May 18, 2010

As you go through life, your style and taste is always morphing, at least for me.   What was “YOU” a few years back might not be “YOU” today.   Rather than getting rid of furniture, I like to reinvent them.  As I’ve gone from a more French inspired old fashioned look to a more modern, it’s interesting to see how some pieces have “morphed” with me.


The chair that looks like this today in it’s fairly recent makeover with Kelly Wearstler’s Emereld Cut fabric  ( I used it inside out) now feels more like “me” than before. It looked like….


..this when I found it.  It was done in muted green olive before it’s recent makeover.


This French chair lived like this for a long time, until it needed an update, and it now looks like this….


…in purple velvet.  I use it in a lot of places at home…

Jill Sorensen

…sometimes in here.


This flea market chair(I have two) I had upholstered in this sweet floral fabric a few years ago.  Instead of selling or donating the chairs since I liked the shape…


…I gave the chairs a revival in Kelly Wearstler’s Emerald Cut fabric and painted the legs white.


I’ve paired it with a desk that used to look like this. I loved it’s  vintage feel for a long time like this but decided to instead of buying a  new desk to reinvent what I already had.  I thought about it for a long time, because I don’t like ruining pretty paintwork.  But it was worn, and I would not make any money selling it so….

Jill Sorensen

…I gave it a bright orange color with silver details.   Photograph by Geoffrey Hodgdon.


Here is a slightly messy snapshot of it, where you can see the next thing to get a modern makeover…the curtains!!



This BEAUTIFUL chandelier is in my basement. I probably way overpaid for it at ABC Antiques in New York.  I could sell it, but for a small fraction of the purchase price.   It doesn’t work in any of the rooms in my house.  It has a gorgeous paint job, but I have to be honest I’m….




To try to make it look a little bit like my dream chandelier, that’s very pricey and out of the question to buy.   Because a great red chandelier would look so fun…


….in my dining room!   Have been wanting to do it for a long time, but have been fretting over it.  But when I saw this room…


… in New York SPACES magazine last month I was inspired to do it again!!  But I feel kind of guilty spraying over pretty paint work and it will devalue the chandelier.  At the same time…why buy a new one and not use this one?  So the burning question is…


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  • Comment by bink and boo — May 18, 2010 @ 5:05 AM

    DO IT!!!

    I love the orange desk. Do you remember the name of the color? The chairs look amazing as well.

  • Comment by Erica — May 18, 2010 @ 5:22 AM

    I LOVE this post! And i adore the first two chairs. Can you share some tips where you find these amazing chairs and where to get them reupholstered? Regarding the chandelier… i hate to say it because i LOVE it the way it is and it would be perfect in my dream home but… i think you should DO IT!! Question – will you paint the glass/crystal clasps too? Remove them? Or include as is?

  • Comment by A Passion for Home — May 18, 2010 @ 5:26 AM

    I would be a bit nervous too about painting the chandelier but if you are not going to use it otherwise, perhaps you should paint it. Jeanette :-)

  • Comment by livelikeyou — May 18, 2010 @ 1:42 PM

    Hi Erica, the chairs I found in various antique stores in the area can't remember where. Great upholsterers in the area are Jose Goncalves and Already Covered. You can also look in the yellow pages there should be lots of them. As for the chandelier…thinking of keeping the gold around the candle and I won't paint the crystals, they stay as is. Seems it makes sense to paint it!

  • Comment by Nienke at Revel — May 18, 2010 @ 7:20 AM

    I say go for it!! If painting it makes you actually use and enjoy the chandelier then you totally have to do it…… and of course show it to us afterwards!

  • Comment by risaw — May 18, 2010 @ 8:26 AM

    go for it. i love the look of chandeliers that have been repainted. red, black or white…love.

  • Comment by Tammy@InStitches — May 18, 2010 @ 10:46 AM

    I really like your furniture make overs and your blog ! I say paint the chandy, of course I paint anything that doesn't move….

  • Comment by alison — May 18, 2010 @ 1:19 PM

    of course you should do it! i think the chandelier needs some new life put into it…i've been considering doing the same to an old piece of mine too.
    xoxo alison

    p.s. – you might enjoy the Bubble Chandelier DIY post i just did:

  • Comment by livelikeyou — May 18, 2010 @ 9:30 PM

    That it sooo impressive-just checked it out!

  • Comment by Paula — May 18, 2010 @ 4:43 PM

    Absolutely yes — love the Space mag picture and the red chandelier.

  • Comment by Kim — May 18, 2010 @ 4:56 PM

    Paint it please!!!!!!

  • Comment by needspark — May 18, 2010 @ 5:16 PM

    Do it, do it! I can't wait to see what you come up with. And by the way, I DIE over that orange desk. DIVINE!

  • Comment by livelikeyou — May 19, 2010 @ 4:24 AM

    The desk color is a mix of two Benjamin Moore colors. I'm trying to find…will post as soon as I do!!

  • Comment by Danielle Sigwalt — May 19, 2010 @ 5:56 AM

    Aaaaaaahhhh NO! You all haven't seen this beauty of a chandelier. Actually after seeing this post…I totally get it Jill! Paint it! It is going to look great! Now I am off to paint my chandelier and my chairs…I need an update as well.

  • Comment by DC by Design — May 19, 2010 @ 7:25 AM

    yes — it's unanimous. Paint it! Especially after I've seen for myself the wonders you did on those lamps at the shelter, which you and Danielle spray-painted turquoise.

    I ADORE the orange desk. And the purple chair, and, well, everything — love your eye!

  • Comment by Margharete — May 19, 2010 @ 1:18 PM

    Let me join the consensus! Paint the chandelier, it will be stunning.

    I loved the very first chair which developed an entirely different style with the new fabric. The desk is amazing as well, what a transformation! I can see you're having fun!

  • Comment by angela | tph — May 19, 2010 @ 3:37 PM

    Now, I hope you aren't sitting at your computer reading this comment…you should be PAINTING THAT CHANDELIER RED, RED, RED! :) It will be a showstopper!

    Your other pieces? Absolutely fabulous do-overs! I love that your furniture evolves.

  • Comment by Karena — May 19, 2010 @ 9:03 PM

    LOve to see almost anything painted and I think the chandeliers would be fabulous!!____Karena__Art by Karena

  • Comment by Sparrows Nest — May 20, 2010 @ 10:28 PM

    Yes, Yes, and Yes!!! Go for it. I love the idea of the red chandelier. Why buy a new one, when you already have one that could be fabulous!!! BTW… I just found your blog, and I'm enjoying it very much! Keep up the inspiring work!

  • Comment by dcdiva — March 10, 2011 @ 4:58 PM

    amazing–love making the traditional, modern–we have so many really nice traditional pieces I just want to give away/donate because it's not our style anymore….I always thought reupholstering and remodeling existing furniture was pricey and that you'd be better off buying a whole new piece…is this true? thanks for the inspiration!

  • Comment by ostrzalkido — July 28, 2013 @ 5:54 AM

    Moja modna

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