Monday, March 1, 2010
Bippity Boppity Boo: a Cinderella story
So we all remember what my living room looked like two days after moving in? See above. Ehh.. it’s good. Not great. My original goal was to do a neutral space. Mission accomplished, I’d say. But it ended up a bit drab. I wanted more drama. And surprisingly, I wanted more color. But what color, I did not know. So I sat on it. Or in it, I should say. And nearly two months have passed. One thing – non-color related – became clear very quickly. We needed more seating. A couch and a chair was good for seating three comfortably. But Nate and I constantly found ourselves grabbing a chair from the dining room to accommodate our visitors. Enter my favorite Chicago thrift store.
I found this beauty for $28. It’s a sturdy piece, and the lines reminded me of pricey, designer Danish pieces. Yes? No? Doesn’t matter. The upholstery was less than ideal, and there was zero padding to cushion keisters.
Enter a trip to JoAnn Fabrics. I’ve recovered chairs before, but never added new cushion. This process was all a guessing game, but I figured I’d document the project in case I messed up (and in which case I’d ask all of you for help!) Anywho, I bought a piece of one-inch foam for $5, traced the seat, and cut. Simple enough.
Then I grabbed my uncle’s trusty electric staple gun (that I’ve had on loan since December – thanks, Uncle Greg!) and went to town on the batting. My thought was that this would secure the foam in place. So far so good.
I bought a yard of two different fabrics, both on on sale, both of which I loved. Nate cringed when he saw the zebra (said it looked like a dead animal). I liked it and it went with our neutral room, but I tried the second fabric.
It was a funky geometric pattern and it was PINK! I have nothing pink in my house. NOTHING. And for some reason I was drawn to this. Nate’s response? “These are our options?” I laughed. This is how helpful he is. And for one reason or another, I decided on the pink.
Of course that meant I had to change out the pillows for some lighter colored ones. Add in a few fresh flowers, wave of my wand, and Bippity. Boppity. Boo!
It’s SPRING in our living room! Magic! Isn’t it pretty?!?
This is me happy. : )
So, what’s you do this weekend?