Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gossip Bench Makeover

A friend gave me this awesome gossip bench that needed fixing up.

I love the detail on the back.

I started sanding it and gave it a little repair. I was able to get the top shelf off to help with sanding.

After two coats of primer.

After two coats of blue.

I decided to stain the desk/shelf parts.

I wanted to use this awesome telephone company advertisement graphic from Knick of Time. I turned it into a stencil using my silhouette machine. I thought it would go well with a gossip bench where people talked on their "old timey" phones :) It reminds me of my grandmother, who was a telephone operator in the 1940s, and the stories she told.

I added new foam to the bench.

I reupholstered it with quilting batting and upholstery fabric like a present.


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Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY Maple Leaf Wood Art (Happy Canada Day!)

I love decorating for the 4th of July! This year I wanted to add a little something to recognize Canada Day and my husband's Canadian roots. Inspired by some star wooden cut outs, I decided to make a maple leaf cut out instead.

I used 4 1x4s and cut them to 14" to make a square.

I used my silhouette machine to cut out a maple leaf. Since my machine would only cut out 9" wide, I could only cut out half of my design.

I traced the first half, then I flipped it over and finished tracing.

Since the design was kind of intricate, I cut each board separately with my jigsaw instead of attaching the boards together first and cutting continuously.

After sanding all the pieces, I flipped it over

and nailed some thin scraps to hold it together.

Then I used 1x2 on their sides to create a frame.

I nailed them in with my nail gun and then filled the holes with stainable wood filler.

To stain it, I put a plastic bag on my hand and then used an old sock to rub the stain on.

I followed up with a clear polyacrylic.

I attached it to the house using vinyl siding hooks (affiliate link) similar to how I hung up my DIY shutters.

Now I have a little bit of Canada mixed in with my American decor.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

DIY Shutters on Vinyl Siding

There's one little window on our house without shutters on it. It always seemed a little bare to me.

There isn't a lot of room on either side of the window. I used some scrap/repurposed 1x4s for the long pieces and 1x3s for the short pieces to go on the top and bottom. I used paint sticks to separate the two pieces on each side.

After I gave each piece a good sanding, I decided to prime and paint everything before screwing it together, so the painting process would go a lot faster and I could better control drips in between the two boards.

Once I screwed the top and bottom pieces on, I did some paint touch up over the top of the screws.

I decided to attach them temporarily with hooks, so I could make sure I liked how they looked before doing any drilling into the vinyl. I got these hooks vinyl siding hooks (affiliate link) on Amazon.

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They are actually really strong and don't come off without some finagling. The bottom of the hook juts forward a bit, so I smashed it with my hand to make it more flat with the wall.

I measured how far down the hook was and added some wire wrapped around some little screws on the back.

Then I just slid the wire on the hook. I'm not sure how long they'll hold up in the wind without some more permanent attachment, but for now, they feel really secure. 

It's a small difference, but I love the result. Next, I think this window needs a window planter to go with the new shutters.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DIY Gold Magnolia Leaf Wreath

I've been seeing Magnolia Wreaths grow in popularity lately, probably thanks to Joanna on Fixer Upper. I had a magnolia leaf garland that I was thinking about turning into a wreath, but the leaves were a little large and I didn't feel inspired quite yet.

Then I saw this gold leaf magnolia wreath made by Sarah M. Dorsey

She made her wreath using real magnolia leaves, but I decided maybe I could make the garland leaves that I have look a little more appealing if I spray painted them gold, as well.

I got a 12" wreath form and sliced it down the middle, so it would lay flat against the door and have less surface to have to hide with leaves.

Then I pushed holes with a pen (a screwdriver also works great), filled them with glue and then pushed the leaf in. I ended up with about three leaves across.

I moved around until it was full.
I spray painted using Krylon Premium Metallic Gold Spray Paint (affiliate link) which I bought a while ago to use on a project, but never ended up using.
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The can was a little smaller than regular spray paint cans, but it had good coverage, so I still have about half a can left for another project.  Also, if you have Amazon Prime, you might want to try Rustoleum Specialty Metallic Gold (affiliate link). This is a cheap add on right now for a regular sized can. I've tried the silver version of this spray paint and it was impressive.
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 Once it dried, I lightly shook it to see where the leaves might move and filled in any green spots with gold.

Then I tied a ribbon around the top under the leaves and hung it on my door hook. 

I like the way it pops on my blue door!
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Refinishing a Chair (Again!)

About five years ago, I painted and recovered an upholstered office chair. This is what the chair looked like after being in my husband's office all that time: 


It got pretty worn down. Time to revive it again!

I removed the seat and back and started sanding the paint off.
 The wood underneath looked pretty nice by itself, so I decided to just seal the wood and leave it with a birch look.

The sanding was getting a little tricky in the corners.

 So, I ended up dismantling the whole thing. Then I rubbed on 5 (yes, 5!) coats of polycrylic protective finish, sanding in between  each coat with a fine grain sanding block. The first 2 coats seemed to soak into the wood, so I kept going with the coats until there was a nice smooth sheen. 

I took off the old fabric and recovered the seat and back. I sewed the front and back of the top arch part together and the used staples in my compressor powered nail/staple gun to attach the rest. Then I put the whole thing back together.

I love the whole new look! It should hopefully get at least another five years of being sat on.

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