My Love for Lucite

Acrylic, Lucite, or Plexiglass is a a solid transparent plastic made of polymethyl methacrylate. It’s 8 times clearer than glass. It can be used in it’s clear state for any purpose. You can also paint it with acrylic paint.

I am truly enamored of all the beautiful furniture and products being produced now with this material. You can decorate with acrylic in almost any decor scheme. It’s non invading and also has a persona of it’s own.

The furniture was introduced in the 60’s and became popular again with the “Ghost Chair”.

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Louis Ghost Chair Designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell in 2002

 

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The Ghost Chair was designed by Philippe Starck to resemble the Louis XV chair but with a modern twist. I’m 90% sure that you have seen this chair in person or via social media because it is so popular.

 

 

Have you used acrylic/lucite furniture in your home or office? I would love to see it.

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Regency Lux Bedroom I-Design/Giveaway

I am sharing my inspiration board, and resources that I created as an example of an I-Design package offered through my company Pearson Rue Designs. This is an option for clients out of town or for those who want professional help at a fraction of the cost. The package will come with the inspiration board along with a floor plan and resources.

Contest ALERT!!!

I am also partnering with two other creative business owners to offer you a I-Design package ($490 value) of your own! The contest info is at the bottom of this post.

This is my bedroom redesign that I am currently working on. I have sourced most of the material for you if you are interested in purchasing some of these items. The items that I did not source are available to the Interior Design trade only. If you are interested in those items please contact me at pearsonrue@gmail.com

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Resources

1. Chair- I have recently purchased a chair similar to this from Gallery Furniture. I bought the last one they had in stock.
2. Cigar Table

3. Bedside Tables-This is for my inspiration only. I will be re-purposing an existing table and give it a “Hollywood glam” look.

The price is not listed on the website but it retails for $6525 per table. This company makes beautiful one of  a kind pieces and they do not mass produce. You can get the table and any other piece of furniture in any custom finish/fabric you like.  If you are interested in purchasing this item you can contact the company directly or contact me  at pearsonrue@gmail.com for a 5% discount through Pearson Rue Designs.

4. Lamps

5. Headboard– For my inspiration only. I have already made my headboard which is very similar to the style. I will post instructions on how I made it in a later post.

6. Highboy Dresser-For my inspiration only. I will find something similar at an estate sale or Craigslist.

7. Pillows

Wheat Euro- Custom made with Designer grade fabric

Blue and Ivory Pattern-Custom made with Designer grade fabric

Velvet Stripe Lumbar Pillow

Beaded Throw Pillow-I will be making something similar to this.

Colorful Lumbar Pillow-I have purchased this already and I do not know if they have this in stock currently.

8. Accessories

Gold Tortoise Shell Plaque

Tortoise Shell Mounted Sculpture

Gold Tray

Gold Coral

Chicago Watercolor Print by artist  Talula Christian. Talula has some beautiful watercolor prints available on her site.

9. Drapery

Lucite Hardware– I just love the look of these. I probably will not be splurging for these this time around but a girl can dream right.

Fabric

10. Bedding-Duvet will be custom made using this designer grade fabric down the center with an ivory fabric as the background color.
I will have this and the pillows made by Wendy Asher. Wendy can make custom decor items for you as well. Her store is called Let it Snow Gingerbread.

 

*Contest Alert*

One lucky reader/subscriber will win these items:

1. An I-Design ($400 value) for one room of your choice by Pearson Rue Designs

2. Two 18″x18″ throw pillow covers ($40 value) in this pattern made by Let It Snow Gingerbread (you must buy your own forms)

3. A 8×10 print ($25 value) of your choice from Talula Christian.

4. A $25 Gift card to the store of your choice.

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Chair Makeover

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I purchased this preloved Cane-back barrel chair from Craigslist. I think I paid $15 for it.  It is in excellent condition but I believe it was the previous owners’ cat bed.

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Needless to say I had to completely strip the material and cushion from the chair.  I had another chair that will be updated at some point and it’s cushion was in perfect condition. So I used that cushion and altered it to fit my chair that I was working on. If I didn’t have this free one on hand I would have used a coupon from JoAnn Fabric or Hobby Lobby. They always have coupons online or through their phone apps.

I purchased this fabric on sale at JoAnn Fabric. Did you know that you can use the same coupon on two separate transactions?  Also they will accept competitor coupons that you can use in addition to their coupons. 

Here are the steps to the transformation

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1. Remove the existing materials-

I used a flathead screwdriver to pry the staples from the chair. I used pliers to pull the stubborn ones that broke halfway. Try and save the thin fabric that covers the hardware underneath the chair. It is usually grey or black.

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Examine the existing cushion and batting condition- Is it peeling, dusty, moldy etc? Then you should Replace it! If it is slightly discolored then that is ok. As long as it is not a health hazard, we can save it. If you need to buy a new cushion, measure your seat (LxW and down the front and right and left sides -where the back of your knees will touch). You will need to buy High Density Foam in 2″ or 3″ thickness and enough batting to cover your foam.  As I mentioned earlier this was used by a cat, so I discarded the cushion and batting then shopped in my garage for more. I cut it to size using sharp scissors to fit my chair.

2. Paint your chair-

I used spray paint because I found it was faster and easier to use with the cane weaving.  (One of the best spray paints for furniture is Krylon. You can quickly make second coats and it sticks very well.) Let the paint dry for 1 hour before moving on to step 3.

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To save my hands I use this spray grip for my paint can. Here is one similar that you can buy.

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3. Seal the Finish-

Apply a wipe-on Polyurethane with a clean white rag or staining sponge and rub the polyurethane into your furniture like you would with furniture polish. You want a thin but even coat. Wait another 2 hours or overnight to let the sealant dry.

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4. Add your cushion and your batting-

IMG_5972I have enough overlap for the (behind the knee) area. I also overlapped the cushion on the right and left sides.

5. Now reupholster-

Load your gun with plenty of staples before you start. Cut your fabric to the shape of your chair. Be very careful around the legs because you want to make sure you have plenty fabric to tuck in these tight areas. Pull the fabric taut and staple very well all around and underneath to secure it properly.

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