From Shab to Chic!

Ask me anything   I have always been passionate about interior design, but I could never put a word on what exactly my "style" was. I would say it is a combination of Colorful/Shabby Chic/Retro Chic/Vintage/ and a little Eclectic all mixed together! To further define my "style" I'm giving old furniture and accessories new life through paint, upholstery, hardware and accents.. I hope you all enjoy my creations! XO-Kate

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    Antiqued Wooden Table Reno!

    I found this table on someone’s curb and saw the potential to make it something chic!

    I painted it an antique white color and then used sandpaper to give it a slightly “worn” look. It would serve great as side table, coffee table, or small dining table. 

    XO

    — 2 years ago

    Side Table Reno!

    I redesigned this old side table by painting it with a rag technique and then added mini wooden nobs around sides. 

    XO

    — 2 years ago

    Completed Chic Chair Reno! 

    I refurbished this old wooden chair by painting it an off-white color and reupholstering the seat cushion. 

    I replaced the existing pad with a new two-inch thick high quality pad and replaced some of the missing wooden screw covers. I picked a fabric that was bright and happy to give it more of a “modern chic” look.

    This chair would work great as a desk chair, accent chair in a living room, or in a girls bedroom, etc. 

    XO!

    — 2 years ago
    if i had to do modern..this is what it’d look like =]

    if i had to do modern..this is what it’d look like =]

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    — 2 years ago with 1609 notes
    some of yesterday’s garage sale finds: #frames #vintageknobs

    some of yesterday’s garage sale finds: #frames #vintageknobs

    — 2 years ago
    take an old desk..paint it..give it new hardware..and an adorable stencil..and it becomes brand new!

    take an old desk..paint it..give it new hardware..and an adorable stencil..and it becomes brand new!

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    — 2 years ago with 3323 notes
    Vintage Luxe desk<3

    Vintage Luxe desk<3

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    — 2 years ago with 519 notes

    Another Project Completed!

    After reupholstering my couch, I decided that I wanted to refurbish a chair for my desk to replace the one from the original set.  So when I found this old dining room chair at an estate sale for $5..I couldn’t pass it up!!

    Here’s my step-by-step process:

    Step 1: Remove seat cushion. This cushion was nailed into the wood with old nails and the wood was rotting away so it easily popped out with the help of the back of a hammer. 

    Step 2: Sand the wood. This is only if you plan on painting over the existing finish. I roughed up the wood with an industrial sized Brillo-type pad. 

    Step 3: Paint! I wanted the chair to coordinate well with my existing decor and accessories. Luckily I had left over paint from refurbishing my headboard a couple years ago and in 2-3 coats she was completely reborn!

    Step 4: Reupholster cushion! The existing cushion was about a millimeter thick..and very old. So I purchased a new 2” thick cushion at my local fabric store for $20. They cut it perfect so size so all I had to do was glue it to the wooden seat. I had ordered 1 yard of the same fabric I used for my couch (Lovely Lattice Citrine by Waverly) The next step was to line up the pattern of the fabric and center it accordingly. I used a staple gun to attach the new fabric.

    Step 5: Re-attach cushion and enjoy!

    Thanks for checking it out! XO

    — 2 years ago

    MY FIRST PROJECT IS COMPLETE!! This couch was my true inspiration for starting this blog..in fact its why I titled it “From Shab to Chic.” I bought this couch about 7 years ago..back when I was first getting “creative” with my room. The seat cushion was shabby and stained and I was about to throw the whole thing out when I thought about getting it reupholstered. I just thought I would take it to a professional..but then realized it could be a fun DIY project. Sooo after scouting out some local fabric stores, I discovered that this actual fabric (Waverly Sun N Shade Lovely Lattice Citrine) was 1/3 the price on a wholesale fabric website!! (never will I ever go to a fabric store again!) The cream color of the pattern matches the existing arms and back perfectly, and the sage goes with my walls. A plus is that it’s an outdoor fabric so its super durable too!

    With some basic hand tools..and an electric staple gun that I bought at Walmart for $28 bucks..it was much cheaper to do at home..not to mention the fact that I customized it has its rewards too =] 

    Tips: I was lucky enough to have a couch that comes apart in 4 pieces..which saved me some frustration in terms of measuring properly; but always add at least 3-5 inches of “safety room” on each side when it comes to measuring fabric. This cushion was about 57” long..but I ordered 2 full yards just to be safe. Also most fabric’s comes 54” wide so be sure to have enough to go back to back..luckily the width of the cushion was only 39”..so the excess helped a lot when it came to pulling and making sure the pattern was properly aligned. If you can have someone (who’s stronger than you) help you out, the job will go a lot smoother. (Thanks Dad!) =] 

    Stay tuned for more projects to come!! xo

    — 2 years ago

    For my first blog post I decided to let you all know a little bit about me and why I’m here! My name is Katlyn, I’m 23 years old, and one of my deepest loves is for interior design! I first noticed my niche in 6th grade when my mother told me I was allowed to redecorate my bedroom. I immediately became absorbed in isles at home decor stores tying to put together an array of accessories to go with my new rainbow sponge painted walls! From pillows and picture frames to candles and a fish net canopy..I was in charge of it all! Lets just say I’ve come a long way since then. The room has since been transformed twice..first into a more “age appropriate” teen friendly room about 6 years ago with color bombed walls..to now my office/closet/all purpose room! Over the years of collecting some of the old, adding lots of new, and making it mesh well together, I’ve been able to develop a “taste” or “style” if you will. If you read my “bio” you already know it’s hard to say exactly what I’d call it…and I’m content with keeping it unknown..sometimes that’s what style is all about. 

    The pictures above are a slight attempt to help you all understand what type of style influences me. I love rooms with bright colors, bold fabric patterns, unique furniture combinations, shabby chic accents, and an eclectic flare..all brought together harmoniously…if that’s possible! 

    Art is also a part of my passion. Although my last encounter with a paint brush was back in October painting pumpkins, I loved to paint when I was young and want to truly bring out my creative side once again. As also briefly explained in my bio..I intend to redesign old furniture and accessories with my own touch and inspiration! I will blog about my creations every step of the way and hopefully inspire someone else to discover what it is that they’re passionate about!

    Happy Designing!

    xo-Kate

    — 2 years ago