I took an old deacon's bench to Jillian out in Virginia. After Taylor, my son-in-law, re-assembled it, he didn't like it in their front room, nor did I. But Jillian insisted it stay for memories' sake. She said, "I don't care that it's country looking, It's from my childhood and I like it." Her dad made it, so that was enough for her. Sometimes memories are stronger than decorator savvy.
She doesn't decorate in country, nor do I any more, so we had to do something to make it fit.
Here it is the "before" picture:
So, since my mantra lately has been, "Just spray paint it," I will now show you the "after" picture - I'm sure it will be no surprise to you all! Click here to view the post that tells you how we prepped and painted it. She used Rustoleum's Painter's Touch 2x Coverage Satin Espresso.
Here it is the "after" picture:
Whenever I paint something I am amazed at the results. Not only is there a dramatic change in how it looks, but I am amazed at how easy and inexpensive it is to transform something that is unusable in it's original into an accent piece. Unfortunately we are a fickle people and change our decorating styles so often that store sales boom even in bad economic times. Though this is not bad for furniture stores, it reeks havoc on our personal finances. Yet, I maintain the smart ones take what they have and make due. The even smarter ones find a way to take what they already have and make it better.
Here is a light switch cover re-do that Jillian Mod Podged. It matches the night stand we re-did in the prior post. Small changes can make such a difference!
Jillian also took an old corner bookshelf that a friend left beihind after they moved and changed it from an icky mustard brown to the same dark brown she used on her deacon's bench. Before she painted it you could have looked in the dictionary and under the entry "ugly" and you would have seen a picture of this bookshelf. But now, after seeing it in her living room with all the other pieces, I am quite happy with the results.
The light switch next to the bookshelp is the one she decorated with fabric and Mod Podge.
Here it is after she painted it and put it in place:
Check out the whole project - Jillian's front room "before and after". I spent 2 1/2 weeks at her place, with the last week being focused on decorating her front room. We finished at midnight the night before I left for home. Isn't that always how it happens? I am so very happy we were able to get her a nice entry-way before her last semester of college begins.
Here is a similar project - a side table that was damaged and fixed with a quick re-do.
Anyone out there have a before and after picture you'd like featured on this blog? Email me and we'll talk!
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