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before and after

before & after: barb’s dresser + lily’s entryway

by Grace Bonney


today’s first before & afters come from barb and lily. first up is barb from knack studios. barb has shared so many beautiful makeovers with us over the past few years and i’m always happy to see an email from her in my inbox. for this piece, barb kept the aged feel of the original, but added color by applying a hand-painted green finish. i love that you can still see some of the original wood color coming through, but that you get a little bit of extra color from the decorative finish. thanks for sharing, barb!

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CLICK HERE for lily’s entryway makeover after the jump!



next up is lily from a charmed wife. having scene her wedding in martha stewart weddings, i knew that lily’s project would be full of good taste. lily decided to makeover her nyc apartment’s hallway by applying a beautiful floral wallpaper and creating her own faux wainscoting. i was so impressed by her handy woodworking skills that i had to share this makeover today. i’ve included a few process shots before, but lily actually shared her full how-to for the woodwork on her site right here. thanks, lily!


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