Posts Tagged ‘silver leaf’

Silver Leaf Vanity Chair

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I finally finished up a chair makeover I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile.  I found this one at a thrift store last year and I bought it specifically for the vanity in my bathroom.  I loved the curve of the legs and the size was perfect, but the fabric?  No thank you.  It was dingy and stinky so the entire chair definitely needed to be reupholstered.  For this piece, I had some fun adding a glamorous feel with a silver leaf finish on the legs, plus I replaced the foam and fabric with a modern geometric. 

Here’s what it looked like last week. 

goodwill velvet chair before

 

And now.

kates silver leaf chair after

 

I went back and forth deciding whether to add some tufting with fabric covered buttons, but decided with the glitzy silver leaf and the swirling detail on this Annie Selke Pearls Slate fabric, to skip the tufting this time. 

I find the best way to understand how to reupholster a chair is to analyze the original upholstery job.  This particular chair was a hint more complicated because of the necessity of tacking strips along the back of the chair.

 

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Fan-tastic Feature: Silver Leaf Dresser

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Y’all know I’m a fan of a great before and after, and if it has a little sparkle going on, I’m smitten!  Reader Barbara sent over this dresser redo, and I simply can’t take my eyes off of this beauty.  Want to see how to turn a plain Jane wood IKEA dresser into a sophisticated piece for your boudoir? 

 

ikea dresser

silver leaf dresser

 

Silver leaf!  Crystal knobs!  Glamorous black frame! 

silver leaf dresser 2

 

Hop on over to visit Barbara at Hodge Podge for her step by step!

 

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From Bronze to Silver: Lamp Transformed

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Over the past months, I’ve been putting just a few finishing touches on my stepdaughter’s bedroom, and one of the last things I wanted to do for her was inject the space with a dash of big girl glam.  As you know from my fixation on metallic finishes, I’ve been wanting to silver leaf something, anything, for quite some time.  An inexpensive bronze Kmart lamp became the victim.  I’ve had this lamp for over three years and it was just looking a little, well, plain to me.  So rather than buying her a new lamp, I just decided to give it a glitzier look. 

For the faint of heart, the lovers of standard lamp bases, and the devotees to dark bronze, avert your eyes, look away, look away !   Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Now, for those like me who adore all things shiny, feast your eyes on my latest transformation, a lamp refinished in silver leaf. 

silver leaf lamp

Before and After:

silver leaf before and after

This project was incredibly simple, and took only a few hours to complete.  Here’s the play by play. 

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