Everyone loves a before and after so here you go. Our new house has a lot more space than our old one so we have been finding creative ways to furnish it without spending very much money. It doesn't require a ton of work, but the pieces can go from super ugly to modern quite quickly. Total cost of all these items = $42 (three of them were free). Here are a few of my projects from the last few weeks.
after I removed the spindles, painted it (with leftover paint from our old mudroom) and made the cloth things out of the leftovers from some curtains i hemmed that we had at our old house. The panels are interchangeable depending on what you want them to match. just a little velcro switch out. Pretty sure my dad will barely recognize in our guest bedroom.
before headboard fit for a sea captain. This was my dad's from a set that he bought about 30 yrs ago and please note that he is still using the dressers.
before got this at the Salvation Army by my work. It was in ok shape, but needed a lot of sanding, repainting and some new knobs. I liked the shape of it; very 40s. I am on the lookout for a matcher, so keep your eyes open everyone.
Now the side table in our bedroom (it's a light purple although you can't maybe tell). Got that little lamp at savers for $7, painted the ugly wood middle blue and gave it a new lampshade. i like the vintage hobnail milk glass.
before yeah this had seen better days. it is our friends becky and raymond's old dining room chandelier. they have been saving it for me for about 2 years and i knew i could put it to good use someday...
Although missing a few crystals (which we can easily replace) it looks like a new chandelier. We have it on the landing going upstairs and it sparkles with the light coming through the big bay window next to it. It looks brilliant!
Pretty sure this dates back to the 60s. Perhaps your grandparents have one in their basement? i really liked the shape of it (seems to be a theme here) and it's retro-ness. The color though, and brass base ... not so thrilled. also, I gave savers back the lampshade it came with to sell again. I should have taken a before pic at the store. It was giant, beaten up, dark green and heinous.
Also it should be noted that I got the shade at the Salvation Army today for $2 and it was new.
Steve found this the other day in the trash in our alley. The style isn't quite streamlined enough for our taste, but it will do for now. i am in the process of painting it so no after yet.