before and after

before & after: jen’s chair + nichole’s dresser

by Grace Bonney

today’s first before & after comes from d*s reader jen eckert. jen saved a beautiful wooden chair from the landfill and decided to update it with a coat of soft yellow paint and two different fabrics. i love the combination of yellow and grey (always) and the way that different seat and back fabrics really add an extra layer of detail. great work, jen! check out nichole’s dresser makeover after the jump…

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CLICK HERE for nichole’s silver dresser makeover after the jump!

nichole from sparrow’s nest
sent over this metallic dresser makeover. i really love the slightly shiny silver stripes- they update this yard sale piece in a modern and slightly sophisticated way. thanks for sharing, nichole!


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  • I’m truly impressed with the dresser makeover. She did a great job. Is it possible to include a bit more about “how” it was redone? For example, what kind of paint do we use to create this effect? Great blog. Thanks!

  • I really like the dresser! Good job! I’m not sure that two patterns on the chair was the best choice. I think that one pattern or left the wood back would have been more cohesive, and I love the side table!

  • the chair makeover is just splendid! i hope perhaps to find out where the seat fabric was purchased? it is the absolutely perfect pattern for a chair project that i have been fabric searching for! thank you :)

  • Hoorayyy! It’s my favorite day of the blog week because I loooove the D*S B&A’s!! These are once again, amazing. Can’t wait to see more :)

  • This is Nichole, the one with the dresser. As far as the paint. I used Behr Metallic, in silver. HOWEVER, much to my dismay, it seems to be discontinued. I’m crying as we speak. But, someone on my blog commented, brilliantly I might add, that possibly radiator paint may have the same effect. I will be trying for sure!

  • Lowe’s paint, Valspar, has metalic paint. There are a number of metal-color choices. It’s great and I highly recommend it.

  • Hey Jesse. I just took the chair back off completely, added a layer of cotton, then the fabric, and stapled it on. Then, I sewed a piece of fabric to match the shape of the chair back, and attached it. This covers all the previous staples. Then screwed the legs back on. :)

  • i have the worst luck. i purchased a coffee and end tables with the idea to paint them completely silver. i have been Googling for weeks to get a good recommendation for silver paint. i was so excited when i saw this post … OF COURSE, IT’S DISCONTINUED! :) your dresser is beautiful.

  • I am so in love with this dresser that I bought a gorgeous well made old dresser from ebay and I’m going to try to do what you did with white paint and a champagne metallic. Did you spray the white paint and silver paint on the dresser and did you rough up the surface with a light grit sandpaper? So in love with this dresser!!!!!

  • Jen, How did you attach the fabric to the chair back to cover the staples? I’ve been trying to cover a set of similar chairs. I’m having no luck with the backs. Your chair looks fabulous!

  • I’ve got one question. I keep reading about these chair/armchair makeovers. I want to know if these people recover their own chairs by themselves or they give them to the professionals; and if they do it themselves, can we learn the tricks and all that stuff, because these makeovers look absolutely gorgeous, so it would be nice to be able to do it

    • hi banu

      you can find more upholstery tutorials than you could possibly dream of on youtube, ehow, curbly and diynetwork.com.

      grace :)

  • I, too, was upset to find that Behr had discontinued their metallic paint. However, I was able to order some by calling their 800-854-0133 (or 877-237-6158) number. Their customer service people were very friendly and helpful. I appreciate the tip about Valspar at Lowe’s having metallic paint (for my next project).

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