before and after

before & after: christine’s desk + elizabeth’s lamps

by Grace Bonney

invitation designer christine van duyn sent in this great desk makeover. christine had been working from her home but decided to find a retail space when she outgrew her home studio. the process of making over the raw retail space seemed daunting and expensive, so christine decided to get the majority of her new furniture and fillings from antique shops and flea markets around town. her favorite upgrade is this table she found down the street. she stripped, sanded, stained, and shellacked the table, then applied a sweet little white trimming for the final touch. it’s now right at home in christine’s chic retail space. thanks for sharing, christine!

[have a before & after you’d like to submit for the d*s book or website? just shoot me an email right here with your images!]


CLICK HERE for elizabeth’s lamp makeover after the jump!

elizabeth from mabel’s house sent in this fun lamp before & after. for less than $20 (including the cost of the lamps) elizabeth upgraded her finds by adding high-gloss aqua paint and recovering the old lampshades with burlap and black ribbon. i absolutely love the burlap/ribbon combo- it really takes the lamps from fleamarket find to classy accessory. great work, elizabeth!


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