Tuesday, January 31, 2012

High Style Low Budget Design - Horchow/Home Decorators

When I began blogging last August I started a feature called High Style Low Budget Design and I thought it was time to resurrect this post.  Finding High Style on a Low Budget can be difficult. I intend to showcase High End style at Low End prices so come along with me as I discover the hottest decor at affordable prices

Horchow Benson Tufted Headboard will add a touch of glamour to your bedroom.  This lovely curved headboard is wrapped in deeply tufted polyester fabric and is available in 4 colors.  It is available in Queen and King size only and priced at $799 and $899 respectively.  High end style at a high end prices!

Home Decorators Tufted Arch Headboard is comparable in style and glamour to Horchow's Benson Tufted Headboard.  It will add graceful elegance and high end style to any bedroom at a much more affordable price.

With an arched, scalloped design that features deep tufts for the look of soft, plush comfort, this headboard will add the look of traditional elegance to any space. You can choose from a wide range of beautiful, top-quality fabric options to create a piece that you are sure to love versus the limited selection at Horchow.  Home Decorators has it available in Twin, Full, Queen, King and California King sizes with sale prices, ranging from $319 - $359!!!! 

Truly, high end style on a low end budget...

Let me know what you think....

Friday, January 27, 2012

The DIY Club Top 10 January 2012

Congratulations to fellow bloggers, Girl In The Air, (2 Projects) Twigg Studios, The Artsy Girl Connection, My Repurposed Life, Double D Workshop, Lindsay & Lacey,  and Chapman Place.

Each of these extremely talented bloggers were named a part of The DIY Club Top 10 January 2012   I am honored that my Craigslist Cane Chairs and my $5 Console Table Spray Paint Makeovers were included in this list. 

You have to visit The DIY Club to see each and everyone of these wonderful projects.

Thank you, DIY Girls!

Lost And Found - Nesting Tables

While purging our garage the other day, I stumbled upon a set of nesting tables that I had completely forgotten about.  If I recall correctly, I had purchased them for our daughter's first apartment in her college sophomore year and she really didn't care for them.  It was not the 'design aesthetic' she was going for.  Anyhow, I was thrilled to have found them.

Coincidentally, I had recently been leafing through one of my favorite home
catalogs, Wisteria and fell in love with their Cabriole-Leg Table Set and knew I had to refinish my table set to reflect their traditional Swedish design. 

If you have been following my blog, you may recall my  Homemade Chalk Paint Experiment and the resulting table shown below.  I decided to use the same technique on my nesting table set.

So, I mixed 2 tablespoons of non-sanded grout and one cup of leftover flat white ceiling paint and began to paint my tables.

Below you will find the 'before and after' with one coat of paint.


This chalk paint recipe provides even and full coverage much like Annie Sloan Chalk paint at a fraction of the cost.  After two coats of chalk paint, I lightly sanded each of the tables and generously applied my 'go-to' Howard Citrus Shield Premium Wax in Golden Oak.  So easy to apply, 'wax on, wax off'...

Now, this is where I need your help.  I'm not too sure about the final color of the tables so I repainted one with a 'grey' chalk paint that I mixed with some leftover Behr paint. I then sanded it and applied my 'go-to' wax.  Below, are my two tables with their final waxed finish.  They are positioned in between my two Craigslist Cane Chairs and will complete one of the vignettes in my spare bedroom.

Project #5 Almost Complete!

Your vote will determine how I paint the entire set, WHITE OR GREY....

Let me know what you think.....

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Repurposed Monday - Lamp Base

Sometimes it is just too hard to let some things go and in this case, it was a black lamp base.  For a number of years it has been sitting in my storage room collecting dust.

Well, I stumbled across a darling lamp in one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie and there it was.....the perfect bunny Lamp.  Unfortunately, the Runway Bunny Ensemble lamp is no longer available at the store or online but here is a photo of it.  Created by the Swedish design team "Front", a cheeky hare proudly dons a top hat (the lampshade) to model it in your home.  At 13.5" H, it was priced at $199.  A little too expensive for a whimsical accent but a great inspiration piece!!!

Runway Rabbit Ensemble Lamp

I could not get it off my mind and a few weeks later while shopping, I came across a darling white ceramic garden bunny.  I really love the crackle and aged finish on my bunny.

It appeared to be the correct size for my lamp base so I bought it and it was. I then adhered to the base with a household glue....a perfect fit. I found a burlap drum shade at Walmart. It is part of their Better Homes And Gardens line and I couldn't pass it up at $9.97.

Better Homes and Gardens Burlap Drum Shade 

I could have kept it simple but decided to add just a touch of black grosgrain ribbon to the top and bottom.  Grosgrain ribbon and glue, the perfect combination!

My 'Runway Bunny Ensemble' lamp is part of my Guest Room Makeover Project that I look forward to sharing with you in the near future.

Project #4 Complete!

What have you repurposed lately? 

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Craigslist Cane Chairs

Like so many DIYers, I peruse Craigslist on a regular basis.  Recently, I scored these great cane chairs and knew I had to have them.  For $50 they had found a new home, mine!

Craigslist Cane Chairs

Craigslist Cane Chairs

Upon closer inspection, they needed a bit more love than I thought but nothing I couldn't cover with paint.  My newest favorite saying is, "If all else fails, paint it".   

I first removed the cushions and bottom seat and then I cleaned with TSP.  Next I used my handy Klean Strip Easy Liquid Sandpaper over the entire chair.  It deglosses and prepares the chair for painting.  LOVE IT!!!

I then took the chairs outside and sprayed them with Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer in Black followed by 2 coats of Krylon Spaces Satin Finish in Black.  I feel that spray paint provides the best coverage for cane.

Craigslist Cane Chairs
My next step was to distress the chairs to expose some of the original wood where it may have worn away through normal wear and tear.  I tend to use whatever grade of sandpaper I have handy.  I used a not-so-fine grade this time.  To be honest with you, it was a spare piece and I really don't know what grade it was.  I then finished them off with my trusty wax, Howard Citrus Shield Premium Paste Wax. Bottom line, I was pleased with the overall distressing. 

Now this is where I wanted to announce that these chairs are part of an overall plan to redecorate my Guest Room for expected company at the end of the month.  I have sooooo much to do.  Hint, hint.....black, cream and burlap are a part of the design scheme.

Next, I tackled recovering the cushions and the seat.  The most important lesson I learned while completing this part of the project is to cut your fabric generously.  I did not do this and subsquently, my cushion is sewn a bit too tightly. 

Below is the painted chair with the seat recovered.

And finally, the completed project....  You might recognize the RELAX pillow made earlier this year for my Etsy Inspiration & Giveaway post that featured Graphique.

Project #3 Complete!

Let me know what you think......

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fashion Star on NBC

This post is a little different from my traditional.  It is basically an announcement about fashion!!!

As many of you may know I live in Pittsburgh and I am proud to announce that Pittsburgh's own, EJ Johnston, creator and Executive Producer of Fashion Star is premiering on March 13th on NBC.  EJ is the son of Diane and Eddie Johnston, former GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins and dear friends.  We are soooo excited for them!!!

It is MUST SEE TV so be sure to tune your tv and watch host Elle Macpherson in the 2 hour premiere at 9PM.  It promises to be "the future of design shows"!

Let me know what you think....

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Console Table Spray Paint Makeover

I scored this great little console table at an auction for $5 sometime last year.  It was the perfect size and I loved its lines but was in need of some loving especially on the top.  It has sat in my garage since then awaiting its makeover.

Centsational Girl's console table was my inspiration to finally refinish it.

chalk paint console table

My first step was to sand it and then I sprayed it with Krylon's Blue Ocean Breeze .  I love this color and knew it would provide me with a bright base upon which to apply my favorite wax finish.

Indoor/Outdoor Paint

Below is the table after two coats of Blue Ocean Breeze.  I also lined the petite center drawer with scrapbook paper as shown below.

I then took out my trusty, 'go to' Howard Citrus Shield Premium Paste Wax in Golden Oak and applied it generously in a circular motion over the entire piece.

After 10 minutes, I began buffing and buffing some more, leaving just enough to achieve the distressed look I was hoping for.  The faux crystal knobs were finds from Michaels dollar bins...score!!!

It is now the perfect bedside table in my daughter's room and I'm loving it against the lavendar striped walls.  

Project #2 Complete!!!

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