Tuesday, January 19, 2016


I started this writing on the first day of this year. And took me 19 days to post it....

Sharing this vintage bentwood chair makeover as my first post for this year. Until few years ago, I had not heard about a "bentwood" furniture. Back home in India, these bentwood furniture are known as "cane furniture". For that matter, I didn't know what "chevron" design was. Always knew it as "zig-zag" pattern. "Ombre" was "fading design".

Early 2014, I found this vintage bentwood chair at a vintage store for $20. It was in good shape except the upholstery part. I have never upholstered a chair and I did not want to try it on this chair.
Few weeks later, I found an upholsterer who agreed to do the work for $50. I asked him to give me the frame of the chair so I could stain it and bring it back before he started his work.

That weekend, I did two rounds of sanding and two rounds of wood staining.
I returned the stained frame of the chair and a yard and half of this black and white fabric to the upholsterer. I spent less than $10 for the fabric from Joann.

I don't think I would have done this excellent job of upholstering. If I had started, I am pretty sure I would have given up half way through.

I spent less than $100 including the chair, fabric, stain and for the upholsterer. Mr. Tweaks said I would have found a chair at a store for less than what I spent. Maybe.

I have had this chair for more than a year now and I still love it. Despite having professional help for this project, I still consider this my favorite tweak.

Have a great rest of the week.

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Can you believe we are in December? I felt this year went by pretty fast. It was one of the busy year with lot going on in our life. All good.

Coming back to the blog, I will try to be active with at least one post per week.                        

I have been seeing lots of black painted walls that bloggers or designers have used in homes. It took me sometime to start liking black walls. I do want to have a wall in my home painted black but not sure where. I am sure Mr. Tweaks will never agree for it.

So until it happens, let me share the pictures that I have saved in my folder with the plans to use it sometime somewhere.

I guess painting a wall in the bathroom would be a good start.
Or all the four walls.
Apart from the natural light and the white rug, this dining room has table lamps, wall sconces and the chandelier. Love that chandelier.
Paint a wall with high ceiling.
An accent wall with black paint for the desk.
Pick a wall in the center of the house to display your art or photographs.
A ceiling wall with lots of natural light in a bedroom. The white art on the wall, the white bed and bedding balances the black on the wall.


A black painted wall in the bedroom makes it cozy and cave like. Let me go around my house and see where I can get one wall painted in black.

Do you have a any wall painted in black or plan to?

Have a great week ahead.