This weekend while Derek was finishing up his Master’s thesis, I was feeling a little stir crazy. So what does one do when they are feeling like they have ants in their pants? Reupholster stuff. Obviously. Now this stool has gone from this to this, and now (yet again) it is receiving another facelift.
After de-sheepskin-ifying it a few weeks back, I kind of let it sit in it’s batting wrapped glory for far too long. I was debating on whether to use a kelly green velvet or some leftover dalmatian print from this project (and this one). So after asking Derek (who was in the middle of a nap.. seriously wife of the year over here) which fabric looked better and he murmured “the green one”, I knew that the dalmatian one was the way to go.
Don’t tell me I’m the only one that when I have to decide between two things and have no idea which to choose, I’ll ask someone who will pick one and then I’ll instantly realize I’ve always hated that item and secretly needed them to reinforce the item I’ve subconsciously wanted all along, I just hadn’t realized it yet. No? Just me?
I won’t go into a huge tutorial on how to upholster a simple stool like this, because it’s just a lot of wrapping and stapling (like this). And yes I did upholster this on top of a yoga mat to muffle the sound. See? I do care about napping husbands (for the most part).
I know you see that beautiful yellow cord on the ground, don’t you? Let me explain what that is all about. You see.. our office (the room next door which you can see here) has one electrical outlet, and guess what? It isn’t grounded. Meaning all of our fancy computers and other 3-prong plugged devices can’t be plugged in. So we have to use an extension cord from the back wall of our bedroom all the way around the office to a fancy power strip. Yay older homes! At least it’s yellow though. I do love a good pop of color ;)
I wasn’t loving the shape of my former side table turned stool, so when I found this guy for a measly $15 at the thrift shop down the road (literally) it was meant to be. With all of the brassy gold accents I was adding to the bathroom, I knew this guy would definitely pull everything together. The frame is a metal bamboo, and I just love the little backrest. So cute!
Let’s just take a little closer look at this fabric. WHAT. IS. HAPPENING.
Viva la San Antonio?
Clearly I had bigger and better plans for this stool’s potential that didn’t involve cacti, sombreros, or bare shoulders. So I flipped it over to see how complicated it was going to be to remove it and reattach it, and it was a piece of cake. The bottom of the seat was only attached with three small metal brackets which I easily unscrewed and then the seat was ready for a little flip.
I left the existing fabric on the seat and simply stapled four layer of batting over it to add a little cush.
Then using this same method, I wrapped the batting-covered seat with my faux sheepskin pillow cover I snagged at Target for $14.
And voila! A whole new chair.
I definitely prefer the look of this frame paired with the faux sheepskin. It has a little bit more of an elegant look, and I can’t get over how perfectly it matches the new vanity hardware.
Wow how is it already Thursday? I don’t know about you but this week has been crazy busy. When I’m not planning a wedding I’m teaching an NCIDQ prep class, which literally wears me out. But I love it nonetheless! Anyway, after last week’s living room update a few of you noticed a pair of chairs we’ve been accidentally hiding that have finally graced the blog with their presence.
These walnut Gunlocke chairs were Derek’s prized contribution to our furniture family. He bought them last summer after a friend of ours texted him with a drool-worthy junk shop photo of these lovelies for a whopping $70 for the pair.
They were both stamped underneath with the Gunlocke name and after some quick googling we quickly learned that these babies retail for $200-800 depending on their condition. So needless to say he snatched those suckers up in a heartbeat. We knew the upholstery was a little soiled, but after bringing them home and scrubbing the heck out of them with some Mrs. Meyers all purpose cleaner, they were looking good as new!
As you can probably tell from the photos, the wood was a little scuffed up as well. We’ve been meaning to refinish them we just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but now that they’re out in the living room for the whole world blog to see it’s about high time this gets moved up on the todo list. We’ve found some great remedies for buffing out the scratches that we can’t wait to share with you. We’ve also been debating on whether or not to reupholster them, but I’m a little nervous about tackling that one, and I’m kind of loving how the taupy tan looks on our coral wall. But I think I nice ivory herringbone would look lovely.
This post reminds me that a lot of you have been asking where my favorite goto thrift/junk shops are in the area and this weekend I plan to put together a full list with details and a map! How’s that for service? ;) I also found two new favorites this weekend while thrifting with my parents. Yes. After my parents drive 6 hours to come see me, we go thrifting. It’s our thing :) Have any of you found a great thrift shop lately? Did you score any mid-centry finds? Do share!
Have you guys noticed how fancy Target has gotten this year? In particular, with their furniture. Every time I’m on Pinterest someone will pin a really great button tufted wing chair that is moderately priced and every time I click it, it’s from Target! I know they have some big plans for the fall like introducing a Nate Berkus line, and collaborating with Neiman Marcus for a holiday line, but they’re already including a lot of stellar pieces in their furniture collection. Here are some of my favorite pieces I’ve come across so far.
See what I mean? I would buy any and all of this in a heartbeat if I had a place to put it ;) Do any of you own any of these pieces? How are they holding up? Who else is stoked about these new Target collaborations?
A few of our friends participated in the IIDA Good Design Challenge where they were given an Eames molded plastic armchair to redesign to their liking. The chairs will then be auctioned off and proceeds with benefit IIDA and SaySi. This past Friday was First Friday and the chairs were on display at SaySi for the San Antonio community to see and vote on. Here are some of our favorites from the night..
If you were free to redesign an Eames chair however you wished, what would you do?