before & after: new chairs, 3 ways

it’s before & after day and today we’re using the rest of the day, from 10am to 1pm, to celebrate 10 great makeover projects, ranging from small furniture to a full home exterior. i wanted to kick things off with three great chair projects that prove curbside finds can easily find a place in your home with a little extra love. first up is d*s reader andrea in austin, who found this beautiful lawn chair rotting in a new mexico dumpster 10 years ago. after bringing it home with her, andrea decided to give it a new home on her covered deck. after cleaning the frame and removing the rust, andrea repainted the frame in a fun red and white combination that gives the chair a whole new life. great work, andrea!

[have a before & after you’d like to share? just shoot me an email with your images right here! (low res, under 500k per image, please)]

next up is audrey marie from a lovely escape. audrey rescued this sad wooden chair frame and decided to give it a new life with custom designed fabric she worked on with etsy seller petite coterie. i love how chic and clean the new chair feels- and that printed fabric is just gorgeous. if you’d like to learn how to recreate this look in your home, check out this printed burlap chair how-to from d*s reader deepa. thanks to audrey for sharing1

CLICK HERE for bernice’s curbside chair makeover after the jump!

last but not least is bernice from hey bernice!. while driving home one sunday, bernice asked her husband to put the car in reverse and pick up a pair of lawn chairs she saw on the side of the road. she thought they had potential so they came home in the back of the car. after sanding down the chairs and cleaning them to remove wood mold, bernice applied a beautiful stain finish and had striped cushions made for the bottom and back of the chair. the new look is just lovely and i’m sending bernice a high five for seeing potential in someone else’s cast-offs. thanks, bernice!

  1. Sam says:

    Burlap makes incredible draperies. Very cheap per yard and comes in lots of colors

  2. The cushions on chair #3 were actually purchased – I stumbled across them in Big W (a reasonably priced variety store in Australia). I fell in love with them immediately – they were a perfect fit for the chairs.

  3. Chris says:

    Hi, I was wondering if Andrea could tell us where the red and white rug is from? Thanks so much!

  4. Urban Sherp says:

    Bernice – love the chair – particularly the finish color – can you tell me what type of stain you used? It’s exactly what I am looking for!!

  5. The stain Colour on chair #3 is called Charcoal. It is actually a deck stain (water based). I used 2 coats to get the stronger colour, one coat is quite see-through, showing the wood grain a little more.

  6. Penny says:

    That red chair is to die for! I have a candleholder that looks just like it except in green and with a slightly different pattern on the back.

  7. These are some of the most dramatic transformations that I’ve seen yet on your site. WOW! I am inspired and blown away. Thank you for your wonderful ‘before and after’ section. I love it!


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