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My Favorite Ever ‘Before & After’

By Christa Terry

I never really thought I’d have a favorite ‘before & after,” but I definitely do and it has to be Sandra Foster’s amazing tiny DIY Victorian cottage! She took a 9-by-14-foot cottage (an old hunting cabin) that happened to be on her property and renovated it herself for a mere $3,000 – a figure that includes furniture and accessories.

The part I like best about Foster’s story is that she’s not a professional designer (she’s a fiscal administrator), she’s not rich (Foster’s other house a trailer), and the whole thing was a personal labor of love – and when I say personal, I mean that Foster DIY’ed it to the max. While she may be just a little bit on a higher plane than most of us when it comes to using the contents of a toolbox, her amazing little cottage makes me feel like I can do just about anything I set my mind to!

There are a couple more pics under the cut, but I definitely recommend checking out Foster’s blog and the NY Times slideshow for lots more sweet photos of this DIY marvel!

Oh, and I also recommend having a look around Do It Yourself Chic if you’re interested in shabbychicifying your room, house, shed, apartment, or whatever. Their appliques, knobs, baskets, swags, and trims make it easy to prettify a space for not a lot of cash.

One Response to “My Favorite Ever ‘Before & After’”

  1. klee Says:

    Normally shabby chic is not my thing, but this cottage is adorable (she definitely deserves a ‘you go, girl’) and I love that NYTimes focused on something other than the usual multi-million dollar redos

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