Thursday, August 28, 2014

Before & After: Mid Century Danish Chairs

I scored a pair of these fantastic Mid Century Danish chairs for only $5 a piece (complete with a made in Denmark inscription)! I still don't know where exactly I want to put them, but I knew I couldn't pass them up. They sat in my "I-may-need-this-one-day" pile for almost a year before I decided to finally tackle the project. They actually weren't in that bad of shape - minor scratches all over the body of the chair and a horrendous all black wood-grain patterned iridescent fabric.

mid century chair before & after

S T E P  O N E | D E S I G N  P L A N

I decided to keep the look clean and traditional by simply restoring the natural wood color (rather than staining) and upholstering with black vinyl leather-looking fabric. I found some fabric in the sale section of Joann's that was the perfect mix of the real-leather look with a buttery soft texture (sorry I didn't catch the name).

mid century danish chair
Via Cen City

Mid Century Desk  Chair
Via Etsy

S T E P  T W O | R E S T O R I N G  W O O D   F R A M E

I know a lot of bloggers have used Restore-A-Finish successfully and swear by it, so I had pretty much settled on using it too. However, I came across a DIY for restoring wood that seemed too easy not to try - oil & vinegar. I figured, if it worked I would save myself some money and if it didn't, then nothing was lost. Well guess what?? It worked beautifully. I used 1/4 cup white vinegar mixed with 1/4 cup olive oil. Check out the results:

| B E F O R E |

| A F T E R |

Keep in mind that the top parts are covered by the seat, so they are a little more beat up and I also didn't bother trying to make them look pretty. The after pic looks a lot more red, but it must just be the lighting. The oil/vinegar duo did darken and brighten the wood up but these color change isn't as drastic in person.

S T E P  T H R E E | R E U P H O L S T E R I N G

The seat cushions were in great shape, so I didn't need to add any extra padding. I will skip the details on recovering the seat as it's pretty straight-forward and most of you have already seen it (or done it) a million times.

To cover the backrest, I carefully examined the way it was originally done and tried my best to mimic that, but ultimately I couldn't get the backrest done perfectly enough for the OCD person in me, so I got some help with this part. Looks like the issue was the fabric I chose made it hard to tuck without any puckering. We went with two pieces, piping, and nail-head trim on the edges.

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S T E P  F O U R | F I N A L  T O U C H E S

If you don't already know, I'm obsessed with painting things gold, so it should come as no surprise that I thought these chairs could use a little bit of gold accents. After scouring some pictures, I noticed that a lot of mid-century chairs had little gold caps on the legs. This gave me the inspiration to dip the tips of the chair legs gold. I tested it out by painting some painters tape gold, and then putting it on the chairs to see if I liked the look. Of course I did. So then I measured the perfect height (2 in) and taped off each leg with painters tape. I used a foam brush and liquid gold leaf to paint the feet.

F I N A L  P R O D U C T | B E F O R E  &  A F T E R

Aside from the backrest, this project is definitely fit for beginners. Part of me wishes I had done something more exciting, but ultimately I decided that drastically changing such a classic piece was something I may regret. Who knows, maybe one day I will go wild with some bright paint and patterned fabric!


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mid century chair before & after

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

STEAL HER STYLE: Miroslava Duma

I cannot even look at all of the pictures of Mira without utter amazement at her ability to create the perfect fashion ensemble EVERY FREAKIN' TIME! The current freelance writer/humanitarian/creator of the fashion site Buro 24/7 and former Fashion Editor at Harper's Bazaar Russia, has been one of my (and the entire fashion world's) style icon for many years. Follow her on Instagram HERE and keep on scrolling to Steal Her Style!

Miroslava Duma Style Blue Shift Dress

Miroslava Duma Style Yellow Dress Cork Wedge Sandal

Miroslava Duma Style Leather Overalls

Miroslava Duma Style Pleated Leather Skirt

Miroslava Duma Style Orange Dress

Miroslava Duma Style Red Coat Dress

Miroslava Duma Style Maxi Dress

Miroslava Duma Style Pant Suit

Miroslava Duma Style Tights

Miroslava Duma Style Tights

Miroslava Duma Style Blue Dress

Even while pregnant she is killing it!

Miroslava Duma Pregnant Style

miroslava duma pregnant style


Statement Necklaces
Bold Prints
Structured Coats & Dresses
Bright Colors
Black Tights
Small Clutches

Steal her Style // Miroslava Duma

// 2 // NUDE TANK
// 6 // NUDE PUMPS

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Get the Look: Amber Interior Design Master Bedroom

One of my all-time favorite interior designers turned blogger is Amber Lewis from Amber Interiors. Her designs are the perfect mix of worldly traveler and beach bungalow. She is always starting new trends or is at least one of the first to know about them - heck if you told me that she was the sole starter of the kilim rug trend in the U.S. (see her genius rug layering HERE), I would not doubt you for one second. It doesn't hurt that her personal style and writing has that cool-girl-without-trying vibe.

Amber recently gifted her readers a full before & after of her Client Awesome's house. The entire house is beautiful, but what caught my eye was the master bedroom. It is so crisp, clean, serene, and totally livable. I just want to jump into that bed and take a nap. As one who DESPISES clutter, I appreciate the minimalism.




::: GET THE LOOK :::

master bedroom/kilim/indigo/poster bed


I believe the actual bed Amber used was the Ikea Edland (sadly discontinued). If you want to replicate the look I would first try scouring your local Craigslist for the Ikea bed which retailed around $300. As for the kilim pillow, I often find that Ebay is much cheaper, but requires a bit more digging. I would definitely recommend searching around for a great price. The nightstand would also make a great DIY project if you find a sturdy garage sale piece. 

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy Friday!!!

Need some help deciding what to do this weekend? Check out some of these fun ideas on what to eat, drink, do, and wear this weekend. 

| E A T |

This delicious looking Panzanella Salad from Bleubird

| D R I N K |

Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Cooler
An amazingly refreshing Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Cooler from Tasty Yummies.

| D O |

DIY summer pom pom throw |
Make this lightweight Summer Pom Pom Throw via Sugar&Cloth and go on a picnic.

| W E A R |

Striped Tank / White Jeans (similar) / Nude Heels  for night or sandals during the day a la Keri Russell

Enjoy your weekend!

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