What’s been happening here!

Good morning! I’m so glad you stopped by today! I don’t have a new completed project today, but I wanted to catch you up on a few things that have been going on around here. I have some projects done, but got started on them before taking picture. Oops! I have some projects in the middle of completion, but I have one I can share next week! Yippee!

Here’s the project I will share next week:

 

I recovered two of my outdoor chairs with…shower curtains! I will detail the process next week. Don’t they look so pretty!

Project number 2: See the wall at the bottom right of the first picture? It was a half wall with posts on the top. Very 1960’s. My husband tore all that out and oh my goodness! What a difference! It really opened up the room! I love it! He also took the drywall off the header above the opening and we are going to try to make it look like a beam. I’m so excited!

 

Steve also made this plant holder. Lauren featured this on her Garden Round Up Friday post and we both decided we wanted one, so Steve got busy! I planted a couple of succulents and some basil seeds in the others. I love it by the fountain!

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I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Desk Chair Makeover

Good morning! Are you snowed in where you are? I hope everyone is okay! We are finally having some much needed rain! I think I write about this every year, but it’s just been so long since we really had enough. Hopefully it keeps coming! I was also able to get a few projects done during my Christmas break, so here goes!

I found this chair by some trash cans while we still lived at the old house, so that is over a year ago. It’s just been sitting in my garage waiting for me. ūüôā Haley took her desk chair to school with her and had been using one of my kitchen table chairs, so this was the perfect project for the desk in her room.

The chair was a dark brown so I primered it first. I always start with the chair upside down on a table. That way I am sure to get all the underneath parts and don’t miss anything that I have to try and touch up later. Once the underside is done, I turn it over and paint the top. So I started with the primer. I forgot to get a picture of just the primer so you can see some runs from the grey from when I painted the underneath side.

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I went over the whole chair with grey paint next. This was paint I had from Haley’s bedroom. I don’t know the color because it was an ‘oops’ can at Home Depot. I found the fabric at Hobby Lobby at the after Christmas sale. I loved all the different pops of color in it! I can’t have anything too crazy in Haley’s room, so she actually helped picked it out.

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I took my board for the seat of the chair and laid out the fabric under it. Then I cut the fabric to a couple of inches larger than the board. This will give me enough to staple onto the board.

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Making sure the fabric is centered, I fold over the edge of the fabric to give it a little more strength. I start by stapling the fabric in the center of each side of the board, making sure it is a snug fit. Once I have the middle staple in, I do a few more on each side to keep it all even. For the corners, I fold it in to make a neat fold.  I have a couple of other posts about recovering chairs if you want to check them out, here and here.

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Once the fabric was stapled to the seat board, I screwed the board back onto the chair. And it was finished! Sometimes I wonder why I put off things for so long, when in reality, it doesn’t take that long to do the whole project. Who knows?!

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Now Haley can finally have a chair at her desk and won’t have to keep stealing my kitchen chairs! Lol!

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I’m so glad I got this project done. One less thing in my garage. Now on to the next one!

 

I hope you all have a great week!

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Here are a few other posts you might enjoy!

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My Vintage Chair Makeover

This is a re-post from last year. Hope you enjoy!

I’m back today with another makeover! I have so many projects and I am trying to get them done before¬† summer will be over and I will be back in school!! It’s much harder during the school year.

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This chair belonged to my Grandpa, my dad’s dad. He was born in 1898 . He sailed here from Holland and met his wife on the ship. They were married after they arrived in the United States. We have even found their names on the registry at Ellis Island. So much history! My dad received this chair after my grandpa passed away many years ago and it was in my parents room for a long time. My mom was ready for something different and asked if I wanted it. Of course! It has sat in Lauren’s room for a couple of years and I finally decided it was time to renew it.

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First I had to take off all the old material and batting.  Do you see all the little nailhead tacks? Yep, I had to remove all of those, plus staples.

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I used a small screwdriver and pliers to help me pull them all out.

This isn’t very pretty :(. I will have to figure out something to cover it up.

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Here is what was underneath everything. I pulled out all these nails too. The ‘stuffing’ is just a pillow inserted into the middle.

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Here it is, all naked. I tightened up the straps with a few more staples underneath and gave the wood a good cleaning. Then I used some antiquing wax on the brown wood to freshen it up a bit.

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I used the material from the old cover as a pattern to cut out a new one. I had some painters cloth and decided to use that for my cover. I laid the old one on top of the cloth and cut around it. I had to do some trimming afterwards.

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It didn’t quite come out straight! After trimming, I sewed the two sides together, leaving the back open to insert new padding. ¬†Notice, I purposely left the hem on the back so I wouldn’t have to sew it! ūüôā #justLOVEsewing!! #NOT!

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The padding that was in it was in pretty good shape, so I used it again.

I found this pretty twisted trim at Hobby Lobby and thought it would look relly good with the chair, plus it would cover up all the ugly holes. I used the tacks again, but no as many this time.

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I did freshen up the paint a bit too, but just with the same color. It’s done and ready to live out more days in our home. ¬†It’s perfect with the beach theme right now!

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I used neutral colors so it would go easily into any room in our home.

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Thanks for coming by and hope you have a wonderful week!

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Click on a picture below to see more makeovers!

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New Apartment, New Stuff

Hello everyone!  Welcome to another blog to show you where I live and what I have done with decorating.

So, I wanted to show off the living room and kitchen in my new apartment.  It is a lot smaller than the apartment before, but it is still very nice and cozy.

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Okay, let me start off by saying that the chair is probably not staying there. ¬†My roommate Mariah’s brothers brought the couch and chair and we aren’t sure what we are doing with the chair. ¬†But, besides that, this is the living room. ¬†This is the view from the kitchen with the front door in the background. ¬†We have a sliding glass door that is behind the chair that looks out onto our porch. ¬†We have the couch, the loveseat, the possible chair, a bookshelf and a TV stand.

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Here’s the bookshelf and the TV stand. ¬†The TV stand was here when I moved in, but I brought the bookshelf and my roommate Bailey helped to decorate it.

Living Room Bookshelf

The bookshelf is super cute! ¬†I covered the back with wrapping paper to add more design to the shelf. ¬†Some of the stuff is mine, where some was the other stuff was the other girls’.

Kitchen

And here is the kitchen. ¬†It’s so much smaller than the last kitchen, but it’s not bad because there’s less to clean. ¬†It’s just a skinny kitchen. ¬†Nothing too special. ¬†But one of my favorite things about it is the oven.

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I love the sign and the pot on the oven. ¬†Even though it is a misleading jar, it still looks cool on the oven. ¬†It also complements the small sugar jar on the counter next to the oven. ¬†And the sign…I don’t drink that much alcohol, but it is a cute sign.

So that’s the new living space in the apartment. ¬†It’s super cute and cozy! ¬†Even though it isn’t close to being completed, it is still really nice to have a living space. ¬†Oh, and if you’re wondering if I’m changing the cushions on the loveseat, I have fabric to make a cover for it.

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THE NEW LIFE OF A CHAIR

This is the story of a chair. ¬†A chair that we don’t know its whole life story. ¬†A piece of furniture that isn’t a huge statement piece or something that people would awe over if they found it at a yard sale.

Unless…that person was me.

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Before the Extreme Makeover

It was just another Saturday when my mom and I went on another one of our journey’s to the local garage sales in town. ¬†We were just about done when we stopped at one more place. ¬†And at this garage sale, was this little chair.

This chair was nothing special.  It was just a wooden folding chair.  But, it had a past.  We will never know what it went through before I bought it, but what I know is that now it is safe.  It is in my care and I will now make sure that it lives a good life as a chair.

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The seat doesn’t look too good at the start of the project.

This chair had a few nicks and scratches, but overall it looked pretty good.  It folded well, it was comfortable, it was a chair. When I saw this chair, I knew that I could give it a new life.  When it came home, I gave it a good sanding down to make it more even on all of the surfaces.  I was able to get some of the nicks out of the wood, but because of the condition of the chair, I planned on painting it instead.  I knew that I was going to paint it white because that would go with anything.

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The new finish on the chair.

The white looked amazing! ¬†This turned the sad chair that didn’t have a bright future into a chair with a lot of hope. ¬†This chair now looks like it belongs in a house and someone should sit in it.

Except that it doesn’t have a cushion…yet.

I picked a black and white fabric from my miniature Joann’s store to use as the cushion. ¬†It is a universal fabric that doesn’t only fit with one style. ¬†This fabric would make a wonderful cushion on this lovely chair.

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This fabric is universal so it can be used in any room

I took an old chair cushion that we had in our newly organized shed and cut it open to use the padding that was inside.  After cutting it down to size to fit on the seat of my chair, I added my fabric to cover the seat.

I did something tricky with the cushion.  When I was putting the cushion on the chair, I stapled the fabric on the front and back of the seat.  I did this so that the cushion was semi permanent.  Once I put the padding under the fabric, I was able to hot glue the other two edges down to the seat so the fabric was now hidden and stuck on chair.

And Voila!  The chair now has a new life!

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The finished product! A breath of fresh air

The chair now has a new life that it can live.  Love was poured into giving this chair a new life and it turned out beautiful.  It took a little time, but it was totally worth it.

Now…to find it a new home in mom’s house…

Love, Lauren