Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My New Coffee Table


I didn't even know I needed a new coffee table.  (I do however know that I need a new couch) Not until this table was finished and it told me it wanted to be mine.  I had intended to paint it and sell it at my space at Abundance Vintage but it's perfect for us.   Truthfully I was concerned it might not sell because it is kind of tall.  The height however turns out to be exactly why I want to keep it.  


The first reason the height works so well is my Hubby and I typically eat our dinner on the couch in front of the TV. Unless it's our anniversary than we use the dining table.  Having the table a little higher actually feels more comfortable.  You can never be to comfortable while eating at the couch.  Second we often use the coffee table as a desk.  We have an office but the desk always seems to be covered with my projects.   Even when it's not we both prefer to do out work at the coffee table.  I do all my blogging from the corner of that couch.   


The paint I used is Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. The color is Luckett's Green.  Love this color green.  I decided to use the bonding agent because the finish on this table was a very glossy orangey stained wood.  Since I used the bonding agent there wasn't any chipping or flaking but the paint distressed nicely with 150 grit sandpaper.  I sealed the paint with minwax clear wax first then added some dark wax.  I mentioned on facebook that this color, Luckett's Green, looks like a yellow beige before you add water.  When I opened the box I thought there was a mistake.  I was so upset because I wanted to use it right away.  I called the seller and she assured me I just needed to add water.  I felt like such a dork.  I know that the colors change when you add water but it was not even green who knew?  Just wanted to warn you so you don't freak out like me. 
   

The table opens and it had a leaf that folded out.  The veneer was very badly damaged so I ended up removing it.  Since I had planned on selling the table I realized it would not be cost effective to fix.  I kept all the parts so if I feel froggie I might repair it for myself someday. 



I love the trestle base.  My tiny ugly upholstered foot stool that I am not showing you fits perfectly underneath.  

I know that rule number one in this business is don't keep what you are supposed to sell but just this once I can right?





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Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review of The Handbuilt Home

I get to do a book review.  I am so excited because it is for Ana White’s new book the Handbuilt Home.  I am huge fan of hers and have had the privilege of working with her twice now.   Just in case you don’t know, her website ana-white.com is a treasure trove of inspiration with tons of plans for you to build your own furniture.   

Now she has written a book.   I think it's fabulous.   It was so much fun for me to read this book because Ana shares my passion for building and sharing it with the world.   The book is filled with beautiful photos so you can see what the pieces look like in real homes.  Don’t you hate it when you buy a how to book and you only get black and white sketches?  I do anyways.   Ana didn’t hold back they are beautiful projects. 

Not only does it include 34 plans for stylish and affordable furniture but it’s a great resource for those of you that want to build your own furniture but maybe haven’t taken that first step yet.   She goes over the basics of the tools you will need and how to get started.   There are lots of tips and tricks to make building easier with plans for all skill levels so even if you have been building for a while you will find things you love. 
In her book she talks about how you don’t need all the fancy tools to get started and I couldn’t agree more.  The first thing I ever built I only used glue, finish nails and a hammer.   It was a small bookcase I designed and since I had no saw I had the home store make all the cuts for me.   I drug it all home to my first apartment and put it together on the living room floor.   
I think this will be one of those books like my favorite magazines that I will pull out from time to time for inspiration.  It’s that good. 
Check out her website for more details on the book by clicking here


I received a free copy of the book to review but as always the opinions are 100% my own.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vintage Sofa Project - The Tear Down

I have made a little progress on my Vintage Sofa.  So far I've taken off all the old fabric and stuffing and removed the arm.  Just to remind you why I am removing an arm, it's because I have two one armed sofa's and I am going to make them into an armless and a two armed sofa. ;)  I realize most people are not going to be dealing with removing an arm from a sofa but I might as well show ya right?


The before.  I already had tossed the cushion and started tearing it apart.

To remove the arm I used a pry bar where it met the frame and I could see it was attached with dowels.  I used my rotary cutting tool to cut the dowels off flush to the frame. 


The tools I used to remove all the old fabric, batting, buttons and foam were a flat head screw driver, a tack/staple remover, needle nose pliers and a small hammer.  There are fancier tools for professionals but I just use what I have. 


This is the tack/staple remover tool I have. I have seen it called an upholstery combination tool.  It says it's for tacks but It works on staples too. It makes things go a lot quicker.

I've learned that you don't have to remove every staple.  It's hard not to though because it looks messy but save yourself the grief.  As long as nothing is sticking out or sharp the new batting and fabric will cover a multitude of issues. 



Next I discovered the bottom trim on my sofa is only attached with a couple screws so I can take it off to make it easier to reupholster and paint. Sweet.


To fix the hole on the seat from removing the arm I was able to use the piece from the other one armed sofa.  I attached it with screws.

To fill the hole on the back I used a piece of paper to make a template because the top was at an angle.  Then I took it to my shop and cut the piece out of a scrap of 1 x 4.  I used my Kreg jig to make pocket holes and attached it with screws.


Now I am ready to reupholster.  



I will need some curve ease for the back curve as well as tack strip for the sides.  I am still deciding on a fabric.  I am excited to get started on the button tufting, should be interesting.  

I am on my way.



Next post in the series covering the bottom of the Sofa.  


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Monday, October 22, 2012

The Vintage Sofa Project

Let's start this out with a photo of some pretty vintage sofas.





Why? because the photos of my sofa are not so pretty. 


I know right.  It's a total tear down.  I found the vintage Stratford sofa at a garage sale this summer, it was free.  How could I not take it home with me.  It's a three piece sectional.  The two sides each have one arm and the middle is curved as you can see in the photo.

The good things about it are great legs, the curved button tufted back & it's super comfy.  The frame and springs are in great shape. The bad thing is my free sofa has to be taken down to the frame and springs and will need all new cushions, batting and fabric.  So much for free.  Oh and I've never recovered a sofa before.


I have however recovered a lot of chairs and even made a slipcover for my recliner so it's time to move to next level.



I decided in order to make it less intimidating I am going to separate it into three projects. An armless sofa, a sofa with two arms and a quirky curved sofa.  Which means I have to remove the arm from one and attach it to the other side of the other section so that one will have two arms.  Make sense?

The first up will be the armless sofa.  I plan to use a simple fabric with no pattern.   

I will be posting as I go and will share all the tips and tricks I learn on upholstering and button tufting. 

I am in no hurry so there will be plenty of posts in between with building projects. I just wanted to throw it out there. I said it now I have to do it, right?  Wish me luck.




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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Deconstructed Ottoman


I really dig the deconstructed furniture thing.  I know it's not for everyone but for some reason I'm obsessed. 

I finally got a chance to try it.  My friend Susan had this ottoman and asked if I wanted to recover it.  We were both torn though because it was kinda cool how it was it just needed something.

So I took it home and waited for inspiration.  First I aged the wood with the vinegar & steel wool.  Then I sanded the finish off the legs.  Then it sat some more. 


Finally inspiration struck.  I whipped up a cushion cover out of burlap and sewed upholstery webbing in a Union Jack Pattern onto it.  Then I stuffed it with foam and batting.



I left the top cross piece long so that I could attach it to the ottoman with upholstery tacks. 

I like how you can see underneath the pillow a little bit.  There are springs under there so it's really cushy.



& I like the burlap roll thingy around the edges.



Whatcha think?  Are you feeling this look?


 

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Buffet Cabinet into a Vanity

Hello there! I have a project to show you.  I really should wait til I have the after beauty shots before I post about this but oh well I'll show you anyways.

Sadly this is not in my home.  I've been helping my sister with her guest bathroom remodel.  She really wanted to replace her vanity and the lovely Harvest Gold counter top that were original to the house.  She had the idea to find an antique buffet and turn it into vanity. 

(before-ish)

This is the antique buffet she found.  I forgot to take a true before picture.  The finish was rough but the cabinet was solid.  One thing to consider when you want to use a piece of furniture in this way is the height.  This buffet is a good two inches higher than her bathroom counter was.  Add to that a vessel sink and this is a lot higher than standard.  For my sister's family this is fine.  She doesn't have small children in the house and they are all taller than 5'7.  I told her I thought it would be too tall with a vessel sink. I suggested that before she purchased a sink & while the buffet was in her living room she should place a bowl on top of the buffet and take a few days to see how it felt.  She did and she felt it was fine.  So I admit I was wrong.  I'm 5'4 and when I use the sink I think it's fine too.  I can't help but chuckle though thinking about when our little nephew comes over he is gonna look up at that faucet and be like, Um what do I do?

The next thing to consider is the depth.  Her cabinet was only 19" deep so we had to consider that when buying the sink and faucet. 

Each piece of furniture is different but the first thing we did was take the back off.  Then we cut the holes in the top for our sink and faucet. 

The top was in rough shape.  We initially thought we would paint the whole thing but my sister really liked the wood.  It's Mahogany.  We decided to strip off the finish on the top only.  She didn't want to strip the whole thing and I definitely didn't want to either so we decided to try a product on the rest of it called Restor-a-finish.  You can get it any of the big Home Improvement stores.  We figured if it didn't work we would paint it.

We used the dark walnut color and it worked really well. It filled in all the scratches and freshened everything up. 
(after finish was stripped off)

For the top we used Citristrip which is less harsh then other strippers.  You still need to wear chemical resistant gloves, use eye protection and have proper ventilation which we did.  (Be careful with chemicals and follow all directions) We brushed it on and left it for about an hour then scraped it off with a putty knife.  It worked great.  We then used mineral spirits to clean off the residue and lightly sanded it.

Next we applied two coats of walnut gel stain.  The walnut stain cut the redness of the mahogany and matched the existing finish on the body of the cabinet beautifully.  Plus the bathroom has no windows so the lighting is very forgiving.  At this point I had to go home and I left it to my sister to apply the three coats of oil based poly to seal it.    

(reenactment to show it was one drawer)

I took the drawer home with me to modify.  The drawer was one long piece.  Instead of cutting a hole in it and leaving it as one drawer we decided to make two smaller drawers.  To cut it I used my chop saw on the front & back then connected the two cuts with a jig saw.  I added plywood to make the sides.  The center is now stationary.


Then I popped off the drawer glides and moved them over to the center of each drawer.





All three doors open so she has plenty of storage.  Check out that 70's wall paper that was behind her previous cabinet ;)  To cover it up we used drywall joint compound and spread it around to make texture to match the rest of the walls.


For the plumbing we lucked out with the pipes since they are adjustable.  Like I said before each piece of furniture is different so you will have to tweak yours to fit your space. 

She is going to paint the entire room a soft gray that coordinates with the new floor we put it.  I forgot to mention we did that too. It's sheet vinyl.   

I live an hour and a half away from my sister so I told her she had to have the bathroom ready when I got there since we only had one day to get this done.   All by herself she tore out the old cabinets, flooring and removed the toilet.  You go girl!  It has been so much fun watching my sister become more and more comfortable with DIY.  When we remodeled her kitchen I did most of it because I am a bit of a control freak about this sort of thing and she was comfortable letting me.  Halfway through the kitchen project I realized that I needed to delegate.  So I did.  She finished up a lot of the little things herself.  She is more comfortable with power tools now and I am pretty sure she will tackle her next bathroom project by herself which makes me proud.


I'm jealous.  The vanity turned out beautiful.  I wish I had better photos.  The choice of not painting it was the right one.  I can't wait to see the room painted and with the mirror installed. I love how there is room on each side of the cabinet to really make it look like a piece of furniture. 

I think I want need one.



To see my sisters kitchen remodel go here.



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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Guest Hosting for the All Star Block Party

Today I am doing something a little different.  Have you all heard of the All Star Block Party?  Well it's a weekly link party that I like to join that is hosted by five blogs.  What that means is when you link up on one blog your project is seen on all five blogs.  Can't beat that!

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The co-hosts are:
 
& this week me. 

So part of this gig is I get to feature some of the projects that stood out to me from last week.  Here's a few that I found. 



This Halloween Wreath from Fifi @ About Blogging Time.  I like everything about it. 




Humpty Dumpty from from Art is Beauty. Why does she call him that you ask? You have to go there to find out.  It's a fabulous makeover, she put some work into this baby even fought of Raccoons! Although that was probably a joke.



Amy @ While Wearing Heels made this quilt.  I love the colors what a beautiful job she did!  I don't have the patience for quilting so I totally appreciate how much work went into this. 



Last but not least Korrie @ Red Hen Home made over this Bombay Chest.  Amazing! Such a creative girl that Korrie.  I can't believe what she used to do it either.  Head on over and check it out!  
Now for the party details, 

You are welcome to link up any of your creations, old or new.  It can be crafts, remodels, woodworking, artwork, recipes, gardening, sewing projects...you get the idea.   Make sure that your link is to your specific post and not your blog's main URL.  Be sure to visit some of your fellow blogger's link ups.  Then leave them some comment love.
 
-We ask that you be a follower to participate.
-Link back to the blog that you linked up to.
-Keep your links family friendly. 
-Posts must be something you made. No business pages, giveaways or link parties allowed.

We reserve the right to delete any link that does not follow these rules. 

Have Fun!



 






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Thursday, October 4, 2012

How to make an Altered Book for Halloween


Here's a fun project for you. It comes with a warning though, once you make one your imagination will go crazy and it's hard to stop.  I got this idea from Pinterest.  Well actually my Sister did.  About two months ago, (she starts early)I saw her making them and I just had to make my own.  Here's a link to the source for the Arachnid book.



So how do you do it?  Paper towels and watered down glue. Can you believe it.  That's what gives the cool creepy wrinkled texture.  Of course you could use Mod Podge instead of glue if you have it.

You don't even need an old book you can use whatever hard back book you have.  Just tea stain or brush the pages with paint to make them look old. 

For the Arachnid Book I used a Dollar Store spider that was flat on the bottom.  I hot glued it to the book then used the glue mixture to decoupage the paper towel on. If you don't have a spider you can create one by using paper towels or whatever you can think of to get the shape.


Let it completely dry (it takes at least a day) then add whatever embellishments you want and paint with craft paint.  
 
To make it more convincing when you open the book I searched for a spider image and found it on The Graphics Fairy Blog (click here for image).  Then I googled the definition of spider, combined the two in a Word document and printed it off.  Attach with spray glue. 


For the creepy eye I used a plastic eyeball and broke it in half.  To make the eye lid use more paper towels and glue. The detail on the spine of the eye book is made by gluing on cardboard squares. For the look above make lines with hot glue.

 

Seriously the skies the limit.  For more inspiration check out my Halloween Pinterest Board.  




I really wanted to make one out of a cookbook and title in potions and spells but Hubby didn't want me to ruin our cookbooks.  I don't know what he means by ruin do you? ;)



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