Piano Bench Project

November 14, 2014 at 10:05 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m in love.  I really don’t want to sell this project.  My house is going to overflow.

I found this old piano bench, beat up and sad, left behind in the basement of the rental property we own.

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After filling, sanding, painting, stenciling, and waxing, this is what she looks like now:

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I love how the waxing turns out.  The finish is protected and it is more wipable now.  I used regular paste furniture wax and then tinted it with a charcoal paint.  I am so excited to keep perfecting this technique.  What do you think?

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Dining Chair Love

December 27, 2011 at 10:47 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Browsing some gorgeous photos today I came across two dining room photos that I just loved.  The first is so bright and fun with its mismatched chairs. I wish I was bold enough to pull this off!

The next is something I’d absolutely love to try someday, with a bench being used on one side of the dining table.  This bench is no regular bench, rather, a gorgeous antique bench!

I absolutely adore that bench! Enjoy!

Oh, and I want to share a peak at my Christmas holiday decor with you, but I’m running a bit behind.  Still to come! Hope you all had a great holiday!

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Chair Love Inspiration

July 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am in the process of working on a few chair projects for the shop.  So, this week’s chair love is a compilation of some funky chair makeover inspiration! 

“Tie Chair Ala Alabama Chanin,”  by smoothepebble.  I just love these woven tie chairs, especially the ones with the dangling ends!

“Painted Chair,” by kimhas6cats.  So bright!

“Design Sponge Table Chair Redo,” by thirtyeight20.  Awesome fabric choice, and, I love love that ghost table!

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 “Fav Chair,” by k*8.  Again, great fabric gives this old chair a new life.

“Repurposed Chairs Make Laundry Bench,” by jgrnly.  I have an idea for a bench of chairs, but a bit fancier…

“Chair Project 1, ” by Le Silly.  Collage on a chair can be really funky and unique.

Well, for now I hope this gives everyone some inspiration… I definitely have my wheels turning!

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Funky Chair Love

June 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I loved this picture when I saw it.  I’m not sure why, but I did.  I wouldn’t want a chair (seat) like this in my house exactly, but still, it’s charming!

 

“Funky Chairs at the Surf Shack,” by Dharma Communications.  Simply funky.

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Another Project Finally Finished

March 20, 2009 at 9:50 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Remember that little stool with the opening lid I got from my grandma a few months ago? It has been on my to do list to redo the stool for a while now, and it is finally finished. See the before here:  http://www.makemineeclectic.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/new-little-project/

I took the lid off, which actually made recovering and painting much easier, and ripped up the fabric. I tacked down new fabric and replaced the old black backing since it was still in good shape. Backing helps cover the ugly seems when they are on something like this, as the lid being lifted will constantly expose this back area. I then sanded and painted the wood bottom, put the top back on, and TaDa!

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Much better, don’t you think!?

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Our House- The Outside

March 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm (Home Changes and Additions, Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When we moved into our new home it was getting cold and dreary out, and I have yet to post pictures of the outside of our house or our porch.  Until now, that is.  This weekend was so gorgeous outside that I took some pictures of the porch and the newly covered bench, as well as the patio furniture that I had time to repaint.  Here we go:

The front view of our house.

The front view of our house.

The little bench by the front door and our red vintage lawn chairs! :)

The little bench by the front door and our red vintage lawn chairs! 🙂

Our gorgeous chairs!

Our gorgeous chairs!

And on the other side- our lovely vintage ice cream table and chairs!

And on the other side- our lovely vintage ice cream table and chairs!

Enjoy our sunny pictures!

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Bench Project

March 6, 2009 at 10:54 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When we first moved into our new house Tony and I bought a vintage vanity on Craigslist for $20 to go in our spare bedroom. The vanity is used to hold all of my “get ready in the morning stuff”. The vanity came with a little vanity bench. The problem was that the bench didn’t match the vanity. The bench was painted white and had obviously been recovered with some purple material. I had thought about painting the vanity a shabby white, but that wouldn’t solve the whole problem. The styles and sizes of the vanity and the bench didn’t even match. So, I put the bench up for sale on Craigslist, again. After a couple of weeks the bench still hadn’t sold. Well, another project for me!

I liked the chipped white paint of the bench, so I decided to keep it. I also decided that there were too many things, including another, smaller vintage vanity seat already in the spare bedroom. I thought that the front porch could use something, so that was to be the new home of the bench. We have a small, white ice cream table and two chairs on the porch, but nothing else so far. The white would be a perfect match. I have also had my eyes peeled for some of those vintage metal lawn chairs. I want two of them in red, or to paint red. That helped me make my choice for fabric. I chose a white material with a red coral pattern.

Last night I started ripping old fabric off the bench. Come to find out there was not only one layer of awful fabric, but three! Here’s the before photo:

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The next layer. Even worse:

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And the final dingy layer:

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But, here’s what it looks like all spruced up:

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I think its really cute now. I will show you pictures of what it looks like on the porch once I get the ice cream set repainted!

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Chair (Bench) Love

March 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This weeks chair love is not only a little early, but a little different.  Its not exactly a traditional chair, but a bench.  Hey, a bench is a seat too, right? When I saw this little vintage Hollywood Regency style bench on Etsy.com I just couldn’t help but post it.  I think this would be adorable as a vanity seat, in a bathroom, or at the foot of a bed.  My bed, to be exact!

Gorgeous!  If I had any money right now I’d snatch it up! 🙂

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Wabi Sabi

February 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Wikipedia defines wabi sabi as the Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience.  Sometimes it is also described as beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.  I think a good description of this is finding the prefect ion in imperfection. I love the concept of wabi sabi and try to incorporate it into my home all the time. I truly do believe that things can grow more beautiful over time. Maybe its the fact that a well worn item looks well loved. I love how these items have a past, a history. New furnishings from some big box store are often not very well made and are also mass-produced. Meaning that too many of these items in your home and things might look exactly like some one else’s home. This to me is boring. Age and imperfections add interest. So, although we do mix modern items in with our antiques and used finds, we do have some wabi sabi pieces in our home. I thought I would show you a few of our currently well-loved pieces.

This is our little dining table.  It is very old and imperfect, but, it has so much character and personality.  Even the chairs are worn-in, and mismatched!

This is our little dining table. It is very old and imperfect, but, it has so much character and personality. Even the chairs are worn-in, and mismatched!

A close-up of our perfectly imperfect table.

A close-up of our perfectly imperfect table.

This is an old table with an antique frame used for the top.  We use it as our living room coffee table.  It has its dings and scratches, but I think thats what makes it so unique.

This is an old table with an antique frame used for the top. We use it as our living room coffee table. It has its dings and scratches, but I think that's what makes it so unique.

The mirror top of our coffee table.

The mirror top of our coffee table.

Here are a few more imperfect yet gorgeous items currently in our house:

A vanity bench in our guest room.

A vanity bench in our guest room.

One of two old plant stands used as bedside tables in our guest room.

One of two old plant stands used as bedside tables in our guest room.

A worn coke crate is hung up in our bedroom.

A worn coke crate is hung up in our bedroom.

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New Little Project

December 31, 2008 at 3:32 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

I love finding odds and ends to fix up, remodel, or work on that I can then add to our home.  These little projetcs are fun for me and keep me busy.  This new task is a stool from my grandmother.  Its not new, not antique, not anything special really.  I almost truned it down.  But, she said that it opened up.  That caught my interest.  Then, she suggested that maybe I could keep some interesting photos in it.  BINGO!  I snatched it up in a hurry.  I love a bit of unexpected, and her idea of putting snapshots in the stool was perfect.  I plan to recover the top with some funky material.  I’m not sure if I will paint it yet.  Then I will add some old, random photos to the inside for company to explore.  Cute!  Any suggestions on print or paint?  Let me know what you think! 

 

So much potential...

So much potential...

 

Vintage photos tucked away in here would be perfect!

Vintage photos tucked away in here would be perfect!

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