Fabulous Friday – The Porter’s Chair

Introducing…
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For my first “Fab Friday” post I share with you – The Porter’s Chair! They are one of my many obsessions and I would love to add one to my home decor. What is a Porter’s chair you ask?
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It’s quite a unique chair that dates back to medieval England and later France. They were kept by the front entries of castles and large estates for the porter, or gatekeeper, to use during their watch. Since there was often a cold draft by the front door, the chair was designed with a high domed back to help keep the porter warm.
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If you browse the internet, you will find several modern day versions available for purchase, but the one I am obsessed with is the Versailles chair from Restoration Hardware.  You can customize in assortment of  colors and fabrics ranging from linen to velvet and even your choice of wood finish.  Mine would be made of  Belgian linen in the color sand, with a burnt oak finish.  Ahhh, major coziness factor!
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I think it would make a great statement piece in my living area.  What are your thoughts?

Have a Fabulous Friday!
– Sarah

Annie Sloan Coco…

A dear friend picked up this sweet mirror for me at Kirkland’s.  It was a steal, ONLY $22!!  (Thanks Anna) I really liked the shape and style but the color just didn’t work in my home.   It was a soft, creamy yellow, like the color of butter, pretty, but not for me.
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This little beauty had to be painted!  The frame is metal but I wanted the look of weathered wood so I opted for Coco.  Plus, I really wanted to give it a try.  New color, new mirror, new adventure!
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Yes, I used wax paper!
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After the paint dried (about 20 minutes) I waxed with ASCP Clear Wax then dry brushed with ASCP Old White.  It really gave it that RH weathered wood look, I love!
Coco with Old White dry brushed on the outer frame:
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You can see how Old White softens the brown tones of Coco:
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I love the finish and see more Coco projects in my future…🔮  This little beauty now looks like it belongs with my decor.

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Like always, if you have any questions about the process, feel free to ask. Have a fabulous day!
– Sarah

 

 

Splurge vs. Steal | Scroll Mirror

Face off: Restoration Hardware vs. Kirkland’s

Splurge: Restoration Hardware – Salvaged Mansard Scroll Mirror $345-$745
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Steal: Kirkland’s  – Distressed Oval Scrollwork Mirror $129
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With a little Chalk Paint® you could recreate the Kirkland’s steal into the Restoration Hardware splurge!  Plus, Kirkland’s always has some type of promo or coupon for added savings!  Are the minuscule differences enough to make you want to Splurge or Steal?
Have a wonderful day and happy shopping! 🙂

– Sarah