BEFORE & AFTER: AS SEEN ON… “I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES”

BEFORE & AFTER: AS SEEN ON… “I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES” 

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A BENCH WITH A STORY TO TELL

It’s called I Brake for Yard Sales but we are really all about the repairs. With Lara Spencer at the lead of the design team we are always looking for old pieces that can become new again.  Tiger Lily’s and our custom workroom @ http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com is the perfect partner for the “I Brake” team.

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BEFORE:
FOUND OLD & UNSTUFFED

We found this bench at an antique center in Black Rock, CT. The attraction is all in the legs. This girl’s got legs and knows how to use them! I loved the carving of the ball & claw legs. Anytime you can find a piece with carved legs and an existing paint finish, you know that you have a great launching point to create a distressed finish.

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SHE HAD THE GREATEST LEGS
THEY NEEDED TO BE GLUED!

The first step in working on the legs of this little guy was to glue the base. The age is evident everywhere with this old guy.

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OLD FILL
HORSE HAIR SHOWS AGE

Beneath layers of fabric, old batting and horse hair fill, the frame while weak was in tact.

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EXISTING WOOD FRAME ADDS VALUE

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NEW FOAM & BATTING RECREATES ORIGINAL SHAPE

We were able to strip down to the bones, add new webbing and foam to recreate the original shape of the frame.

When it comes to selecting fabric for SMALL pieces, my tip is always to go BIG. I favor prints and patterns that can make the piece look bigger in a space, while not measuring near the commitment of a sofa or a club chair.

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UPHOLSTERED IN WHIMSY TOILE

Here we used a vintage whimsical toile that featured a kitten motif. It is playful, crisp and has a story to tell.

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LOOK FOR SMALL PIECES TO MAKE BIG IMPACT

The finished piece was welted with a red solid to compliment the hues in the pattern. It transformed into the perfect piece for the Riverside family with three young girls, that we hope will share memories with their three young girls sitting right on this bench.

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AFTER:
I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES TRANSFORMATION

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