before & after: heather’s chairs

i love, love, love these beautiful chair re-dos from heather at skinny la minx. she has (luckily for us) produced her orla fabric in yardage in a rainbow of colors. she worked with dan from saks corner to reupholster and refurbish a bunch of old tattered chairs. the results are amazing! i especially love the painted backs to match the fabric. click here to see more of heather’s fabrics and handmade goods. really beautiful work, heather! –kate

[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)]

  1. Stella says:

    Very beautiful! The back of the first three chairs is very interesting, and while I think they could have been left as is, I like her choice to paint since it hints at that the wood underneath is perhaps more beautiful than it actually is.

    My favorite transformation is the second chair, gorgeous~

  2. kristen says:

    LOVE these! Especially the first ones with the painted tops. Great fabric, too!

  3. Laura Evans says:

    i love love those chairs … they are stunning & i want a set. The material is so pretty, i especially love the middle one where the back & the seat match but then i also love the uniqueness (is that even a word) of the set of 3, with the cloud shaped back. so gorgeous.

  4. Carrie says:

    I want them all or at the very least can I borrow heather?? We are very impatiently waiting for our house to be built and I want to go to second hand and charity shops to do such wonders myself. Stunning work!

  5. Mandy Ford says:

    How adorable! I absolutely love the vine pattern…very Orla. :) That last chair is perfection.

  6. ginny says:

    I love simple re-vamps like these. I miss re-upolstry projects, can’t wait to get my hands dirty again soon. these are all inspiring and adorable!

  7. amy says:


  8. Ah! I love all of these! So refreshing!

  9. John says:

    very nice !
    also – love the red lamp in the
    last pic. is it new / available
    anywhere ?

  10. sue says:

    just curious if the areas of leaf left as wood on the first 3 chairs are actually carved in or if it was just a stencil? they are super cute!

  11. Oh I love the fabric too! These are amazing transformations.


  12. Lucy says:

    Wow they’re all lovely – we have a chair like the last one (complete with pink velvet upholstery – yuk!).

    Not sure I can make it look as lovely as Heather but I’m inspired to give it a go. May even attempt to take some before and after shots (depends how rubbish it looks when I’m finished whether I share them with d*s….!) L x

  13. lesley says:

    omg, i am so in love with the 3 chairs in the first pic. gorg!


  14. Ronnie says:

    these are gorgeous! upholstery always seems so intimidating but i’ll have to attempt it sometime.

  15. Jen Singh says:

    Thanks for these pics, just the inspiration I need to go downstairs and recover a cool chair I found awhile back.

  16. Tiia says:

    Oh how lovely!!

  17. Tiina says:

    These are gorgeous! I keep wondering how people are able to make something so amazing from furniture that to me seems “too far gone”. I love these before&after posts.

  18. leigh says:

    someday… i will upholster something. that last one is great. …how would you do piping…?

  19. Nicole* says:

    these are awesome! i love the shapes of the first chairs with the cute fabric :) i agree leigh – one day i will upholster something too!

  20. Dan Saks says:

    The piping done in thick black velvet
    I just dressed the chair up in its “Sunday Best”. In this instance Heathers gorgeous fabrics!

  21. hrhkat says:

    super cute chairs in super cute fabric

  22. Lisa Brink says:

    Absolutely AMAZING and Heather is truly talented.

    You didn’t, however, include contact details for Saks Corner here.

    Please do….most secondhand furniture stores are more like junk stores…this guy clearly has a real eye for style.

  23. Lisa Brink says:


    That really WAS a blonde moment.

    I see on second glance that I CAN click on Saks Corner to access the website.

    I was so wowed by these beautiful shots that I wasn’t focused.


  24. The Lil Bee says:

    My gosh, everything that girl touches just turns to gold! Her patterns are amazing and these re-dos are absolutely perfect.

  25. Amazing transformations, love that beautiful leaf pattern, so simple but effective.

  26. Ashley says:

    Wow!! What a gorgeous re-do. I love the shape of the first 3 chairs.

  27. Hannah says:

    Wow! Well done! I hope I can find some new dining chair during my next flea market trip… Then if I could only find the time for projects!

  28. jessica says:

    wow, these are stunning! I wish i had an ounce of upholstry skills she has!

  29. Shelley says:

    These are super sweet! I love the way they are tied together, though different in style, with the fabric choice.

  30. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments! Credit really must go to Dan of Saks Corner, who was game to collaborate with me on this fun project. Thanks, Dan, and well done for the top-notch outcome.

  31. So preety heather’s chairs

  32. Oh,I like all of them,that’s very delicious.

  33. The first group of chairs really is a great transformation! Love the colors used, very different.

    The Designer Insider

  34. Katrina says:

    These are so beautiful. Can anyone tell me if there is a name for the style of the 3rd chair? I’d love to find one just like it! Thank you!

  35. IVY says:


  36. Sams says:

    I think these look great, but that’s not real Orla Kiely fabric is it? Well done, great job, but I’m a little unsure about making a product very similar to Orla Kielys and calling it Orla :s it is very nice though!! :-)


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