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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.

A Kitchen Reborn Continued

With the addition of their new bar, my client’s kitchen table and chairs were too large for their new space.  As I regularly attend estate sales, visit thrift stores and yard sales, I’m always on the look out for some wonderful piece of furniture.  It was at an estate sale that I found the perfect table and chair set for their kitchen.  The photo below was taken at the estate sale.

Many of you know that I love the french provincial style, since it can have so many different looks.  My clients trust my judgement (definitely an honor) so I purchased the set.  The table needed to be round rather than oval to fit in the kitchen, but this round top wasn’t large enough to accommodate 5 people.

We purchased a larger wood table top, which my client affixed it to the original table base.  The base was painted black and distressed to match the bar.  Three coats of a dark walnut stain with polyurethane were applied;  I love the look of the table.

The chairs were finished before I tackled the table.  All were cleaned, sanded and primed and you can see at the difference between the chair’s original color compared to the primed chairs.

Here’s a look at the kitchen chair before and after.

The chairs were painted the same color as the cabinets.  I didn’t distress them like the cabinets nor use the same brown glaze. The metallic coffee glaze was a better match for the seat cushion fabric.

The table is the perfect size for this space.

Their large kitchen window had a honeycomb blind, which was a stark look for the room.  I added a pair of curtains, customized by sewing a band of the kitchen chair fabric and some decorative trim to them.

Here’s is a better view of the curtains.

My clients trusted me to purchase artwork for their home, which includes three pieces in the kitchen.  I fell in love with this still-life of a purple chair, loving how the black frame looks with the bar.

In addition to the still-life, decanter bottles were added displayed on a decorative round plate.  A  salad size plate with a french advertisement for champagne also adds some whimsy.

Two smaller prints were hung on the opposite side of the curtains, which also have black frames.

During one of my estate sales, I found a cubby with an upholstered cushion that would fit perfectly in the space right by their garage door.  They keep their soda cans, shoes and coats in this area and I thought the cubby would add to some order as well as a place to put on their shoes.

Here is the cubby in actual use.

During a vintage shopping hunt, I found two rugs for the family.  One is by the kitchen sink, which pulls in the sage walls as well as the blue of the living room while continuing the back up color of black.

My clients are amazing cooks (I’ve sampled a few of their delicious pasta dishes and baked confections) and this is the perfect space for them to enjoy cooking and dining.  I’m thrilled and honored to have been able to play a  role in the design of this space.


Chairs, Chairs, Chairs

I’ve been juggling a variety of painting projects along with the myriad end of school year concerts, honor awards and graduation parties, like so many other parents across the country.

Chairs have been a central theme for me lately.  I found two matching chairs at a local thrift store that I thought would look great painted and certainly reupholstered.  They sat in my garage for more than 6 months before I decided to work on them.

before white chair

I decided to go with an off-white paint color and a greek key inspired fabric.

white chairs with wicker table

These chairs can be used in any room of the house whether as accent chairs in the living room, at the kitchen table to a bedroom for additional seating.  I have a number of chairs like these scattered throughout my house, including  my living room, kitchen, mud room and guest bedroom.

Angle of white chair

If I didn’t already have too many chairs in my home, I’d seriously consider keeping them.  However, they are for sale at The Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport.

white chair pad and back

A wonderful client asked me to paint her six dining room chairs.  At first she thought she wanted them distressed, so I painted them with chalk paint, which is perfect for distressing.


The color wasn’t right and the chairs felt too elegant for distressing.  Round two … I sanded the chairs again and this time primed them.


My client wanted a darker color than the first so I choose Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint because it can be tinted in darker colors and it’s a very durable paint product.

spray painted

Chairs are very challenging.  Although I used my spray gun with them, it was difficult to get good coverage of the legs, the stretchers (the piece that spans the legs in the middle) and all of the nooks and crannies.  The chairs needed three top coats of paint in addition to the prime coat.  I will get a photo of the finished chairs in my client’s home by the end of the month and will update the blog.

I found these charming chairs on the side of the road.  The only noticeable issue is that the roping is off a corner of one chair, other than that, they are in great condition.

road side chairs before closer

They are available to be customized for your home.

Napoleonic Chair

Some refer to this chair as Napoleonic while others suggest French Country, but regardless of it’s style, it’s a great chair.   It had some scratches, dings and the like on the body while the seat needed recovering.


I cleaned the chair and took care of most of the scratches. Now for the fun part, choosing fabric. I wanted something bold for the seat cover and in the blue and white family and amazingly discovered this fabric in the outdoor fabric aisle. Score!

seat back

After attaching the fabric to the seat pad, I placed it on top of the chair only to discover that the pattern was just slightly off center; I must have pulled one side more than the other. So, round 2, take off the fabric and once again reattach it, this time checking constantly that the pattern is centered correctly.

chair back

I really wanted to find a spot in my home for this chair because it’s handsome. Plus it’s the perfect size to have next to an end table and to serve as additional seating when needed.

by fireplace

Since I already have a plethora of chairs, it is now for sale at the Plaid Rabbit.

From Office Chair to Custom Chair

Happy Fourth of July!

For a long time we had an iron “ice cream” chair at our computer table and it was hard even though I made a cushion for it.  Lucky for us, my husband brought home a comfy office chair.

The cushion isn’t this photo but you get the idea about this adorable ice cream chair being hard on the tush.


While the new chair was a great addition to the computer table, it’s gray body and orange/red cushion didn’t jive with the rest of the kitchen.


I decided to remedy the situation and took the cushion off the chair and cleaned it up before painting it a creamy off-white.

I didn’t have any fabric left from the kitchen pillows I made, so I rummaged around and found a pillowcase that would work with the chair.

I think it blends well enough with the rest of the room.  And the chair looks more in keeping with the computer area of the kitchen.

A quick fix for our new computer chair.

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