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Thursday November 17th, 2011

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before & after: creative chair reupholstery

I might be angering some die-hard upholstery experts out there when I say this, but I’m a firm believer in thinking outside the box when it comes to choosing fabrics. Clothing, rugs, industrial materials and even recycled non-textiles can be used to make an amazingly awesome upholstered chair. I love this chair from Katie Steuernagle…

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Thursday September 22nd, 2011

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before & after: three chair makeovers

We had a bevy of chair projects in our inbox, so I thought, why not share another trio of cool chair makeovers? The first one comes from Chyanne, who spotted this chair with an unusual back (and yucky upholstery) at a garage sale. After a heavy dose of sanding, staining and reupholstery, she wound up…

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Thursday May 19th, 2011

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Thursday May 27th, 2010

Thursday March 25th, 2010

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before & after: woolly makeovers

today’s first makeovers are all about an easy upgrade. normally we think of paint for a simple makeover, but these clever ladies both turned to something even simpler (but just as fun) to change their furniture: fuzzy throws. karen bertelsen of the art of doing stuff mastered the art of recovering a chair in 5…

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Thursday March 11th, 2010

Thursday February 25th, 2010

Thursday August 20th, 2009

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before & after: a tale of 2 ikea hacks

today’s first before & afters are all about ikea hacks- that popular pastime of changing inexpensive and basic ikea furniture into something customized and completely different. first up is eric teng, creative director at dmd insight. eric decided to turn his ikea bedside tables into chic mid-century nightstands using a little bit of paint, a…

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Thursday August 13th, 2009

Thursday February 26th, 2009

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before & after: bonnie’s footstool

this fun before and after comes from artist and teacher bonnie van voorst. she decided to reupholster a footstool of her grandmother’s with a coat of paint and a cheerful fabric from ikea. you can’t beat an inexpensive and easy makeover. thanks, bonnie! [have a before & after you’d like to share on d*s? just…

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Thursday February 12th, 2009

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before & after: leslie’s chair

this fun chair before & after comes from designer and artist leslie lewis sigler. she had a hand-me-down chair from her mother-in-law that needed an update so she decided to give it a facelift with some glossy spray paint and fabric from hitmoi kimura. i love that glossy black look and think it really elevates…

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Thursday February 5th, 2009

Thursday November 6th, 2008

Thursday October 23rd, 2008

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before and after: audrey’s chairs

audrey romano’s home tour was a huge in august so i was excited to see some updates she’d recently finished. we all fell in love with audrey’s boston terrier but unfortunately the pup decided to make two of audrey’s green west elm pillows his own. so rather than lose them all together, she decided to…

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Wednesday October 15th, 2008

Friday October 10th, 2008

Thursday August 14th, 2008