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Display Name: Jeoffry
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You love it! Keep it! Search for the fabric and buy it yourself to save the markup. If you can, keep an open mind about duplicating the color vs. using another color you love. Get another quote and start a bidding war (after inspecting some pieces the upholsterers have already done). Or take an upholstery class and do the whole thing yourself. It will be worth it if you truly love this piece.


Should I Keep It: Midcentury Gem or Goodwill Donation? Good Questions
7/30/14 09:56 AM

Heydon, mskk, and crthmpsn, can't we work in some chevrons somewhere?


Easy DIY Upgrade: Paint a Swiss Cross on It
7/29/14 08:33 PM

Pick the longest view from the door or other vantage point, and put an accent piece there to draw the eye to it. Victoria Sackville-West famously did this in her garden at Sissinghurst.


8 Sneaky Ways to Create the Illusion of More Space
7/29/14 03:07 PM

Not only death masks, but life masks....my young son made a life mask of himself (quite recognizable) in a pottery class. Anticipating the future, he decorated his youthful face with a droopy moustache. One day, I am sure, his descendants will cherish this piece ("So that is what Grandpa looked like at age 12?").


Weird Decor: What Are Death Masks?
7/29/14 03:03 PM

SherryB, my comment did not imply coercion, or curtailing the practices of others. As citizens of the world, each of us is free to believe or not believe, as we choose (and not to park our minds at the door in doing so, thus avoiding the “mindlessness” you suggest). As world citizens, all of us are also free to respect the beliefs and practices of others by refraining from giving offense, insofar as we are able and aware--not only in religious matters but in food, dress, and personal and social behavior.

“[The] growing number of [those] out here who strongly disagree [with people of faith] and who may choose to not concern [them]selves with the ‘propriety’ of religious objects being used secularly” are not exempt from the universal mandate of common courtesy and respect for differences. I suggest that they "start to accept" that.


The Kings' Quirky Castle House Tour
7/29/14 11:14 AM

Great place, and lots of fun -- BUT the appropriation of ecclesiastical stoles as decoration for armchairs is way out of line. As wall art, maybe. But not to be sat on or leaned against. It's just plain disrespectful (as any similar treatment of religious objects from any faith would be).


The Kings' Quirky Castle House Tour
7/29/14 03:48 AM

Curves of the armchair by the fireplace echoed in the mirror frame -- very nice!


Aileen's Light & Bright DIY Decor House Call
7/27/14 04:24 PM

Zachary, I'm still in awe of your rescue, and will add a comment on formica. I have an inherited MCM chest of drawers with a formica top. It looks OK in the kitchen, and of course the formica (faux wood grain in same color as real wood) is a good practical surface for that room. If I were to move it elsewhere in the house, I might possibly leave the formica in place and paint it (as others here have done) in whatever the color of that year will be -- Radiant Orchid, maybe? ;-) though white would probably be better. Just wondering if the formica you dealt with was so awful it couldn't be painted.


Before & After: A Marvelous Mid-Century Modern Make-Under
7/26/14 03:55 PM

Real MCM, brought back from the dead, and good for another 50+ years. Congratulations!


Before & After: A Marvelous Mid-Century Modern Make-Under
7/26/14 11:14 AM

From kitsch to classic: well done!


Before & After: A Dated Desk Gets a Fresh, Clean Look
7/25/14 07:01 AM

These days, we all have so much to be anxious about: terrorism, identity theft, the economy---you name it. Most of those things are outside our control, but by golly we can be super-protective about our children and control their surroundings and activities.

So maybe we need to back off and ask ourselves where these fears are coming from, and how justified they are, and whether we really need all these precautions if our children are reasonably normal.


Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/24/14 11:00 AM

A big round shallow basket that your cat likes. The cat will locate the basket in no time, and go up there to take naps, looking as decorative as all get out.


What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/23/14 11:19 AM

Disagree with suggestions to paint or wallpaper the backs; that will look as though you are trying too hard. Leaving them white will help them recede.

Agree with all other suggestions to use the spaces for items you already have, both decorative and useful, balancing them out to maintain a pleasing arrangement.

An enviable problem! So many of us don't have enough shelves!


Ideas for Lots of Empty Built-In Shelves? Good Questions
7/23/14 11:16 AM

Nice in every way except for the final coat of poly. It's much better for wood, and helps it retain its woodlike character and appearance, to finish up with oil or wax.


Before & After: A Dixie Dresser Gets a Dramatic Upgrade
7/22/14 10:06 AM

If your boyfriend is a chef, then he knows how he moves around in a kitchen, and he is your first authority on how to arrange the space, and probably on choice of surfaces as well. Colors etc. are for the two of you to decide on together -- get what makes both of you happy.


What Can I Do with $2000 to Update This Kitchen? Good Questions
7/22/14 08:38 AM

I have a Haier portable washer. So far, so good.


Have You Ever Tried a Portable Washer? (Plus 4 To Consider)
7/22/14 08:31 AM

Original poster, you are Not Guilty of the first charge: concealing the awfulness of the piece in the before photo. You are Not Guilty of the second charge, painting it in a color that might conceivably not be true to the vintage of the piece (the horror!) Finally, you are most definitely Not Guilty of posting this piece as bait to the paint-haters. I am horrified by that last accusation; it's worthy of some of the present international troubles, but not of this little community.

I think you have done a wonderful job in seeing the potential of this piece, persisting with your original plan, revising your plan when the first became impossible, and coming out at the other end with a lovely original piece that you will enjoy for a long time.


Before & After: Nightstand Nightmare No More
7/21/14 06:03 PM

Ivor, don't forget the scraper for the shoes. Plate is acceptable, but sterling is better.


How To Set The Table Properly
7/21/14 02:21 PM

This may be so simple as to be laughable, but I'll risk the laughter. Can you get a single sink the right width, get a set of drawers the right width, and marry them with the countertop?


Does Anyone Make a Double-Size Vanity for Only One Sink? Good Questions
7/21/14 08:12 AM

Very nice -- and refreshingly free of fad treatments that would look dated next year.


Before & After: A Vintage Dresser Goes From White to Wow!
7/19/14 11:20 AM