Saturday, July 30, 2016

Some Chairs do not need pairs....

I am not sure what it is about a chair.  But I love them.



  In my master bedroom remodel I wanted something pretty that would hold the extra pillows from the bed at night.  A guy came in the store and had a couple of these "Indonesian" made chairs that had great lines but were not desirable antiques.  I bought them any way planning to use them myself. 



Upholstery was in good shape just letting go. I  decided on a Mossy colored paint and some drop cloth for the seat.  

It took two coats of paint and distressed beautifully.  Love those curves and raised designs.  I used clear and dark wax ...clear first and I do not buff in ..I just let it set a few..as in 10 mins ..and then blend in dark for the effect I want.





Drop cloth was used to cover the seat and I took a little extra of the padding out so that it would lay flatter.....

I will honestly say that I do not think I will make a living at upholstery.


I used a pneumatic stapler and I turn my edges under so that I staple through two layers of fabric.  More labor intensive but looks a lot neater.




After I got the drop cloth on, and it was not a professional Job but an efficient one, I concentrated on the trim to hide those staples and blend the puckers in .....

I had some hemp "string" and decided to braid it into trim.  Mental note..you will need three pieces of string that is 3 times longer than the length that you need to cover.  
You will have some left over depending on how tight or loose you braid and that is better then not enough....


A large clip to hold the ends together.


Hot glue was used to attach it to the chair, making sure that I kept it centered over the staple line...




Nope not perfect...however love the color and does a perfect Job holding pillows...and a great place to sit while putting on shoes.  

A fun project!
Stay cool this is what the outdoor thermometer that is the shade reads today:




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

China cabinet upcycle

I am in the process of updating the master bedroom in the house and finding more floor space is a primary goal.  In the effort to  meet my goal I have started thinking out side of the box  china cabinet.  


This is a water damaged barn find that has some great lines..and character....


It had damaged feet so I just cut them down to the good wood.  took about 3.5 inches off....




Glued up as much veneer as I could salvage and removed what I could not...note the interior back....


I made a nice neutral mix of paint with a splash of blue..

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I applied the paint in thin layers and in some places the yellow was peeking out...and that was fine..because I did a very mild distressing.  


The warped back was covered in Audubon bird prints.  You are none the wiser if you have not read this post....

I mounted under the bottom skirt a power strip to plug in the TV and Roku....this hides the chords nicely...

I use this for jewelry storage and keepsakes ....and it holds the TV and Roku.....


I purchased reproduction castors from Lowe's ..drilled the legs out and added 2 inches back to the height and rolling makes it easy to clean under and easy to  get to the back of the TV If we should need to.  


Vintage glass deviled egg dishes work great for jewelry storage as well as smaller dishes....





A wooden textile spool works great to stack watches and bracelets on that I do not wear that often.  
The white boxes hold vintage and keepsake jewelry that I do not wear but want to hold on to...



Since the the locking mechanism no longer worked I replaced it with a very special pull .  It was a gift from a wonderful friend.  She purchased it while she was in Italy ..it is hand painted and I love it.


So the china cabinet:

Replaced this.....beautiful as it is....to see and find what you are looking for was a pain....


and on of these.... 
 The style I have is a little wider and it has found a more useful space in the home office....

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So yes I achieved my goal to save some floor space....about 9 square feet ...and I will take em!!!
And the final cost was less than 30 bucks....

I will have to say to scale down is a liberating process....I am on a roll...next will be the closets.....
Sheryl




Thursday, July 14, 2016

Color does not have to be a big commitment!

 “I was inspired by Big Chill’s stoves  (you can check out their innovative stoves here)  and challenged to incorporate fun vibrant colors with my own style into the most important room of the house: the kitchen.”  

This sounds like fun and is a color I incorporate in my kitchen....
Turquoise.

Color can be a big statement , a subtle hint or mechanism used to pull a space together. I use the latter of the two.  I have a natural color pallet in most of my house and especially my kitchen has a very neutral pallet.  I some times want to change my  color scheme.
So here are some of the ways I play with color in my kitchen....




I love the color in these type flower paintings. They are cheap that is a plastic frame I rubbed gilding wax on.  They are somewhat easy to find and the color is bright and bold.

I have open shelving in my kitchen so the use of vintage bowls also makes the use of color fun.

Books are a great way to inexpensively add color.....



And lets not forget those little things that come in handy in a kitchen that can also be used for a pop of color...
The handles of scissors.  


Storage...a painted basket..


Vintage Lefton Saucer to hold soaps at the sink...


A vintage Christmas light cover with just the right shade of turquoise! 


Here are a few ideas of how you can play with color.  I would love to show you a shot of my kitchen but it is under demolition.

Ain't this pretty!


I will be posting the completion of the kitchen....Well when it is complete.....

I hope that you find that color that works for you and a fun way to use it.....
Sheryl




Monday, June 27, 2016

Wearing the Sewing machine...

I seems that vintage machinery was made to be a little more decorative.  Sewing machines were in every home and a sure fire way to appeal to ladies that would leave them out is to make them pretty.  So the era ,of  woman really "making" her home, was a fancy one! .. .And I am one of those strange gals that loves vintage sewing machines.... I own and use a few....




I bought this machine off the truck...BECAUSE it is a Singer..


And it was a mess....no hope in getting this gal going again but she still had all the lines we Singer collectors love....So I stripped her of her pretty parts....and spray painted her....she looks lovely on the porch of the Cave...




One of the plates off of her made this.....


The prism is parts of a chandy...chandelier...a one of a kind pc.  A fun quick project....as well as this bracelet made from the needle plate of a treadle machine...


Another one of a kind item.  And lets not limit this to just sewing machinery....The flat ware gets in on transformations as well!

From the handle of a vintage silver plate knife....






The handles of Forks....


And Spoons....


Why not wear items from an era that detail and beauty were a must!
What a stylish way to go green!
Sheryl