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!