before and after

before & after: chairs, chairs, chairs!

by Kate Pruitt


Grace may have moved from chairs to lamps as a new design obsession — definitely a wise move for space-efficiency purposes —but for whatever reason, I am still firmly stuck in the chair world. I admit, it’s a problem. All I have to do is see a beautiful new chair, like this gorgeous rocking chair makeover from Melissa, and I’m on the hunt for a rocker of my own.

Melissa inherited this lovely rocker from her grandmother, and I think she has done a wonderful job reviving the piece while still maintaining its old elegance. The Thomas Paul fabric is the perfect scale for the chair, and the result is a beautiful, modern take on an heirloom piece. Great work, Melissa! — Kate

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CLICK HERE for Heather and Sarah’s chair transformations after the jump!

We don’t usually see chair “makeunders” like this piece from Heather, but it is making me wish we had more. The idea to remove the cushion from the back to reveal a more ornamental wood shape was genius, and I love the combination of the patchy, sanded woodwork with the crisp, high-contrast cushion. I’ve never considered taking a sander to a piece with such abandon, but I must admit that Heather’s beautiful results are very compelling. Amazing job, Heather!

We had so many great chair projects come in, we couldn’t resist giving you a triple play today. Looking at the “before” of this set of dining chairs, you can certainly tell that they have potential. But I couldn’t have guessed how wonderful they would look with the addition of upholstery, and I’m so glad Sarah has opened my eyes to the potential of chairs like these. She’s made amazing changes, and all of them so smart — the mismatched abstract patterns look fantastic, and they instantly make the set seem both more comfortable and more luxurious.

When Sarah submitted these, she mentioned that it was the happy accident of stumbling upon our Before & After column and searching through the entire backlog of posts that inspired her to begin refurbishing furniture and start a side business. We are so thrilled that she found inspiration in the column, and I am truly amazed at how chic and well crafted her projects are already — I hope to see a lot more of your amazing projects come our way, Sarah! Thanks for sharing!

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