Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hopping on the Furniture Before-and-After Bandwagon

I spend a great deal of my online time reading creative blogs.  Blogs that inspire.  Blogs that make me smile.  And blogs with great "before and afters."  These are my favorite!  I've been captivated with furniture transformations, giving cast-offs a new lease on life.

Well, after two years of reading about them, I've finally joined the bandwagon, scouring neighborhood garage sales, swap meets, vintage markets and thrift shops in search of potential victims beauties. 

And here is my very first furniture before-and-after:  the step stool.


The Before
(They should've paid me to take it off their hands.)
And with sanding, painting and a freezer-transfer, I present
The After

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And I'm just warming up!  I've got a few more fabulous finds waiting patiently for my next makeover.

Thanks to every one of you (and you know who you are) for your inspiration.  And a special thank you to Karen at The Graphics Fairy for some last-minute hand-holding advice.

Partying here: Graphics Fairy, Le Chateau des Fleurs,Mod Vintage Life Mod Mix MondayOne Artsy Mama, Lil Luna, Domestically Speaking, Project Queen, Ginger Snap Crafts, From my Front Porch to Yours THT, French Country Cottage, Suzy's Sitcom, House of Hepworths, Katherine's Corner,My Repurposed Life, Craftionary, Doodles and Stitches, Miss Mustard Seed, Serenity Now, The Answer is Chocolate, Flamingo Toes


  1. Oh my! That is one gorgeous step stool! Nice job!

  2. Love the way this came out. This one of my favorite graohics.


  3. I love that graphic. You did a great job on the stool. I love it! Found you through FMFPY linky party and am a new follower through GFC.

  4. What a beautiful transformation! And the graphic is perfect!
    Definitely your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time :)

  5. That turned out super cute! I probably wouldn't have even given that bench a second glance. Doing a freezer paper transfer is high on my want-to-try list right now. Was it terribly hard to do?

  6. Too adorable!! I'd love to know more about how you did the transfer...I've not tried freezer paper yet. Hope you will consider sharing this here:

  7. LOVE this project!! Thanx for sharing at THT!

  8. Nice color. Thanks for linking up at friday fun party.

  9. very pretty! and what a change from the before :) i need to go check out the graphics fairy, too and see what she's all about :)

  10. Very nice transformation. Once the bug hits, you can't get rid of it. Enjoy the journey. You are off to a great start. Thank you for sharing.


  11. LOVE!!!!!Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Your participation helps make it a success.I'm sorry I am slow to visit I am fighting a nasty head cold and my time on the computer has been limited.Wishing you a beautiful day .xo

  12. Honestly the original state doesn't look like it could ever look as pretty as it does when finished. A very lovely transformation and love the stencil on top. I wouldn't of given that bench a second look, but so glad you did, you gave her new life. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  13. What a sweet stool! You are off to a great start. You'll have a whole collection of transformed furniture before you know it!

  14. I love the color and you did a great job! Thanks for linking and come back! The party is up!

  15. Doreen! That is beautiful. Love the color!

    I had a lot of fun at the SoCal Social & I'm so glad we were able to meet. I am now following your blog :)

    Tara from A Spectacled Owl

  16. Love the stool - the color and the graphic!

  17. This is great - don't you love turning something pugly into something unique and wonderful? If you like 'before and afters' you might like my blog: www.ilovemyhomeblog.blogspot.co.uk see what you think?

  18. I know how you feel. I was a blog 'stalker' for a long time before attempting a makeover on my own!
    Coming over from the CSI Project Furniture Challenge.

  19. Thank you for linking up to The CSI Project. I think your stool looks amazing! But I would really like to see a tutoiral - especially on how you created the stencil.


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