Monday, April 23, 2012

Remember These???

Remember these fabulous chairs!!!! They were straight out of the 70's, but not anymore.

A little glue in the joints and a coat of paint made these chairs come to life. I used Old White ASCP and followed it with some clear wax.  I did some minor distressing but kept it to a minimum.

I chose a Waverly's Lovely Lattice Lagoon as the fabric for the seats.  The cushions were feeling flat, so I picked up some 1 inch foam and some batting to add a little extra softness for the seat.  I laid my seat down on the foam and traced around it with a black sharpie.  I then used a pair of scissors to cut the foam out.  I used spray adhesive to adhere it to the old seat  and then wrapped it in batting.  I stapled the batting in place and then finished by adding the material.  

Here is the finished product.

I love the way the fabric picks up on the pattern from the chair back. 

Now I just need to knock out that table!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Side table makeover

Sometimes holding onto a project for a really long time pays off!  Well, unless you happen to be married to me.  Then it just becomes another piece of furniture in a crowded chaotic garage.

Last summer, yes it was that long ago, I found this bad boy. 

It was a craigslist find and i fell in love with the top!  I know, it is not for everyone.  I thought that it would make an awesome piece to try a little chalk paint on.  I was looking the piece over and discovered that the tray was actually plastic and cracked:( .  I bought it anyway hoping to replace it with some bead board or maybe some cool pressed tin. 

The piece sat in my garage for at least 9 months.  I looked at pressed tin and it was at least $25 for a sheet and bead board just seemed to plain.   This piece needed a little more pizazz and sparkle.  After my last rehab, I decided to go for a  mirrored top.  I painted the piece off white, with a little distressing and finished it off with a coat of clear wax. 

Here is how it turned out......

I love the french lines and the mirror gives it a little modern edge.  Plus, it goes great with my latest chair make-over.   Super cute don't ya think!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Garage Sale Blues

Well, I have been very busy with many transformations, some big,

some small.

All for an incredibly great garage sale!

I collected all my "treasures"

and then it started to rain!   Go figure!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Chair Make Over

Garage sale season is springing into action and I am a happy camper.  I love me some trash-to-treasure finds.   I found the perfect chair for a little make over---check it out!

I started to rip out all the staples and then remembered that I needed the before shot.  After ripping off several layers of fabric and several layers of foam I finally found the original upholstery.   So it appears that this chair once had a cushion seat that it is now missing, but I know a great lady who can conjure up just about anything with a little ingenuity, my Mom! 

I painted it a nice blue, then realized the fabric that I had was blue and decided it would be too much blue.  So I painted it white again.  The added bonus to painting the chair blue was that it peaked through when I distressed it.  Sometimes mistakes happen for a reason,  just learn to embrace them.

Here is a picture of my mom working on the chair.  Maybe one day she will let me take a real picture of her.

Here is  a finished picture of the chair. Once again I am not good at documenting, please forgive.

I love the contrast with the chevron pillow!

Here is some of the blue peaking through. Great character


and After...

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