Showing posts with label thrift store. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thrift store. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chalkboard table

chalkboard table
 I haven't done a thrifted projected makeover in quite some time. In fact, just going into the thrift store was weird. I know, my blog is 'thrifty' and chic, but that doesn't mean everything has to be thrifted :) I went into the scratch and dent section of the thrift shop...yes, scratch and dent area, who knew? I guess it's more like the cast offs of the cast offs. Well, this table was sitting there and it reminded me of the tables that all the rage right now and go for hundreds of dollars only a little simpler....and well, ugly lol. Instead of a hundred dollars,  I got this one for $5 :)
 It obviously wasn't the prettiest thing and the hubs wasn't so excited about me getting it. The brass was...well....brassy :) and the glass top had the beautiful 80's etching in it. I was thinking about making a new top for it and using the glass as a template, then I thought more about it... and well, chalkboard seemed to be the perfect solution. All I had to do was spraypaint some on. Easy peasy.
chalkboard table
 So, I spraypainted the glass with some chalkboard paint and sprayed the bottom with some white much better than brass and glass :) Although I was thankful for the glass cuz it works great with chalkboard paint.

Now with any new chalkboard surface, you want  to 'season' it. If you don't season it first, you'll get 'ghost' lines from your first drawing that usually won't disappear no matter how much you try to erase it. So 'seasoning' it usually prevents this. Just run a piece of chalk lengthwise on it, then erase. Now it's seasoned.
chalkboard table
 I love the idea of having the chalkboard for a table. You can draw anything and have so much fun with it. Here I drew on a coaster. Yeah. I know. It doesn't really act like a coaster, but it's still fun :)
chalkboard table
 The best thing about this? Is changing it up whenever I want. If I had painted something, it would be like that forever...or until I repainted. Now I can change it whenever. Plus it's fun for friends and kids to draw on when they are over :) or I guess eventually for my little babe to draw on. I'm loving the chalkboard art going around right now, so here's my take with the word 'laugh'. You can also find the tutorial on the mason jars here.
chalkboard table
I really liked the crate that was here before (click here for tutorial), it was just a little 'wintery'. I'm done with winter and cold weather. I needed something a little lighter to get rid of the reminiscents of coldness.  I'm going to make warmer weather come here if I have too :)

diy crate
 Plus, it's always good to have another place to be able to set drinks on :) This of course was the perfect place, so out went the crate and in went the fun little chalkboard table.
chalkboard table
Now to get started on a few more projects I have had building up since the little babe was born. Goodness, I didn't realize how hard it would be to get things done now with her here lol :) My list is like 20 things long. I guess you'll know if I got to any of them or not depending on the frequency of my upcoming blog posts :) Although, I did find out one thing that has help so tremendously and at least now I can type with two hands instead of one hand....a wrap! It's like a moby wrap but totally hand made and it has made the biggest world of difference. She falls asleep in it the moment she's in it (knock on wood to not jinx this lol) which is a really good thing cuz she hardly sleeps during the day. But no sleep during the day means a lot of sleep at night....sooo....well, I guess I can't complain too much lol.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Old Sweater Project Series: Vase Cozies

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 Welcome to the new series!!! I figure since cold weather is just around the corner, why not find some new uses for all the old sweaters you will inevitably have lying around your house once you buy some new ones for this season? :) Right? If you don't have a shopping problem like me and don't think you'll have any, then just stop on by any thrift store and get yourself some. lol. They are the perfect way to bring warmth in your house! And just a tip, when you are looking for some at the store, you'll probably get more bang for your buck if you look at the men's sweaters. I found that you get a ton more material to work with and they are sometimes less expensive :) Just an it's kinda hard bringing yourself to cut up a cute girly sweater compared to a men's sweater which you will probably never want to wear ;)
Sweater Vase Cozy

 Each day this week, I'll be going through a different decorating "use" that you can do easily using old sweaters. Today? A vase cozy. Or sweater vase...or vase sleeve....whatever you want to call it.

To start off, take your old sweater. Slip the vase that you want to use through the sleeve, having the top part of the vase meet the top part of the sleeve and then mark where the vase ends on the sleeve. Take the vase out and the cut the sleeve at the mark. 

Now, most sweaters have a narrow sleeve so they will fit most vases, but this sweater had a crazy narrowing sleeve (big to small), that wouldn't work for any of my vases. So, I just sent it through my sewing machine to make it all one width, and then cut off the excess fabric.

 To secure the sweater to the vase, (if you need to. I found that I didn't need to do this on most of my vases), use some hot glue or double sided tape.

Place the double sided tape on the bottle and top edges of the vase and press the sweater on it.

 Super easy and simple! And it brings the perfect amount of warmth to a space even without using much color :) Or even more warmth and texture if you are not like me and are using color ;) lol
Sweater Vase

You can also add some buttons on the sweater for another look. Below I just used a plain ribbed sweater sleeve, scooted it around the vase to create a diagonal and then hot glued some wood buttons.
Upcycle Sweater
Stay tuned for tomorrow's fun project!

Click below for the next project in the series:

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Year In Review: Top 10 Projects of 2011

I can't believe its already 2012 (well not yet, tomorrow)..but still. Where has this year gone? I can recall every moment of Christmas in 2010 like it was this years Christmas. I hope 2012 takes its time being here. haha. and not run and leave us like 2011.

Even though this year went by way fast, I can't believe all the things that I accomplished in my house. Here's just a glimpse of the projects that 2011 brought. You can find all of the other projects in my Favorite Projects tab.

A new coffee table for mwa -tree stumps!
Updated my entry with these  PVC Pipe Mirrors
I transformed an ugly 70's dresser into a functional...and cute....desk!
Taking inspiration from Ballard Designs, I dressed up my dining room with these knock off Garden District Mirrors
Found a solution for those darn alcoves that have been annoying me for years! DIY Built-ins!!
I now finally have a place to put the keys and mail with this custom built entry table:

Took my front room to a new level with this sunburst mirror made from cedar planks:
 Nothing can beat a nice coat of white paint, as I did here with this sofa table makeover:
 My old side tables were just too big, so I built some side tables in their place and had a little fun with the new design:
 My old laundry room was okay, but I wanted more storage and needed to brighten it up a little bit, so I redid my laundry room redo...haha :)
 I can't wait to see what next year brings! Its amazing what a whole year can change :) Happy New Year everyone!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Double Welt Cording Tutorial

So, piping/cording has been the only thing that has ever stopped  me from doing a reupholstery project. I don't know why, but I guess it was the fact that I had no idea where to even was just really daunting.

But then I had one of those ah-ha moments....and then one of those other moments that make you feel really stupid, like 'why didn't I think of that before'? You know the kind, right?

So, I was looking at a piece of double welt cording on a chair I have and realized that thats totally do-able and can be done so easy! So here is how I did it:

Okay, so for the first step, you'll want to get about a 2" wide piece of fabric in the length that you need for your chair. Of course most fabric won't come in that length unless you want to buy yards and yards of it. I just stitched mine together, having the two ends on the inside portion of the fabric, to make it the length I needed.
Next, I took some cording that I found at the fabric store.I ended up using about 11 yards of the cording for this chair. Cut it in half and place it inside the fabric. 
Next, fold the fabric over one piece of the cording. 
Pull the other cording close to the covered piece and on top of the fabric thats folded over it. 
Now fold the rest of the fabric over across both pieces of cording. I made sure I had a little bit more fabric than was necessary. You're going to have to cut it later either way and then you won't have to fuss with it while you're sewing. 
Next, just take your sewing machine and place the needle in the middle of the two pieces of cording. For the most part you can see where one starts and the other begins especially when pressure is applied from the needle.  
Do this until you are out of cording or fabric. I know some people say you can't do double welt cording without a double welted foot for your sewing machine. So not true! I did this with just the normal foot that came with my machine that I've never changed since I got that darn thing :)

Once you are done, just cut the excess fabric off. I used a seam ripper on mine, it was much faster and cut a lot closer to the 'seam'. This side of the cording will become the backside when gluing it on the chair.
Which is the next step! After cutting to the length you need for the portion of the chair you are doing, just start gluing it on every few inches with a hot glue gun.
I was resistant to do it this way...but then I thought of all the piping and cording I've seen or have taking off of things, and most of them are glued on anyway. So why not save some time and do it the same way, right?
Just make sure you have a lot of glue sticks on hand...believe'll need them.
For edges/ends that meet with other cording like this......  
just tuck the raw/end edge under the finished cording as I did here and glue! (I knew ahead of time when gluing the first portion of cording that this would be a junction where other cording was going to go under it, so I made sure not to glue it for about two inches in that area). Just make sure to not place a lot of glue or else you'll be able to see it...and we should all know, thats totally not attractive :)
Make sure you place the cording along all the portions of the chair that have exposed staples.

And there you have it! A simple, quick and totally do-able way to get a great high end look when re-upholstering.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Reupholstering a Chair

I can pat myself on the back now...I have finally completed one big project in the past...oh say...three months J It makes me sad that this happens, but it gets to a point that there is no place in my house for any more 'big' I'm really really unmotivated.

But for whatever reason, I've been looking for a great chair to redo for the past couple of months and came across this bad boy at the thrift store. It was $15, a little more than I wanted to pay but it was sturdy and really well built.....and really well upholstered...

There was absolutely no way to that this baby wasn't going down without a fight.
You can see two things here from the below picture. 1: I obviously was not thinking of tearing this old upholstery off....given the fact that I already painted the wood with silver leaf. And I wish I had decided to go in that same direction, because for #2 you can see that this was going to be a heck of time taking this stuff off.
Underneath the foam were little claws that held the back fabric on along with creating a nice looking firm structure for the back. I'm not sure this was really needed. But it was there. And it was stapled to the chair about every centimeter. AND the top fabric was stabled underneath it.
I was not about to spend the next foreseeable days of my life pulling out staples.

So I went the next easiest way and start ripping the fabric off with my seam ripper. 
Hours later....and two seam rippers later...I was finally ready for the fun part!
But first, remember, when reupholstering, the first piece you take off is always the last piece to put back on. In my case, I took the back off first, the front fabric (which covered the arms and backrest), then the seat. So, I put the seat back on first, then the front fabric, and then the back.
But of course, before putting the fabric back on you have to cut the fabric. I laid out all the old fabric onto my new fabric. Then I outlined the old fabric but added 5 or so more inches around it. You'll want to do this just in case. The old fabric has been pulled and pulled to create the shape it was around the chair, so you'll want it longer than it really is....unless you're ready to pull and pull J . It would suck to be in the middle of reupholstering the chair and realizing you cut the fabric to short, and have to go out and buy new fabric.  
And now you know why I opted to take the fabric off instead of just recovering it.
1. Because I needed the template
2. Because I was dumb and wanted to use white fabric....and the old fabric totally would have shown through. 

Okay. So next. Start the assembly! When stapling the seat on, I just followed the same lines of where the piping originally was. Don't worry about the staples showing, the piping will cover that later. Then trim the excess fabric.
As for this retched mess...after putting the front piece on, I had to be really careful where I stapled since the metal claws were still on the back...along with a quadbillion old staples. Once I got it where I wanted it, I cut the excess fabric off. 
Next was putting on the back. I just following the lines that were originally there, stapling over the new staples from the front fabric.
I then trimmed the pieces also. 
Next, I glued the piping along all the staples.
In my next post, I'll share how make and put on double piping.

I made sure to take detailed pictures of chair before to know where to place the piping. Of course I had to add some piping to the back of the chair where there wasn't any originally because of all the craziness with the metal and staples.
Throughout this process, make sure you take a lot of detailed pictures also for a reference point of where things were and what they looked like before you ripped them off.

Although it was tough reupholstering the chair from was totally worth it when it was done.
I did make a huge mess with my already painted arms though. If you were going to do this the right would spraypaint/paint the wood after all the old fabric was off and before all the new fabric was placed back on.
Luckily the 'huge mess' was fixed with just a little touch up paint.
This chair is currently floating around my house now, since I really have no place to put it. Maybe it'll go in my office when that gets done....of course that's no time in the foreseeable future. 

Here's the before and after J

before...of course:

Total cost of this project was: $15 for chair, $10 for fabric (2 yards), $3 for piping cord, $3 for silver leaf.....$31 total! A little more than I wanted, but I was determined to get this darn thing finished and lookin good! J
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