Monday, November 8, 2010

Asian Chair Makeover

Look at my latest reupholstery project!

Aren't they fun?! 

I found this lovely suzani-style fabric from Waverly and fell in love! This fabric would make such awesome curtains. Hmm.....

I found these lovely asian chairs at a garage sale about a month ago.  The gentleman said they came out of a mulit-million dollar condo downtown (chicago.)  They had a bit of chipping to the finish and I wasn't too fond of the finish anyway. 

This is what they looked like BEFORE:

There were a few spots of missing finish and the red and black combo was just a bit too stereotypical asian for my taste. I repainted them gray and then ripped off a million staples to recover them with the new fabric and gimp.  I'm thrilled with how they turned out and we'll see what I can sell them for on craigslist...(hey, I need to finance my many other proposed decorting projects!)

UPDATE: I sold them within a week for the full price I was asking! Woohoo.


Our basement is almost to a stage where I can show off how it's looking!  The bathroom is essentially done and them two bedrooms basically just need carpet.  Once the hall and rec room trim and moulding are done, the fun of decorating begins!  Over the last few months, I've been getting accessories ready and have a few projects to share soon.  I'll be SO happy to be done with all the dust!  Yippeee!

This Week I'm Linking to:

Tuesday Treasures
Tea Rose Home
Savy Southern Style
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Penny Pinching Party
Frugalicious Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Frugal Friday
Style Feature Saturday
Show and Tell Saturday

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kitchen Islands-internet inspirations

     I gathered a bunch of pictures from the internet of some gorgeous ideas for making an island in your kitchen, without using just stock cabinets.  I thought I might as well post them for you all to enjoy as well.  If you don't have room for even a small island, you can consider using a fun dresser or table in another area of the kitchen.  Just because it's a dresser doesn't mean it has to stay in the bedroom.  I love seeing furniture in unexpected places.

Anyway, sit back and enjoy these fun ideas for islands:

Oh to have this size of kitchen! And with two gorgeous tables! LOVE!

coastal living

country living

country living

via hooked on houses

via houzz

laughing at the days to come

margot austin

Old house journal

What I learned from these images is that no kitchen is too small for an island, a creative or unique island can really make a kitchen feel custom and  the days of the all-matching  kitchens are past.  I love how the island stands alone in it's own tone of wood stain or it's own color of paint.  Consider making you island something special!

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