After watching "sex and the city the movie" probably 10 times while movie in to my new apartment (we needed some noise and our cable wasn't set up at the time), I became obsessed with Carries apartment redo at the end of the movie. I'm talking about the pretty blue walls to jog your memory... Yes! These pretty blue walls to the right! So first task on my list once we were all organized was to paint our helpless little bathroom "Carrie Bradshaw blue" - is what I like to call it. But really the paint color I purchased was called "Tropical Holiday" from one of my favorite stores Home Depot. All it took was a quart of paint ($15) and a few hours of my time. I would give you a little tutorial on my process but I think the pictures are self explanatory. Its amazing what a little inspiration and paint can do... "Helpless little bathroom" no more!
What You'll Need:
-Paint (Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel in Color: "Tropical Holiday")
-Painters Trimming Tape
1) Tape out the trim before painting
1) Paint first coat and let dry. (2 coats should get the job done)
3) Take down trimming tape once paint dries over night and re-hang all mirrors, etc.
New Apartment Goal Number One: Find a set of vintage dining chairs to put around our kitchen table that needed a little fixing up so I could put my own spin on them to match our living room. While my mom was in the city visiting, I stumbled upon the perfect chairs only one street over from my apartment. Not only was the price right at $90 for both of them together but they were almost exactly what I invisioned for our space.
When I purchased the chairs I was planning on painting their wooded frame white or black and then recovering the seat but when I got them home I loved the way the natural wood finish looked in our apartment. So really all these chairs needed was a good recovering job and a pretty fabric.. (easy enough right?!) I figured since I didn't paint them I could choose a more bold and risky fabric... So thats exactly what I did. I used a hot pink velvet fabric to cover the yuck greenish brown print that aged these pretty chairs.
I purchased the fabric down the street from the CK offices after work
one day at "Best Price Fabrics." I just randomly stumbled upon this
store and now I'm obsessed. I've already been back three times to buy more fabric for other projects. There prices are as amazing as the
selection. Most cotton fabrics are $5 a yard and then they go up to
around $15 for a silk. Below Is a picture of some of the fabrics I
bought (all of which were only $5 each.) They are located on 39th
street in between (7th and 8th ave) so you should def go check them out if you are in the area and love shopping for fabric as much as I do.
And I must say, I am very pleased my finished product... It has just enough modern and funky style from the fabric but still gives off a traditional feel thanks to its aged wood finish and shape. Images demonstrating my seat recovering process below...
What You'll Need:
-1 yd of Fabric for each chair cushion (depending on cushion size)
-Hot glue gun
Cut fabric around chair arms before gluing down the fabric using a hot glue gun.
So I got the white kitchen table I was dying to get 2 weeks ago and found 2 amazing chairs to redo for our seating! After all my hard work hunting down the items, I must say it was worth it for the money I saved and the satisfaction of finding exactly what I was looking for. I found my table at Housing Works Thrift in Chelsea for $75 + $50 to have it delivered and I found two antique dining chairs at a little thrift store a street over from me in Soho for a total of $90 for both... Quiet the deal, I must say! ("DIY: Chair Redo" post to come..)
dining table seating is inspired from the picture to the right.... So I am in desperate need of a bench in order to capture this cozy breakfast nook look. I love how the rich fabrics, plush sofa seat and wooden chairs balances out the sleek modern style of the table. Uh, It's so perfect!
Dining Area where the table, bench and 2 chairs will go.
Since I haven't had as much time to really go out and hunt for the perfect bench these past few weeks, I've been doing a little online browsing to get an idea of what style I want. I do know that I would like for it to sit against the window and seat 2-3 people comfortably. Storage would also be a huge plus, but I won't sacrifice style for storage---duh and duh! Below are a few styles I've found online thus far that I think are pretty unique and somewhat affordable for what it is. Since I am in no hurry to get the bench, I am going to spend my next few weeks frequently stopping in my favorite local thrift stores in search for "the one."
****In the mean time, I would love to hear what you think about the styles I found below?