Friday, July 8, 2011

X-ceptional Makeover

I've been a little under the weather this week . . . think our whole family has a low-grade virus. Anyway, I just wanted to check in and share a great X bench makeover I ran across recently in the blog world. I "blog-met" sweet Hilary from Mrs. Dow-Ward's Neighborhood when she left a comment asking about some items in my antique booth. After further emailing, I realized she also works at Worlds Away and is the person responsible for their blog. So, of course she has fabulous taste! Without further ado, here is her X bench makeover . . .
First, she purchased this X bench from Target . . . I didn't even know they carried these. You can find them online for $79.99, plus free shipping. Not super cheap but compared to other X benches, not bad either. 

Then, she tried her hand at recovering it in a cotton canvas.
She felt it was just "okay" and might be lacking something. So, then she turned it over to the artisan at Worlds Away (a nice perk of working there) and voila . . . 
Doesn't it look fabulous?! I didn't get all the details but it looks like the base has been gold leafed (or painted with gold leaf paint, at least) and possibly rubbed for an aged finish. Not to be left out, the top got a sumptuous chocolate velvet makeover as well.  Yum.
Hilary now loves the way it fits in with the rest of her furniture and decor. Check out that chair, by the way. I would die for that. The stool definitely looks like something right out of Worlds Away and is somewhat similar to the St. Regis stool from Amy Howard:
You must check out Hilary's blog if you haven't . . . she's got really great style!

9 comments:

a perfect gray said...

wow! and hope you're feeling better...donna

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Excellent makeover. Worlds Away blog? Headed there now!! Have a great weekend, Kathy! (Drink lots of water.)

Jessie said...

Wonderful makeover! Hope you feel better!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

X benches are great little statement pieces. I love their graceful curves.
Feel better!

designchic said...

Love and x bench and this one looks amazing!! Hope you feel better soon ~

nkp said...

That is a fabulous makeover! Thanks for the link, as well. Love adding a new blog to my heavily-laden load.

I hope you and your brood are on the mend. Feel better soon.

xx-nelya

Caterine said...

just discovered your blog! love this!

Caterine
730design.blogspot.com

Hilary Dow-Ward said...

Kathy! What a lovely treat to see when I got home from work on Friday! Thank you so very much! P.S. I'm saving my coin for the pagoda mirror!
Thanks lady! Hilary

http://hilarydowward.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

1) Boo to the circulating virus...hope you and your family are feeling better.

2) THIS TRANSFORMATION IS AMAZING, and therefore totally worthy of all caps.