before and after

before & after: lauren & nick’s chair + jennie’s chandelier

by Kate Pruitt

sometimes there’s nothing quite like a good makeunder: taking something that has been decorated, painted, or bulked up somehow and stripping it down to a simpler, purer state.  this chair, the brainchild of lauren and nick of second coat design in boston, is a perfect example of this theory in action; i never would have thought such an airy, modern chair could be found under all of those layers of paint! they found the lovely embroidered fabric from the etsy seller kainkain, who was kind enough to make them a custom piece for the project. i just can’t get over what a lovely transformation this is! it definitely inspires me to bring some old furniture back to basics. great work, lauren and nick! –kate

*stay tuned for a new column today at 12, before & after basics, where we’ll learn how to strip furniture like this!

CLICK HERE for jennie’s amazing chandelier (i love the bulb change-out!) after the jump!

chandeliers will never go out of style for me: they make such an amazing statement in a room, and there are so many way to make dusty old chandeliers new and exciting again. jennie’s simple paint job on this classicly shaped chandelier is certainly proof of the light fixture’s versatility. i love the how the bright red color pops in a room full of subdued cooler hues, and the style of the piece is totally transformed by the color and the exposed round bulbs. great choices all around! good work, jennie!

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