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Creative Ideas for Vintage Chairs

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Jan 31, 2014 antique, DIY, vintage , , , , , , 0 Comments

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chairinspireDecorating with vintage pieces can sometimes be a challenge. You want to incorporate a particular look, but you aren’t sure how to get it. Or you want to use a vintage piece – but you aren’t show how to use it.

We rounded up a few fabulous ideas from Pinterest for how to incorporate vintage chairs into your home. Here are our favorites:

1. Use different colors, sizes & styles of chairs at your dining room table.
We just love this look. It is eclectic but if the chairs are selected properly and with a creative eye, it creates an eye-popping look and an interesting focal point.

2. Reupholstering a piece that looks dated. 
Sometimes what makes a vintage piece look “old” or “outdated” is just the worn out fabric or no-longer-stylish print. Recovering or reupholstering a dated piece in a modern fabric gives it a fresh new look fit for any stylish home. We love a floral or stripe print fabric!

3. Fluffing up your piece with coordinating pillows. 
We have a whole blog post about how pillows can give a room new life, read it here.

4. Using a vintage armchair in an unexpected way. 
Like as a desk chair, or as an accent to to a display of wall art – especially if the colors coordinate.

We hope you found some inspiration from our ideas – for more photos of chairs we have in the store click here and for more inspiration on how to use them in your home, click here.

We are open Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 11am-5pm, we hope to see you this weekend!

 

5 Great Ideas for Dressers & Armoires

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Jan 24, 2014 antique, DIY, vintage , , , , 0 Comments

dresserideas1A popular trend in vintage decor is finding new ways to use furniture. From repurposing pieces to using furniture in creative ways – we are seeing some truly unique and innovative ideas. Armoires and dressers are among the most utilitarian pieces of furniture. They offer storage and tons of options with drawers, doors and more. Here are five creative ways to use dressers and armoires in your home!

1. Use an armoire as an office.
Small spaces are  usually the biggest challenge here in Alexandria – maximizing every inch of space is so important. Transforming an armoire into a concealable office is a great way to get a clean workspace that doesn’t require a whole room.

2. In the bathroom as a vanity or sink. 
We’ve seen this done before and LOVE the idea. It harkens back to the days of wash basins and gives a lovely peronal touch to a bathroom. Not to mention a truly unique way to get a custom look on a budget!

3. A dresser in your closet.
This is an idea that surprised us. Closets can be a messy place and difficult to organize, especially in the older, smaller homes common in Alexandria. Using a dresser in the closet can help utilize some of that extra space. It can also make a smaller room feel larger if you take the closet door off and place the dresser inside.

4. Use a dresser in the kitchen – yes in the kitchen!
We love this innovative idea – using a dresser in a kitchen as an island! By simply adding a marble top and few extra fixtures, you can give a beautiful vintage dresser a new home in an unexpected place.

5. Repurpose a dresser for a new use, like a wine rack. 
With a little elbow grease and some imagination, a dresser can easily be repurposed into a wine rack! What a great way to give an old piece of furniture a new life.

Now, take a look at the fabulous dressers and armoires available in the shop this week! Perfect for all of these ideas!

dressers_arms1We hope we inspired you to try something new with your furniture, share a project or photo with us here: info@evolution-home.com!

CeCe Caldwell Paint Demo Saturday 5/18!

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May 8, 2013 CeCe Caldwell paints, DIY, furniture, vintage 0 Comments
Join us Saturday 5/18 from 11am-12pm for a CeCe Caldwell paint demo! Learn how to use CeCe Caldwell paints for DIY projects. Caldwell’s paints are eco-friendly & non-toxic, super adhesive, self priming, easy to use and come in a wide variety of colors. Jump on the painted furniture trend and learn how to use CeCe Caldwell paints! For more information please email lauren@potomacwestantiques.com. Register here!

Happy Earth Day: Recycled Furniture Ideas!

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Apr 22, 2013 antique, DIY, earth day, green, recycle, upcycle, vintage 0 Comments
Happy Earth Day! We believe that buying antique and vintage goods is uniquely green. By not purchasing new furniture you reduce waste like packaging and building materials, you also give new life to an old piece. Above we collected together some great furniture recycling ideas we found on Pinterest

Just a few ideas – turning an old buffet into a gorgeous new bathroom vanity, a vintage suitcase as a medicine cabinet, old shutters as mail holders, an old night stand as a child’s play kitchen, an old dresser as an herb planter (love that) and an old chair seat as a flower planter! We hope some of these clever recycling ideas inspire you to decorate a little greener! 

Happy Earth Day: Recycled Furniture Ideas!

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Apr 22, 2013 antique, DIY, earth day, green, Pinterest, recycling, upcycling, vintage 0 Comments
Happy Earth Day! We believe that buying antique and vintage goods is uniquely green. By not purchasing new furniture you reduce waste like packaging and building materials, you also give new life to an old piece. Above we collected together some great furniture recycling ideas we found on Pinterest

Just a few ideas – turning an old buffet into a gorgeous new bathroom vanity, a vintage suitcase as a medicine cabinet, old shutters as mail holders, an old night stand as a child’s play kitchen, an old dresser as an herb planter (love that) and an old chair seat as a flower planter! We hope some of these clever recycling ideas inspire you to decorate a little greener! 

Curious About Caring For Your Furniture?

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Feb 29, 2012 antique, DIY, DIY Del Ray, furniture, furniture care, Restor-A-Finish, vintage 0 Comments

Buying furniture is an investment, especially antique and vintage pieces. Protect that investment with our tips for caring for your furniture.


The ladies at DIY Del Ray sat down with us to chat about the best way to care for wood furniture, silver pieces, upholstered furniture and fine china. Read their post for our tips about how to care for furniture here and check out a sampling of our tips below!


How To Make Your Furniture Last Forever:

  • When you first acquire a piece, especially if it is dingy or dirty (maybe you scored a crazy deal at our sister store Not Too Shabby Consignments or found it in somebody’s curbside diss pile) clean, clean, clean it. The best formula for cleaning furniture is 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 white vinegar and 1/3 turpentine. Clean, clean, clean with a soft dry cloth. This formula is tried and true and will leave your furniture looking brand new (hey, I rhymed)!
  • Restore furniture that might be nicked, scratched or damaged using a product called Restor-A-Finish (pictured above). You can purchase Restor-A-Finish at our shop, it comes in a variety of finishes to fit your specific needs. Use #0000 super fine steel wool and gently scrub – voila, a refreshed and restored piece!
  • Maintain that furniture you worked so hard to make beautiful again by NOT using products like Pledge or Endust (they can discolor and damage wood). Instead, use a product like The Original Bees Wax, available at our shop, for weekly cleanings. Use it when you dust or clean your house!
For more tips and tricks for cleaning and caring for your furniture, read DIY Del Ray’s Article here!

Happy Cleaning!

Photo Credit: Katie DIY Del Ray