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Vintage Consoles Make The Best TV Stands

I have a pet peeve about flat screen televisions mounted above fireplaces. Ick. I just can’t STAND that look and I don’t know why. It just BUGS me for no reason at all. I don’t watch television all that much but when I do, I just don’t want to be straining my neck upwards toward the screen. Maybe because I suffer from arthritis in my neck. It just doesn’t seem natural to me.

I picked up this vintage mid-century console last Christmas and I’m finally writing about its awesomeness. It was a steal of a deal that I couldn’t pass up. They slapped the SOLD sign on it while we went to retrieve our vehicle for the pick up and right away there were people bummed out that it had been sold. The early bird catches the worm, I guess. I knew immediately that I wanted to use it as a t.v. stand. Have you shopped for t.v. stands lately? They’re ridiculously expensive and most of them are made of cheap plywood.

 

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These old sideboards make the best t.v. stands and here’s why.

  1. They’re incredibly sturdy because they’re made of real wood. Solidly built to house the biggest flat screen.
  2. They’re stylish. If you like mid-century or a sleek, minimal look, this will definitely work for you.
  3. They’re roomy enough to house all you gear and keep everything neatly hidden.
  4. They can be restained or painted to suit your decor. I chose to keep mine as is since it blends in well with the colour scheme of the room.
  5. They can be repurposed and used somewhere else in your home when/if you decide you don’t want it as a stand anymore.

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Yes, we still have vinyl. Kids have been on a kick the last couple of years buying these up. I must admit it’s been fun getting stuff I used to have but threw away many years ago when CDs became all the rage!

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All of the cords are hidden inside.

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3 spacious top drawers house small books, magazines, coasters, etc.

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If you’re on the lookout for a new stand for your t.v. I hope you’ll consider repurposing a piece like this!

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DIY Wooden Sign Window Valance

I was looking for a way to hide the top of my roller blinds on my kitchen window. I have seen hand painted wooden signs all over the place lately and I LOVE them. I knew this would be the perfect solution.

I don’t have any curtains on the window and I don’t plan on installing any. Here’s what I did with a piece of wood from a pallet.

After giving it a light sanding and painting a coat of chalk paint, I took some sand paper and lightly distressed it.

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I wanted to use a couple of different fonts. I work in Word but didn’t like any of the standard fonts. You can download any kind of font from the internet (for free). It’s amazing what you can find with a little help from Google. All you have to do is download the font and it will appear in your fonts list in Word. Like this:

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You’ll have to choose the size for your font and here’s how you do that. Most fonts that you use for standard typing are around 10-12 point. You’ll need something WAY bigger than that.

My pallet was 5″ wide, so I chose to print my words out so that they would be 3″ tall. In order to do that, you’ll have to figure out which font size equals 3 inches. 1 inch is equal to 72 point, so for my 3″ tall words, I used 216 point. Now I don’t think it’s an exact science because all fonts are slightly different. For example 12 point Arial may look different than 12 point Calibri.In the picture below, each of these fonts are 12 point but you can see that one looks a lot bigger than the other. I’m not on expert on these things though so if anyone knows how this really works or what the science is behind it, please share.

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You’ll want to print your words out. Black and white is fine. I used landscape orientation as some of the words I chose were longer than others. If it doesn’t all fit on one line, don’t worry. Just print them out and you can always and cut and position in place.

What you choose for your sign it totally up to you. I wanted a biblical verse that would remind me to be grateful every day but it can be anything you like!

Mine is “In everything give thanks.” which is from 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

After you’ve got the words printed out, lay them out on your board and play around a bit until you find the placement that looks best.

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Next, you’ll need to transfer the letters onto your wooden sign. I searched and found several different methods for doing this. Some covered the entire back of the paper in either chalk, charcoal or pencil before tracing the letters. Others even printed the words out backwards-there are so many methods you’ll find if you’re researching this. However, the best method that I could come up with was to use carbon paper. Since I didn’t have any of that, I figured I’d use something I DID have-pattern tracing paper! Of course!

Just slip the tracing paper underneath the word to trace. It helps to secure the print outs with tape where you can. Using a sharp pencil or pen, trace the outline of the letters. You don’t have to press super hard. Just make sure to peek underneath to see if everything is transferring.

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Looking pretty good so far.

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Everything’s traced and ready for paint. I used a fine artist brush-just something I had lying around and some leftover paint that we used for my son’s room and carefully painted the letters in. I am not the steadiest or most patient person for doing this but I got through it.

After I was done and everything was dry, I gave it a quick coat of clear wax and Mr. Restyle added brackets to the back for hanging.

I then noticed that the word “THANKS” was crooked! Argh! And maybe my words were a little too spaced apart from each other. Oh well. I debated redoing it and then I thought, what the heck. It’s not supposed to look perfect. It’s a handpainted sign!

Here it is all hung up. He hasn’t put the blinds back up yet and the pictures were taken at night but I really like it. I plan to do another one for the family room. It’s a much bigger window and will require about 3 or 4 pallet boards.

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A Lot of Sadness and a Bit of Catching Up to Do

Hello friends,

Just to catch you up on things. The day after my last post on this blog, I lost my beloved grandmother. She was my last remaining grandparent. Aged 94, she lived a wonderful life. There are so many things that bring back memories of special times I spent with her. Although we were geographically very far away, we are a close family and I shall miss her so much. Cherish your loved ones every day!

Almost immediately after her passing, I developed quite a nasty cold that completely knocked me out. Just as I recovered, Miss Restyle informed me that her boyfriend’s mother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Although I had only met the woman once and very briefly, it was time to rally round and I shifted into supportive parent mode.

Needless to say, I’ve had very little time to think about this blog and for that I do apologize. I have so much reading to do on the blogs that I follow as well as posts on what I’ve been working on.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few things that remind me of my grandmother and of my Croatian heritage.

That’s it for now. I do have plenty of things to share with you in the coming weeks. I even set up an Instagram account, although I’ve yet to add a profile picture or share anything. My goal with this blog was really a way to casually share and to learn from others. I simply cannot commit to the many different social media sites out there and still have time to do my renovations and thrifting and all the things I enjoy. I never intended this blog to be about all of that or about making money or anything. I do it because I enjoy it. Plain and simple. Truth be told, I often lose interest in blogs that at first appear to be written by regular folk and just for fun but veer so off course from the original intent or the attitude shifts to focus more and more on the business aspects of blog writing. Not that there’s anything wrong with blog writing as a business. All I’m saying is that it’s not for me.  Anyway, I’m rambling!

So, an ode to my grandmother. From a very young age, I would draw pictures of laundry hanging on a line. My parents emigrated to Canada when I was 2 years old, but for some reason, I have these images in my mind a lot-even now. There is something about fresh laundry that I enjoy still. I absolutely love hanging wash to dry and I don’t know why! My grandma had a “bread house” where she would bake bread and the aroma coming from that little building would drive you crazy it was so good! And crocheted doilies! Some people laugh at doilies but I think they are rather beautiful. I am thinking of doing a refashion with some of the ones I have. Here are a few pictures I found on the internet of things that remind me of my culture and my grandmother. Until next time, take care of yourselves.

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Typical Dalmatian window shutters

Photo source: https://www.airbnb.ca/s/Zmijavci–Croatia?locale=en&type=house&s_tag=ZVQ3_s3n

 

 

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Hanging Laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo source: http://www.danheller.com/croatia-split-town.html

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Crocheted Doilies

Photo source: https://www.rubylane.com/item/446248-1321/Pair-Small-Round-Hand-Crocheted-Doilies

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Yummy Bread

Photo source: http://triciaannemitchell.com/2014/04/13/krka-national-park-skradin-primosten-croatia/

 

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I Have a Problem with IKEA

I started my thrifting/refinishing journey 3 years ago and I have learned so much about fast fashion and unethical clothing production. I like to think that now that I am so much more informed, I am making conscious efforts to shop wisely and ethically. I certainly feel that my love of all things vintage, retro and antique, along with my efforts in transforming and refinishing once-loved pieces are, in some small way, inspiring others to reuse and restyle instead of dumping things in the trash. I firmly believe in buying a good quality piece, even if it means second-hand, old, or waiting to save up for it if it’s not affordable right away.

I almost never shop at Walmart or any of its competitors for the same reasons that I don’t buy fast fashion. This got me thinking about places like IKEA. The Swedish furniture and home accessory manufacturer famous for its affordable (aka cheap) products, are very appealing to those on a budget, especially to those just starting out on their own and looking for a way to decorate and outfit a new house or apartment without breaking the bank.

I understand the appeal. The stores are bright, well-organized and staged in a way that any 20-something can picture the popular Klippan sofa as a modern, sleek place to sit and relax. I don’t know if you ever noticed, but stuff at IKEA is a lot smaller than any old pieces. This can certainly be a factor in the decision making process because they seem to be building smaller houses and condos these days. Naturally, smaller houses mean smaller principal rooms and I know that vintage and antique pieces can be quite large.

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Or how about the MALM bed? Young sophistication, right?

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So I decided to do a little research, because, I admit, I have bought a few things from IKEA myself. The odd storage bin and what not, but I’ve never bought anything as big as a bed, a sofa, a night stand or even the BILLY bookcase.

I wanted to learn more about their carbon footprint, in particular. I’m sure we’ve all heard the expression: IKEA is Swedish for crap (or was it Mr. Restyle that came up with that line? In any case he’s always saying it when someone mentions IKEA). What exactly is their stuff made of? What are their work ethics? What is so appealing about a dresser or a bed that I have to transport home and put together myself following a diagram and using a bunch of little tools that IKEA provides me with? What makes someone choose the MALM over a vintage, retro or antique piece?

Interestingly, I only had to type in a few keywords to find out the following:

IKEA is the 3rd largest consumer of wood, behind The Home Depot and Lowe’s.

This actually surprised me a little because I can think of so many manufacturers and businesses where I would expect to see a huge consumption of wood. From my research, I have learned that the wood comes mostly from eastern Europe and the far east of Russia where, according to Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture “wages are low, large wooded regions remote, and according to the World Bank, half of all logging is illegal.” IKEA president and CEO Anders Dahlvig asserts that the timber his company uses is harvested legally, and the company does employ forestry experts to monitor the company’s suppliers. But Shell points out that IKEA has only 11 forestry monitors, not nearly enough to keep a watchful eye on all those suppliers worldwide, and five of those specialists are devoted to China and Russia, a vast spread of territory by itself.

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OK, but what kind of wood? You’re not going to find walnut or cherry there! Most of IKEA’s furniture is made from wood composite, aka pressed wood, fibreboard, particle board. That’s right-particle board, so it’s fair to say IKEA stuff is modern looking but not long lasting and in a world where people swap things out every few years anyway, who cares right? Yikes! I have huge problems with this. What happened to us? We used to cherish a piece that was in the family, passed down from generation to generation. The sad truth is that the young generation doesn’t want any of our stuff! Whatever happened to pride of craftsmanship?

IKEA operates 373 stores in 47 countries. their website contains 12,000 products and in 2010, $23.1 billion worth of goods were sold. IKEA was founded in Sweden so all of their furniture is made in Sweden right?

Wrong. Everything is designed in Sweden but IKEA mostly manufactures in developing countries to keep costs down. China accounts for about 2½ times as much supply as Sweden.

IKEA produces affordable, stylish furniture and accessories. They even name all of their pieces, so they must really care.

Take a look at this lamp commercial. Seems to me that IKEA’s message here is just throw the old thing away and buy a new one at their store:

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And this next one, I really have no words for. It really ticked me off:

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People cannot possibly be conditioned to think green or to  consider buying second-hand or antique. They must have what everyone else has. Everyone must look the same and companies like IKEA don’t have a responsibility to their consumers.

I think a company’s values, ethics and message actually make a huge impact, especially on young people. If IKEA’s message weren’t that we should just throw old things away and go shop in their store, then maybe people would think twice about buying cheap, poorly made stuff that they will toss in a couple of years.

Young people can learn to appreciate good quality, timeless pieces. They can be taught to fix that which is broken and the best of all? They can put together a place of their own that will not be found anywhere else.

Think back a few years before all of these fabulous paint products were readily available. Nobody was painting furniture or distressing it. Now it’s all the rage. It’s unique. It’s sturdy. It’s old and will last another hundred years and yes, it can fit into a modern home. All it takes is a bit of creativity and a some work.

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I’ve only touched on a few points in this post but the topic really resonated with me. I am sure there is more to discuss on this topic. Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Recycle Your Old Bras & Lingerie

I don’t know what got me started thinking about this topic but I became intrigued. What do women do with their old bras and lingerie? We all have these articles in our drawers. Once worn and loved bras and lingerie. Sometimes we hold onto things even when we know full well that we will never wear them again. Whether they don’t fit anymore or whether we think “One day I might wear this again.”

So I started thinking, what are the alternatives to donating them to places like Goodwill or Salvation Army or other charity shops? What even happens to these things when we donate them? I have to admit that I’ve never purchased these articles from thrift shops. My hope is that they only put out what looks decent and is in good shape. I mean, I don’t think they should be donated if you yourself would not wear them.

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Photo source: www.donateyourbra.com

I read about a program called Donate Your Bra. This organization collects old bras, lingerie, swimwear and cancer survivor items such as wigs, prosthetic breast inserts and post-mastectomy bras. Fabulous! Except they are located in the U.S. and items must be dropped off or shipped to their location. Not a feasible solution for a Canadian. It seems that Canada is lagging in bra donation and recycling efforts. That’s too bad.

There are some organization like YWCA shelters, Red Door, and Interval House accepting donations but will not accept something that is not wearable and in good condition.

So what are some other options?

I found this article from thebreastlife.com containing some alternative donation places. Worth a read.

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Photo source: thebreastlife.com

A quick google search also yielded some clever ways to repurpose old bras. I love the idea of adding cups to existing swimwear or camisoles for extra support. I will be doing this for sure!

Would love to hear any ideas from others out there on recycling and repurposing efforts. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Kitchen Makeover Part 1:1920s Table Base +1940s Table Top

I first wrote about our recent DIY Kitchen Makeover and now it’s time to show you how we put it all together. This is the first in a multi-part series (no particular order to the posts in this series but it will all come together, you’ll see).

This part’s a little confusing. We had a 1920s table and chairs in our dining room but we found a 1940s set where the chairs were in much better condition (I’ll do a post on how we transformed the ’40s dining room at a later date). By the way, the cost of the 40s set=$50. That’s table + 6 chairs! The cost of the 20s set=$100 for table + 6 chairs. Bear with me on the following pictures…The first 3 pictures are all from the same Jacobean style dining set, manufactured by Hanover Cabinet Makers in Pennsylvania. Originally, this would have all been a dark walnut colour.

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Table Base from the 1920s-Walnut/Sweet Gum

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As you can see above, the chairs were in some rough shape. What you can’t see is how wobbly the base of the table is. More on that later.

Below are pieces from the 1940s set. The manufacturer escapes me at the moment. I’d have to crawl under the table to have a look.

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1940s Walnut Table Top-This poor table was in REALLY rough shape. I don’t think it had seen a tablecloth, a placemat or a coaster in years!

We ended up donating the 1920s chairs because so much of the veer was damaged. We refinished the 1940s chairs and now they reside in the dining room.

What we did with the rest is swap out the 2 tops (or bases, depending on how you look at it). Taking the 1920s base and putting the 1940s top on it. Taking the 1940s base and putting the 1920s top on that. Confusing right? And you’re probably thinking why would they do that? Simple reason being that the 20s tabletop extends much further and we need a big table in the dining room. The other table was going in our kitchen. So far, we have 2 table tops, 2 bases, and a set of dining chairs (for the dining room) but nothing to sit on in the kitchen. Our previous table was counter height and Miss Restyle has already placed dibs on those for when she moves out. Cue, these tufted chairs we picked up from the Habitat Restore.

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Tufted Dining Chair COVERED in oily stains-yuck! How did I fix this mess? With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

So now you’re probably thinking who the heck puts such an old table into a modern looking kitchen? Well, we do, because we like the look of mixing old with new. There’s nothing wrong with that. Not everything has to look like it came from the same place. This is how you can let your creativity really shine so that you end up with a room that nobody else has and somehow, it all comes together.

Here’s what we did:

That rickety 20s table base really needed some work. Mr. Restyle had to remove all the reinforcing wood pieces from the underside as well as the legs and reinforce and reglue everything. He had a little help from our youngest son, Jacob.

That table top was completely sanded to raw wood. Something to note about tables of this age-the tops are most likely veneer. This is not a bad thing. It’s just the way they were constructed at the time. When sanding veneer, just apply a light hand so that you don’t create any gouges. You can see here how badly it was damaged when I started.

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Using an orbital sander and gradually moving from 180 to 220 grit paper, I got to work.

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Wow! What a difference! The bottom part of the picture is the sanded part. The top is just starting to get some work done on it.

I have to say this about the sanding process-it gave off a weird smell. I don’t know if it was the stain they used back then or years and years of grime and filth or possibly cigarette smoke but it was awful!

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Left: sanded, Right: unsanded

It was really looking gorgeous the more I worked on it and I seriously wanted to leave it the colour it was naturally but I knew that it wouldn’t work for the feel of the room. I love sanding as much as I love ironing clothes. Yes, I’m THAT weird!

You will know that you are finished sanding when it feels buttery smooth against your hand. Time for stain! I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut. I love working with this stain. It is simply amazing. I am so pleased with the result.

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I stained the table base as well. I only lightly sanded it first. This is why I love this stain. You do NOT need to strip the piece down to bare wood if you are staining a darker colour. If you would like more information on this stain and the process, I will do a tutorial as our kitchen cabinets were also done with General Finishes (Java Gel Stain). I also plan on doing the bathroom cabinets the same way and could write a tutorial on that.

After staining, I applied the General Finishes High Performance Top Coat Satin.

 

For the chairs, I tried everything to get those stains out and I mean everything from homemade concoctions to heavy duty stain removers to steam cleaning. All combined, these methods only slightly improved the situation. I finally gave up and used chalk paint in Paris Grey. For more information on how to use chalk paint, you can visit one of the very first posts I did on chalk paint called Not So Pretty in Pink or do a search (posts are under the Furniture Makeovers category).

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I love how the chairs turned out. Supple-leather smooth!

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Close up of the tufting.

The last step was to paint the chair legs in Old Ochre chalk paint. They were originally a dark brown that just didn’t work with anything in the room. Mr. Restyle is not too fond of the painted legs. I quite like them as they go with the island.

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Here is the set in the room.

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Thanks for sticking around. I know that was a LONG post. More to come…

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Mad Men Inspired Chalk Painted Sofa

I am a huge fan of the Mad Men series. I loved everything about that show-the fashion, the furniture, the whole 1960s attitude. Watching the series brought back so many memories from my childhood. I started having a love affair with all things 60s/70s. The colours, the clean lines, the structure. I love them all and I knew that I would be incorporating some furniture pieces in our family room.

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I posted a picture of this sofa a while back and finally got around to transforming it into something I absolutely love. I’m not completely sure which year it was manufactured, but have been told it’s probably from the 1960s or 70s.

Well structured, strong, heavy, and also a hideous olive green that just wasn’t going to work in my space.

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I really wanted to reupholster, but being the impatient person that I am and wanting to rid my family room of the sofa and loveseat we’ve had for years, I just couldn’t wait anymore, nor could I commit to such a time-consuming task such as recovering at this time.

I hesitated and hemmed and hawed about my options and finally decided to just go ahead and chalk paint the thing. If it didn’t work out, I’d just set it aside until I had mounds of time to recover it properly.

The thing about vintage 70s furniture like this is that the fabric is very heavy. I wasn’t sure how it would take to the paint even though I’ve done several pieces with Annie Sloan. The other thing about vintage 70s furniture is that it has a certain…odour. Not stinky but not fresh either. I read that many of the vintage outfits used on the Mad Men show were deodorized with vodka. Yes, vodka! I had nothing to lose, so filling a spray bottle with straight vodka, I spritzed the whole thing down. You want to wet it down fairly well but do not soak it too much. Just use a light hand and spray everything. The next day I spritzed it again and voila! Stinky vintage smells were gone! Does it smell like vodka now? No. It smells like…nothing. That’s the beauty of this method. It gets the stink out and as it dries, the alcohol evaporates.

Vintage sofas are not cheap. I’ve seen many of them listed for amazingly high asking prices. I think I lucked out. I got mine through a private sale. The owner had fallen in love with it in the hopes of having it recovered until he found out how much it was going to cost him. People don’t realize how much reupholstery costs. You can easily expect to spend upwards of $2000-$3000 to have a piece done. This seems like a LOT of money. On the other hand, if you were to buy an equivalent quality piece brand new, the cost would likely be the same. If you want to spend less money, you can buy from a big box store and have a piece that was likely manufactured in China, will last you a couple of years and then it will be good for the dump. They just don’t make ’em like this anymore…at least not in my price range! If you’re a bit handy and have lots of time and patience you CAN reupholster yourself, just as I’ve done and documented on this blog.

The colour I chose is called Aubusson Blue. I love, love, love colours in the bluish-green family.

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Using the same method of chalk painting fabric I’ve used in other projects, I got to work. The differences I found in painting such heavy fabric was that I only sprayed the piece with water before painting for the first coat. I still sanded between coats but it did not feel crunchy after drying like some other projects I’ve done and I found it best to dilute the paint with water and stir the can several times while painting. It was almost as if I was dyeing the fabric, not chalk painting it.

Some pictures of the process…

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I covered the bottom while I painted but I did paint it when I was done everything else.

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You can really see the difference in colour here.

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You can’t tell from most of the pictures but one side of the cushions (both the back cushions and the seat cushions) is leather. The same olive green leather as the fabric. You can chalk paint leather but not sure if you’re supposed to spritz it with water first. I didn’t.

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It covered quite nicely I think. Here’s what it started to look like as I was finishing it. In total, I probably did 4 coats. It took a LOT of paint.

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So far, so good right? When I finished, I sanded everything down and started applying soft clear wax to the arms. This is when I ran into a problem. The wax did not have the same properties on this fabric as it did on other projects I’ve worked on. It created fuzz balls of the material and made the fabric look “muddy.” Oh no! I was so disappointed as the beauty of the wax is that it seals everything and gives the surface a leather-like feel. Ugh! I felt like I did all that work for nothing and was going to have to recover anyway!

Well, I figured I could live with it. It’s a little stiff but actually not bad at all. I plan on replacing the foam as soon as I can. I think the painting process did stiffen the foam a bit and even though I’ve sanitized with the vodka method, I still would like fresh foam.

Eventually I do plan on recovering this. Part of the reason I chose to paint rather than recover has also been because I have not been able to find a fabric I absolutely love and since this is our everyday couch, I really, really want something I am going to be happy with for years to come.

Here’s how it turned out.

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And a final look at the before and after.

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Pinterest-Inspired DIY Cat Bed From an Old Sweater

Happy New Year! Wishing you all a year full of happiness, good health and plenty of restyling!

I am one of those people who loves Pinterest for all of the wonderful ideas and creativity. I think it’s one of the best inventions out there for inspiration and learning. Although there are plenty of Pinterest “fails,” there are an overwhelming number of things that turn out just right.

This is one of them. My daughter recently adopted a kitten and brought it home over the holidays. I thought it’d be cute to make a little cat bed for her and I found this amazingly easy tutorial from iCreativeIdeas.com You can find the original inspiration post here.

Start with a small, old sweater. I had this Polo Ralph Lauren that was a little small for me and simply followed the directions for sewing across the top close to the collar to make a casing for the stuffing, inserting the batting and pillow and sewing the sleeves together.

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The result? A cute little DIY cat bed. Lana seems to like it. Now if only we could get our dog and her cat to get along life would be so wonderful!

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Category Clean Up

I’m going to be making some organizational changes to the blog this week. I’ve noticed the categories are out of control so I’m hoping to organize things a bit better to make searching easier.

I’ve got a lot of blog posts to write over the next little while. Seems like a good time to do this. A sort of end-of-the-year housekeeping.

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I feel so much better when things are organized.

 

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How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

Picked up a second hand ironing board for Miss Restyle but the cover was dirty and the corresponding padding was just too flimsy. Rather than go out and buy a brand new pad and cover (which never quite fit properly), I decided it would be fun to make my own. I found a great tutorial from a blogger named Crazy Mom Quilts. You can find it here. I basically followed her directions with a few variations.

I found some cute, inexpensive sunflower patterned fabric to use for the cover and luckily, had an old wool blanket that we weren’t using. I thought the blanket would be good for the padding. You could also use cotton batting for the pad.

I wanted the padding to be fairly thick so I double layered it and lay the ironing board on top.

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With some tailor’s chalk, I drew the outline and pinned the 2 layers together as I cut.

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I ended up with this.

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Next, I stitched the 2 layers together so that they wouldn’t shift around. Just quickly stitched this using my machine.

For the cover, I decided to outline the board the same way i did with the padding material. Next, I measured 2 1/2″ all the way around the outline. If I had to do this again (and I probably will as I have enough fabric to make a new cover for my own board) I think I will add 2 3/4″ instead of 2 1/2.” It was a bit of a guessing game the first time around because I was worried I’d have too much bulk at the end. You can see that I have the portion of the board that the iron sits on and there’s a small gap in which to insert the fabric. I didn’t want it bunching up in this spot.

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Next, I cut a few long strips 2 1/2″ wide that I would use as a binding on the edge. The binding would also act as a casing for the elastic. I just joined them together the same way you would make bias binding. There are lots of tutorials on the internet on how to make bias binding. It comes in so handy and it’s so easy to make!

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After the strips were joined together, I folded them in half wrong sides together and pressed them down. Next, with the binding still folded together, I stitched the raw wedge to the edge of the cover piece all the way around in the same manner as the other blogger and followed her instructions to make the casing. The only thing I did differently is omit the topstitching step. I needed to get this done. My daughter is away at school and I haven’t seen her in a couple of months. We are visiting this weekend and I want to bring this new board and cover over to her!

The last step is to insert the elastic into the casing, lay the cover on your board and adjust it to make sure it’s as nice and snug as you like it. I like mine to be pretty snug. Here is the end result.

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This was super simple to do and much more tailored than buying new. You control the exact size and snugness. Don’t settle for board covers that don’t fit right or covers that have seen better days. Toss that dirty cover away and make a new one!

 

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