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!


Bamboo Burlap Chairs

5-DSCF2192Bamboo Burlap Chairs

1-DSCF2177New junk finds from this summer were these bamboo chairs. There were three of them.

The weaving on the back of one was broken so I decided to remove it from all of them.

After a thorough cleaning, I sanded them and applied white paint.

2-DSCF2181They then received a shabby chic sanding. I love me some shabby chic.

3-DSCF2184The real character for this transformation came with the new seat covers and matching seat backs. I used old burlap bean sacks from Nebraska.

4-DSCF2189The seat backs were made using two thicknesses of burlap with heavy duty fusible web sandwiched in between to give it a hefty stiffness. I attached them using upholstery tacks.

6-DSCF2196What do you think?


Shabby Chairs and Chair Rugs

13-DSCF0435I guess you could call this shopping in the barn, but I no longer have my barns. :( Somehow “shopping in the storage unit” just doesn’t have the right ring to it. :)

04-DSCF0337Yep, these three chairs were stored in the barn before we moved. The only place to move them was to a storage unit. As the weather warms up I will be going through the units (we have two) to decide what will be sold at a yard sale and what I can use (and still store) for projects. These chairs were a no-brainer. I knew exactly what I was going to do with them.

09-DSCF0430I went shabby chic. Each chair was painted white before receiving a worn and distressed sanding.

08-DSCF0428I loved them…,

07-DSCF0425…but they looked kinda…


12-DSCF0433I decided to add…

11-DSCF0432…chair rugs.

10-DSCF0431I crocheted them with fabric strips.

13-DSCF0435Now, don’t they look cozy?


Porch Sitters for Fall

7-DSCN6859Porch Sitters for Fall

1-DSCN6840It’s that time of year again when anything that can be painted orange is fair game. These junk finds were my latest victims.

2-DSCN6845I had to do a little bit of work on the seat of one of the chairs. Water damage had caused the top layers to loosen and peel. Once I removed all the layers, I was left with a hole in the center. Not a problem…

3-DSCN6846…I cut a few scraps of pallet wood and covered it up.

4-DSCN6848I painted the chairs a little heavier than dry brushing. I guess you could call it rough brushing. I like to use it on projects that I want to look old, primitive and weathered. I kinda scrub the bristles over surfaces and in crevices and tight spots. My brush looks terrible, but I like to think of it as well-seasoned. My husband keeps trying to throw it away, but he just doesn’t realize its potential. Hands off, Honey!

5-DSCN6851My Cricut was used to make the stencil. I use card stock. It’s usually good for quite a few stenciling jobs.

6-DSCN6857Stenciled greeting.

7-DSCN6859Leaf garland completed these festive fall porch sitters.


A Stranger Gave Me A House-Part 2

We began our first day of salvaging this last Sunday. We were pressed for time (life’s other responsibilities got in the way), so we actually only had about an hour. We spent that time “picking”.

Along with Mary, we worked on the front room of the house. I really enjoyed her knowledge on the personal history of some of the items we unearthed. We sure stirred up the dust, so I didn’t take any pictures at the house, but I did get a few shots of our treasures when we got home.

My packing job. This is a tight shot of the back of my vehicle.

The chairs are pretty rough. That’s okay! The spindles may become Uncle Sams, snowmen or bunnies, and the chairs may end up as planters, decor for a garden or a cute little vignette at the back door.

These cupboard doors were in the house, but they were actually from another house. Some were too terribly damaged to save, but I thought these had possibilities for crafting.

The jars! Yes, the jars! They are fabulous! Mary had already “picked” a boxful before we got there. She was pleasantly surprised to find so many that were empty.

Hmm….what will I do with them? There are tons of great ideas from last weekend’s link party on Funky Junk Interiors. I definitely won’t be lacking for inspiration.

The only thing we actually took “off” the house was this simple rack that was on the wall. Hubby dutifully got the crowbar and pried it off.

I mean, look at it! The naturally crackled paint! The rusty hooks! I’m in heaven!

This is the desk(?) I mentioned in my first house post. As we look at it now, we aren’t sure it’s a desk. It still has an arm attached to the back that may have once held a mirror. The drawers need a little work. One of them had a nice fuzzy nest in the drawer. The ends of the legs have some damage, but since the “desk” is tall, we’re just going to shorten the legs which will remove the damage. We think it will make a great potting bench.

A few odds and ends.

And a few more.

And more.

When we unpacked, we realized we had a problem. Where are we going to put all of our treasures? We managed to poke this load here and there, but we need a more central location so that things do not get lost or forgotten. Unfortunately, we will need to take a few weeks to clean out our barn. That’s good and that’s bad. I’ve been hinting about the mess in the barn for years, so now it will finally be taken care of. We just need to fit this extra chore in between everything else. Piece of cake! 😉

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