  9. Melanie says:

    WOW, sooooo cool!!!!

  10. Kayduh says:

    Does anyone know what the fabric on the chair is? It would be perfect for my dining room!

  11. Ashley says:

    LOVE the cake stand. I want to immediately go in search of an ugly one and repeat this transformation!

  12. Andrea says:

    Wow! That table is amazing.

  13. Yoli says:

    Outstanding jobs all!

  14. Kirsten says:

    the top of the table is covered with orla kiely wallpaper

  15. emily says:

    i have to stop myself from having too many items in my house that are in this teal blue family… such a happy color.

    though I have to admit i’m getting a little tired of the orla kiely flower pattern lately.

  16. alice says:

    agreed with red prairie press–those tiles are adorable, i hope you were able to save and do something cool with them.

  17. mandy says:

    that cake stand is brilliant!!

  18. no1uno says:

    excellent refurb on the cake stand – love the doily insta-stencil. And the table and chair are well done also. Glad you shared these!

  19. Anne Bryant says:

    I adore that little blue table—so cute! Good job on all of these makeovers. :)

  20. Hena Tayeb says:

    i love the table makeover. can’t wait to try it out

  21. Susan says:

    Love the cake stand, I think that one is my favorite

  22. Bernadette says:

    I love the cake stand. What kind of paint do you use on ceramic?

  23. lane says:

    cake stand is very awesome. love the color.

  24. Kate says:

    Love em! Nice fabric and paint choices. All three – fantastic upcycling.

  25. regina says:

    oh how i love before and after day. i keep looking for something to make into an after, but my creativity seems to be limited to web surfing. that’s creative, right?

  26. jamie says:

    I love the cake platter!

  27. orlando says:

    the BEFORE chair is so much better

  28. Cindy says:

    WOW those are all so, so great! Thanks

  29. Susan says:

    Wow…I lOVE all of them.

  30. Danielle says:

    I love the cake stand! I want it!

  31. Amy says:

    What great ideas! Can’t wait to see your book in May!

  32. .amanda. says:

    I adore the lace doily paint job! I just tried it in a black and white theme on a plate and it turned out great!

    thanks for sharing!

  33. kat says:

    I snagged some of that fabric she used on the chair at britex, SF! what a wonderful use, I haven’t been able to cut into mine..

  34. Kara says:

    I just love before and after projects. Every one of yours is beautiful!

    I love how you used the doily as a stencil. I am going to have to try that!

  35. Shirley says:

    Wow! Great job on the makeovers. I like seeing the before and afters so close to each other so you can compare. You’re very creative.

  36. Jenae says:

    Wow Theresa! What awesome transformations. Loved it, thanks for sharing! And Congrats on your book! So amazing.


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