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before and after

before & after: lori’s porch + barb’s dresser

by Grace Bonney


this next before & after comes from lori guyer of frugal farmhouse design. lori lives on the north fork of eastern long island and occasionally works with a local realtor staging homes to make them sell. for this project, her challenge was to freshen up a porch for under $350. using most of her budget for paint, lori brightened up the previously dark wooden porch and used beautiful yard sale finds (like a farm table made from discarded wood from the local landfill) and an $85 light from barn light electric to spruce up the room. i love the soft, slightly country feel to the room and the pieces of furniture lori chose to decorate the room. i don’t think i’d have a problem moving in here. for more images and more details on lori’s project, check out her blog. thanks, lori and megan!

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the next project is from one of my favorite furniture rehab-ers, barb from knack studios. lately i’ve been growing more and more interested in painting my furniture black, so this black finish makeover is right up my alley (i love how the little flourish on the top drawer stands out more now). barb updated this piece for a client’s lakehouse and i love the sophisticated feel it has now- great work, barb! click here for more info on this project.

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