January 05, 2021

Transformation Tuesday #8 (I think!)

Well, don't I feel dumb!

After requesting people to share before and after photos for Transformation Tuesday, someone commented that she had sent me one recently, but I must not have gotten it. I looked in my email and didn't see it. Then it occurred to me to check the specific email that I'd set up just for Transformation Tuesdays. I set that account to forward all emails to my regular email account.

So, I signed into it, and sure enough--I had several Transformation Tuesday emails in there! A few were from a year ago. Apparently, I'd never set it up to forward the emails, so I just thought I wasn't getting any. Ugh!

Anyway, now I have a couple of weeks' worth of Transformation Tuesday photos to share :)  I'm not going to post all of them today because I want to have something to post next week in case I don't get more submissions (PLEASE send them!). I love these posts--it's so fun to see the transformations.

Hi Katie,

I have a transformation.  We've lived in our house for 7 years but I've done very little to decorate our master bedroom.  I love doing crafts, so I decided to make a macrame wall decoration.  I've never done macrame before, but with the help of a pattern from Etsy, I'm so proud of what I was able to create.  It was a great quarantine project!

Jennifer, a lover of all things crafty - Terre Haute, IN

Hi Katie! I thought I’d send you some pics of my pandemic projects: a dining room table and bench—all for my dining room.

I am not typically a DIY person but decided to give it a try. This table was one my husband grew up around so even though it’s not a particularly high-quality table (it has a laminate top), it has sentimental value and it’s still a very sturdy table with some life left. For the “after”, I removed 2 leaves (leafs?) and got rid of the blue chairs, as I wanted the table to take up less space. I also added the rug.

For the bench, I got it at an antiques store and I attached two “after” photos of it so you could see the awesome fabric (my husband’s an avid hunter so it complements other hunting-related decor). For both the table chairs and bench I had to re-upholster which was a whole other project that I’m not great at but good enough (thanks to YouTube) for it to end up looking ok.

I am so impressed with all the projects you’ve tackled and it inspires me to try some more DIY projects. I’ve got a few on my list!

Mary Newton - Madison, GA

Hi Katie! I’m so excited to see these [Transformation Tuesdays] are back! I have some quarantine projects I’ve been working on so I can send you some pics.

We turned this somewhat useless coat closet by our kitchen into a pantry! I love having the extra shelves for food! 

Amanda, Wisconsin, a very basic DIYer 

I have to say, I'm SUPER impressed with the transformations! I tried my hand at macrame a couple of years ago and I just could NOT get the hang of it. It looks amazing, Jennifer. It totally transformed that wall!

And Mary... the upholstery! Your skills are fantastic. As I wrote about on my blog a couple of years ago, I tried out reupholstering a piece of furniture and gave up very quickly. I couldn't believe how complicated it was. Great job! Also, I LOVE the color you painted the table.

Amanda, I love that you turned the coat closet into a pantry--pantries are so much more fun, aren't they?! Hahaha. You did a great job with the shelves and I love how organized it is!

Thank you thank you thank you to those of you that sent in Transformation Tuesday submissions! I still have some that I haven't posted, so if you sent me something, I didn't forget about it. I'll post a few each week, as long as I keep getting submissions :)

Remember, the before and after photos can be of anything you want! Clothing upcycles, weight loss, hair cuts, DIY projects, landscaping, pet adoptions, whatever you can think of. To submit one, just email a before and after photo (I will collage them together) with a description of what you did--from a sentence to a couple of paragraphs is fine. And be sure to include your name, location, and what it is you like to do for fun! (You can choose to remain anonymous if you'd like--just let me know.) The email address is Katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. Just use the subject "Transformation Tuesday".


  1. These all look great! I love transformation Tuesday!

  2. Yay! I love this series! Thank you for including mine, can't wait to see next weeks!

  3. These are so much fun! I'm always amazed at the ingenuity folks have.

  4. LOL I have almost the exact same table and chairs as Mary - and also the ones that my husband grew up around. We had a lot of problems with broken chairs and ended up taking a table and chairs we "inherited" from family friends that matched pretty close and swapping out the chairs (so close that no one realizes that they aren't from the original set). So the table and a couple of "extra" chairs have sentimental value from hubs family and the rest of the chairs have sentimental value from our family friend. :) but I love the wood color so no intention of painting. Just thought it was funny that they were the same as her "before" pic.


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