Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy Friday

A beautiful hallway done by Palmer Weiss. I love the skirted console table and the mirror! Enjoy the weekend....

Sunday, August 22, 2010

DIY Chair Upholstery

Remember the chair I got for $10 at the world's longest yardsale? Here is is below when I bought it. It actually looks better because by this point I had thrown away a nasty back cushion.

First I removed the fabric on the chair and the trim. The trim was glued on and the fabric was stapled.

Next came off a layer of foam followed by a layer of batting. Here is the chair completely stripped down, ready to redo.

Next I picked a fabric, which was Waverly's Criss Cross pattern. (I ordered 2 yards, which turned out to be way too much. I only used about half a yard total.) I lightly sanded it, just to take off the gloss, and then used a Valspar white primer that I picked up at Lowe's. Here it is with one coat of primer. Better already!
 I waited about an hour for that to dry, then sprayed it with Valspar's Satin white spray paint. One can turned out not to be enough, so I went to Wal-Mart. There I got some Krylon white satin spray paint, and the new batting and foam cushion I would need.
This came to less than $20 total. So after I finished spray painting and the chair dried, I added the new foam and batting.
I ended up putting down a layer of batting, then the cushion, then another layer of batting over that. I filled in the areas where the foam didn't cover so it would be the same thickness all over the seat of the chair. Next I used the fabric piece I had kept to cut out a rough shape of the cushion.

Then I stretched the fabric over the cushion and batting, and pulling tightly, began to staple. I used a staple gun we already had with 9/16ths size staples. I tried to fit the staples in the groove running around the bottom of the chair where the trim had previously been glued in.
As you can see, it was difficult to get the staples even and some of them completely missed their mark. I cut slits in the side where the fabric met the arm, and stapled the excess fabric tightly to the underside of the arm to form a neat corner. After the stapling was complete, I used a rubber mallet to nail in some nickel nailhead trim all the way around, covering up the staples completely.
I got the nailheads at Lowe's for $1.24 a pack. I bought five the first time, with 25 in each pack, but ended up making a second trip for more. Total I used 9 1/2 packs, totaling roughly $12. I carefully hammered these in all the way around, but still managed to mark up the legs and sides a little. I'll need to go back and touch up some of the white. So here is the finished product, costing around $60 for everything I used and the original cost of the chair.
This is going in the bedroom for a much needed reading chair. I think it fits the space perfectly and for minimal effort and cost. What do you think?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Home is where the Books are

I really like the herringbone print on the chairs in this one
exactly what a library should be. I could read for hours in here.
loving the dog bed on the bottom!
perfect topiaries! and I really like the orange mirrors
I love this look, but the books aren't very accessible
cute feather wreath...but not so sure about the horns
the convex mirror is a perfect touch and focal point here
Love the yellow and the light fixture!
beautiful wall color

Happy Friday!!!

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~Anna Quindlen

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Furbish Studio new online store

One of my favorite blogs to follow is I Suwanee. Jaime, the writer, has just opened an online store. If you are looking for reasonably priced designer fabric and chic accessories, this is the place to go. Check it out here.
Here are some of the fabrics I'm now considering for the chair upholstery project.

I am now leaning towards the Ikat. Of course, she has plenty of other cute things to fill up your shopping basket, such as the mercury glass owl

porcelain starfish
tons of cute pillows

blue trellis dog bed

Check it out!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Victory is Mine

I bought a chair exactly like this one above this past weekend at a yard sale. (Side Note: Actually at the world's longest yardsale which was a huge letdown. Shame on Martha Stewart, Southern Living, and HGTV for getting my hopes up!)
I plan on painting it white and reupholstering, although not in purple. Some fabrics up for consideration.....

So far I am leaning towards the third one, which is from Designer's Guild in the Morskaya design.
It reminds me of the gorgeous chairs in the dining room of my Caldwell Flake post. I love how the blue velvet just pops against the neutral background. I found some Chiang Mai dragon fabric on Ebay here but it's $95 plus shipping. I also found some Kravet fabrics I like. Decisions, decisions. 
Before and after pictures coming!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Powder Room Inspiration

Gorgeous powder room complete with nesting tables, capiz chandelier, and a glamorous gilt edged mirror. I'd love to wash up in here, wouldn't you?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Elements of Nature

Today I am focusing on elements of the outdoors that enhance interiors. I've been on a search for some round moss topiaries or balls to use as a living room accents. They seem to be hard to locate, but very prevalent as a designer pick in the following rooms.
Not only is the gallery wall beautiful with botanical prints, but the potted topiary also adds another layer of elegance.
More topiaries and an orchid dining room centerpiece.

One of my favorite black and white rooms with complimenting green houseplants.
The small boxwoods on pedestals are very elegant and the bulbs are a nice touch. If you look closely, there appears to be something green in a vase on the table also.
Simple burlap wrapped topiary.
From my dream home, a beautiful arrangement with limes and gorgeous potted plants. I do have to point out the graphic wall covering I love and the tufted ottoman. 
Topiaries atop the mantle and fresh flowers on the tables.
I love the moss elements in the bookcase. This room appears comfortable, layered, and classic.

I think the last image would have to be my favorite!

image credits: unknown, unknown, Douglas Friedman, unknown, House of Tuquoise, Jeneration Interiors, unknown, DC Design House.