Trash To Treasure~ Furniture Before and Afters

Hi! Just dropping in to share some quick little furniture face-lifts that I did over the rainy weekend. The first one is a stool. I was checking out HomeGoods the other day and fell in love with some patchwork sari stools they had. Unfortunately said stools were in the $60-$100 range, so I thought I could do just as well with a little creativity. I found this totally blah but functional stool at the GoodWill for 5 bucks. It's almost the exact same base as the ones I was coveting. Score. 
The beautiful piece of embroidered fabric was a thrifted treasure from eons ago. I have been hoarding it for the right project and I'm so glad I did. 
My stool came together so quickly it really was ridiculous how easy it was. I simply stapled the "new " fabric over the old ugly fabric, trimmed off the excess and finished the edge off with some hobnail trim. 

Ta-da! Total cost was less than ten dollars. And it is such a fun and colorful addition to my living room. I use it as a "desk" to hold my laptop when I'm sitting on the floor and the cat approves of what she thinks is her new throne too!  

I bought 2 of these shelves from IKEA a while back when I was desperate for affordable storage. 
Though they serve their purpose, I despise the grey backs and blonde wood. Even more so now that they are in my old New Orleans shotgun, they just don't jive with the antique woods details you know? I'll probably replace them down the road but to make them a little more bearable in the mean time, I touched them up by mod podging some craft paper over the gray backs. Ideal? No. Better? Heck Yes. 

I definitely like them better but I may still try to find a way to cover the blonde wood also. 
We shall see... 

xoxo Andrea

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