Old Chair Becomes New Chair Love

June 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

About a year ago I was given this kind of ugly old chair  by a friend who knew I had a thing for chairs and also a thing for redoing ugly vintage pieces.  The chair sat in my garage just waiting for me to be inspired.  And finally… I have a new dining chair!

Here is the funky chair before:

This baby was probably gorgeous is its day, but the orange had to go.  And the finish on the wood had also seen better days.  So, I got to work.  I first unscrewed the cushion from the chair from underneath.  Then I had to pry off about a million staples.  But, this step proved to be quite inspiring.  You see, I am a beginner reupholster-er.   This chair gave me a bit of creative insight.  Once I started prying off the staples I realized that not only was the fabric cover itself tacked down, but also the piping around the bottom of the cushion was a separate piece.  This was a strip of fabric folded in half and stapled around the edge.  Easy!

Here is a look at the cushion and staples.  You can also see the strip of piping.

And here is my new dining chair, including my take on this simple piping idea!

I love how the piping contrasts with the leather fabric.  The color ties in with the dining room so well. And here’s the new beauty in its place at the dining table:

The fabric on the table is another project to be coming soon! I am working on a fun table runner to brighten the place up for summer!

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My 50 Cent Table

June 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last weekend I found the sweetest little antique table and a garage sale. For 50 cents.  Yes, 50 cents.  Here she is:

I saw the potential.  It was a bit wobbly, but with the tap of a hammer, the leg was put back into its slot, and viola! No more wobble.  Next, I lightly sanded the entire table.  Then I applied about 4 coats of a turquoise pant with a sponge brush to the entire table.  Once the final coat was completely dry, I used a fine sandpaper and roughed up the edges of the table and legs for an antiqued look.  Here she is now:

I love it! And I really like the way it fits in the living room, but I think this could be one of those pieces that travels easily from room to room.  I’m completely satisfied, and all for a total of 50 cents!

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My Own Chair Love

June 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here’s a chair that I inherited and eventually redid.  I love these basic old wood chairs, but the white chipping paint and scratches on this one were in need of some help.

First I sanded the chair down until it was nice and smooth using a palm sander.  I then made sure to clean and dry the chair very well.  I first painted the bottom portion of the legs black.  Once that was very dry I taped off each leg at the same place and proceeded to paint the rest of the chair with a fun silver spray paint.  The final step was an idea I wanted to try, which proved to be the most work of all.  I used black nail head trim nails to form a pattern around the seat.  I measure where I wanted the nails to go and made small marks with a pencil.  Eventually, this step proved to be useless and I was off of my marks anyways.  Ah well, trial and error with a new project.  I also learned that tapping these nails in with a hammer scratched and smashed the nails, as they have a black finish on them.  I found that covering the nail with a small piece of cardboard from the packaging after it was in place, and giving it one good tap with the hammer was the most effect and precise way to apply these.  My pattern still ended up a little bit off, but overall I like the idea and would love to try it on one of my chairs for the shop now that I have my technique down.  I lastly tied on a pink and purple vintage scarf to tie the chair into the bedroom (which you will all see eventually!) So, here she is…

What do you think?

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Dining Room Inspiration

May 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I found this dining room photo on flickr and just couldn’t resist showing you all.  This room is just awesome!  I love how elegant and glamorous it is, even when paired with the rustic wood table.  I love the mirrors on the table; what a simple yet glam way to dress the room up.  The wall paper makes the room bright, but still in the shades of gray that I love right now!

untitled photo by uydurrukcu on flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/uydurrukcu/5033782889/

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Mom’s Dining Chairs

April 6, 2010 at 6:05 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of my many recent projects is refinishing my mom’s dining room chairs.  And yes, I am finished with this one!

Mom has gorgeous antique wood dining chairs.  But, the cushions were reupholstered many years ago, and are now raggedy and faded.  So, we bought so printed leather and I set to work.

Here is one chair before:

Out of date and just plain shabby.

And the after:

What an update!

This was super quick and easy… and my first experience with powertools, my new staple gun! 🙂

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Mid Century Paintings For Sale In Shop

June 8, 2009 at 7:42 am (Shop Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I went back to the thrift store and those paintings were still there.  AND, they were 1/2 off!  So, I snagged them and cleaned them up a bit.  Now for sale in the shop!  Check them out!

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I think they would look really cute with the new roadside find chair!

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Maybe in a little girl’s mid century room?

***SOLD***

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Bamboo For The Home

May 5, 2009 at 8:26 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

My dad brought back from his recent trip to Hawaii a bamboo cutting board for us!  It is not only functional, but really pretty.  The brand, Just Bamboo, says that bamboo is harder than Maple and is a natural antimicrobial. 

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This got me thinking about the other ways I have heard of bamboo being used in the home.  Bamboo is now used in flooring, rugs, window coverings, and even sheets and bedding, towels, and other furniture and decor items!  Bamboo is growing in popularity because it replenishes itself much faster that trees.  Here are a few lovely pictures I uncovered while checking out the bamboo wares:

 The bamboo floorings come in a variety of colors and finishes.  I love this dark one!

These cabinets are made of bamboo.

These sheets are made of bamboo.  The bamboo keeps germs away! This set comes from Bed Bath and Beyond- isn’t that color gorgeous!?

In the right room bamboo shades look great.  I had them in my childhood room and loved them!

And who wouldn’t love a soaking tub like this??

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Garage Sale Day Find

April 27, 2009 at 8:02 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Garage sale day in our little town was Saturday!  This day has to be one of my favorite spring days.  Scouring someone else’s junk for that perfect treasure is  a great way to kick off the season.  I even got Tony in on the fun.  We didn’t find much to bring home with us, but a few treasures makes the day worth it.  We brought home a few vintage glass marbles and a couple large dice for the collection.  But here is our bargain beauty:

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This is an antique set of mailboxes from a post office in Champagne Illinois.  I came back twice to check it out, and at the end of the day he said it was too heavy for him to carry back home, so he gave me a sweet deal!  It took two men to load it into my truck and we took the drawers out to get it into the house, but since it is on wheels it is easily movable in the house.  I love it right here in the kitchen.  The drawers were the perfect addition to the “landing strip” area.  Tony was thrilled to have his own drawer for his pocket junk.  I love its mismatched drawers, and the vintage numbers and letters above the handles.  I know, I know.  Some of you probably think this guy is tacky (my mom didn’t like it!), but we think its great.  And, the drawers are big enough to function in the house! Here it is in the landing strip area:

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I’m not sure if the school desk should stay now or not.  But, for now, this is what the area looks like.  Suggestions?

Also- we did pick up one other thing at the garage sales, but that project will have to wait… 🙂

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Shabby Chair Love

April 10, 2009 at 9:54 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I love the shabby chic look.  I just do.  I always have.  But, Tony isn’t a huge fan, and our house has stayed away from it for the most part.  However, when I saw this chair on Flickr, I just couldn’t help but love it.  It isn’t just a shabby white chair, look at the large curved back!   “Unique Chair,” by Jaci Berkopec:

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Have a great weekend!

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Sweet Little Details

April 7, 2009 at 7:59 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I really believe that it’s the little details in a home that make your space special.  Ok, that sounds cheesy.  But, it is true.  We have made some major repairs, spend lots of money, and in the end it’s the little projects worth a few bucks that make me so proud of our home.  I have been excited for days about the new towel bar we hung in the bathroom.  This is not only a convenience, but looks so much better than having the towel laying on the sink all the time- and, it only cost me about $3! 

So, last night while finishing up the living room curtains we also hung up some coffee mugs in the kitchen.  I bought a few new red mugs at Wal Mart for $2 apiece.  I got a few cup hooks, and viola!  Instant face-lift for the kitchen space.  I love my bird of paradise mugs, but these look much more updated and will go great once we finishing the painting of the cabinets.  Tony actually hung a separate board under the cabinet so that the screws for the hooks wouldn’t go all the way through.  He also had to slightly open up the cup hooks, as the mug handles were a bit wider than standard ones.  All in all I think they look great and will be awesome in the new kitchen too!

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I know I said that I would be starting to work on the cabinet painting last week, but I got a bit lazy.  I really am going to work on it this week, so check back for updates and tips on the cabinet painting!

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