My Windchime

May 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The porch on the new house needed something.  I couldn’t decide what.  I wanted something unique and fun, but not noisy like metal chimes.  Thanks to my boyfriend I think I now have the most unique idea out there.  He suggested deer antlers.  He had plenty of them, so we set to work.

First, he drilled holes in each antler.  The antlers were strung on wire.  Random bright coral and turquoise beads were added to the wires.  The wires were then tied to a metal ring we found a the hardware store.  The ring was then strung onto loops of wire to be hung.  The finishing touch was to put a dot of Gorilla glue on each wire knot to keep them in place through the wind and weather.  Here’s the finished product:

So what do you think?  I’m personally in love. 🙂

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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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