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before & after: juli’s door + becky’s wardrobe

by Kate Pruitt

When I moved into my apartment, I was slightly dismayed by the condition of the doors and trim. I’ve simply chosen to ignore it since then, but this inspiring project from Juli has given me a burst of motivation. Like me, Juli has been uninspired by the look of her door ever since she moved into her home. Recently, she decided to tackle the project herself. With some serious elbow grease and help from glass artist Sabra Richards, Juli has turned her door into a bold statement piece. Great work, Juli! — Kate

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I don’t know when exactly my home decor tastes began to swing toward antiques, but lately I can’t stop trolling for furniture with an aged, well-worn look. I would love to swap out some of my blocky pieces for something similar to this great wardrobe makeover from Becky, a self-described interior designer by day and vintage-furniture renovator by night. I really love how she deliberately sanded off some of the new cream paint to reveal the ghost shapes of the decorative wood elements. I also appreciate the detail of the solid pink drawer. She has certainly given this piece a fresh elegance, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it stays with her for years to come. Lovely work, Becky!

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  • No! No! No! What did she do to her door??? The end result is striking, to be sure, but it was gorgeous at the start!

    The cabinet, tho – VAST improvement. Looks chic!

  • Love the cabinet! But I too have reservations about the change to that door. While I am a fan of making something old seem new again, that original door seemed beuatiful, if not everyone’s style. I think I may have made an effort to find someone to buy that door then replace it with another salvaged door that was more in need of repair/restyling. While neither version is particularly to my taste, I am sure that the owner of the door loves it and that is, of course, what matters.

  • I love when you show ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos since I have a passion for painting and fixing up what others might over-look.
    I’m hoping you can help me with something… I have a beautiful, old dresser that belonged to my grandparents and it needs some love. It’s gorgeous and not at all the sort of thing that I should paint – the problem is that the interior smells (intensely!) of moth balls – yes, moth balls. Just can’t get rid of that terrible smell. I would so appreciate any suggestions you might have to remedy this. I love the dresser and really want to save it.
    thanks so much,

  • wow serious work on that door. kudos. giving me ideas for my (similarly boring) front door. gorgeous glass work!

  • What a horrible after door. I hope she saved the beautiful stained glass flowers. Sad.
    Not sure the refurb on the dresser is any better, either.
    Normally I’m impressed with before/afters, not so with this one.

  • sweet cupboard (with cute legs ;). I find the new glasswork in the door so much better! It’s interesting, colourful and whimsical and plays with the incoming light. The tulip thingies were a bit too classic if you ask me!

  • I’m horrified by what she did to that door. It may not be her style but it is a beautiful piece — why not sell the door and buy a new one and let someone else who appreciates such a lovely vintage piece use it!?!?

  • While, I’m not thrilled with the new glasswork, the old glasswork wasn’t much better. Overly simple and lackluster, not sure why all the hue and cry about the older glass. Do like the blue, but the red sweep is distracting. Is the new glass fused work?

  • Alexandra, to eliminate odors from the dresser I suggest you use unscented kitty litter. Believe it or not, this stuff works; I used it on some old hat boxes. Just make sure it’s the unscented kind. Pour into your drawers, leave it in for about a week and then dispose and vacuum your drawers if needed. Hope this helps!

  • I can see why some people would like to keep the old version of the door intact, but I love the new door! The glass art is totally unique.

  • that before door was hideous 1970s faux-victoriana/country cute at its worst! The new door is a big improvement! The narrow door trim gives it away as something fairly new, not an older door that is being ruined.

  • Paulina!!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you – I will definitely try the kitty litter (unscented) – excited to give it a whirl.
    thanks so much!

  • Wardrobe, Yes yes! It looks so amazingly different. I feel like most people prefer to just buy new things instead of taking the time to refurnish what they have. This looks amazing.

  • me i love the after image of the door. its cool and its like an art. the old one is like boring and old style. its nice!

  • Poor door. While it now looks fresh, I doubt the design is something that will stand the test of tim–5 years.

    The wardrobe makeover I love.

  • Hello! I really enjoyed the wardrobe so I used your two pictures in my blog. I wrote about Design*Sponge and I think my readers going to start reading your blog.

    I love this blog and read it everyday and I has got lots of ideas from u!


  • Hi! Would like to know how Juli made the color of the door? Been trying to get a saturated blue like that on wood and have not been successful. Any ideas?

  • Can you offer guidance on where to get the clips to hang the pictures? I love the vintage look and would like to create this for my baby to be!

  • are you sure you didn’t mix up the before and after photos for that door? Because if not, she ruined a beautiful door that I wish I could have for my place. Sometimes people shouldn’t DIY.

    • i know this is all subjective, but i gotta throw my own subjective view here. that tulip-glass door doesn’t look like a collector’s piece to me. we’ve seen a lot of beautiful, detailed glass doors come through in home tours and this is probably one of the more generic ones we’ve run (not to say that stained glass is easy or doesn’t require skill). when i saw this the day before it ran i really never expected it would have so many defenders. it’s such a surprise- i think glass work is beautiful but this tulip piece just isn’t knocking my socks off with its degree of detail or artistic interest.

      jj- i understand this project not being your cup of tea but to suggest that someone shouldn’t DIY at all because you don’t like the result seems pretty harsh and pretty unnecessary.


  • The white distressed piece with the open door on the left was exceptional. Have you any “how to’s” to share with me on how to achieve this beautiful faux finish? Did you use latex, or enamel paint? I just adore that vintage shabby look in white!

  • The tulip glass was hideous and needed replacing, but I really, really dislike the new glass. Also preferred the wood to the paint, although I’m not a wood-purist.

    LOVE that cabinet. I want it!

  • Juli’s new door is AWESOME!!!! Old 1980s country puke before and now a unique and gorgeous work of art! Way to go Juli and the fabulous artist who dis the glass design work!

  • Mmh I think the new door is a fail, sorry. There is just far too much going on, the glass is really well not nice. I dont think the original door was really issue. Granted some bad lighting in the photo but I think the surrounds of the door were the main culprit. The door should be the focal point in this instance. If the surrounds where done in a lovely crisp white or cookie cream and the door restained in a lovely natural wood colour, I’d go darker and a similar glass pattern, even the same with perhpas blue tulips or a rich plum and matching trim.. just new fresh colours… this would have helped make the door the ‘focal point’ .. I just think with the crazy glass, the light blue door frame, red thingy at the base it all just misses.. too much going on.

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