November 09, 2021

Transformation Tuesday #48

Happy Transformation Tuesday! I have a few fun transformations to share today...

This may seem like an obvious one--this is simply before and after watering my plant! As a health coach, I always encourage my clients to stay hydrated--as humans, water is just as important, even if the signs of dehydration aren't quite as dramatic as my Calla Lily!

- Judy, North Carolina

Judy, that is such a great tool to use as a lesson to drink more water! Haha, I love how it looks so much perkier. What an awesome visual for the power of hydration. -Katie

About three years ago, we took some money we got from the passing of my mother-in-law to build a cabin on a lake in Northwest Minnesota. We've done a great deal of work ourselves (picture shingling in late November on an icy roof), but that makes us appreciate it all the more. I'm sure you know how expensive cabinets are--and that old cabinets were often times much better quality! I purchased a "solid oak kitchen" off of Craigslist for $600 and was able to repurpose the cabinets for the kitchen and two bathrooms with a little rebuilding and paint. 

- Melissa

Melissa, you got such a great deal on those cabinets!! And WOW--they look absolutely stunning. It's insane how much new cabinets cost (which is why I just painted my cheap-o ones). I love the colors you chose! -Katie

I just wanted to share a couple of transformations I recently completed. I am proud of them because I did them myself! I saw that a few people started changing their kitchen backsplashes simply with stick on type tiles.

I found something called Smart Tiles which got great reviews and seemed simple enough to use after watching a few YouTube videos. My original backsplash was plain white linear square ceramic tiles which were just boring to me. The nice thing about these Smart tiles were that they were able to go right over the ceramic ones with no demolition required.

After that, I got ambitious and decided that I wanted to resurface the fireplace mantle. The old black slate just seemed too outdated. So again I found a tile that you could stick on top. However, due to the nature of this tile material and the thickness, I could not simply use a box cutter. Although some of the reviews indicated that is what they used, it would not work for me. I tried using a little variable speed scroll saw, but kept messing up the cuts unable to hold the tiles straight. Finally after lots of frustration, I pulled out the scary sliding mitre saw and got it done. Not as simple as I hoped, but happy it's completed. My next step is to follow some YouTube videos to replace the fireplace glass. 

- Laura

Laura, you did an AMAZING job! I applied those in my kitchen and it was definitely a lot more work than I thought it would be, but it was worth it. The color looks so much warmer in your kitchen--love it. And your fireplace looks fantastic! I'm excited to see what you do with the glass :)  -Katie

(If anyone is interested, here is the (affiliate) link to Smart Tiles on Amazon. There are SO many different ones to choose from. I want to get some for my bathroom eventually.)

Thanks so much for sharing your transformations! I'm always excited to see what you come up with for Transformation Tuesday. Please keep sending them! Just take a before photo and an after photo and send it to me at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. Include your name and a description of the transformation. Remember--it can be a transformation of ANYTHING, so get creative!


  1. Laura, just wanted to let you know that my fireplace glass looked like yours. I was able to get the whole front glass panel off and cleaned the inside of the glass. Looks like new and no need to replace.

  2. Awesome transformations this week! Those tiles look amazing!!

  3. Love these transformations. People are so creative and handy!


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