Living Room Changes & Plans

For Christmas this year, I received a few gifts that I wanted to showcase in the living room. Thanks to the not too tall built ins – they sort of act as a mantle for us, since we don’t have a fireplace – it’s easier than ever for us to display things. So I took advantage of this and after assembling my gifts, I plopped them on top of the fake mantle:

Living room decor

The biggest item is the  mini greenhouse from Ikea, which was a Secret Santa gift (I apologize for the reflection in the pic!). I filled it with three succulent plants, each one of them in a different pot. We have a loooot of spare flower pots because we always end up killing the plants… the succulents are real, and they’re still alive, for now at least. I wanted faux ones but Andoni said we should give real ones a try. So far so good. You already saw the red vases a few weeks ago; another Christmas gift. I had had those pinned forever and Santa listened, haha. And of course there’s the DIY camera, which I still haven’t tried because the film hasn’t arrived yet. The only thing that wasn’t a gift is the whisk on the left: we bought that at a flea market in Seattle while on our honeymoon. I’m not very good at styling shelves but this seems okay – at the very least it’s better than what we used to have. So that’s the latest change in our living room.

Onto the plan I’m working on. I’ve already mentioned that one of my aunts gave us this chair while we visited Madrid during Christmas:


My idea was to restain the legs and sew a new cover. Well, I’ve already stained the legs – it took many many coats but it’s finally done. Check out the new color:

Ikea hova chair redo

A lot darker and less orangy than it used to be. Just the way I wanted it to!

The part of the plan that’s changed, though, is the “sew a new cover”. I talked to my friend Maite about it – the one that made my wedding dress – and she said it would be easy, but we’d have to take apart the existing cover to measure it, make the pattern, etc. So it hit me. If we were going to “lose” the original cover anyway, I might as well try and do something with it first. My first thought was to dye it, then paint some kind of pattern on top (remember that I want this chair to have some pattern because the living room is very neutral right now).

But when I started researching dyes, I soon learned that they sell very few dyes here and the ones they do sell are in very basic/primary colors, which is something I didn’t want. So I’ve decided to just paint the pattern I want on top of the existing cover. Now, this might turn out terribly (though I’ve seem some awesome results on painted chairs so I’m not too worried) but since we’d have to take apart the cover anyway, I can just give it a shot, and if it doesn’t work, I can always carry out my original plan of sewing a new cover in an awesome, patterned fabric.

Here are some ideas of the way I’d like to paint/stencil the chair:


Photo from Urban Outfitters


From Crate & Barrel, though I can no longer find it (I originally found it via Pinterest)


Via Pinterest (I just realized the link doesn’t lead anywhere… hate when that happens)

I’m leaning towards the last one, but I’m still undecided. I’m not sure about the first one because it seems a bit too trendy. The second one is really nice but too complicated to paint myself. The third one is elegant but at the same time, easy enough to do. Either way, I’m pretty sure I’ll paint in a greenish color though (similar to the cushions). Which one would you pick? Do you think green would like fine in the living room, or would go bolder, perhaps red?

What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments.

16 thoughts on “Living Room Changes & Plans

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Thanks Katja, that’s so kind of you! Now I’m curious to know whether you guys have a ton of options in the dyeing department.

  1. Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    Love that little greenhouse- so cute! The legs of the chair turned out great! That’s a great new colour. I am head over heels for that last photo with the hexagons!! Soooo cute! I love it in that citrony yellow/green colour too. Can’t wait to see how painting it goes!

  2. John @ Our Home from Scratch

    Cool greenhouse. We kill plants all the time. It’s what we do. The chair legs look good. Painting a fabric seems challenging.. you have to worry about the colorant wicking outside your pattern lines and then not looking sharp. Sounds tough! Looking forward to seeing it!

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Oooh good point. I’ll have to see if there’s some way to avoid that, I think the fabric is a bit waterproof so maybe that helps. If it doesn’t work I’ll just have to make a new one like I initially intended to.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Thanks for the encouragement Kelly! I’m going to try my hand at it this weekend, I think, because they’ve announce bad weather.

  3. Amanda

    Oh I left a comment and I think it did not work. I wanted to say that:
    1. I am obsessed with your mini greenhouse. I think we might get one, since I have been wanting to grow herbs. But all my plants die.
    2. The red tins are lovely
    3. I really like the beehive (3rd pattern). Number 2 I also like but like you say it is complicated to recreate.
    4. Don’t be afraid of green. Our whole couch is green and it looks quite nice (If I can say so myself). And the armchair, in green will definitely add some pop and personality.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Thanks for your input Amanda! I’m definitely leaning towards green (with a hint of yellow – wait that sounds stupid, green obviously has yellow).
      And I really like the mini greenhouse. It looks very cute :) I say go for it!

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Thanks Ashley! I’ll have to look at your chair painting experience when I finally get around to doing it.

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