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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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Out of date and just plain shabby.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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Junking!

June 29, 2009 at 7:36 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I had just the best weekend ever!  Tony and I decided to go to the flea market that isn’t far from us.  Not only is this always a fun trip for me, but on the way there Tony decided to take country back roads.  What a great idea!  We just happened upon the first antique and junk yard I have ever seen near us!  My squealing had him pulling over immediately.  And of course I didn’t have a camera! 

Let me tell you all, this place was amazing!  There were three barns filled to the brim with old wooden chairs!  I mean stacked and tossed and piled all the way to the roof tops!  It was just incredible.  There was a huge field of every type of amazing junk you could think of.  And, when we asked about a few things the lady was so sweet and her prices were perfect!  Now I have a few more projects to work on.

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Everything here cost me a few dollars!  The old gas can is for we borrow Tony’s dad’s lawn mower.  The little orange lantern will be painted and set on the front porch with a candle.  Doesn’t that look just like the $80 one they have at Pier 1 (for $1!)!?  And the elephant- he is my favorite- was an old lamp base!  But, with a coat of white paint he will be a plant stand for the back yard. 

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These little guys were another awesome find.  They are Acro window tacks from the 40’s.  I have special plans for them and a nail head chair or bench with a bit of a number theme…

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And, of course we couldn’t come home without a search for some dice!  We found these at the flea market when we finally made it there. 

Overall, an awesome day and a couple of dollars got us some awesome stuff!  Next time I promise I am taking my camera!  Oh, and stay tuned, because there are already many more projects in the works!

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Picnic Tables and Hammocks

June 17, 2009 at 7:46 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are getting there!  Almost ready for the party!  And, not to mention, an enjoyable and usable summer yard!  I snagged this little red pillow and teal votive holder yesterday:

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It feels cozy now.  And don’t worry about that plant hanger behind the table.  Something has a spot there, but I will show you in the party pictures.  We also got the hammock in the mail and hung it the other day.  If you have never relaxed in a hammock then you haven’t lived.  This is the coziest spot in our home now!  I can see that Tony will never get the yard mowed now! 😉  I also added a couple pillows there.

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Also don’t mind the bushy, patchy grass.  We are letting that grow as long as possible before the party so that the freshly planted stuff has time to get strong before all the company tramples it.  The grass we planted just a few weeks ago has really taken off though!  (Probably thanks to all of the annoying rain we have had!)

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Look how long and thick some of it is already!  And, see the spruced up chair in the background?  I will post more on that project soon.  The dogs also say hi!

One more thing we added over the weekend was a vintage fiberglass picnic table.  My grandparents have had this table ever since I can remember, and now it is ours.  But, it is sun faded and scratched.  I am looking for a way to refurbish fiberglass if any of you out there have suggestions.  I read that some people have had luck with Penetrol. I tried that last night.  This did give it a great shine, but as far as bringing back color, I didn’t think it worked.  Not to mention it would never bring back the one extra faded area in the middle!   Here it is, and let me know if you have any ideas!

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Sweet, huh?  Don’t worry, the yard won’t be so stuffed full of junk when the party is over.  The other picnic table goes back to the previous owner of the house.  We are just using it for extra seating.  This gorgeous guy stays! 🙂

P.S. I just wanted to say that Tony has put in many hard, hot hours cutting and dragging out tree limbs and overgrown “things” from this yard.  Even though there are still some naked patches and unruly weeds it has come a long long way from the unusable yard it was when we moved in.  Thanks Tony! 😉

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Roadside Find

June 8, 2009 at 7:36 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

On a quick drive to Peoria yesterday to pick up some new lawn chairs I spotted the oddest, cutest little chair on the side of the road in Kewanee.  On my way home it was still there, so I quickly threw it in the back of the truck and sped away! 

 

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It’s so ugly right now, but I think there is a lot of cuteness potential under there!  That storage could be very useful too!  Some scrubbing and some new fabric… maybe even some paint?  Mid century lovers should love this one when its finished, so keep your eyes peeled because it will be another shop addition!

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Cube Redo

February 3, 2009 at 9:35 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have had this little storage cube since I was a kid.  When new, it had a unicorn and a rainbow on it.  Recently I redid the look of the cube so that it could be used in our home.  I forgot all about the cube project until yesterday.  There was a question posed on Apartment Therapy about recommendations for redoing a similar cube.  I thought that I would let you all know how I did the project, and although I do not have any before or durring pictures, I can show you how it turned out.  Here was the process:

1. I started by covering the picture areas of the cube with white contact paper.  I was lucky that the sides were the same width as the paper, but I did run short of paper at the top and had to piece two pieces together.  For a bigger box this is what you would have to do.  Not to worry, the seem barely shows once you get the paint on the paper.  Just try to line them up as exactly as possible.

2. Once the paper was on, I used an Exact-O knife to cut the contact paper around any hardware or latches.  This worked well and really didn’t cause any problems as long as you work slowly and patiently.

3. After the paper was laid and cut, I painted it.  I picked a dark red, and simply used wall paint from the hardware store and applied with a regular brush.  I recommend this, as it was easy and inexpensive.  I personally wanted an antiqued look to go with the worn metal hardware, so I only applied one coat and left it a bit streaky.  If you want a smooth, more flawless finish, I think two coats would do the trick just fine.

4. To add a personal touch I used a foam stamp.  I found this stamp at the hardware store on sale for about 50 cents.  While the paint was still wet I pressed the dry stamp into it in a pattern I liked.  When you raise the stamp it takes some of the paint off, leaving a lighter area for the design.  I used a circular design that went with the antiqued look.

Viola!  Finished!  It really was that simple.  Now this cube serves as storage for blankets in our living room.  And, this has stood up to some use and abuse and even relocating a few times.  It has a few small scratches in it now, but that seems to add to it’s antiqued character.  If you want yours to stay looking new try using a protective clear coat on top.  Here’s what ours looks like:

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Some foam stamps similar to mine can be find at http://www.makingmemories.com and other scrap-booking websites.

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Have fun!

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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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