before and after

before & after: janis + kristen’s chair makeovers

by Kate Pruitt

Maybe it’s the influence of the wintery weather, but I can’t get enough gray in my life right now. I’ve purchased a new sweater, a pair of throw pillows and some fabric for an upholstery project recently, all in shades of gray. I can’t quite articulate what draws me to the understated hue, so I’ll just say that this lovely chair makeover from Janis displays all the qualities I love about gray.

The abstract floral fabric (which Janis scored from the personal stash of Little Green Notebook’s Jenny Komenda) matches up perfectly with the chair’s curved shape, which seems much better suited to crisp white and silvery tones than to the mahogany-and-mauve combination from before. Click here to read more about Janis’s transformation of this chair from dark and dingy to airy and elegant. Great job, Janis! — Kate

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Every once in a while, a Before & After project will come along where I have a hard time stating a preference between the object’s two different states. I do very much love the amazingly crisp and smart pattern on these reupholstered chairs; I think the contrast of the patterns in the room is spot on, and the refinished wood looks incredible. I just want to say that I would take the before chairs without hesitation, as well, which is perhaps a comment on the sad state of the furniture in my own home.

Kristen has definitely done an outstanding job on these chairs, however, and the more I look at the gorgeous op-art fabric she’s chosen, the more convinced I become that she’s made absolutely the right choice for these beauties. They’re modern, fresh and admittedly far more fun than their former selves. They certainly make a much bolder statement and look far more luxurious than their $10 consignment price would have you believe. Okay, consider me fully converted :) Great work, Kristen!

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