Easy Chair Makeover with Chalk Paint® and Faux Fur

Confession: I’m a little bit of a chair hoarder. If I see a vintage chair at a flea market and it’s under $20 I usually end up coming home with it. The reason is because accent chairs are SO easy to salvage with minimal cost and effort, and also a good way to change up a corner in a room without going to too much trouble. Besides, who couldn’t use more stylish seating right?

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover with Chalk Paint®I got this bergere chair for $15 at my local flea market and thought it would be the perfect vessel for the magic of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. There are a few reasons I like using Chalk Paint®. Firstly, it goes on beautifully and dries quickly with minimal brush strokes. Secondly, you can easily change the finish and look with Chalk Paint® Waxes. And finally, cleanup is a breeze! Soapy water is all you need for any spills and to clean brushes. For all of these reasons I highly recommend trying this method if you’re new to furniture painting.

For this project I wanted something whimsical with gentle color so went with the color Antoinette, which is a soft pink-lilac.

 

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover with Chalk Paint®

I gave the chair a good wipe down with soapy water and then just used a regular, old paint brush to cover the chair with two coats of paint.

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

See how lovely and even it dries?

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

Next I applied a coat of Chalk Paint® Wax to seal and add a nice finish the paint. I wanted to bring out the carvings and details in this piece so I used White Chalk Paint® Wax.

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

I used a Wax Brush to apply a coat of wax to the entire painted surface.img_4630Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies to bring out the details.Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

Then use a soft cloth to remove any excess wax and buff out the finish.

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®Did you know you can paint fabric with Chalk Paint® as well? I thought about painting the seat with Pure White, but changed my mind and went with a luxe faux fur instead. Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®Quick tip: If you want to easily or temporarily change the upholstery on a chair like this, just use a throw and tuck it into the sides for a quick cover. Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

Voila! An easy painted makeover! If you want to try Chalk Paint® for yourself (and you most definitely should) you can find Annie Sloan Stockists here.

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

I’m in love!

 

This project was sponsored by UNFOLDED but all opinions and ideas are my own. Promise.

 

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IKEA HACK: KARLSTAD Pink Mid-Century Inspired Sofa Makeover

Ohhhh man, you guys. I’m reallllly excited about this project. Bear with me because there’s a lot to cover (no pun intended).

A while back I posted about how I was on the hunt for a new sofa and narrowed down a few of my favorite contenders. One of the contenders was the KARLSTAD from IKEA because I knew I could save a lot of money by attempting a hack, and thanks to a pretty hefty tax audit (kill me) that’s what I ended up having to do. As luck would have it I found a perfect KARLSTAD at IKEA for $250 in the clearance section. A lot of you already know that I’m no stranger to IKEA Hacking, but it has been a while since I did one so I was feeling up to the challenge. Luckily it didn’t take long before I knew exactly what I wanted to do in order to make it come close to the couch of my dreams.

 

KARLSTAD IKEA HACK

The KARLSTAD is pretty much an IKEA staple and I’m sure you’ve seen it in many homes. It has clean, modern lines and comes with an easily removable slip cover. Perfect for my hacking plan. The one I bought had a grey cover and my IKEA was sold out of the white slip cover, but luckily my best friend in Florida found one at her store and was able to send it to me. Since KARLSTADs have completely removable slip covers I knew I could dye it to be whatever color I wanted.

Rit Petal Pink

I picked up a few boxes of Rit dye in Petal Pink. I filled my bathtub with boiling water and dye and soaked the slip cover until it was saturated.Dye Sofa Slip Covers in Bath Tub Then I promptly had a minor freak out because it didn’t turn out the rosey/peachy/blush pink color that I wanted and that appeared on the box. Dye Karlstad Sofa Slip Cover

I took a deep breath, refusing to be defeated, and rushed to the fabric store to grab some Rit Color Remover, a magical powder that  gently removes all of your regrets and gives you a clean start. If only I could bathe myself in it. Just kidding…!

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How to remove Rit dye

After a quick soak the slip cover was back to white. I knew at this point I was going to have to custom mix my own shade of pink so I threw the covers in the wash and went back to the fabric store for the 5th time to pick up more dye.

I can’t tell you the exact ratios of these colors that I used for my shade because I was constantly adjusting and testing the color. I want to say it was something like 4 parts pink, 1/2 part yellow, 1/8 part tan, but I’m not 100% sure so don’t come back yelling at me if yours turns out gross. I also diluted it a lot more than the first time so the color would be more pastel.

My husband and I worked nervously and quickly, scalding our hands and sweating over the boiling dye bath in our typical Melo-dramatic style, but it was worth it. It worked out perfectly!img_4426-3

 

Dying the slip cover was only the first step. I wanted new legs and pretty tufting, and dammit that’s what I would get. These steps were actually much easier and less annoying than the dye part.

I changed the legs on my last KARLSTAD Love Seat in the past, so I knew that wouldn’t be a big deal. I used mid-century style furniture legs that I got from Lowe’s for like $2 and spray painted them gold and white.

DIY Furniture legs for $2

Then I installed a top plate and attached the legs to the corners of the sofa.

Change the legs on your sofa for under $20I wanted to have legs in the center of the sofa, too. Partly for more support, but mostly because I like the look of it.

For this I just drilled a hole and inserted the leg directly into the wood.

Change the legs on your sofa for under $20

That would have looked great on it’s own but I wanted tufting. I had spare fabric from an extra piece of slip cover that I found in the clearance bin at IKEA. I used this for my color test strips and then dyed a piece with the plan of covering buttons for tufting.

I used 7/8″  button cover kit and thread to make my tufting buttons, much like I did in this past IKEA hack.DIY Upholstery Button Covers

Then I attached the buttons to upholstery string and used a long upholstery needle to feed the string through the cushion. I pulled the string tight and used these decorative buttons to anchor the string on the back of cushion. I didn’t want to go through the back of the cushion cover, and a knot would have just pulled back through the cushion insert, so I used the decorative buttons to hold my tufting in place. Am I making any sense at this point? Hopefully these visuals help.DIY Couch Cushion TuftingDIY Couch Cushion Tufting

And voila!

KARLSTAD SOFA IKEA HACK: Mid-Century Inspired Pink Sofa

The decorative pillows are also from IKEA.KARLSTAD SOFA IKEA HACK: Mid-Century Inspired Pink SofaI love the way the warm pink looks with the white and gold legs.KARLSTAD SOFA IKEA HACK: Mid-Century Inspired Pink SofaI’m so excited to finally have a dreamy pink couch! And for less than $300!KARLSTAD SOFA IKEA HACK: Mid-Century Inspired Pink Sofa

Update: Here it is in the finished room!

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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: Update Your Karlstad Sofa By Changing The Legs

Even though it was super comfortable, I got really sick of having a bulky sofa in my living room. It took up most of the wall and didn’t leave room for things like side tables and lamps, etc. I didn’t want to commit to a really expensive sofa that I might change my mind about, so we went to IKEA and picked up a Karlstad. The standard size was still a little too big so we settled on the loveseat. To be honest it has been great! The feature that sold me was the removable/changable slip cover. The thing I disliked most was the legs.

There are sites and online shops dedicated to making custom legs for IKEA furniture, but if you’re on a budget and want a solution fast, look to your local hardware store.

How to change the legs on your Karlstad sofa

Standard block legs that did not fit my style at all. Luckily it’s easy to change. Cheap, too!

How to change Karlstad legs

First you need to change the bracket on the bottom of the sofa to fit the new legs.

How to change Karlstad legs

Then attach the new bracket.

How to change Karlstad legs

This bracket is going to make the new legs fit. I got my legs and brackets at Lowe’s for under $15 and I simply painted them the colors I wanted.

How to change the legs on a Karlstad

Just screw those in and you’ve got brand new legs!

How to change the legs on your Karlstad sofa

 

So far so good. Now I can afford to change them any time I want by either re-painting or just picking up a new set for under $10.

DIY: This Hand-Me-Down Cabinet Gets Made Over with Decoupage

Sometimes people are all “Hey, want this? You can probably do something with it.” and I take it in like a stray animal and give it love and attention and it becomes part of the family. That’s what happened with this hand-me-down cabinet my neighbor gave me. My husband hated it. He said it was boring and sterile and wanted it out. I had to be like “Relaxxxxx it’ll be fine. Trust me!”, as per usual. We agreed that if I fixed it up well enough it could stay, as per usual. Here’s what I started with:

Update hand-me-down furniture with decoupage

 

I debated on how I would add color or pattern to the sides of the cabinet and jumped on decoupage. Decoupage may sound fancy but it’s basically just gluing shit on to other shit and hoping for the best. Traditionally you cut out clippings and layer them with Mod Podge, but you can use this wall paper type of method too. A trip to Paper Source lead me to this lovely floral wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co. It’s perfect. I measured the areas I wanted to cover and cut the pieces I needed.

Decoupage

 

I used satin finish Mod Podge to stick and seal the paper. First I slapped a layer of Mod Podge on. I always use a decent amount because it dries fast and you want to be able to smooth it out before it dries or you’re screwed.
Decoupage

Use a flat surface like a bone folder or credit card to smooth any wrinkles and air bubbles. Excess glue coming out the edges is fine. You’re going to cover it with more Mod Podge anyway.

Decoupage

Let it dry for a few minutes so it’s really stuck on there. Then seal it with another layer of Mod Podge.

Decoupage

It dries perfectly clear and really makes the colors pop. The texture of the Podge makes it look like it’s painted on. LOVE.
Decoupage Furniture

Then I added a cute new pull from Anthropologie.

Decoupage Furniture

 

Done!! This now sits in our hall/bathroom vanity area and holds a ton of toiletries and makeup. Cute right? In fact it’s so cute my neighbor wants it back. Nope.

Decoupage Furniture

 

Befores & Afters:

Decoupage on Furniture Decoupage on Furniture

DIY: DALFRED IKEA Bar Stools Makeover | IKEA Hack

We got these DALFRED bar stools from IKEA as sort of a temporary thing. At $40 a pop they were a pretty good option and close enough to what we were looking for at the time. Eventually I got bored with them and they didn’t go with the rest of our room. I didn’t feel like buying new ones though. I had Rust-Oleum gold spray paint left over from my dresser makeover so I whipped that out and decided to jazz them up a little. 

Originally I just wanted to give a gold dipped look to the legs but ended up taking them apart to do the seat and inner ring. First, I taped off the amount I wanted to paint on the legs. I used a piece of plastic wrap to block the rest of the leg from getting overspray. You can use more tape if you want to be proper about it.

DALFRED Bar Stool Makeover

Quick Tips: 1) Spray in a well ventilated area. 2) If you get spray paint on your hands use veg oil then dish soap to get it off. 3) If you decide to paint your seat, and it’s going to get a lot of use, it’s probably a good idea to spray some sealer on it.

Anywayyyy this is how they turned out:

Ikea DALFRED makeover

I did the hardware too. Ooo lala.

gold hardwareBefore and after. It was really easy and took no time at all. The total project (for 2) runs under $100!

DALFRED Bar Stool Makeover Before & After

DIY: I reupholstered our Bergere chair with florals! Oooolala double welt!

Remember our bergere chair that I found on Craigslist for $20 and reupholstered with curtains?

Well, like everything else in our apartment, I felt like it was time for a change. When we were packing up our apartment during our move I laid this left over fabric from a skirt I made last year onto the chair and had an epiphany.

Epiphany

I loved the way it looked next to our new paint and lace curtains. This fabric isn’t something you would normally upholster with. It’s a silky semi-strechy apparel fabric, but who cares? This chair is rarely used and more for decorative purposes so I don’t care. It’s cute!

I ripped the old fabric and upholstered it just like I did here. Instead of nailheads I decided to finish it with double welt cording. I took these really crappy iPhone pics for you:

Double welt cording
I didn’t have long enough strips of fabric so I had to sew some together. Normally you want to cut strips on a cross-grain but I didn’t. Anyway sew your strips together like this.
Double Welt Cording
When you lay it flat it’ll look like this.
Then encase your cording rope and use your zipper foot to stitch
Then encase your cording rope and use your zipper foot to stitch.
Put another piece of cording next to the 1st piece and roll it over. Using your regular foot, sew down the middle over your last stitch.
Put another piece of cording next to the 1st piece and roll it over. Using your regular foot, sew down the middle over your last stitch.
Cut off the excess fabric as close as possible.
Cut off the excess fabric as close as possible.
Carefully hot glue it on over your stapled edges.
Carefully hot glue it on over your stapled edges.

Now it looks like this!

DIY Floral Chair Upholstery

Marble top table from Topanga Flea $15; Brass vase from Goodwill $5; roses from TJ's $6
Marble top table from Topanga Flea $15; Brass vase from Goodwill $5; roses from TJ’s $6

DIY Floral Chair Upholstery DIY Floral Chair Upholstery