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before and after

before & after: melkorka’s pickled table + 2 chairs

by Grace Bonney


this next before & after trio is dedicated to my favorite combo: tables and chairs. first up is melkorka kjarval of the little big house. melkorka decided to make over this table bottom (see “during” images below) with a new wooden top that she made and then pickled! i don’t often see a pickling process that i like, so i was happy to see the beautiful weathered look that this finished piece has. click here to read more about melkorka’s process- thanks for sharing!

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the first of today’s two chair makeovers comes from graphic designer wade keller in philly. in his spare time, wade rehabs furniture and i thought this chair was a really lovely transformation. the fabric and upholstery job do a nice job of showing off the chair’s cute form, but updating it from the sad green pleather-y fabric from before. well done, wade!

CLICK HERE for melanie’s velvet chair makeover after the jump!


our final chair makeover comes from melanie at plum cushion. melanie had a pair of mid-century slipper chairs with great bones that were upholstered in tattered pink velvet fabric. despite the beat up upholstery and legs that had seen more than their share of dings and cuts, melanie decided to take these guys home for an update. after stripping and refinishing the wood, melanie replaced the springs and foam (with the close supervision of a professional) and re-upholstered them in lee jofa’s “foglia velvet”. you can read more about her lovely re-do right here. thanks for sharing, melanie!


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