Trash to Treasure

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I'm resuming my Trash to Treasure feature and seeking submissions!

Trash to Treasure is a feature where readers submit photos of furniture that they're not quite sure what to do with and I share my expert advice with recommendations for refinishing and reupholstering. Not sure if that old dresser is a keeper? Send it to me and I'll selected a handful of colors and fabrics that would work best with your piece, plus I'll feature it here on my blog.

A reader recently submitted this chair looking for inspiration on how to reinterpret its look for use in a master bedroom project.

This chair is an example of a great Trash to Treasure project because it's classically designed and has details that you don't often find in contemporary furniture.  Since the submission didn't include detail about the reader's preferences (colors, fabrics), I've decided to tackle this project featuring a neutral palette and using these chairs as my inspiration:
Spotted last year at one of my favorite Atlanta furniture boutiques, Armour & Co, their design immediately came to mind when I first saw the photos--classic, detailed, and fresh. First step to achieving this look? Paint!
I'd start by painting the frame a high gloss ebony using Black Magic by Porter Paints (518-7). Black is one of the staple colors I always reach for when refinishing because it goes with almost everything and is neutral enough to allow for any last minute fabric changes (without having to repaint, versus a brighter color). 
For fabric, I'd select a linen, burlap, or hemp in Natural, Navy, or Coco (try Lewis & Sheron or Online Fabrics for best prices and selection).  When working with tufted chairs, solid fabrics are often your best best because the tufting can distort and or/deemphasize the print in patterned fabrics. While the current chair design won't support nailhead trim, having the seat and back reupholstered with integrated deck and back cushions (versus loose cushions) would allow for nailhead trim along the edges.  Confused? Think something along the lines of these chairs, reupholstered by LA-based Interior Designer Vanessa De Vargas .  
The paint, fabric, and finish choices selected ensure that chair can be moved from one room to another and add a clean, modern aesthetic without competing with the overall design. What I love most about chairs like these is that they make great occasional pieces because they're so versatile!
And now it's your turn! Have something you need help with? Email me at daykarobinson@gmail.com and I'll feature your piece here! 

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Trash Day: Channel Back Chair

I am so behind on emails and "blog work", but now that I'm basically done with school (tying up a few loose ends), I hope to catch up on everything and a get back to schedule soon--please bear with me!


Jennae from Green Your Decor (a great blog focused on sustainable decorating) emailed this chair she picked up from  Freecycle, and wanted some suggesting for upholstering with a preference of organic, or at least natural, fabric.  

I love this Channel Back chair and think it's the perfect candidate for a makeover (sidenote--you can find some really great stuff on Freecycle, and if you're not familiar with it, I suggest you click the link and check it out)!  Searching around for organic fabric led me to some great finds that I didn't previously know about . . . 


I love this Grand Jubilee in Licorice from Mod Green Pod, which is printed on 100% organic cotton grown in the US using non-toxic pigments.

($40/yard)

(the wallpaper in the back comes printed in fabric too--I love it!)

Even though the print on her bed is similar to the one found here, the bedding will be changed more frequently than the fabric on the chair, so I think the chair fabric should be selected to be a focal point in the room.  


The legs of her chair would look great painted black (or pink or yellow), and for eco-friendly high quality paint, I would look no further than Benjamin Moore's Natura line.  

Benjamin Moore Natura Paint Eggshell 513 Interior Waterborne

 With no VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds--the smelly solvents that get released into the air as paint dries) a virtually odorless finish,  and an endless array of colors to chose from (really, they can match anything), Natura is the perfect paint to use on this eco-friendly project.  I also found this Bloom print from Mod Green Pod which, while it clearly doesn't match her current master bedroom scheme, is still fabulous and would look great on her chair.





  (100% organic cotton--$40/yard)


From her email I know that these prints from Rubie Green are probably a little more her speed, but they're also the most expensive of this group.  They do, however, feature 100% certifiable organic cotton fabrics and are to die for!

Tillinghast
Tillinghast, a 100% certified organic cotton ($90/yard),

MaryMary, $90/yard








and this Portobello headboard fabric (which I LOVE), @ $90/yard.


Etsy seller/store Daisy Janie, also features some amazing organic fabrics like this LULU remnant and offers fabric printing as well.


organic canvas fabric remnant - LULU - 9'' x 11.5''


Clearly organic fabric is only relatively inexpensive, so if you're in the market for it, your best resource is probably the custom textile site Spoonflower (which Jennae told me about), that allows you design and print your own fabrics for anywhere from $18-$32.  This is definitely the cheapest I've found so far, but I'd love to know if any of you know of any great organic fabric resources.  Leave me a comment or send me an email, and Jennae, I hope this helps--thanks for sending in your chair!

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Trash Day: Side Table

I've been receiving so many good submissions lately!  Some have been of great pieces that are readily available at thrift stores and on Craigslist, and other's have been unique submissions like today's feature.

Dagny from Scandinavian Chic  sent in this fabulous table looking for refinishing ideas to go with her living room pictured here. 

Isn't this great?!  I love how much energy the turquoise and magenta bring to the room, and that rug and coffee table make the perfect statement pieces!  If the side table were mine, I would actually leave it its current color, since it already ties in so well with the turquoise pillow and accent glassware.  I actually love that the table has a vintage look, but I know that look's not for everyone.  If she's open to keeping it turquoise (as a means of rounding out the color palette) but doesn't care for the finish,  a fresh coat of paint will always do the trick.  And because lacquer is my friend, my bet is (almost always) to go glossy.   Here are some visuals . . . 

 These plates are a great color inspiration, and the finish reminds me of the table's current look.  

With this kids table from French garden furniture company Fermob, it's easy to see that any table this color would look in her space, especially with a fresh coat of paint.  Dagny mentioned that the straw on the table top isn't in great condition, but because I love the texture it adds,  I would recommend replacing it with a piece of jute or grasscloth wallpaper.  Using a textured paper will not only extend the life of the current look, but the area is so small that ordering a sample would easily cover the space. 

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If natural wallcoverings aren't your thing, the top could also be covered with a patterned wallpaper . . .

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 . . . or piece of fabric similar to what Tammy used on her drawers.  Whichever covering is selected for the top, I definitely recommend that a piece of glass or acrylic is used to protect the tabletop.

You can usually have glass and/or acrylic cut at Ace Hardware, but if you don't have one in your area, I would suggest calling a smaller, local store to find out if this is a service that they provide (call ahead--don't say I didn't warn you!).  It should be relatively inexpensive (under $30), and is certainly worth it to protect your investment.


And if turquoise is not her first choice, my vote would be for steel grey with a lighter wallpaper or fabric on top.  I chose grey because while I think a darker piece would look great next to the sofa, charcoal black would be a bit too hard.  For me, steel grey is the perfect in-between.  I love this inspiration photo, too.

 Thanks Dagny for sending in your fabulous table!

Have you found a great piece that you'd like to share? Email me so I can feature it here!  Trash Day is all about highlighting your previously unwanted piece of second (or third or fourth) hand furniture, so send in your fabulous unfinished find.  One person's trash can always be another person's treasure--click the "Contact Me" link above to email me!
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Before and After: Update!

Remember a few weeks ago when I featured Tammy from In Stitches on my weekly Trash Day post?  She emailed me a photo of a Henredon buffet she found for only $65 and wanted my opinion about what to do for refinishing.  Here was the before . . .

 I used a yellow scheme for the plan because I knew that was the color that Tammy had been considering.  In addition to paint shade, I also gave her recommendations for the interior drawers and hardware, which you can read more about here.   


Well, Tammy has finished the piece and it is truly AMAZING.  See for yourself . . .  
WOW.

I know, I know, pick your jaw up!  
The detail on the drawers is absolutely STUNNING!  I don't want to give away all of her secrets, so you'll have to go here to see more of this transformation and learn about her process.   She even followed my recommendation of knobs from Anthropologie (though hers are very slightly different), and I must say, they are the perfect compliment!


I love to talk transformation, so if you have a piece you've been struggling with or one that needs some inspiration, send me an email because I'd help!   Thanks for sharing your transformation, Tammy.

Have you found a great piece that you'd like to share? Email me so I can feature it here!  Trash Day is all about highlighting your previously unwanted piece of second (or third or fourth) hand furniture, so send in your fabulous unfinished find.  One person's trash can always be another person's treasure--click the "Contact Me" link above to email me!

**I know that pesky blank box is back in the corner.  I reposted the original Trash Day post and there still seems to be a glitch with one of the photos, so the post will only be available temporarily.  Thanks for your understanding!**   

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Trash Day: Office Chair

Elisa from What The Vita? sent in this chair she scored for $5.  To some of you it might not look like much, but to me, it's just what I need in my office!  The first thought that came to mind was this . . .
and this.
Old Hickory Tannery Turquoise Chair, Neiman Marcus
 So if this was my chair, I would pony up the cash and go for one of these.
Wild Faux Leather, Camel $279.80
 
Wild Faux Leather, Ash $279.80
 
Wild Faux Leather, Oyster $279.80
Call me crazy, but I love this chair and think it's totally worth the extra cost of the fabric and professional upholstering.  I love its vintage lines, chrome legs & feet, and the fact that it has arms is a huge bonus. The casters don't hurt either.   It's definitely not something you'll see in someone else's space (especially with one of these fabrics), and the price was too good to be true.   I'm actually looking for the perfect office chair now, and if I ever find one like this, rest assured that it's coming home with me.

Alisa also has some great makeover ideas for featuring this chair in her space, so check her out. Thanks again for sharing!
 Have you found a great piece that you'd like to share? Email me so I can feature it here!  Trash Day is all about highlighting your previously unwanted piece of second (or third or fourth) hand furniture, so send in your fabulous unfinished find.  One person's trash can always be another person's treasure--click the "Contact Me" link above to email me!
Fabrics via FabricDirect.com
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Trash Day: Henredon Buffet

Tammy from In Stitches sent in this Henredon buffet for this week's Trash Day feature.

It's a Goodwill find for only $65! I love the extensive detail on this piece, and the fact that it looks so solid and heavy.  It's even got a surprise on the inside . . .

Drawers!  These 6 drawers make it a great versatile piece for an office, bedroom, or dining room.

I especially love the center detailing for the hardware.  Here's what I would do:

1.  Start with paint. 
Black is normally my first choice (Onyx by Benjamin Moore is a nice, dark color), but a piece like this would look great in almost any color.  Since I know Tammy is specifically looking to use a yellow, I would suggest  any of these choices (assuming that Tammy's decor matches) . . .

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This beautiful piece, from the ladies of All Things Thrifty, was actually done with  Krylon spray paint.  Love this color. (Added bonus, the detail is very similar to Tammy's!)


Yellow Canary Lamp
These lamps are a brighter shade of yellow, but still a great choice for a pop of color.  




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I love bamboo in any color, but this yellow is especially nice.  Yellow pieces can definitely be done, the key is priming, finding the right shade, and committing to applying at least 2 coats before making a decision.


2. Change the hardware.
The current hardware makes the piece look a little too country, in my opinion.  The center detail is calling for a knob, so I would use something eye-catching, but simple, so that it doesn't compete with the detailing on the panels.  Here are some I like . . .



Lucite via KnobsandHardware (only $2.27 each!)



Galaxy Knob, Anthropologie $14



Prism Knob, Anthropologie $10


And because I love a ring . . . . 




Siro Knob, House of Knobs $5.31

3. Paper the front of the drawers.
These drawer fronts are calling for something special!




Damask and paisley are some of my favorites, but these are nice for a lighter choice, too.



Mikada Wallpaper, fabricsandpapers





Basic furniture makeovers like these are so much fun!  As long as you start with a solid, sturdy piece in a classic style, you really can't go wrong, and the options are endless!


Thanks again to Tammy for sending this GW treasure!


Have you found a great piece that you'd like to share? Email me so I can feature it here!  Trash Day is all about highlighting your previously unwanted piece of second (or third or fourth) hand furniture, so send in your fabulous unfinished find.  One person's trash can always be another person's treasure--click the "Contact Me" link above to email me!

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Trash Day: Bedroom Set

Adrianna from Dreams of Perfection sent in this nightstand, dresser and mirror that she got for $60.

The great thing about this dresser, nightstand and mirror is that they are pieces that can be found in almost every town, and they're very easy to transform in a day or two.  


Since Adrianna is all about hand painted details (one expertise among many!), I thought of some different options that would allow her to dress up her pieces a bit more than the standard solid color treatment.  Here are some of my favorites.

Blue Painted Dresser Chest, Paisley Artwork
Polyvore

This hand-printed paisley detail is something I haven't seen before, but I love it on this piece.  The paisley print is intricate and eye-catching, and I also love that the original knobs (or some that look like they could be original) were painted the same color as the solid background to blend in with the overall design.  

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I found this image and absolutely love it!  It's definitely different, but I think it's really hot and most certainly one of a kind.  The large flower pattern and color combination give it a modern look that doesn't compete with the traditional french-style dresser.  This same treatment would also work well with a large geometric print in a contrasting color.   Refinished in this manner, the dresser makes a great focal point for any living area, be it bedroom, living room, or entryway.  

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I originally imagined something with stripes that would have a similar appearance to this, minus the stamps.  My choice of colors would be a soft pink & white (great for a child's room) or a classic black & white (fitting for office, bedroom, or living room).  Another option is to paint the body a solid color, and then add stripes to the top of the dresser like this


                                                                                           fabricsandpapers.com

in a coordinated color to the body paint.  Grey & white, or grey & yellow would be a great choice for this option.  

I love the hardware at the top of the dresser.   



For a simple makeover route, this would also look great in a shiny black (my go-to color) with ring hardware in a shiny brass, or a gold-leaf treatment.  Here are some great (and inexpensive!) ones from House of Knobs.

Siro Cabinet Hard...
Siro Cabinet Hardware, Antique Gold $5.12 


Richelieu Hardwar...
Richelieu Harware, Burnished Brass $4.62


Hafele Cabinet Ha...
Hefele Cabinet Hardware $5.62




Updating the hardware with classic pieces is also a great way to make this piece pop with a (relatively) minimal amount of work.  


 I absolutely LOVE the mirror she found, and a quick coat of a glossy black, white, or gold spray paint will have it looking amazing in no time--great finds for only $20 each!


Thanks for sharing your "trash", Adrianna!  

Have you found a great piece that you'd like to share? Email me so I can feature it here!  Trash Day is all about highlighting your previously unwanted piece of second (or third or fourth) hand furniture, so send in your fabulous unfinished find.  One person's trash can always be another person's treasure--click the "Contact Me" link above to email me!
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Trash Day: Chairs & A Mirror

**A big thanks to Autumn from Design Dump for sending in her fabulous "trash" for this week's feature!**

Does this need an introduction???

For some of you, no.  For the rest of you, it's none other than the Williams-Sonoma Hampstead Mirror.   Autumn got this $795 mirror for only $20!!  I know, I know--pick your jaw up off of the floor.  Yes, it's missing the mirror, but I can assure you that it's not a $775 fix, so even if it runs $100 (which it shouldn't) on top of the $20 she paid, she'll be okay.  I really wanted to hate her when she showed me this fabulous find, but she's such a great designer and party planner  that you just can't!  Want to see this mirror in action???  Look no further than Averill from Odi Et Amo, who used it in her fabulous powder room makeover.  




Click here to see more of her powder room.  This mirror is so fabulous, I don't think it could be wrong in any color, and you can't beat $20.  Great find.

Autumn also sent these two chairs she scored for $30 each. 
LOVE.  These chairs just look super comfortable, and I love the slight detail on the legs.  She saw these chairs from my previous post and is using them as the inspiration for their makeover.

I absolutely LOVE these chairs and while hers aren't exactly the same, I think the style will look great with this linen/burlap & black frame combination.  Here are some other ideas for chairs like this . . .


Country Living


living rooms - ikat chairs  black and white rug  ikat chairs
Decor Pad

Lancaster Chair


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Key West Dynasty 


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Netherlands Linen


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Ticking


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Cadence Linen


P Kaufmann Indoor/Outdoor Soho Sorbet
P Kaufmann Soho Sorbet


I chose to highlight different options in patterned fabrics because I think solids are a given with a chair like this.  Almost any color would look great, but I think solids in textured fabrics would really make this stand out--think something like velvet, denim (white only, in my book), or linen. If you want to splurge, this would be pretty fabulous, too.


"Donovan" Wing Chair
Neiman Marcus


Another week of great stuff--thanks again, Autumn for your participation!


Have you found a great piece that you'd like to share? Email me so I can feature it here!  Trash Day is all about highlighting your previously unwanted piece of second (or third or fourth) hand furniture, so send in your fabulous unfinished find.  One person's trash can always be another person's treasure--click the "Contact Me" link above to email me!

**this post has been edited to reflect the fact that Autumn's mirror is actually the $795 one, not the $595, which means it's an even more mind blowing find!!!!**

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