11 Magnolia Lane in Print: Upstyle Your Furniture

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If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, then you might already know about this, but our latest print feature is out, and this time it’s a BOOK!   For some reason, that seems like the real deal to me. 🙂

Upstyle Your Furniture | Stephanie Jones

We were contacted last fall by Stephanie Jones, of Me & Mrs. Jones in Memphis, Tennessee.  She’s a talented artisan who was writing a book called Upstyle Your Furniture: Techniques and Creative Inspiration to Style Your Home {Amazon affiliate link}, and she wanted to include a case study of one of our projects.

We were, of course, thrilled.

The first runner-up was my grey fabric-painted chair:

Fabric painted chair

But because fabric painting is SO big right now that it might be a tad overdone, she chose my painted dining room table and chairs, with the monograms on the back:

Painted dining room chairs at 11 Magnolia Lane

I turned in photos and a step-by-step of how I transformed the chairs last August, and then I waited patiently (sort of)…to be able to tell you about it!

Upstyle Your Furniture

Several years later, this is still one of my favorite projects–it changed this dirty and damaged set completely:

Dining room chair cushions "before"
It’s held up beautifully, too.


The book was released just a few days ago:

Above is the Amazon link if you’d like to check it out–it’s full of lots of great tips for making your furniture beautiful.  And be sure to visit Stephanie’s site; she’s wonderfully talented and her projects will certainly inspire you!

If you’d like to read about our other past features, Amy’s office was featured in Working Mother magazine, my kitchen was featured in Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers, and my laundry room was featured in Cottages & Bungalows.

Magazine features at 11 Magnolia Lane

To me, the takeaway from all of this is that anyone can make their house and their furniture look beautiful, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  As you know, neither one of us has any formal design training, and we find lots of our items at thrift stores (me) and auctions (Amy).  You can do it, too!

By the way, if you’re visiting from Country Living.com because you saw the sneak peek of Amy’s open shelving in the kitchen, be sure to sign up for email updates {here} so you’ll know when we publish that tutorial (soon!).

Tutorial for easy DIY open shelving | 11 Magnolia Lane

{Disclosure:  the Amazon links are affiliate links.  If you make a purchase after clicking through these links, we will earn a small commission (I’ll name my yacht after you).  You don’t pay a penny more than you would otherwise.}

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  1. Congrats. That is so exciting!!

  2. Congratulations and I the dining room table and chairs project is one of my favorites!…So exciting!

  3. Congratulations, how exciting! Your dining room set looks beautiful and I also love your chair makeover! I am planning on attempting to paint an outdated pink chair similar to yours, but I’m still unsure if it will work as the fabric is that soft almost velvety fabric. It’s still sitting in the basement waiting for some attention!

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