Before and Afters

  • I try to keep this page current, but scroll down the front page for the most recent projects, just in case there’s a project or two that’s not here yet.
  • I recently updated my version of WordPress and see that this page got a little wonky for awhile. Should be good now.
  • Last, what’s a number anyway? At the first of the year, 51 was an estimate of the count to date of makeovers. This doesn’t count some of the non-makeovers I’ve posted, such as the recipe for Chocolate Basil Ice Cream, which everybody likes. The official count starts at 51 with Multifunctionally Green, and there’s plenty of raw materials out there waiting. As always, if you have a question or before/after to publish, send it!
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73. Bark Table
found table
dog photo blown up
paint and decoupage
prairiechest22 Before and Afters
80. Oak Prairie Chest
stripped veneer top
lots of sanding
wax finish
april time out 300x213 Before and Afters
24. Floor Lamp
found floor lamp
shade from Cooper Used Hotel Furntiure
covered in Japanese print paper
1bflytableba Before and Afters
2: Butterly Table
found by Leahy Park, Evanston
decoupaged stickers from Paper Source on top
finished with paint and glaze
21flipflops 300x145 Before and Afters
21. Carpeted Flip Flops
beach find
my favorite before and after
lined with found indoor/outdoor carpet
painted to glow in the dark
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76: Chinese Red Console Table
found by a dumpster
custom mix paint
finished glaze
3 mosaictable Before and Afters
3: Mosaic Table
purchased from Ravenswood church rummage sale. Heavy glass top and wood frame.
mosaic tiles bought on Ebay, grout from Home Depot
painted the legs

4pairnighttables Before and Afters
4: Elizabeth Night Tables
found in Evanston alley
stripped and painted
all over dotted surface, the furniture version of pointilism
5octagontable Before and Afters
5: Octagon Table
found in west Jarvis alley - the UPS guy behind me should have climbed out of his truck to offer assistance in getting it into my car, but no
stripped, bleached and stained ebony
retrochest Before and Afters
Retro Chest
found at sale near Sunnyside and Hermitage
refinished drawers golden oak stain
painted case in pumpkin. Everybody likes this one
pillows 300x99 Before and Afters
7. Cashmere Sweater Pillow
from a bag of clothes in DePaul area
pieces sewn from sweater and vintage fabric
stuffed with recycled pillow form
buttonduo 300x137 Before and Afters
8. Button Mirror
bought at apartment sale in Sherman Gardens
covered in collected buttons
Elmer's glue
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77. $5 Headboard
found panel
yard sale fabric
staple gun
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78. Girl Scout Coin Purse
thrifted patches
fabric remnants
recycled zipper
smalltable Before and Afters
9. Small Decoupage Table
Ravenswood find
changed from purple to kiwi paint
black paper cutouts
10guardcoatba 300x116 Before and Afters
10. Dog coat
thrift store upcycled stadium jacket
polar fleece lined and then quilted
she's on duty
desk1 300x231 Before and Afters
11. Decoupage Desk
found by Indian Boundary park
decoupage elements from library reference book
cream paint
2412653677 f9608b715f o 224x300 Before and Afters
12. Pair of Painted Chairs
replaced cane seat
rebuilt cushion seat
surface patterns with acrylic paints
lettersc 300x199 Before and Afters
13. Framed Helvetica
Lettraset stencils
from studio at Grand and Western
friday 293x300 Before and Afters
14. Storybook Night Table
found on sidewalk in Evanston
replaced finish with white paint
decoupaged children's illustrations on top, sides and drawers
lack2 300x198 Before and Afters
15. Fun With Paint Chips
lack table
paint samples from Home Depot. Wear a coat with pockets to collect them.
clear coat over surface
ribbonchaircompo 300x164 Before and Afters
16. Ribbon Upholstered Chair
lobby chair found on NU campus
upholstered using sewn together ribbon
ebony stain
pchip4 240x300 Before and Afters
17. More Fun With Paint Chips
Crate and Barrel schtickle storage piece
Ralph Lauren Paint sample chips
Elmer's glue
silverware8 300x243 Before and Afters
18. The Desk Set
thrift shop silverware
Ragstock Japanese obi
sewn into pocket roll
dresserba 300x187 Before and Afters
19. Junk Drawers
found at Ridge and Morse
original paint stripped
painted with four colors of leftover paint
twittercomposite 300x133 Before and Afters
20. Twitter Chair
found on north Paulina
jigsawed bird silhouette
Marimekko seat cover
21flipflops 300x145 Before and Afters
21. Carpeted Flip Flops
beach find
my favorite before and after
lined with found indoor/outdoor carpet
painted to glow in the dark
cabinetcomposite 300x195 Before and Afters
22. Small Cabinet
rescued from alley near the el
fresh white finish
painted frost mirror
studentchairba 300x182 Before and Afters
23. Houndstooth Chair
found dorm chair
reupholstered with vintage wool
needs more plaid
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78. PIgeon Art for Crumbs
thrift store frames
photoshopped images
porch table ba 300x150 Before and Afters
25. Patio Table
found table in
southeast Evanston
new pressboard top with shells and grout
repainted frame
chalk4 300x233 Before and Afters
26. Three Quick Uses for Chalk Paint
1. on rescued Lack
2. on metal vase
3. for a fancy framed chalkboard
dog coat 300x150 Before and Afters
27. Miss America's Dog Coat
thrift shop jacket
custom pattern
iron-on letters
lanyard2 300x208 Before and Afters
28. Lanyard Office Crafts
discarded wastebasket from the north side
covered in conference badge lanyards
secured with white glue
paperdress5 225x300 Before and Afters
29. Looks Good In Paper
4 Whole Foods grocery bags
tissue paper from a gift box
straps out of JCrew shopping bag
31victorianchair Before and Afters
30. Tragically Antique
removed old varnish and stain
replaced with ceruse finish
new cushioned seat
quickchange Before and Afters
31. Quick Change Chair
from Threads Etc.
fabric from
custom project
32janedoeframe 300x122 Before and Afters
32. The Shoes of Vanna White Frame
NU Hippie Christmas frame
wrapped in bubble wrap
secured with staples
pair composite 300x191 Before and Afters
33. Perfect Strangers
found pair of mismatched rose detailed chairs
painted chameleon green
new seats covered in vintage wool crewel
scripta 300x150 Before and Afters
34. Decoupage Chair
found Ikea chair
painted and decoupaged with cutouts from old book about fonts
glued with wheat paste
29officespace 300x133 Before and Afters
35. Office Space
recycled melamine top
casters from Ebay
unused wood scraps
mirror11 300x150 Before and Afters
36. Sharpie Framed Mirror
Rogers Park find
attached to the wall with Gorilla tape
framed by drawing pattern with a blue Sharpie
welcome mat 300x158 Before and Afters
37. Door Mat
made from found roll of indoor outdoor carpeting
bound and stitched with jute
blanket stitch and chain stitch
dogbed1 300x200 Before and Afters
39. Luxe Dog Bed
upcycled faux fur coat
reused stuffing from old dog bed
very cozy
IMG 7429 300x225 Before and Afters
39. Magazine Garland
magazine pages
4" x 4" squares
follow simple how-to instructions
238.x600.get.home.TossedandFound 300x273 Before and Afters
40. Tossed and Found Sconce
upcycled ceiling light cover
strung wires on the back
then a strand of Christmas lights
NUchairbefore1 240x300 Before and Afters
41. New Life For an Old Steelcase Chair
higher education classroom throwaway
cleaned up and ready for grad school
recovered with Ikea orange and black cotton print
dress2 149x300 Before and Afters
42. Recessionista Fashion
Thrift store dress
iron-on Sukie transfers
not so successful
ba 300x190 Before and Afters
43. Metallic Blue Chair
found on parkway
new cushion and pillow
aqua paint under, dry brushed metallic on top
silver1 300x200 Before and Afters
44. Kitschy Chandelier
formerly simulated wood grain
then a green fixture
now sprayed and strung with silver beads
shadethumb1 Before and Afters
45. Screen Shade
salvaged screen fabric
sewn onto lampshade frame
sprayed silver
ba1 300x172 Before and Afters
46. Long, Long Coffee Table
painted maize
applique of woodgrain paper
clear coat over all
Tocclock 225x300 Before and Afters
47. Tic TOC
satellite dish
clock parts kits
old belt
etsy2 300x231 Before and Afters
48. Chilewich Swatch Frames
powder pink rummage sale prints
Chilewich textile samples
coat of black spray paint
IMG 6791 286x300 Before and Afters
49. Guerilla Sweater Upcycling
slipcovered potholder
tree wrap
minicabin 300x211 Before and Afters
50. Holiday Mini Cabin
Ann Sacks tile samples
bead pendant light
scrap paper tree, chairs, and rug
IMG 8216 225x300 Before and Afters
51. Multifunctional Table
crappy metal cube with a board nailed on top
readers wish I had left it more industrial looking
instead of painting it two shades of green
calendar Before and Afters
52. A+ Alley Marketing
found box of frames
old calendar prints
photo1 300x219 Before and Afters
53. Holiday Tree Alternative
found metal stool
fixed leg
string colored lights and merry christmas
IMG 7943 300x206 Before and Afters
54. Shadey
wire lamp shade form
string origami strands
light up and admire
IMG 7996 300x225 Before and Afters
55. Best Couch Ever
found on parkway
red clearance fabric
like new
IMG 4421 300x225 Before and Afters
56. Thrifted Jacket Dog Coat
friendly applique
used lining and shell
free pattern
afteron 151x300 Before and Afters
57. Thrift Store Remake
men's shirt
pleated detail
swivel 300x260 Before and Afters
58. Give It A Whirl
found stool
painted legs
new fabric cover
finshedottomans1 300x180 Before and Afters
59. Pair of Ottomans
construction dumpster finds
new stain and fabric cover
iron-on font transfer
final 300x210 Before and Afters
60. Store Bag
upcycled flour sack
reusable grocery bag
cubetable1 300x192 Before and Afters
61. Cube Table
do over of #51
salvaged birch top
happysign6 300x110 Before and Afters
62. Mood Enlightener
wall sign
paper, scissors, string
Screen shot 2010 03 19 at 8.10.23 AM 300x195 Before and Afters
63. Headboard
four drawer fronts
sanded, sealed
hung over Ikea Malm bed
jam11 300x174 Before and Afters
64. Jammin
sugar, lemon
barrelchair1 300x164 Before and Afters
65. Barrel Chair
Shelby Williams design
cream paint
Ikea fabric
copperduo 300x113 Before and Afters
66. Good Dishes
thrift shop plates
ceramic paints

rosetray photo1 300x199 Before and Afters

67. Decoupage Tray
photoshopped images
found restaurant tray
glue and water
skullchairandcatB 300x199 Before and Afters
68. Skull Toile Chair
seminary chair
faux silver finish
skullduggery cotton print
paintbynumberspencils 300x199 Before and Afters
69. Reinventing Paint By Numbers
old art book
writingdesk1a 300x150 Before and Afters
70. Shabby Chic Writing Desk
simple distressed technique
dove grey paint
shellac coated inside
minichandelierBlead 300x150 Before and Afters
71. Mini chandelier changeout
yard sale item
vintage beads
white paint
sideways Before and Afters
72. Silver painted night tables
alley rescue
modern masters silver paint
vintage wallpaper lines the drawers
11rockerba Before and Afters
Project 1: Rocking Chair
straight from the Bates Motel porch, or the Naragansett neighborhood
recovered seat with recycled Custo Barcelona top
replaced old finish with white paint
thriftshirtafter2 Before and Afters
74. Oh Shirt
thrift store shirt
cut off sleeves
hem with trim

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79. Wire Light Fixture
old plant holder
light kit from World Market
Time Out Chicago project
pebblemosaicfinal2 Before and Afters
75. Pebble Mosaic Table
found frame
collected stones
sanded grout

Page last updated on November 24, 2010 at 10:24 am