You see a chair on the curb. It's sitting right in front of your building and it's free. Or, you're at the thrift store and spy a cheap sofa. But something holds you back. You're just. not. quite. sure. If only there were guidelines — holy reminders if you will — of things to keep in mind while looking at used furniture. How do you decide if it's the right thing to re-do? Or if you should run in the other direction?
Collecting chairs is a little bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I could spend whole weekends searching for them in flea markets and antique stores, or trolling the internet for rare ones. I'm that girl who will get giddy more giddy over a chair in someone's home than over their shoe collection, and I have the Pinterest board to prove it! Thanks to a lucky Craigslist find, I scored this antique armless chair that was made in Italy over 60 years ago. Despite the chair being covered with a bit of cat hair, I knew with some time and fabric (and lots and lots… and lots… of staples) she would be a beauty.
For a hardcore crafter, there may be nothing better than browsing the aisles of a fabric store, running your hands along the different materials and dreaming of your next project. For those times when a brick and mortar store isn't convenient, there are some really nice online options out there, too. These are ten of our favorites. You may find it's just as fun to virtually plan (and execute!) your project.
This little Ikea bed frame is cute and very economical, but it lacked a certain joie de vivre. With some MDF, batting, stylish fabric, and lots of clever planning, this little frame went from dull to delightful!
This chair has been in Stephanie's family for generations — she was rocked to sleep in it as a baby, and so was her granddad! She wanted to keep it around as a treasured piece of family history, but she also wanted to give it a little update — the result? A lovely chair with a fabulous new look, ready to rock the next generation… Stephanie's new baby!
Blame it on Pamela Ball who let her kids decorate her white John Derian sofa with fabric markers back in 2008. After some initial shock, many of us admired her casual attitude and the style juxtaposition of the doodled-on Derian.
Last week I posted about Joy Cho's photo album of her daughter Ruby's first year. Today I'm sharing another project that captures memories in a completely different way. Click to see how this chair was transformed into a cherished memorial to family.
Jennifer picked up these chairs last year when she began planning for a dining room makeover. She knew she wanted two armchairs to anchor her dining room set, but wasn't 100% certain how to finish them. As her vision for the space evolved, so too did her vision for these wonderful chairs.