before and after

before & after: jeannie’s dress + joanne’s credenza

by Grace Bonney

i thought it would be fun to kick off before & after day with a bit of a twist: a clothing makeover! clothes aren’t really my thing, but i couldn’t resist this great save from blogger jeannie of make it. jeannie’s loving boyfriend bought her this wool dress but sadly, it wasn’t quite her style. not wanting to return it and hurt his feelings, she decided to turn it into a sweater jacket that was perfect for day-to-day wear. she even found a new use for the matching scarf, which became the black liner for the sweater and its tie. i loved the dress before (it’s totally my style), but i love that rather than get rid of something, jeannie chose to make it her own with a little diy love. she also found a way to “un-shrink” her sweater after a mishap in the dryer, so click here to read her tips for saving shrunken clothes. thanks, jeannie!

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our next before & after comes from joanne of calle pompon. joanne bought this mid-century credenza at a garage sale for $30 and decided to clean it up, refresh the wood and add a wine storage cube to make the piece for functional for her home’s needs. great work, joanne!


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