Best Of 2011: Before & After

By Kate Riley December 27, 2011

Hello hello, another fun roundup today, this one in honor of Rhoda’s link party.  I went through the archives and selected fifteen of my favorite Before and After projects from 2011.  Here they are in chronological order, follow the links for the full story!

#1 Board & Batten Storage Wall

wall before

cg loft bench after


#2 Reupholstered Velvet Chair


chair before

camel velvet chair after


#3 Closet Makeover

closet before

cg kates closet after


#4  Nursery Dresser Makeover

dresser before left

dresser after left side font


#5 Silver Leaf Reupholstered Vanity Chair


goodwill velvet chair before

silver leaf vanity chair


#6 Dyed Favorite Jeans

before jeans

jeans after dye


#7  Bookcases + TV Stand = Media Center


media before


alma house media storage center


#8  New Stone Patio

stone patio before

patio after


#9  Summer Patio Cabana


#10 Whitewashed Trunk turned Coffee Table

trunk before from side copy


#11 Mini Kitchen Makeover

kitchen before left

kate mini kitchen makeover left side


#12  Peacock Blue Bamboo Chest

faux bamboo chest

peacock blue faux bamboo chest with curtain


#13   Restained Pedestal Table

foot before and after

restained table

# 14  Building and Styling the Billy to Built In Bookcases

kates bookcases before

centsational girl bookcases after


#15 And this roundup couldn’t be complete without…

The Sexiest Before and After, Like Ever

wall before

hole in wall after


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Linking up to Rhoda’s Top Projects party!

See mo.


  1. Wow! I see so many things I would love to try at my home but wouldn’t dare. Have you taken courses in restoration?


    • No courses Lisa, just a lot of research online and a lot of trial and error!

  2. You can come do my pitiful closet ANY TIME. My house was built in 1962 so I have this tiny, tiny, TINY closet that really needs updating… I’d love to think I’ll put in the time to make it as pretty as yours!

  3. Crazy good projects. I did the same kind of post too. Makes you scratch your head and wonder how we accomplished so much and how we can top that in 2012. But I bet we will have fun trying.

  4. Love all the great transformations. I am working on a space that I can use to work on furniture. I can’t wait to start some redo’s of my own. You are such an inspiration, Hugs, Jean

  5. Kate, Can’t believe how much you accomplished in one year. You’re a one woman DIYer.

    When you get a moment, would you provide the link for the wall repair? The link doesn’t seem to be working. Your fix for the hole is great. Can’t tell there’s ever been a hole there.


  6. Girl you’ve been busy! I can’t even pick a fave! Ok so maybe your “mini” kitchen makeover which in all actuality is not so mini but actually such an incredible change! : ) Great job with everything! Looking forward to 2012!

  7. Wow, how motivating to get projects done. I love the closet makeover as well as the stone patio. I have a spot in my backyard I have been wanting to be stone for years. The cost of hiring a professional and ordering the large stone has just left it on hold I think i will have to try this this summer. It looks great! I had not looked at Home depot for stone. Can’t wait to see what you do in 2012.

  8. All are awesome, but the blue jeans made me think I might be able to update some of my husband’s jean. I have big plans this year for home projects and now I’m truly inspired.

  9. I truly feel in LOVE with your closet makeover! I will be using it as a refernece for my closet in my new home we plan to build in 4 years. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

  10. You’re always such a great source of inspiration – and to see a year’s worth at once kinda blows my mind :) Seriously, love the last {sexiest} before and after – those practical ones are the kind that come in handy.

    Love ya!

  11. Kate, I’ve spent at least 2 wonderful hours looking at all these projects and have bookmarked some to use as inspiration. I do so appreciate your talent and good taste. Thanks, Rita

  12. Busy Busy Kate..I can’t wait to see what you will be up to in the coming year, Thanks for all that you share with us!!

  13. You are just so talented!! I have loved following your blog, and loved this post as a reminder of all the amazing things you have pulled off this year – and looking forward to everything you will show us in the new year!

    Leanne @ Because (I think) I Can

  14. These are all amazing (even the sexiest one…I wouldn’t be able to pull even that off!)…great work!

  15. I can’t click on the sexiest makeover link, either, but I’m REALLY interested in seeing how you did it! We have tons of patching to do in our 1920’s house and could use a primer!

  16. I didn’t think it was possible but I think this year has even been more productive and wonderful than last year.
    My favorite by far, your closet makeover. Fit for a princess, or a style queen…. Fit for you!
    Wishing you a wonderful and creative 2012.

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