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


white - yellow gray fabric - chair superpost |



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


script - chair superpost |


script - chair superpost |



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


antique - scalloped - chair superpost |


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


white - purple/ blue fabric - chair superpost |

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


white - floral fabric chair superpost |

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Deux Commodes

Despite the fancy soundin’ name, French provincial style furniture is a dime a dozen.  You can easily find some today on your city’s Craigslist or in your grandma’s guest room. In fact, if you are easily amused and have some spare time, please google “french provincial dresser.’ A whole world of french provincial makeovers will open up for you to behold.  Some are really good.  Some are … the eyeball searing opposite of really good.

But here are a couple standouts that rise above the rest. First, a mint and gold take from Bre at Brepurposed. Love the crystal teardrops. Sometimes people mistakenly think that adding sleek modern drawer pulls will update this type of furniture, but I say stick to feminine and flourishy.


beige dresser before


Green - French - Dresser - Makeover |


And let’s first stop and virtually high-five Christy for getting this dresser for a measly $25 when my local thrift stores would have priced it somewhere in the car payment range. Her printed fabric technique is shabby, chic, and so sweet.  See more at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer.


wood dresser before


Cream Dresser - Fabric Inlay  - Makeover |

Fun factiod: did you know the French word for dresser is ‘commode?’  What I don’t know is how/when/why that got translated to mean ‘toilet’ when it reached America.  I think it has something to do with chamber pots. Feel free to use that nugget of info to impress your friends.

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A vision of living room luv.

Hey gang!

I’m pretty much back to normal, hooray!  About 90% there.  Not seeing perfectly yet, but at least the pain is gone.

HOLY COW, THE PAIN. Thank you so much for all your kind comments and emails checking on me and wishing me a speedy recovery. It really means so much.  Big thanks especially to the commiserators who have gone through PRK too, and reassured me that there is indeed an end to the terrible pain and sensitivity and blurriness and pain.

My doctor really didn’t prepare me for it at all, and I was certain I had destroyed my eyes permanently and my new normal would be stumbling around my darkened house wailing and cursing. There was one instance where my protective contact lens shifted while I was alone, and I couldn’t get it back in place, and it exposed my eye for one horrible horrible hour. I surprised even myself with the guttural howling I was capable of. It was seriously pleading-with-God type pain.

Anyway. Whew.  Glad that’s over.  Can’t wait to join the ranks of everyone else who insists that corrective eye surgery was the best decision of their lives.

And now, let’s get to a makeover why don’t we?

If your home could use an update from that wannabe-yellowish-beige color that was so common a few years ago (ask me how I know, I spent three years with walls the color of urine) (but hey, if you still like it, don’t let me stop you, you go on with your warmy-beige-loving self!)

But if you’re so over it, check out this lightened brightened living room from Alicia at Thrifty and Chic.  Maybe it’s just my tired eyeballs talking, but I find the monochromatic palette so very soothing.


big living room before

White - Bright - Living Room - Makeover |

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Is this where the title goes?

Hi friends. Hope you had a happy weekend. I am discovering that recovery from my eye surgery is taking a lot longer than I planned on. I am actually blogging this by talking into the voice activated feature on my phone from my bed, with my eyes closed tight, in the dark. I hope I am in fact blogging and not saying all this in a text message to my mother-in-law or something like that. Who knows.

I didn’t have the typical LASIK surgery, mine was a little more intense called PRK, which is where they do the laser directly on the surface of the eyeball because the cornea is too thin. I hope you’re not eating breakfast and reading this. Ew. Sorry.

Anyway, I hope will be 100% here soon. And capable of doing things like looking at computer screens, and driving, and not having to remember what my kids look like based on memory alone.

I will be back whenever possible, and I will announce the winner of the giveaway as soon as I can, so I guess that’s just extra time to get those entries in!

See you soon!
I hope!

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