before and after

before & after: quick & easy paint transformations (book)

by Grace Bonney


today’s final before & after is dedicated to a great new makeover book from author and decorative painter annie sloan. quick and easy paint transformations (cico books, april 2010, $19.95) is chock-full of annie’s before & after paint transformations (50, to be precise) ranging from simple repainting and refinishing jobs, to more detailed prints, patterns, and decoupaging. in addition to the wow factor of the makeovers, annie also shares all of her expert tips for working with paint in the book. i personally loved the tips for thinning paint for an aged effect- as i think i’m one of those people who regularly over-paints with thick layers. i’ve selected some of my favorite projects from book above and below, but you can pick up a copy right here if you’d like to check out all 50 projects. thanks, marny!

[have a before & after you’d like to share? just shoot me an email with your images right here! (low res, under 500k per image, please)]


[image above: annie brought a simple grey wall to life by using a stencil to paint a flower print on the wall. bits of gold leaf were layered on top to create a glimmering, weathered look]




[image above: annie used historic images to create a sophisticated decoupage look on this simple white dresser]

CLICK HERE for more paint transformations after the jump!




[potato prints transformed this traditional dark wood table into something younger and more playful]




[brass candlesticks are thriftstore mainstays, so i love annie’s idea of using matte grey or black paint to create a more sophisticated antique feel. the gentle weathered look is achieved by rubbing sandpaper on the surface]

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