Friday, October 1, 2010

Southern Exposure's Amazing 'Before & After'

If you haven't been introduced to Rachel's blog, Southern Exposure, you're missing out!  This is not the first time I've posted about her work.  I am consistently impressed by her talent and the level of difficulty of her DIYs.  This most recent one had me saying, 'Wowsers!'  Check it out:
She scored a dining room cabinet from a local shop in her home town.  She was intrigued by the cabinet because it was well made and had good bones.  'Before':
The upper cabinets (there are two of them) sit upon the base.  Not really into the greek gods pictured on the cabinet panels, she knew she had her work cut out for her.  Now, let's see the 'After': 
Can you believe it?  Is that even the same cabinet?  She replaced the greek god, glass panels with mirrors.   Her husband made the moldings on top of the mirrors.  I make it sound so easy!
One of the upper cabinets folds down like a secretary which she lined with imperial trellis and made into a bar!  Brilliant!

Amazing, if you ask me!  Please check out the rest of her DIY project here (I really don't do it justice).  And, if you're interested in more 'Before & Afters', check out Design Refuge's September challenge!  

Happy Weekend, All!  Anyone working on some 'Before & Afters" this weekend??  I am.....


  1. Wow! That cabinet looks so fresh and modern now. So what are you working on Fran?

    Have a great weekend!

  2. I can't believe it is the piece of furniture!! amazing!!

  3. I'm in disbelief that it's the same cabinet. Amazing makeover.

  4. Jeebus. That may be the best DIY I've ever seen. LOVE the white. LOVE the mirrors/moldings. LOVE the imperial trellis. Fantastic.

  5. Thanks Fran - your post is very kind! Can't wait to see what you are working on this weekend!


  6. Well, if this post doesn't motivate me, then nothing will! That is a miraculous make-over! Very well done, Rachel! Thanks for putting me on to "Design Refuge"... yet another must read!
    (Great post, Fran!)

  7. Holy smokes. That is spectacular! I love when people have a strong vision for what they want. Thanks for sharing. I'm off to check her blog. Happy Monday! abby

  8. Wow, WOw, and WOW! I want that, and the imperial trellis detail is great.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering the giveaway!

    --Gretchen O.

  9. That is the best DIY ever! I am running over right now. Thanks for the tip.

  10. I need something exactly like this for my fiances office- the storage would be amazing!