Re-upholstery project #2 – almost done!!

Yesterday, I showed you some of the chairs I have painted, including this one.

Fresh from a garage sale

Well, obviously, it’s the before picture. I found two of these chairs at a garage sale for $10 a piece. They were clean, and not stinky, and so comfortable. SOLD! Love their shape – but the pattern? Not so much. Since I had priced getting them re-upholstered and found the cost too high, I decided to paint them using the tutorial from Hyphen Interiors.

This is how they turned out…

Black paint and fabric medium makes for one scratchy chair.

And you could still see a hint of the flower pattern underneath from certain angles. But, most importantly, it looked good enough to use until more drastic measures could be taken.

A few months later, I found a upholstery class and decided to sign up. In the first class, I re-upholstered this little beauty…

First upholstery class project – before

And now, it looks like this…

After. All that tufting was a pain in the tush!

If you look closely, you can see that I am not a master seamstress. My cushion was completely askew.  Oh well, I was proud of it anyway.

Which leads me back to the second upholstery piece. This is how it looks right now.

I love the leopard print!

Sorry, but Elvis wasn’t about to give up his resting spot for me to take a picture of the chair without him. I asked him nicely, but he let me know there wasn’t a chance…

Elvis letting me know not to even think about removing him from the chair.

Okay, he wasn’t really hissing, just yawning. LOL! Either way, he wasn’t moving. It’s his favorite chair now.

As you can see, I haven’t attempted to re-cover the seat cushion yet. I have to admit that I might ask someone else to do it. I still have to re-upholster the mate to this chair, and the thought of trying to make both seat cushions gives me a little bit of anxiety. I can barely sew a straight line! At this point, I’m happy that it’s almost done and that the cushions can be used as-is for now. Well, until I learn how to sew better. Or pay someone else to do it.

The class has been completely worth the $73 dollars it cost for eight weeks. If you are looking at some sad chairs that could use some upholstery love, this is an excellent way to learn how to do-it-yourself and save some money!

I have to admit though, my favorite part of taking both classes has been the time I’ve gotten to spend with my friend Jilien, who lives about 35 miles away from me – which is a little further than the grab-a-cup-of-coffee kind of encounters I would love to have with her on a regular basis. So, it’s been great to see her once a week 🙂 Speaking of Jilien, she has turned out to be a re-upholstering queen! I think she’s done about 6 projects in the time the rest of us have barely finished two! I’ll have to get some pics of her work up soon…

So, what are you working on?



Come on in!

Well, that’s what I would like our front door to “say” to you when you walk up to our house. When we moved in, this is what greeted you.

It wasn’t exactly beckoning for you to enter, was it?

Since then, we’ve added some landscaping, gutters, and painted the patio floor white.

Added some landscaping…

And some gutters

But I still didn’t feel like it was very welcoming. And yes, these pics were from Halloween, so there aren’t tombstones in the front yard normally! LOL! So, I decided to paint the front door, which was white. On top of being kind of boring, it also looked like it was dirty all the time. And our puppy, Gus, knows how to open it by jumping on the handle, so it frequently looked like this.

Smart dog – annoying habit

So, I picked a dark brown from Sherwin Williams called black bean.

Sherwin Williams – Black Bean

Now, I just have to “dress” the entrance area. New welcome mat, a few potted plants and I think it will holler – “come on in!”. Will post follow up when it’s all done.

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Adding a little zebra never hurt anything

The other day, I found this cute little kitchen table and chairs at Faith Farm. It was a little tired and a little dated, but in great condition. Even the caning on the chairs was perfect.

The Before shot

Over this last week, I’ve finally gotten around to updating them. You know the drill… clean them, sand them a little, use primer, then paint. I used an oil based paint (from Sherwin Williams – love their paints!!) because I know it holds up better to chips and scratches – and with four dogs and two cats, that’s important enough to use a stinky oil paint.

I also reupholstered the seats. I used a furry zebra print – and I LOVE  it! My husband is questioning the use of an animal print, but since I’m going to sell the set, I figured I’d go big and bold!

Zebra Chair

I painted some of the details on the chairs black, because without it, it looked a little naked to me. I also painted the ribbon on the bottom of the table top black too. I think it adds just a little bit of “something” to it.

All set for breakfast!

Those roses are from my daughter for Mother’s day – I love when I get to use my “special” vases!

Love the zebra! Glad I have enough left over to make a pillow!

So, what do you think??

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Patio Furniture Re-do

When we lived in our old house, the colors of our patio furniture where all oranges and rust and reds. When we moved here, all the furniture we had didn’t quite fit the patio space, nor was I in love with the color scheme anymore. I wanted blues and greens. Since we had already either given away or sold the other outside furniture, I put the table and chairs up for sale on Craigslist and sold it within just a few hours. It was easily the fastest Craigslist sale for me, ever.

Then, I set to work finding a new set. I found this set on Craigslist.

Craigslist find

While it looked good in the pictures on the post, in real life, it was filthy and stunk to high heaven of smoke. Ick.


It literally took me twenty to thirty minutes to clean each of the six chairs, and another hour and a half to clean the table.


I gave all the pieces a quick rubdown with sandpaper, and then painted all the pieces with Rustoleum’s Navy Blue gloss spray paint.

Rustoleum’s Navy Blue

Love the color, which isn’t too dark, isn’t too brilliant.

After many coats of paint, I was still finding places that I missed. I guess that’s to be expected with all the knots on the chairs though. It took two days and seven cans of spray paint to finish the task, but I love the results.

Then, I set off to JoAnn Fabrics to find some fabric. Thankfully, they seem to have finally gotten some new fabrics (seems like they had the same stuff for years!), and I was able to find three color coordinated fabrics – one pattern, one solid (with texture) and one striped.

We stripped off the old fabric, both layers of them, and sprayed the cushions liberally with Febreeze. And then, after they dried, I did that last part again. Seriously, it was crazy how stinky they were. And finally, we recovered them and replaced the cushions on the chairs.

Patio set – after

I love the finished product! Now, I have to sew new covers for the bench cushions and pillows, and the patio update will be done. Will share that as soon as I finish them.

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More shiny things…

Since I’ve been amassing quite a collection of silver platters/plates/bowls, I’ve been looking for ways to display them. I’ve seen quite a few wall displays on Pinterest, like these…


From House185


and I’ve been contemplating something similar for my house. Keeping that in mind, don’t judge me when I tell you that the other day, I went to Faith Farm and found this plate/bowl made by Reed and Barrow. I liked the look of it, and for $3, I decided it wouldn’t kill me to add it to the pile.

Pretty tarnished…

I took this picture after I already started to wipe the Weinman’s silver cream on it, which is what the white cream is on the left side. A few minutes later, I was buffing it dry. Ahhh… all shiny and new again!

I do so love shiny things!!

I had also picked up this little bowl for $2 – but didn’t take a before picture, as usual. I get so excited to start a project that I forget that little step. But, imagine that it was just as tarnished as the first one.

Chippendale – Holiday

After all the different methods of removing tarnish, I find that I really do love Weinman’s silver cream. It doesn’t stink, it works fast, and the little jar lasts forever.

Weiman’s Silver Cream – fabulous!


Is there a product that you just love, that works better than anything else that you have tried? I mean for anything, not just polishing silver. Tell me about it, so I can try it too. I find that I always get the best feedback from “real” people who have tried products, rather than relying on what the makers of the product say to sell it to you.

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