Sunday, March 19, 2017

Re-Upholstered Chair

Not the cutest chair, but what is lacks in beauty it made up in comfort and cleanliness. 

Despite being found next to a dumpster (not in it), there were no smells, stains, or tears in the upholstery. If wasn't such a yucky green I would have kept it as is...but that green...ugh! My eyes couldn't forgive this color, no matter how soft the fabric was to the touch.  

The inspiration for the makeover came from this travel-inspired duck-cloth print from Hobby Lobby. I wasn't actively looking for anything, just perusing, and my eye caught a sale sign...and long story short, I decided that this was the look for this chair.

I had thought of painting the wood but just couldn't commit to a color. So, sanded it down to the pale pale wood grain then gave it a couple coats of Espresso stain by Minwax. Sealed with spray Poly-urethane.

 There was one small blemish that was quickly fixed with the efforts of my power sander. Seems someone's dog was hungry? 

The best part of this project was the lack of sewing involved. 90% of the fabric was secured with Fabric Glue (use your 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby). My new favorite "sewing" tool! A huge thank you to who ever created this amazing time saver! 

I did use a whip stitch to finish some visible edges along the corners. Difficult to see in the picture since the thread matches the fabric. Its the only stitch I know by hand. 

And I am in LOVE with the finished product! 

See the painters tape in the background? My word of the year, finish, included painting the stairs and banisters...that's the year-old-primer paint job there. This chair makeover was more interesting and fun than a boring old paint job. Still a good nine months to make good on my word of the year goals, right? haha

I truly love this fabric print! It ties in nicely with my compass TV trays and the travel books on my living room shelves. 

Compass TV Tray Makeover Click Here

This chair is a keeper. Comfy and appealing.

And there are remnant pieces left....what else can I do???? (to avoid painting those pesky banisters, lol)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Scrap Wood Star

Twinkle twinkle I love stars!

I've shared before that nearly every room in my house has a star somewhere. Some rooms have them several times over. During my booth-journey I learned about branding yourself and staying true to you, it occurred to me that I should incorporate stars into my booth. The problem with that is I like, like really really like, the stars I make and want to keep them. 

Now, this little star was created from bench boards that were illegally obtained. Shhhhh, don't tell anyone, especially the FBI!

This bench was pulled from the trash with hopes of fixing the bottom and keeping it for my kiddos. Unfortunately I cut too much from the bottom supports and lack the tools and drive to remake them. It kept rocking backwards and tipping over unless it was propped up against something, like the fence below.

After three years in the basement corner where-projects-go-to-die, I rescued the bench, again, and dismantled it. It was streaked with teal paint because I'd used it to dry my paintbrush on it. At another point, I'd considered painting the whole bench this color. 

After securing the wood pieces I thought the color was too bright, as pictured below. To tone down the color it was coated with homemade vinegar stain. 

And here she sits in a craft fair booth mid-December. It didn't sell until the last 45 minutes of the fair, I was hoping it would come home with me! 

The draw back to working with scrap wood or reclaimed wood is that they are one-of-a-kind pieces for a one-of-a-kind project.  

Wish I'd taken more pictures. Especially of the rusty wire used to secure the jar to the star. The jar is adorned with Christmas berries and a few sprigs of gold. Easily can swap out the bouquet to fit any season. Even a solar light or tea light would look cute, too. 

The finished product was inspired by My Shabby Chateau, Click Here and scroll down to the stars. 

Feel free to Pin! 

And here is a fence board version of scrap wood stars. Boards were washed, sanded, and cut. Then either stained, color washed, or left bare depending on the hue of the wood. Screws and Gorilla Wood Glue attached the ends.  

Sealed with a clear spray sealer. 

Here they are on display in my now-closed booth. Both sold prior to selling. Thankfully I still have loads of fence board and can whip up some more.

Back to my basement/workroom. I'm currently prepping fence boards for a temporary ceiling...and hopefully I'll post about that sooner rather than later! I have a tendency to think a project will take a limited amount of time when the reality of it is closer to 3-4x that estimate.