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Happy Reformation Day!

Ok, so she’s dressed for Halloween but… I decided to spice things up a bit and rather than say “Happy Halloween”, which is rather cliche and very pagan in nature, I thought I’d get your wheels turnin’ this morning and offer you a “Happy Reformation Day”. So, do you know what it is? I must admit, I used to not know either. I had not ever celebrated Reformation Day prior to my precious time at Faith Pres in Anniston, AL. Reformation Day marks the day in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg. At that time Luther was dissatisfied with the teachings and practices of the Catholic church, mainly the abuse of the practice of accepting indulgences (money in exchange for the pardon of sins). This prompted Martin Luther to argue that we are justified through faith in Christ, who paid all debts of all sinners in full by his ultimate sacrifice. Thus, starting the Protestant Reformation. Because I do have friends who are Catholic (who read this) it’s only fair to mention that not only was the Protestant Reformation started, but also, the Catholic Reformation which focused on examining their theology, doctrine and having a personal relationship with Christ.

Moving right along to more shallow and less important issues… a few years ago (I think 4) we bought a chair. It was a chair that was kinda ugly. I knew it wasn’t “cute” or “fun” when I bought it. But it was a good deal. And if you don’t know me well but read this blog, you’ve probably learned that I am cheap. And since the chair was a good deal I bought it and made it work. I decided it was time for the chair to have a makeover. I love a before and after picture so I thought I’d show y’all an exciting transformation that can take place at an upholstery shop. Without further adieu here’s the ugly chair before…

This is the best picture I could find… it’s from our house in Tallahassee. The chair was covered in a fabric that was “atztec” in nature and faded hues of red, gold, and green. Not all that exciting. Well, with the help of my sister I found some outdoor fabric that is stain resistant and weather resistant (so if our new roof leaks the chair won’t get wet). Anyway, one trip to upholstery shop, $150, and 5 short days later, the chair is covered in a cute navy blue and white trellis fabric (which I think is even pictured on E’s website in yellow?) and adorned with some antique brass nail head trim. Pretty dramatic, huh?! It’s a little loud but I love it and think it will be very nice in the family room!

I was so pleased with this chair that I made a run to the Highlands Antique Mall yesterday with my SIL (sister-in-law) and found a few more items in my favorite booth (which just so happens to be the cheapest)… and decided I couldn’t pass them up!! I now have 2 (Thomasville) wing back chairs and a Chippendale sofa for my living room!! I may have to wait until next year to have them upholstered but at least I snagged them before anyone else did! Can’t wait to show the afters… but for now, here are the befores!

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  • Anonymous
    October 31, 2007 at 7:08 am

    Okay, you are my kind of girl. I know we don’t know each other that well, but I feel like I’ve know you for years…thanks to the blog! I love antiques that can be given “new” life! My house if full of them. Love everything you are doing with your place. Tegan Corrie

  • Household6
    October 31, 2007 at 7:26 am

    WOW, I love your new/old chair! Your kids must be much neater then mine, that white would be grey in no time. I guess that’s life with boys though, huh?! Love your blog….keep it comin’, I need to update mine too, but thought I would wait for some Halloween pics!


  • erika
    October 31, 2007 at 8:03 am

    hey woman,

    your fabric is the real deal – straight up LuLu DK {www.luludk.com}, it ain’t that “yellow” on my website – that was a knock-off of yours. so, stand proud with your chair – you are ONE HOT FASHIONABLE MOMMA!
    Rock on with your navy chair!
    I can’t WAIT to get my hands on the wingbacks and the camelback – WATCH YOUR BACK wingbacks and camelbacks… I’m coming to town with fabric!

    happy owl-oween!
    – your sister

  • The Nebrigs
    October 31, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Darby, Love the chair!! Can’t wait to see what you do with the other furniture. Your right, never pass up a good deal. I have two wingback chairs sitting up stairs (i some how bought for $20) waiting to be made over. Happy Reformation Day to you! Krista

  • Dena
    October 31, 2007 at 9:02 am

    We say Happy Fall Y’all!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the chair – I bought a barrel chair at Goodwill for $1.99 and had that sucker recovered! Custom chair less than 200 bucks – awesome! Can’t wait to see what you do to the new furniture!

  • Robin
    October 31, 2007 at 9:47 am

    My house is full of upholstered pieces! I love the chair..The cupcakes are to die for..Is it olives for eyes? I will try and recreate if time allows.Now, if that is Dona you were with yesterday, ya’ll please invite me to go with you! Love ya…Robin You will have to get Dona to bring you to my house sometime. It is an ecletic creation to say the least…Happy Reformation Day..So Presbyterian!!!

  • Jennie-Marie
    October 31, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Great before and after, I love a good find. My favorite spots
    are in hartselle. I just redid some old metal chairs that I have really enjoyed!I may have to blog about those.

  • anna & geoffrey
    October 31, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    I love your new chair!! I want some of that cute fabric! (Your sister cracks me up with all of her comments…. !!) Hope things are going well and Love Morgan’s dress, too!!

  • The Lane Family
    November 2, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    D- Please tell me where this famous antique mall is! I am looking for nursery things or just things for me too(I mean, aren’t we all?). Love the new chair!