Wednesday, February 19, 2014

If you happened upon a desk...

If you happened upon a desk at a flea market...

a vintage desk with a time-loved top with a deep stain,

would you hope for a painted base?

Of course, you could see the potential in a desk used as an entertainment center,

or maybe as a sofa or entry table.
And would your hopes be for a distressed finish, or a chippy one...

painted in a warm white for a staple piece, or in a color to brighten your home?
Because, the Wildhare Vintage Flea is around the corner.  March 21 & 22 to be exact.  And I'm hoping you are planning to come!
(FYI- photos are from past pices, they all have loving homes.)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A chair in my style | One Kings Lane

When I was contacted by One King's Lane about featuring a chair in my home,  I certainly didn't go sit down.

In fact, it was hard to keep two feet on the ground.
I did know this was the chair I would feature.

My initial impression of this chair didn't begin so grandly.   I found it at a local yard sale, initially passing by it for items that immediately caught my eye.  But something kept me coming back to it; it was sturdy, with lovely turned legs, multi layer peeling yellow and green paint.  Not to mention the dirty old 70's green and yellow flower fabric it had on the seat.  Actually, no.  That was not what kept me coming back to it. I am sorry I didn't get a before picture with the fabric.  If I had, I am sure you would be quite impressed with my ability to see a bit of potential. 

I re-"Graced" the chair, scraping off the chipping paint, but not sanding it smooth. Instead, I used the texture of the multiple prior paint layers to add some texture while repainting and help add to the aged look.  A swatch of vintage ticking fabric and new batting completed the look.

My work space is a good indication of the styles I like to blend; painted vintage pieces, time worn wood,  vintage ticking stripes,
an industrial vibe from the old file cabinet and stamp holder, and classic white wainscoting.  The One Kings Lane French Walnut armchair seems to have the most I'm common with my chair. 
Regardless of your style, or if you even know your style, start with the One Kings Lane Chair Style Guide.  All the elements I like in my work space  are available in the many chair options One King's Lane offers;  vintage, painted, industrial, classic, and yes, turned legs.  The Scarlett Swoop Arm chair and the Marais chair both differ from my chair, but still would fit my overall style!  Take a look…what is your chair style?

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This is not a paid post.  My opinions are mine.  And I had a great time checking out all the great styles!