Sometimes I pretend I am a casting director of a big movie, only instead of casting stars, I cast furniture.  I guess they call that a set designer.  I actually never pretend that at all.  But I do wish I knew how to be a makeup artist, because that seems like the funnest job ever.   PS: could someone please hire Britney some better makeup artists on The X-Factor? Girlfriend is looking rough. I mean these are the same people who made Paula Abdul look like a fresh-faced teenager, yes?  Surely they could try harder.
What does all that rambling have to do with this enormous bunch of chair makeovers I have rounded up for you today?  Nothing that I can think of!  Enjoy!
Rachel at Thrifty Inspirations de-drabbed this wicker chair by painting the wicker!  I think it’s wicker.  Some sort of mesh?  I have no idea.  It looks very nautical!

Katie from Spirals and Spatulas went with black and white stripes on this chair, which is a foolproof plan for making anything better.  ANYTHING.  Except maybe prisoners?

Kenz was inspired by Restoration Hardware’s Versailles chair, which is probably more expensive than any car I’ve ever owned. She DIYed her own version out of a tiki chair instead!  Check out her whole process on Interiors by Kenz.

I love this one from Tanya at Dans Le Townhouse.  She taped off a design on the seat so the original wood could show through, damage and all.  However, she did clean off that swipe of what looks like bird crap first, thankfully.

I can’t be too mad at a pair of pink velour chairs, because yay fun!  I just don’t want them in my house. But the after version?  Yes. And yes.  From Leslie at Pillow Love.

And here’s another from Leslie at Pillow Love, who once again bid adios to velour in favor of the funnest fabric I’ve seen all day.  Spoiler alert: elephants!

Adriana found this cute little chair in the trash and said “A chair is always a chair.  I decided this one deserved a second chance.”  Aww.  It’s like a Lifetime Movie. See more on her blog Refresh and Play.

Better After reader Melissa and her mom beautified this dreary office chair, which is surely the envy of her office now.  And as an added bonus, it’s theft-proof!  Nobody could possibly sneak this into their cubicle without getting caught.

This next chair is like the beginning of a joke: Better After reader Helene is a French girl who learned English in Canada, got inspired by American blogs, found this chair in Switzerland and covered it in Guatemalan fabric. Look for it at her next dinner party where she’ll be serving baguette tacos.

Sara and Stacy at Sugar Scout have a knack for looking past the pitiful and seeing potential.  I would have quickly walked past these gross chairs while scrubbing myself with hand-sanitizer, but they turned them into a cool gray modern duo that I would be proud to have in my home.  *cough*hint*givethemtome*cough*

And finally, a ruby red showstopper from Antonia at Voodoo Molly Vintage.  Not only did she save the tufting (oh, how I love tufting) she added some bling with diamond buttons.  (oh, how I love the buttons).  (Never really been a fan of the word ‘bling’ though).  (I like the look of ‘bling’). (I just don’t like saying ‘bling’). (Believe it or not).

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  1. October 5, 2012 / 8:21 PM

    Those black ones (and the red one) are fantastic! Love it! People are so talented. 🙂

  2. October 5, 2012 / 8:44 PM

    You had me at chairs.

    I’m the chief chair hoarder at Chairs with Character.

    I rent vintage (fix and refinish) vintage chairs for events in Colorado. I should probably send you some of my before and afters 🙂

    I love these B&A! great job.

  3. October 5, 2012 / 9:17 PM

    OMG…I am dying over those grey chairs!!

  4. October 5, 2012 / 9:30 PM

    Great chair post! And about Brittney..I thought she was looking rough too! Can’t they fix her up a bit?? LOL..glad it wasn’t just me! 🙂

  5. October 5, 2012 / 9:44 PM

    Hey! Thanks so much for featuring two of my projects! And, I love seeing what others are doing! Love those chairs!

  6. October 5, 2012 / 10:57 PM

    All so amazing! I can’t believe people can find this in a grody chair. Also, thanks for the no bling thing. I don’t like that word either. Also “pop of color.” I love pops of color but I am hereby protesting the phrase.

  7. October 6, 2012 / 2:20 AM

    wow people are amazing…but I have to say the TIki chair is a surprise…love them all

  8. October 6, 2012 / 3:00 AM

    I am so amazed how new life can be put back into old chairs. A great post!!

  9. Anonymous
    October 6, 2012 / 3:40 AM

    I like all but the Guatamalan… not hatin’ here, it’s just a little wacky, I prefer the before of that one.

  10. October 6, 2012 / 8:08 AM

    Ha ha ha! Sadly, it’s not bird crap. I spilled paint on it. What a goon, right?

    Thanks for featuring my turquoise chair!

  11. October 7, 2012 / 2:18 PM

    LOVE THESE!!!!! Transformations are wonderful!

  12. October 7, 2012 / 3:50 PM

    I am so immpressed with your work! That black & white chair was beautiful! I also, loved the gray ones! 🙂 Keep up the good work! I look forward to following!

  13. October 7, 2012 / 4:05 PM

    Hi Lindsey!
    Thank you so much for featuring my little chair.
    Is so great to see other before & after chairs…
    By the away… I love the nautical one!

  14. October 7, 2012 / 9:19 PM

    I just love the chair before and afters! And I need to take a closer look at that office chair renovation …



  15. October 8, 2012 / 12:21 PM

    Ohhhh I’m inspired!!! I only have about 27.5 chairs in my barn waiting for inspiration……..

  16. October 8, 2012 / 3:28 PM

    Such COOL chairs! Good job to you all!

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