before and after

before & after: alicia’s chair + amanda’s ironing board

by Grace Bonney

there was a lot of painted furniture going on in last week’s before & afters so i thought it was fitting to start today’s makeovers with a make under. d*s reader alicia murphy spotted this chair on the side of the road and, despite not having a house to put it in at the time (she was living with her parents), she scooped it up and stored it at home. when the time was right, alicia decided to make it over with a fresh coat of paint. but when she was sanding it down she discovered the beautiful timber and quality of the craftsmanship, so she set about stripping and restoring the wood to its natural shine. after cleaning up the wood, alicia finished the chair with a colorful amy butler fabric and voila! a brand new chair make under. well done, alicia!

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this next project comes from amanda at red jet whistle. amanda irons every day and does a lot of sewing so she prefers to leave her ironing board out. after finding a “new-ish” ironing board at a local thrift shop (with a stained and burned cover), amanda decided to tighten, clean, stain and seal the legs, replace the padding and sew a new cover! now she has a totally custom ironing board she doesn’t mind leaving out. great work, amanda!

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