This headboard really was an eyesore when I first saw it, it actually hurt to look at it. Think Granny chic peach velvet with questionable stains all over it Uuuurrrrgh. Something had to be done!
So I removed the old horrible fabric & found myself some really simple grey upholstery fabric to cover it with. I took out each upholstery button & recovered it using fabric samples and glue (There are other methods depending on the type of button you have).
I did some research on upholstery techniques & worked out how much material I needed. Bear in mind when recovering a button tufted piece – you need to take into account the depth of your button hole and times that by the amount of button holes in a vertical row & do the same for your horizontal rows, you then add this measurement to the size of your fabric, whilst also taking into account how much you need to go around the edges & be harnessed at the back of your headboard.
This was my first button tufted ‘Chesterfield’ style headboard, so it was a learning curve but it turned out great & I was really pleased. The coloured buttons really make it stand out & gave it a contemporary designer touch – so different to how it started out!
This upcycled headboard was featured on Fill Your House for Free series 1 in 2013, to see me working on it check out my 2013 Showreel here; http://www.salvagesister.co.uk/salvage-sister-tv/
These pendant lights had been in-situ since the day the property was built in the 1950’s – of course they didn’t look like this then!
The base was a dark wood colour & the shades were red with a tasselled edging featuring little pom poms.
Fun as pom poms are they were not going to fit with Curt & Nicola’s new look industrial retro chic interior, they had to go! I started by removing the lampshades from the structure & sanding & spray painting the base. As you can see I thought it added interest to paint the bases different colours, so one went a light shade of lime green and the other a lovely blue – these colours compliment each other & give these retro lamps a certain contemporary charm. (What idiot ever said ‘blue & green should never be seen?!)
Then, while they were drying I set about removing the awful pom poms & the layer of material from the shades – which thankfully had a cardboard base on which to build up my new covering. I used old newspapers to give the sad shades a new lease of life. I cut up pieces of the newspaper into triangles so they would taper to the shape of the shade and, leaving a lip to go around the edges stuck it on with spray glue. Once they were dry I made sure all edges were secure by pasting a little PVA in areas that needed it & once that was dry I used spray varnish to seal it and bring out that vintage browning effect.
The newspapers used were actually found under Curt & Nicola’s carpet, they were about 50 years old & from the place were […]
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This contemporary ‘industrial chic’ lamp used to be a beaten up, unwanted old cricket helmet. I love the shape of the helmet & the metal grate on the front just ads to it, plus lends itself as a rather handy height adjustable stand – depending on the ambience required.
The hole in the top of the helmet is great for threading the electrical wire through & means the actual structure & integrity of the helmet stays completely in tact.
I started by removing the foam inners – (in this case a relatively quick & simple job, although sometimes the inners seem positively welded in place!)
Next step is to give it a good sand, wipe down & spray paint job. In this instance I used a black ‘hammered effect’ spray – this gives the helmet it’s charming metal aesthetic & completely changes the feel of it. On the inside I used gold spray paint – all important for beautiful ambient light reflection. (You could also use silver for a colder glow.)
I also spritzed some flecks of gold over the outside which gave it a bronzed affect.
I’ve used a black electric cable and gold light fitting to compliment the new colours of the helmet.
You can find free or very cheap cricket helmets & old sports equipment ready for up-cycling on Freecycle, Freegle, boot-sales, charity shop, reuse centre and online auction sites. You could even ask friends and family what they have kicking about in their loft, garage or shed.
Let me know how you get on with your up-cycles, or if you’re less of a hands-on person – more of an admirer feel free to get in touch to commission me.