Before and After

It's amazing to me what a huge difference a little bit of paint can make.  Most of the furniture in our home was either given to us or was my husband's from before we were married.  I am very thankful for all that we were given even though it wasn't quite my style.  I thought I would share a couple of the before and after pictures with you so you can see the transformation too. 

This was my husband's office furniture from his old house.  You can't tell very much from the picture but it definitly needed a little TLC.  Here is the before...

and after with a fresh coat of paint and natural cork tiles added to break up all the white and add some texture.  My mom found the chair for me at a yardsale for $5 so I painted it white to match and recovered the cushion as well. 

This dresser was given to us but unfortunately I don't have a before picture so here is the after.  Before it was a very light oak color with large (kind of tacky) gold drawer pulls.

This was actually a craigs list find.  I loved the lines of it and knew with a fresh coat of paint it would be good as new! 

Here is the after...Each time I refinish a piece of furniture I learn something new.  With this piece, I didn't even think to fill in the holes where the drawer pulls were because I assumed I would just find new ones that would fit.  After shopping around, I realized they don't make drawer pulls that length anymore for some reason so I ended up using individual crystal knobs instead.  In the end I think I like the individual knobs better so it all worked out for the best :)
This last one I actually can't take credit for, but it's one of my favorite chairs.  Unfortunately I don't have a before picture of this one either but it was in pretty bad shape.  I bought this from a thrift store with the intention of refinishing it, but never got around to it so my mom did it for me.  She did an amazing job!  Thanks mom!

I have a couple other pieces I'm working on now.  Hopefully I will be able to share them with you soon!


Amory said...

I would also like give a shout out to mom on the chair. Nicely done, Mom. We get our creativity straight from you! Sorry Dad... :)

Anonymous said...

They're beautiful. Do you use any particular type of paint or primer to get such nice results?

Anny said...

You are incredibly talented! I lack the vision to have seen these through :D

How gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

WOW you did an excellent job on all the pieces.

Dwellings by DeVore said...

Thank you! I usually use Kilz oil based primer and Valspar paint.

Melanie Bacom said...

I had the EXACT dresser. I found it in the trash. It was missing one drawer. Here is my before and after: http://mmbcreations.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/more-trash-to-treasure/

Dwellings by DeVore said...

WOW! I am so glad to see this.. I too am painting a vintage dresser, and I didn't think to fill the drawer holes, thinking it would be easy to find pulls! But even online I could find nothing that was 6 inches across... so I did some googling to see if two pulls would look ok, and came across your blog! thanks so much for posting this!

Dwellings by DeVore said...

It's definitely hard to find pulls that fit vintage pieces, I searched high and low to try to find some that would work with no luck. Glad this post helped you! :)

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