sometimes i see a before and after project and think “how could i ever live without that [insert any furniture type here]?” and today, jen mowrer‘s gorgeous orange dotted chair is one of those projects. what do i love even more than this chair? the fabric itself- jen and her husband matt picked up this gorgeous “dawson’s dot” fabric for $3 a yard at their local hancock‘s store (they were having a closing sale). and guess what- it’s a laurie smith fabric! i have such a soft spot for crazy laurie from trading spaces- i’ll never forget her sorority makeover where she walked around singing “kappa, kappa cabana”. anyway, back to the before & after.
this gorgeous chair (shot with jen’s daughter lottie sue and their cat, ernie) has quite the back story. matt’s parents took this hand-me-down chair to a local store owner in their town to have it reupholstered. then they called two weeks ago to let jen and matt know they picked it up and were on their way. then they called about 15 minutes later with bad news….the chair picked up wind in the back of the truck and it flew out of the car. on the interstate. suffice to say, things did not look so good for the chair and jen and matt thought it was destroyed. but it turns out that their upholsterer is a miracle worker and was able to repair everything. (the chair was in BAD shape- the legs broke off and the fabric was scuffed ALL over). that’s an upholsterer to hold on to for good. the result speaks for itself- and the button detailing on the arms is just to die for. thanks to jen and matt for sharing this gorgeous before and makeover- i’m so glad their chair survived it crash and came out even better than before.
[stay tuned for 2 more before & afters at 12:30 and 1:30]