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One Chair Down, One To Go

As you can see by the title, I finally have a chair done!

If there ever was a moment for me to have my very own orchestra, now is it.

I bought these chairs from Goodwill, oh, I don’t know, about FIVE MONTHS AGO.  For $12.00 each, kids.

Q:  Seriously, does re-upholstering a couple of chairs really take that long?

A:  It does when you have no idea what you’re doing!

Here’s what I started with…

It might be hard to tell, but that is actually pink, striped crushed velvet…and, underneath that layer, was some lime green crushed velvet.  Surprise!

And, here’s the first chair, all done…

How do you like them buttons?? I was under the impression that would be the most difficult part of this project…

Yeah, right.

I did about 100 things wrong while upholstering this chair, and decided to fix about 50 of them.  I’m worried the next chair is going to look so much better because I actually kind of get it now.

Kind of.

I hope that as I’m working on the second chair, I can get more photos of the steps I take, and present it to you in more of a ‘How To’ (or maybe ‘How NOT To’) format.

In the meantime, if you have any tips, suggestions, or even questions, please, please comment! Nothing makes me happier than to hear from you!

Pallet Coffee Table

We purchased our new construction home two months ago, and I’m in the process of trying to blend my industrial/rustic style with my husbands ultra-modern/black plastic style (Read: I’m trying to make sure there is NO modern, black, plastic-y stuff in our house).  One of the things I really wanted was a large coffee table, but I didn’t want the expense.  I started searching the internet and came across a ton of really cool pallet table ideas, and so began the search for some FREE pallets.  First, I asked my husband.  “Sure,” he says, “I can get you some pallets.”  A month later, and still no pallets.  I asked a friend if her husband could get some pallets for me.  “Yeah!” She says, “My husband has a ton of pallets at work.  He can get you some!”  A month later, and still no pallets.  Think, think, think…got it! I’m a genius (in a sing song voice)!! I put on my skinny jeans and asked some guys at our construction site for a couple of pallets.  “Sure,” they say, “Take as many as you need!”  Apparently, my skinny jeans weren’t doing the trick, because they didn’t carry them home for me.

The pallets were pretty beat up, so first I had to sand them…and then I had to sand them some more:

After I finished sanding, and cleaning, I started staining them.  Our couch right now is dark brown, so I wanted to make sure that the wood wasn’t too dark.  I went with Minwax Wood Finish, Early American 230:

I have to admit, this was my first time staining wood! It was so easy! Much easier than painting, I think.  Well, honestly, I haven’t painted much.  So, painting may not be so difficult, either.

I’m now in the process of putting a top coat on the wood and painting my brackets and caster wheels.  Stay tuned for the finished product in the next few days!

Pallet Coffee Table: Part 2

I did it! I was able to finish my pallet coffee table in time for Thanksgiving, and I have to say, it’s an amazing coffee table! It was a lot of work, but so worth it.

I had a really hard time figuring out how to attach the top of the table to the bottom, and finally came to a solution, using elbow brackets.  I wish now that I had spray painted them to match the rest of the hardware on the table, but you can’t actually see the brackets unless you lay on the ground, so I won’t worry about it too much.

I have some ideas about hardware on the outside of the table, just to give it a more industrial vibe.  We’ll see how that plays out.  I added an extra 2 x 4 in between the pallets, to give it some extra height, along with locking caster wheels.

I really can’t tell you how proud I am of this table! I have never made anything like this before, so to start a project like this and see it finished, is an incredible feeling.  Try it yourself, and let me know how it goes.

We’re headed out to the movies but I’ll be back tomorrow to show you our Christmas tree.  I’m trying to convince my husband to let me change up all of our typical holiday decorations.  We’ll see if I’m successful…

Lamp Re-Vamp

I have to admit, the title of my post made me giggle.

On Sunday, my husband took down the chandelier in what is supposed to be our formal dining room, but we’re using it as a sitting area because it connects directly to the living room.  It came with our house and was brushed silver.

After brushing it with some steel wool, and spraying it with primer, I decided to paint it the same color as the hardware on my pallet coffee table.

I also purchased some Edison light bulbs to give the chandelier an antique-y vibe.  I think it still looks like a pretty modern, semi-industrial chandelier.

The light coming from the Edison bulbs is so much warmer than the light from a fluorescent bulb.  Much prettier for photography!

I also got a table lamp that was white ceramic from Marshall’s a few months ago, but the desk and bookcases in our office are white right now, so I decided to give the lamp a little boost.  I totally forgot to take a picture of the original lamp, but imagine it shiny and white.

 

The light coming from the Edison bulbs is so much warmer than the light from a fluorescent bulb.  Much prettier for photography!

I also got a table lamp that was white ceramic from Marshall’s a few months ago, but the desk and bookcases in our office are white right now, so I decided to give the lamp a little boost.  I totally forgot to take a picture of the original lamp, but imagine it shiny and white.

I love how bold the blue is, and this paint dried really quick! I don’t think it’s actually intended for ceramic, so we’ll see how well it holds up.  I decided that I don’t like the shade that’s currently on the lamp, so I’ll be hunting for something new.

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For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you know that yesterday I made an outstanding purchase at Goodwill.

These chairs were only $12.00 each!! I’m putting these chairs in my project line up and hopefully I’ll get them started sooner than I have the drapes.  I’m pretty sure that parts of the chair are not actually wood, but maybe some type of resin? Oh well! I’m too happy to have found a style of chair that I like for so cheap!

I found my fabric for the back panel of the chair.  For the front of the chair and the cushion, I’m going to use drop cloths, which are kind of a light oatmeal color.

What do you think? My drapes are (eventually going to be) white with a blue Marrakech trellis pattern.  I hope it all works together! I’ve really tried to just go with what I like and make it work, and so far, so good.  I hope I can keep that ball rolling.

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I’ve decided that for 2014 I’d like to do a photo a week project and I’d love it if you all would join me.  I’ll have a post coming tomorrow with the weekly photos to be taken and how it will all work.