Our guest host this month is definitely one of my favorites, none other than the insanely clever, crafty DIYer Shelley of Crazy Wonderful! You guys, seriously, if you’re new to Shelley go check out her beautiful home, and while you’re there keep in mind that many of the things you’re seeing, Shelley built, created, hacked or designed! (I’ll wait for you!)
That gorgeous mirror? Yep, Shelley made it! Oh but then there’s this one, what??? Shelley has so many amazing DIYs and projects, and we’re all so happy she’s here to join us to talk about our favorite before and afters!!
As of yesterday, we’ve lived in our current abode for 7 years. We came from a big young house that didn’t need any work, and believe it or not I WANTED a project house and somehow talked Mark into it, so our life here has been one big work in progress with many, many before and afters along the way!! I’ll be sharing whole room transformations over the month of August but here are a few of the projects along the way. Affiliate links are included in this tutorial for your convenience. Read more about affiliate links here.
Our stairs were super orangey and covered with vile carpeting that I couldn’t wait to pull off. Even after stripping and sanding the treads, they were in such bad shape from pet stains (I know, so gross) that I ended up staining them really dark. It was a great alternative to replacing all the treads!
You can find the herringbone seagrass runner I used for a DIY installation here. Read more about this staircase makeover in these posts:
MAKEOVER OF THRIFT STORE CANE BACK CHAIRS
The funny thing about these chairs is that we used to have a formal dining room set in our previous homes, and when we moved here I sold it. And then I went to a thrift store and bought formal dining room chairs. Except these ones had a gross finish and holes in the caning. But I knew they had potential!
Check out some more of my favorite thrift store scores here!
DINING ROOM TABLE DOUBLE MAKEOVER
I looked at new tables as well as at thrift stores forever before finally finding this gem on Craigslist. The top is solid oak and has two leaves that allow us to fit 14 people comfortably…..
,,,,,and it also came with this gorgeous 60s-70s speckled finish 🙂
I stripped it and then stained the top walnut and the base black…..
….and then a few years later I stripped it AGAIN and gave the oak an aged, limed finish and a white base.
We liked the dark stain, but the lighter look is perfect for our house!
The walnut and black table makeover can be found here, and you can see more of the newly limed table here. Read the tutorial on how to give a piece of furniture a limed oak finish.
When we moved to this house I LOVED that our fireplace had built in shelves and cabinets on either side of it (beautifully done, by the way). I did not love the peach paint over the brick, the orange oak, or the mantle that was super high.
I painted everything in sight white, but in no time the hearth looked terrible so I painted that black, and we lived with this for several years.
Eventually I got around to making this over….
In addition to the marble surround and hearth, I added moulding and rebuilt the mantle and cabinet shelves (which I desperately need to style because this hodgepodge below makes me CRAZY, but at least it’s better than where we started!)
One last look at the before and after….
Last but not least, we have really been enjoying this before and after these last couple of years! Check out the view from the right corner of our deck when we first bought this house. The backyard really wasn’t a yard at all; trees covered one half of it,
and on the other half was this fenced-in area, great for the former owner’s dogs, but not so great for throwing the football or hosting a barbecue.
We love trees but ones that are so close to the house that they cause the deck and roof to rot, not so much!
Eventually grass and my little seagrass garden grew in along a stepping stone path to the deck.
Last year I added a pea stone patio and fire pit, and here is the view from the corner of our deck today. The edge of the grass along the top of this photo is where the fence once ran.
It’s all still a work in progress but this before and after is one that will be evolving for many years to come, a little at a time!
What’s your own favorite before and after that you’ve done? It’s so much fun, and so gratifying, to take pictures and then compare your before and afters – I highly recommend it even if you’re not a blogger!
Those are just a few of my favorites – check out the GALLERY for more furniture makeovers, home improvements and DIYs! And don’t miss Pam, Jennifer, Kris and Shelley’s fave B&As are too, they always have something inspiring to see!
Special thanks to Shelley for joining us today!
Have a wonderful day sweet friends!
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