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before and after

before & after: drawers + coffee table + bike makeovers

by Grace Bonney


i love when people see sidewalk cast-offs and think outside of the box with them. this first before & after comes from eva at mademoiselle chaos, who found a set of drawers sitting on one of her neighborhood streets. eva lugged them home and decided to not only use them at home, but weld an “exoskeleton” made from scrap metal to turn them into a table and drawer unit. i’m officially impressed and blown away (i wish i could just weld a little table together in my spare time) and loving the final look. now this beautiful industrial-looking unit is home to eva’s 55 pound (wow!) collection of vintage buttons. great work, eva!

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when the amy’s and i went to brimfield last year we spent a decent amount of time chatting about whether amy a. would bring a vintage wooden cart home with her to use as a coffee table. she decided on a gorgeous blue machinist’s cart instead (you’ll see it in her home tour in the d*s book!) but my eye always tends to be drawn to those vintage wooden carts. d*s reader jody and her husband found the same old factory cart at a junk yard for only $25, and even though it was in really rough shape, that price is a steal compared to what i’ve seen them selling for in flea markets and online vintage shops. jody was convinced it could become a cute coffee table so she worked with her husband to transform their find into a beautiful new coffee table by replacing the rotted wood with reclaimed and stained 2x4s. those wooden wheels are so dreamy, and i’m so impressed with the new look. great work, you two!

CLICK HERE for alicia’s bike makeover after the jump!


[image above: a detail of the beautiful wooden wheels on jodi’s re-vamped coffee table]


after last week’s bike post i got all sorts of great bike-related emails. one of my favorites was from alicia ford of fresh coffee at etsy. alicia’s husband bought them matching his and hers bicycles from their local goodwill and while alicia loved the frame, she wasn’t loving the worn red finish. after seeing a bright blue bike in country living magazine, alicia decided to paint her bike to recreate the look. after taking apart the bike, alicia found a sticker that said “sears 1985” and was happy to see her bike was only 4 years younger than her! it’s always great to see people embracing bikes as transportation and i love that alicia was able to make this older model feel like her own. thanks, alicia!

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