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


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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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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


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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

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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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