Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bar Stools Before and After

So the other day I finally went and bought a ton of fabric, (thank you Joann's Fabrics Columbus day sale.) Here is project number one.

Enter in boring, stained bar stool.
Bar stool before 2

Hello New Fabric!
Bar Stools after 2

I couldn't stand to do all my bar stools the same way, so I have the stripes going both horizontally and vertically. Thought it would add more appeal. I have 4 of them all together, so I feel the vertical and horizontal even out. :-)

BTW, I love using my staple gun.

What about you guys? What's your favorite tool to work with? Or favorite project to work on?

Monday, October 11, 2010

In Honor of Columbus Day...

I bring you a crocheting project that has been months in the making. I am finally able to post it because I was finally able to GIVE it to the recipient this past week. Yay!

So let's check it out. A little boy's sweater, a sailor cardigan, crocheted by yours truly. (The pattern was from the book entitled "Crochet for Babies.")

Crocheted sailor Cardigan

My favorite part about this cardigan (other than it's obvious cute-ness) is the details.
Cardigan close-up 2

Love it! What do you guys think? Ever tried your hand at the needle-arts? ;-) No worries though, I should be back to re-upholstering and re-doing furniture in no time! I have lots of projects in the works... Blessings!

Monday, October 4, 2010


Not in the bad way.

In the Rachel Zoe kind of way.

"I die."

I think I'm obsessed with furniture and fabric the way Rachel Zoe is obsessed with fashion. Who knows, maybe.

But after looking at tons of pictures online today... I think I found some of my inspiration picto's. Aka pictures. Keep up with the MrsK-slang people!

Enter in linen and burlap.... and the amazing Aidan Gray.

aidan gray chandler chair

Did you know I want to do a bench soon??

Aidan Gray upholstered bench

And as the grand finale... Enter in Restoration Hardware...


I think Aidan Gray will be my personal interior decorator in heaven. Or even better, maybe we both work at Restoration Hardware together!

I'm just loving the laid-back style of using linens all over the place. And I'll admit when I saw chairs that were made with grain sacks and the like a few months ago I thought it was crazy. Now I'm seeing these pictures and I'm insanely in love with them. And the idea of linen drapes... my word, I think the heavens have opened up my mind! Needless to say, I am more than dying, and loving every second of it.

Plus I think I just fell in love with a $4,000 couch. Just don't tell my husband!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fabric Angst

So you might read other *wonderful* blogs that give you straight before-and-afters, and while I am in love with them... I've decided this blog is just not one of them.

For instance, today I am going to share with you the angst I get when I am trying to undergo a project.

Lately the angst has largely come in fabric form. Boo on fabric. Specifically, boo on fabric from Yep, you heard me, I just bashed the website that sells the most inexpensive fabric out there... and gives you free shipping. Why? Because my past two orders have not been fulfilled because the quantities of fabric they show on their website is NOT ACCURATE. Basically, if you see that a fabric has 15 yards of fabric or less... it means that by the time they come around to processing your order IT WON'T BE THERE. Boogers. I can't tell you how upset I was about these facts.

Twice I was stabbed in the heart...

First by a beautiful yellow jacquard that I planned to make curtains out of and the show you pictures of my beautiful living room.

Bloomfield Jacquard Sunflower

Then by an amazing textured, cream-colored fabric for a chair re-do...

Robert Allen Matelasse Wicker Snow

But instead. Here are my projects. Left abandoned. Waiting...

Living room, no curtains
The Undressed Living Room

Free chair
The Dingy Old Chair

Boogers, I guess I just have to stop being so cheap and refusing to pay more than like $5-7 a yard on amazing quality fabric that would have literally cost me at least $20-40 a yard at a Joann's fabric anyday. I guess I have to up my price to about $9-11 a yard...

Do I?

Maybe I'll just forego all of that and return to Target, where I found the fabric for these beautiful chairs. They turned out just fine didn't they??

Chair 2 front

But seriously, all of you who are out there in blog land... Please offer some help. Specifically for the Dingy Old Chair. I don't know what to do... the logical woman in me says "find a neutral colored fabric to re-upholster it in so you can have it forever, no matter what color you decide to change your decor to." The other side says, "Are you kidding? Have fun with it! Pick two different fabrics, mix and match! Go Big or Go HOME!!!" What do you think?? Anybody??