MoS Reader Before and After Projects: Round 1

MoS Reader Before and After Projects: Round 1

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Since baby girl arrived last week, I am taking a little time off and will be using this time to share some of our FABULOUS reader "Before and After" entries with you!  When we kicked off the Before and After submissions, I knew I would be impressed with the talent and inspiration of our readers.  But I have to admit that after seeing the transformations, our readers have surpassed my already-high expectations.  A huge thank you to everyone who sent us photos and stories of their work.  I'll be sharing one or two reader projects on my blog days- I hope you enjoy as much as we have!


Reader Allison moved into a new apartment about a year ago.  After moving, she focused on sprucing up the rooms that got the most traffic, like the living areas.  She then realized that her entryway wasn't making the first impression she really wanted.  Fortunately the whole apartment has great bones and architectural details, so some quick changes would really make the entryway shine! 

The before of the entryway: 

Allison started by painting her entryway walls.  She had fallen in love with a Miles Redd room she saw in Elle Decor that used Benjamin Moore's Santorini Blue, so she used that color on the walls!  She then began the hunt for the perfect console table to use in the space.  She looked everywhere for the perfect Chinoiserie table, from eBay to Etsy to local shops and everywhere in between.  Finally she spotted the perfect table on Etsy... But it was located in Florida, AND it was covered in hand-painted birds, which really wasn't her style.  Fortunately, the seller agreed to ship the table to her (for free!) via Greyhound, so one trip to the Port Authority bus terminal later, the birdy table was home with her, safe and sound!

As much as we love birds and flowers, we have to agree with Allison that this console table is much more stylish in a solid color.  She painted the table with Benjamin Moore's Najavo White and polished the hardware with Brasso to really make it shine.

What a transformation!  She added a pair of chinoiserie stools (our faves from Cindy Crawford for JC Penney) and covered them in Quadrille Zig Zag in navy and white.  She scored the preserved boxwood topiaries from Amazon and found the fabulous Regency mirror at a consignment store.  

Allison now has the warm and welcoming entryway she always wanted!  The look is polished and sophisticated and makes a fantastic first impression!


Reader Shannon recently shared how she transformed a boring dark dresser to a bright and cheery nightstand for her bedroom!  The dresser started out as a Salvation Army find- Shannon used it temporarily as a sofa table in her living room, but it just wasn't the right piece for the room.  So after a little research and encouragement, she decided to tackle a DIY project of sanding, priming, and painting the dresser so it would really stand out in her home.  It took quite a bit of work, but Shannon was able to transform the dresser into a fabulous glossy white nightstand, complete with orange and hot pink trim. 

The sad state of the dresser before...

The wood was just a bit dull and boring.

During the priming and painting process...

Working on the drawer detailing...

And after!  We love how she painted the trim and medallions hot pink and used orange on the knobs!

The finished product is just perfect in Shannon's bedroom!


Stay tuned for Day 2 of our Reader Before and After projects on Wednesday!

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