Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Year end review

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  Although we have been fighting colds and such, we were able to enjoy our Christmas.  I'll be sharing with you my big presents that I'm sure will provide the means to create much to post about for the future.  But before looking forward, I thought I would highlight some of my favorite projects from 2011.


Just some my favorite redo's from this year!  I'm excited about starting on new projects to share with you soon!

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Ivy and Elephants


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

Well, we are almost done with our pink eye medicine.  Now, we have a fever in the house.  Also, two of us sound like we are going to cough up a lung.  So, I wanted to send you an early Merry Christmas because we are going to to get some r & r around here.  You'll hear from me after Christmas.  This is for you:

Friday, December 16, 2011

French lovelies

Are you sitting down?  I'm finally going to reveal the chairs I've been posting about.  I know that in blog land we just like a quick before and after.  But let's be realistic people, it takes time to do projects (especially when they sit for 2 weeks).  So, let me refresh your memory. 



They look so fresh and fit soooo much better.  Don't you think?  I think this might be one of the best upholstery jobs yet out of a total of 5 chairs and 1 settee.  I even tried to mimic all of the seams that the previous upholsterer had done.  I love my double welting foot.  The double welting just finishes it off perfectly.  I don't even think that the fabric looks like drop cloths.    It took forever to find just the right color of drop cloths, more taupe than oatmeal. 

So, there you have it.  My french lovelies are done!!!

I'm linking up over at:
Furniture Feature Fridays    French Country Cottage

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

An angel for Christmas

I interrupt the progress on the reupholstering for a little decor makeover.  I have an big, lovely empty frame above my mantel.  I was trying to figure out what to put in other than a wreath.  I stumbled upon this angel at Goodwill. 

I like it just not the color.  Can you guess what color I painted it?  Yes, not a big surprise.  White!  It took 2 coats of Annie Sloan's Pure White.  I'm liking it.

Here is where the angel now resides for the Christmas season.  Just love how she is floating.  I used fishing line to hang it from the frame to avoid putting another hole in the wall.

Thought I would give you my nighttime view.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Almost there

I know I have been a bad blogger of late.  If you have still stuck around, I'll share some more work done on my chairs.  Last you saw, they looked like this:

I got my trusty 50 cent flea market electric knife for cutting my foam and a new slab of foam.  I traced the old foam and cut away. 

Next, I used my pneumatic stapler, which I love by the way, and stapled in the foam.

As you can see from above, I already did the seat decking.  I used the previous fabric as a template.  You can see that the fabric below had three pieces.  I decided I should do this too.  I don't know if it is because the fabric bolt was not wide enough or because of the pattern repeat.  Needless to say, I'm not a professional like the last person to upholster this chair.  So, I better just follow his/her lead.  Oh, don't worry, I did iron the fabric before I cut out the pieces :)

That is all you get for today.  Hope you are having a great holiday season so far!

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's been a long time

Sorry for my absence.  I fully intended to post daily to keep you abreast of my reupholstering progress but a funny little thing called life just happened.  My aunt fell ill and passed over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Since then, I just wanted to enjoy my family and all of my blessings.

Now that I will be having some gal pals over for a craft date, I can't really have them walk in the door and be greeted by this, can I??

I know.  What a mess!  You can tell that I have peeled away the bottom seat and the batting and foam from the back of the seat.  I am currently in the process of washing the drop cloths that I have decided to reupholster the chairs with.  I like how nubby the fabric feels.  What I didn't count on was all of the slight variations of an oatmeal color the drop cloths come in.  I decided to go with the darkest I could find.  I'll show you how I map out my pieces once my drop cloth are washed and dried.  Until then...