Saturday, August 11, 2012

Rose Compass Side Table

I wanted to show off a little side table I painted recently.  It was a garage sale leftover that no one wanted.
I painted it black and then Daughter and I painted a basic compass rose on the top.

The handles were changed to these cute knobs that have an eight pointed star on them as well to help carry the theme. 

It came out really cute. I think it would be nice in a living room or travel themed office or den (man-cave!)

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Single Chair Refurbish

A couple of weeks ago Husband and I found this little old chair at a garage sale for $5! The wood was really dry and the fabric was really dusty.

It had three layers of nasty fabric,all dry and crusty and the foam stuffing fell apart on contact.  I removed all of that and finished the seat with new foam and some basic upholstery fabric.  I spray painted several coats of white on the chair and replaced the seat.  It came out alright.  

It's fairly cute and ready for sale.  Here it comes, Craigslist!

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Veil into Wedding Garter Tutorial

My daughter gets married in about 30 days!  Very exciting.  
Of course, she didn't want to wear my wedding dress, although I really don't blame her.
She also did not want to wear my veil, another thing I don't blame her for.  It was all perfect in 1984! So in style.  But not in 2012!

I made the veil myself with tulle and the leftover trim from my dress. I loved it and I was very proud of making it .

Here is Daughter modelling.

I figured, why not use the veil for something she could wear?  So I went through and unstitched all the little trim pieces and detached it from the crown part. Then I flattened out the tulle and cut a three inch wide strip.

I ran two lengths of gathering stitches down the center.

Then I pulled up the threads and pinned the 3/4 inch wide ribbon down the center. 

I stitched, using navy thread, along each edge and then removed the gathering threads.

Then I measured Daughter's thigh and cut a length of 1/2 inch wide elastic, then threaded it through the opening between the tulle and ribbon.

The two ends were sewn together to secure the elastic and complete the circle.

I sewed two pieces of the saved trim onto the garter and an old earring from her great grandmother was hot glued in between.  This will be the throwing garter.
The second one will be her keepsake.  It only has a small covered elastic bit on the back side.  Hopefully neither one will be itchy or uncomfortable to wear.  

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Refinished Dining Set #2

Un-pause!  It feels like my blog has been on pause since the spring.  I have been busy with setting up our new house after the move, helping my daughter plan her wedding, preparing for her bridal shower (which was held in our home), and taking furniture to her apartment in LA.

This is the dining set that I refinished for her.  We purchased it at least three years ago at a garage sale for $50.  It has been shuffled around in our garage since then.  I was thrilled to finally finish it and get it done!
First I removed the nasty seats and set them aside.

I sanded slightly and  rubbed them down with deglosser.  They were filthy!

The first coat of paint went on by hand.  Tedious!  Then we moved and Husband set up the paint booth.  I used my sprayer for the second coat and it went soooooo fast!

All six chairs were quickly done.

We taped and papered off the top of the table as it was that high gloss finish.  Even though it had a huge scratch in the finish it was better than trying to sand down through that plastic-like finish.
The legs and skirt (?) got the paint treatment.
I used Behr in Beluga, my go-to color.  Love it!  Undertones of blue.  Behr worked really well in the sprayer.  I have since used Glidden as well but it is a thinner paint and and spatters and leaves a sandpaper like finish.  Ick!

Here is the finished table in its new home!

I had to strip the chair seats down to the boards as they smelled horrible.  I used one of those eggcrate mattress pads for the padding and leftover canvas drop-cloth.

Of course their apartment is an average one bedroom and couldn't really hold six chairs.  Nor could Daughter's Toyota hold more than three chairs!  She took the other arm less one later.

I think the whole set turned out very well.
Just found a buffet/credenza on Craigslist for her.  Thinking it will be painted to match.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Tour of Our New House

I thought I would finally post some pictures of our new house.  We found it through a friend and we are renting it for the next two years.  It was built in 1989 and is surrounded by ten acres of farm land.  We do not have to farm however! It is leased out to a farmer.

Two bedrooms and a bath at one end of the house.

Kitchen, dig the light blue tiles!

This is the furniture of the person who sold it.

This is one of the bedrooms, in process.  Boxes everywhere.

The other bedroom.

There is a cute alcove off the living room.  It is sort of a music room/library.  Our piano is on one side and a book shelf is hidden behind the stack of boxes.

Our  dining table and china cabinet.

Here is the living room. Lovely sliding glass door to the back yard flanked by windows.

Now starts the pictures of our rooms all put together.

The kitchen with our little house canisters and other goodies put away.

The living room, without boxes.  I want to do a sort of gallery wall here with the tv.

Opposite the tv wall is a bookshelf with all our memorabilia from overseas.

The alcove with bookshelf all arranged and the piano .

This is my craft/sewing room and my sons room when he returns from deployment.

Daughter's room that will become a guest room when she gets married in September.

Front door.

Our crazy huge bathroom.  It is large enough to put a queen size mattress in and still have some space for walking around. That door is one of the his/hers walk in closets.

You walk through the kitchen to get to the bathroom and through that to get to the bed chamber.  And I call it a chamber for a reason.  it is smaller than the bathroom and is a dead end at the back of the house. The wallpaper has to go.

Th view into the laundry room.  It is also a pass through to the garage, beyond the door.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour.  I love living out in the country.  No noisy neighbor parties or dogs barking or porch lights left on to shine in our eyes at night. It is a little further away from stores, but worth it.