Chairy Crush

Chairs.  Chances are, you’re sitting in one right now.  Or, possibly lounging in bed reading blogs on your device.  Or standing in line at Target. Pssst, your kid just opened a pack of gum and ate it while you were playing on your phone.  But listen.  We’re not talking about devices, we’re talking about chairs.  Chances are, you’ve sat in at least one today.  Maybe you feel like giving a chair a makeover today?  Here’s some inspiration if that’s the case:

Dena at Hearts and Sharts rescued this Renaissance-inspired chair that was not safe for sitting with some friendly red fabric. It’s super stellar.

 

Chairs galore! Don't miss out these three different yet beautiful chair makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Chairs galore! Don't miss out these three different yet beautiful chair makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Better After reader Peggy slipcovered this sweet slipper chair (say that five times fast) that belonged to her husband’s grandmother.  I just love when sentimental items like this get an opportunity to keep living on in style.  Plus, I didn’t even know you could make a tufted slipcover!  Did you? Have you been holding out on me?
Chairs galore! Don't miss out these three different yet beautiful chair makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Chairs galore! Don't miss out these three different yet beautiful chair makeovers at betterafter.net

Deb at Lake Girl Paints decided to replace the padding on the backs of these chairs with individually painted strips of lath board instead. Ooooh, great effect.  Don’t worry though, she didn’t sacrifice comfort, she made removable pillows too! Love that birdwatcher fabric as well.  Fabulous job ladies!

 

Chairs galore! Don't miss out these three different yet beautiful chair makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Chairs galore! Don't miss out these three different yet beautiful chair makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Chairs galore! Don't miss out these three different yet beautiful chair makeovers at betterafter.net

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Flip and Stir

Here’s a dresser-turned-entertainment-center idea flipped on its head.  Literally, Better After reader Sarah flipped this dresser upside down.  She planned to build some extra components on top and she says it just worked out better building it from the bottom.  Huh!  That would have never occurred to me.

Not only did she add extra storage for the electronics, she also beefed up the top (which is now the bottom, follow?) with some chunky trim and created a super cool chevron patterned top with a bunch of free paint sticks. (Stir sticks?  What do you call those?)

 

A beautiful entertainment center made over with paint sticks at betterafter.net

A beautiful entertainment center made over with paint sticks at betterafter.net

Here’s a look at the top, obviously before she attached it.  What a cool way to add a custom look.  Grand total of this entire piece: $105!

A beautiful entertainment center made over with paint sticks at betterafter.net

 


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Table for 14

Eden had a dream.  She dreamed of finding a dining set that could seat 14+ people and cost less than $500. (Pause for laughter). Newsflash: she didn’t find one.  So she made one instead!

Using simple pine boards and hardware she already had on hand, Eden and her husband created this 9′x4′ table for around $75.

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

“Thats great, but what about the chairs?” you are thinking. Well, I was just about to tell you.  Eden’s dream chairs were $289.  APIECE!  Let’s do some quick math here, 14 chairs at $289 apiece … that’s $4,046!!!  Uh, no thanks.  So she hit up Craigslist and found a restaurant going out of business that sold her these chairs for $6.50 each.  Using her JoAnn’s coupons, she was able to get a deal on fabric and slipcovered the tops and reupholstered the seats for a grand total of $28 per chair.  And THAT is how you do it folks.

See more on her blog DIYHER.

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

***The Ugly Lamp contest is coming soon! Submit your original ugly lamp photo to enter! BetterAfter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp. Deadline is August 15th. More info HERE.***


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Blame it on the Grain

Lindsey (not me, another, more productive Lindsey) had a solid set of dressers on her hands that she found at a yard sale.  It appears that someone at one point had attempted to spray-paint them white, then, realizing that pressing a button for 10 seconds at a time was far too much work, gave up, leaving behind one white drawer front and a half-hearted streak across the top.  Wow, that person is even worse than me.

Fortunately Lindsey isn’t afraid of a process, and took her time taping, painting, staining and sanding them into the lovely grain-sack-inspired pair they are today. They look great!  See more at This Delightful Life.

 

Grain-Sack dresser makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Grain-Sack dresser makeovers at betterafter.net


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