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Thursday May 31st, 2012

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before & after: bar cart redo

Sometimes the simplest projects are my favorites, especially when they provide dramatic results. I’m such a wimp when it comes to sanding; I just don’t want to put in the time to do it, and I know I end up passing on a lot of potentially great pieces because of it. It’s nice to see…

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Thursday May 10th, 2012

Thursday March 15th, 2012

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before & after: dresser makeover

Chevron patterns have been coming back in a big way, and recently I’ve seen some interesting developments in chevrons: irregular chevrons, gradient chevrons, broken chevrons. Part of the fun of trends is watching them develop and change as people play around and experiment with different elements. The alternating chevron bands on this dresser makeover by…

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Thursday March 8th, 2012

Thursday March 1st, 2012

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before & after: hallway ceiling makeover

One thing I love about simple graphic patterns — chevrons, stripes, houndstooth, etc. — is that their style can change dramatically depending on the contrast level of the colors and the size you choose for the print. You can have a bold, eclectic, eye-catching chevron like we saw in Brittany’s knotted chair DIY yesterday. But…

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Thursday February 16th, 2012

Thursday January 5th, 2012

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before & after: children’s dresser refresh

Yellow is rarely my color of choice, but with all the cold, dark dreariness that winter unloads on my apartment, I’m really appreciating the energy of this beautiful, sunny chevron dresser. Courtney and her husband originally scored this dresser off Craigslist and painted it solid, but when they moved to California, Courtney decided to jazz…

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Thursday October 27th, 2011

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before & after: funky desk makeover

I appreciate a workspace with a little bit of silliness, and this desk makeover from Kata proves that you can add whimsy to a piece of furniture without sacrificing a clean, modern look. I particularly like the dinosaur doorknobs and patterned top — super cute. Great job, Kata! — Kate Have a Before & After you’d…

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Thursday August 25th, 2011

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before & after: vintage dresser revamp

I’m a big fan of white-and-wood combinations on furniture, especially when they strike just the right balance of warm, rich wood and crisp, clean white accents. What I love most about this simple dresser revamp from Amy is that the dresser retains its vintage charm but seems so much more sophisticated and luxurious with its…

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Thursday May 26th, 2011

Thursday May 19th, 2011

Thursday April 28th, 2011

Thursday November 4th, 2010

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before & after: jamie + brad’s kitchen tables

I have a weakness for mismatched chairs, so I’m feeling seriously envious of Jake and Jamie’s kitchen setup. We featured their amazing headboard before and after several months ago, and this stenciled kitchen table is another example of the pair’s clever and resourceful approach to decorating. Inspired by one of Barb’s “Before and After Basics”…

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Thursday September 30th, 2010

Thursday September 23rd, 2010

Thursday September 16th, 2010

Thursday September 9th, 2010

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before & after: barb’s cupboard door art

today’s final before & after comes from barb mcmahon of happy simple and stratford daily photo. when barb and her husband moved into their current apartment they found some seriously nasty built-in cupboards in what would become their dining room. the cupboards were blocking too much light in the room, so barb and her husband…

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Thursday September 2nd, 2010

Thursday August 26th, 2010

Thursday August 19th, 2010