before and after

before & after: ryan’s chair + sara’s table runner

by Kate Pruitt

sometimes the most entertaining part of going to flea markets or yard sales is to see the ‘disasters’- unfortunate pieces of furniture have already been through a transformation: one that’s a bit more frankenstein than cinderella (i know this a tragically conventional notion of beauty…sorry frankenstein.). some of us laugh and continue to walk on by, having deemed the triage involved too time-consuming to bother (note: i am one of these people). i really have respect for the brave souls that decide to take on this type of recovery project.

when ryan found this poor chair at the flea market, it had been painted hot pink with standard house paint, including all the caning and the stitching (yikes!). after numerous sanding sessions, a lot of elbow grease, and some smart color choices, she managed to bring the chair back to glory. the color choices are fresh and crisp, which doesn’t surprise me after viewing ryan’s art prints at her site modernpop, or on her etsy shop.  good work, ryan! –kate

CLICK HERE for the sara’s knitted table runner after the jump!

as someone who recently left a pen uncapped on my bed while i went to fetch tea, only to return and discover what resembled a large squid attack on the sheets, i am very thankful that this project landed in my inbox. sara’s table runner is perfect for dressing up a table for summer dining, and i would never have known it was made from old cast-off sheets. i can’t wait to break out my needles and start ripping. nice work, sara!

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