Old chairs, new life, young ladies!

Old chairs, new life, young ladies!
This before chair was not tragic at all.  No mice skeletons stuck underneath, or years spent in a leaky barn for this well-loved chair.  The seat was in great condition and the paint had a beautiful weathered patina to it too.  Only that was the problem.  The paint was so weathered and worn that it rubbed off onto the clothes of anyone who sat in the chair. Uncool, bro.
Dianna was a bit hesitant to redo the chair, as it belonged to her husbands grandpa, but guess what?  Back in his day, PaPou was into furniture refinishing too!  It turned out great, and I bet he’d be proud.  See the story on her blog myselfandDi.

And here’s another chair makeover by Better After reader Laenie, who decided to redo her bedroom after finding before and after inspiration right here on this ol’ blog!  Oh yeah, did I mention she’s only 17?!  I couldn’t even correctly identify a staple gun at age 17, let alone have the vision for this.  Great job Laenie!



  1. October 25, 2011 / 4:22 PM

    Thats so sad on the first chair. I loved the way it look in the before. It’s ok though it looks really good in the after too. I love the second chair. She did an excellent job.

  2. October 25, 2011 / 4:30 PM

    Where do you find fabric like that used in the second chair?? I can’t find it anywhere!!!

  3. October 25, 2011 / 5:44 PM

    Funny how the ‘after’ paint job on the second chair looks a lot like the ‘before’ paint job on the first chair!

  4. October 25, 2011 / 8:44 PM

    Yes, please – where did you find the fabric for the second chair?

  5. October 26, 2011 / 8:54 AM

    Where do you find fabric like that used in the second chair?? I can’t find it anywhere!!!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Office Chairs

  6. October 27, 2011 / 10:56 PM

    Ballard has similar fabric as the second chair.

  7. October 28, 2011 / 1:34 AM

    Wow, to think you have a 17 year old follower! How great and what a great job on her chair and Grandpas chair


  8. December 9, 2011 / 1:43 PM

    Hey Lindsey! Thank you for the feature…SO much fun!
    I’m loving that second chair… bravo for being so fantastic so young*!*
    : )

  9. January 21, 2013 / 7:11 PM

    I was wondering,,,,on that first chair, since it looks wonderful the original way, would you be able to clean it then put a coat of varnish or sealer or such on it so that the paint wouldn’t rub off on clothing? Would that work?

  10. January 21, 2013 / 7:24 PM

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