Before & After: From Trash Heap to Shabby Chic!

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This table with its great and unique shape was destined for the trash. It had a water-damaged top and was definitely taking the description "shabby chic" a little too far! But a clean-up and a refresh makes it a perfect addition to any stylish room.

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From Karen:

This table was a garbage day find and in dire need of repair and TLC. We removed the water damaged particle board table top and replaced it with a new piece of wood. Part of the attraction to this table was its unique shape and design but particularly that it looked like it once had a fabulous shabby chic look. In its state on garbage day though, not many people would have seen its potential. My husband and I gave this table some much needed TLC, paint and a little sanding to bring back the shabby chic appeal. My sister and partner at The Salvaged Boutique, Kathy, then staged the table in our Mom's adorable cottage. It almost seemed like this table was meant for her living room.

Good job! The fresh white paint job makes it look very refreshed, while the intentionally worn details match the character of the piece! You can see even more before photos (it was quite the mess!) and more on Karen's blog. Thank you Karen!

(Image credits: Karen)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.