March 20, 2012

DIY Ballard Designs Knock-Off Caned High Back Chair Makeover

I got my Ballard Designs catalog in the mail yesterday. It's like a visit from Santa every time it arrives. (I believe! I believe!) After 30 minutes of devouring every single page, I came away with one cold hard fact: 
I'm pretty sure I have that exact same chair in a closet in my basement...
That I got from Goodwill 2 years ago...and I had no idea what I had on my hands!

Until I saw this in the catalog yesterday:


Look closely.  STARTING at $449 PER CHAIR.



OR, you can get lucky like me and find THIS for $5 at Goodwill:




It's probably not actually from Ballard, but it is seriously identical...even down to the intricate leg detail.

It was dark brown wood when I found it (which was 2 years ago, and that was BEFORE I blogged, so no before pictures...sorry!) and didn't have a seat cushion, but at the time I thought it was neat.

Plus, for $5, I knew I could do something with it.

So, I painted it

 cut a plywood seat and upholstered it


 and trimmed it.





Here's what I ended up with:




I'm not sure where I'll put it yet, but I'm sure it will end up somewhere in the house.

Not too bad for a $500... $5 chair, huh?
To see my top 10 chair makeovers you can visit this post.



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March 19, 2012

DIY Wall Art Ideas & Living Room Updates

I spent my weekend doing projects. All of which were done to change the color scheme of my living room. My living room has had about a million different looks, and it never ceases to change. I'm sure it will change again, too, but for now, I'm switching out all the yellow for a light blue. I also added tons of DIY wall art ideas to the room that I'm excited to show you!


DIY Wall Art Ideas | LiveLoveDIY


It's not finished quite yet, so let's consider this post a mini-reveal with a look at how sweet my husband is...along with a peek at a few projects I've been working on!!

My always-patient husband spent his Sunday morning climbing the ladder to repaint the accent wall. This will be the third time this wall has changed color in a year. Bless his heart.




Sometimes just a small change can make a world of difference in the way a room feels.



I also changed out the wall art a little with a chevron painting and some DIY peacock feather art for my gallery wall.


some closeups:




They're just some simple sketches of some wispy peacock feathers, matted and framed.

I also made some chevron art using some masking tape similar to how I paint stripes.



I also made a few pillows out of an old shower curtain. You can see how I make my no-sew pillows with glue here.

So, the room isn't finished yet. I'm sure there will be tons of updates as time goes on.


DIY Wall Art Ideas | LiveLoveDIY



Have a great week!



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