Our entryway makeover is featured on the DIY Showoff today. I opened my email today and had a note from Roeshel saying that she was going to feature us. I might* have jumped for joy. =)
I swear I fall in love with a new West Elm item every day. I just love that store. Luke is extremely lucky that we don’t have one close and I’m just resigned to online shopping. It’s harder (just a tiny bit) to pull the trigger online than it is if I knew I could run them back to the store if I didn’t like them. Well, there is no problem of not liking the new curtains that I got. I LOVE THEM!
I saw them a few months’ ago in the West Elm catalog. I knew then that they were meant to be mine, but just not at the original price. If I’m anything, I am definitely on top of checking back on prices to see if things go on sale. When I want something, I really want it. I really wanted these curtains. I waited and waited and then finally they went on sale.
They came in three different lengths and I needed about 92”. These ones are 96″ and the verdict is still out on whether I am going to hem them or not.
Without further adieu…
and the close-up…
Before and after:
The light is a bit weird in the original photo. The new photo is definitely more on par with what the room looks like.
I plan on adding some bamboo blinds underneath the curtains. I think they would really tie in well with the tabletop. So, I’m on to finding those on a great sale.
Well, we’re finally calling the entryway done (for now). I seriously walk by the entryway and just smile. It is such a happy place. Grab a cup of coffee and let me show you our Bold and Bright Entryway.
You never quite appreciate the after until you see the before. So, I’m sharing a few “before” images before I give you the reveal.
Hello, textured wall…
Unfortunately, the textured wall has to stay, but paint can make a huge difference in how it looks.
We painted the walls and put up the mirrors. I actually really liked the mirrors, but the whole area was really boring.
Next, we decided to do some nail art.
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Have you ever found a pair of chairs for a great deal on Craigslist or a flea market and loved the lines of the chair but hated the color or pattern of the fabric? I’m raising my hand because I have. Well, I lived to tell the tale of the updating a pair of chairs and thought I’d share it with you all today. So, here’s my Tips for Painting and Upholstering Old Chairs.
About six months ago, I found a pair of chairs on Craigslist for $60. The fabric was definitely dingy, but the chairs were extremely sturdy. Since moving in to this house, I’ve been on the lookout for affordable furniture that just needs a bit of love. These chairs totally fit the bill.
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I found this great indoor/outdoor fabric and decided to go with it. They don’t have it where I ordered it but you can find the Trina Turk Peacock Fabric on Ebay. The color and movement of the fabric goes with what I was envisioning the entryway to end up looking like. I ended up paying about $70 per yard and ordered 2 1/2 yards. Definitely pretty steep, but cheaper than buying two new chairs.
I had taken pictures of disassembling the chairs so I knew where the original staples for the upholstery went in. I used the pictures as a guide for reassembling the chairs with the new upholstery.
Basically, I just used the hand stapler and stapled the fabric in where the old staples were stapled. I glued the piping around the edges to hide the staples and that was that.
*Even though there is only one shown, both of them look identical.
So, I would definitely do this type of job again. I wouldn’t try any chairs that look harder than these and I wouldn’t buy expensive fabric. Buying the expensive fabric made me super nervous about cutting it and using it. If it were cheaper, I would have re-cut the pieces because they didn’t stretch as well as I would have wished.
Pin For Later: Tips For Painting and Upholstering Old Chairs
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Remember when I showed you this image and hinted at things to come?
via Domino Mag via Pinterest
Well, they have offically been crossed off the list. We had some issues, but they are gorgeous.
Just to remind you what we were working with, here is the before:
Don’t you just love the doors? Even after scraping, sanding, priming and four coats later….I LOVE THEM!
We primed the front doors sometime after we moved in. They just sat there, primed but not painted. Before long, they looked pretty bad. We kept putting them off, because painting white on top of primer coat is just kinda boring. But, then I saw some beautiful colorful doors on Pinterest and a light bulb went off. Why not paint them the same color that we painted the stripes? Just to get your bearing, when you walk in the front door, about twenty feet in front of you is our stripe wall.
We both thought that the blue on the stripes and blue doosr would bring everything together. We were right! But first, we had to deal with our doors.
After lightly hand-sanding them, we had this:
Yikes! Seriously? There were two coats of paint under our Primer and they were peeling. Can we call in the big guns now? Our little hand sanding pads were not going to do it. We headed to Home Depot to buy an orbital sander. After lots of elbow grease (thanks Babe!), we were left with this:
(Don’t mind the yellow rectangle on the windows – Gotta have the Sleepy Baby – Don’t Ring Doorbell sign)
Another coat of primer (this one from a recommendation from Young House Love), gave us this:
Four coats of Martha Stewart Wrought Iron gave us this:
Still in love… Are you?
Linking up to:
Our Fifth House for the Paint It Challenge