January 8, 2013

Reader Re-Do!

I am so excited to share these projects with you over the next couple of weeks! Kari Ann is the owner of Alexis-Scott Organized Interiors & Décor! She even has her own Etsy shop where she sells prints and does custom invitations!

I've known Kari for quite a while now – we met in college – she was a year ahead of me, but she has a great personality and we just hit it off. I remember getting Subway with her and just chatting away and of course all the long hours spent in the A&D Building.

She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina now and is gearing up for her wedding this summer!  (How exciting!) So with a full time job, wedding planning, and her business she still makes time for projects because it’s her first love.

She is a girl after my own heart when it comes to finding things on the side of the road and fixing them up. It’s just the designer in us I guess. All of that to say she shared a few of her recent projects with me and I had to share them with you!

First up was a simple hardware swap out. She has been wanting to get around to this because she was just sick of looking at the hardware.

An easy hardware swap out – became a little bit more difficult because this is an older desk so the hardware sizes are odd. The top handles were 2.5” center to center & bottom half handles were 3” center to center. It was impossible for her to find 10 that matched.

The Freckled Redhead - Reader Re-Do Alexis Scott Organized Interiors & Decor
She wasn't going to give up though – so she decided the next best thing would be for the color to match. She choose satin nickel and found 2 great options at Lowe’s.

The top handles are Gatehouse and ran her $3.47 a piece. The bottom handles are also Gatehouse and those were $2.47 a piece. ( Totally random but we used the same handles in our kitchen only in ORB – great minds think alike!)

Her husband-to-be wanted to try out his new Christmas present so within less than 15 minutes everything was swapped out. So her total with tax was $30.71 to have a new fresh updated look!

Her next step for the desk is to refinish it – but she’s still trying to decide what direction she wants to go with it. Stay tuned maybe she’ll share all the details with us!

The Freckled Redhead - Reader Re-Do Alexis Scott Organized Interiors & Decor
Another office update she tackled was an old chair she picked up from Goodwill for $15.  It had some old ugly fabric on it so she recovered it with this blue & green fabric. She kept it the natural color because it was originally in her entryway. She took it out of the entryway because her cat laid claim to it – and moved it into her spare room.

The Freckled Redhead - Reader Re-Do Alexis Scott Organized Interiors & Decor
Now, she has decided to use it as her office chair, but the wood color just wasn't going to work for her. The look she is going for in her office is white with accent colors that pop.

To refinish the chair she sanded it down slightly – just to get the shine off of it and then wiped it down so there was no dust on it. She used white gloss spray paint that she had on hand and went to town.
She loves to use spray paint because she doesn't want to have to deal with brushes and loves the instant gratification she gets from spray paint – the girl doesn't have patients! She did one even coat and let it dry for a couple of minutes and then applied another coat. She let the first 2 coats dry for about a half hour and then applied a third coat. After everything was all dry – she flipped it over and started the whole process over for the bottom side.

In the meantime she was deciding on a fabric she wanted to use. She picked up 2 different fabrics at Hobby Lobby and then did a little ‘trial run’ with them. She decided the pink and white fretwork was the winner!

The Freckled Redhead - Reader Re-Do Alexis Scott Organized Interiors & Decor
The Freckled Redhead - Reader Re-Do Alexis Scott Organized Interiors & Decor
Look at the shine on that glossy paint! It really gives the chair a whole different look – and I think it’s safe to say she choose the right fabric - it really pops with the white paint!

The Freckled Redhead - Reader Re-Do Alexis Scott Organized Interiors & Decor

The Freckled Redhead - Reader Re-Do Alexis Scott Organized Interiors & Decor
She even had enough fabric left over that she could revive her cork board. She applied modge podge to the cork board and then laid her fabric over top and smoothed it out and made sure it was in the all the edges. After it was dry she ran an xacto around the edge to trim the excess fabric! That’s what I like to call a twofer ( two for one, oh yeah!)

The Freckled Redhead - Reader Re-Do Alexis Scott Organized Interiors & Decor

Her chair cost her $15 (8 months ago) and then she bought 1 yard of fabric and used a 40% off coupon for $4.50 and the spray paint she already had from a previous project. So she was able to update her chair and her cork board for under $25.

You can follow Alexis-Scott Interiors & Décor on Facebook – she is always sharing great tips and tricks and you can see before and after pictures from projects she’s done. She shared one other office project with me and I can’t wait to share it with you!
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