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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Phew! The days that our segments on The Nate Show air are just so surreal. It’s sort of like watching someone else there on the TV, you know? Even after four times on the show, it’s still so strange. Plus, it’s a shame we didn’t lose any of our dorkiness over the past few months. We were so busy working our rear ends off to make the stuff look good, that we sort of forgot to play it cool.  Anyway, if you missed yesterday’s show, you can see the super-fun reveal segment below:
Isn’t Nate the cutest? And he seriously could not have been nicer to us. Love him. This room gave us a run for our money, but it came together so beautifully. We love that it took us out of our design comfort zones, and also made us try a few things we’d never done before.
One of the things I’m most proud of is this ugly-$15-beat-up-leather-turned-handsome-houndstooth scene-stealer. Yes,, you got that right. One of our greatest strengths, especially as a team, is that we’re not afraid to tackle any project, and this is proof! First of all, reupholstering usually means sewing a bit, and we don’t sew. Secondly, we’ve never even attempted upholstering So, why not give it a whirl for all of tvland and Nate Berkus to see? Ha! We’re crazy.
I’m not even going to try to explain to you what we did in tutorial-fashion, because quite honestly, it was a whole lot of trial and error with some yanking and grunting thrown in. But I can tell you a few simple things that really helped the process go smoothly with our chair makeover.
We were able to take the arms off of the chair, which made sanding and staining, not to mention reupholstering one hundred times easier to do. I sanded and sanded and sanded and then stained the arms and legs in a deep walnut. I followed that up with a coat of water-based poly to seal it all up. We used about 1 1/2 yards of fabric and two small boxes of nailheads, both of which we found at Joann’s. We sort of viewed reupholstering the chair as wrapping a present, and got started on the least noticeable areas. Once we got going, the process got easier and easier.
It took us about 2 hours off and on to get it right, but we were so happy with the results of our first ever chair makeover. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty close!
My favorite part, for sure, is the nail head detail along the back. Not only does it look awesome, but it covers the seam so well!
Isn’t it lovely? Now, we have to decide who gets to keep it. You can be sure we’ll be flipping a coin for it. 🙂
So, my recommendation to you is go ahead and give that project you’re a little afraid of a shot! Sometimes it’s worth the risk. Or, if you’d rather not, that’s ok too. Let the pros do it for you- we highly recommend Jet Upholstery to get the job done for you. That way you can be sure it’ll come out perfect, without having to stand in compromising positions next to your best friend (not that that happened to us! 🙂
What project are you hesitating to tackle for fear it might not turn out right?


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The comments +

  1. Punky says:

    wow, looks gorgeous! What fabric did you use? Is it some kind of thicker material?
    I’m dreaming of sanding down and refinishing our kitchen cabinets, but I’m so fearful it’ll be a disaster!!!

  2. Kelli B says:

    What a great room! I’m glad you “went out with a bang” on the Nate Show. He seemed impressed and rightly so. Just wish I could afford to hire you two to re-do my house! 🙂 God’s got great things planned for the RHBC–keep it coming!

  3. Sarah says:

    You guys were awesome yesterday on Nate!!! Congratulations. It was so cool to watch. The room was gorgeous, so hard to believe you did all that for $250!! Loved the dresser redo, the roofing material stencils and the houndstooth chair. I’m deathly afraid of upholstery, but you guys made it look totally doable:)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! I grew up in Doylestown and now live in the suburbs of Boston. I love PA, I miss the farms and open landscape and D-own center and things like Peddlers Village:) As soon as I saw your blog, I was like “OMG! I have to follow them!!” Great to finally meet you, you guys are an inspiration!

  4. Marnie says:

    Super cute, love the back of the chair!

  5. Kerry says:

    Just watched you guys on Nate! (I had to DVR you!) The room looked gorgeous and I am SO impressed at what you guys were able to do w $250. I loved the color of the dresser and the nail head details on this chair are gorgeous! I am ALMOSt inspired to try and recover something around my house… almost. 🙂

  6. Maura says:

    Loved the room on the show and great job with the chair. You gals are quite talented and amazing! Love your blog!

  7. marissa says:

    Where did you find that great chevron rug? Love love your blog!

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