Finally Finished!

A few months ago, I started a upholstery class on Tuesday nights. We each had to bring our own “project” piece with us to class every week. Do you  remember when my chair looked like this?

Yeah, it wasn't pretty

And now, it’s finally finished. Yay!! I have been doing a happy dance every time I see it sitting in the bedroom!

Unfortunately, the paint job didn’t hold up as well as I would have liked through 8 weeks of going back and forth to class, but it makes it look a little distressed and adds some character, so I’m not going to touch it up. For now.

Although I am glad this chair is done, I was sad to see the class end. My friend from high school took the class with me, so it was great to actually get to see her every week (she lives about 40 minutes away), so I’m bummed to miss out on catching up with her. Not to mention that she completely rocked that class! She finished not one, not two, but THREE projects in the time we took the class.

The next session of classes starts next month, so I’ll be signing up again. I figure with all the chairs I have to finish, it’s a great investment of time and money to learn as much as I can about it.

I wish I had the forethought to take before and after pictures of everyone’s projects to share here – some of the transformations were quite amazing. There were all kinds of projects – from footstools to boat chairs to benches and everything in between. And I wish I had paid more attention to what everyone else had going on. It would have been great to see how to do all the different techniques – welting, double welting, tack strips, piecing together fabric, etc. But I was so determined to get my chair finished, I hardly took any time to check out what everyone else was doing. And I hated feeling all nosey and stalker-ish, standing over their shoulders, watching them work…

Last year, I attempted my first chair makeover…

My first attempt at re-upholstery from last year.

Now that I know what I did wrong on the first one, I want to go back and re-do it again to match the new one better. If you could see this one in person, you’d laugh at my lame attempt at a cushion cover (I just made a pillowcase cover for it), and I literally just sewed a piece of fabric around the old double welting that was on the original chair and glued it on. Oh, and forget trying to re-tuft it. Heck, I didn’t even fill in the holes before I stapled on the new fabric. Yeah, not stellar stuff, but at the time, I was crazy proud of it! I guess I still am. I did it way back before I knew about all the amazing blogs with step-by-step instructions on how to re-upholster a chair.

Anyway, I’m going back to pulling the fabric off my orange couch now that I’ve had my tetanus shot updated. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep the puncture wounds to a minimum 😛

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Things I do when I’m not pinning…

There are few things I love more than seeing old friends, but seeing them AND their babies together is one of them! Last week, I was able to do just that. Oh it was fabulous! And now, because I like to share my favorite things on here, here are a few pictures of their little princess!

I just love baby feet!

I hope you don’t mind that I highjacked my own blog to bring you insane amounts of cuteness, but it couldn’t be helped!

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Keeping it real…

I love to see everyone’s projects, freshly done and perfectly staged. But, what I love more is when I see those projects in action during “real life”. You know, after the bloom is off the rose and stuff starts to pile up… A few months ago, we re-painted the laundry room and my brother helped to build a folding table/basket holding cabinet. (Ok, he did most of the building, but it was my idea! LOL!) You can see that post here. Although this is slightly straightened up… Slightly. Anyway, this is how the laundry room usually looks…

yeah, I use the hooks for things other than just hats...

My husband built a little table to hold up the sink, so we could fit the litter box underneath, and as a bonus it created shelf space to put laundry detergents than were sitting on the washer all the time.

Although the plastic sink is U-G-L-Y, it makes me feel less guilty that it's always full of paint brushes in various stages of soaking/cleaning

This is just half a week's worth of laundry! Ugh.

But I still love it! It’s still nice to have a dedicated space for folding – rather than the dining room table, which is where I used to do it. And I love that it has a space to roll the dirty clothes bins under and just out of the way of the door and walkway. Just looking at this picture makes me wonder if anyone else has problems keeping their handles attached to their baskets? Ours ALWAYS break off!

This is where I cheated just a bit for this post, and made sure to put everything away off the top of the washer. It was too embarrassing to share!


So, that’s how the laundry room is working out for me, many months later. Do you have projects that you’ve done long ago that still make you smile to see them?

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“Shedding” some projects from my list…

Sorry that it’s been a while, but my little brother was here for almost a week (on and off) and I didn’t want to stop to post while he was busy working his fingers to the bone. Having him here is such a blessing, as I finally get to cross a ton of stuff off of my “to-do” list, and the relief I get from being able to do that is amazing.

One of the things we were able to finish was such thorn in my side for a while now – the shed! When I went to buy it off a Craigslist seller, it looked like this – in his yard.

Still on the original owner's property - not damaged!

It needed to be re-stained or re-painted, but that was pretty much all that needed to be done. After I took this picture, I left the shed mover to do what he needed to do to get it to my house and told him I’d meet him back at our house. Well, let’s just say that it didn’t make it to my house in one piece.

Front support beam - cracked right in half.


Back support beam - broken too! And another one in the middle.

When he put the shed on the supports, he didn’t even use 1/4 of the ones that were supposed to go under the shed, nor did he place them the way they should have been.

Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure that's not the right way to do that.

Well, that’s how he left the shed, with promises to show up early the next day and fix the three broken beams, place it correctly on the supports, tie it down and fix the part of the flashing on the roofline that he hit, and in the process tore down, with a cable wire with on the way over (no pic of that, sorry!). Long story short, he never showed back up. Fast forward three or four weeks, and I finally got someone to fix what he broke, but they still haven’t finished what they should have. It’s still not tied down, and they used wood boards to support the shed, not the concrete blocks we supplied to them. But at least it’s usable, so at least we could start to move on with the project.

I stopped by the Sherwin Williams store and was lucky to find they had a five gallon mistint of exterior paint just waiting for me! I still can’t believe I only paid $50 for the whole thing! Usually it’s $55 a gallon!! They were also able to tint it to “Barn Red”, which we used because we kind of liked the color of the original stain and it was pretty close. It covered the stain with two coats and I love that it looks like a much cleaner finish than the blotchy stain it had.

Testing out the color - right side

Then we added a bright white trim and I just love, love, love it! It’s the perfect color for blending in without being completely invisible in it’s space. Does that make sense? I originally would have loved to have it a bright, Key West inspired color palette, but it would have stuck out like a sore thumb in our woodsy yard.

Painting complete!

And then, to make it a little prettier, I added a few decorative touches.

Almost complete!!

I planted a bunch of wild flowers in the empty pots I had all over the yard from when we moved in and transplanted everything into the ground,

They already started to sprout!!

and repainted the thermometer above the doors a metallic blue. Now, I just have to wait for the flowers to grow, and add some more mulch around the front and I’ll consider this pretty much done!! I love that it’s not an eye sore, and that my garage finally has some breathing room since we were able to move most of the yard stuff and the bikes, etc into the shed.

So, that’s one project down, and it was a big one. Thank God for Little Brothers!

What projects are you working on today??

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