Antique Chair Makeover – REVEAL!

I’m a bit of a chair addict….there’s just something about chairs that I love!  So when my in-laws gave us these gorgeous and incredibly comfortable family heirlooms, I was beyond thrilled.  I kept them in my home as-is for many years, but I knew that they needed to be reupolstered and refinished, a project I embarked on in 2013 and now, they’re finally done!  It’s only been four-and-a-half years but who’s counting?!

 

THAT WAS THEN…

You can get all of the details about this history {HERE} but to give you an idea as to what they used to look like, here they are in all their glory!

 

My original plan was to re-stain them, so I worked tirelessly with Q-Tips and toothpicks to remove the original coats of stains from all of the nooks and crannies.

 

Once down to bare wood, I was amazed at the difference, but I also grew to love the lighter color.

 

 

Then, one day while browsing Art of Salvage, a favorite vendor of mine at the Alameda Point Antique Fair, I finally worked up the courage to ask the owner, Michael, if he’d be willing to refinish and reupholster my chairs for me.  Thankfully, he said yes!  After seeing his work, I knew that I wanted the chairs painted, not stained, and didn’t trust myself to such an important job.  You won’t believe how these beauties turned out!  They don’t even look like the same chairs, right?

 

THIS IS NOW!

TIDBITS&TWINE Master Bedroom Mantel with French chairs

 

 

I chose to use two different but coordinating fabrics.  The front of the chairs is a small-weave, linen-like material, while the back is reminiscent of burlap, but mush softer and more elegant.  I’m a sucker for chairs upholstered with two different fabrics!

Antique chair french style makeover with two fabrics

 

And can we talk for a minute about the carved details?!  I love how they pop with their new paint finish…

Chalk painted antique chair

Antique chair chalk paint french style

 

The new look of these chairs is much softer and more in keeping with the rest of my bedroom as you can see from this sneak peek of my nightstands, now complete with mirrors that I purchased from Art of Salvage.  I know I’ve shared this picture on Facebook, but this might be a first for the site…

TIDBITS&TWINE French master bedroom

 

Michael from Art of Salvage also made me two custom-stenciled lumbar pillows for the chairs.  They are so soft and gorgeous, but as you can tell from the photos, I sometimes change them out depending on the season….or my mood!

Someday {hopefully soon}, I’ll share my entire bedroom with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Decorate with Confidence – Free Ebook!

I am so excited {and nervous} to be sharing my first-ever ebook with you today called HOW TO DECORATE WITH CONFIDENCE!

How to Decorate with Confidence - Ebook from Tidbits&Twine

I chose this topic because I feel that often, the biggest hurdle to decorating is figuring out where to begin!  I’ve outlined steps and tips in the book to help get you started and give you the confidence you need to feel you’re making good decisions.  My strategies are not style-specific, meaning that anyone can use this guide.  Plus, at the end of the book, you’ll find links to other articles you might find helpful with additional tips.

 

Whether you’re starting from scratch or planning a small refresh, it’s important to know what you want.  You wouldn’t get in the car and drive without knowing your destination, would you?  Decorating is very similar!  You need to know where you want to go so you can move in the right direction.  My ebook outlines how to find your style, how to determine your needs, what order to purchase things, how to select colors, shopping tips, and more!

 

The ebook is available to subscribers only.  Why?  Because it’s my way of saying thank you for all of your support.  If you’re already a subscriber, check your email for the link or go directly to the Exclusive Content page {don’t forget you’ll need the password that I emailed to you!}.

If you’re not already a subscriber,  simply sign up below and you’ll receive the link via email.  I never send spam and I would never share your email with a 3rd party.  The emails are just my way of letting you know there’s a new decorating post on the site!

 

 

I hope you enjoy the book and feel more confident to tackle those decorating projects to create a home that’s uniquely YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. – Please be respectful of the time and effort I have put into writing this ebook and remember that it is copyright material that cannot be shared, reprinted, copied, etc.  Thank you!

10 Beautiful & Elegant Cabinet Hardware Options

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One item whose impact is often and easily overlooked is cabinet hardware.  That’s right!  Knobs and drawer pulls!  Honestly, a cheap cabinet can instantly look more expensive with the help of some gorgeous knobs. On the flip side, an expensive cabinet can look whomp whomp if the hardware doesn’t add to the overall style.  New hardware is also a great way to update the look of an existing piece, especially if the hardware style or metal has become a bit outdated over time.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite selections for drawer and cabinet hardware.  I tend to prefer hardware that makes a statement, either because of style or size, but above all, it has to be functional.  One of my pet peeves is hardware that looks pretty, but is awkward to use, especially if the shape is difficult to grasp.  The selections below are all neutral in color so that they can coordinate with a variety of palettes, and will add a touch of style and elegance to any piece.

Simply click on any of the pictures below for direct access to the retailers’ sites.

The Best cabinet hardware knobs and pulls

 

Glass Knob

I’m starting with this knob simply because it’s one I chose for my master bedroom built-in.  I’ve had these knobs for about 8 years now and love them just as much now as I did when I selected them.  They have a timeless octagon style paired with a metal base that comes in a variety of finishes.

 

 

Here’s a look at it in on my bedroom built-in cabinet:

 

 

Ring Pull

I love a beautiful ring pull because unlike most knobs and pulls that look functional, ring pulls look purely decorative but are completely practical.  I bought this one from Hobby Lobby when I refinished my console table, but it is also available on Amazon.

 

 

I dry brushed mine to match the table I was redoing:

 

 

Federal Style Ring Pull

An alternative style ring pull is this Federal style pull with Neoclassical urn and garland motif.

 

Cremone Bolt

You might have heard me mention my love for a cremone bolt before, so this list wouldn’t have been complete without one.  I love the beaded detailing and antique brass finish.

 

Label Holder Pull

Despite my love of the Casual Elegance style, I love industrial, too!  Plus, a drawer pull with a label holder is so practical!  While perhaps not appropriate for kitchen cabinets, this style of pull looks great on a dresser, desk, or even wooden storage crates.

 

Marble and Gold Knobs

With the return of brass in a big way, I’d be remiss not to include a brass and marble combination.  I love the idea of using these to dress up a media cabinet, nightstand, dresser, or even the kitchen!  These lovelies come in a 2-pack and are reasonably priced from Target!

Brass and Acrylic Pulls

This acrylic twist is a bit less contemporary looking than the typical straight acrylic bar with brass end caps.  This has a very feminine and classic look to it while still physically big and sturdy.

 

Brass T-Bar

A t-bar style drawer pull is very sleek and clean looking, but in a brass finish, it really has a “wow” factor.  These look absolutely stunning in a kitchen, both on drawers and cabinets.

 Bin Pull

Bin pulls are very clean looking, but also elegant given their rounded shape.  I love the look of these when used in combination with other elements, like coordinating light fixtures, faucets, etc.

 

Knob Backplate

Okay, so while not technically a knob or pull, I didn’t want to leave out the backplate because it’s so important!  A backplate can make a small knob look bigger than it is or change the look of it entirely.  You can even find large backplates that can cover the two holes from a pull if you want to switch to a knob but can’t fill and match the finish of your piece.  These are definitely a great option for updating the look of your furniture!

 

 

The next time you want to freshen things up in your home, consider changing out the hardware!  Alternatively, don’t pass up a piece you love if you don’t like the hardware because it’s an easy fix!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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