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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tween Girl’s Bedroom Makeover – REVEAL

It’s time for the big reveal!  My daughter’s little girl bedroom got a makeover perfect for a fun-loving tween and I can’t wait to share with you how it turned out!

{via Ink361}

Last week, I posted about how to create an easy, 4-step plan for approaching a makeover for a girl’s bedroom, or any room {you can read that post HERE}.  From the picture above that my daughter gave me, I knew:

  1. She likes contemporary designs
  2. She’s not afraid of bold patterns
  3. She likes a little sparkle
  4. She likes a bold look that is also glamorous
  5. She’s not afraid to have a lot going on in a small space!
  6. She likes turquoise, white, and gold {I’m putting this one last since color doesn’t convey anything about style}

We also had some functional requirements in order to ensure that the new design was actually useful:

  • Bigger bed
  • Lots of drawers for storage
  • Display areas for items as well as her artwork
  • Full-length mirror to admire outfits
  • Large work space for drawing, coloring, and sewing
  • Able to function as she grows and as her tastes change, without having to redo the entire room

 

Here’s a look at her room BEFORE {and obviously also before I learned how to use my camera!}:

French Pink Girls Room

 

And here’s the AFTER!

Tween Girls Room with White and Turquoise

 

I don’t think it looks like the same space because it looks so much bigger and brighter, but it is also so much more functional.

Gold Vinyl Polka Dot Wall Decals Tween Girl Bedroom

 

She picked out all of these pillows and I must admit, I’m a bit obsessed with the sequin one.  It’s fun to write little notes to her on the pillow.  We also picked out some fun, polka-dot sheets in hot pink to add another layer of color.

Pink and White Sequin Pillow in Tween Girl Bedroom

 

My daughter is an aspiring fashion designer, so we incorporated her designs into a gallery wall that surrounds her bed.

 

The images are simple croquis that I printed off the internet and then she draws outfits on them. {You can find a link to the images HERE.}

Fashion Sketch Croquis Gallery Wall Around Bed with Gold Frames

 

To visually connect her bed and gallery wall to her “built-ins”, we used gold, vinyl decals.  Originally, the plan was to cover the entire wall, but they took away from the gallery wall so instead, we created a random pattern that looked as if they were falling down onto her bed.  Actually, my daughter says that her piggy bank is blowing kisses on her as she sleeps.

 

Opposite her bed, we left the trim that was originally on the wall, as well as the two full-length mirrors, but I added a 4′ x 5′ ribbon memo board so that she can showcase her artwork and photos.  {I literally finished it the night before taking the photos so it’s empty in these pictures, but she’s already started to fill it!}

Oversized DIY Ribbon Memo Board in Tween Girl Bedroom

 

Her work surface is extra long so that she has plenty of space for homework, art projects and sewing.  And because I love items that can be used for more than one purpose, here an owl vase is being used as a pencil cup!

White Owl Vase as Pencil Cup in Teen Girl Bedroom

 

The original plan was to add trim to the tops of the bookcases to create a true built-in look, but in true form, we’ll never really finish the project 100%.  Instead, I used these turquoise and white pom poms to fill the space and add a bit of whimsy.

Teen Girl Bedroom with Turquoise and White Pom Poms and Ribbon Valance

 

For me, the bonus for her having white walls is that if she ever decides turquoise isn’t her favorite color, we don’t have to repaint!  {FYI the walls are Kelly Moore Swiss Coffee and so is the trim!}  And with the pops of color and gold metallic accents, her room is anything but boring and cold!  White gets a bad rap sometimes….

Teen Girl Bedroom Decorating Ideas - Contemporary with IKEA Furniture in Turquoise and White and Gold

 

So that’s it!  It will probably never be this clean again, unfortunately.  Actually, we mostly completed her room months ago but I was waiting until she spent the week at her grandma’s so that I could clean it enough to photograph!  I try not to think of her as messy, but rather creative and she always has some project or another going on in her room.

Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover in Turquoise and White and Gold

 

Below are links to sources for her room.  One of the benefits to working on this project over the course of several months is that I had the time to wait until things went on sale, and I’m always a fan of saving money!  You can scroll through the affiliate images below and click on them to be taken directly to the online retail source.

 

 

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Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover Modern Style with Built-ins Around Window in Turquoise and White

I hope you enjoyed the tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Bedroom Makeover – Part 2

If ever I tell you that I’m “done” decorating a room, call for help because my blog has been hijacked! Just kidding….but in all seriousness, I could never possibly “finish” decorating a room because for me, decorating is an ongoing process and an expression of how I feel at any give time.  So nothing is ever “done” it’s just in transition!  And my guest bedroom is no exception, as it recently got a little makeover.

 

Prepare yourself for the ORIGINAL BEFORE photo….this room was just a storage area with no personality of its own…

Tidbits&Twine-Guest-Room-BEFORE

 

My guest room is often used by the grandparents or by the kids when they have a friend sleeping over and with very tight quarters, twin beds just made more sense for us.  The room is visible from the main part of our house and so I wanted it to look nice, but it rarely gets used so I didn’t want to spend a lot money on furnishing and decor.  I was able to use mismatched Craigslist furniture {painted black} with accessories and bedding from Target, IKEA, and HomeGoods to get the look I wanted at a price I could afford. You can read all about the first part of the makeover in {THIS POST}, but this is how the room looked a couple of weeks ago:

Guest Bedroom Makeover
Guest Bedroom Makeover

 

 

I really liked how it looked but I always knew I’d make some changes one day, and those changes happened about a week ago.  Here it is today!

Tidbits&Twine Twin Bed Guest Bedroom Makeover with Black Beds

 

 

I didn’t make a ton of changes, but I think the biggest difference is that I folded the white comforter back to expose a blue blanket on each bed.  This is actually more practical for this time of year and it’s an added bonus that the blanket adds a bit of color to the room.

Tidbits&Twine Guest Bedroom with His and Hers Signs

 

 

I also added two IKEA storage baskets at the end of each bed to store extra linens, pillows, and blankets.  They are also study enough that they can function as either a seat or luggage rack for guests and I love when items can do double-duty. You might notice I also added a rug {yes, a rug on top of carpet}

Tidbits&Twine Black and White French Bedroom with Baskets

 

The cabinet got a little makeover on the inside with some book and decor items that I shopped for from other rooms in the house.  {I am a big believer in shopping your own home!}

Tidbits&Twine Black Secretary and Vintage Books

Tidbits&Twine Styling a Bookcase with Vintage Decor

 

I added a framed sign letting guests know the Wi-Fi password since that’s a common question for people who stay for an extended period of time.

Tidbits&Twine Guest Bedroom Wi-Fi Password Sign

 

I also added an ironstone sugar pot with some pencils and a notebook in case guests needed any paper.

Tidbits&Twine Ironstone Sugar Pot and Vintage Books

 

And the great thing about this little cabinet is that the top slides forward to create a desk area in case guests need to do any work!

Tidbits&Twine Guest Bedroom French Secretary Desk

 

My vintage trophies have been used all over the house for lots of different things, but I’ve been wanting to group them together for some time {I love the way collections look when grouped!}, but wasn’t sure where to display them.  I finally decided that the top of this furniture piece was the perfect display area for the three trophies.

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Trophy and Book Vignette

 

I took some criticism from people for having “His” and “Hers” signs above the bed, but that hasn’t deterred me!  These are just paper inserts I made and had printed up, so I can change them out whenever I want but I still like the “His” and “Hers” because it’s whimsical!  I did paint the white frames a matte black, though, which I like much better.

Tidbits&Twine Twin Bed Guest Room Makeover

 

So this is how my guest bedroom looks today now that it’s had a mini-makeover but stay tuned….I have one more change in mind for this room!

Tidbits&Twine French Guest Bedroom Makeover with Twin Beds

 

Download FREE Tidbits&Twine Wi-Fi Password Sign for Guests

If you would like to print your own Wi-Fi password sign, you can download my template for FREE by clicking the link below and then right-clicking the image to save.  It is currently sized as a 5×7:

http://www.tidbitsandtwine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/TIDBITSTWINE-WiFi-Password-Sign.jpg

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Tidbits&Twine - Signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

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