A few days ago while I was searching for terrible free things on Craigslist, I came across an ottoman that was so hideous I didn’t share it. You couldn’t even tell what it was.  But it wasn’t the shredded and stained fabric that offended my delicate senses the most, it was the fact that the seller spelled like this: ‘automann.’  NOW COME ON!

But that brings me to a helpful point.  If you are searching for something specific on Craigslist, it never hurts to misspell your search term. For instance, if you’re looking for a dining set or a bureau, try searching ‘dinning sets’ or ‘burros.’  This is exactly how my brother scored a Duramax diesel truck for a STEAL. The lister had erroneously put a space in the word, spelling it “dura max,” which meant hardly anyone searching for a ‘Duramax’ saw his ad.  My brother was able to swoop in and get a steal of a deal without any competition. So keep that in mind!

And now, pretty ottomans. Julie beautified this plain little seat with gold spray paint and faux fur, two things that I think could probably fix at least half of the world’s problems.

silver and gray vanity chair before


Faux Fur - Vanity Chair- Makeover |betterafter.netSee it at Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss.


Cara loved the shape of this bentwood ottoman, but was not a huge fan of the faded flesh-colored leather.  I don’t blame her, ew, see also: gross. But she had a secret weapon in her back pocket, a product called Rub and Restore, which I’ve never heard of, but apparently it’s made for exactly this.

She used the ivory color, and reports that it looks and feels as soft as regular leather. I’m going to have to look into this stuff fer sure. It looks brand new! More to see on her blog The Project Addict.

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White - Leather  - Ottoman -  Makeover |


PS: Did you see this DIY deal-of-the-century? Don’t wait, time is limited!

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Getting Spicy

I’ve got a random mix of chair makeovers for your eyeballs this morning. They are all very different, with their own personalities. Like the Spice Girls.

Let’s call this one Retro Spice. Yvette was on the hunt for a first-time project when she discovered this offering from the Salvation Army. A sad little oatmeal-colored thing, reaching it’s little baby chair arms out for a hug.  Well, now she’s a star!  Oooh, and it’s actually a pair. A duet!


tan chair - before


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I’d say Yvette nailed it. Look how well she lined up the fabric, this doesn’t look like a first-timer project at all.


This next girl is the backbone of the group. The senior member. We’ll call her Old Spice.  She’s been around the block, but she still knows how to rock.


White - Rocking Chair - Before


Black - Family - Rocking Chair- Makeover | betterafter.netFrom Shelly at 100 Things 2 Do.



If we wanted to include a Posh Spice in the mix, this is our girl.  Eden at DIYHER dismissed that matronly mauve fabric and brought in a cheeky cheetah print instead.

Maroon - Chair- Before

Leopard - Chair- Makeover |

Me-YOW!  She’s going to climb the charts, if she has to claw her way to the top!


And finally we have Sassy Spice. What else can you call a chair that’s been doused in hot pink paint? That’s right, paint! No upholstery skillz needed here. Shanna used several coats of plaster paint to achieve this look.

Peachish - Arm Chair - Before


Bright Pink - Arm Chair- Makeover |

“Isn’t that going to feel all crunchy and weird?” you are probably thinking. Nope! After a light sanding of her final coat, Shanna applied a paste wax and reports that it feels soft and smooth as leather.  Get all the details at Restoration Redoux.

Girl power!

PS: Posh Spice was/is my favorite Spice Girl, in case you were wondering even though you probably weren’t.

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Meddling with Metal

If someone gave me an old chair that had been used – for YEARS – as a dog bed, I probably would thank them politely, wave a joyful goodbye, then drag it into my backyard and set it on fire.

Chris and Brad had other ideas.  They also had some vintage aircraft aluminum lying around.  Armed with that and a rustic leather hide, they completely transformed it into a mancave worthy chair that’s sure to spark up interesting conversation.  Like “Why on earth did you have vintage aircraft aluminum lying around?”

Answer: Brad’s father had planned to build a kit plane around 40 years ago, and never got around to it, that’s why.

sad - palm tree- chair - before


Aluminum - Chair - Makeover |

And the back view …

palm tree - chair - before


Aluminum - Chair - Makeover |

Just plane awesome! More rustic goodness to be found on their page Sawdust & Sparks.


This little cabinet also hopped aboard the metal trend train when Kellee outfitted it with embossed tin panels. She was going for a distressed look, so she lowered the shine of the tin by rubbing in some of the same midnight blue paint used to paint the piece, then glazed it all with black stain for extra drama.  How fortuitous that the old handles complement the design on the new tin so well!

See more on her page The Charmed Workshop.


wood - cabinet - before


metal tin cabinet


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Hackage Happening Here

How is your Monday? Mine started off with a lengthy phone call with my bank trying to stop some fraudulent charges on my account. Some low-life scamsters in Scotland were trying to pay an electric bill with my debit card number.  Which … almost makes me feel bad.  Shouldn’t scammers be buying like, pinky rings and fake purses? It’s probably some poor Bob Crachit guy over there just trying to keep his flat warm for Tiny Tim, and here I go scrooging all over their attempts to steal my money.  I’m a jerk.


But if you are also trying to keep your own cash in your pocket, here’s a genius idea from Bethany at Dwellings by DeVore. She wanted a super luxe fancy bench for the end of her bed. She just didn’t want to pay a high-end price, ew.

So she hacked this IKEA table, which was the perfect size for some end-of-the-bed-bench-age.  She simply swapped the glass on top for the wooden shelf on the bottom, upholstered it with fun dalmatian print fabric, and painted it gold. Gorgeous.  I know I say this all the time, but I am for sure making this one.








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