Saturday, August 1, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Underneath the filth and the disgusting fabric I could tell them were gems. After a good cleaning we even found out they fold up!
A few coats of white spray paint, over a coat of base primer, some simple re-upholstery and ta-da! Possibly my most favorite rediscovering to date!
So as I mentioned a while back, I took on the project of revamping my neighbors porch. Ten cans of black spray paint later... I'm finished! (ok I could've kept going but budget, people, budget...)
Let's take a look at the "before" again..
No more white plastic furniture on this bad boy...
Please excuse that I am a terrible photographer, these pictures do not do it justice :)
metal bench: $4
wicker planter: $15
rocking chair: $15
wicker chair: FREE (rediscovered)
corner shelf: FREE (rediscovered)
side table: FREE (curbside find)
wrought iron planter: FREE (curbside find- actually the base of a table... rediscovered!)
Snags: Since the porch is so narrow, I had a lot of trouble breaking away from such a linear design (ie, everything pushed up against the same wall). Any ideas on how to add some dimension?
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Luckily, I realized there was no reason for this lovable bench to live a life of shame, so I grabbed the pliers, flipped her over, and started to take out her staples. In the garbage went the faux leather, and out came the white spray paint (is there anything this can’t fix?). The foam was still in great shape, so there was no reason to replace that, especially with the button holes already there and in the correct spots.
While the first coat of white was drying, I stapled the new fabric around the existing fiberboard and foam.
So fresh and so clean clean!
The old buttons were a little dingy so I purchased a button kit and made new ones. I thought this was going to be difficult… so simple.
Fabric $2.70 (50% off at Joann’s Fabrics… ½ yard was more than enough)
White Spray Paint $0 (found in the garage, but I am a big advocate of the $.97 Walmart brand)
I would have lightly sanded the base to rough it up a little, the paint wasn’t really grabbing on too well, and in some spots sort of “pooled”. In those areas I sanded the paint smooth and did some touching up.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Step 1. After the carpet was ripped up, along with nails/staples removed, we cleaned the floor using a TSP substitute solution from Home Depot. This is a heavy duty cleaner that removes grease and dirt. The floor needs to really be clean so scrubbing this solution in with a brush is necessary. Rinse this with water and dry the area (we used large towels).
Step 5. Using painters tape, we marked off the diamonds. The linoleum design was actually perfect squares so making our pattern was next to effortless. It is best to do diamonds that are not touching either other and then to fill in the gaps once everything is dry. Also, make sure to rip up the tape when the paint is still a little wet so that no peeling occurs.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
This has resulted in many of chairs being toted back to home, either from a flea market, garage sale, thrift store or the ultimate recycle… from the end of someone’s driveway.
One of the older homes in my neighborhood had a furniture sale and while I was browsing I saw this chair. But it was in such bad shape and I wasn’t too confident with my carpentry skills and thought for sure it would just live in the garage. I didn’t even ask for the price.
Then, on a trip to Saturday junk shop (aka gold mine), I see it again! Same old dilapidated chair. Pass it up again.
THEN on a later trip to the flea market, I see it again, looking extra lonely, with a $2 sticker on it. I carried it around the rest of the day. I swear the chair was glowing it was so excited.
Ok ok, it might not be the same chair. But how can you forget it’s cute little shape? It was destiny.
Finally after spending the winter in the garage I decided to take it out and work on it. And let me tell you, it was a lot easier than I thought!
First I cut out the burlap-horse-hair rim and pulled out all of the little nails that was holding it in (truth be told I couldn’t get them all out and hammer some flat). Then I found a thin piece of plywood (1/4” I think?) and traced the frame onto it. Next, it was power tools time. I had the circular saw in hand, thinking it would be a piece of cake, but I was quickly talked out of that and moved on to the Sawzall. This seat didn’t have to be a perfect shape of the frame, just as long as it was within the wood so it could be screwed down. So after some slightly scary moments with the saw (make sure you have someone else to help you hold the wood still), I successfully screwed down the new seat.
Now to make it comfy. I glued down the foam that I had traced out to be the shape of the seat and let it sit for awhile, then using some basic upholstery skills I stapled the fabric. This takes a little trial and error, making sure the fabric is straight and also so that is isn't pulled tighter in one area more than another. Finito!
I originally had planned on painting the chair a glossy white, but the wood is in really good condition and I’d hate to cover it up to only regret it later. So I am going to let it live like this for awhile and see how I feel about it. Save myself from stripping and sanding later on down the road. Denatured alcohol to the rescue to clean those stray paint marks and give him back his shine.
Foam $4 (I bought a yard for $8 and I used less than half, saving the other piece for another chair)
Looking back I think that I should have gotten a thinner piece of foam (half inch?) and used some batting on top of that.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Let me start from the beginning. While walking my dogs one brisk fall day, I ran into my neighbor and we got to talking about the aforementioned porch. I offered to help and on the spot she handed over $50, saying that if I needed more to let her know. Fifty dollars? And this porch is BIG. But I was over joyed with the challenge.
Since it was the end of flea market/ garage sale season, and since it was then too cold to paint outside, this task was delayed until warmer weather (but I still kept an eye out).
Here are the before pictures…
So far, I have a good amount of furniture/ accessories for the place, and am really just left with the final touches. Stay tuned for progress reports!
Friday, April 24, 2009
While Mom was reluctant to foot the bill for new hardwood floors to match the rest of the house, we knew it was time to rip up the rug. We knew that lurking underneath the pink was horrid fake wood-looking linoleum. Underneath that - cement. We figured we'd work with the linoleum.
I love painted floors... but on linoleum? Soooo many people doubted us and our "crazy" idea... but we had a good feeling about it.
First, let me jump right to the before and after pictures (that's the best part, isn't it?), and then I'll get down to the nitty gritty.
(sadly I couldn't find a pic in all of her pink glory.. but I will keep searching!)
... after we took out 1 million staples and nails.
...lookin' better already! (notice the new gray/blue wall color)
Ooo la la! So there you have it. A fab new look, and all it took was a couple gallons of paint, a new rug, and a full wall of curtains (which we had stored away somewhere.. gotta love found treasures). Of course, the room isn't totallyyyy complete yet. Time to focus on the accessories of the room.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This blog is about bringing together ideas for our lifestyles that incorporate essentials that we already have (or need, or can create.. ).
I am focused mostly on design and decorating, but plan on throwing in some other fun tidbits as well...
... make yourself at home.