Amanda from ReDo decided to keep this kitchen makeover clean, simple, white and add a big bold punch of plaid to the kitchen floor in a 1923 bungalow that was in want of an update.
This is what I have now, it's the BEFORE.
I've posted about other people's powder room re-dos, but now it's my turn. When I first did this powder room, I truly believed I would NEVER want to change it. The soft gray walls, black and white photos, white pedestal sink and toilet, hardwood floors and the then-so-chic shiny brass fixtures.
Now what? You've started attaching the inside arm of that Goodwill chair, but you have no clue how to get that rolled arm pleated and finished. See how the pros do it, step-by-step.
You've seen these sofas and chairs at the thrift stores. Upholstered in a shiny damask granny fabric, they make me want to barf. However, don't be fooled. Chairs like this one can be really well built. It just needs a makeover--BAD!
My new best Twitter friend, Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff, writes her witty blog about everything I love. It's like I found my Canadian counterpart, only she has killer abs and a TV show. I chuckled aloud as I read her blog and then, being a big fan of an easy chair re-do, my jaw dropped. She's so much more clever than I am! My mom always said "the cream always rises", and sure enough, her chair re-do pops up on
Oooo La La! Here is my kind of re-do over on ApartmentTherapy. A super simple bedding upgrade plus a little rearranging illustrate how easily and inexpensively you can tranform the same old, same old into an inviting, cozy, luxurious, space. You can't go wrong with monogrammed sheets, now can you?
One surefire way to jazz up a cookie cutter kitchen is to paint the kitchen cabinets a bold color to reflect your individuality. If you live in a neighborhood full of uninteresting kitchen cabinet choices that don't accurately represent your style, don't even hesitate - paint them!
Photo: Courtesy of ApartmentTherapy
A few weeks back I wrote a post entitled You Can Paint Your Ugly La-Z-Boy. That was before I personally tried the product I was writing about, but now the verdict is in. The product that piqued my curiosity from watching a YouTube video really does work. To see more photos and the test results, Apartment Therapy has
Yep! It's true. SimplySpray sells a non-toxic, not-flammable, aerosol spray paint that can be used for for a variety of upholstered pieces-canvas, rugs, car or boat interiors, and rugs. Watch the YouTube demonstration
Checking in with ApartmentTherapy-Chicago this morning, these two walls by decorator Lindsay Segal, screamed "DIY ME!" Quick, easy and cheap--take a short stretch of wall, give it some bold horizontal stripes to make the statement, and then add some monochromatic pieces in front of it. Wow! The second one requires my favorite activity---thrifting.
A green velvet cane back chair made the perfect guinea pig for my DIY upholstery tutorial over on AT. Deep diamond tufting can be a bit tricky but there are several alternatives. Check out
If you can find a set of sturdy restaurant chair frames, with or without torn vinyl, negotiate a price and load'em up. A local furniture consignment shop had these four stackable sturdy chairs in the corner of the basement. I stripped off the black vinyl from the seats and the upholstered panels that make up the front and back of the seat backs. To discover how to convert restaurant rubbish to kitchen table darlings....
Materials and tools:
- sewing machine
- 1/4" staples
- staple gun
- small carpentry nails
- small hammer
- crescent pliers
What you do:
- Strip old fabric off of chair and wipe off all dust and cobwebs from chairs.
2. Pull out remaining nails around chair back.
3. Determine fabric placement on panels, add three extra inches and cut out fabric pieces for chair fronts and backs.
4. Using very short staples (1/4") begin securing fabric at center of each side, pulling out towards corners. Check out the stapling technique right here.
5. Fold corners nice and clean and secure with staples.
Now for the professional's secret for attaching the panels. Use this technique only on woven fabrics, not good for silk or delicate fabrics.
5. Push a small carpentry nail into the fabric and padding. Tack it through the panel into the chair frame, but not all the way down. Leave enough sticking up so that you can get grip on the nail with the pliers.
6. Clip off the nail head and gently tap the nail a little farther down into the padding. The nail should be tapped down enough to hold the panel onto the frame but not so much that the panel could just be pulled off. It needs to anchor the fabric covered panel, but not be felt when you lean back.
7. Repeat this process with three nails at the top and bottom and two or three on each side.
8. Attach fronts and backs to each chair.
9. Trace wooden chair seat onto a piece of paper or scrap fabric for a pattern. Add 1/2" all around for seam allowance.
10. With tape measure, measure all around chair seat and cut a 3" strip for "boxing" of chair seat that matches the chair seat pattern.
11. Match boxing onto chair seat fabric, pin and stitch all around, folding the ends at the back side so that the boxing comes together as a folded edge at the center back.
12. Pull sewn seat fabric over foam covered seat, insert a little extra stuffing into corners to fill out corners.
13. Re-attach newly recovered seats into the chair frames.
What were once discarded, hopeless, ripped vinyl restaurant chairs have been given new life with a few DIY reupholstery techniques.
It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up. Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.
This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch. You can save loads of dough by doing most jobs yourself. If, for some unknown reason, you don't really know how to do some of these...
Stripping wallpaper is one of the worst home improvement projects I've ever undertaken. During each room, I swore I would never hang wallpaper again, but......
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Michael Corleone, Godfather III
I daydream about sitting in my favorite chair, journaling (a verb?) about my goals and dreams, in front of a vibrant retro-inspired oversized graphic wallpapered wall. No, no, no!! I won't do it....
Here's a sneak peak of the Knotty Pine re-do. Cleanup and reorganization is so tedious until you get immersed in feeling all smug and self-righteous with your tidiness and order. There was much to be learned from this DIY undertaking. Complete planning instead of impulsive diving in was the best move I made. Perseverence using new equipment (the spray painter) was well worth it in time saved. Not quite perfectionism, but pretty darn close...
What do you do with an old coffee table with a dinged up or stained top? Turn it into a soft, lovely, upholstered bench for your hallway, end of your bed or as an upholstered ottoman in front of the sofa. This pine bench was $13.99 at Goodwill (a little overpriced in my opinion). With some fresh new fabric, supplies and these simple instructions, it morphed into a different creature.
FIND A TABLE AND LET'S GET STARTED!
Using simple runner attachments, Raw-Edges Design Studio asserts that you can add a drawer to any flat surface. As indicated in the image, this would be a perfect way to turn those traditional pieces into something fresh and modern.