chair update and a newly covered old sofa

Remember this chair?

And how I attempted to cover it myself (Well with the help of a few friends, only one of which was experienced)?

Well a few months (sorry, I’ve been busy) and some professional help with sewing the cushion and ottoman later, here’s the finished chair:

Isn’t it puuuurdy?!  I like the faint dandelion design in the fabric.  It reminds me of being a little girl and collecting dandelions in my parents’ backyard.  My sister and I used to take turns making wishes on them and letting the wind carry away their fuzz.  I love taking old stuff with lots of memories and making it new again.  I got that from my grandmother.  So, it just made sense to take on this project.  She loved this wingback chair and it was the first piece of furniture I had when I moved out on my own after college.  It has appropriately become my reading chair.  I love rainy days when I can lounge in my pj’s all day and let the arms envelop me as I escape into some fictional wonderland.  That’s when I feel her the most and remember when I used to spend afternoons at my grandparents’ watching HGTV and The Food Network, while she sat in her chair, tissues stuck in all the creases.  That lady could go through some Kleenex!

When she passed away last October, I also inherited her camelback sofa.  She has had it my entire life, and, according to my mom, my grandmother has had it recovered quite a few times over the years.

It was a little rough around the edges.  I ordered some fabric from Tonic Living and even scored a 15% discount thanks to my blog following obsession.  After about 8 months sitting in storage, I finally took it to an upholsterer to get covered.  I probably could have done it myself, after all the chair turned out pretty good, but I really wanted it to turn out perfectly.  I delivered it Friday and they delivered it back to me on Monday!

What do you think?!  I think it’s the perfect shade of maize.  Not too bright.  I’m also glad the pillows turned out to match exactly.  I took a risk at Pottery Barn last weekend (what? they were having a sale!).  The knotted blanket is from West Elm and has been folded over the arm of our old sofa and now it happily sits front and center.  For comparison, take a look:

A little cramped, huh?  You could barely open the front door, which meant it never got used.

Ahhhh, much better!  Because the furniture is more petite, we moved it closer to the fireplace to make it a little cozier.  And the best part is – there’s a walkway to the front door!  I should also showcase this dandy little piece (under the window by the front door):

My grandfather built this for their kitchen years ago.  It even has a neat chopping block top!  It was a dirty brown, but I painted it a few months back to use as a mobile beverage station.  Obviously, it has morphed into a portable board game station.  Let the games begin! 😉

Have you done any upholstering lately?

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Pet storage and chalkboard shelf

Back in the fall I purchased a shabby chic shelf with two small drawers and four painted panels that can be taken out.  When I spotted it at a booth at my favorite shop in my old stomping ground (Gravy in Brevard, NC), I just had to have it.  I thought the painted panels would match perfectly with my newly (at the time) painted walls.  It has been occupying space on my bedroom floor for months and it was time to move it to its new home on my wall.  I knew exactly where I wanted it so I Craig’s Listed this old piece:

I love my old baker’s rack – it’s the only piece of furniture I still have from high school.  I have gotten lots of use out of it and it was harder to let go than expected, but I wanted something cleaner and with hiding places so it wouldn’t seem cluttered.  And it felt good to pass her on to someone who really wanted her (is it strange that I just personified a piece of furniture?).

I knew that the top right panel would have to be taken out since the thermostat is in the way.  I decided to channel my crafty pinterest board and make my own chalkboard paint out of leftover wall paint so that the bottom left panel would be the same color.  I apparently lost the picture I had taken of the process (sigh).  If you want to mix your own chalk paint, the recipe is 1/2 cup acrylic paint in whatever color you like mixed with 1 tablespoon of unsanded grout.  It’s quick, easy, and fairly mess free!

Didn’t get the measurements for hanging quite right the first time, but the 2nd time it was spot on!  I was excited to write on my chalkboard panel for the first time!

I wanted a storage bench under it to have a place to put on shoes and store Susie Q’s doggy goodies, so I took the wheat tufted ottoman from under the sideboard and organized all of her things: treats, shampoos, meds, paw wipes, febreze, dog fur roller, mini broom and LL Bean travel bag.

Et viola!

It was a great day for a small after work organization project!

A birthday party and in-depth discussions of Pinterest

In lieu of Elliott’s 25th birthday, we hosted an indoor cookout shindig. When getting into party planner mode, I of course consulted my fabulous Pinterest boards (if you don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon!). I found a delicious recipe for funfetti cake and tweaked it for cupcakes (of course). We had a yellow theme (in support of App State), so I added some yellow food coloring to my buttercream frosting…I’m not gonna lie, I licked the bowl. 🙂

I also found a yummy recipe for cake batter jello shots…believe me, they were even more smackyourlips delicious than they sound. The liquor store was out of cake batter vodka so I substituted Pinnacle whipped cream vodka. It was such an easy recipe! I had mini cupcake liners and a mini cupcake pan so I used that as the molds. I added yellow food coloring to the jello to make them look like legit mini cupcakes. I think the cream soda really adds to the cake flavor. I added some Reddi-Wip and sprinkles and all 60 of them were gone by the end of the party. I still have tons of the ingredients left, so I have no doubt that these will make another appearance very soon…

Because of the non-stop rain, we pitched a pop up tent and moved the grill under to keep all the guys from getting soaked as they flipped the burgers and hot dogs. There were lots of guests – Elliott’s dad and sister and her bf, my parents and sis and precious Mason, and lots of friends from out of town. The girls talked Pinterest and decorating and baking before playing a very entertaining few rounds of the Game of Things. Most of the time I don’t give honest answers. I prefer adding to the humor of the game with awkward or dirty responses…all in fun, of course. It’s even funnier when no one expects it from you. Sneaky, I know. After chowing down, visiting, board games and a little thirst quenching, we headed to Charlotte to a country western bar. Now, before you judge you must know that we are not die-hard country westerners or many of us even true southerners. It is a fun place to go for many reasons: 1) people watching, especially when someone rides the bull, 2) cheap drinks, 3) it’s super close to the house, 4) it’s a fun place to dance if you don’t like to dance, and 5) out of towners have so much fun! It was so crowded that there wasn’t a lot of dancing going on, but we did get many laughs out of people catapulting from the bull. There is always an eclectic mix of folks, which is very revealing about Charlotte’s melting pot of people.

All in all, it was a successful birthday party – food, drinks, fun and all!