March 25, 2009

Before and Afters...

Hooked on Houses is having a blog party for "Hooked on Fridays". I am hooked on transformations,so I thought I would share this post again. I will soon be revealing my chairs I showed on here in the before! I also have more plans for the fun "Whimsy" chairs I painted in my kitchen. Can't wait to show more next week as I am finishing these projects. The dresser is still to come. Enjoy!

Life lately seems to be going faster than I can keep up with! I am trying to find balance between being a mom, wife,keeping up on the house, trying NOT to go crazy with all the creative ideas floating around in my head and now doing my boutique. As I said trying to find balance. I am realizing even though I have always been a great multi-tasker, lately it has become more difficult. I need more arms, more energy and more TIME!! Now that I have let that out and feel a little better...*whew*

I thought I would share this post on some before and after projects with you. Some of the before pictures have an after picture and some are still in waiting for... the after. :) Those are on the 101 project list I have written about prior. I know, here I just went on about trying to find balance and yet more projects I add. Before and After transformations are always amazing to me. Taking something old, or outdated and changing the paint, fabric or adding to the design can change it completely and become something I love! Here are just some of my Before and Afters...

Before a wing chair in a denim blue and pretty Miss Shining Star (hard to believe she is 13 now!)sitting and reading...

Now in a pale blue slipcover and a floral pink, red, green and blue piping...

This little chest was given to me by a friend about 10 yrs. ago. She was throwing it out. I saw vision for what it could be. Some turquoise blue paint, glass pulls and distressed and it now sits in my dining room holding table cloths, fabric napkins and is one of my favorite pieces.

This oak table was bought when my husband and I first married 9 yrs. ago. Lots of spills and lots of kids started to wear down the varnish and I never loved the oak anyways. Decided I will paint it! My favorite husband's least favorite word. Luckily I have a sprayer and could paint 2 chairs at a time. Still need to paint the table, one of my 101 projects. :)

The colors are so happy and add whimsy to the kitchen! Loved it for Christmas as well...

I love these lamps when I first bought them 6 yrs. ago. 
As my family room changed my shades needed to as well.

I used the metal frame and then added my own green silk fabric and a sheer cream overlay with a gold swirling leaf design. Trimmed it with some gold cording and added the beads back. I love it!

Found this chair for such a great deal on Craigslist. I bought it for $30 
and knew the frame was in good shape, just did not like the fabric...

I then found a great price on this french red and cream ticking. My first "down to the bones" reupholstering. My kids call it the candy cane chair. It looks great with my red couch and all the vibrant colors in my family room! This chair just makes me happy.

I just bought these chairs off of Craigslist the other day. Another great deal! I needed 2 chairs to flank each side of a dresser I have in my family room. These were a great find and style I wanted. I was told they are from the 1950's. I am going to paint them, distress and add some of the cute plaid I have in my family room to recover the seats in. Hopefully have them done in the next 2 weeks...

Here is the dresser I was talking about. I helped a friend in her home with some decorating. This dresser was in her bedroom and she was getting a new one that would have bigger drawers. I see potential! We traded. I can't wait to paint,add some moulding details, new drawer pulls and I think it will look great! I love all the drawers, they are great for storage especially when I change things out. I definitely will post more photos when these projects finish. ;)

These are just some of my before and afters. I hope you enjoyed them. I love recycling, revamping and reusing, it makes me feel I am helping to be a little more green too!


  1. Wow! You are amazing. I knew that you had talent, but I didn't realize what an artist you are. You have great vision, which is a rare talent. To be able to see something as it could/will be is an art in itself. I wish you the very best.

  2. WOW...I have a chair I need to 'Re-do'...I need help!

  3. WOW! You are quite industrious aren't you!? I love the slip cover on the wing chair...all of your projects are inspirational!

  4. Love your before and afters and for visiting my blog! I'm following yours now too!

  5. I am so impressed by these makeovers! There's nothing better than a good before and after, and you gave us lots of them to ooh and ahh over. I'm so glad you joined my blog party today. Thanks, Victoria! :-)

  6. again...your amazing. Great job with everything.

  7. Love the chairs! The dining chairs are whimsical, the candy cane chair is gorgeous and I love that fabric on the wing chair. Did you sew that yourself?

  8. The candy cane chair. Thanks for sharing....

  9. Great make overs! I love how you did the chair! Jen

  10. Now that's some before and after's!!! Let me know when you get the balance thing figured out. I have been trying to get it too... It's a hard thing to balance when your loving so much. I just try and keep a list in my head. What is number one on my list today and then I work my way down. I love your blog... so clean and fresh~

  11. These are great makeovers!! I love the chair and the lamp! I want to learn to ulphoster so much! I have been seriously pondering taking a class! It would so come in handy for me!! I love your blog and I am now a follower :)

    Lou Cinda

  12. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! It just made my day :) We would have so much fun shopping! And you could teach me a thing or two about sewing! I suck at it!!! But I have not given up :)

    Lou Cinda

  13. I absolutely love your candy cane chair. There is something about red white stripes or plaids that really catch my eyes!! I love it.

  14. Okay-this is amazing! Now how about a post on how to upholster a chair! (or did I miss that?) I have a wing chair that desperately needs upholstering. I can do it, just need a push and directions!

  15. Okay...that slipcover is so amazing! I really love the pleated skirt! I am really impressed. I opted to reupholster because I am not great on the sewing machine (hence the reason my chair still has no pad). I love your work!
    ♥ Jen

  16. I love all your chairs you re covered. Have you done or could you do a a step by step tutorial on how you did. Recovering furniture is something I'm interested in, but just seem to wing!
    Thanks so much.
    blessings, Fine Linen

  17. Hi Fine Linen. I just happen to be in the process of reupholstering a chair for a client so going to do a tutorial on it. Look for the post soon!

    Hugs to you,


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