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For all those times you invite people into your home and they insist on imposing their design opinions on your living space.
(I, for one, would never impose in such a way.)
Okay maybe once. Okay on occasion. Okay every time I enter someone’s home. Or office. Or retail space. Or public bathroom.
When Craigslist postings started popping up left and right for mid century furniture in Boise, it waas reason enough to investigate further.
What I found was Broadway Vintage - A refuge for unappreciated mid century and Danish Modern finds rescued from estate sales, thrift stores and – as one of the owners recently told me – even bought right off the front porch of houses.
Both inventory and patron were filled with the usual suspects; Eames and Wassily replicas, Arch lamps, Lane coffee tables and thick-framed, vintage-briefcase-toting hipsters eye balling console tables to house their collection of antique SLR cameras and Jesus and Mary Chain records. Since their arrival on the scene in winter of 2011 I’ve watched as their audience, knowledge and quality of pieces have risen.
I found this hiding in the basement in a room of unfinished pieces on one my first visits.
A few weeks later I came upon this ottoman at a thrift store.
Before I proceed it is imperative that I explain the tragedy of photo quality is thanks to the suicide of my camera.
But the show must go on.
I love a good chair. I love a good pattern. I love a good before/after challenge.
So when a client approached me with the task of outfitting her new living room – building off of just one sofa – It was clear that I had my work cut out for me.
To me, the immediately obvious set-up yearned for a fabulous pair of patterned wing-back chairs. Luckily for me, Tayler was all-too willing to hop on board with the funky train so very little convincing was necessary – although a bit of fabulous inspiration board-sharing was still compulsory.
With my mission clear, I set sail on the Craigslist seas in search of the perfect fixer-uppers and came upon these steal-of-a-deals and started to brainstorm upholstry….
Tayler was particularly fond of their somewhat squatty stature…
…(although the novelty of their petiteness waned slightly upon the sit-test performed by her not-so-petite but oh-so-tolerant husband. All 6″7 of him).
“Yuk!” Exclaimed a judgy Mamma Sally. “I don’t get it.” stated a perplexed Special Man Friend.
Don’t worry. Both statements were immediately retracted when I pulled these puppies out of my car three weeks later.
And all the elements fall into place….
So, to review:
Suite Potato pieces have been selling like hot potatoes! So a suite replenishment was in order.
Pillows, chairs, benches and more on their way!
My lovely friend Courtney of Fancy Pants ever-so-kindly handed off these little doozies to me last summer.
Shizzzzam! Semi-gloss black. Twine-wrapped accents.
Now for sale in SUITE POTATO at FORGET ME NOTS.
I think that’s the second time I’ve used a Rolling Stone song for an interior design pun. Ol’ Mr. Jagger is probably rolling in his grave right about now.
What? Still alive?
I kid you, Mick. I kid.
But seriously. Let’s talk about painted furniture. And I really mean painted furniture.
I first researched this option this past summer when I bought these fellas and was trying to think of a time and cost saving alternative to re-upholstery.
And then last week I spotted this before and after gem on Design Sponge.
Stella of Mon Petit Studio commandeered this fabulous sofa for $25 and after reading about the fabric painting situation online, she gave it a whirl.
(First she taped off the woodwork.)
Using a combination of black flat latex paint and Delta Ceramcoat Textile Medium (an additive keeps acrylic/latex paint flexible enough to use to paint a couch, without all of it just flaking off) she got to work with a paintbrush!
And voila! Is that incredible or is that incredible?
Apparently, it feels pretty damn good too.
Stella, girl. You got style. I’m going to copycat you. And you’re going to like it. Or your going to hate it. Or you’ll feel ambivalent about it.
Read the detailed how-to guide here.
Over and out.
A quick refresher:
First they were this:
And then they were this:
And now they are this:
So, to summarize…
Questions? Concerns? Cool.
…Aaaaand it was priming day in the Suite Potato quarters. After priming the dresser (yes , yes, it looks quite nice). While I waited for it to dry I shifted my attention to this delicious little pair of chairs I picked up last weekend.
Another solid wood find. They’ve got some serious potential. But the intricate plethora of nooks and crannies proved somewhat challenging on the priming front.
Admit it. They look cooler already.
I finished the day by sketching out my plan of attack for both projects and purchasing my color choices.
What have I decided, you ask? Shhh. It’s a secret.
I was commissioned for a design project in a lovely North End home late last fall and was delighted to put my upholstery skills to good use with a fabulous chair challenge.
BEFORE: The owner (the lovely Taya) stumbled upon this incredible mid century gem at a garage sale. The wood was in perfect condition but the cushions were beyond dated so she had two pieces of foam cut in hopes of recovering it some day.
AFTER: Taya wanted a fun and relevant geometric print to use in her bedroom while staying in line with her color scheme (turquoise, browns, creams and blues). This cotton canvas fabric (found at Home Fabrics for $5.99 per yard – a STEAL-) was fun, durable and new without being over-the-top trendy.
She wasn’t thrilled with the resulting thickness of the foam so I took it to my favorite upholstery friends on Chinden and had both pieces trimmed.
I finished the chair with some funky pillows from the ever reliable TJ Maxx and the piece settled perfectly next to the window in Taya’s uber chic bedroom.
DONE AND DONE.
We’ve known each other a while now so I feel comfortable enough to share with you a little snapshot of something I’ve been obsessing over the past six months.
Big mountains of shipping pallets.
Shipping pallet turned dining table. DDekor.
…turned wine rack. The Green Children.
…turned lounger. Shelterness.
…turned rustic floating shelves. In All The Wrong Places.
…turned ENTIRE LIVING ROOM. Home Design Find.
..turned awesome minimal chic bed (with under lighting). Improvised Life.
…turned crazy wonderful wall unit. small child
not included. Racks Pallet.
…turned bookcase and bike rack. Tree Hugger.
…turned lawn chairs! Inhabitat.
And my latest fixation – turned coffee table. Currently working on one now while vibing these…
Don’t worry. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.