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Office Chair and New Ottoman Slipcover

In my excitement to tackle a new project, I never remember to take a “before” photo to show the dramatic change in a piece of furniture.  I spied this office chair at Goodwill for $4.88.  It was dated with nubby and dirty yellow fabric on the seat and back rest.  The metal connecting the seat and backrest were covered in stickers, both front and back.  And finally, the metal had splotchy stains on every surface.

After using a straight razor to get the stickers off, I turned to Goof Off, which is a great product for getting rid of glue and its residue.  Using another of my favorite products, “Krud Kutter,” I scrubbed the metal surfaces with steel wool to get a nice shiny finish.  I moved my office to a corner of our “reading room.”  With my photographs framing a mirror I hand painted and my new desk chair, my office area is a great spot to work.

As a completely self-taught sewer, my first sewing machine was as inexpensive as they come and could basically sew one layer of fabric with hardly any special stitches.  After many frustrating attempts to sew pillows and cushions on this machine, I finally broke down and purchased a sewing machine that could handle upholstery sewing.

While I can easily sew almost any pillow, slipcovers have been my undoing until last night. Although I had sewn two previous slipcovers for this ottoman, none of them fit just right.   I decided to try once again with different fabric.  I am truly pleased with how this version  turned out!

Now I need to try my hand at slipcovering a chair, which I hope I get in one take!




Another Redo for Desk

This room is being redecorated, which includes painting the desk again.  Here is the original coral color.

Here’s the new version of the desk, painted in a pewter color with a dark glaze.

The metallic glaze makes the desk more dynamic as it seeps into the details of the desk.

The handles are painted in an oil rubbed bronze.




Glamorous Vanity

A gift from my sister, this vanity sat in my garage for six months while I was working on other projects and pondering how  to transform it.  Initially it was going to be a silver metallic, but a friend showed me a new bronze metallic paint color.   It’s always fun to try something new!

It was missing four out of six knobs so new hardware was needed.  I think of hardware as furniture’s jewelry or accessory.  It’s a place you can try different styles to see which one you’ll like best.

I had this fabric and thought it would look perfect on the vanity chair.  To make the vanity have a little “zing” to it, I painted the mirror in black, playing off the fabric.

Whether in a bedroom or bathroom, this vanity will add some personality to the room.  This piece is for sale at the Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport, 1018 Mound Street.


Playful Purple Metallic Home Office

I was recently asked to custom paint two pieces for a new home office.  I love the furniture my client selected, which have been in my inventory for some time.   The armoire, which will be used for storage, has eye catching details while the french provincial vanity, to be used as a desk, has wonderful lines.  She wanted both pieces painted in a metallic purple,  created by combining an eggplant color with silver metallic paint.

Painted in metallic silver and glazed, the armoire’s embellishments create a sense of glamour.  I discovered  these knobs a few years ago and they are perfect with the armoire and vanity.

The entire armoire is glazed in a mixture of black latex and gold metallic paint.

My client will add shelves to the armoire, expanding its storage capacity.

The french provincial vanity before its makeover.

The drawer pulls were converted to knobs.

My client wanted the desk top to be painted black and then distressed to show the metallic purple and the various accent colors underneath.

The original gold detail on the piece was enhanced.

I really enjoy when my client’s expand my palette horizon.  Purple metallic is a unique choice but it works wonderfully!

Living and Dining Room Refreshed

My client’s next project to tackle was the living and dining rooms.  The  quickest and easiest way to impact a room is by adding color to the walls.   The photo below is before the walls were painted.

I love the instant impact paint can have on a room.  It’s budget friendly and done in just a day or two.  The room looks warmer and more inviting.  A sleeker new fan was installed, a mirror was hung over the sofa and throw pillows were added to the couch.  I found a catchall basket that is under the cocktail table for the kid’s laptops and other miscellaneous items to keep the room free from clutter.

The wood furniture was hand crafted by my client’s father.

I found these lamps at an Antique show and created new lampshades to soften the look and add some visual interest on the mantle.

An arm chair and side table were added to create additional seating and to help define the living room from the dining room.   I had both pieces in my garage, waiting to be customized.

The dining room furniture was from my client’s mother.

This table was originally in the entryway but was too small for the area.  A daughter brought this handmade mirror home from France.  I am going to take a family portrait plus a photo of the girls to fill these frames when the weather becomes warmer.

The first change in the dining room was to reupholster the dining room chairs from a burgundy fabric to a multi-colored one, which pulls in the colors from both the living room and kitchen.

Pillows and placemats were made  with the seat fabric.

Another new piece of art, which hangs next to the hutch.

The client’s china and crystal items were used to create a more visually interesting display in the hutch as well as on the buffet.

My client picked out the dining room chandelier.

This is probably my favorite new piece of artwork, hangs prominently between the living room and kitchen.

The entryway was painted a light gray with a rug added to add color and depth.  This view is from the entryway into the living room.

The french provincial chair while it isn’t identical to the kitchen table set, it can be added when needed.  Otherwise it’s a great place to sit down and put on shoes.

The table was another piece I had in my garage.  It is a better size for the entryway and was painted a sage green color to match both the kitchen chair fabric and the rug.

The mirror was also in my garage.   A glass lamp and other items were added to the table for light and visual interest.

I was disappointed when this project was finished.  My clients are truly lovely people who I enjoy very much and it was great to work with them on making design changes to their living and dining rooms, entryway and kitchen.

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