It’s the last Friday of the month which means it’s time for us to show the results from this month’s Year of Change challenge! If you missed out on the first couple of months, here’s a recap. I've teamed up with Suburban Bitches, Life on Virginia Street and Rosa Beltran Design to bring small projects your way that can be accomplished in less than a month’s time. They may be small projects but they'll have a BIG IMPACT in each room. On the first Friday of each month we’ll introduce the latest challenge and on the last Friday we’ll each reveal our projects. Our hope is that the Year of Change Challenge can help you bring big change to your home, one manageable month at a time.
Last month (March) we challenged ourselves to transform a space using one of the stencils provided by Cutting Edge Stencils. If you missed out on our stencil projects reveal last month check out Rosa, Sarah’s, Tricia's and Erin's gorgeous designs and my own stencil project here . I think the stencil challenged really proved how something as simple as stenciling a wall can make a huge change to a space; which is what the Year of Change Challenge is all about!
For April’s challenge we went with revamping a piece of furniture. It could be something small, something big, something that you already had, something you found on Craig’s List or at a garage sale or maybe even something from Ikea that you just wanted to hack up.
And in April we added a fun new twist on our challenges – a guest designer for each month! For April we were thrilled to have Amanda from Recycled Consign & Design as part of our team. Who better to have join us in April than the queen of vintage furniture?
Amy's April Refurbish Furniture Reveal
This cane back chair is one of my favorite pieces that I own. It was heavily damaged in our last move as you can see in the following pictures.
The original cane wasn't salvageable. I went ahead and used new (non-hand) caning from Van Dyck's and A LOT of woodglue. I loved the worn patina of the chair, so after glue, putty and sanding I only touched up in a minor way with chalk paint.
At first, I was going to use this trellis fabric that I've had kicking around. But it just didn't have the right feel...the geometric pattern was fighting the caning and proved to me too monochromatic for me.
I selected a still neutral but more lively Indigo and Gray Striae Ikat pattern.
Robert Allen's Striae Ikat in Storm.
You can see in the picture below, that there is quite a bit of blue woven into the design. I absolutely fell for this fabric.
Be sure to check out the other refurbished projects from all of the Year of Change participants. Click on over to see Rosa, Tricia's and Erin's, Sarah's, and Amanda’s pieces. And follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for behind the scenes fun! Next Friday we’ll be announcing our project for May.
I can’t wait!