Home Decor

Before and Afters

I was looking around the internet and I found some of the most clever ‘before and afters’

You will not believe the difference in these…


To This:


What a difference…so light and airy!

Before: Office Features

The home included the bones of an amazing office when the homeowners moved in. This built-in unit, while large and sturdy, was in need of an update. More wood paneling was removed from the home for this process, and additional gray paint was added to the docket.


After: Shades of Gray

The built-in floor-to-ceiling shelves and cabinets were standouts for storage—they just needed a fresh face. Two shades of chalk-finish paint gave the wall a graphic, attention-grabbing quality. Painting the backs of the shelves showcases the room’s colorful and unique accessories.


Boys Room

The first-floor bedroom wasn’t fit for a little prince. Oak paneling in the boy’s room had to go, as did the funky baby blue and cream floor tiles.


After: Space-Age Style

Oak paneling and rooster wallpaper in the little boy’s room was replaced with serene gray walls enlivened with black triangle decals. The Sputnik-style chandelier fosters a fun midcentury modern mood. The playful feeling gets a boost from a pop of orange introduced via an upholstered headboard


Child’s Play

The second-floor bedroom was reimagined as a playroom. The homeowners laid luxury vinyl tile over the existing ’60s floor tile, painted the wainscoting white, and gave the kids a huge canvas for artwork, spelling practice, and math problems by dressing the walls with black chalkboard paint. Three-dimensional art hangs on the wall inside chalkboard frame


Cottage Dreams

A pink house-shape headboard, complete with roof and chimney, was built with fun fabrics to add playfulness to this little girl’s room. The fabrics were tacked to the wall with a nail, then liquid starch was poured into a paint pan and lightly rolled over the fabrics. Liquid starch dries overnight and peels off without gouging or scraping when it’s time for a change of scenery. Bands of gray ribbon, also secured with starch, outline the roof.


Bathroom Beauty

The contemporary yet rustic powder room vanity was built using a flea market dresser and stylish vessel sink. The top two drawers were removed to accommodate the plumbing, and the drawer faces were reattached with wood glue.


Cool Revivals

The home office imbued with rustic charm thanks to salvaged wood paneling from an old barn, was a long renovation project for the homeowners. You can now buy wood paneling with adhesive  backing, but this project was done before that product was widely available. The chairs were spotted in a dumpster at a local restaurant, which had discarded them as part of a remodel. The homeowners snagged them and added modern appeal with two shades of decorative chalk-finish paint and gold-dipped legs.


Before: Wall Refresh

Dated ’60s wallpaper cloaked most of the house. The homeowners dutifully stripped off the old wall treatment throughout. Their secret recipe for wallpaper removal? Hot water and vinegar in a spray bottle.


After: Painted Beauty

The kitchen’s existing banquette and leather cushions were still in good shape. But to separate the table from the benches the homeowners gave the seats a kicky new coat of cobalt blue paint. Charcoal gray walls, white window trim, and quirky wall decor completed the modern update.


Dining Masterpiece

For a dose of pattern, a black-on-white geometric design was added to a dining room wall. The motif was drawn with a yardstick and pencil then the lines were traced over with black paint using a small brush. The dining room chandelier was built by the homeowners: The couple threaded the cords of five light sockets through a salvaged board and hung it by a chain.


Home Office

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and AFTER:

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and AFTER:

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Ikea Table:

upscale ikea table and chairs

and the results after decoupaging the table and Chair legs:

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Small Bathroom Makeover:

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and After:

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Painting Cabinets

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and after painting:

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I hope you enjoyed these transformations.


47 thoughts on “Before and Afters”

  1. I need this (all of this) for my home!
    I’m a modern type of girl; my man’s a lover of, shall I say, the hardier, older pieces!
    Slowly, very slowly, I’ve been able to introduce a few more modern pieces, but, there’s a long way to go…
    Great choices here!


    1. One step at a time Carolyn….you can always do a makeover on a piece of furniture you already have. Painting is a quick and easy way to modernize a piece of furniture. Check out my ‘ Trash to Treasures’ posts. They may give you an idea.

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      1. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful Valentines Gift??? hahaa. A fresh coat does work wonders. Instantly brightens and makes your kitchen look newer! Show him your vision. Before and after cabinets being painted.Good luck honey!

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      2. What a fabulous idea!
        My man is currently painting/has painted our front veranda (plus) so I know he’s all painted out at the moment. But, I love what you’ve done to your kitchen cupboards. I’ve even seen similar mouldings in our local hardware store that could be used in this way… Great suggestion, Kelley; I’ll keep this in mind – and begin the process of putting in my man’s mind… 😉 😉
        Love the ideas you present….. 😀


      3. I picked up the molding for my kitchen cabinets at Home Depot. They are relatively the same in the large home improvement stores. Kinda spendy though..at least the kind I picked out. I paid $6 something a foot. I did 35 cabinet doors and drawers. I think it was around $200 for all. I did make mistakes cutting a couple of times.I did, after trial and error come up with solutions to make the cuts perfect.
        I am so happy you like my ideas. I’m here if you need anything 🤗😊😀

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  2. How about some tips on what to do with shoes. My partner she has so many and keeps them all in the original boxes. But probably only wares 2 or 3 pairs.

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      1. If I am just riding around the neighborhood, my larger 25lb er runs beside the bike with Gidget, my smaller doggie in the front basket. It’s fun. If going in traffic, etc, Diesel goes in the back. Makes it a bit unbalanced for me, especially when stopped at light.


  3. Thank you kelly for the follow 😀 , Shikha Chandel brought me here and i am glad i landed here. This is so amazing and much more to go through 😛 😛 . Let’s keep sharing 😀


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