Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Before & Afters, Giving Cookies to Mice

It's official. I have no more room for furniture in my apartment. I just received my last (tear) completed upholstery project on Saturday and am going to have to find something besides recovering old furniture to absorb my spare time and energy. Oh wait, I already found it. I think I have shared before & afters for all but two or three of my Craig's List upholstery projects (there have been five total), so I figured I would share my two most recent projects today. First up are the two Ming chairs I bought in Houston for $125 or $150 total (I can't remember the exact price):

For reference, a pair of the Ming chairs pictured below retails for $1,900 from 1st Dibs. Granted, these are in better shape than the ones I purchased, but for a more than 90% discount, I'll take the chips and scratches.

I shared the fabrics I was deciding between in this post, and in the end I went with the Trina Turk Carmel Coastline in Jet. I love how they turned out!

The second before & after I have to share is the "Alice & Wonderland" chair as my mom calls it pictured below, which you may remember from this post back in June.

This chair turned into quite the project when I decided to refinish it myself. Now that it's done, I'm glad I DIY'ed it, but I'm honestly not sure I would do it again. WERK, y'all. For this chair, I decided to go with a dark, weathered finish and a chartreuse-ish velvet (Savoy in Spring by Robert Allen). It's definitely bolder and more dramatic than I would normally pick, but I am liking the way it turned out. My bedroom is pretty bland so it could use a little drama.

Under the same philosophy of "If you give a mouse a cookie..." my mind is now turning to other ways to update my room. While I am sitting tight for the moment (and probably should stay tight until I move somewhere more permanent), I have been playing around with updating the art just for fun. I will share more in future posts (probably need to do another post dedicated solely to art I've been eyeing recently anyways), but for now I will share this mock up I made of some crazy colored art that plays on the boldness of the chartreuse in the chair.

I am in LOVE with the colors in the turquoise print in particular. Both prints are copies of paintings by Carla Broekhuizen, which I found on Society 6. I know the mock-up above is pretty B-squad, but it was fun for me to make, and you should be expecting more of them :) Be back soon with some more art and whatever else feels worthy of sharing. Happy Hump Day!


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