before + after: bedroom furniture

10th December, 2010
  • I don't think I will ever look at a piece of old furniture the same again!

  • very creative! I love all the white you decorate with. I have a white kitchen. It used to be dull dark yellow, but now its so fresh and bright and clean feeling. I love it!

  • Definitely inspired! You're so creative!

    xo Chelsey

  • Lauren

    Both of these are so chic! You have great taste, and these DIYs are very inspiring!! Thanks ♄

  • Wow, they turned out great… Love the dramatic black and white contrast!

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  • I have to say I think I like the foot stool best in it's natural wood form, but I think you did a great job painting it and it does go with your decor. I love what you did to the dresser than one did need the paint to work.

  • Wow! You completely transformed those!!!

    I love how a new paint coat can completely change a piece of furniture.


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  • Awesome DIY! I especially love that footstool… I need to find one of those for my pup.


  • WHAT??!!!! Your transformations are INCREDIBLE!!! I would have thought you paid a pretty penny for those things!! That step stool was one of my favorite shots from your home post.

  • zomg, kelly. i do not have a creative bone in my body – i am truly jealous!!!! AMAZING!

  • ansi

    When I saw your feature on Apartment Therapy, your design-oriented "open mind" is exactly what struck me as the most vital part of your taste! Thanks so much for showing these before and afters – they're going to be my inspiration for looking for the potential in items from now on.

  • Biaa

    Wow1 That's amazing! I especially love the beside table!!

  • Wow, these pieces look so good! Well done on the job! They look spanking brand new & very expensive to buy!

    Love your ability of creativeness, I wish I had the patience to do something like this!

  • Great finds! You did a great job pimpin' them up! I love it! 😀

  • The black and white is amazing! How creative. I love it.


  • wow those were such great finds! i never get so lucky when i check out craigslist – you did such an awesome job sprucing them up too!

  • ejb

    Wow these are beautiful DIY creations! I am loving the shape of the dresser especially, such a great Craigslist find! This is very inspiring!

  • Amazing transformations!xx

  • I am speechless. I never thought something like this was possible. Amazing work!

  • Oh my God. I love it!!

  • I am amazed and now fully converted into embracing furniture without restricting it to color. Wow. Incredible job!

  • both great DIYs. I love projects like this but at my current apartment i no longer have outdoor space for projects. where do you do big painting projects like this?

  • what a creative girls.. i love your taste of white….

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  • anna

    absolutely stunning!!! this is amazing and i am sooo inspired. lovelovelove black+white!

    anna t.

  • wow…You have great talent in decorating!Love love love!

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  • Amazing transformations….truly:) Both pieces rock!

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  • I wish i have your creative imagination. Can't take my eyes off the step stool!



  • this transformation is amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    please explain the whole work on the dresser including the colors infos… i have stuff that i would like to transform but i never know what kind of paint i need to buy since the last time i ve mistaken!!!

  • Emy

    Gorgeous!! I am def inspired! I'm in luck because tomorrow we're going hunting:)


  • Wow, you did an incredible job! You need your own show or something!

  • beautiful job. i love that you're enlightening folks to the ease and dramatics of DIY transformations!

  • amazeballs! =)

  • you need to do some dyi tutorials!! amazing the way you transformed these two pieces!!

  • Those makeovers were a success! I thought you'd add crystal knobs to the dresser, but it's beautiful anyways. Have a great weekend!Besos!

  • Wow I am very impressed it looks great!!!

  • wow what great ideas. i love both items. what kind of paint did you use?


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  • Wow, you really have such an eye for things! I never would've given those beat up pieces a 2nd glance, but you breathed new life into them so beautifully!

  • Lovely, the black & white is so modern & goes with your whole apartment 🙂 Great projects!

    XoXO-Kelli K

  • That's incredible– DIY opens up so many options! When I saw your apartment pics, my initial thought was, "I could never afford that," but you prove creativity trumps affluence:)

  • oh my..
    it's amazing how different it looks after painting..
    so modern..


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  • These are so fabulous! I love your eye for color-blocking! Perfection!

  • It looks amazing! Great job

  • Love the black and white swatches, they look truly beautiful. I'm so glad you shared how to recycle furniture and make them look glamorous. Thanks for the creative inspirations.

  • Looks fab! If you did these yourself boy do you have a lot of patience! Stunning!!

  • Really cool:)

  • Impressive! Kelly, you've got a great eye for spotting potential!

  • blank

    wow, what a transformation! i love finding old furniture and fixing it up! your dresser looks a lot like mine, love that style.

    –la vie en BROKE–

  • Amazing. I'm moving in to a new place as well, and trolling the classifieds/craigslist for stuff. I also saw the apartment tour you mentioned in a previous post. Your apartment is great!

  • That stepping stool is too cute – I absolutely love it!! I have an old dresser lying around too and I think you may have inspired me not to throw it away 🙂


  • love the pieces! the thing i love is the thrill of the hunt when finding pieces.

  • Anonymous
  • Looks fabulous!! Much more elegant than the cardboard box full of books I used for my dog when he was a pup! He doesn't need one now (lab/collie mix) but I did have to get a new, higher bed so that he could still sleep under it. 😉

  • Kim

    I'm impressed! It looks really good, very trendy. I probably would fail terribly if I attempted to do this, I have no patience for these things 🙂 Or it takes me five times as long!

  • Great lines + Paint= Inspirational

  • Two fantastic projects, that retro dresser is amazing!

  • Anonymous

    This is amazing !

  • adenaDesigns

    Great job! I'm sure the pup appreciates the step stool. One note of caution for you though, when using the step stool. I had one like that once to access the tippy top of my closet. Because it doesn't have anything on the back side to stabilize it, it's very easy to tip over if you're standing on the top step (I know because it happened to me!) But it looks great!

  • dang, adding to the list of things i want to hire you for: 1. purging my closet, 2. decorating my apt, 3. doing some DIY to my shabby (non)-chic furniture. these transformations are amazing! ~joelle

  • Anonymous

    looks amazing!! do you think you could tell us what paint colors you used for the furniture?

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful! I hope you will consider posting a video tutorial to youtube. I would love to know more about techniques/type of paint used, etc.

  • Wow so beautiful! Love the remakes!

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  • Incredible! wow! Beautiful transformations! xx

  • cindyla

    Wow, you did an amazing job with these pieces. Love it!!!

  • That's just brilliant! great job and I'm definitely inspired.


  • Oh wow! I'm super inspired. I took some time last weekend to paint some frames bought at a thrift store. I'm looking for a night stand and think that I will use your two tone approach. Thanks!

  • valerie

    Kelly I'm curious what paint you use??? I have repainted things and I've had it chip which does not look so cute- I was not going for shabby chic!

    and I just want to say that I have been dreaming about that dresser since you posted the original apt therapy post and I CAN'T believe you had DIY'ed it! thought for sure you had paid quite a bit for it! I am officially inspired!!

  • I love these furniture makeovers! Brilliant!

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  • i love DIY furniture restorations (as long as it doesn't involve carpentry..). i'm impressed by your two-tone paint skills! i've only done one color, but this has inspired me to use two paint colors in the future!


  • So very inspired to tackle an Edwardian dresser and a Vaudville-esque mirrored room divider this weekend. Merci!

  • oh my efing God!!! you transformed two hideous pieces of furniture into two of the best i have seen!!! you are a DIY queen!!!! esp the first one i could never imagine such a thing actually having prospects of being so fantastic! i see stuff like that in the trash all the time! maybe i should take a closer look i guess…

  • OMG, how perfect is that ?!

    It looks like you spend thousand for these pieces!

    I LOVE IT!!!

  • Anonymous

    You have the best DIY's! I just inherited some wood furniture that I was going to sell – Not after seeing this post! So inspiring! xo!

  • wow i love the black and white contrast on these pieces!

  • Beautiful DIYs, but I would expect nothing less 🙂

    Last night as I was in bed waiting for sleep, I finally got around to viewing your home tour on apartment therapy. When sleep came, I found myself visiting you and your home. I woke up very impressed with not only your decorating skills, but the warmth and hospitality that you and Greg showed me. Thank you for the lovely dream visit. 🙂


  • I think you're a genius!

  • amazing job. i would not have known that these were refurbished by you.
    have a great weekend.

  • both look fantastic! i admire your great sense in style and an eye for interior design!


  • these transformations are beautiful, kelly! love, love, love them! 🙂

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  • Wow–those are some amazing before & after projects! I love your apartment and have been using your photos as inspiration for decorating our bedroom, so thank you for sharing!

  • Woah!!! amazing! I want to re-do all my furniture now!!

  • Jac

    Great DIY projects. I'm always amazed at the power of paint and imagination.

  • First off, I fricken love your apartment and upon seeing the pics wanted to immediately go home, throw everything out and start over.

    I've tried to paint furniture myself but have never felt it to be an easy process! Is there something wrong with me? I've tried spray paint AND latex paint and don't like either. Am I just not cut out for it? Would you share your method with us?

  • This is probably my first comment here but I am a huge fan of your blog! I've seen the picts of your apartment and I must say it's sooooo inspiring! You did a great job with these pieces!

  • MsGolightly

    Ms Glamourai, thoroughtly enjoying catching up on your recent posts. Your new apartment looks divine. I've recently revamped a dressing table too, but I used black flock wallpaper to cover the drawers. Really easy-peasy project and my boudoir is now complete…except I'm now eyeing up a chest of drawer to re-love!
    MsGolightly xoxo
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  • i'm feeling inspired!! :D:D:D:D:D

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  • Looks amazing Kelly! I feel like doing some DIY projects myself after this post.

  • I love the black and white! It's so ingenious!

    Lindsey Soup

  • They look amazing! I love it. I'd love to have those feautured in my house!

    Quench Fab

  • BEAUTIFUL transformation. Atta girl.

  • cool! –very inspiring.

  • best before / after i have ever seen. brills!

  • that dresser is simply amazing.

  • Absolutely fantastic examples of DIY! I love both pieces! They just looking stunning! Congratulations on such fabulous make overs!

  • wow, just wow. you made these pieces so chic! i love the black and white theme, and now will keep my eyes open for opportunity. thanks for posting!


  • ABSOLUTELY wonderful transformations. Been putting some projects on the back burner that I'm so eager to finish. This was just the boost I needed! Great work.

  • You are in fact a DIY genius! Props!

  • Omg!
    You make an amazing job!!!!
    Tell us your tips!

  • Excellent blog, definitely coming back 😉

  • wow, this is amazing! i had to look twice to see that it really is the SAME dresser/bedside stool!
    xoxo F

  • you know the finish on that dresser? it's not woodgrain. it's an old early 20th century technique to use paint – yes, paint, by hand – to simulate woodgrain. it's a gorgeous thing, and today it's next to impossible to find anyone who can do that. and now it's gone.

  • you are so patient with the creative painting! i need a step like that for my little charlie

  • stunned by the transformation! thanks for sharing.

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  • amazing!
    love your blog! you're so elegantly chic! such an inspiration!

  • My dear, where do you find the time?
    I am so jealous of your craftiness…..the outcome is beautiful. I am more into classic/rustic decor, but this post is beautiful and inspiring none the less…maybe I will slow down when I pass the next yard sale…..C

  • Wow, love the before and after transformations!

  • There transformations truly are outstanding. Well done Kelly. Thanks for the inspiration.
    xo Mish

  • Wow, what great DIY projects. I'm currently in the process of renovating my apartment on a budget and these tips are going down a treat.


  • Anonymous


  • Wow, the art work is very inspiring! I bet the owners now regret having let go of these! You have a Midas touch…everything you touch turns into a treasure!


  • You are an inspiration – yes, yes to seeing the potential in great furniture!

  • Amazing!! It looks so pretty!!


  • soooo beautiful, love it :))))


  • Honestly, your DIY projects always turn out amazing!! I love the black and white theme.

  • Fantastic! Love what you the work you did with these furnitures!

  • gone

    I'm so doing that to my night stand

  • WOW You are SO amazing. I couldn't have ever thought to change a piece of furniture so dramatically yet so successfully. Truly inspirational.

    Also, your apartment looks sooo beautiful a few posts down. Like something out of a catalogue.

    Nikki xx

  • Hi! What type of paint do you use? did you use primer first? can you give us some tips about this?


  • hi kelly,

    i admire your personal style and i'm simply in love with your apartment. simply gorgeous!

    much love

  • Absolutely fantastic!

  • Oh My God! I envy your DIY-ing skills! really love all the outcomes! =)))

  • Anonymous

    hi i love how your furniture was transformed into something so chic with just a coat of paint.

    what kind of paint did you use?

  • AMAZING,looks like a brand new things
    I really love this post

  • That is amazing! You did that all by yourself? Great idea!


  • you got the style babe!!
    love them!! you surely saved a lot of money!!

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  • Awesome! Thanks for sharing, I have a dresser from Craigslist that I want to paint black with white trim and I found a door at a garage sale for three bucks that I sanded and painted red and I use that as a headboard. Most people don't like DIY but I'm a sucker for a good one!

  • I love this, great work! You have inspired me, thank you!

  • How fabulous! You make being chic look so easy and effortless. Thanks for sharing because you've definitely inspired me to do more DIY projects.

  • I love these! Do you mind post DIY references? I have some pieces that I'd like to spruce up.

  • i want those shoes!

  • what a pretty bedroom…wish I had the same creativity drive as you!

  • That furniture and you included seem to have been designed by Chanel! PERFECTION

  • I love the black and white contrast! Now I know what to do with a pair of night stands I was going to sell. Cheers!

  • You are such a natural at interior design and decoration…the pad looks fantastic and your taste is certainly very elegant…Love the transformation- Props!


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  • MuseDecor

    I think I'm looking forward to the next rainy day! I'm going to black and white everything I own. Thanks for the inspirations Ms. Glamourai!

  • Gorgeous! I was just looking at a furniture piece like this one on craigslist but wasn't sure how to make it look better. Love it!

  • Oh wow I love your creativity. I always plan on doing DIY projects but am never sure where to start, I'm definitely using some of your ideas for inspiration. I love the B&W; blocking, totally my style. Now I want to hit up some yard sales and try to find some gems to work on!

  • Furniture restoration and re purposing is my passion! You did a great job with these… although I would have left the shoe rack as is… It has stunning wood work.

  • Beautiful.

  • Holy smokes! You do amazing work! I've just found you via a friend here in Charlotte, NC, Laura Casey… I'm now a new follower! I'm also brand new to the world of blogging. Come visit sometime, please!

    Regards, Whitley Adkins Hamlin

  • Laura

    fantastic re-dos…very inspiring!

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