Table for 14

Eden had a dream.  She dreamed of finding a dining set that could seat 14+ people and cost less than $500. (Pause for laughter). Newsflash: she didn’t find one.  So she made one instead!

Using simple pine boards and hardware she already had on hand, Eden and her husband created this 9′x4′ table for around $75.

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

“Thats great, but what about the chairs?” you are thinking. Well, I was just about to tell you.  Eden’s dream chairs were $289.  APIECE!  Let’s do some quick math here, 14 chairs at $289 apiece … that’s $4,046!!!  Uh, no thanks.  So she hit up Craigslist and found a restaurant going out of business that sold her these chairs for $6.50 each.  Using her JoAnn’s coupons, she was able to get a deal on fabric and slipcovered the tops and reupholstered the seats for a grand total of $28 per chair.  And THAT is how you do it folks.

See more on her blog DIYHER.

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

 

Don't miss this polished farmhouse dining table and chairs makeover at betterafter.net

***The Ugly Lamp contest is coming soon! Submit your original ugly lamp photo to enter! BetterAfter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp. Deadline is August 15th. More info HERE.***


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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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