matthias woke up this morning {at 5am} and whispered “is it christmas today?”. nope, but so close! and we are slowing down around here and getting ready for family. so excited!

i thought i would share a couple before/after projects with you, just for fun!

oh this chair. it was $30 at my fave thrift store and had great lines. but when i got it home i definitely had second thoughts since it was so grubby. it’s from the 40’s and the seat cushion actually has springs in it! everything was still solid, so i bought some amy butler fabric {jade, heavy weight} online and found a women who does re-upholstery on craigslist. the project took about 4x longer than planned but the result is so fun.

it really brightens up our living room! the total project cost about $250. not super cheap, but reasonable. and a new chair would have been twice that, i guess!

this is a buffet i found on craigslist for $60. $60? i freaked out. it has great basic lines, it’s in great shape, and i love buffets. so fun!

i painted it black and sanded it a lot around the edges of each drawer. i changed out the hardware to a basic black pull from martha stewart’s line at home depot. this project cost about $100. that’s an insanely good deal with a little bit of elbow grease!


check out this kitchen before and after from lindsey {better after} HERE. how inspiring!

and i seriously love this yellow dresser makeover HERE.

and have you met the talented miss holly? you can see her magic HERE.

jenny from little green notebook made over THIS crazy cute chair.

and how easy and darling is this idea from the nesting place HERE?

hope you got inspired! happy two-days-before-christmas!