French Wing Chair Makeover

First of all, don’t forget to enter to win my 2012 first giveaway of a Pair of Designer Trellis Pillow Cushion Covers.

Remember the vintage French Wing Chair I picked up a while ago? After tossing around many different fabric options, I finally decided to go with a cream velvet. Still, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.

Before I revealed the makeover, let’s take a quick re-cap of how dated it looked before my rescue.

I think it turned out pretty awesome, do you? I especially like the fact that not only did I up-cycled a vintage chair, I also only paid a fraction of what a brand-new one would cost.


Gallery Wall Update (Involving a Mini Ikea Hack)

Thanks for your input on the gallery wall in our master bedroom. Most of you know that besides being a neat freak, I also love symmetry in design. Therefore, I’ve decided to go with option 2, three frames with extra wide mats, partially also because it involves least amount of work.

Gallery frames with custom-width mat could cost a fortune, and I was determined to find a bargain since I might change my mind again in the near future. So here’s what I did:

1. Went to Ikea to pick up three RIBBA frames each at 16.75 x 20.75″ in size.

2. Don’t like the mat color (ivory) or the width (too narrow), so I picked up three BILD FJÄLLSTA prints with extra wide (and thick) mat each at $12. Each mat measures 15.75″ x 19.75″, just the right size for the RIBBA frame. It has a 8×10″ cutout, perfect for the artworks I have in mind. I am sure it’d cost a lot more to have similar mat custom cut in an art supply store (thanks Linds, I checked).

Ikea BILD FJÄLLSTA Picture with passepartout

3. Swapped the prints that come with the BILD FJÄLLSTA with 3 pieces of watercolor artworks we picked up from our recent San Francisco trip.
4. And voilà, I have three gallery frames with extra wide/thick mats that fit my artworks for $30 each! Pretty good deal, right?

This is what they look like now on the wall.

The room is not picture-ready yet as we are yet to paint the walls. Speaking of that, we are still deciding what to do with this headboard wall. I replaced our bed with this upholstered platform bed just before Christmas, and of course it stirred up a chain reaction to change pretty much everything else in our master bedroom.

I also took advantage of a 25% bedroom furniture sale at West Elm just before the holidays, and ordered two of this Niche Nightstand in white to replace the old ones in the above picture.

So in short, the bedroom is going to be pretty neutral (white) in color scheme. The options are between a panel wall like what Jen @ Rambling Renovators did, or just painting it and replacing the bedside lamps with taller ones to increase visual interest? What do you think?

I Am Back, and Makeovers

First of all, happy new year everyone! As you may have noticed, I’ve been extremely quiet over the past two weeks. In addition to hosting a Christmas Eve dinner party (whew, ain’t I glad that’s over! Stressful it was!), hubs and I vacayed in San Francisco and Bay Area for a week. I’ve been since catching up reading your lovely blogs, as well as putting my head back into planning a few small decor projects.

Before the holidays, in my haste to post the basement pictures, I never got around to post some before-and-after pictures of a couple of makeovers. Anyhow, here they are.

The first up are the cane chairs I scored from KJ.

IN PROGRESS (spray painted with computer fabric mock-up)

The second in line are these sad-looking rattan chairs. I remember seeing identical ones from Circa Who, so I couldn’t pass such a rather easy yet high-impact up-cycle opportunity.

AFTER (added a seat base and cushion)

My next re-upholstery adventure is the French Wing Chair. After much consideration, I’ve decided to give velvet a try so I picked up 6 meters of this cream velvet fabric. Would it turn out just as I imagined? I guess we shall see. 

And that’s it for today. Hope you all have a pleasant working week ahead.

French Wing Chair

About a week ago on a cold rainy evening (again?), we drove all the way to Ajax to pick up this antique French wing chair. I couldn’t believe the price tag (cheap) when I found out this mint-conditioned chair was made by Ethan Allen in the 1930’s (that’s right, shortly after the company was founded). Although the fabric color is less than desirable, the chair has great bone and elegant lines.

The Kelly Wing Chair at the Cross Design is almost identical to this chair, but look at the price tag ($3,295)! I however believe this is how much a chair of this craftsmanship and style should cost.

The Kelly Wing Chair from The Cross Design

Now it comes down to the re-upholstery. I could paint the frame white (though I really hope I don’t talk myself into doing so just to preserve the vintage value) and use a similar grey color tone fabric. Or I could leave the frame as is, and have it upholstered in a natural/parched cotton twill/linen like this.

Or how about going all out to do something like this — turquoise dupioni fabric with distressed white frame? 

Decor Pad
So which combination do you like the most? Any other suggestions on fabrics?

Cane Chairs Update

Remember those cane chairs I snatched from KJ a few weeks ago? This past weekend the weather was cooperating (above 10 degrees), so I was finally able to spray paint them.

Here is what they look like after one coat of Rustoleum primer and two coats of glossy white.

This is the Dwell Studio Bella Porte Charcoal fabric from Tonic Living for the cushion re-upholstery (gotta get rid of that moss green right?). Janine at Tonic Living never disappoints — I ordered the fabric online on a Friday, and it showed up at my doorstep on Tuesday. 

I also ran a quick mockup of what the chair would look like with the new fabric…I think it’s going to turn out great! Now I just need to send them to a upholstery shop before I can start to enjoy them.

Lookie What I Scored Today — Cane Chairs

Friday is fast approaching so don’t forget to enter to win the fabulous Mahogany Pedestal Table Free Giveaway sponsored by Anne-Quinn Furniture.

I spotted these cane chairs on KJ after dinner, and knew I had to have them…tonight! It was rainy and cold outside, and Anthony knows how much I hate rain (yes, I would prefer snow to rain, any day!), so he figured I must really love them.

Why? Check out what Janice did with hers and you will know why. A hour and a half later, these babies are now sitting in my house. After I fix them up, they will be my library chairs in the basement. They are in mint condition as is, and even the seat cushions are new (but what’ with the green corduroy…erhh).

 This is what they could look like with a spray paint job and new upholstery:

 Or this


Or this


Or even this? 

The fabric + paint options are unlimited and I am always so thrilled to have scored such a versatile yet super comfy piece of furniture (or two).


Random Scores

I drove by a Value Village today on my way back from a meeting in Hamilton. Here are a few things I picked up:

Mayell England Crystal Sugar Ball Silver Basket

 This adorable quail is added to my ever-growing birdie figurine collection.

White Porcelain Quail
White Porcelain Quail in Living Room
 An antique watercolor illustration of someone’s house. I will likely silver/gold-leaf it. 
I am so behind the schedule this year that I haven’t put out any Halloween decor or shopped for the Thanksgiving dinner. I am seriously thinking of giving that Butterball and oven a break and eat out in a restaurant. What are you folks doing for Thanksgiving?