Saturday, November 26, 2011

Chevron Chair... Take Two

I realize you may all be getting sick of seeing my favorite chevron print that I've used HERE on my original Chevron Chair

and HERE on my Chevron Curtains,

but I just couldn't resist using the same fabulous fabric on my latest chair revamp.

Here is what the chair looked like when I picked it up at my local D.I.
I loved the curvy legs and caning in perfect condition on the sides.

As you can see, the seat was completely flat with absolutely no cushion left whatsoever.

This baby just needed a little TLC... and Chevron fabric

So TLC is just what she got. 

After I stripped the fabric and what was left of any foam, I gave her a few quick coats of paint using Krylon's Dual Spray Paint and Primer in One.

I've used this product a few times now and I will admit that it's not my favorite but it is definitely convenient.  I think that a coat of Kilz primer followed by Rustoleum's Painter's Touch is the best option for spray paint.  Then, I sanded lightly over the high points for a distressed finish.

Then, I finished off the chair with some new plump foam and dacron and my favorite chevron fabric.  Here's how she turned out.

Pretty cute, huh?

I must say, I don't think I'll tire of this fabric anytime soon. 

Thanks for reading, folks!



Friday, November 18, 2011

Curbside chair rescue

I'm sorry I've been MIA for a little while.  I've had plenty of projects to share, but no time to share them.  I finally enrolled in a real life upholstery class near my home, and have spent the last 2 weeks there every evening.  I have to be honest that I really didn't learn much more than what I have already figured out on my own in upholstery, but it was so great to have an extra set of hands there to help me, access to all of the supplies at my fingertips and an industrial sewing machine (oh please oh please Santa send me one of those this year!).  In my 6 classes, I was able to finally finish my ottoman to the French Wingback chair that resides in my bedroom, I re-did the seat cushion with a much plumper foam insert, and I finished a high back chair from start to finish.   I will share my wingback chair pics soon, but for now here is the main project I worked on. 

Some of you may remember spotting this awesome chair in my basement that is beginning to look like an episode of hoarders. 

I picked this up off the side of the road when my sweets and I made our rounds during the annual street cleanup in my mom's neighborhood.  I really wasn't fond of the shape or style of the chair at all, but thought it was unique and that I could make it cuter... a lot cuter.  With a price tag of free, I was willing to take the gamble.

Fortunately when I stripped the chair all down, I was pleasantly surprised that all the springs were still in tact, the foam was still clean and in very good condition, and there were no repairs needed.

I quickly gave the legs a new look, and got to work with my $3/yard upholstery fabric that I picked up from one of my faves, Home Fabrics.

Here she is now.  I think she turned out quite elegantly.  What do you think?

I must admit that even I was pleasantly surprised with the results.  It just goes to show what a huge difference a little fabric can make!  Think again the next time you are considering throwing out your granny's old chair.

Just in case you've already forgotten what she looked like before, here is a quick reminder.

And here she is now.

I'm sharing this transformation with these parties.  Be sure to check them out!

Furniture Feature Fridays

Tip Junkie handmade projects

The Shabby Nest


Domestically Speaking


freckled laundry


Penny Wenny

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chevron Curtains and a living room update

After much debate over the fabric choices that I shared with you fine folks HERE, I decided to go with one  of my favorite and trusted prints, the blue and antique chevron print from to make extended length curtains for my living room and kitchen.

I bought the fabric on clearance and lined 4 pieces with blackout drapery lining that was also on clearance at Joann's.  It makes the curtains extra thick, and they really do black out any light.  They also help to keep the home more energy efficient. I raised the height of my curtain rods, and opted to use curtain rod hooks for a more airy feel.

I love them.  It's amazing how much bigger the rooms feel with my curtain height extended. 

I've been holding off on showing them to you because my kitchen and living room are still very much in progress, but this way you can enjoy the ride with me.  Here's the status so far.

We added a custom cut glass top to the dining room table that I shared with you all HERE to protect it and to allow for much easier cleanup after each meal.  This investment was so worth it to me.

I treated myself to this darling fork and spoon for my birthday (purchased on sale from Hobby Lobby) instead of my originally planned "EAT" sign above the sink.  I saw them while browsing and decided that a fork and spoon say EAT just as well as the text does. 

I added some small plates above the buffet, and will hang that fabulous silver tray above them soon.  I found that baby for $5 at Salvation Army all tarnished and couldn't believe how gorgeous it was once I polished her up.

The real dilemma in my kitchen right now is the bar stool situation for the island.  That story is going to be reserved for an entire post.  Hold on to your seats, my friends.  Try your best to just ignore what's going in in these pics at the island... :)

In the living room, I basically sold everything that was in there before with the exception of my couch and coffee table.  I wanted to start with a completely blank canvas and build up. 
Here's a few of the living room "before" decor.  I was so done with all the dark colors in the orange/red/
brown tones.

The couch was positioned the other direction, facing towards the large wall where the espresso colored entertainment center was, closing the space off between the kitchen and living room.

Here are the changes we've made so far in this room.

I got this fabulous new rug from my sweets for my bday, and added a few new pillows. 

Don't look too closely at the pillows because many of the "covers" right now are just loose swatches of fabric waiting to be sewn.  You get the idea though, right? I am very aware of all of the geometric print action that's happening, but I think it will all come together once all my pillows are finished (with more prints coming in) and the items that are really going on the wall have been hung.
On the main wall opposite the kitchen, I would like to build a huge custom unit from floor to ceiling with lots of moulding, but my hubbs and I are trying to figure out how to do it ourselves and decide if we're brave/dumb enough to attempt it on our own.  I think we are both. 

This poor space over here is where we currently have everything shoved so that we can still watch sesame street every. blasted. morning.  Yup. 

That's it, friends!  There's the very long version of what could have just been:

"Remember the curtains in these two rooms before?

this is the WAY before shot... like right when we moved in :)

Here they are now!"

Loving you for listening to me ramble on and on when I should be showering/cleaning/grocery shopping/sewing my pillows/choreographing/the list goes on and on forever...