Sunday, July 20, 2014

Painting an antique couch

I was given the opportunity to buy this couch and chair set.  I jumped on it!  Wouldn't you?  I knew someone who wanted it and this transformation is her vision.

The fabric was in good condition except a few stains.  I gave her the option of recovering the set or painting it.  She chose to's cheaper.
I did however have to take the fabric off the back of the couch.  There were some springs that needed repair.

The springs were originally stapled from the inside front.  I wouldn't be able to do that unless I took the whole couch apart.  Once again, I used these awesome one hole straps to hold the springs in place.

Here are the pieces part way through.  I chose a dark grey paint with a fabric medium.  If you choose to do a piece this big , pick up a large can of paint instead of all the little bottles.
Another tip...if you are painting both fabric and frame, paint the fabric first.
Next was putting the fabric on the backs of the pieces.  Pretty simple staple and trim.

Almost finished.  A few touch ups, waxing the frame and...

They are complete!  
A few things you should know:
It took a lot of paint and 3 coats to get the coverage I needed.  Mostly because this was velvet.
I did not sand between coats since I did not feel it was rough.  If it was, I would have.
They are stiff now, but after some use they will soften up.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To blog or not to blog...

That is a question I have  been asking myself lately.  The projects will go on, of course.  That is a part of me and I enjoy it so much.  I also enjoy sharing them with others, but I am finding I can do that on Facebook as well.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A beautiful table before and after

When this table was posted on a local Facebook group site I couldn't resist.  It has so many unique qualities.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Footboard + coffee table = bench

What do you get when you combine a foot board and coffee table?  A bench of course.  I had a request to create a headboard for someone...a couple of months ago.  She wanted a bench with a full back, no spindles.  What usually happens when you get a specific request like that? You can't find it!  That's what happened to me.  I could not find a headboard and foot board that were full without the spindles.  I decided to improvise.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Revival of an outdoor bench- with chalk paint!

This bench was brought to me to make it look like wood again.  It is not a wood bench so it wasn't "Oh, I'll just smear some deck stain on it and it will be good" type of project.  It was a type of plastic or resin.  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dry erase calendar

I love to make one of a kind things.  I picked up this photo display at a garage sale in hopes to use it for a certain project.  Well, that didn't work out.  The photo areas were just too big to fit the piece I needed them for.  So, I needed an alternative.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How to turn a dresser into a wine buffet

I got this dresser from a friend.  I was sad to find out that the drawers were shot.  You know not all drawers are made of solid wood.  This was one of them, so when the tracks went bad, they were nearly irreparable.  It sat in my garage for a few weeks until one day I decided to gut the whole thing.  It started off as a possible book shelf.