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Twofer Tuesday

Twofer Tuesday

Today I’m coming atcha with two different makeovers from one room. I guess it’s technically a bedroom, since it has a method of egress and a closet, but it really serves as more of a walk-through space for me. But I wanted a spot for a sundry niece or nephew to stay, so I stuck a daybed in there! But a naked closet and a 1980’s daybed would not do for a spot in Chez Redopalooza.

Funny story about the daybed – I was cruising Craigslist with the vague idea of buying one, when I discovered one that was listed just down the street from me. I leaped from my chair and went running out the door in my comfortable clothes (okay, they were pajamas) and hustled down the street. There I met the nicest woman and carried the daybed home with me in pieces. Later on I would discover that she is the owner of this amazing etsy shop: ReMain Eco Designs, where she sells incredible pieces made from bicycle parts. Small world!

After many nights in my chilly basement and a substantial mattress investment, the daybed is now a much more palatable and comfortable orange. And just so the closet wouldn’t feel left out, I dressed it up with some cathedral windows fabric from Joann. That was another funny story – I bought the remaining fabric on the bolt and when I got home discovered that it was EXACTLY the right size! I didn’t have to cut it once. Okay, that’s not that funny. Sue me.

Anyway, here are the afters, in all their glory!


Hope you like them! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving!

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I’ve been posting . . . Periodically!

I’ve been posting . . . Periodically!

This is an oldie but a goodie.  At one point in time a few years ago, I was in search of a new coffee table.  It struck me at the time how boring most coffee tables are, and the ones that aren’t boring are usually hideous.  Neither option appealed to me or my living room decor!

So I got to thinking about making a unique coffee table and I just couldn’t stop thinking “Periodic Table.”  I considered creating a coffee table with the standard-issue chemistry class periodic table, but then I stumbled across this GENIUS project:  http://azuregrackle.com/periodictable/table/, and I knew immediately what I would do.  I tracked down a super-boring but high quality oak coffee table and used paint, paper, and Mod Podge to transform it into my own Periodic Coffee Table of the Elements.  Behold!

And here are a few closeups of my favorite elements (well, not favorite ELEMENTS, because I love all the elements equally [doesn’t everybody?], but my favorite PRINTS of the elements):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the interest of education, I’ll leave it to you to discover what the more cryptic of these elements are.  Please visit the project website, too, for more information:  http://azuregrackle.com/periodictable/table/.  I believe they may even sell prints of certain of the elements.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

I’ll Get the Chair for This

I’ll Get the Chair for This

Can you keep a secret?  I mean, really, like not tell ANYONE?  Cuz it looks like I may have committed a crime and I have to get it off my chest.  Can I trust you?

Oh geez, put the phone down, I’m just talking about a design crime.  And no jury in the world would convict me after it sees the evidence!  I’ll leave it up to you.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present to you Exhibit One:

An unassuming chair that had seen better days, but with fine lines and a proud lineage.

Suspecting a design icon in the rough, Ms. Palooza purchased this chair for the (what should probably also be criminal!) low price of $7.00 and spirited it away to a location she refers to as Craft Purgatory.  Ominous, no?

Her internet research turned up a very similar specimen, designated as a Saarinen office chair by Knoll.

However, the chair in her possession bore a brand name of Virco and had only four casters, not five.  Additionally, when Ms. Palooza viciously tore into the chair with a screwdriver and pliers, this is what she found:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chair literally fell apart in her hands and spewed ancient upholstery foam debris (see second picture above) throughout her house.  After a halfhearted attempt at DIY upholstery, Ms. Palooza had it professionally reupholstered and now it looks like this!

Here endeth the Perry Mason (yes, I am 67 years old) bit.

So I bought this chair at a thrift store and it was disgusting.  I tell myself it’s a Saarinen knockoff so I can sleep at night, but I know there are design purists out there who are probably crying, “Sacrilege!”  In any case, I think it looks great!  i’d love to hear what you think, even if it involves design prison!

Thanks for stopping by!

Daydream Believer

Daydream Believer

When I need a mindless websurfing target, Craigslist is a favorite.  I like to pretend that I have an enormous climate-controlled workshop, an endless supply of cash, and an insanely popular brick-and-mortar shop, and I consider the transformations I would perform on the listings under the Furniture For Sale section.  Make no mistake – some of the listings make me daydream about a large bucket to heave into.  But some of them are real gems, real cheap!

Before we go any further, though, I have a warrant to serve from the Grammar Police.  The following seem to be frequent infractions on Craigslist, so I want to warn any of my fellow officers to gird your loins before you go a-surfing.

It’s WROUGHT iron, people!  Not ROD iron, or worse, ROT iron!

They’re called DRAWERS, not DRAWS!

The other side of that coin:  it’s a chest OF drawers, not a CHESTER DRAWERS!

I could go on for pages, but I’ll spare you any further tirade.  It’s my personal burden to bear . . . .

On to the furniture!  Here are a few examples from the Las Vegas craigslist website and what I dream of doing to them (that sounds naughty!):

This headboard is just begging for some paint.  I think you’ll find that’s a common thread in all my Craigslist daydreams.  Seriously, though, can’t you imagine glossy white paint on this?  Or a gorgeous turquoise (I don’t care if it is played out)?  Lime green, hot pink, glossy black – any of these would be gorgeous on these curves.  Not all at the same time, though; we’re going for hip and cool, not insomnia-inducing.

This set would also receive some latex loving.  I think it would be great in a deep gray, with a bright, funky fabric on the chair.  I would try painting or Rub-and-Buffing the current drawer handles silver.  Sigh…I’m imagining penning a note to Mr. Darcy at this little number.

Oops, I went a little Pride and Prejudice on ya for a second!  🙂

I’m not usually a fan of brass-type beds, but this one has just enough spunk for me.  I would (of course) paint it, but first I would find a funky-cool quilt that would go on it and choose one of the colors in the quilt to use on it.  Something Garnet Hill-ish or Anthropologie would do nicely.  Like a quilt with aqua, orange, hot pink, and lime green, and paint this headboard glossy orange.  Yes!

This chair is just unusual enough to have me intrigued.  First I would do a little research on it to see if I could live with myself after painting it.  If it’s a rare or significant piece, I would probably leave it as is and just put it up for sale in my (imaginary) resale shop.  However, if it’s a post-acid trip creation from 1973, I would paint it glossy white or aqua with a bright fabric on the seat; I’m sure Amy Butler has a design that would work well!  Are you sensing a theme?  “Paint, apply bright fabric, rinse, repeat.”

The detail on this headboard would look AWESOME with a cool paint job.  Maybe bright yellow…?  I know a lot of people use distressing and/or wax or glazes to highlight details like this, and I think that looks good if done sparingly.  I have yet to try it myself, but if I had that workshop, who knows what techniques I’d try!

The beauty of this chair is that it looks to be in great shape and would also be a cinch to upholster.  A cinch, I tell you!  Plus, this style of chair would fit in almost any but the most modern of rooms.  Even without any tweaking it could play a respectable supporting role in an eclectic living room or bedroom, but I’ve got this giant workshop and nothing but cash and time on my hands, right?  A girl can dream….

See previous brass/wrought iron bed.  Oooo, how about painting it a bright coral color?

Okay, up until now, the items I’ve shown were below $100 each, which makes them steals in my book.  The next photo is kind of a red herring because it’s not only way out of that price range at $400, it’s also not something I would come NEAR with a paintbrush!  Feast your eyes on this baby:

Do you hear angels singing?  I sure do.  Heavy                heavy                SIGH.  Gorgeous.

Well, I hope you don’t think I cheated by not actually (re)DOING anything for today’s blog post, but I just wanted to share my Craigslist lust (Craigslust?) with you guys!  These pictures all came from posts on Las Vegas Craigslist, and I’ll be glad to forward the links to anyone interested.  If you buy the yellow chair, can I come over and soak in its aura?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Green with Amy

Green with Amy

One of my favorite ways to start a project is with a piece that’s already not hideous.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s fun to take a crime against humanity and attempt a reformation on it.  I mean, there’s nowhere to go but up in those cases, and if I screw it up, I haven’t committed some mortal decor sin.  But the ante is upped when I come across a little item like this set of shelves, that is already pretty cute by itself:

But I couldn’t leave well enough alone, now could I?  What kind of blog would this be if I didn’t do anything to gems such as this?  It would be a shopping blog.  And frankly, I can’t muster up much more than “Look what I bought!” when it comes to writing about shopping, so lucky for all of us, I went to town on this bad boy!

I’ve been painting by hand lately and I’m kind of liking it.  Please don’t tell spray paint that I’m seeing paint in a can on the side, but we’ve got something special, I think.  I feel more connected to pieces that I paint by hand, and I don’t look like a doorknob, standing in my garage in my spray painting getup for all the world to see.  Spray painting getup = flannel pants, sweatshirt, slippers, crazy morning hair, and mask.  I think it’s the reason I don’t know any of my neighbors…!

At any rate, I painted these shelves “Gilded Pesto” by Valspar and then introduced them to Amy Butler in the form of scrapbook paper.  Of course, our friend Mod Podge came to the party, sealing the paper on the back of each shelf.  Et voila!

And then we had a couple knickknacks get in on the action:  my little Asian guy who is a salt shaker without his mate (I wonder if he was seeing Cayenne on the side and Black Pepper ditched him!), and a singing bowl.  If you’ve never seen or heard a singing bowl, I highly recommend them.  I love to just close my eyes, strike the bowl, and listen to the ringing, which will go on what seems like forever.  It’s very soothing!  And decorative!  🙂

I like to think I improved upon an already cute little set of shelves.  They didn’t need much help and easily could have gone other design directions (shabby chic, anyone?  Or shabby “sheik,” as I saw it referred to recently?!), but I am of the opinion that adding Amy Butler to a project is always a step in the right direction!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dirty old grandfather

Dirty old grandfather

So this dirty (and fuzzy!) old grandfather reached out and touched me in the thrift store!  After I recovered from the shock, I took a closer look and thought I saw something there….

Yeah, no wonder he ended up in the thrift store – you can’t keep a dirty old man like this around the house for long.  The material behind the brass clock face looks like…copper, maybe?  Or tooled leather?  WRONG.  It’s some kind of weird, probably carcinogenic plastic that was melding with the board behind it.  Shoulda worn my hazmat suit while ripping it off, but I’m impatient a daredevil!

Following the required quarantine in Craft Purgatory, I put on my psychologist hat and decided to reform him into a fresh, modern metrosexual!!!  I cleaned him up, gave him a new suit, and will soon send him on his way via etsy or Craigslist.

Here’s a closer look at his clean new face!

That’s a Mod Podged fat quarter up in there.  Seriously, is there anything Mod Podge CAN’T do?

Hope you enjoyed this heartwarming story of reforming a wayward grandfather into a productive (and punctual!) member of society.  See you soon!

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Lamp Redemption!

Lamp Redemption!

Sometimes when I’ve had a craft misstep like the one I related in my last post, I like to take some time to refresh my memory with a walk down Craft Win Lane.  To that end, I bring you this horror show:

What?  What IS that thing (besides a crime against humanity)?  It’s a fake marble ceramic lamp, of course!  And if you’re wondering why the shape of it gives you have a sudden hankering for a PB&J and a juice box, see if this jogs your memory:

When I first saw this lamp, I had a murky idea that I might open up a can of polymer clay whoop-ass on it.  I wasn’t sure how my idea would play out, but I brought it home anyway and introduced it to the other occupants of my craft room, a.k.a. Craft Purgatory.  I allowed it to marinate for a few months, and then it was ripe for redoing.  I decided not to devise a polymer clay treatment and instead took a healthy helping of spray paint, a lampshade, a dash of spray adhesive and fabric, and look what happened!

 

 

 

 

YES!

And craft balance is restored.  Thanks for stopping by!

Let’s hit the head

Let’s hit the head

HeadBOARD, that is!

I was recently in my local Savers store and saw this grody headboard.  It was marked $19.99 and I thought it had potential, but I have a garage full of furniture with potential, so I gritted my teeth and walked away from it.

About a week later, I popped into Savers to see what was new.  Lo and behold, the headboard was still there, so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be mine, and I hauled that baby up to the register!

Next came the hunt for the fabric to recover the center part.  I searched just about every fabric store near me and found a couple prints that were almost what I wanted, but I don’t like to spend money on something unless it makes me go, “Oh, it’s perfect!,” so the hunt continued.  I did find a plain deep aqua fabric that was the perfect weight and price at JoAnn, and I got a sudden inspiration to make my OWN print with a fabric stencil.

Although the stenciling was much easier (the spray adhesive is the key) than I expected, it was time-consuming, so I only stenciled the parts that would show!  Meanwhile, I gave the frame a couple coats of glossy white paint.  I Febrezed the heck out of the padded section of the headboard and stretched the freshly-hatched fabric right over the original fabric.  You’ll find out soon enough – I’m not one to make work for myself!

Below is the result of my labors.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by.  I’d love to hear your comments, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!