29 October 2015

Friday's Furniture Fix #14


Welcome back to our weekly furniture party!

Another week of beautiful makeovers and fabulous creativity. You certainly keep the inspiration flowing!


I chose this antique desk by Virginia Sweet Pea. My broken record phrase: "Thank you for not painting this beautiful thing." Paula fixed up the desk with General Finishes Gel Stain, and accentuated the wood handles with black paint. It couldn't be more perfect. 



Lucy from Patina Paradise picked this classic dresser by Ashley of Vintage Refined.



Nancy from Slightly Coastal picked this spooky Halloween-inspired mirror by Brenda of Unique Junktique. How cool is that!



Carrie from Thirty Eighth Street chose this updated chair by Kimm of Reinvented KB. She had my heart with that plaid throw.




Finally, our most-clicked link was this adorable graphite table by Jen of Girl In The Garage





Thanks again to everyone who shared their projects and makeovers with us.

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Thrift Score Thursday: Halloween Edition


Hooray for another week of Thrift Score Thursday, and thank you to the team for inviting me back!

This time we're celebrating Halloween and all of the gems you can find at the thrift store to enhance this most delightful spooky holiday.



I love hitting up the thrift store every year in search of pieces for the perfect costume.

I have always been the Mom who assembles costumes from random items in my closet, or hobbles together something from the thrift store. I have never been the Mom who lovingly sews each costume from scratch, although that would be awesome. With little patience and no real sewing skills, I'm more handy with the glue gun. Sorry kids. 

So here is a fun sample of my kids' thrifty halloween costumes over the years. The entire Halloween costume wrap-up post was written last year.

Disclaimer: these images were pre-blog. Therefore, I was only concerned with capturing the moment rather than focusing on lighting, angle, etc. I didn't even edit out the time stamp. 

We dressed Ella as a pirate in 2006. I know because time stamp. The shirt, vest, and pants came from big sister's closet, and the belt was mine. The hat came from the thrift store. I made the eye patch and the skull & cross bones bandana. Every time I see this picture I think of The Puffy Shirt and laugh. Side note: I miss Seinfeld. 


 In order to dress Natalie as the tooth fairy, I found a christening gown at the thrift store, and added white tights and a crown. I cut the teeth from white sheets of craft foam, and glued them to the crown and wand, adding silver glitter glue to the edges. Man, I was so crafty in those days. 


Oh my little guy...dressed as Alan Jackson. Jeans, belt, and shirt from the thrift store. This is funny, because everyone who knows me, knows how I feel about country music. Not good. Hubby was making a statement this year. 


A few years later, Natalie dressed as a cowgirl. I found the hat, leather vest, add a plaid shirt at a thrift store.  Add a kerchief and boots, and you have yourself a bonafide cow girl. 

Buy a Root Beer costume from PB Kids, and have your clever hubby place duct tape over the word "root" and you have a toddler dressed as a bottle of beer. Thank goodness we lived in a liberal neighborhood. :)


And my all-time favorite thrift store costume, my little gnome. I found the pants, belt, vest, and shoes at a thrift store. The shirt was his, and I made the hat. The beard was made from a scrap of white fluffy fabric with straps to go over the ears. 




You can get really creative with random objects too. In the most recent installment of Swap It like It's Hot, I was the lucky recipient of a pair of bed springs. I used those as the creative inspiration for my Halloween mantle.




We would love to see your thrifty Halloween treasures. As always, please use the tag #thriftscorethursday to share with us!

I'm in excellent company. Visit these thrifty geniuses to see the Halloween treasures they're sharing.

The regular hosts:





...and the super-special Halloween guest hosts:







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26 October 2015

Upholstery Makeover: Traditional Chair With A Preppy Update

You know that smart/cool guy who effortlessly pulls off the tweed jacket with jeans and a leather shoulder bag? If he were a chair, this would be him:

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Let me start by saying that I am not an upholsterer. My Mom is an actual trained upholsterer, and I realize now that it is a learned craft. I wish every day that I had watched and learned from her instead of rolling my eyes and acting all bratty. The woman is a wealth of knowledge and skills, and I'm happy to learn from her, even if the lessons take place over an iPad, and she laughs and laughs and laughs at my questions.

I scored this channel back chair from my neighbor, for free. 


My neighbor knows I love to update furniture, and asked if I do upholstery work. The truth is that I like to dabble in upholstery, but I learn from each new piece. The learning curve is extreme. This one was a doozy.

When she said I could take the chair, I literally picked it up and ran with it to my house. More accurately, I hobbled, because the chair is heavier than it looks. It is a solid piece of antique goodness. 

After staring at the chair in our living room, wondering how to work with channels, and asking myself what materials would suit the chair, I decided to dig in and tear it down. I thought about eliminating the channels by filling in the grooves and adding padding, but that would be a crime. The channels add to the charm and beauty of the chair. 

The brass nail heads popped out easily, and my kids quickly took over the tear-down. They literally took the tools out of my hands and insisted on removing every last nail head. 


Then came the tiny tacks and staples.

This chair has lived a long life by the looks of the original
fabric.


 I'd love to know how old it is. There are no tags or maker's marks, so it may remain a mystery. 

When I tipped it over, I knew I was dealing with an animal I had never encountered. There was no way to remove the cushion.


So how do I get down in there with the new fabric?


Here's how: you remove all of the fabric on the back, which allows access to the bottom cushion. Then you pull and staple...pull and staple. The mantra of upholstery.

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I used denim for the area under the cushion, because the herringbone fabric was expensive, so why use it where you can't see it? 

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I decided not to tackle the channels from scratch, because I don't have the aluminum tubes or the desire to deal with that whole process. The previous upholstery job had only covered the channels with a large piece of material, so why couldn't I do the same? 

I pushed the herringbone fabric between each channel, pleating at the top and bottom, stapling in place. This fabric isn't going anywhere. Nice and crisp.

*$10 goes to the first person to spot the glass of wine in the photo below*

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I picked up a pair of perfectly worn jeans at the Salvation Army for $2.00. I just wanted a hint of denim, nothing tacky, no pockets. 

Using the upholstery as a pattern, I had just enough length in the legs of the jeans. 


I only used denim in the area around the frame. 

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I cut the reinforced seams and used them for trim on the interior section of the chair.


Now the most difficult part of the entire project...the part I had hoped to avoid: double welt piping. I used this tutorial by Dena at Hearts and Sharts as a guide. Dena is hilarious and helpful, two of my favorite qualities. And as it turns out, piping is not difficult at all.



Chair complete! 

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I love it so much, and I love the charm it adds in our living room. Bonus - super comfy!

Now I'm on the prowl for an ottoman and side table to go with Mr. Intelligent Preppy Chair.

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23 October 2015

Friday's Furniture Fix #13


Welcome to our weekly furniture party!


I chose this Gray bamboo desk by Shayla of Shay Renovation. Such a pretty color! I have been trying to get my hands on a reasonable priced bamboo piece forever. 



Lucy from Patina Paradise picked this settee by Ally at Mr. Wilson & Me



Stacy from Anastasia Vintage chose this painted chest by Studio Paint.



Nancy from Slightly Coastal picked this elegant white bedroom set by EntriWP.




Carrie from Thirty Eighth Street chose this table created by Mary of In The Boondocks




Finally, our most-clicked link was this turquoise cabinet by Design Dreams By Anne. What a lovely update to a plain old cabinet!





Thanks again to everyone who shared their projects and makeovers with us.

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