Friday Pretties: New furniture for (almost) free!




Chair before


Chair after


Two amazing DIY projects on a budget
 i found on "The art of doing stuff", a blog by this amazing and crafty lady Karen, who is really wort a visit!  She transformed an abandoned chair she found by the side of the road into this strikingly luxurious dream of a chair, and a simple piece of tree-trunk into a stylish side-table that looks like it was bought in an expensive design-store. 

For the chair, she simply covered it up with a Mongolian Lamb throw - no special skills needed for that one, it's finished in a minute, YAY!  For the table - hmmm, looks like a girl must be a bit more patient here, but it sounds perfectly doable as well. Look at the instruction here.

Boy, i miss going to the fleemarket and look for ragged chairs! What are your plans for the weekend?

More Friday Pretties to visit at Joyce's here! 

28 comments:

  1. Nice chair !!!....i have no plans for the weekend.....work on saterday......and sunday ??? who knows???....happy weekend......love Ria...happy friday pretties......!!

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  2. I would give anything to dream away in that amazingly fluffy chair right now. My favorite magazine and a huge mug of tea in each hand and off I am... Lovely post, liebe Martina. Einen tollen Abend xxxx

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  3. I love creative furniture like this! I'm always on the look out, but usually never come across something I could revamp for my home.

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  4. mass produced furniture is too much of a bore in my books! - love the individuality! - and it's so simple too! - great post!

    nora

    www.norachou.blogspot.com
    www.twitter.com/norachou

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  5. Beautiful! :) I love the white color & texture.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of relaxing moments!

    XOXO Gloria

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  6. Loved the book shelf and that furry chair. The cat on the chair looks regal too!!!
    Have a nice time Martina:)

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  7. LOVE it...looks like your sweet cat does too. You may have to fight for that chair my friend.

    Happy Friday to you. xoxoxoxo

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  8. Oooo!!!! O.K., I am the QUEEN of the alleys and trash cans! teeeeeheeee!!! I have found numerous chairs and tables in the trash. I even found a GOLD GILDED MIRROR and I use it in one of my fireplaces! NOW...I love that lamb throw. What a fabulous way to instantly restore that chair! I have seen these throws at IKEA and I was wanting one as a rug. Oh Martina, MORE Tea....MORE TEA DEAREST! This has been a really rough year with fatigue and stomach flues....I think the harsh winter has really taken a toll on us all, and for those of you who don't always get as much snow, it can really effect your health! My sweet friend, I send you my love, hugs and wishes for a weekend of pampering and healing! Camomile tea is a GREAT IDEA, so is peppermint, for the stomach.

    Well, I have one more day today, Friday for school. THEN THIS WEEKEND, on Sunday actually, is my 29th year wedding anniversary!!! We are just going out to walk around the malls and maybe if it doesn't snow, we will drive out to our favorite old town where there are MANY antique shops!!! LOVE TO YOU PRECIOUS, Anita

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  9. the chair looks comfortable after the transition:)

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  10. simplemente genial, Karen es increible y tu tambien!!!
    Feliz fin de semana Martina!!!
    Elena

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  11. That looks fabulous! I need to hit the flea market soon :)

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  12. What a beautiful and simple transformation!! I love it and it looks so cozy! The table is just beautiful, how creative!!

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  13. Wow, what a fantastic idea! I love antiquing for cheap and going to flea markets!!
    My husband and I take our 10 month old daughter; she loves it!

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  14. Martina ...Thanks for highlighting a Canadian !...Great Job!
    Her chair looks stunning!

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  15. i have missed you! i am so excited to catch up on all the goodness you always share here.
    you are such a gem.
    xo
    c

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  16. WOW!! That is soo cool! And it looks like such a comfy chair too!
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend M!

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  17. Very cool! I think that cat is in love.... ; 0)

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  18. This looks like the perfect place to sit Martina! That chair looks so comfy! I have a similar wood stump out in my yard, and I'd never have thought to make anything this beautiful out of that!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend :-)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  19. Ah, that chair has such a personality.
    One can actually see how individually unique it is. An excellent DIY project and an inspiration for us all. Off to Karen's blog for more;-)

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  20. WOW do I love this post....How are you feeling today precious one? Has that Camomile tea done its job? Oh am I glad it is the weekend. I had a rough day yesterday and I had to take a deep breath. I literally was about to faint because I allowed myself to get really angry with a student. He defied me, but I am getting to old to react in this manner. I must remember to keep my cool because I don't want to end up with high blood pressure over something that will be forgotten in his later years. WOW.....but it is time to celebrate and start over again. I may have to however, deal with his parents who will hear about our situation, but I did what I thought was right and I emailed them about the incident. I just basically scolded him and enforced a consequence, but you know what? I am young, but in some ways, I feel I am getting too old for this type of work! But I must carry on....times are tough and I am very fortunate to have work. WELL, weekends are our only hope!!!!

    THANK YOU FOR COMING BY MY SWEET FRIEND! Anita

    OH! HAVE FUN IN THAT TOWN!!! Drink to us all!!!

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  21. Great share there, thanks! Have a fun-filled weekends my friend! : )

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  22. That chair looks absolutely amazing! Have a wonderful weekend, sweetie :) xoxo

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  23. Does the sweet kitty come with the chair as well!?!? I love how you find these amazing blogs to share with us.

    This weekend the sun is out so we're headed out to a sea glass festival!! Hope you're having a yummy weekend,dahling :)

    xx
    Gwynnie

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  24. Oh Martina, we had SO MUCH FUN YESTERDAY in Stillwater, an old quaint town near us. ANTIQUE SHOPS and cool shops that have ribbons and glitter and crafts in the same bright colors that you display here gave us so much pleasure. We had such a good time; we are going to go out AGAIN today, our actual anniversary and play, play, play like we enjoy doing. THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISIT MY SWEET....I am going to just start all over again tomorrow at school. I am happy that the last week of March is our week-long spring break. Then, April comes, May, then JUNE IS IT...SUMMER VACATION BEGINS!!! May you have a lovely Sunday dear friend. OH! DO YOU HAVE SKYPE? I just signed up for it. IT IS FREE! If you have a camera on your computer, we could see and talk to each other! Let me know...Anita

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  25. I am late this time. Have a wonderful week ahead, travel time for me,see you.

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  26. Wow, what a difference, how clever!! I love markets of old things and re-doing them to look new, this is a great idea, I will have to try sometime :) xx

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  27. THAT is the Cutest chair Ever!!! I love it. It is so much Fun!
    Thanks for being a wonderful part of Friday Pretties,
    Joyce

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