Monday, March 28, 2011

Guest Post, Hyphen Interiors!

I am SOOOOO excited to have a wonderful newbie blogger guest posting today!   Have you heard of Hyphen Interiors?!?!  Well watch out for this one, she has some crazy good ideas!  I first saw this project of hers about a week ago, and I HAD to have her share it with all of my readers!
Check it out!

I was thrilled when Ashley, someone who clearly has a good handle on design, asked me to guest blog about my chair project!

Painting upholstery?!  Are you nuts?

I’ve always been the girl with the crazy ideas.  And, this time was no different.  It all started with a design plan I came up with for our neglected master bedroom.


Knowing I couldn’t afford the particular chair that you see in the story board,  I figured I’d have to get one for cheap and re-upholster it.  I found a great wing back chair on Craigslist. 

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Without wasting any time, I called the upholsterer to get a price estimate.  He said it would cost around $400 to reupholster it which is what I had expected, but I had forgotten to add in the 7-8 yards of fabric that it would take.  So, in the end, we’re talking about $500-700 for the chair in total.  Ouch.  It wasn’t quite in my budget. 

I was sad and my husband suggested waiting.  But, I was inspired right now.  Basically, I suck at waiting.  I had to think of a way to make this happen.  

Within a few minutes, I remembered seeing a chair that was painted once!  I told my husband maybe I’ll just paint it.  He shook his head, knowing not to protest my crazy idea if it was half way sane… and let me at it.

After three coats of paint, some nail head trim, white spray paint and lots of elbow grease, the chair ended up looking like this:

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I got my chair after all!  It was the diy version, but not half bad! 

Some crazy ideas and major risks do pay off. 

Everyone always wonders this, so I’ll answer the question before it’s asked here - it doesn’t come off on clothes and is fairly comfortable – rough but not horrible.

To read more about my crazy idea that came to fruition, visit my blog for the complete how-to.


Seriously can you  believe it, THAT CHAIR IS GORGEOUS!!!  I want to go steal it from her!  hehe, I won't though!  But I'm going to have to give this one a try if I ever find the right piece to work on!  Check out her blog here to stay up to date on all of her projects!


  1. Isn't it awesome! I couldn't believe it when I saw it!

  2. Pretty darn amazing!! Heading over to her blog now =)

  3. I love it when someone doesn't let a little thing like lack of funds stop them from getting the look they want. It's so much more fun being able to say that you did something yourself than that you bought something.

  4. Thanks so much for having me today, Ashley. I really appreciate it. It was great to connect with some of your readers!


I'd love to know what you think! Thanks for reading!

~xoxo a blonde ~


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