January 04, 2022

Transformation Tuesday #54

Happy Transformation Tuesday! I have a couple of simple (but fun) transformations to share. These first two are from Sarah, and the third is from my friend Emily...

Our bathroom has a large built in cabinet and two drawers. I’ve been meaning to paint the outside sides of the drawers white because they looked dirty and kind of messy with old paint marks. And then I remembered that I had a stencil from my three season room project! I went ahead and stenciled in black. I’m happy with how it turned out. I already had the stencil, paint and brushes on hand. It took me a little over a week due to letting the paint dry and cure.

Sarah, this looks awesome!! I hated the outside of my drawers so I just used contact paper; the stenciling looks so much better. You did a great job. -Katie

Our house was built in the 1930s and the garage is detached and sits back from the house. It’s hardly used because it’s too small to fit a car and it’s filled with bikes, scooters, the lawnmower, etc. We had this storage shelf hanging from the ceiling, but it was totally useless because the boards were too far apart to actually hold anything.

So, I bought several slats of wood and screwed then on. I probably spent $30 in wood. Easy! Again, I wish I would have done this sooner!

Sarah, isn't it amazing how much space you can "find" when you look for it like that? The only problem I had with drywalling the garage ceiling was that I no longer had rafters to store things. (I did build wall shelves, which definitely helped a lot.). Anyway, way to get creative and come up with a simple solution! :)  -Katie

Over the past few years, I have really started enjoying baking - particularly bread. For Christmas I got a cookbook that was just released called "Bittman Bread". The book is all about how to bake bread with whole-grain wheat flour, not just whole wheat. It uses a starter in a similar way that sourdough does. This beautiful loaf was created after several days of making the starter and learning the process, and it did not disappoint!

Emily, it looks DELICIOUS. I want a piece so badly right now! I'm glad you were able to enjoy it with my peach preserves, too ;)  - Katie

I keep feeling like I have a transformation that I've been meaning to post, but I can never remember what it is. Hopefully I'll think of it this week. But thank you so much Sarah and Emily for sharing your before and afters!

I'm always hoping to get new transformations to share on Tuesdays, so please transform something (it can be super simple--a dog before and after being groomed, your nails before and after painting them, etc. Then send me a before photo and an after photo at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. Include your name and a description of your transformation! Thanks :)


  1. Yes I know what you mean about that bread, amazing, and how it makes the house smell! And the storage space in the garage. My husband had a huge old wooden ladder that he sawed into three parts. Then he attachted it go the garage walls to store lumber on. It created a lot of room we needed for other stuff.

  2. Now it's coming back, the name Mark Bittman, he was in Runner's World magazine a lot, and I see that cookbook is for sale on Amazon. I'm going to order it today, thanks.

  3. I would never think to decorate the sides of drawers and it made such a big difference!


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