Thursday, October 15, 2009

There is no such thing as an upholstery fairy


I've been thinking of painting the living/kitchen area of our home. I say this, but I probably won't get around to it until the new year, at the earliest.  This is the frustrating part of my job as a lifestyle and interiors photographer.  Too many options and sensory overload, so it's difficult (for a person like me) to make that final decision. Yikes.

This problem has really been driven home by a few items languishing in our garage. One of the many items is a chair (above) that I've been wanting to reupholster for over a year. Unfortunately, I've learned that there is no upholstery fairy that will take care of this for me. Dreams shattered. Same goes for the shadeless vintage lamp (below), and the piles of fabric that I've collected. You never know when you might want to make a cushion or a sweet bistro curtain. I have never made either. 

I almost forgot all the wallpaper (see some of the "collection" below). Speaking of wallpaper. Is it too hideous to paper a wall that is dangerously close to a toilet? When boys pee.... well, you know. I would love to cover one tiny wall, in our powder room, with vintage Japanese wallpaper. Hmmm.

To wrap up, I'm hoping that now that I've put it out there, I will have to tackle these little projects. Fingers crossed.  

Shadeless lamp.

Dust covered, new and vintage wallpaper.

22 comments:

Heather Cameron said...

well, it's better than jumping the gun like I always do. Maybe you are taking a pinch to long in your decisions, but in the end it will be lovely. I'm thinking no about the wallpaper - there is nothing cute about wiping pee pee off vintage Japanese wallpaper. Maybe make them/him sit down from now on - new guest room rule - you could post a notice and frame it in the loo on the freshly hung vintage Japanese paper.

Robe said...

Damn fairies! They must be around somewhere!!!! Anywhere????

Courtney said...

I am the same way. In fact, I was just saying tonight that I need to start setting aside a night a week or so to catch up on arts and crafts projects, or they'll never get done.

Pinecone Camp said...

Courtney, good to hear I'm not the only one that puts things off.
Heather, I think I'm with you about the pee/wallpaper thing....eew.
Robe, are you laughing at me? Ha, ha.

Jane said...

that lamp is beautiful. Really divine colour. Upholstery is easy with staple gun!!!!! (see my post of 7 days ago). If I can do it you can. Re wallpaper, I would be keeping it well away from little boys and their ill directed thingies. I am about to toilet train mine and dreading it for that reason.

Sarah said...

Oh no, I hadn't thought about the "splashback" effect of a toilet really close to a wall! I'm about to order this vintage cowboy print to wallpaper my downstairs powder room. Maybe it'll have to be a "girls only" kind of powder room...

mise said...

What a lovely chair. No, in fact, what a beautifully photographed chair, but I suspect it's a lovely chair too and well worth reupholstering. Go on, you can do it. Before & afters are our favourite. A staple-gun is top of my Christmas wish-list since I saw the Pear Tree House chair makeover.

Pinecone Camp said...

Thanks girls for all your comments.
I would love to have a "girls only" loo, but I think I will just forget the wallpaper. Sob.
Jane, I've been out of the loop, this week, with catching up on blogs. will now go and check out your staple gun post. I have done simple dining chairs, but never anything "tufted".

tara said...

I love that photo of all your wallpaper, and I would have to agree boys are messy! Hope you have a good weekend!

jan said...

These are all fun comments and I totally can concur Janis with decision making along with piles of this and that. Mine mostly is art, unframed, rolled here, and there.

I would have to agree also with everyone with respect to the wallpaper and the well, maybe make a faux wainscotting (is that what it's called) on the splash part and then place the lovely wallpaper above that....

Whatever you decide I'm sure it will be beautiful.

Pretty Little World said...

Could you do a decal on the bathroom wall instead of wallpaper? They're cheaper, easier to put up, and if something ever "happened" to it, quite easy to take down as well!

Also, if the upholstery fairy ever does stop by your house, could you send her my way when she's through??

Pinecone Camp said...

A decal is a good idea too! I will definitely send the upholstery fairy to you once she finally gets her job done here!

Jan, Rob and I have heaps of rolled up art too. Ugh. I had conveniently forgotten about that.

koralee said...

Oh you and me both...you should see my garage my friend!!! I am always bringing something home with good intentions...I should know better...my sweet hubby just rolls his eyes at me. One day. Now about that wallpaper...humm no boys in our home only girls so I would of never thought of that problem..but you are right..paint may work better but could you do a wall or two? I just did my hall in the most lovely shade of aqua wallpaper...I am so so glad wallpaper has decided to return. When I first moved into our home..I torn down all the ugly rooster wallpaper...you know that stuff that had the matching boarders...oh my I am sorry... I kinda get carried away with my writing rambling on and on. Sorry I missed you at Heathers...what a sweetheart she is!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh Dear
I am so guilty.. fabric remnants that will never become 'nouns'. Sewing machine that has never been used! Drawers that can't be used until painted.. the list goes on. Although I am pretty good at making lampshades... all very temporary though. Have fun procrastinating xx Julie.. [call me Ginger!!]

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I adore that yellow lamp. Find a shade, or better yet, make a shade from some of that beautiful vintage wallpaper.

Thanks for the visit and for leading me here. I am so sorry to read that Plugger has gone on. He does share a resemblance with Edward. I know you must miss him terribly. You may visit Edward, and me, anytime! And I know we shall return here often!

Vanessa said...

Good luck with your projects! Beautiful chair, lamp and paper!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

You certainly aren't the only one with a stack of worthy projects languishing in the corner. I have spent the past two years trying to decide what fabric to recover my two club chairs in (they are decades old gold velvet right now) and just this week my husband and I made a decision. There may be 20 more projects to go, but for now I am going to pat myself on the back about those chairs :)

lisa golightly said...

Just discovered you through the Vintage Laundress ... and glad I did ! If the only thing keeping you from papering the little boys area is keeping it clean, do it. If the paper has a dull/flat finish, you can use this stuff by Modern Masters called "dead flat" protective finish over the paper. It will make your paper completely washable after it's dry ... and you cannot see any sign of it being there ( like brush/roller marks ). I used it so many times as a decorative painter. Good luck with everything !

Torie Jayne said...

Hi, Wishing you luck with your projects, Oh! and your wallpapers are gorgeous! and that lamp, so lovely! Have a sweet day!

vintagelaundress said...

I like the idea of making a shade with some of your wallpaper. I'm diggin'' the lamp, too! I feel your pain with the "deadly project syndrome!"

Heather said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog...I'm so excited that it led me to yours! I'm loving reading through what you've written! I'm curious, if you DID have an upholstery fabric, what colors would she bring you in the fabric?

As for the pee...I guess if it's going to happen...it will happen whether the wall is painted, or papered, so you might as well take your chances and do what you like best! (or could cover w/ plexi?)

Pinecone Camp said...

Heather, I think the upholstery fairy would cover my chair in a vintage shade of blue/green. I love the colour combo of the school maps of the 50's/60's. Know what I mean? Still uncertain about the pee factor and wall paper. More mulling (procrastinating) needed!