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

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Who wore it best?

The other day I got a comment that I *think* was supposed to be mean.  Something about how Better After is the place where painting something white makes it “pretty.” Say that aloud and make finger quotations when you say ‘pretty.’  It seemed snarky, is what I’m saying.

Listen here jack.  Pretty much 98% of the time painting something white does, in fact, make it prettier. That’s just a truth of the universe. I bring to your attention exhibit A: this kitchen makeover from Stephanie.  Sure, those fake and outdated cabinets, peach countertops and sherbert-flavored walls might appeal to some people. But take these two pictures to Times Square, poll 100 people, and I’d bet my LIFE that the white one would be the winner hands down. The universe doesn’t lie.

More details to see at Simply Swider.

 

Don't miss this dramatic kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

 

Don't miss this dramatic kitchen makeover at betterafter.net


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Keeping up with the times.

Hello, happy Monday, I hope you had a swell holiday weekend! Did you have a chance to check out the leather giveaway?  Still time to enter!

But first I bring you the tale of a white kitchen with wooden countertops that got made over into a white kitchen with wooden countertops.  What?! It’s true.

Better After reader Emily and her husband purchased their home from an elderly couple that hadn’t updated a thing for 30 years.  (So whew, white kitchens are pretty timeless, in case you were worried).  They replaced the faux counters with the real deal cherry butcherblock and Emily’s dad built new frames, drawers and doors for the cabinets (sight unseen, three states away! That’s a handy dad).  A marble backsplash completes the look, and I think they’re good for at least another 30 years!

 

See this beautiful white kitchen makeover, complete with a gorgeous backsplash, at betterafter.net

 

See this beautiful white kitchen makeover, complete with a gorgeous backsplash, at betterafter.net


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You’re Blushing

Do you know what today is?  DO YOU KNOW?? It’s National Pink Day!  (It really is.  I looked it up).  So let’s celebrate by doing what everyone always does on National Pink Day, which is … uh … ummm … wear pink?  Talk about pink?  Not sure.  I’ll just kick it off with a happy little kitchen makeover that features a lot of pink and looks like a celebration.

From Better After reader Gill, who moved across the UK for a new job, and lovingly put together her mix and match kitchen that is a delight to her and her two boys.  (You can’t see it, but the chairs are reupholstered in pirate fabric!)  Maybe I should have saved this for Talk Like A Pirate Day, but that’s not til September 19th.  (I looked it up).

Bright kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

Bright kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

Don’t forget to check out the NatureBox giveaway going on now!  Super easy to enter and win 6 months of treats delivered to your door!


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