The Old Made New

I’ve been rather busy on house decor projects this month. Here is a rundown of what I’ve started:

Portieres

In the Victorian era, there were often decorative draperies in the wide transition doorways and pocket door frames. The looked something like this:

portiere

or this:

portiere2

I have begun work on several areas of the house…

I have made tiebacks for these and eventually there will be another pole above that has a complementary fabric on it.

Here I was testing out the colors – I also painted the poles with oil rubbed bronze.

Here they are without any tiebacks. Another pole will go at the top of the opening with shorter curtains - black floral above the green and green above the black floral on the other side.

Here they are without any tiebacks. Another pole will go at the top of the opening with shorter curtains – black floral above the green and green above the black floral on the other side.

These cover the closed transition between the parlor and the front entry. The curtains match the ones hung in front of the wide front window.

These cover the closed transition between the parlor and the front entry. The curtains match the ones hung in front of the wide front window.

These are brown satin with gold and cream. I'm backing them with a faux gold dupioni for the transition between the living room and parlor. The gold will go on the parlor side, and the brown satin on the living room side.

These are brown satin with gold and cream. I’m backing them with a faux gold dupioni for the transition between the living room and parlor. The gold will go on the parlor side, and the brown satin on the living room side.

These will go in our bedroom transition. The solid dark blue (faux dupioni) mixed with the floral bird pattern on a silky fabric.

These will go in our bedroom transition. The solid dark blue (faux dupioni) mixed with the floral bird pattern on a silky fabric.

It will be a couple of months before they are all done. I am also working on the transition between the library and my office. On the office side will be a black and white floral pattern, but I’m just not sure what to do for the library side of the transition. I’ll figure it out eventually!

Re-Purposed Shipping Box

We found this wonderful old Smith Corona typewriter shipping box in The Cottage last year. Originally it would have shipped three manual typewriters inside of it. I also found these large round furniture feet and thought that together with a hinged lid for the top they could make a great coffee table.

Dave installed the feet in minutes.

Dave installed the feet in minutes.

Then he measured the box opening and cut a piece of mdf board to fit. A search in the attic netted me some fiberfill and I had already been using this scrap of fabric as a table topper.

Then he measured the box opening and cut a piece of mdf board to fit. A search in the attic netted me some fiberfill and I had already been using this scrap of fabric as a table topper.

We stretched it and stapled it over the fiberfill onto the mdf board and set it in place.

We stretched it and stapled it over the fiberfill onto the mdf board and set it in place.

Dave added a couple of hinges

Dave added a couple of hinges

 

I added a couple of books and it is now a functional coffee table with storage inside!

I added a couple of books and it is now a functional coffee table with storage inside!

Couch Re-Upholster

When I bought this house from our neighbor and friend Sherry, she pointed to the couch and asked me if I wanted it. I didn’t hesitate, I answered immediately, “Yes!”

The couch is right around the same age as the house and it currently resides in its rightful place, the upstairs library. Sherry had re-upholstered it, and the fabric was in good shape, but it didn’t fit with our decor. As you can tell from the photos above, I tend to get rather colorful!

So I have been intending to re-upholster it for some time now. And tonight, inspired by my brand new old typewriter box turned coffee table re-do, I took apart the couch!

Gasp! It is missing some parts!

Gasp! It is missing some parts!

The underside of the couch is in need of repair.

The underside of the couch is in need of repair.

A close-up of the damage. This will require Dave's skills.

A close-up of the damage. This will require Dave’s skills.

The back of the couch. As I removed the cream fabric, I saw a green underneath. It seemed very pretty.

The back of the couch. As I removed the cream fabric, I saw a green underneath. It seemed very pretty.

As soon as the fabric was off I saw WHY this had been re-upholstered.

As soon as the fabric was off I saw WHY this had been re-upholstered.

It had definitely seen better days.

It had definitely seen better days.

I reached inside of the broken underside and retrieved what I believe was the original fabric cover.

I reached inside of the broken underside and retrieved what I believe was the original fabric cover.

I put some of the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle, and the camera brightened up the colors to what they may have looked like originally. Gorgeous, don't you think?!

I put some of the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle, and the camera brightened up the colors to what they may have looked like originally. Gorgeous, don’t you think?!

The color doesn't come through very well, but this is an olive green chenille fabric that I will be putting on the couch. It will look fantastic near the green tile hearth, and other furniture in the room!

The color doesn’t come through very well, but this is an olive green chenille fabric that I will be putting on the couch. It will look fantastic near the green tile hearth, and other furniture in the room!

When the weather outside is frightful, having these home decor projects is a perfect escape for me.

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