Showing posts with label furniture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label furniture. Show all posts

blue gray vintage chair makeover


:-) the last *finally!!* project complete.

This chair is the exact same as yesterday's white chair, but I painted this one first - it's a flat gray blue that is so pretty! However, it will probably need just the right (matching/complimenting) home.

 I don't know if you remember, but these chairs and the settee were a mess. Stinky, gross, ripped, cat-hair covered speckled nasty pieces of junk from the roadside. But I couldn't get past those lines! So I didn't even take them inside my house until they were stripped completely down and wiped off.

Actually, I took them to a friend's house and they sat there (for a year, ahem.) This one chair I kept in my house and was all fired up to sand and paint it.

Then it sat in my basement. For a year. Truly, I didn't have the right equipment (electric staple gun), so I did have to wait around for that. Then, when I did have it, the only time I was willing to do it was during naptime and with a noisy air compressor, that option was out...

Finally, however, I prevailed. :-) And after sweat and probably some tears, this gigantic upholstery challenge (well, it was for me anyway) is done!

I've listed it on CL and hoping it sells soon!! :-) Then I can drag over my chair from my neighbor's basement and maybe actually use it someday.

UPDATE (12/18/13): It's sold!

more "finally!" furniture transformations!


It's been way too long since I started with these furniture pieces to practice my upholstery and diy skills on. Like a year and a half too long...

Anyway, they are done and they are sold!! I snapped a few pictures before they went away to make another house pretty.

The makeovers aren't perfect. There are some wrinkles in the upholstery and uneven spots in the paint, but I prevailed. I probably will never tackle a project like this again, but it was a good chance to learn. And practice. And decide that if I have to strip the chairs and purchase new foam it would be better to just. walk. away. 

I'll post the photos of my other identical chair that is gray this week. That one more chair to sell and they're outta my life! I am in love with all of this space I am accumulating. It's addicting.

projects update: mid-century desk makeover (!)


Soooo... back in June (yes, JUNE!), I blogged about several items I'd "junked" including this mid-century sewing desk. It has sat in my living room since then causing all sorts of makeover troubles.

I've wanted to get this makeover done, but lack of motivation and issues kept cropping up! But, it's FINALLY done and I've listed it on Craigslist. I WANT IT OUT OF MY LIFE.

That's all. On to the makeover.

Here is the "before" shot. The top two pieces open to reveal what would've been the sewing machine (but was now a big hole). I thought about several ways of "fixing" this, including making an entirely new top, but that was more time/energy/money than I wanted to spend on it.

 Sudden inspiration hit and I pried off the piece with the hole and tossed that and just reused (reuse, reuse, reuse!) the two hinged pieces on top. So I turned them around and joined them with three of the hinges (previously hidden inside on the original piece). They break up the desk space, but in more of a decorative way now.

Then I sanded. And I sanded. And I sanded.

That orangey finish was NASTY! And thick. I got it to the point where I thought it was ready to paint and stain ...

And then my best inspiration hit. Four drawers. How about "eenie, meenie, minee, mo"? Not necessarily my style, but a really fun piece to do (since I was planning to sell it from the beginning) and I loved the idea.

So I contacted my new vinyl dealer, Dana, (email or leave me a message if you want her contact info. She is amazing to work with, prices are very reasonable and she's quick!) and she hooked me up with some clean looking vinyl "stencils". I did a few measurements to align them all to the right and went to town. The process went something like this: vinyl, poly (dry), paint (dry), paint (wet). Before the 2nd coat dried, I took my X-acto knife and carefully peeled each letter up.

It worked perfectly and looked incredible. I decided to put a coat of polycrylic (the water-based stuff) on to protect it ... and my desk makeover went south from there. Somehow, even thought the water-based polys are not supposed to yellow, my drawers were a streaky, yellowed mess. IT WAS TERRIBLE! I was so disappointed, even when I've read and confirmed that polycrylic is not supposed to yellow.

So there it sat (for a few months) before I decided to tackle it again. I sanded some more and bought some gold rub-in-buff for the hardware. Mistake. I hated how streaky it looked on the hinges (click the pic on below right). Gold spray paint to the rescue!

In the meantime, I'd sanded and stained and then sanded some more (that orange finish needed 40 grit sandpaper to come off!) and stained again. And sanded and stained some more. Finally, I was to the point of spray painting the little metal "feet". So I wrapped the legs with some blue painters tape and sprayed away.

And when I peeled off the tape, a ton of the latex came with it. ARG! What more can go wrong!? Seriously. I need this project out of my life.

I decided to painstakingly repaint the drawers (around every letter which almost defeated the purpose of the vinyls!) as opposed to stripping the paint, reordering the vinyl and starting over. It mostly worked.

After two coats of wipe on poly to the top, I finally gathered up the courage to sand those darn legs down, repaint and glue the top on. I borrowed some clamps and did it.

Here she is!! (sorry for the graininess ... it was getting dark and I had to up the ISO.)

And, there you are. The longest explanation of a DIY in the history of blogging. And it wasn't even a tutorial, ha! I felt that after all of my trouble, the least I could do was get some blogger sympathy. (If I was to do this again, I'd for sure leave it on the side of the road where I found it, but at least it's finished and out of my life soon. I hope!)

Now all I need is a sale to kiss this DIY good-bye.

Update (11/1/13): It's gone!! Sold. Hallelujah.

projects update: entry table makeover


After being quite unhappy with a recent priming then painting job, I asked around for make-your-own chalk paint recipe and (after sanding) tried it out on this table! I got a free 7.5oz Valspar sample from Lowe's in Mountain Smoke (or a beige gray ..."greige" to be exact) and knew it was for this thrifted table.

It needed some love. So I sanded the heck out of it (probably 5-6 hours worth with all those little details!) and then painted it with THIS chalk paint recipe. And here it is!

I love the details! The weird spiral spot on top (see original pic) actually needs a little more work (a.k.a more sanding) but I'm hoping to sand and repaint that small spot and then clear wax the whole thing.

What do you think??

junk score: Cart Makeover! (and a milk paint review)


While driving to a friend's house one day, we found a large old window and this cart. Any guesses as to what this may have been? Maybe some kind of speaker or stereo? Updated: Or probably like THIS?

Luckily, the weird cut out was easily removable, and my sweet little Vanna White helped me remove all of the screws.

Once it was out, I decided to grab some of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in French Enamel to try out the milk paint craze. 

Here she is:

I painted on two coats of blue milk paint in the kitchen and decided that downstairs or outside is best when using any kind of paint (especially drippy milk paint). The next day I distressed it and used my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White (because I had it) to paint in the details. Then I distressed a little more, sanded down the whole thing with a fine sandpaper (240 grit), and waxed with dark and clear wax to antique and protect it.

While I loved the casters, one was missing and there were no easy replacements to be found online. Forty bucks on 4 vintage casters was more than I wanted to put into this baby. She has pretty legs, so I pulled the caster pins off with my trusty vice-grips and decided to leave 'er at that.

Loving the details!!


As for the milk paint, I had watched tutorials and read online about mixing the paint (you purchase it in powdered form because it is perishable), its consistency, coverage, etc. I still wasn't exactly prepared to have little clumps all over my piece. The color wasn't uniform, especially as I brushed through the clumps, which I didn't mind for this piece, but is good to know if I would want a completely smooth, uniform color on another piece. (In that case, I would use an immersion blender.) However, the clumps and colors worked because I wanted to distress it. I also left out the bonding agent (1) because it was $12 more to spend and (2) because I wanted to see how this piece would distress/chip. The photo above is the chippiest she got - as every piece is unpredictable - and I chipped off all of the little clumps too. I'm not sure I like milk paint as well as chalk paint (which I loved from the start!), but I'll give it a go on a few other pieces and let you know.
**And do I really need to add that I wasn't compensated for this post? I just wanted to try milk paint out. On my own dolla'.

new legs! {hairpin table legs, that is}


A little project last weekend made me VERY happy. I'll admit up front that it's not earth-shattering or extremely shocking and beautiful. But for me, it's amazing.

Backstory: I've tried to be content with my kitchen table for the last 5 years and for the most part I have been. Jeremy got it for free before we got married and we've used it ever since. I've been thankful to have a table. Really.

But honestly, I've hated how it looks. Even with paint and recovering, the chairs and table legs would just be ugly. I have worked hard to see any redeeming decorative qualities, and/or ways to make it prettier, but I just can't.

So maybe a year ago I realized that I liked the top just fine (it was easy to clean!!), so maybe I could change out the legs. Then, I saw these legs sticking out of the dumpster and got excited.

It ended up that those legs weren't easily removable, so I traded that whole table in for my other craft table. But, we were back to square one with our kitchen table.

Then I recently ran into leg inspiration found here, here and here. And after letting hairpin legs grow on me, I was sold. Those I could do this!

So this weekend, I did.



It looks cleaner, simpler, more modern with a little bit of industrial. Love! 
(Hairpin legs found here.)

With a few #10 screws and a few drill recharges, it was Lisa's oh happy day! I am working to replace all of the chairs with mismatched, thrifted chairs and will update when that is finished, but for now, REJOICE!


Before and After: Garage sale chair


I've been collecting items for this year's Market - but before I really dig into those projects, I have a few items sitting around from last year that really need attention. I also need the space in our basement.

Remember the post about this lovely garage sale find last February? Incredibly enough, it is finished!! Finally.

Here is the BEFORE:

And the AFTER!! can you tell I'm excited?

After I stripped 'er down, I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. My paint was a little bit thick, so I'm happy it distresses and sands so well. 

I put a coat of clear wax on top and it is super smooth to touch. 

Then, with the help of my amazing dad and his air compressor stapler, we upholstered this baby with hardware store drop cloth. I love the nuances and imperfections in the fabric. Plus, it's really sturdy fabric and easy to use in upholstering.

After a couple of hours, a few wrong cuts and learn-as-you-go mistakes from amateur (first time!) upholsterers, we were satisfied with the result.

Then this weekend I finished up with natural colored gimp trim and my trusty mini hot glue gun (and yes! it's totally legal in upholstery). 

I am slightly enamored to have finished this project. And I kind of love the result. {Ahem.}