Lace Tabletop

I scored this cute little table at an auction.  At first glance it looked perfect so I was excited to get it for such a steal.

However, once we got it home we discovered it had a small nail-hole in the top.  My husband removed the nails and noticed the piece was engineered in such a way that the legs would just slip into slots and become extremely sturdy without the need of fasteners of any kind.

After he put the table back together, I had the (more) difficult task of choosing a paint color.  I opted for a blue-green chalk paint (I added Plaster of Paris and water to make my own).  Although, I was happy with the color, something was missing… AND there was still a hole in the top.  So I dug through my stash of linens and found an old tattered lace table cloth.

I placed the tablecloth on the table, centering the design as much as possible and spray painted it with white paint.  Using a smaller cloth I repeated the process on the lower level of the table.  After the paint was dry, I sanded, lightly distressed, and waxed the entire piece.  This technique helps to hide the small hole as it just blends in with the rest of the distressed look.

I hope you like the outcome as much as I do.

 

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Vanity Update – update

After much searching and nearly two years of work (and procrastination), we finally have a finished vanity.

If you missed the BEFORE, you can check it out below, or visit the “Vanity Update” link for the full transformation journey.

It took some time to find the perfect mirror as the original dresser did not have one.  I was actually torn between two different ones but ended up with the one below and I am quite happy with the finished product.

 

A Couch to Swoon For!

via Daily Prompt: Paint

A few months ago I found this swan fainting couch for a mere $20.  I loved the fact that it was a fainting sofa and that it was so inexpensive so I jumped at the chance to make it something more.

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It had some damage; an angry cat and a wobbly let but, all-in-all, it was sturdy and fixable.

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We started by taking the entire piece apart.  We always work carefully and take a lot of pictures so we will know how it goes back together.

My initial hope was to strip the finish and bring out the natural wood and reupholster with a light colored fabric.  However, when we tried to strip the finish it was nearly impenetrable.

We tried several techniques and products but eventually gave up.  The wood under the finished was very usual and would not take stain well so we stopped working in the couch and started some other projects.

Finally, after a few months of research, I decided to go ahead and paint the couch.  I am not a fan of painting furniture but this had to be an exception as the wood was nothing that would take a stain or could even be treated to preserve the natural look.  (I am thinking it is made of Poplar).

I started by cleaning out all of the little nooks and crannies and wiping down to remove any dust and grime.  Next, I primed each piece with Kilz.

Once I added a couple of coats of paint, it was time I took the piece inside so I could add the finishing touches.  Even though it may seem less practical, I like to do the detail work in my house.  My shop tends to be dusty and I hated to risk messing up the white finish.

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I decided to go with an antiquing glaze instead of distressing by sanding (not a fan as it tends to damage the wood).

This was my first large project with the glaze and I was very pleased.  Just look at the detail!

Next, it was time to add the seating.  Since the original board under the foam was broken, we chose to cut a new piece of plywood for a nice sturdy seat.

We were able to reuse most of the original foam.  I used the original fabric for a pattern and began the task of rebuilding.

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It took some time and much “discussion” over the correct way to add the seating but we finally agreed to disagree and did the best we could.

I have a few more staples to add and the trim but it looks like it will be a beautiful piece.

TA DA!!!!  Finally Finished!  (now to get it sold)

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Nana’s Yellow Table

It must be something about owning a yellow house.  Everything yellow seems to catch my eye.

When I found this table in my mother’s house after she passed away I thought it was too cute to throw out so I decided to take it home and show it some love.

I started by taking it completely apart and sanding it down.  Some of the dowel rods with missing in the rack so I had to purchase and cut new ones to fill in the gaps.

Then I applied 2 coats of white paint and put it back together.

 

Once the table was back together, I had to start working on the top.  There was a hole in the top where a lamp was once attached so I to seal the hole with wood filler and paint over it.

A few months ago I ran across a table online that had been tiled using old broken china.  I loved the look and set our to find the perfect pink plates to do something similar.  However, I never was able to find the right plates for the job; or to complete the look I had in my head.

While garage sale shopping with my girlfriend, I stumbled upon a set of 10 plates for $3.  I initially passed them up but finally decided I could not pass up a $3 deal… surely, I would find SOMETHING  to do with 10 daisy plates.

Eventually I got impatient and decided to forgo the pink table top and opted to use the yellow daisy plates for my little magazine table.

 

I carefully cut each piece and laid it out on my work space so the pattern would line up.  After I was sure I had enough tiles cut, I placed them on the table top to see exactly how I wanted it to look.  (please be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses)

Once I had it all laid out like I wanted it, I used tile adhesive to attach each piece to the table top.  You can do this a couple of ways:  you can spread the adhesive on the full table using a tile trowel or you and do like I did and put the adhesive on each individual piece and lay them one at a time.

The reason I chose to do it that was is because all of the pieces were different widths and shapes and it was nearly impossible to get them even.

I let the adhesive dry overnight and added non-sanded grout the next day and let that dry overnight.  The next day, I sealed the grout with grout sealer.

I had initially thought about leaving the table while but the yellow daisies seem to get lost in the white table so I decided to paint the table yellow and add a light brown glaze to bring out the golden brown tones of the daisy petals.

Finally, it was time to add a coat of poly.  I always try to use poly just to add extra durability.  The last thing you want it for your paint to chip away.

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I am very happy with the way it turned out.

Vanity Update!

When my husband and I moved into our home last year we were confused by the pedestal sink sitting in our bedroom.  It was set in an area all of it’s own beside the door that let to the toilet and tub.  I know immediately what I wanted to do with the space.

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Before!

I found a beautiful brass basin and fixture set at a garage sale just after we moved in but finding the perfect dresser took over a year.

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During the transformation.  I forgot to take a photo before we cut the holes.

We cut holes in the top and sanded the entire dresser to prepare for the new poly-stain and fixtures.

I applied 2 coats of poly stain and we took it into the house to start the installation.  I applied 2 more coats of poly stain and my husband made adjustments to the drawers so they would remain somewhat functional.

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Before the last 2 coats of poly stain and before I repainted the drawer pulls.

I still have to paint the drawer pulls to match and take new pictures AFTER the last 2 coats of poly but you can get a general idea of how if is going to look.

I still need to find the perfect mirror so stay tuned….

Grandmother’s Mantel

When I met my husband 4 years ago, he told me that he had salvaged the fireplace mantel from his grandmother’s home.  The home was scheduled to be torn down and he loved the mantle so he and his ex-wife removed the mantel and took it to their home.

My husband worked on the mantel in his spare time, striping years of paint and dust, and sanding it down to the bare wood.

When he and his ex divorced, the mantel went into storage and stayed there until we married last October.  We put the mantel in the garage until I got inspired by an episode of “Fixer Upper” and Joanna Gaines.

I decided I would measure the mantel to see if it would work as a queen headboard in our master bedroom.

It was PERFECT!

It took 4 grown men and a little stain but we got it installed and I love the look of it.

 

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It will stay here, safe and sound, until it finally makes it’s home at my stepdaughter’s home.

Ooh La La

Like many of my projects, I found this old trunk at a garage sale and knew I wanted to do something with it.  It was spray painted with an ugly gold paint over some sort of melted lettering, “Daddy’s work shoes”.

For the first few years, I stored Christmas decorations in it and just forgot about it.  Finally, I decided it was time to do something with the pitiful trunk.

The first thing I had to do was strip the horrible paint off and try to remove the melted lettering.  Initially, I thought it was hot glue but it turned out to be some kind of blue and red melted rubber that came off relatively easily with the paint thinner.

Next, I cleaned the inside.  I tore out all of the paper lining and vacuumed to remove any loose debris.

I decided to paint it an off white and try my hand at distressing.  I am not much for distressing furniture but, as you can tell from the pictures, it was already pretty distressed.

I just do not see the point in sanding and banging up perfectly good furniture to make it look old.  I am trying to come around to this new trend and try to make things others will like so I thought I would give it a shot and enhance the dings and scuffs already present.  After all, if I plan on ever making any money at this, I have to be able to set out of my comfort zone.

I sprayed one coat of primer before adding 2 coats of the off-white then lightly sanded the outside around corners and edges.

Next I broke out a stencil I had purchased and stenciled the top and front of the trunk. After the stencil dried for 24 hours I distressed a little more and added a coat of matte poly to give it a little protection.

The lining was a nice pink fabric I had on hand and I trimmed the lining with a taupe gimp to give it a more finished look and added durability.

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It has now found it’s temporary home in my booth at a local flea market.

 

 

 

The Fainting Couch

I spotted a fainting couch on one of the many facebook buy/swap pages.  It was listed for $20 so I knew I had to have it.

When I arrived to pick it up, the seller told me a cat had damaged the cloth and part of the foam but that was perfectly fine with me.  I knew I wanted to recover it anyway.

The piece was a not-so-lovely floral print with a heavy lacquer/shellac finish.

My husband and I started the process of removing the fabric, foam, upholstery tacks, and at least a billion stables.  We were careful to leave the fabric as intact as possible so I can use it for a pattern.  This should really save when purchasing my fabric as I will know the precise (or close to it) yardage.

We left the project last night with a partially stripped frame.  The finish has proved to be more than either of us can deal with.

I am now faced with making a decision about what to do next:  paint and distress the frame (remember, I am a purist), what color (dark or light) and what fabric to use (print or solid).  I initially wanted to do a dark stain with light colored fabric but now I am leaning toward painting the frame white and choosing a fabric that will not show grime.  I would LOVE to use a script print.  You just never know about me 😉

Here are a few pictures of yesterday’s progress:

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Damage from previous owner’s cat.

 

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Back-roll foam.
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Foam pieced together by manufacturer in back.
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Wood seat support – this will have to be replaced.

 

 

 

The $25 Sofa (The Finale)

Well,  I am happy to report the sofa in 98% complete!  I still want to over-stuff the cushions as I am not completely satisfied with the way they turned out.

Yesterday’s tasks consisted of completing the back cushion, adding trim, and additional work on the seat cushions.

The back wasn’t too difficult.  Once I decided on a plan of attack, it went pretty smoothly.  I decided NOT to replace the tufting.  I kept the buttons from the original piece but they would have to be recovered in matching fabric and I would probably have a hard time getting them back in the correct place.

Once the back was secured to the frame I added the cord trim.   I have a few minor burns (they call it hot glue for a reason) but I am thrilled with the finished product.

The cushions still need a bit more “fluff” but I have plenty of time to figure that out.  I may rub a little Tung Oil finish into the wood to give it a little more depth.  I also plan to make a few bolster and throw pillows in a coordinating french print fabric (Ooh la la).

All in all, I am very pleased with my first upholstery project.  I think it will look great in my daughter’s Austin apartment; and if it doesn’t I know the perfect spot for it.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photos.  I really do not feel they do the piece justice.

Thanks for tagging along.

Now on to the next project….

Before adding the back and over-stuffing the cushions

Before and after; not the best representation of either.
                A few close-ups of trim work.

 

 

The $25 Sofa

Happy Monday, everyone!

I am happy to report that much progress was made on the $25 sofa this weekend.  I admit, I was hoping to post pictures of a completed project but, as it turns out, this reupholstering business is HARD work.  Especially, for someone who did not have a clue how to even begin.

My Saturday goal was to get as much of the base done as possible so I could work on cushions Sunday.

I was able to stain the frame Friday night.  Unfortunately, it was still a little tacky Saturday morning when I got started but I was determined to move forward.

I began by covering the springs with burlap to give it a nice surface to work with; kind of like a painter’s canvas.  I used a pneumatic staple gun to staple to burlap to the wood frame. (If you plan to do any type of reupholstering PLEASE invest in one of these.  I cannot even image trying to do this job with a manual staple gun.)

Next, I place batting and foam on the arms.  This was the last item I pulled off of the original sofa so this is where I decided to begin.  This was also the most difficult as it took a lot of finesse (I would call it finagling) to get the coverage, smoothness, AND to hide the staples.

Once the arms were done, it was on to the seat.  The first thing to do is cushion the front edge-rail.  This is where the bend of your knees rest when you sit down.  The cushions will cover this area so it is also used to help keep the cushions in place (a lip, of sorts).

I was able to find a really cute french print fabric for the finish fabric.  This fabric is sewn to the main fabric and will not be seen unless the cushions are removed.  I stapled the main fabric to the front rail, pulling the finish fabric (sewn to the main fabric) tight over the burlap and stapling it to the back rail.

This entire process (burlap, arms, and seat) took about 8 hours; I did stop long enough to eat a bite but it was pretty much non-stop for most of the day.

Since Saturday was my husband’s birthday, I decided to break at 4:00 so we could do a little celebrating.

Sunday Seating

Well, this is the day I have been dreading.  I have never made seat cushions before.  I have a wonderful, brand new sewing machine my husband bought me for our first Christmas, three years ago, but have never really used it.  I LOVE to sew but, in all honesty, I have to admit the new machine scared the bejesus out of me.  I have always used an old, second-hand, Plain Jane sewing machine.  This new, fancy machine has all of the bells and whistles and is completely computerized.  EEEEK!

I sat down, drug out the instruction manual and started the process of switching out the pressure foot to begin sewing the welting.  Again, something new for me.  I guesstimated how much welting I would need and began the task of cutting 2-in strips of fabric.  I did not want to buy a lot of cotton cord for the welt so I decided to use a trick I found online; I used jute string, instead.  Now, I know what you are thinking, “JUTE?”.  Yes, Jute!  This $25 sofa has already reached my budget and I am making this for my daughter, NOT for a customer paying for a brand new customized piece of furniture.  I don’t mean to be rude but I have been so hard on myself that I just have to keep reminding myself of that very fact.  I would drive myself crazy trying to get it perfect if I didn’t.

At any rate, I ended up with WAY to much welt (about twice as much as I needed).  Hopefully I can put it to use on a few throw pillows.

I was able to take one of the original cushions apart (GROSS) to use for a pattern for the new cushions.  It took me the entire day to finish the cushions.  I still have a LOT of tweaking to do.  I ended up with way to much fabric in my cushion covers so now I have to over-stuff them to get them tight enough.  I just don’t have the heart to tear them all apart and make them smaller.  Besides, I think they need a little more “oomph” anyway.

The photos below do NOT show the cushions.  Frankly, I am a little ashamed of them at this point; however, I will try to post a few pictures tomorrow if I get them stuffed the way I want and IF I can get the back finished.

I hope you enjoy seeing the progress thus far.  I am completely thrilled with the way it is coming along.