Friday, February 20, 2015

Turn Upholstered Dining Chair Seats Into Wood!

First I want to say thank you for all your kind words.  I am grateful for all the comments of support and sympathy.  I was a little hesitant to post about my struggles with my 3 kiddos as I didn't want to come across whiny or ungrateful.  I do love my kids, they are a huge blessing in ours lives.....but....somedays are just a little more {or A LOT} more trying than others.  

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  I have been so excited to show you my chairs!  Look at these nasty seat covers before, to give you an idea of how old they were, horse hair was used for the padding.  

Originally I was going to make a patterned from these and upholster the seats again.  I was a little worried about upholstered chairs as I do have 3 young children but I couldn't think of a better idea .... until my husband suggested making wood tops instead.  Brilliant right??!!  The only problem was I had never done that before.....until now!






First I stripped the chairs all the way down and painted them in a custom mixed cream color.  


Next I cut out wood to be the base for the new tops


Then it got a little tricky, I had to make a template for my seats.  
To get the back curve right I used a protractor, it worked like a charm.  I wanted my seat tops to hang over roughly a 1/2 inch.



Once we had the template cut out we traced them on to our sheet pine.  You can buy sheets of pine like this from Lowes.  (notice Dave's finger, he sliced it open with a table saw so use caution on this next step)


Once everything was all traced we used a jigsaw to cut out the curved back and then ran the straight edges through the table saw.  


And this is what you get!

To stain my chairs I first used Miniwaxes Dark Walnut, once that stain had dried I applied Miniwaxes Cherry stain over the top to warm it up just a bit!



I have loved having wood tops, they clean up so nicely!


TTFN

Brooke




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I am here.....

I am terribly sorry for my lack of posting lately.  I forgot how much work it is to have a baby, I swear I have never been this tired before in my life.  I had always heard people talk about 3 kids being trying, and of course I thought "we can do it no big deal."  Well after lots of tears and tireless nights I have finally admitted to myself, 3 kids is A LOT of work, more than I expected and planned for.

But.......

   Even through all the hard times I wouldn't change having baby brother, his sweet little smile melts all the worries away.   I sure have enjoyed watching him grow, he is almost eight months old and he is starting to army crawl, his big sisters make sure he is very well taken care of.  So please excuse my lack of posting, I swear I am still here!


I am putting together a tutorial on how to convert upholstered dining chairs to hard wood......I am hoping to get it up this week! 

I also have a few other projects in the works, they are coming along, just slower than usual!

oh and Happy late Valentines!!

TTFN

Brooke

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Daughters Dresser

 I am so excited to have this dresser done, not only to share it with you but for my sanity as well, you will see why below........



As you may know when Baby Brother was born we moved our girls into the same room.  I decided when I was 6 months pregnant I would build them bunkbeds (post here) and so far we have loved the bunkbeds.  They are very sturdy and considering my children think they are a jungle gym they are holding up amazingly well.  Our rooms upstairs are small so I added shelves to the closet and some totes (post here) and crossed my fingers that between the closet and their 3 drawer dresser we would have enough storage.  Well I think this picture speaks for itself....I had to come up with another plan.


This dresser was just hanging out in my garage when my husband said, "why don't you refinish it for the girls room."  Yes, he does have a lot of good ideas!  I was a little worried it wouldn't fit, you can't tell from this picture but there is a closet right where the picture cuts off so......we will call it a perfect fit!!

And if you look at the bed, I finished the first of 2 quilts.  Oh, I love them.  They are so bright and cheery....now to finish the other one!


I love the lines of this dresser, it is just stunning.



This pink is a custom color.  I know I say that way to often, but often times I will find a color I think I like and once I start to paint with it the tones are off just a bit so I add some gray or brown or lighten it a bit with white.  The ivory color is White Dove by Benjamin Moore.  I used and oil based brown glaze to antique this and then I sealed it all with a Spar Urathane!



 This dresser has helped incredibly to keep their room clean!!

TTFN

Brooke

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Monday, January 19, 2015

The Story Behind My Chandelier

As I have surfed blogs and flipped through magazines chandeliers always have caught my attention.  Maybe because in the back of my mind I knew the chandelier I really wanted would be hard to find and if I found it I probably couldn't afford it.  Because of course it had to be vintage and have real crystals.  

So you can imagine how happy and excited I was when my neighbor walked across the street with a vintage, brass, crystal chandelier and asked if I wanted it.  Yes, she just gave it to me and wouldn't accept any sort of payment.  WOW, I am still speechless.  She found it in her Mother's storage shed and they had no use for it anymore. 


Once we got it hung I used a little brasso and hot water to shine her right up, now she just sparkles!






The details on this chandelier are so beautiful and fit the style of my house perfectly.  I still can get over the fact that it was free, these are the kind of things I dream about! 


TTFN

Brooke

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Oak TV Stand

Geez, I don't know what it is about January, but every year I have a hard time getting back into the swing of things.  I am sure the cold weather doesn't help and my kids all seem to be passing around colds and coughs.  It felt good to get out in the garage and finish up this Oak TV Stand.  I am sure many of you remember these, and would agree they are a bit dated.  But with a little paint, chicken wire and wood we can fix that..........


And here she is all dolled up!




I really want to change this piece up.  You may have heard me talk about Dave from Liberty Remodeling before,  he showed me how to use a router to get the inside panel of the doors out.  It worked pretty slick.  Once the panels were out I nailed chicken wire to the inside of the doors.  



To fill in the hole were the VCR would have gone and to add storage I made a crate box to slide in and out.  To add a little color and personality to this piece I Mod Podged napkins on to the front of the crate.  


This piece was so fun to refinish.  I love taking an old warn out piece and bringing it back to life!


I do not have a paint color of this piece :(

TTFN

Brooke



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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Tables Debut....

I am so excited to show off this table.  After all it has been 2 years in the making.  Once I got this table home and assessed it I realized it was in pretty bad shape, worse than I thought.  The trim on the table top was falling off, there were very deep scratches on the top.  

But I just loved the caster wheels and the oval shape it apparently blinded me to any other detail.

The original plan was to give it a good sanding and paint the whole thing until....I realized the table top was Tiger Oak.  I was lucky enough to sand most of the scratches out without going through the veneer, there are a few scratches left...but they are worth it.  

Are you ready to see there after??


Here she is all dolled up!  I am in Love with this table, she was well worth the wait.  


Once I decided to keep this table the hunt for chairs began.  I was hoping to have 6 chairs, as this table is 6 1/2 feet long, but I couldn't pass these chairs up, I loved the french style. 

These chairs originally had upholstered seats filled with horse hair....EEK!!  Since upholstery and children don't always mix too well, we made a wood top for them (tutorial to come)


And if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may notice my new, free chandelier is hung!  (more to come on this beauty as well)





See that beautiful grain?  Isn't it just wonderful, oh I LOVE it!



The top of the table is stained with Miniwaxes Dark Walnut and sealed with a Spar Urathane.  I like to use spar urethanes when I can as they are a little more durable, however they do yellow so use caution.

The bottom of the table is painted in a custom color latex and I used a brown oil based glaze to add some depth.




I am so glad these caster wheels sold me on this table!


TTFN

Brooke

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My First Attempt at Upholstery...

I have been wanting to tackle an upholstery project for quite some time now.  I have a couch in my garage needing to be reupholster, however it is going to be a really big project so I decided to start with something a little smaller....like a slipcover.  I have been sewing clothes and quilts for years now but upholstery was a whole new experience. 

 I didn't work from a pattern for this chair, I pieced it together on the chair.  That being said I made my fair share of mistakes, I unpicked A LOT, but I wanted the slipcover to fit this chair tight.

Completing this slipcover took sometime, I would work on it for a bit, get frustrated, and leave it until I could figure out a better way to do it.  I am happy to say Finally it is DONE!!  There are a few mistakes and tucks, but for my first go we will call it a success!
  


I used an drop cloth for the fabric, which I pre washed in hopes to avoid any shrinking when washed. With 3 kiddos I am sure It will have to be washed at some point!






I need to make another slipcover for an identical chair, I hope it goes a bit smoother now that I have an idea of what I am doing.  I will try to take some more pictures along the way! 

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

TTFN

Brooke
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