I have the crud this week, so I have been working on projects that I can do while sitting. Quick projects that allow me to take lots and lots of rest breaks. This is one of those great projects. And, it only took 30 minutes to complete. Great for your own yard, craft shows or gifts.
The tutorial can be found here.
Saturdays are usually my junking days, but last Saturday I couldn’t bring myself to do it. My barn is already stuffed with my accumulation of yard sale, thrift store and auction finds. Yes, I do things with my junk treasures, but in reality, I bring home more junk treasures than I can keep up with. Older stuff gets pushed to the back of the barn and forgotten. So…
…last Saturday I decided to shop my barn. These are the pieces I pulled out. They were filthy, so I got the hose out to knock off the thick layer of dust. Once that was accomplished, I was able to get down to really cleaning them and sanding them. At one time I had four of the chairs. The other three have long since been restyled and sold. It was time this baby got a makeover. My shop doesn’t have too many little kid things right now, so I thought the rocking horse would be a good addition. I picked up the sewing table several years ago at a church sale. It doesn’t have a sewing machine in it, but I thought it would make a great end table. The little table…or maybe it’s a desk…was a discard from my brother from eons ago.
I was on a roll, so I didn’t take pics during any of the transformations. What ya see is what ya get. Sorry about that. There wasn’t a lot to see anyway. Thankfully everything was pretty straight forward with no drama.
The finished rocking horse. A couple coats of pink chalk paint and some sanding to distress. I was thinking about dry brushing on some white, but my very tall, redneck son said he liked it with just the pink. (giggles) Now it’s ready for a little cowgirl to giddy up.
The table (desk?) and chair were done in the same color. Not sure if you can tell in the photos, but they were both painted a pale green.
They would look good alone…
or go well together as a set.
I added a pearl finish and stamped pearl white roses on them. I tried to take a pic of the roses, but they are very faint. Can you see them?
Is this pic better?
Lastly, the sewing table. I really, really, really want to keep it, but I have no room. It was painted eggshell and distressed with sanding. Oh, I also removed the curved thing that enclosed the sewing machine from underneath. It wouldn’t stay up and I didn’t want to mess with it.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with my frugal shopping. I may have to do it again this weekend. Eventually I should get close enough to an old stereo cabinet I have been wanting to restyle. It’s about halfway back in the barn so it may be awhile still, but I’m getting there. It was the one my parents had when I was a kid. It was pretty bad when I brought it home, and it had a pack rat living in it. Who knows what’s living in it now.
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I absolutely love the way this turned out, but it was not without its aggravations. Big thank you to my friends that put up with my whining, moaning and groaning during the process. I don’t know what it is, but lately I seem to be picking projects that look simple, but have loads of issues.
This is the way the bistro set looked when I started. I loved it. Even in its cracked-tile glory.
Let me explain the tile. Originally the tiles were one piece. Due to the elements, they had cracked. What looked like stone or ceramic tile was actually a really hard plastic.
Using brute force and a few power tools…I love power tools…I finally removed the tile and adhesive from the table top.
It wasn’t pretty. I had marred and dented the surface of the table top. My original plan was to paint the top, but that just wasn’t going to work. It was a horrible mess.
With my husband’s help, we cut old boards for the table top.
My next problem was that green paint on the boards. I kinda liked the look, but I couldn’t stain over it. I couldn’t varnish over it. It just wouldn’t cooperate with me. The paint had to go. Finally, after sanding the paint away, I stained and sealed.
Next problem. Probably the biggest one. The tiles on the chair backs. This problem could make or break the whole project. I couldn’t get them off without risking visual damage to the chairs. I tried every kind of solvent you could think of (and many you would never guess), but they wouldn’t budge. When I was just about ready to throw in the towel, I got out the power tools.
Have I mentioned that I love me some power tools?
I cut the tiles and their metal foundation out of the chairs…
…then filed around the opening to remove any sharp edges.
Woo Hoo!!! In the home stretch! A little paint…a little sanding…and this cutie patootie bistro set is finally done. I would love to keep it (especially since it was such a headache), but it will go to the shop for sale.
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I dug out a couple of suitcases from my stash. I have a lot of them that I have bought or acquired for restyling, but some of them have become storage for other craft supplies. I’m slowly trying to change that.
This pair was pretty grubby, and I hated the color.
The insides were just gross. I love shabby chic, but this is ridiculous! Yuck!
Ewww!!! Do you see the top right corner. I grabbed that and peeled. I did that with each case.
Much better. Finally a surface I can work with.
I decoupaged full pages of old sheet music. No measuring. I just slapped it in. Now that is a shabby chic surface I can live with.
I painted the outside of the cases a creamy butter color, sanded, dry brushed white over that, stenciled and stamped, then sanded some more.
Now the cases are not only great for storage, but they would make a great decorative addition to a room’s decor.
Wouldn’t they be cute filled with guest necessities in a bedroom or bathroom? How about filling them with grandma’s vintage linens? Pictures and scrapbook supplies? Dress-up clothes?