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Before & After

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I could look at Before & After photos ALL…DAY…LONG!  The subject matter is irrelevant.  So long as the difference is dramatic, I’m all over it.  That’s probably why I love painting so much.  Because even going from one paint color to another, you could look at the very same thing in a whole different light.  When something, like an old piece of furniture, has been neglected for a while…and it gets a fresh coat of paint…it’s even more gratifying.  It’s almost like I could see the clouds parting and hear the angels singing the sweet sounds of redemption!  I’m not even exaggerating.  That’s how I feel.  So I encourage you to take Before & After pictures of any projects you take on, so that satisfying feeling can last as long as you hold on to those photos. That said, I thought I would share some of my favorite Before & After photos of projects I’ve done.

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Some of these projects are a bit quirky, like this paper maché carousel horse I painted for a friend who was going to use it as a party decoration.  The explosion of raffia..the silver hooves..the added glitter….  All I can say is, I know the 80’s. The 80’s were my friend. And this, Sir, had all the markings of the 80’s!  Needless to say, I was up for the challenge, even though my dog didn’t want this thing in the house, as evidenced by her growling.  Ahhh, but just look at the difference!

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Goodbye Google Eye!

Goodbye Google Eye!

Then there was this high gloss rocking horse.  No way could I sit back and let a sweet little girl who is all sugar & spice rock on something so brown and black and googley-eyed!  (In fact, removing that googley eye was the first order of business because I didn’t want it looking back at me as I coated it with paint remover.)

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The Before & After pics of this kitchen are also among my favorites.  I remember the home owner being particularly indecisive about the color choices, going back & forth & back again.  But in the end, I was glad she did because I absolutely love how it turned out.  I call this the “Old World” faux finish because I add cracks with a fine brush to make it look like it aged over time.

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This was a garage sale find that was going into a little girl’s room, when it was brought over to me.  It wasn’t too beat up before, but it had rings on the top, which I used to remind my daughter why we should use coasters.   Now, Tea Time is all the time.

Hope you enjoyed these Before & After photos as much as I enjoyed revisiting them.  I would love nothing more than for you to share some of your pictures with me.

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One Response to Before & After

  1. britany July 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Super cute Marcy! As always, you never cease to amaze!

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Painting children's rooms, exterior murals, exterior paint, faux finishes, interior murals, canvases, holiday canvases, wooden plaques, beds, cabinets, dressers, furniture, party decorations, props, and other DIY crafts!