Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Home Re-vamp {helping a friend}

I've been helping a friend
her home for a while.
Step by step her house
is being transformed from
a "bachelor pad" (her words!)
to a cozy, comfy, welcoming space.

What's one of the biggest
ways you can make a huge impact
on a budget?

Beautiful dining room seating!

Her dining room chairs had
seen better days.
So, I went to work and found
chairs for her table.
I had great luck looking at
thrift stores and on Craigslist.


Not everyone likes the
mismatched look, but she's a
gal who wanted a shabby, eclectic, urban feel.

When looking for furniture to refinish
don't look at all of its

Most of the chairs I found had terrible
stains on the upholstery.
But, you can always
the upholstery!
Focusing on a dining rooom chair's
upholstery imperfections
is like those people on House Hunters
whining about the color of a room.
{are you kidding me?! It's called paint and
you can change it!}

Instead, look at the bones and the lines
of the furniture!

This chair is absolutely
It just needs a little love!

I used the painting technique I used
and then I finished them off with a
few coats of a clear
topcoat (spraypaint, of course).
I reupholstered the seats with a fun,
bright fabric,

{Yes, I'm aware that this isn't the same chair
I was showing you earlier. Note to self:
remember WHICH chair
you took the before picture of.}

I'll be back soon with more fun
projects from her
Home re-vamp!


  1. Beautiful!! And your leg picture cracked me up!!

  2. Traci!!! I have been telling Stacy that this is what I want to do for our dining table! I haven't found chairs that I like yet. :( But the next project on our list is to make an ottoman out of some left over pallets. :)

    1. Ottoman out of pallets? I'm intrigued! I can't wait to see how it turns out! As for painting your dining room table, GO FOR IT! You won't be sorry! It makes such a huge difference!

    2. PS- I really like the baking soda technique for the dining room table. That's what I did to ours, and that paint ain't going ANYWHERE! It's so durable!

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  4. Amazing! I can't wait to buy a house.. I'm going to make you help me do it all up! :)

    1. Brieana, I would absolutely <3 to! =)