Sometimes the urge to create and recreate, to decorate and redecorate, cannot be tamed. We’ve seen it happen to dozens of unsuspecting Mimi’s customers. One project leads to another which gives them more and more ideas until their entire house is painted, reupholstered, and rearranged. The latest victim of the DIY epidemic? Our very own sales associate and buyer, Clea.
Clea joined the Mimi’s Attic team last winter when she moved back to Newfield from Oregon. She dove right into the swing of things here and, like so many of us, decorated her new place with Mimi’s flare. When her parents moved to town, she got to work outfitting them with the same. Sometimes she finds just the perfect thing, and sometimes she finds what could be the perfect thing with a little elbow grease.
Her first project was this little white bench. She saw so much potential hidden under that rather unfortunate upholstery. A trip to JoAnn’s and some staple-gunning later and the little bench is at least 6 times more adorable. Now these Oregonian transplants have a place to comfortably sit and take off their snow boots! Welcome to Central New York, you crazy fools!
But Clea didn’t stop there. Once she realized how remarkably easy it is to reupholster, she got a little staple-happy. She had advised her parents to purchase a set of four southwest-inspired, though fairly worn, dining chairs. They were skeptical at first. I mean, these chairs were not cute. But when a person is caught in the tide of creative ambition, they don’t see ugly furniture, they see only blank canvases. Clea simply used “Oxford Blue” Krylon spray paint to create a nice, even color on the frames. Then she and recovered the cushions in a fun, whimsical cotton print. What a difference!! Time to host a dinner party and show those babies off!!
If you’re inspired by Clea’s creativity, try your hand at up-cycling some of your own Mimi’s finds! We give you $5 in store credit for sharing your ideas with us!
Lastly, Clea, thanks for being awesome!!