before & after: annie’s desk + charlene’s chair

when it comes to before & afters, it’s hard for me to resist a submission with a good pet shot. and these photos from d*s reader charlene in cape town south africa are pretty darn irresistible. charlene’s cat “socks” is modeling her recent chair renovation- which began as a rather worn bubble chair and ended up as a chic red floral piece. clearly socks approves, and so do i. great work, charlene!


today’s final before & after comes from annie at ultra vroom. annie’s office corner was in desperate need of an upgrade so not only did she makeover her little office patch- she built a new desk from scratch! i love the dark wood against the clean white legs- and it certainly beats the tiny ikea table in the before shot! you can read more about annie’s project right here- thanks, annie!

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*stay tuned for a fantastic diy wedding bouquet project from studio choo next at 2pm!*



Cute little “Socks”, please have mercy on the beautiful new upholstery! :)


Where does one find beautiful fabric like the kind on the reupholstered chair?


Ditto everyone else. Where on earth is that fabric from? It’s amazing. And so is the ‘after’ chair!


I think the dark wood does look really great with the white legs and white shelf. I also really love the pop of color with the book and the art.


I’m envious of both pieces! But I love that desk…mostly because I think I could copy it and name it The Annie Desk. Maybe we could start a trend?


That Socks is one contortionist cat! In the first photo I was thinking, wait – his head is one way…body flipped the other…amazing. The chair looks great, too!

Margarita Lorenzo

I can’t resist this photo with the cat!! too cute they always seems to find the best spots in the house to sleep and make their own!! Very nice transformation.

Monica Forrestall

I’d love to submit a desk chair re-do that I did in Nova Scotia for my sons bedroom in our beach house Beach Rose Cottage in Nova Scotia. I have before and after pics, and one of him sitting at the desk…he’s not a cat…but he’s pretty cute!


Wow, that chair transformation is super awesome! Love the fabric choice used here! Let’s hope that Socks will be gentle with it!

EB Finds

How do people get such a neat and spartan look in their offices? I struggle everday to keep it minimal, but stuff just multiplies!


Thanks for all the lovely comments, Socks posed specially for this pic – such a show off! ;) I bought the fabric 2 years ago at a Fabric Shop in Cape Town, South Africa. Not sure from where they imported. Will try find out and post it here. I had the chair professionally covered – was way too complicated to try myself! Fabric was about $30p/m – and needed 4m to cover chair.