I have been holding off posting this until the bench was finished.
I have been holding off posting this until the bench was finished.
My husband and I stumbled onto a fantastic “yard” sale. It was actually in the parking lot of a liquor store. Our town doesn’t allow liquor sales on Sunday, so the owners of the store waited until Sunday for their yard sale. They had two large storage units they were emptying, so the trucks just kept coming. We went back several times, and there was always something new. A large part of their success was their extremely low prices.
One of the items I purchased isn’t in the pictures. It was an above-stove microwave. Ours kicked the bucket about two years ago. This particular appliance is kind of pricey, so it wasn’t in our budget to replace right away. The microwave I found at the sale was $15. That isn’t a typo. It was $15! SOLD!!! WooHoo!!
Check out the pink shelf. It also has a hanger on the bottom for a quilt. Adorable! $2
This wire angel was $1. It stands about three feet tall.
This iron candle holder was $2. This one will require effortless transformation. I plan to paint it a shabby chic white and add glass tea light holders.
My husband and I make benches from headboards and foot boards. This set was $2. I know, right? I absolutely could not pass them up.
The metal reindeer and sleigh will also require minimal transformation. I’m thinking shabby chic white (yes, I love that style), a pine wreath around the deer’s neck and a wreath on the sleigh. I will probably top them off with bows. Too cute!
These urns/pots/vases are as beautiful in person as they are in photos. They were 50-75 cents a piece. The metal is very heavy. I love the colors of them. I am not sure what I will do with them as a transformation. They are perfect already.
This $2 cabinet and $1 shelf may be difficult to part with. I want them. Hmmm…we’ll see.
I bought this box to use with a special order for a bride-to-be. The bride had given me a smaller paper mache box to make a card box. I have been waffling on how I wanted to do it. My sticking point was the box she gave me just didn’t seem big enough to insert several cards. There didn’t seem to be enough angle and drop. I am going to make the card box two-tiered with a hole between the tiers, so the cards will drop into the larger bottom box. I love it when I can marry my finds with projects in progress!
This angel is so cute. ($1) It’s a wire similar to chicken wire. I love it, but it practically disappeared in the photo.
This bench is about three feet long. Just needs the screws tightened. It was $3.
I unexpectedly had guests for a week. It was an anniversary surprise from my husband. He brilliantly fessed up before they came, as he couldn’t figure out how to prepare the house by himself. I love surprises, but not if I am going to be embarrassed by a dirty house.
Among the chaos, I was still able to get a few things accomplished.
I last posted about my new love seat, and all the changes that needed to take place in my living room. I managed to complete a few before my company arrived.
I recovered the footstool with a custom-made cover. If you’re interested in doing the same, the tutorial can be found here.
This is the new cushion cover for the rocker. It was attached using the same method as the footstool. The cushion comes out of the rocker, and the cover was stapled on the bottom of the cushion’s frame.
The new curtain was made using a length of faux suede I had picked up at a yard sale. I made small hems on each side and the bottom, and sewed a casing in the top. It seriously took no time at all.
My anniversary is coming up, and my husband and I decided to buy a new love seat for our living room. It has been over 20 years since we purchased brand-new furniture and I was holding out until the kids were grown.
I would have liked to get a new couch as well, but my husband had purchased one at an auction a few months ago and he wasn’t ready to part with it. It is in very good shape, but unfortunately it is very outdated. He loves the recliners in it. Recliners were not something I was ever fond of, but I figure after 25 years of marriage I would let him have that victory for a little bit longer. I do have my eye on the matching couch to my love seat though.
We tried to find a love seat that matched the blue color of the couch, but it seems this outdated couch also has outdated upholstery. We decided to go with a color that matched the beige dots that were in the fabric of the old couch. We purchased a beige tweed love seat. It’s beautiful!
I was a little disturbed at the size and the color when we got it home. It seems very oversized compared to the couch and the rest of the room, well…, the styles are very different. I have to make it work!
We live in an old farm house and the living room is not very big. The furniture is placed in an “Up against the wall. Your under arrest.” sort of placement, and then some. The love seat floats in front of a player piano that nobody plays. The room would seem less cluttered and have more room if the piano was gone, but I don’t see that happening.
I am in the process of decluttering and eliminating a few patterns and colors that have crept into the room over time. We’ve gotten into sort of a rut. I’ve also started digging through my stash of fabrics for colors that would blend the love seat and couch together. Most of the Americana accents need to go. The cushion on a rocker needs a more neutral color and pattern, and the pillows need new covers and a little more fluff. I have always said you can never have too many pillows, but now I think maybe you can. LOL, I will need to get rid of some.
My craft room/office is off the living room. The doorway has no door, so I have a blue patterned curtain hanging from a tension rod. The curtain is a necessity to hide my craft supplies from view, and it also helps to keep the “bought” air in the living room. Remember, I said it is a farm house. It has lots of quirks. The curtain choice was a “make-do” with what I had, and was never intended to be permanent. I found a nice tan, faux suede in my stash. I think…I hope…I know it will work beautifully.
Then, of course, there are my piles of craft projects in process. Well, that is an easy fix. (sigh) I just need to be more organized. (Okay, that needs another sigh.)
I couldn’t bring myself to show photos of all areas of the living room. My pride won’t allow you too see how bad it has gotten, although I bet you can see my dust. My hope is that the new photos of the completed project(s) will redeem myself.
Other moms get flowers from their kids. I get junk. Gotta love ’em!
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. My son came home the other night with a “gift”. His friend helps his grandfather clean up and maintain several of his rental houses. This is what they found in one of the newly vacated ones.
The set was filthy (there was even mystery chunks on it). It was missing a leg on the table and one chair had two legs that looked like a dog had gotten a hold of them). And I swear it had fleas (the table set, not a dog).
The wheels in my head started turning. My dutiful husband cleaned it for me, and (believe it or not) he even found two table legs at a yard sale for 50 cents. He cut one leg to fit the table and used the other leg to replace the two legs on the chair.
I immediately got to work. I sanded the surface of the pieces first. I really needed a good tooth to the surface so that the purple and the pretty fairies could be covered up with paint. I painted all the pieces using a light grey paint. This worked well as a primer and as a first coat for the legs and bottoms (underneath).
Once dry, I painted a buttery yellow to the tabletop, seat tops and chair backs.
The last touch was a pearl finish over all surfaces. I thinned Folk Art Metallic Pearl White paint half and half with water. I could have used it full strength, but I just wanted a light mist of pearl over the finish.