Getting Back to Business

Hey hey hey!  I have a few things to talk about today!  First of all, THANK YOU for all your sweet, sweet feedback on Better After Gives Back.  It was such a fun thing for me, and probably one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever done.  Did you watch the video?  I think my husband even cried. I’m hoping to make it a returning series, just as soon as I recover, so probably in like, a year.  Ha.

Secondly, THE UGLY LAMP CONTEST is upon us!  I’ll have more info on that coming up, but if you’ve been a part of it in the past, you know the drill.  Send in your most horrifyingly ugly lamp photo, (you do not need to personally own the lamp, but it must be an original photo) to me at betterafter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp.  I can hardly wait.  I actually get giddy about it every year.  It is so wrong it’s right.

Thirdly, I’ve been neglecting to announce a few giveaway winners.  So sorry.  Our $50 Leather Hide Store winner is Caitlin D., and the Kelly Edwards gift basket winner is Kimberly P., and you have both been emailed, so check your inbox if that sounds like you!

 

And fourthly, here comes a Monday morning makeover straight from Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. You know how they say black is slimming?  I think the opposite is true in furniture world, because this black desk was a hulking monster, but in white it looks like it has totally lost weight.  You been working out, desk?  What’s your secret?

 

Another win by white! Don't miss this desk and chair makeover at betterafter.net

 

Another win by white! Don't miss this desk and chair makeover at betterafter.net

 

How about that chair?  It used to be much more serious until Christy brought out its whimsical side with pretty scripted fabric vs. that former weird blue pleather.  See more at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.

 

Another win by white! Don't miss this desk and chair makeover at betterafter.net

 

Another win by white! Don't miss this desk and chair makeover at betterafter.net


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Red Alert

Summertime means sitting outside, sipping a frosty glass of lemonade, watching as hummingbirds flit past, smelling the heady aroma of freshly cut grass, and relaxing in your favorite lawn chair as the cool breeze caresses your face.  So I’ve heard.  I don’t actually leave my house during the summer or my face will melt off.

So I will enjoy the idea of YOU sitting outside, and here are some inspirational patio furniture makeovers to get you jazzed on the idea too.

First from Amanda at Mommy is Coocoo who salvaged this vintage chair.  I’m all for a weathered patina, but this thing looked like it had fought in the war. Of 1812. At least none of the neighbors were likely to steal it, so it had that going for it.  Much better in a shiny coat of red though, I’d say.

 

Bright red chair makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Bright red chair makeovers at betterafter.net

 

I also once featured her vintage rocker makeover before, but heck why not show it again?!  Such a great find!  See it on her blog here.

 

Bright red chair makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Bright red chair makeovers at betterafter.net

These chairs were somewhat depressing.  The left one looks like it’s using an invisibility cloak to avoid being seen.  But our hero Red Spray Paint came to the rescue again with his trusty sidekick Snazzy Fabric, and they saved the day, nay, the whole summer! Hooray! From Beck at Beckwith’s Treasures.

 

Bright red chair makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Bright red chair makeovers at betterafter.net


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Right Wing

Anyone else getting their butt kicked by summer?  Happens to me every year.  I remember when I was a kid, summertime seemed to stretch out f-o-r-e-v-e-r.  I was always excited to finally go back to school.  Now it flies by!  You try to pack so much in that everything is a blur.  I told my friend the other day that I feel like August is already over, and she was like “Um, it’s still July.” And I was like “EXACTLY.”

Holla if you hear me. And give a holla to Lisa at Sweet Parsley Home for her gray wingback makeover.  Gosh, so pretty.  Learning how to reupholster is at the top of my to do list. Sometime.  When I have time.  Maybe next summer.

 

A classy and sophisticated wingback chair makeover at betterafter.net

A classy and sophisticated wingback chair makeover at betterafter.netDon’t forget to enter the leather giveaway going on now!


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Happy 4th!

Happy Birthday to you!  Happy Birthday to YOU!  Happy Birthday dear AMERICAAAAA!

Happy Birthday to you!

For a 238-year-old, you look pretty darn good.

4th of july chair

4th of july chair after

 

Patriotic chair makeover brought to you by Better After readers Christine and Brad, a furniture refinishing duo who call themselves Sawdust and Sparks. (So cute!)  It’s ready to celebrate, and so am I!  Happy Independence Day!


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