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January 27, 2017

Personal Project | DIY | Myrtle Beach SC Photographer


When I’m not editing photos for clients, I’m editing decor for my home.  That may sound like a funny way of saying DIY but either way I enjoy the whole editing process no matter the subject!

Last spring we purchase our home and it’s been such a fun project ever since.  I love doing style and inspiration boards and seeing where my creativity can take me.  Along with purchasing some new furniture, I have decided to keep some of the old and “edit” it.

Our kitchen table was one of our first big furniture purchases when we got married 9 years ago.  It’s a clean, contemporary style which fit into the direction of the new home.  The only issue was that it was starting to look worn.  Take new furniture, add two little girls who are learning to feed themselves and bam… scratches appear and stains find a home.

Fortunately, this table is solid wood which means it can be repurposed.  Don’t be afraid to take your furniture and give it some love!  It may surprise you.

Below are the images + easy steps I took to get to the final design.  I think it turned out pretty good especially since I only spent around $30 for the upgrade!


How I got the look:


  1. Remove seat from chairs + sand down the wood making sure to remove all of the finish.
  2. Use spray paint primer prior to painting.  Tip:  If you keep the paint splotchy, it gives you more of a distressed look once its finished.  The final coat of paint goes on even so when placed on top of the splotchy primer, it will help to vary the coloring for the final look!
  3. I used Urban bronze for the final color.  I used a brush to paint it on and immediately wiped it with a rag to add some character.  I worked in smaller sections to ensure the paint was wet while doing this technique.
  4. Once it is dry, put a finish on it and you are good to go!


Chair Covering

  1. I removed the seats from the chairs.
  2. I measured the seat and added 2 inches to each side to ensure I was cutting the fabric correctly.
  3. I used burlap for my fabric.  You can choose to re
    move the old upholstery however, mine was almost the same color as the burlap so I kept it underneath to ensure you wouldn’t see through the holes of the fabric.
  4. Once you’ve cut the squares, use a staple gun to secure the fabric underneath.  Use scissors to remove excess fabric underneath if you have any.
  5. Re-assemble your chairs and you are good to go!  Easy, right?!

So before throwing out that old furniture, see if you can “edit” it into some
thing new!

Have a fab weekend y’all!



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