before and afterchairs

before & after: betsy’s chair + caroline’s bench

by Grace Bonney


this next chair project comes from d*s reader betsy o’gara. betsy found this chair at a garage sale for $6.50 and grabbed a can of discounted (mis-tint) paint from lowes for only $1.00. she re-used a burlap bag (from rice at costco) to create the new seat and loves the way the girly pink paint contrasts the more rustic look of the burlap bag. thanks for sharing, betsy!

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CLICK HERE for caroline’s bench makeover after the jump!


d*s reader caroline recently left her full time graphics job to work on restoring furniture. her first big project was this bench project, which actually started as a coffee table. while visiting her local salvation army in baltimore, caroline found this table for a steal and decided to bring it home and make it a bench so she would have a place to sit while putting on her shoes. i love the upholstery she chose- it reminds me of a rug (which would actually make for great upholstery) but is actually a regular upholstery textile. great work, caroline!

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