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Crusty Heirloom Chair

I’m sorry I couldn’t post this yesterday as promised. There was a glitch in the system on the site I needed to post the entry. This chair used to be part of a dining set that we had when my boys were small. As you can see, the black paint is almost gone, and it’s in pretty bad shape.

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I started by sanding the chair with 120 -220 grit sandpaper. I used my Ryobi Mouse…love that little guy! It’s like the energizer bunny…just keeps going. I was able to sand down the small cracks, but the larger cracks were still there. I would have used wood filler, but I was worried the color wouldn’t be the same in those areas after I stained. Also the chair was made of different woods.(something I couldn’t tell when painted). At this point, I must say, I was a little discouraged.

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I started by using the Briarsmoke stain on it first..but I thought it was too dark for the look I was going for.I wanted some glam to it.

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I then went over it with the Bleached Blue stain. I liked how the brown stayed in the cracks of the chair, and the blue kind of highlighted them.  I lightly sanded different areas to bring back some of the brown stain for the aged look.

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From there I used painters tape and plastic to cover the chair…all but the front bottom legs. I sprayed them with the Gold Mirror Effect…I love this product and the look it added to the chair.

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I then applied a coat of Varathane Triple Thick Poly to the chair. I had never used this product before, and I love that I only needed to use one coat. The chair feels so soft and smooth.

I had known exactly what I was going to do with the seat. I had recently made a rag rug that I was so happy with, you saw it here, I thought I would use a similar, but different, technique. I purchased 3 different types of yarn, in various thicknesses, hemp string, chair foam pad,  and a non slip rug protector. For the next few days, I was watching movies and working on it.

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This is what I purchased….this pic also shows what the back looks like when done…What I did was find a small book 6″ wide.  You could also use a piece of cardboard cut 6″.  I wrapped, and wrapped, and wrapped one of the yarns around it. ‘like your making a pom pom’ then cut at the top, then bottom…there you go…lots of pieces at once. Do this with all the yarns.

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I started by cutting the yarns in 6″ lengths.You slip a crochet hook in one little square with a strand attached and come up on the one next to it.then tie a knot. Keep going..using a random pattern. I had purchased a foam pad from the store and cut to fit the seat of the chair.  This is the back when done!

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I then purchased a canvas, and spray painted the sides with the Aged Gray Chalked spray paint. I then taped the sides and sprayed the front of the canvas with Rusto oleum Chalk Board spray paint.

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I used white paint for the lettering.  I then took burlap ribbon and went around the sides and attached thumbtacks to hold it down, and tied a bow at the top.

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I then purchased a canvas, and spray painted the sides with the Aged Gray Chalked spray paint. I then taped the sides and sprayed the front of the canvas with Rusto oleum Chalk Board spray paint. I used white paint for the lettering.  I then took burlap ribbon and went around the sides and attached thumbtacks to hold it down, and tied a bow at the top.

And here it is….finished….Please let me know what you think.

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Re Cycled Dresser to Child’s Kitchen

I just saw this on another bloggers site and just had to share it with you….since it’s right up my alley….love these kitchens for kids!!!

Have a little baker in your home that would love a play kitchen for the holidays? With a bit of TLC and some inspiration, you can transform an old piece of furniture into an adorable play set. You’ll be amazed by these whimsical transformations! From a Dresser Top… Photo …to a Cozy Kitchen Nook. […]

via DIY Children’s Play Kitchens from Recycled Furniture — Agatha Chocolats

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Chairs UpCycled

These chairs are from a waiting room that they were going to throw out. You have seen these chairs probably in every waiting room you have been in….

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Would you take them home? If so, what would you do with them? Well, the first thing was to remove/replace that ugly tweed fabric and padding inside.

Then pick out a paint color you like. I went with the same paint color on the wood. Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Satin Spray in Oasis Blue…Take your time…do 2 light coats, letting them dry in between coats. Then follow up with a couple of light coats of poly, letting dry in between coats.

The complimenting fabric is a high end outdoor fabric (that I had leftover from a previous job).  These would be perfect for a covered porch or patio.  The cost is the cost of a can of spray paint. Here they are now!

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What I am trying to say is….think outside the box. If it is in good condition, and you could use them when finished…what a steal! Get your stapler ready….upholstery is easy. If you have any questions…happy always to answer.

 

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Dresser Repurposed Update

I wanted to share with you a beautiful creation by Rita  Champine. What she did was she took the drawers of the dresser and used fabric and embellishments to make the drawers look like suitcases. So no need to look for suitcases to make one of your own. Just pick out some great fabric from your local fabric store and happy creating!!…This dresser was being tossed aside to be burned.

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and after Rita’s magic….Painted the entire structure with brown rustoleum paint. Found some material from my local fabric store recent bins. Added some embellishments from things I had laying around in my work room – old belt buckles, handles, locks, upholstery tack. Added in all the right places and now this piece can continue on to it’s next journey of existences.

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Isn’t this a wonderful inspiration…