Tragic to Magic

Tragic to Magic

Even though this mess of mismatched dining room furniture was in a world of hurt, Better After reader Sara couldn’t ignore its siren cry. “Take me home,” it whispered.

“But I’ve never done a makeover this big in my life!” Sara replied.

I will be amazing, just wait and see,” it lured.

“I don’t know …” she hestitated.


And so she gave in, paid $150 total for the whole thing, and yes, magic was made.

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  1. December 6, 2012 / 9:37 PM

    That looks fantastic – just a poster child for furniture makeovers

  2. December 6, 2012 / 10:03 PM

    That hurts just a little. Looks a bit like Duncan Phyfe. *whimper*

    But it is pretty….!

  3. December 6, 2012 / 10:43 PM

    Wow….just wow!!! Loving the chevron seats, great color combo!

  4. December 7, 2012 / 12:38 AM

    That is an amazing transformation. I love the color, it’s something I would have picked for my own home.

  5. Anonymous
    December 7, 2012 / 1:20 AM

    I’m sorry but to do that to Duncan Phyfe is a tragedy in itself. Some other furniture yes, not DF.

  6. Anonymous
    December 7, 2012 / 2:46 AM

    I think it is amazing!!! LOVE IT! Sorry “Anonymous”….

  7. December 7, 2012 / 3:42 AM

    Never would’ave seen that coming! I love it!

  8. December 7, 2012 / 5:18 AM

    Fun, Whimsical… would be perfect in my home…
    LOVE it!! DF or not
    Better / After !!!!

  9. Anonymous
    December 7, 2012 / 1:29 PM

    Love this. It looks so cozy & classy & the same time!

  10. December 7, 2012 / 1:49 PM

    holy makeover batman! that looks amazing 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    December 7, 2012 / 1:53 PM

    Better a painted and loved DF than a neglected unused pile of clutter taking up space in someone’s garage!

  12. December 7, 2012 / 2:16 PM

    WOW! That is a FANTASTIC Make-over! Kudos to her!!!

  13. December 7, 2012 / 2:54 PM

    Holy Cow! I think this is my FAVORITE makeover to date that I’ve seen on this blog. I absolutely LOVE this!!! Great job to you!

  14. December 7, 2012 / 2:55 PM

    Holy Cow! I think this is my FAVORITE makeover to date that I’ve seen on this blog. I absolutely LOVE this!!! Great job to you!

  15. Anonymous
    December 7, 2012 / 8:11 PM

    Wow – the after was totally not what I was expecting but I love it!

  16. December 7, 2012 / 8:55 PM

    LLLUUUHHHVVVEEE it!!! Do you know what paint she used (possibly Annie Sloan Chalk Paint)? I just love those colors. I’m getting ready to re-do a bedroom suite (7 pieces)with ASCP and her finished pieces just gave me even more inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  17. December 8, 2012 / 2:46 AM

    Hey all – Sara here, thanks for the love! When I brought this home, my husband thought I was insane, haha.

    Paint is simply Krylon Spray Paint (Home Depot) in Spa Blue. Got the fabric from, which was my first time using that site. The fabric was a lot cheaper there than at the fabric store.

  18. December 14, 2012 / 3:21 AM

    I have to agree with the others. She scored an AMAZING deal on a Duncan Phyfe and then PAINTED it!!!!! She could have resorted it and sold it for a fortune!! Sooooo heartbreaking. 🙁 (and I am normally sooooo on board with painting furniture. But this makes me a little ill. 🙁

  19. December 14, 2012 / 3:22 AM

    I meant RESTORED it and old it or kept it. Obviously those who “love” this aren’t aware of the rarity and value of a DF set.

  20. Anonymous
    January 5, 2013 / 11:13 PM

    Love it! It is just a touch of Dr. Seuss whimsy but with an all grown-up look!

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