ReVibe ugly chairs with school spirit!

In this week's Upnorthlive ReVibe, Dan and Denine take us back-to school and show us how to ReVibe cast-off chairs with school colors and hip attitude!

Denine Dingeman, designer at Charitable Resale, shares her inspiration and teaches you to affordably style with ease! She's teaming up with Dan Brady, "tricks-of-the-trade" painter at Dan Brady Painting and Wood Restoration. He brings you time-saving tricks and products that are easy to find and use.

All college furniture used in this segment of UpNorthLive ReVibe will be sold to benefit Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse and ACT Artists Creating Together Grand Traverse. Here's how to score some personality in your apartment or dorm room with the pieces you see here:

Dan's MSU recliner is for sale by silent auction at Chairitable Resale. 100% of proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity, Grand Traverse. Silent auction ends Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Bidding will also be available at HERE beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug 9, 2012.

Denine's MSU and U of M chairs will be sold at Chairitable Resale and proceeds will benefit ACT Artists Creating Together Grand Traverse. Chairitable Resale is located at 1525 S. Division, Traverse City, Mich. 49684. It is open Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Call 231-313-7777 for more information.

2 Steps to ReVibe an ugly recliner into a super fan super chair:

1. Tape the entire chair (including under the cushion) with regular Duck® tape. Suggestion: Tape the body of the chair and chair back in vertical layers, if you think you'll be using your logo tape in horizontal layers. This criss-cross layering may be more water resistant and durable.

"Duck tape! There are so many new patterns on the market, and your college may be one of the lucky ones already enlisted," said Dan. "It's so easy to ReVibe an old chair or seating surface with a layer of regular duck tape for a consistent surface, and then use logo or patterned duck tape to jazz up an ugly piece of furniture. The best part about duck tape on a college campus? It's really water resistant for spills of messy roommates!"

2. Tape using logo Duck® tape. Pay attention to how the tape layers, where the logo repeats itself, and make sure working mechanisms (like handles and foot rests) are free and clear for mobility and motion.

Note: The recliner in this segment used 7 rolls of MSU Duck® tape.

"School spirit doesn't mean it needs to be all about mascots and logos," said Denine. "Use school colors to create trendy palettes that fit your personality. The obvious decorating route is for full-on logo gear. However, using hues of your school colors or choosing complementary colors to ReVibe old furniture will provide your little living area with freshness and personality. Solid colors or patterns of your school colors are excellent ways to spotlight your team loyalty and still feel your own sense of style."

Now start your bids MSU and U of M Fans!!

Click HERE for more information on Dan Brady Painting and Wood Restoration.


Need some paint? Call 231-947-8522, or stop by Northwood Paint & Supply in Traverse City.

Need some Frogtape? Click HERE.

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