Shannon's friend gave her an antique, Queen Anne style sofa. The fabric was faded, its decorative legs were scratched and its seat was sagging. A lesser intrepid soul might have opted to pass on a makeover, but Shannon decided to invest the cash it would
This weekend my friend Steph and I made this chair together. Well, to be completely accurate, we took an old chair and turned it into this vision in white and gold. Inspired by a chair I’d seen at Anthropolgie, we took a free swivel chair I’d been given by my sweetheart’s parents and transformed into a modern glam masterpiece in about four hours for exactly $4.71.
We're kicking off 2012 with workspace month – dedicated to helping you improve the spaces where you work and get creative. Whether that space is a home office or a soul-sucking cubicle (or, improbably, an amazingly great cubicle), we've got some good ideas for you. Check 'em out:
Need a little inspiration to bring your office space into the modern era? You're not still using that cardboard desk calendar your realtor sends every year, are you? Well, Capree's the lass to get your time-travel started.
If you're thinking "Hey, that kinda looks like one of those IKEA stools!", you would be correct. It's the ubiquitous Frosta Stool, one of the most hackable of IKEA products, but this playful felt cushion takes it up a notch--or ten, really, because it's that awesome!
For the amount of time we spend in our kitchens (or, if you are like me, should spend in their kitchen), it is likely we have some DIY touches here and there to make it our own unique space. Today I've rounded up twelve kitchen furnishing staples, all do-it-yourself style.
Everyone has at least one of these old aluminum lawn chairs tucked into a dusty corner of the garage or porch. And every spring you think about how you should really just toss it, but then where would you sit come summer? Sure, you could go out and but new ones, but where's the fun in that?
Aimee nabbed this smelly bench on Craigslist for a measly 20 bucks. Although she had never ripped apart upholstery before, that's exactly how she began its makeover. THIS is what it looks like now:
Diana took a plain, old IVAR chair ($19.99) like the one pictured above and gave it a very cheeky makeover, thanks to one big 'S' that she cut out of a piece of 1/2" plywood. Some 150 grit sandpaper and a couple cans of spray paint later, this is what it looks like now:
Just when you thought you had seen every kind of chair makeover imaginable, some clever individual decides to turn one into a picture frame. That clever person was
The task chair, or desk chair is a familiar and constantly used part of the office environment. Its hard to find a unique chair that fits your taste and is cohesive with the rest of your creative space. However, in only a few steps you can turn your drab, boring chair into something that can spice up your space!
This is the fourth project Beth did in my class, but if you looked at the first one, it's equally as well done. Beth arrived at class with this antique settee that had belonged to her great-grandmother. She tore it down to the bare bones, rewebbed, hand sewed the springs on the new webbing and performed the tedious 8 way spring tying. This is living proof that with understandable instructions and the right piece of furniture, you don't have to be a professional to reupholster like a pro.
An abandoned chair goes from sad to sensational in just five minutes. Wanna guess how this was achieved?
You've seen these sofas and chairs at the thrift stores. Upholstered in a shiny damask granny fabric, they make me want to barf. However, don't be fooled. Chairs like this one can be really well built. It just needs a makeover--BAD!
One late afternoon I stopped into my local Goodwill store. Immediately, I spied this vintage child's rocker in the furniture area priced at a measly $6.99. Old, worn out, and saggy, I was a little interested, but not quite sold until I saw someone else become very interested in it. It was ON!
Since we technically missed Makeover Monday, I'm making up for it with a Before and After of an awe-inspiring tufted Turkish couch. Even better,