BEFORE & AFTER: AS SEEN ON… “I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES”
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.
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.
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.
Beneath layers of fabric, old batting and horse hair fill, the frame while weak was in tact.
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.
Here we used a vintage whimsical toile that featured a kitten motif. It is playful, crisp and has a story to tell.
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.