DIY Decor: Braziliant Decoupage Banana Leaf Chair

Once upon a time, I came home and there was a huge box at my door. I didn’t know what it was, because I hadn’t ordered anything, so I was kind of freaked out that a giant clown person was going to pop out and scare the guts out of me. I cautiously checked the label and hauled the big lug inside. Inside was a white molded plastic chair from INMOD. They sent it to in hopes that I could put my own spin on it and maybe dress it up a bit to make it my own personal style. Challenge accepted.

White molded chair from INMODI paced back and forth in front of the Eames style chair thinking. Then I turned my back toward it and glanced over my shoulder suddenly to see if I would see “it”. Then I talked to it, asking it to speak to me. I’M BEING SO DRAMATIC. I didn’t actually do any of that. I just let it sit around in my living room until I figured out what I wanted to do. Which came to me pretty quickly.

Since it’s plastic I knew I could easily decoupage it. I’m always inspired by Dorothy Draperesque brazilliance vibes, so I decided to use this banana print that you’ve probably seen before. (PERHAPS AS THE BACKGROUND ON THIS HERE BLOG?)

Decoupaged Palm Chair via Melodrama All I had to do was print out the pattern and use an exacto knife to cut out the leaves. Then I pieced the pattern together and glued it to the chair using decoupage medium, making sure to smooth out the bubbles, and seal with a few more coats of the medium to seal it. Decoupaged Palm Chair via MelodramaThen I spray painted the legs coral and gilded the black metal and screws. DONE!

Decoupage Banana Leaf Chair via Melodrama Voila!

Decoupaged Banana Leaf Chair via MelodramaNow it fits right in and gives me a little taste of those Brazilliant vibes.

Decoupaged Banana Leaf Chair via Melodrama

Home Decor: Spray Paint Makes A Big Difference

DIY Lamp Makeover - Spray paint makes a huge difference!

These made-over lamps are my new favorite things.

I was shopping for lamps for my living room and couldn’t find anything in the right size or price. This was around the time I decided to get a new sofa and was on a serious budget to finish off the rest of the room. I desperately needed end tables and lamps to frame said sofa, and didn’t want to go broke over it, so I was determined to find something great for as little investment as possible. I shopped and shopped, until I stumbled into a random Ross and checked out their home decor section. Ross is pretty awesome for budget pieces and it’s a great place to find things to fix up or hack.

I found lamps. Well, the size and the $15 price tag were right, and I liked the artichoke shape, but the finish and the shade were a big NO for me. Easy fix though! I bought them, and then stopped at the hardware store for a couple of cans of gloss white spray paint. I also snagged new shades at Ross for $4.

$15 Lamps from Ross - Before and After - What a difference spray paint makes!

Look at what a difference a little spray paint made. They’re so chic now. Totally Jonathan Adler or something, and they go with my living room PERFECTLY. I don’t think I could have found anything more perfect, especially for under $20 per lamp.

My #1 budget decorating tip is to take a look at what you do like and try to figure out how to change what you don’t like. It can be as easy as a can of spray paint.