Stools that rule, fool!

Happy pre-Thanksgiving weekend weekend! That’s a thing, right? Are you all aflutter preparing for your Thanksgiving feast next week? Or are you going out of town? (I ask because I’m curious, not because I plan on robbing you).

We will be having Thanksgiving with some in-laws, and I’ve been given the task of bring drinks.  Soooo, I basically have to stop at the store for 45 seconds on the way over and my job is done. I feel like maybe they don’t trust my cooking or something. You put broccoli in a cake ONE time and your reputation is forever ruined. Hmmph. I just thought it would be a good way to sneak some veggies in, but apparently it is not.

Anyway. If you don’t mind helpers in the kitchen, here are a few stool makeovers to give them a leg up. Har! Har.

Annisa’s husband made this stool in shop class, circa 1989.  The sturdy little thing has been kicking around ever since, but was clearly starting to show its age. She gave it some attention and a hip dipped paint job, and now its ready for 25 more years of solid servitude. See more at A Pretty Happy Home.


brown foot stool before



Stained Stool - Dipped White Legs - Makeover |


Michal at Caspitweb  needed more cushion for the tush’in so she outfitted this tired old stool with a floofy floral top and a distressed paint job that mirrors the fabric color. It shall be officially known as The Fluffy Tuffet.  Oooh, that’s a great etsty shop name, somebody use it!


brown sad little stool before


Aqua Stool - Floral Fabric -  Makeover |


Heather at Bake. Create. Love. upped the coolness factor of her plain-Jane stools with this trendy gold-dipped look.  Everything should be dipped in gold, I say. I especially love it against that blue wall, shaPOW!


plain oak bar stools before

White - Gold - Dipped Stools -  Makeover |


These stools were abused and neglected and probably up to no good, tagging buildings and smoking behind the gas station dumpsters or something when Jacque got a hold of them.  She took them in and put them on the right track with some tough love, and now they’re respectable members of her furniture family. Yay for happy endings!

See more at The DIY Village.

numbered stool makeover before

stool makeover with numbers after


Last one from Lisa, who rescued this pleather-fied stool from a life of drabness with cheery paint and happy fabric. No really, the whole thing is so happy its practically smiling at me.  So cute.  See more at The Red Thread.

colorful stool makeover before

colorful stool makeover after

Happy weekend friend! Remember, you can always submit your before and after photos to me at betterafter(at), no blog necessary!

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Ch-ch-chair ch-ch-changes!

Hello lovelies.  I’ve got a little chair roundup today that is sure to make both you and your bottom smile.  Most bottoms naturally curve into a nice little smile, don’t they?  That’s the ideal, anyway.  No one wants a scowling bottom.

That reminds me of this one time, when my daughter Mia was really small we were standing in the checkout line of a store, and the woman in front of us had a very rotund bottom, and to my horror, Mia couldn’t help herself, like a moth to a flame she reached out and lovingly stroked it and patted it and bounced her little hand on it like it was a basketball, and I could have died. I couldn’t stop her, because I was behind the grocery cart, and she was in front of it, and I was also busy pretending not to know her.

And now … makeovers! Lisa at Sweet Parsley Home wasn’t scared away by this chair’s total inability to perform its duties as a chair. She re-webbed it and jolted it back to life with some fearless fabric and pretty paint.


cane chair before


aqua - cane - chair superpost |


Jen at Girl in the Garage also went a step further than paint and fabric, she re-padded this chair and it looks so absolutely cushy, like if your bottom could get a massage.  I guess technically your bottom COULD get a massage, but this is way less awkward.  Remind me to tell you my awkward massage story sometime.


brown chair before


white - yellow gray fabric - chair superpost |



I always love a good MCM makeover, and this one stays true to form, with simple fabric and coaxing the beauty back out of that wood frame.  From Lisa at Lombardo Lagniappe.


midcentury green chair before


blue - midcentury -chair superpost |


These before chairs from Better After reader Kristen weren’t terrible to begin with, I mean, I’ve seen way worse fabric (so have you, like 15 seconds ago). But wow, they are something special now. I love the look of the delicate  script print paired up with the glossy black frame.  Mmmhmm!


striped chair before


script - chair superpost |


script - chair superpost |



This chair also had some script print happening.  Perhaps you’ve heard of Rebecca’s line of fabric? No? Don’t feel bad, her earlier work wasn’t that popular. That’s why Becca at Ivy & Co. chose to ditch it in favor of a graphic mustard print. And another black frame! I’m getting the urge to paint something black.

antique - scalloped - chair before


antique - scalloped - chair superpost |


Here’s a sweet one from Michal at Caspitweb. This one would be perfect tucked in the corner of a girl’s bedroom. It used to look like it came from a southwestern-themed restaurant that went out of business thanks to multiple health-code violations, so I’d say that’s a huge improvement.


sad striped chair before


white - purple/ blue fabric - chair superpost |

And one last beauty to feast your eyeballs on from Jen at Girl in the Garage.  It’s so lovely, and what a great touch to choose the rose fabric to echo the roses carved into the chair.  Not that the green microfiber wasn’t doing a great job of that. (It wasn’t).

brown chair before


white - floral fabric chair superpost |

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Life and Nails

It should be against the rules of life for your car to break down and everyone in the house to get sick, including the baby, who got sick enough to go to the ER in the space of a few days. Against the rules I say!

Don’t’ you hate when life gets all life-y?

If we are friends on Instagram you might have seen me in the hospital with my baby boy night before last.  He had a raging fever flare up out of nowhere with a wicked cough that left him struggling to breathe, so we hurried him in. Turns out he has a respiratory virus thing, which was scary because of that virus affecting kids on the news, but they got him fixed up, and he’s doing much better today.  In fact, he’s sitting by my feet, trying to eat a stick.  I don’t know where he found a stick inside the house, but the point is, he’s doing good. And I  just wanted to say thanks for the well wishes and concern! We are on the mend!

And here comes some makeover goodness your way, nailhead-style!  First from Jen at Girl in the Garage, who nailed it (hA!) with this cream vanity.

vanity makeover before |


cream nailhead vanity makeover |


And I love, love this vinyl chair transformation from Jenn at With Heart via Create/Enjoy. The pink was cute but unsalvageable, so after a little trial and error, she found the perfect white to show off those lines and nailhead details.  Best part: it has a twin!  Other best part: they were only $8 a piece!


pink vinyl chair makeover before |





white painted vinyl chair makeover after |


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Judging a couch by its cover.

I’m all for form over function.  I’d rather hide my trashcan in a closet than keep it somewhere convenient and have to look at it all day. But even I can’t get behind the idea of plastic covered couch cushions.  Praise the heavens that this went out of vouge.  (Was it ever in vogue?)

When you are more concerned with keeping stains off your couch than your are of keeping guests comfortable on your couch, you’ve crossed a line my friend.  (Although, it wouldn’t be too hard to keep people on a plastic couch, especially if they were wearing shorts on a hot day, I’m just saying).

But now it’s not even a ghost of its former Saran-Wrapped self.  Better After reader Donna reupholstered it in gray, and get this, it’s only her SECOND TIME REUPHOLSTERING. Ever.  Yeah.  She taught herself by watching YouTube.  She rocks.  I have a friend who taught himself how to be a beekeeper by watching YouTube, and now he has a successful bee removal business.

So, before you go longing for the good ol’ days, just remember, they had plastic covered furniture and no way to teach yourself how reupholster and be a beekeeper without getting up off of it.

couch makeover before |

gray upholstered couch makeover |


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