It’s been way too long since I last posted in the blog. I’ve upcycled a few things in the mean time, so I promise I am going to make a few new posts in a short time. None of them are grandiose, but small things are fun to make, too. In this post I wanted to show a new cushion I just made for an Ikea chair. You know, the famous Ikea’s Poang chair. Continue reading
I recently wrote a post about spray-painting a French style desk in a nice wine color. I already had a vintage chair to go with the desk, except that the upholstery on the chair was faded, dirty, and TEAL colored. A really clashing combination, just an immediate eyesore. It was time for DIY upholstering again.
Just a few thoughts on introducing old furniture pieces to modern interiors. If anybody told me just 5 years ago that I would become an advocate for vintage or antique furniture, I would laugh it off. I had a deep dislike for the traditional style, especially in the interpretation of such in late 20th century. You know what I mean – overstuffed couches upholstered in faux leather and just exuding pseudo opulence. Nail head trim on a couch – no, thank you, I’ll pass that one. I was all for a modern interior.
I’ve just started remodeling my guest room. So many upcycling projects planned! This is the room where my daughter stays when she is in town. Because she visits Europe, France in particular, very often, she loves old Europe flavor in interior design. So I decided to add some French flavor to the room while reusing most of the furniture. One thing I had to replace, though, was a Shaker style, small desk. It absolutely did not fit in. Craig’s list, then! Sure enough, I found a very nicely shaped, French style desk with Ormolu (bronze ornaments on the legs) for $95. It was heavily nicked and scratched, especially the top and needed refinishing. A spray painting candidate? Will see, first I need to remove the old finish.
I never thought about DIY reupholstering furniture until my dogs completely ruined the upholstery on my cheap but beloved armchair I used as my office chair. I found an upholstery shop, emailed them a picture of the chair and asked how much it would be to reupholster it in leather. I was totally clueless how much it could cost. They probably laughed hard when they saw my email. I never got a reply. Then I did a research on reupholstering prices, said “Oops!” and decided I would do the job myself. Nothing to lose, really.
I while ago, when we moved into our house, I imagined we would spend a lot of time outdoors, in the backyard. Our dogs would play with abandon, we would sit on the deck enjoying the weather and sounds of nature from the nearby woods. So, we invested a lot of energy and money into landscaping our backyard – building a deck, a paved patio, a pond, and getting other niceties. The niceties included a patio set from acacia wood consisting of two arm chairs, a small table, and a loveseat. Continue reading
An extra long bench along the wall in the living room was in my design plans from the beginning. I wanted to visually balance the 16-feet-tall section of the wall that was covered with pallet wood. On a practical side, an extra surface for the table lamp and other things I wanted to display in the living room was also welcome. Now, you can probably find a ton of gorgeous benches on the Internet of all sorts of styles and materials. I searched and did find many I liked. There was one problem, however. I couldn’t find any bench that would be 12 feet in length. And that was what I needed. Continue reading
Sometimes, all you need is a splash of color to turn a drab into a fab. I needed a couple of bedside tables for our guest bedroom and I wanted them to have just a hint of the Old World style. I found the tables on craigslist. They actually came as an add-on to a very cute and old, heavily carved, Asian style side table. These guys were not that lucky. Their legs were wooden, but the top was made of some kind of a wood-looking laminate. The resulting appearance just screamed: I am so 80s and cheap!