DIY

DIY: Monogrammed Plates

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

I’ve owned a dozen clear glass plates for about 10 years. I was about to donate them to the Goodwill thrift store when I saw a photo in a recent BH&G magazine of a plate painted with a bird stencil. This inspired me to paint my stash of clear plates for the first meeting of my newly founded Martini Book Club. I wanted to make a monogrammed plate with the initials “MBC” for my club.

Here’s a peek at my final plate:

monogrammed final silver

I went to the local craft store and purchased paint made specifically for glass and ceramics.

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DIY: Chair Recovered (from boredom)

Saturday, March 14th, 2009
Meet my boring dining room chair. Decent queen anne style, nice quality cushion, drab fabric. I just couldn’t take it anymore. Remedy? New glam fabric, nailhead trim, and decorative pillow.
Ingredients for makeover: fabric cut to size, staple gun, screwdriver, nailhead trim, decorative pillow.


Every DIYer needs a few power tools. I rob Mr. CG’s stash in the garage. I’ve got a crush on this power cordless screwdriver for its muscle and speed.


Remove cushion. Center seat on sturdy flat surface on the fabric pattern. Staple once at top, bottom, and sides, then work your way around with the staple gun positioning fabric just right. Corners are tough so reduce speed of stapling as you go around the bend.

Reattach new seat cushion. Add nailhead trim. (I used a french natural nailhead trim kit that includes 10 yards of nailheads. Easy to use because you only hammer every 5th nailhead.) Don’t forget to use rubber mallet to hammer in nailheads.


Add decorative pillow. Here’s my instant makeover in about one hour.

Queen Anne is much improved after the royal treatment, don’t you think?

Here are some other nailhead trim chairs available out there:

Ballard Designs Louis chair, $559

Overstocks ‘Montgomery’ dining chair with nailhead trim, $520


Salisbury & Manus ‘Louise’ Chair, $850 without fabric

Carrington Court leather dining chair, $300

St. Germain chair by Ralph Lauren Home, $1,725

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Albemarle Dining Chair by Tomlinson/Erwin Lambeth, $2,725