Finding the Keepers
Since embarking on the design of my parent’s living, dining, and foyer spaces, there have been a ton of decisions to make. We know that we are going to be purchasing a lot of new pieces but a more daunting task is deciding what pieces should stay. We need to find the keepers!
What dictates staying? There have been 2 main contributors:
- Sentimental Value- My parents have a good deal of meaningful pieces that they want incorporated into the design. This can sometimes be tricky. However, they are open to most pieces being altered to save money and blend with the new aesthetic.
- Functionality- There are several older pieces that will make the cut because they will be reused and/or re purposed. More savings! These mini-makeovers will definitely stand out when the rooms are complete.
I am excited to have all of these decisions made because now we can start really planning how and where to best use each piece.
In no special order, here are the 4 pieces that I have the biggest plans for! I’ll show you the before (their current state) and the inspiration for the after.
First up is this “loved” wingback chair. This chair has been around since I was a kid, and it’s structurally in fantastic shape. Aesthetically, it leaves something to be desired. I looked into getting it reupholstered and the estimate was between $600-$800…Nope! Not gonna work.
Then I remembered a long time ago I read this awesome blog by Kristy Swain about how she PAINTED a wingback chair. I’ve been wanting to try this ever since. It took some convincing. My mom was not on board at first but opportunity has knocked (well I kind of created the door LOL!) and I am all in!
Here is the lucky little guy getting a new look:
Here is Kristy’s finished product:
Yes, that is painted! If my chair turns out half as good as this finished product, I will be thrilled!
Queen Anne Chair
Next, this queen anne chair is another piece that has been around for decades and structurally has held up incredibly well. However, he and his twin brother are in need of a makeover.
I plan to turn them into functional little stools for extra seating during large family gatherings. This is an inspirational pic I stumbled on years ago and again, have been waiting to try out. The time has finally come!
I am tentatively planning to use the cushions from this bench I painted and reupholstered a few years ago! The fabric is a flat sheet that was on sale at Home Goods!
Dining Room Table
This dining room table has served our family well for many years! It has been the centerpiece for laughter and lots of memories. We even refinished it before there was ever a ‘Trust the Vision Decor.’ However, it has seen its best days and will be transformed it into two console tables. Tear.
The inspiration for the 2 console tables is similar to the picture below. However, because we are working with 4 legs total and making 2 tables, we will need to attach the tables to the wall to keep them from falling. This one has 3 legs but you get the idea.
This hutch has always been a large and powerful piece in the dining room. Moreso than any other piece, it really anchored the space and was the most obvious focal point in entire front of my parents’ home. It even commands attention from the living room.
View from the living room.
This is about to change. We are going to remove the top half of the hutch, attach legs to it, and make into a console cabinet. It will also be moved into the living room. This will ease up the traditional feel and move it more into the transitional design realm. See the inspirational photo. I know it won’t look exactly like this in the end, it is the plan that will get us to the next plan, that will eventually lead to success!
If I looked into a crystal ball, I’d see a lot of work in my future! 🙂
Next up, finding an item of inspiration and deciding on a color scheme! Would you try any of these ideas? We’d love to hear from you!
Create. Innovate. Decorate!