before & after: woolly makeovers

today’s first makeovers are all about an easy upgrade. normally we think of paint for a simple makeover, but these clever ladies both turned to something even simpler (but just as fun) to change their furniture: fuzzy throws. karen bertelsen of the art of doing stuff mastered the art of recovering a chair in 5 minutes by draping a lambswool throw over a rescued curbside chair. no stapling, upholstery- nada. just tucked into the seat of the chair and voila- a fuzzy new look without all the hard work. while a woolly look isn’t for everyone, i love the effortless way karen used something so soft and cozy to make over a roadside find. click here to read more about her insta-makeover.

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the next fuzzy upgrade comes from michelle baldwin at every little thing. michelle picked up this 70s era telephone table on kijiji for only $50 and decided she wanted to give it a cozy, furry feel. after repainting the table in a crisp linen color, michelle replaced the knobs with hardware from anthropologie and finished the look with a a few yards of ivory mohair, found on sale for $16. great work, michelle!

Karen E

Sheepskins are very cheap at Ikea, no doubt. But in the summer, they can be found at country fairs for a bit more money and much higher quality. I have gotten two long-hair cashmere goat skins, each for $75-90 from Maine farmers that are silky, multi-colored (tonal grays or whites), and of course all-natural. Best throws for footstools or backs of chairs, ever. I hope to get a few more this summer.


Chairs are fun….but what really caught my eye, were the white bookcases. where did they come from??


I have to ask—how did you hang that Ikea light fixture in the second picture? We really want this light in our guest room but haven’t purchased it since it requires being plugged in and we wanted from the ceiling. How did you do it??

The Art of Doing Stuff

Hi Caryn, at the time, Ikea also sold hard wire kits. Basically you just put the shade on it, instead of the plug-in that comes with the light. I don’t know if they have them still, but hardware stores do … I’m sure between the pieces from the Ikea light and the hardwire socket you can make it work. Not so hard … good luck!


I couldn’t scroll throught this post fast enough–the stringy sheepskin gave me the heebie-jeebies.


shouldn’t that title be “woolly mammoth makeovers”?


heeheheheee love the shaggy chair and telephone stool…they look awesome =)