I have really been loving the before and after segment of Design*Sponge. It amazes me how someone can take a piece of furniture that I probably wouldn't give a second look, and transform it into something that looks like it came from a high-end catalog. Fueled by this inspiration, I will be working on my own before and afters. Looking around my home, I should have no problem coming up with ideas. Most of our stuff is second hand and, after years of use and neglect, in desperate need of a make over. Some of the projects will be small, subtle changes (likely just a coat of paint) that make a huge difference. Others will involve a bit more time and elbow grease.
To begin I'd like to share a pair of gourds. We grew these gourds about three years ago. I had planned to make bird houses then but only got as far as painting them white. After years of sitting on the back porch, this is what they looked like:
With a good sanding, a few holes drilled, and a fresh coat of paint, they now look like this:
This project was inspired by the gourd birdhouse I seen here. Most of the gourd birdhouses I've seen are really decorative. But I think that the solid color brings attention to the beauty of their shape.
We planted more gourds in the garden this year and hopefully, before long, I'll have more of these the swinging from our trees.