Details in the Fabric

Last weekend I did something I had’t done in over a year. I stayed at my apartment the entire weekend and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Well, not absolutely nothing. I actually was very productive inside the confines of my humble abode. I spent most of my time binge-watching Gossip Girl.

This may be the most important thing I did. Why? Because Chuck Bass, that’s why.

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I also worked on decorating this place and organizing the odds and ends that were still in moving boxes. I am happy to report all four chairs seats have been reupholstered. They aren’t perfect, but they’re mine.

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I just can’t get enough of this fabric. I can, however, get enough of pulling up staples.

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Here’s a little before and after.

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I love that my chairs don’t match, but the different shades of wood were making my eye twitch a little.

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So, I broke out the primer! Zinnser Cover Stain Oil-based Primer is great for covering laminate furniture. You supposedly don’t need to sand before applying, but I like to play it safe and sand it just a little. I’m going to paint them an off-white to match the fabric and table legs.

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I had some leftover fabric, and I couldn’t let it go to waste. So, I found a picture frame with handles my dad found on the side of the road and decided it could use a makeover. I cleaned it up and applied primer and paint.

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Then, I added glass, picture frame backing and fabric. Voila! A new tray for my coffee table.

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I celebrated all my hard work with a nice relaxing trip to the beach this weekend.

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Until next time. You know you love me. XOXO

Urban Living

I’ve had this blog for years – as evidenced by some of my older interests in the header. I’ll update that later, probably.  Except for Matthew Gray Gubler. MGG stays. Anyway, I’ve decided to actually do something with it. Let’s see how long this lasts. Wish me luck!

I’ve recently moved, and of course, that means decorating. Now, I am all about redecorating, but I’m not about spending a lot of money. Join me on my journey to turn this empty apartment into a space I can call home.

Why waste time? My current project is my kitchen table. My amazing father created a farm table from an old work table and scrap wood. It even has some guy’s name stamped into it. So, shout out to James N Kelly. You’ve helped me get the table of my dreams.

It’s beautiful. I’ve still got some staining to do, but I’m obsessed. I’ve never wanted to cry over a piece of furniture until now.

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Isn’t it amazing?! I think I’m going to stain the top, but the legs are just so pretty I can’t bear to paint over them.

On to the chairs. I’m slightly bonkers so I decided that my dining room chairs could be too.

My mom scored four beautiful chairs at an antique mall. There are two dark brown and two light brown. Two captains chairs and two armless. The booth she got them from was 75 percent off, and she ended up getting all the chairs for around $70. Happy Birthday to Amy.

I decided to reupholster them all with the same fabric. I want my new space to be very colorful, and the fabric I found is just as wild and bright as I imagined. (Hobby Lobby – $32, paid $19.20)

This is my first trip down the reupholstering road, and I’m still not sure. I unscrewed the seat and removed all the staples. Once it was down to the foam and wood, I measured the fabric and started stapling. The corners are tricky, but I’ll learn. Plus, if I figure out how to make a perfect corner I can just pull up the fabric and reattach. Overall, I’m happy with the way it turned out. 1 down, 3 to go!

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