SERIOUSLY?????

I have never been so angry with a vendor as I have been today. I am so glad this was not for a client because there was no saving this one….

Last week I purchased two bergere chair frames for myself. I spent all weekend carefully spraying them with bright white lacquer. They came out really nice, smooth and shiny. Yesterday, I brought them to TWG fabrics in Middletown NY  to be upholstered. When I left there, I purposely put them in a corner to prevent them from getting damaged.

Today I got a phone call from one of the owners saying the frames “got a little scratched” by a child that was in the store and he wanted to know the name and brand of paint I used. I explained they were lacquered, not painted. It is a more time consuming process, as the end result needs to be just right. To repair a scratch is not as simple as repainting. I said I would come up to do the repair myself. After an hour and a half ride to get there, coincidentally he was gone when I arrived and now I know why.

What exactly happened, I don’t know. He claims a kid was in the store and scratched them. Well, to this kid’s mother I say SHAME ON YOU for not paying attention. If that is not the truth, then SHAME ON HIM for telling a lie. I really would like to know how he planned to fix them because when I came home and tried to reapply paint, it buckled and peeled right off.

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They will now have to be completely stripped and repainted, and not at my expense.

 As I said, I am so glad they did not belong to a client. I pride myself on my integrity and customer service.

Needless to say I will never go there again.

A New Hobby

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking the lake with some friends. We passed a house that was having a lot of work done and outside was a large pile of things that were being thrown out, including an end table that seemed to be in reasonably good condition. The next day, I drove back to the house and asked the workers if I could have it. They couldn’t understand why, but I happily put it in the back and took it home.

You see, after I got Buddy, I was on Pinterest looking at ideas for pet beds. A lot of them seem to be made from upcycling old pieces of furniture. Some were very creative and so I decided to make my own version for my new friend. The table had the doors already removed but just needed some spot gluing and reinforcing.

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I removed all the interior wood left from the shelves, spackled nail holes and gave a quick sanding. Then I applied an oil based primer.

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The table had some nice carved detail to it, so I planned to really highlight it. I am a fan of Mackenzie Childs (in moderation) and I wanted to replicate the feeling of their pieces but without the price. One of their pet beds goes for about $4000.00. Initially I tried acrylic paints, but they were not heavy enough. Fortunately, a phone call to my paint professional, Ericka, led me to chalk paint. It works really well and had good coverage.

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I just kept adding on details as I went along, making sure I had the right balance of color and pattern.

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I found these little wooden flower pots and placed a round ball in it to make miniature topiaries.DSC00421

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I found this knob that looked exactly like Buddy and I couldn’t resist

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I spent about a week working several hours a day but was enjoying every second! Buddy patiently watched me every day hoping I would play with him instead..

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I painted the sides to look like tufting accented with gold buttons.

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And added lots of doggy themed items

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Once the outside was finished…

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I went through the fabrics I purchased,

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and I made panels for the inside walls with foam core

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and then I sewed a cushion using fleece and a stripe.

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All done!

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The best compliment was that he liked it!!!

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I was so happy with the  result, I decided to make another one to sell. I found an old end table in a junk shop. I took out the drawer, turned the table upside down to give the appearance of a poster bed and added wooden feet.

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I wanted to make this one for a female so it was all about pink. I picked from my pile of fabrics-

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and decided on the theme..

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Again, I primed the piece, then started to paint designs as I went along.

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Detail of the top of a finial-

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I made the cushion from two different fabrics , cord welt and a 5″ slab of foam.

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I already have two more waiting to be made. One is the drawer that was from this table-

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and the other is going to be made to raise money at an upcoming auction for a fundraiser for  “Bide-A-Wee” in Manhattan. Buddy and I will keep you posted on progress. If anyone would like to commission a custom pet bed, please message me at smniblo@yahoo.com. All pieces are strictly one of a kind!

100 Years of Interior Design

Last night, I attended the 100th anniversary celebration of the New York School of Interior Design. I received my Interior Design Certification from NYSID and always look forward to their events. The dinner was held at Cipriani in the Cunard building downtown NYC. It was a “who’s who” of the design world and several industry leaders were honored with awards.

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The Cunard Building was built in 1919 to house the headquarters of the shipping line. The lobby’s ceilings are ornately painted in marine themed frescoes with lots of plaster relief.

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The tables were simply decorated with branches of blossoms in glass vases.

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It always makes me so proud to be able to be considered a part of this special community. Thank you, NYSID for a fantastic evening!