Sometimes, partly due to my Pinterest addiction, I get super caught up in the beauty and esthetic of things.
Yes, it’s inspiring to see so many cool things.
Yes, it’s a blessing to have access to so many beautiful images, places and spaces.
But sometimes I have to remember to just stay real — yes I can buy a white sofa, but NO I can not expect that sofa to STAY white. Yes, I can gussy up my house – but, NO I will not be able to give it an effervescent glow seen in the latest design magazine nor can I erase the evidence that two four year old boys dominate the interior design landscape around here!
I am always inspired by beautiful design and totally heart the latest Styled online magazine, drool! I just try to make sure the inspiration is inspiring me rather than immobilizing me.
To keep myself in check I only buy fabric or supplies for ONE project at a time. No, I don’t have a fabulous stash of gorgeous fabric waiting to become several new quilts. And no, I did not buy every single color of glitter & chalk board paint from Martha Stewart’s updated craft line when I was buying the fabric medium for my latest project. Trust me, I wanted to! But, aside from the simple truth that I can’t afford it – I also try not to overwhelm myself.
Obsessions are great if they propel you in the right dirrection and don’t make you (too) crazy! Speaking of obsession, I saw this tutorial and just HAD to try painting an upholstered chair!
Obsessed? Stay up all night painting a chair – crazy obsessed!
Here is what I started with …..
and after about $14 in paint, and a couple hours here is what I wound up with.
The arms need another coat of paint and I’m still contemplating sewing a new cover for the cushion but overall I am crazy psyched with how it came out!
For the most part I followed the tutorial at Hyphen Interiors.
I did need quite a bit more paint because the color change was pretty dramatic. I bought one 6 oz. bottle of Martha Stewart Tintable Fabric Medium but if I were to do it again I would buy two. Also the fabric was a textured pattern so I found myself misting the chair with water heavily to get the paint to completely saturate the grooves in the fabric.
Who would have thought you could paint upholstered furniture!