Before and Afters: Back to School 2014 Edition

Why is this year going so fast??? Stop it!!!

After a long summer, it’s time again to send the kiddos off to class and for parents to get back to those around-the-house projects. You know who you are! Moms and Dads of Austin and surrounding areas — it’s time you all do the same! Students, treat yourself to a job well done in advance and Spruce up your dorm room! Let the before and afters below influence your most earnest efforts this fall!

Our first before and after is a great gift from Mom to her young adult daughter for graduation! Really! Our customers snagged the chair for cheap in San Antonio. She and Mom came and picked out the textile of the grad’s dreams!

Saarinen-style desk chair before.

Saarinen-style desk chair, before.

Desk chair after! Fabric is Brunschwig and Fils " in blah.

Desk chair, after! Fabric is Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches in Black. A +!

Dunson chair after 3

Dang! Looks so good!

Our next before and after was a gift given from a mom to a much younger daughter to grow into. Fun, young, but something the gal can grow with! I can imagine this tween using the chair at her desk through her college years!

Before - a family piece worth saving.

Before: a family piece worth saving.

Chapin chair after 4

After: top of the class!


We have saved plenty of family treasures this summer! See this neat-oh lodge style chair below. Perfect for that mid-century Texas ranch-style home!



After! Head of the class!

After! So smart!

Tannery chair after

Fabric used was a simple brilliant blue canvas from Norbar Fabrics. Well done! We refinished the frame, as well, for the freshest update!

We had a client with a yen for Central American fabric commission a cool redo! She chose her favorite textile, a Guatemalan skirt (corte) with randas (embroidered decoration used in Central America), and paired it with a smart indigo chenille where the skirt ran out. We love the result!

Before - Native American studies!

Before: Native North American studies.

After - Central American Textiles Studio!

After: Central American Textiles Studio!

I love this clever pairing of the Morris-style chair, mixed with the casual and vibrant, soft Central American vibe. It feels very mature but with a fun Bohemian and traveled twist! A+ again!

Another family chair got a sweet refresh! See the saggy original below. It left a dusty haze everywhere beneath…

Just say "NO"!

Just say “NO”!

Stay in school!!

Stay in school!

Leclair chair after 3

The customer sourced her own Asian-style satin jacquard and gave it to her most favorite student — her daughter! Luckyyyy!

I hope you all have enjoyed the back to school makeovers! We at Spruce wish you all “straight A’s” all year long!