Before and After

Perfectionism, Paint and Peace

In this issue: Learn how perfectionism might be what’s frustrating you in your journey toward weight loss and wellness. Embrace the imperfection of a good shabby chic paint makeover and get a DIY recipe for chalk paint for your next project, big or small. Learn more about a book that helps with taming your inner critic. Inspired Life: Wellness and Perfection Life, Repurposed: Chalk Paint Addiction Recommended Reading Plus, the podcast is now iTunes official and the content for this blogline is now on YouTube!

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Simplify, Toss Out, Refurbish and Move Forward

In this issue: Take the challenge to purge something from your closet, schedule, or cupboards and enjoy the freedom of simplifying! See how a little paint can transform a plywood built-in cabinet into something classy. And learn more about how a new book is helping people heal from grief. Whether your next project is simplifying and tossing, re-doing something that needs a makeover, or moving forward from grief, we’d love to hear your story!

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Room Makeover and Reflections on Empty Nesting

Last summer, our nest officially emptied when our youngest son got married and moved out of our home. He wasn’t terribly amused that I required him to remove his belongings from his room when he left. I was not going to be one of those mothers who would someday put my grandchildren to bed for sleepovers in their father’s untouched childhood room. If you’re one of those mothers, please pardon my frankness. No insult is intended toward whatever choice you make. This loft bed stood in this corner for more than a decade. The paneling-covered walls AND ceiling was tolerable decor […]

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Memo Board from a Broken Computer Monitor

When you don’t want to put a broken monitor in a landfill, this is one way to repurpose it! I could have repurposed it just as it was, but I decided I didn’t like the silver frame around the screen, so I chalk painted the frame. I neglected to take a before picture of the monitor! Oops! I taped off the screen with painter’s tape, and then brushed on an antique white paint. After the paint dried, I waxed it. I left the black parts of. the monitor as is. The finished product stands on my kitchen counter as a way […]

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Cheerful Quilt Puts the Finishing Touches on Bedroom Re-do

When I redid the paneling in my bedroom, I knew that I wanted to replace the quilt, but my new one was only half-finished. So, my ‘after’ pictures looked like this…with a quilt that was outdated and need some repair. Not exactly what I had in mind. Yeah, that was from back in my mauve and sage days. It’s finally done! I love how cheerful the new quilt is. This was made from all of the leftover fabric I had around from some other projects, like tote bags and purses.  Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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Guest Room Makeover with White Pickle Glazed Furniture

When we moved out of our room and turned our son’s former room into a master bedroom, we gained a guest room. I turned our old tiny bedroom into a guest room. When we lived in it, we could barely walk around the queen-sized bed with our two dressers in the room. Now, with a smaller bed I was able to create a pleasing and inviting arrangement.  The metal bed was a freebie a neighbor was tossing out.   I had before and after photos of this dresser. But I seem to have misplaced them. Or deleted them. Oops. I […]

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Creative Kitchen Sink Splash Guard

Have you ever considered how to prevent some of the water splashing around the kitchen sink. Outside of just skipping washing dishes, that is.  When I repainted the kitchen, I had to repair some water damage above the sink, and I hate the puddle that forms when water runs to the side. So I came up with a pretty solution.  This ceramic plate fits behind the faucet, and within the stainless steel groove of the sink. Now, when I get carried away with the soap and water, it runs back into the sink. It’s functional and pretty. There was a […]

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Piano Bench Made into Upholstered Footstool

Once upon a time, I bought this piano bench at a yard sale for $1. I quickly stapled some fabric over the existing seat and used it for a while at the piano. But, then I upgraded to a nicer bench and put this one in storage. Until recently. See how lumpy it looks? I fixed that.  I wanted a footstool for when I sit in my bedroom in the wicker chair, but it had to be very small. Skinny enough to fit between the bed and the chair. So, I chopped about 6 inches off each leg on the […]

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What Would You Do With This Blah Corner of the Bedroom?

When I did my bedroom makeover, there was this corner that I just didn’t know what to do with. Yes. I am a writer and just ended that sentence with a preposition. I am waiting for the grammar police to come take me away. The TV has to stay here. Maybe someday, we will afford a wall-mounted flat screen. Maybe some generous sponsor will send me a TV for review. Hah. But in the meantime, my husband likes having a TV here. So, I was trying to figure out what to do with this blah corner.   I had these mirrors […]

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Garland Turned Wreath – Quick Makeover Project

A friend gave me this garland for my birthday with the permission to upcycle it in whatever way I deemed best. I loved it just as it was, but didn’t have the right place for it. But what I really did need was something to decorated these old skis. I had removed the sorry pine bough that was on it before because it was getting shabby.  I twisted the garland into the shape of a circle. Then I used floral wire to hold it in place.  Then, I hung it on the skis.  A quick and easy makeover! Michelle Trash […]

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