I’ve had a thousand projects sitting in our basement waiting for new clothes or new paint. I know I need to get all of these projects done before I can go out and buy new junk and I seem to be in that paralyzing space where I have to make decisions on each project. I’m hoping that by sharing my to do list with you, it might help me to hold myself accountable and turn that to-do list into a to-done list. (and maybe get some help making some design decisions in the process)
Some of these things have been sitting in the basement for months now…
Like these lamps..
I’ve got a plan for these two little dudes. They are going to live in our bedroom and replace our previous lamps that I just sold on Craigslist.
But these guys… these guys are a whole different story. They are mid-century Eck Adams chairs that I picked up at a thrift store here in ATL. They look like a matching pair, but are slightly different.
The wood on the brown one isn’t in the best shape. I plan on stripping and re-staining the wood but the upholstery is where I’m hung up.
I would love to see them as a matching pair and maybe in some sort of manly tweed but every time I look at tweeds, I can’t seem to find one that’s funky/edgy enough for me. I like to be a tad daring with my upholstery choices. Like my Cesca Style Chair and my Salon Shampoo Chair.
So, for these guys, I’m thinking something a little manly, textural, and crazy enough to catch your eye but not so crazy that I can’t resell them at some point. Ideas? Input?
Is this a ploy to get you to do my fabric shopping for me? Mmmmaybe…
Next up is a mid-century Gangso Mobler set.
The wood on the set is in great condition but the upholstery, not so much. This project is actually already in progress and if you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a sneak peek I shared. (Sidenote: The new fabric can be found on my fabric pin board. It’s delicious)
This next upholstery project has been with me for well over a year. It’s a Duncan Phyfe style settee. We actually brought it with us from our previous home in Texas. I bought ‘er on Craigslist and am honestly a little peeved that I even bought it. This is the pic from the listing online.
The woman who sold it to me was an older woman and was very sweet. I loaded this thing up by myself, super excited to have snagged it, but then got home and removed that blanket.
That’s about the time profanities started spewing from my mouth. I wanted to kick myself for not checking under the blanket. Actually, I wanted to kick the old woman who sold it to me, but, ya know, she was old and stuff. I thought briefly about calling her up but then realized that, 1. It was totally my fault for not looking under the blanket – buyer beware; 2. If she was going to try to pull one over on me for some quick cash, I guess she needed the money. So I let it go.
The frame on this babe is a bit scratched up, and while I would like to keep the original wood, I’m totally open to paint suggestions.
If you happen to come across a Duncan Phyfe style settee and want a sure-fire way to tell if it’s actual Phyfe or not, check out the feet. Phyfe pieces have carved wooden feet, not metal caps like this one.
And finally, this B. Brody dinette set. The table top is in great shape and has a leaf that comes with. See those little “wings” under there? One of them is missing on the other side, which I don’t think will be hard to duplicate, but I’m thinking of painting with a pop of color since the laminate is missing from one of them anyway.
The chairs to set are the best part:
I started to clean them up with a Tide Oxi/Magic Eraser combo and it worked wonders…
…but it just doesn’t seem like it’s salvageable. It looks as though it’s molded from within and I just can’t handle that. As far as the frame goes, I did a small test with some wet aluminum foil and it worked pretty well. My friend Sarah over at Home-ology Modern Vintage had some vintage chairs that she had redone by Georgia Powder Coating (see the process here) and they are stunning (see the before and after here). I gave them a call and they do have something that they call “near-chrome”, so that may be a possibility of the foil technique fails me.
I did find this amazing vinyl fabric after hours and hours of searching but they don’t sell directly to the public and its $44 per yard. Just saying that makes me choke.
I’ve always wanted a diner style kitchen, and the Luby’s light fixture in there is a good start but I’m not so sure I can get rid of my current kitchen table and trashy chairs. Check out the whole kitchen and our reno, what would you do? Would you switch for the dinette?
What about the Eck Adams chairs and the settee? Please, please help me. Fabric decisions completely paralyze me.