This past weekend I was out junking with my mom and husband. We were outside admiring this beautifully rusted pigeonhole cabinet, when a lady approached us. She asked me what I would do with the piece if I bought it, and I could sense the skepticism in her voice. I told her how I love mixing in old, rusted pieces with more contemporary decor, and that there were several things she could accomplish with a piece like this. I then launched into a small spiel on how simply painting this cabinet would bring new life to it. She left, and I could tell she wasn’t convinced.
Y’all, I feel like I see this all the time. You find a really unique piece that speaks to you, but you know it requires some work to make it “fit” with your style. I am always amazed at how many people are nervous to apply their imagination & creativity, and I admit it can be daunting. Yet, the beauty of junking is that you can get an amazing (and affordable) piece that can be fantastically transformed with just a bit of craftiness and elbow grease.
The first few projects can be the hardest in your junking journey. There’s always hesitation when it comes to vision vs. execution. Picturing the final product in your mind can help ease the DIY anxiety. That ugly, free wing back chair you see on the side of the road could be a completely different piece when you recover it in a fabulous cream duck cloth.
For the tasks you cannot personally accomplish (i.e. I cannot upholster anything myself, but it is a dream of mine to learn) – there are plenty of individuals out there who have the means and talent to do so. Hopefully you purchased the original piece for cheap so that you can afford the recovering cost. And of course, anyone with a hand, some brushes, and paint can do most of the color work you see below.
So I encourage you to start thinking outside of the box. Take a chance on a piece of furniture. It may be the one of the most rewarding decisions you ever make.
Here is an example of a small project we did last fall. This is what the makeup settee looked like when I bought it for next to nothing. The faded, leopard fabric also had an unpleasant smell. Yuck!
Here is the makeup settee finished. Now, it’s a delightfully shabby chic chair that fits perfectly in my office.
This is what my husband’s armchair from HomeGoods looked like before I got my hands on it. Not a terrible chair by any means, but it certainly didn’t fit with our style.
With a little recovering magic, this is now a cozy beauty. It currently sits in my “shabby chic” office and is my favorite chair to read in.
I never used to take “Before” pictures, so try to bear with me. We bought a couple of dining room chairs that were covered in a hideous fabric very similar to this orange, striped chair. I think the orange may actually have been a bit brighter, and they were velour! Talk about a chair tragedy. I mean seriously, how could this chair ever look “good”?
Boom! Look at this beauty now recovered in white duck cloth! Now, it looks like it’s right out of an RH catalog, and we only spent $75 for the pair! I adore these chairs so much. Nothing makes a stronger statement flanking both ends of our dining room table. Thank goodness for taking risks!