Wicker Upper

Guys, I’m a little worried.  The submissions for the Ugly Lamp Contest are not many. Have we already unearthed the ugliest lamps in all the land and have nothing left to give? Have we pillaged the ugly lamp landscape, leaving it desolate in our wake?

No! No, I say! There is still much ugly to be had.  Dig deep comrades. Keep a sharp eye out at your thrift stores. Troll your neighborhood yardsales. Sneak a pic in your great aunt Hilda’s living room. Get those submissions in! Your country needs you. (More details here.)

And now, here is Angie at Knick of Time with proof that ugly still exists in the world. Or should I say, existED. There was not much to love about this wicker sofa, but Angie was up for a challenge and came by it so inexpensively she figured she had nothing to lose.

Grain Sack Wicker Sofa Before

Grain Sack Wicker Sofa

Ta-da!

She sewed new grain-sack-covered cushions and hid the broken wicker with a little slip-cover skirt action.  And white paint, which fixes almost any and all eyesores.  I put it on my zits every morning. Just kidding don’t do that. Or maybe …

grainsack sofa up close

A little upclose action on the details. So sweet!


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Floral Flipping

Underneath the back-sweat stains, this chair appeared to be weeping. Or perhaps those are just additional back-sweat stains?  But really, how did this chair get so grody? Did it used to be in an airport? Or the DMV? Was it a squat bench at the gym?

I’ll tell you what it is now though. It’s aflippingmazing.

 

Pink and Green Floral Chair Before

 

Pink and Green Floral Chair

Amanda recovered it in a large scale floral, complete with contrasting black and white piping around the cushion – my favorite detail! Plus the whole frame got updated in antiqued green and now I feel like wearing something ruffled and having a tea party, let’s do it.

See more from Amanda at Reloved Home Designs.


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July 4th and So Forth

Happy (almost) Independence Day America! Wow, how old does that make you, 238, 239? You’re really getting up there in years old girl! Here, take a seat before those knees give out.

 

patriotic chair before copy

 

patriotic chair after copyFrom Michelle at Green Acres Hobby Farm.

 

Oh, I’m just kidding. You’ve still got a lot of spring in that step! Why, you’re practically a teenager compared to the rest of the world. Now let’s have some cake. But first, this cake plate needs a little spanglin':

 

patriotic cake stand before

patriotic cake standFrom Mary Lou at House of Whimsy.

 

Better!

I wanted to show you a lot more fabulous American stuff, but these fireworks aren’t going to light themselves, so here is one more chair.

patriotic folding chair before

patriotic folding chair afterFrom Wendi at H20 Bungalow

And a Happy Fourth of July to you! Thanks for being the land that I love.


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From Vile to Virtuous

Did Satan’s brothel have a yard-sale? Because I’m pretty sure that’s where Sharon picked up this sofa.

Oh, the stories that tattered red velvet could tell. But Sharon had faith that she could turn this lady from a tawdry past into a respectable member of society, even if no one else did.

 

Gray and White French Provincial Couch Before

Gray and White French Provincial Couch

She was right! What a classy gal! She removed the velvet and approximately one bimillion staples, then had it recovered in a gray microfiber weave. She painted the frame and antiqued it with wax, and that’s not all!

Gray and White French Provincial Chair Before

 

Gray and White French Provincial Chair

 

She did a chair too! Can you even believe she bought both pieces for $90 total!?  Sheesh Sharon, next time Satan has a yardsale, let me know!

Check out the whole process on her blog I Restore Stuff.


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