the chairs

6:00 AM

Last week I showed you my very fun creative project with our artsy Africa apartment that we have listed on Airbnb. It has been a busy week for us as we've hosted 4 different sets of guests with 2 more sets coming this week! What fun it has been meeting people from all over South Africa, The Netherlands, and France! I love it!

I mentioned showing off the inexpensive way we decorated this space. Part of the creativity in it for me is not only making things but finding ways I can re-purpose or make something beautiful out of stuff I just have lying around. That's how the chairs got a breath of new life. Can we say ugly? I mean, seriously, how much tan can you pack into one piece of furniture?

Chair before

Even though these chairs are old, I loved the bamboo and the shape, so I set out to give them new life. First, was simply spray painting them white. I love how white gives such a clean feel which is why I chose it a lot. (Tip: a glossy finish also makes it super easy to clean!) Next, I found this fabric, which I love, and recovered those pillows. The covers come off easily for washing, if need be.

Chair after

I was going to find fabric to cover pillows, but when I happened upon these black and white feather pillows for the equivalent of $2 each, I knew they were the perfect addition to these chairs and the room, AND it saved me time!

kitchen

I absolutely love how they complement the room, but even better, I love that I was able to re-purpose something ugly and make it beautiful!

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