Before Meets After…

By on August 3, 2011

By Karen Olsen –

Giving New Life to Old Things.

Make your home look just as good as a magazine and without breaking the bank! Get your creative juices going, with guilt-free finds and dirt cheap décor.

natural sunscreen with zinc oxide

Found items should be repurposed with a purpose. Some items are begging for an overhaul, while others are simply beautiful as they are. A celebration of personal style and individuality are very important components to repurposed style.

Learn to look beyond the surface, most purchases will require cleaning, resurfacing or painting.

Old Mirror Frame painted and upholstered.

Be creative, be yourself, have fun, and don’t follow the pack…do your own thing!

old mirror frame re-purposed and used as headboard






old secretary cabinetSecretary painted shabby cream.refurbished secretary cabinet

Remember, like the saying: That someone else’s trash is another treasure.




old patio setPainted old patio set. patio set refurbished






Don’t forget Decoupage
music sheets used to decompagechina cabinet decoupaged with old music sheetsLovely old flea market piece, painted creamy white. Rubbed with Burnt Umber oil paint to give a warm aged look. Decoupage strips of antique music sheets.





For instant gratification try stenciling.

Any old piece can be your canvas. With a little imagination and elbow grease, you too can give new life to old things!

redecorated old furniture







Karen Olsen
Decorating Diva
Bend Oregon






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Before Meets After…