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before & after: susie’s chair + nadine’s headboard

by Kate Pruitt


Seeing that we’re in the midst of winter, I thought it would be appropriate to start the day off with a couple dark and moody projects. Everyone should have a little bit of drama in their home decor, and you’d be hard pressed to find something more beautiful than this upholstered chair from Susie, a freelance designer from southern California.

Susie rescued this piece from a garage sale and transformed it from its humble beginnings into a true luxury piece, using Cole & Sons’ “Woods” fabric (also available as a wallpaper) and a high-gloss black finish. She was gracious enough to donate it to an auction at her nephew’s school, which impresses me greatly — I’m not sure I could part with this lovely chair if it were in my possession. Great work, Susie! — Kate

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For a bit more drama, check out this lovely headboard design from Nadine. With a bit of paint and simple upholstery, Nadine turned this old mirror frame into a beautiful headboard. I love the gray-on-gray effect of the headboard and the wall, and the composition of the graphic textile is stunning. On a totally unrelated note, Nadine is in a roller derby(!), which is awesome. You can see the steps behind this great project and read more about Nadine’s skater skills on her site Bluedogz Design. Thanks for sharing, Nadine!

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