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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Blame it on the Grain

Lindsey (not me, another, more productive Lindsey) had a solid set of dressers on her hands that she found at a yard sale.  It appears that someone at one point had attempted to spray-paint them white, then, realizing that pressing a button for 10 seconds at a time was far too much work, gave up, leaving behind one white drawer front and a half-hearted streak across the top.  Wow, that person is even worse than me.

Fortunately Lindsey isn’t afraid of a process, and took her time taping, painting, staining and sanding them into the lovely grain-sack-inspired pair they are today. They look great!  See more at This Delightful Life.

 

Grain-Sack dresser makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Grain-Sack dresser makeovers at betterafter.net


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End Decoration Procrastination in 30 days!

Do you have  case of Decoration Procrastination? Symptoms include ignoring a problem-area in your home while vowing that you’ll get to it someday. Only someday never comes, and random piles of junk slowly overtake the space until it becomes a bonafide ‘Room of Shame,’ and you rush to close its door anytime company unexpectedly drops by.

Serena at Thrift Diving has a cure.  She recently challenged herself and her readers to a 30-day challenge, with no excuses!  Thirty days to whip her Room of Shame into shape, which in this case, was her laundry room.  So she gave herself the month of June …

 

See this beautiful laundry room makeover complete with a surprise table makeover at betterafter.net

 

See this beautiful laundry room makeover complete with a surprise table makeover at betterafter.net

And what incredible results!  She even tiled the floor herself! It’s amazing what a deadline can force you to accomplish.  She created a folding station by chopping a standard size dining table in half, genius.

 

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See this beautiful laundry room makeover complete with a surprise table makeover at betterafter.net

If you’re interested in a 30-day challenge for yourself, Serena is doing another one starting August 1st!  Sign up and reap the benefits of camaraderie and accountability! More info at Thrift Diving.

 

***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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Ugly Lamp Contest, get ready!

Ooooh boy.  It’s a-coming.  Do you hear it?  Can you smell it?  Can you feeeel it?  (It feels like fear and smells like a tuna-burp, if you are wondering).

It’s Better After’s 5th annual Ugly Lamp Contest, and it’s headed this way!

ugly lamp logo 2014Get EXCIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITED!!!!

 

Do you have what it takes to enter?

All you need is access to an ugly lamp.

But let me tell you something, it has to be REALLY ugly.

Nightmare-inducing.

Unbelievable.

Dry-heave-able.

 

Let’s take a walk through our past winners to see if your ugly lamp has what it takes to compete.

ALIEN MATADOR2010, our inaugural champion: Alien Matador.

 

BROKEN LEG LAMP2011 brought us this winner, who kicked all the other competition to the curb: Broken Leg Lamp.

 

DEMON SKULL2012: the reign of terror of Demon Skull.

BACON BARF2013 blessed us with this queasy crowd-pleaser: Bacon Barf.

2014What will 2014 bring?! Oh, I can hardly wait to find out.

 

Here are the rules:

To enter, simply send a photo of your ugly lamp to me at betterafter(at)live.com, subject line: Ugly Lamp. Deadline is August 15th.

The photo must be original!  You don’t need to own the lamp yourself, but you must own the picture.

The entries will be reviewed by myself and a panel of judges, who will select a total of 18 of the worst of the worst to compete.

During the week of the Ugly Lamp Contest, six entrants will compete each day, with the top two vote-getters moving on to the finals.

The grand high champion will be announced, and the winner will receive a $100 gift card of their choice!

((IMPORTANT! Every year it seems there are a few people who get a little confused and think this a lamp-makeover contest, and send me before and after pictures of lamp projects.  Not so.  I just want your pure, unadulterated fuggo lamps, in all their unglory)).

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I have my box of saltines and 7-Up at the ready, so start sending those entries in!!!!

 

ugly lamp logo 2014If you’re new here, you might want to go back and check out a few past contests.  Raccoon of Utter Despair should not be condemned to oblivion. Here are the final rounds, my favorite part.  2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

 


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