Welcome the Newest Addition

In my last post I showed you my white, rectangular dining table, two white chairs and newly painted navy bench.  It’s a pretty long table so even though I now have all those seats, I still can use more.  A newly married friend and her husband are in the process of revamping their apartment.  Since their styles are completely opposite, modern vs antique, I end up getting first dibs on many of the pieces they are getting rid of.  This time I got another chair.  A black antique folding chair with woven rattan back and seat.

I love the chair but the color isn’t quite right.  The black feels too heavy and just doesn’t work with the navy, blush and gold color palette I’m going for.  The plan is to strip the chair, I know, a big and not so fun job, and paint it navy just like the bench.  I was already able to recruit my mom to make a new cushion.  We used a pretty lace-like diamond pattern fabric in a very pale blush and matching pink velvet ribbon to make the ties.  This is what it looks like at the moment but will  keep you posted once the paint project is complete.

 

This is my new chair.....black antique folding chair with woven rattan back and seat.

This is my new chair…..black antique folding chair with woven rattan back and seat.

 

Chair detail

Chair detail

Here is the chair with its new cushion.  We may need to tuft it in a few spots...looking a little puffy as is but loving the blush lace-like fabric.

Here is the chair with its new cushion. We may need to tuft it in a few spots…looking a little puffy as is but loving the blush lace-like fabric.

 

 

 

 

Acrylic anyone?

Before I moved into my apartment, I inherited an acrylic occasional table that had been used as a display table at a boutique/spa where my sister had been working.  By inheriting, I mean that the boutique it had been living in was closing and the table was going to be dumped if no one took it.  The table was way too beautiful to just be thrown away and though I had no apartment at the time and no idea what I was going to do with the table, I knew it was too good to pass up.

Basically I had one day to decide I wanted the table and even less time to figure out how I was going to get the massive table home. Though the table was not what you might consider big, it weighed a ton! I was able to convince and hire the two movers to bring it to my sisters apartment where I was living at the time…a four floor walk up. What an experience that was….I honestly did not think the table was going to make it. But after much huffing and puffing and other unmentionables, it did. The table stayed under plastic wraps for over a year until I could give it a proper home.

Lucky for me I have good friends who seem to be just as crazy as I am when it comes to design and projects.  These friends always seem to help me out when I most need them.  Once again my friend Markus Winter, owner of Lampedo, came to save the day. Markus and I got to work and somehow managed to bring my super heavy occasional table down four flights of stairs and up to its new home in my second floor apartment. Here are some pics of how we did it and what I did with it…I think I made the right decision, don’t you?

We made it to my building....

We made it to my building….

The table...ready for the last leg of the adventure

The table…ready for the last leg of the adventure

Yikes!

Yikes!

Let's try it here...

Let’s try it here…

Hmmm?

Hmmm?

Let's try this wall instead

Let’s try this wall instead

I think this table just found a new home

I think this table just found a new home

Take it off!

Take it off!

How do I look?

How do I look?

How To Make A Bed

One of my big projects when I moved into my apartment was to make myself a bed.  When I moved in, I spent the first two nights sleeping in a sleeping bag.  Not comfortable.  As you can imagine, my first purchase was a mattress.  Since I had no boxspring (and didn’t really want one) and didn’t have a headboard (and didn’t really want one), I needed to figure out a way to get the look I wanted without all that stuff.  My new mattress was great, but having it sit on the floor was not so great.  I have always loved the idea of a bed that was set low I don’t like the heaviness of many woods and I don’t like the coldness of metal either.  I didn’t want anything that felt or looked too heavy.   What I wanted was something clean and simple.

When I began my research, I kept seeing beds and other pieces of furniture made from shipping pallets.  I loved the ideas and decided that was what I wanted.  But first I needed some pallets.  Luckily, my good friend Markus Winter an antiques dealer and owner of Lampedo, was able to hand deliver four very beautiful pallets to my apartment so that my DIY project could begin.

Below are some of the inspiration images I came across as well as a peek at how I made my bed.  What do you think?

Cool idea....pallet bed on wheels....catch a cool breeze on a spring day (Photo found on Pinterest blog.piajanebijkerk.com)

Cool idea….pallet bed on wheels….catch a cool breeze on a spring day (Photo found on Pinterest blog.piajanebijkerk.com)

Love how the pallet bed just blends into everything else in the room....look so cozy!  (Photo found on Pinterest blog.esther.com.au)

Love how the pallet bed just blends into everything else in the room….look so cozy! (Photo found on Pinterest blog.esther.com.au)

And this is the one that won me over....love it!!! (Photo found on Pinterest musesofdesign.tumblr.com)

And this is the one that won me over….love it!!! (Photo found on Pinterest musesofdesign.tumblr.com)

First step....getting 4 pallets into my apartment

First step….getting 4 pallets into my apartment

Next, a paint job

Next, a paint job

Here's a sneak peek...

Here’s a sneak peek…

Here is the finished product...not bad

Here is the finished product…not bad

Here is another angle of the bed

Here is another angle of the bed

And that's all....what do you think?

And that’s all….what do you think?