Garage Sale Chair – recovered!

Remember when I bought this chair for $5.00 at a garage sale this summer?

recovered chair

 I finally gave it a little love this weekend, and it’s close to being done! The reason why I didn’t label this post as a DIY (even though I did it myself) is because I really have no idea how I recovered it. It was a lot of measuring and cutting and pulling and remeasuring and tucking and stapling and stapling some more. It took a lot of patience, and many, many hours.

I learned a heck of a lot, and can tell you that a number of things went wrong. Yes, I know. That’s how you learn – by making mistakes. I made my fair share, so hopefully that means I learned a lot?

Again, there will be no step-by-step tutorial like usual because you really don’t know what you are getting into until you dive in to this project. So below is a picture collage of the madness…

Taking off the old fabric…

recovered chair

recovered chair

recovered chair

Bare Bones

recovered chair

After the chair was totally stripped, I sanded the wood down and then I used wiping stain on the wood. The below picture is before…

recovered chair

And here is the after….quite the difference!

recovered chair

Now it’s time to deal with the insides…new polyester stuffing

recovered chair

What did they use in the “olden days” for stuffing? Horse Hair! See below…

recovered chair

recovered chair

And believe me, there wasn’t much to show as far as actually placing the new fabric on the chair. Just a lot of blood, sweat and tears (no joke!) and a few cuss words here and there.

The AFTER pics!

recovered chair

recovered chair

Now, I still have a few things to do…I need to take care of that black dust cover and actually fasten it to the bottom of the chair ( I know, looks pretty crummy in the pic). And, I need to nail in the upholstery grommets I bought – I’m thinking that will give the chair a more finished look. And, like most of my other projects, this item has yet to find a decent home around here. But, once it’s totally complete I’ll snap a few good pics of the chair resting in its new home…and they won’t be taken at night time like these were – please excuse that fact:).

So0000, more pics to come, but I had to show you where we are at on this project – so close to being done I can taste it.

Buffet + Console Tables

It’s always hard to wrap your head around a work week after a loooooong and much needed 3 day weekend! That’s why I’ve chosen a bunch of pretty pictures to start off this week – all you have to do is sit back, relax and take it all in…

Behold some pretty console/buffet table images. With the big dining room re-do in action, styling this kind of table has certainly been on my mind.


Gina Kates


Gina Kates


Floating Storage Console

All images from decorpad, Southern Living, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Elle Decor

This weekend, I finally got around to recovering a chair I bought at a garage sale earlier this summer and I’ll be revealing the “after” pics tomorrow. It was no easy feat, but I’m glad to say the project is nearly complete!

Happy back-to-school week! Will someone remind me where summer went again?

Light My Way

Who knew lights could be so beautiful? A pretty chandelier can make a serious statement, and here are a few that have caught my attention lately…

Glass Jug Pendant – Shades of Light

Prismatic Glass Copper Pendant

Prismatic Glass Copper Pendant – Restoration Hardware

Wine Barrel Lantern – Shades of Light

Salem Chandelier

Salem Chandelier – Pottery Barn

Industrial Cage Work Light – Shades of Light

Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Pendant

Large Rectangular Hanging Capiz Pendant – West Elm

Spun Glass Spheres Chandelier – Shades of Light

Calhoun Glass Pendant

Calhoun Glass Pendant – Pottery Barn


Jenny Chandelier – Jayson Home & Garden

Product Image Capiz Shell Floral Pendant Light - White

Capiz Shell Floral Pendant – Target

Burlap Pendant

Burlap Pendant – Restoration Hardware


Serena Drum Chandelier – Jayson Home & Garden

Brunswick Outdoor Pendant, Bronze finish

Brunswick Pendant – Pottery Barn

I chose not to include the price on these lights because I don’t want to prevent you all from dreaming. It’s just no fun when you see a beautiful light, right next to a large price tag, ya know? I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been more ready for a weekend to get here…and 3 days in a row? Bring it.

Beginnings of a design board…

Late post today. Been a long and trying week. Didn’t put an ounce of makeup on today. And did I mention I need a hug? Anyway, enough complaining from me…here’s the beginning of our dining room design board. I still need art. I need more color. It needs some work but at least you’ll get an idea of where I’m going with the room…

Dining Room


I’m also having a hard time deciding on table legs. The table in the design board has legs from IKEA and they only costs $60.00 total. Crazy, right? Would you have guess Ikea? I’m sorta liking the look. Your two cents?