Restyled Chairs Turned Stools

7-DSCF3891Restyled French Country Stools

1-DSCF3834These are the chairs that Youngest Son got rid of when we finished transforming the chairs I posted a while back. He was going to toss them, but I couldn’t let that happen. An idea was taking shape in my head.

They needed a bit of help.

2-DSCF3839The problems are pretty obvious with this one.

3-DSCF3841Not so obvious in this pic is the foot rail (left side of pic). It was broken off, not pulled out of, the front leg.

4-DSCF3847I repaired the legs and rails, and since I only wanted the bottom portion of each chair I simply cut the backs off.

5-DSCF3875The bottoms and the legs were painted black and lightly distressed with some sanding.

6-DSCF3876The tops didn’t need painting because they would be covered. I dug out these upholstery fabric choices for the seats.

7-DSCF3891A tiny bit of sewing, soft stuffing and a lot of staples later and I had a couple of comfy perches.

8-DSCF3895What do you think?

Enjoy!

My Last-Minute Easter Decorations

2-DSCF3645Last year we had just moved into our tiny rental and I didn’t even decorate for Easter. I also didn’t have room for hosting Easter, as is our tradition. When I sorted through things in our storage units for a yard sale this last summer, I purged a lot of decorations from all holidays. Our house is much bigger this year so now I am kinda regretting some of that purge. When I got out my Easter decorations the other day I only found one box. :( Since most store-bought offerings are not my style I decided to make more decorations with things I already have.

1-DSCF3639I started out with a small branch from a tree hubby was pruning. Using an old flower pot for the base, and middle son bringing me some gravel, I “planted” my branch to “grow” my Easter tree.

2-DSCF3645A stash of peat pots were transformed into little Easter buckets. I sponge painted white on the outside. Craft wire was used for the handles. Small vintage pictures were decoupaged to the front of the buckets and the handles were spruced up with buttons and ribbon.

3-DSCF3651I added them to the tree, but it still needed a little something-something.

4-DSCF3679I had just finished making crocheted flower garlands for my Etsy shop and decided mini version of the flowers would be just the thing to bring out the “spring” in my tree.

5-DSCF3661I simply hot glued them to the branches.

6-DSCF3664I wrapped some fabric strips around a couple of garden tools and added them to the pot to complete the tree.

7-DSCF3667I needed something for my dining table. I cut bed springs down a bit and inserted little flower pots. In this picture they have the grass, but I am still going to add jelly beans and a peep.

8-DSCF3675I saved two spaghetti sauce cans a couple of weeks ago and after a little paint, some scraps of burlap, lace and a tie of jute, they were restyled into flower vases. I’ll fill them with cuttings from the beautiful abundance of color that has bloomed in my yard.

I still have a few other things I would like to make, but I wanted to get this posted before it got to late. I’m off to the grocery store and then more decorating. 😉

Enjoy!

Have a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!

T-Shirt Refashion With Lace Hem

1-DSCF3552T-Shirt Refashion With Lace Hem

1-DSCF3541We’ve all seen them…heck, we’ve all bought them…those t-shirts that are available in every color imaginable. They are a bit of a staple in my closet, as I am sure they are in other people’s closets too. They are great worn with sweaters, jackets and other layers when the weather is cool, but when the weather gets warm…I do have to admit to being a bit bored with the look when I wear them by themselves.

2-DSCF3543Sorting through my lace stash, I decided a little refashion was in order.

I added wide flat lace to the bottom of a t-shirt. If you do this, I strongly suggest using a zigzag stitch. A zigzag stitch will allow the the shirt to stretch without breaking the thread.

3-DSCF3544The extra lace made the tee way too long, but I had no intention of stopping there.

5-DSCF3552I folded a deep cuff above the lace and stitched at the top of the cuff.

I love the way it turned out. 😉

Enjoy!

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!