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before and after

before & after: maddy’s cabinet + alicia’s patio

by Kate Pruitt


This fun little cabinet makeover is just the right-sized project for me today. I see storage pieces like this everywhere — yard sales, office supply stores and occasionally on the sidewalk. It has never occurred to me to pick one up before, but this project has inspired me to hunt for one and fix it up to hold craft supplies. Maddy chose an unusual yet successful color palette, but what I love most are the mismatched knobs. It’s amazing what a knob change can do for a piece, isn’t it? Great work, Maddy! — Kate

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While the days of outdoor dining are fading fast in my neck of the woods, Australians are breaking out the patio furniture and the sunscreen. I would say that I’m envious, except that I’m a tried-and-true winter girl and must admit that I love the lowering temps. However, I am very envious of this courtyard makeover from Alicia. She decided to keep the landscaping simple by adding only lush, non-flowering greens. I love the combination of the concrete slab dining table (a score at 50% off, because of a small chip) and the organically curved Panton “S” chair replicas. The resulting dining setup is clean, organic and modern. Great transformation, Alicia!

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