Junk-to-Gem Chairs

1-DSCF3402Junk-to-Gem Chairs

When Youngest Kid was home for Christmas break he helped a friend with moving. There were several things that were headed for the trash, but like his mother, he just couldn’t let good junk go.

2-DSCF3223These treasures didn’t get a new life while he was home for his Christmas break, so I decided to fix them up before he got home for his spring break.

They each had numerous problems, but nothing a little bit of tender loving care and elbow grease couldn’t fix.

They were pretty dirty, so the first thing was to get the seats off and scrub them down.

3-DSCF3233Since the kid lives in a house with several guys, I wanted to use fabric that was more masculine than any of the upholstery fabrics I have in my stash. A few years ago when I was cleaning out the garage I found some old tent tarps. Over the years they had been used as drop cloths for various projects. A normal person would have thrown them away, but not me. I cut them up into manageable pieces to fit in the washing machine and ran them through several cycles. Like I said, that was a few years ago and even though I knew I had them, I hadn’t come up with the right project to use them on…until now.

4-DSCF3318They weren’t pristine. They had been used and abused. They were perfect for the chairs! Since graphics are so popular right now, I appliqued numbers from the same fabric to the seat fabric.

5-DSCF3225Another problem was the chair backs. One chair was fine, but a slat from the other was missing.

6-DSCF3395I made a cover that folded around the chair back from the bottom up. The front of the cover was attached to the back of the cover with magnetic purse snaps. I used three on each cover. I didn’t hide the backs of the snaps because I thought they looked kinda industrial (aka masculine ;)).

The chair frames were another story. Every screw was loose and there were a couple that were missing. Hubby found screws to replace the missing ones, then he applied E6000 to the threads of all the screws and tightened them.

7-DSCF3230Lastly, there was one brace on the seat that was broken. Luckily it was at the end where the original weld had been. A friend from hubby’s work took it home over the weekend and re-welded it.

8-DSCF3405Finished with a few days to spare!! :)

9-DSCF3406Yay, Me!

Enjoy!

Window Wall Art

6-DSCF3391Window Wall Art

I recently acquired some more windows and I just couldn’t wait to begin some transformations.

I had done this a few years ago and loved the way simple wallpaper border could make a plain window look like art.

1-DSCF3353Priming the entire window provides an important base for building the art on the window’s surface.

2-DSCF3360The next step is the color base, but before applying it I had to choose a wallpaper border. For this window I chose a fishing lure border with rustic colors. A tan base color was the perfect marriage.

3-DSCF3367I highlighted the frame with a red color that was also in the border. Over the top of the red I dry brushed the tan and over the window surface I dry brushed the red.

4-DSCF3371The wallpaper border was decoupaged along the bottom half of the window and I stenciled “LIVE LAUGH FISH” on the top half using the red paint.

5-DSCF3375When the painted stenciling was dry I applied decoupage medium over all of the window surface to seal the painting and paper.

6-DSCF3391I embellished the inside of the frame with rope and a chain attached to the top of the window completed the wall art.

8-DSCF3386Since I had everything out I also made this window. The border on this one is a picket fence. The sunflowers and the butterflies were cut from other wallpaper.

1-y12This is one of the windows I made a few years ago. I applied the words using a white paint pen.

Enjoy!

Red Checked Footstool Restyle

8-DSCF3084Red Checked Footstool

1-DSCF2964I picked up this little gem at an auction I recently attended. It really wasn’t much to look at, but I liked the legs and skirting.

2-DSCF2968The top opened and I am assuming there used to be a bottom to keep things in. The bottom was long gone.

3-DSCF2970The hinges on the top were another nightmare. They were bent and it looked like they had been shifted at one time, maybe because they pulled out. The shifting of the hinges was horrible and not one screw out of eight was the same.

4-DSCF3047I removed the top and sanded the wood base of the footstool.

1-DSCF3083-001A dry brushing of white paint improved the stool 100%.

6-DSCF3050I pulled out the quilt I bought at another recent auction and recovered the top.

5-DSCF3049I didn’t even consider putting a new bottom in the footstool and reattaching the hinges.

7-DSCF3083Instead, I firmly attached the top to the base. It now does not open, but it looks so much better.

Enjoy!

Red and White Quilt Valentine Charm Pillows

08-DSCF2541Red and White Quilt Valentine Charm Pillows

My husband and I went to an auction this past weekend and didn’t get anything that we went there for. That’s okay! We didn’t leave empty handed.

01-DSCF2518My hand went up for this fantastic vintage quilt. The colors and the basic patch square design had the wheels turning in my head. Classic country, Americana accents and, of course, Valentine’s Day were just a few of the ideas that came to mind. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to start there.

02-DSCF2575I dug out a couple of heart shapes from my pattern stash. I love the shape of the large heart. The humps are kinda squared and the center has a wider, deeper valley.

03-DSCF2522I make a lot of bowl fillers and pillows, but theses little hearts fell in between the sizes I normally do for either one. I still thought the size was charming, so I am calling these “charm” pillows.

10-DSCF2544They can still be placed in bowls or baskets, but they also look sweet on a shelf or tucked up next to a regular size throw pillow in a chair or on a bed.

04-DSCF2530I used the smaller heart to cut out red velvet hearts. I appliqued them to the pillows, along with a flowers I snipped from doilies.

11-DSCF2547Old pearl beads stitched to the center of the flower and an old button stitched to the appliqued heart completed the charm.

I still have some of the quilt left for the country and Americana ideas I mentioned. Stay tuned. ;)

Enjoy!

Poker Table Redo

14-Poker Table 704x960-012Poker Table Redo

A project from my youngest apple that didn’t fall far from the tree. This proud “tree” has now officially instilled the merits of turning junk into gems to all her “apples”.

01-Poker Table 704x960While my youngest (Colby) was home from school for Christmas break he snagged this old poker table that a friend was going to toss out. He just knew it would be a treasure.

04-Poker Table 704x960-003It turned out that taking the thing apart was a project all on its own.

05-Poker Table 704x960-004The whole family got involved with the transformation, but Colby did the bulk of the work.

09-Poker Table 704x960-008The legs were attached to the board and the rim slid over the edges of the board. Everything was attached with rivets.

11-Poker Table 704x960-010There was no salvaging the board so a new piece of plywood was purchased and cut…

…and reattached to the legs.

07-Poker Table 704x960-006New plastic feet were also added to the legs.

08-Poker Table 704x960-007The new board was slightly thinner than the original because green felt was going to be used instead of paint.

12-Poker Table 720x960The edge of the board and the felt had to slide into the rim of the table. We sprayed the board with adhesive and smoothed the felt over it.

13-Poker Table 704x960-011Reattaching the rim was challenging. Even though we purchased a thinner board, the fit was still very tight. After struggling for a bit, we finally decided to widen the groove in the metal rim by bending it with pliers. Whew! Much better!

14-Poker Table 704x960-012Enjoy!