Stool Service

If you’ve ever wanted to make a fairy garden and you have an old rectangular metal stool lying around, then TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY!

If you don’t know what a fairy garden is, here you go. I searched fairy gardens for you. Give that link a click and prepare to be overwhelmed with cuteness.

Jenny thought it would be fun to make one with her sons, only they technically made a gnome garden. A gnome garden is basically the same thing as a fairy garden, but sounds way more manly.

Paintyourselfasmile.com

Paintyourselfasmile.com

After their dogs destroyed the first attempt, Jenny decided they needed to elevate it, and so that’s where the stool came in. She built a garden box and attached it to the stool, and now it makes for a great showpiece in the yard and the dogs can’t attack it. You have to see all the adorable details on her blog Paint Yourself A Smile. My favorites are the tiny rocks painted like strawberries!

If you’re wondering where to get supplies for your own gnome garden, I recommend Gnome Depot.

(Gnome pun intended).

 

And here’s another stool makeover, only this one simply became a cuter stool.

Black and White Stool  Before

 

Black and White Stool

Doesn’t it look so plump and comfy? I love the fabric Alana used here.  If you’ve ever wondered how to reupholster something circular like this, she gives a great play-by-play over on her blog Threadbare Cloak.


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A Date for an Ottoman Update

Hey everyone! Did you know that today is National Update an Ottoman Day? What better way to celebrate than with this pair of floral ottomans that desperately needed updating?

Green Upholstered Ottomans Before

 

Green Upholstered Ottomans

And that’s exactly what they got, thanks to Jennifer at Dimples and Tangles, who recovered them in this sassy malachite-inspired fabric. She also fluffed them up with a few layers of extra batting and shared the whole run-down on her blog. Plus Jennifer added hidden casters underneath to help move them from room to room.

Those casters came in handy when she decided to roll the ottomans into her master bedroom, which was suffering from dangerously low levels of sass. It needed a sass-fusion, and fast!

Green Bedroom Before

 

Green Bedroom

The ottomans did the trick, especially when trimmed in hot pink ribbon, and especially against the new bedding, rug, curtains, pillows, lamps, dressers, headboard, accessories and artwork. Whew! You know what they say though, sometimes you need to spend some cash to get some sass. Read all about this makeover right here on Dimples and Tangles.

 

PS: I should probably tell you that today is not really National Update an Ottoman Day. I just made that up. But really, are there even rules to these things? What if I just stood outside on my driveway and declared it National Update an Ottoman day? I bet that’s all it takes.

PPS: It IS National Prime Rib day though, so please … celebrate responsibly.


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Henredon and On …

What’s better than a chair makeover? TWO chair makeovers, duh. Although, these are identical chairs, and thus identical makeovers, so really it’s like one for the price of two. But it’s not like you’re paying to read this blog, so … still a good deal all around.

But here’s a story of a seriously good deal. Meghan found a pair of chairs on Craigslist and discovered that they were from Henredon, a top-quality luxury furniture company.  How top-quality, you ask? Well, I can’t seem to find any of their prices listed online, just instructions to “call for a quote.” So I’m guessing: much dollarz.

Meghan didn’t have to pay $,$$$ – she bought them from a man who was cleaning out his late mother’s home and had no idea what he was getting rid of. He probably just saw some old floral chairs and was shocked anyone agreed to buy them.

Meghan saw something more, and happily hustled them home.

Gray Henredon Chairs Before

 

Gray Henredon Chair makeover

And here they are, living in style in her living room. Aren’t they a chic little pair? They look so much better in a solid fabric that lets those pricey good bones do all the talking.

See more from Meghan at Mimi + Meg.


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Sitting Sail

This chair’s story begins when it was purchased for $19 at a thrift store. Of course it doesn’t really BEGIN there, but that’s as much information as I have, so we must start our tale at the thrift-store.  Maybe there will be a prequel someday. Probably not.

But luckily, SK had some history to add to it, and decided to use this chair to tell the story of her parents.

Her father was a sailor on a destroyer tender ship in the Japan Harbor when the armistice of World War II was signed. After SK’s mother passed away, SK discovered a newspaper clipping in her hope chest that she had kept for all that time, a page featuring the now iconic photo of a sailor kissing a surprised nurse.

Rome Sailor Chair Before

 

Rome Sailor Chair

sailor chair makeover detail

It’s not just a makeover, it’s a work of art! She dedicated it to her parents: “A generation of strong, honest, courageous and hard working people. Thank you for your example.”

How great it that? Quite a touching tribute. See the story behind all the details on her blog SK on Elderberry.


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