Paris Design Detail Inspiration!

I wanted to share with you the photos of my first trip to France….It was truly amazing and I must say that while Paris felt like a home away from home that Versailles was a jaw dropping inspiration. These pics are a look at design details that were created over 300 years ago! It still blows my mind at how sophisticated, intricate, and opulent it was so many years ago.

The Palace of Versailles--Golden Gates

The Palace of Versailles

Tour Eiffel

Tour Eiffel

Porte de Clignancourt Les Puces Flea Market Paris, France

Porte de Clignancourt Les Puces Flea Market Paris, France

Chevron

Caught a bit of chevron detail while riding in a cab

flooring!

Les Puces. Beauty can be found everywhere in France. For Instance, look at the flooring here. These were simply cut pieces of wood inlaid in the floor but it looks so perfectly imperfect!

Flooring Patterns

Versailles Flooring

Gardens of Versailles

Gardens of Versailles

Paisley Wallpaper at Versailles

Paisley Wallpaper at Versailles

herringbone flooring pattern

herringbone flooring at Versailles

chipped door at Versailles

The chipped paint of this door shows the years of history

ticket booth at Versailles

How sweet is this little ticket booth?

Marie Antoinettes Bedroom

Imagine waking up to this bedroom everyday

Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Hall of Mirrors….who’s having fun now?

The Queens Hamlet Versailles

The Queens Country House “Hamlet”

Intricate Door Latch at Versailles

Intricate Door Latch at Versailles

The Queens Hamlet Versailles

The Queens Hamlet Versailles

Cobblestone walkway

Cobblestone walkway

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New Pattern…just in time for the holidays! Spa Gift Set, 5 digital patterns, robe, shower cap, spa headband, lingerie laundry bag, & hot/cold pack

To purchase visit my etsy shop here or visit my website www.laurenkellydesigns.com 

Oh and in light of cyber Monday being tomorrow, enter code LK50OFF and receive 50% off the patterns in my shop!!!

Spa Gift Set Digital Sewing Pattern

Spa Gift Set Digital Sewing Pattern

Give the gift of relaxation with our spa gift set pattern!

These easy to follow instructions are great for all levels of experience — especially the beginner sewer! This is not your grandmothers sewing pattern, no difficult instructions to decipher or glossary terms to learn. Simply written with 12 color filled pages of pictures and detailed instructions. If you get stuck somewhere….no biggie, message us for help!

WHAT DO YOU GET? Not only is this an easy pattern to follow but our Spa Gift Set Pattern comes with 5 different patterns to make:

– a one size fits most wrap around strapless ROBE
– shower cap
– spa headband
– hot & cold relaxation pack
– lingerie laundry bag

The wrap around robe is a plush strapless bath/spa robe with wrap around construction and pocket. Elasticized with 2 velcro closures. Unlined. One size fits most.

Spa Headband is 2 inch stretchy elastic band that lifts hair out of sight and out of mind. It’s so cute you might also be seen wearing while exercising, shopping, running errands, the list goes on!

With a few simple ingredients the Hot & Cold Relaxation pack soothes a variety of areas. Pop in micro for 2-3 minutes for heat therapy or freeze for an hour for cold therapy. Outer cover has velcro close for easy washing and removal.

Save your do with this adorable waterproof stretchy elastic cap. Choose a water resistant fabric and a decorative outer layer or simply use one waterproof fabric. Embellish with flowers, bling or bows! Don’t forget…a fabric bow tutorial is included.

Use the lingerie laundry bag for travel washing and storage. Sturdy enough to protect your delicates, cute enough to deserve a place in your top drawer. Lined.

Give one gift or a full matching set. Each gift is great for any occasion, especially bridal and baby showers. Fun and cute way to pamper yourself or someone you love!

HOW IT WORKS: Your tutorial will be emailed to you in the form of a PDF file. If you haven’t received your pattern, please check your junk mail and spam folders for the email. If you don’t find it there, contact us and your order will be resent.

The PDF tutorial includes:
– A full scale computer generated pattern ready to print on regular 8.5″ x 11″ computer paper. (You’ll need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view it. You can find the free download here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/) When printing PDF set the “page scaling” to “none.”
– Instructions for assembling the pattern
– Detailed step by step picture tutorial
– Fabric requirements and suggestions
– Materials/notions list
– Tips are Included to customize each spa gift set item
– Bonus fabric bow tutorial

Copyright 2013 Lauren Kelly Designs, all rights reserved. Transfer and/or distributing copies of this pattern is strictly prohibited by law. Gifts produced using this pattern are for personal use only. Thank you for respecting the designers copyright.

Also see our bicycle basket liner pattern and reversible shower cap pattern for women, children and babies.

Check out my blog: https://laurenkellydesigns.wordpress.com

Spa Gift Set Digital Sewing Pattern

Spa Gift Set Digital Sewing Pattern

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DIY leather webbed seat

DIY webbed seating

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Picked this chair up from an estate sale in La Jolla (Bird Rock) today. The best way I’ve found [to search for] up and coming sales is to register with estatesales.net estatesales.org and yardsales.net AND/OR checking craigslist.org Some of you … Continue reading

Mod Podge Burlap Table…Easy Peasy

DIY how to mod podge burlap to a laminate table

Found this laminate wood table at http://www.theestatesale.org for I think $25. The top was ugly but the legs were real wood and pretty cool. So if you didn’t know, laminate is the type of wood that you remember from school desks. … Continue reading

Check out Christine’s Bicycle Basket Liner Addition! She added a tri-pouch pocket, a cupholder and a keychain!

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We love to see what creative and inventive additions our fellow designers come up with. Today we are featuring Christine from Anderson, SC. She’s a mom with two young children. Christine contacted us via etsy and asked if we could … Continue reading

Who doesn’t love a neon dyed pup!?!

How to color your pup the non-toxic way

Okay so I thought I would share since I am an avid animal and dog lover and also considered a rainbow warrior with “the” Greenpeace. I’m a girly sort of girl and don’t have any human children yet so obviously … Continue reading

What’s in My Bike Basket? Featuring Nikki with Flora Apothecary

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Inspired by the Bike

Playing off of the concept of what’s in my bag/purse/wallet etc in magazines, we thought it would be fun to showcase what’s in the bike baskets of very cool, talented, smart, stylish, crafty, bike lovers, or business ladies around our country.

It’s only fitting that we kick off the week by sharing what’s in Nikki with Flora Apothecary’s bike basket – because she’s been so welcoming to Bicyclette, introduced me to Lauren Kelly who does our bike basket liners exclusively – and just happens to make my favorite organic skincare products around.

What’s in My Bike Basket – by Nikki

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It’s filled with:

  • Lalita facial elixir
  • Zana lip balm
  • Peter Thomas Roth sunscreen
  • Versace cat eye glasses (a wedding gift from my hubby)
  • MAC Desert Rose CreamSheen Lipgloss
  • Flower remedies by Clare g Harvey
  • 32oz of H2O
  • Homemade juice (orange, apple,carrot, celery, parsley, cucumber)

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What’s in My Bike Basket? Featuring Shauna Kupetz

What’s in your bike basket this summer?

Inspired by the Bike

You know that “this is too good to be true” feeling when you see an email in your inbox from someone you never thought would actually email you? That’s what I thought when I got my first email from Shauna at JAM. I think I was like, no way – this can’t be real. And then it was – this amazing shop keeper was asking if I wanted to become a part of one of the most artisan-friendly shops in town! I love featuring her this week for many reasons from her wonderful spirit, talent and smarts and  – because of course, she’s all about supporting the artisans in her store with what’s in her bike basket. Be sure to stop in and meet Shauna and you just may meet one of your local favorites in the shop – you never know who is jamming.
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Meet the Artisan: Lauren of Lauren Kelly Designs

Thanks for the shout out Rebecca at bicyclette.com

Inspired by the Bike

Serendipity is amazing. I was at the MADE market this past holiday season and a very friendly and stylish woman comes up to my booth and essentially says that we need to start a new basket liner collection and that she could be the one to help make it happen. We met at the Madison Improvement Club at the top of 2013 and within a month, new basket liners were added to our Bicyclette collection. Lauren has a great sense of style, is a perfectionist and I love collaborating with her by sharing the feedback from our customers – we come up with new patterns, new colors and it’s fun to see all the smiles of delight when people discover that the basket liners can also be taken on the go!

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Lauren, the woman behind the basket liners!

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DIY How to recover a lampshade

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We all know that lamps and lighting are expensive items that are essential to our home. You can easily update a cool lamp by recovering the existing shade and change the feel of a room. Easy step by step process … Continue reading

Bicycle Basket Liner Pattern by Lauren Kelly Designs

Bicycle Basket Liner Pattern-https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenKellyDesigns

Bicycle Basket Liner Pattern Front and Back Cover
Bicycle Basket Liner Patter Cover-https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenKellyDesigns

Back of Bicycle Basket Liner Patter Cover-https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenKellyDesigns

Bling your bike with a custom bicycle basket liner!

These easy to follow instructions are great for all levels of experience — especially the beginner sewer! This is not your grandmothers sewing pattern, no difficult instructions to decipher or glossary terms to learn. Simply written with 12 color filled pages of pictures and detailed instructions. If you get stuck somewhere….no biggie, message us for help!

Not only is this an easy pattern to follow but Bicycle Basket Liners make great gifts for women, men, and children! Now you can customize bicycle baskets for the whole family!

There are 4 different liners to choose from including the original or reversible, even add straps and a dog pillow!

The summer is almost here and what better way to enjoy beach cruising than with your furry friend in tow!

Your tutorial will be emailed to your Etsy email address in the form of a PDF file. If you haven’t received your pattern, please check your junk mail and spam folders for the email. If you don’t find it there, contact us and your order will be resent.

The PDF tutorial includes:
– A full scale computer generated pattern ready to print on regular 8.5″ x 11″ computer paper. (You’ll need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view it. You can find the free download here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/) When printing PDF set the “page scaling” to “none.”
– Instructions for assembling the pattern
– Detailed step by step picture tutorial
– Fabric requirements and suggestions
– Materials/notions list
– Tips are Included to personalize each basket

Rave Reviews:

Puppy Belly Deli posted on Bicyclette’s timeline
“Just bought the BEST basket liner in the whole world. I am going on a ride tomorrow with something fun in my basket. I’ll post pix! Thanks for the most amazing basket liner in the whole world and thanks for inspiring me to get my bunz on my bike tomorrow.”

Copyright 2013 Lauren Kelly Designs, all rights reserved. Transfer and/or distributing copies of this pattern is strictly prohibited by law. Liners produced using this pattern are for personal use only. Thank you for respecting the designers copyright.

Bicycle Basket Liner Pattern-https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenKellyDesigns

A bicycle basket liner I made for a dude’s bike. Skull bandana print and red flannel

If you aren’t much into to sewing you can purchase already made liners from bicyclette.com

http://www.bicyclette.com/collections/accessories/products/bike-basket-liner-on-the-go-bag-la-belle-vie#.UaJTgpVkjEY

La Belle Vie Bicycle Basket Liner $50 

http://www.bicyclette.com/collections/accessories/products/bike-basket-liner-on-the-go-bag-la-belle-vie#.UaJTgpVkjEY

The Key West Bicycle Basket Liner for Sale $50 http://www.bicyclette.com/collections/accessories/products/bike-basket-liner-on-the-go-bag-la-belle-vie#.UaJTgpVkjEY

The Key West Bicycle Basket Liner for Sale $50 http://www.bicyclette.com/collections/accessories/products/bike-basket-liner-on-the-go-bag-la-belle-vie#.UaJTgpVkjEY Reversible, with a cell phone pocket and straps

 

DIY bicycle basket liner pattern-https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenKellyDesigns
Customize your bicycle basket with a liner, this pic shows style number 4, reversible bicycle basket with straps and a puppy pillow
Bicycle Basket Liner Pattern, reversible with straps and a dog pillow- https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenKellyDesigns
Bicycle Basket Liner Pattern, reversible with straps and a dog pillow- https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenKellyDesigns

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Ombre beachy dresser

DIY ombre beachy dresser

Here are my favorite products used in this post:

Plan an Outdoor Garden Party

Garden Party Table

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With the summer months approaching, outdoor entertaining is suddenly in full bloom. Take advantage of the beautiful weather by hosting a party with a garden theme. Here are a few ideas to dazzle your party-goers.

Tattoo bar cart

Grabbed this funky little cart at a garage sale for $5. I liked the patina on the metal but wasn’t much of a fan of the wood laminate trays.

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Thought that I would create a cart dedicated to my husbands tattoo! One of our favorite places to go when we are in Los Angeles is Trader Vic’s!

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I picked up a cup and also used that as inspiration!
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Resin & Epoxy on Furniture

How to use resin/epoxy on furniture:

I Purchased this table from a local garage sale for $2. It was red, chipped and on its last leg.http://wp.me/p33VKb-6U
First, I sanded the table and re-enforced the legs with a screw directly on top of the table, I knew that I would be covering it up with fabric. Paint with a primer and then a color.
Next measure and cut the fabric you are going to use to cover the table. Paint a layer of Mod Podge and then lay the fabric on top allowing it to dry. This will ensure that your fabric will stay put when coating it with resin. I have seen other DIY-ers coat the fabric with Mod Podge and don’t give it the resin coat. In this case the table had a dip in the wood and I wanted to even it out so drinks didn’t spill when I used it.
Mod Podge is great for furniture projects.
After the mod podge dries, the last step is to epoxy the table.
I purchased this kit from Home Depot, follow the instructions making sure to only work on your project in a ventilated area. The epoxy/resin has a powerful chemical smell. It’s also important to let the project dry in a clean, bug and dust free area. It takes 24 hours to dry and if a fly lands in your epoxy, it may ruin the project. In the picture above you can see a dog hair landed and will forever be in the epoxy coat.
Something else to note, Because I chose a grey and white duck cloth fabric, the paint shows through the fabric after the epoxy was added. I couldn’t tell this was the case with just the Mod Podge layer. Make sure that if you are using a light colored fabric to paint the area you are covering carefully. Because I happen to like the effect of the under paint has on the table, I don’t mind, but I would be upset if I was surprised with this after all my hard work.

Thanks for reading!

Coffee Cart

Coffee Cart

My inspirations: One of my husband and I’s favorite places to go in Los Angeles is trader vics at the Beverly Hilton hotel. After one of our visits we took home a mai tai glass: I loved the herringbone pattern … Continue reading

Shabby Chic Vanity Goes Rock and Roll

Shabby Chic Vanity Goes Rock and Roll

I found this darling vintage drexel heritage vanity at a garage sale for $10. I know…I know…I couldn’t believe it either. I loved everything about it, the colors, the dainty legs, and the hidden mirror. But it looked like it … Continue reading

Create your own canvas DIY wall art

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My mother is an artist and left me a couple of wooden canvas frames. These can be purchased at any art store.

I decided upon a new project because have an “entertainment” center that I couldn’t find the proper place for in my TV family room. It’s a great big open room but the way it is shaped didn’t make it easy to set the TV up in a comfortable viewing place. We decided to set the center up in the corner of the room to bring the TV closer to our couches. Only because of the size of the center, the TV stuck out about 5 feet from the corner behind it. It didn’t look right so we decided to make a screen to go behind the TV to give the illusion of a wall.

Starting with a wooden canvas frame, measure the length of fabric you would need allowing for excess to wrap around and secure to the back.

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As you can see here I cut it really close!!!!! Using a staple gun, pull the fabric tight and staple all the way around the frame.

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Voila! We using round hooks screwed to the ceiling, string, and a measuring tape to hang the DIY wall art to the ceiling. This was abstract upholstery fabric we liked from Joanns fabric store.

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I like the idea of using fabric as a quick and easy way to decorate a room. Of course if you are artistic enough, making your own canvas art would be amazing too!

Here is a great link from Better Home and Gardens I came across too! http://www.bhg.com/decorating/do-it-yourself/wall-art/14-canvas-wall-art-projects/

Doily table runner

My Pinspiration!

One of my first pins onto She’s Crafty said the Beastie Boys was this amazing doily table runner. I thought it would be perfect for Christmas. Well, I set out to start collecting as many doilies that I could find (paying 1$ or less). This feat actually was more challenging than I expected. I didn’t get enough in time for Christmas so I found some Pinspiration for Valentines day. When I found a whole bin of doilies at my local thrift haunt, I was pleasantly surprised about their pink and purple color selection. At 75 cents a pop they were right on with my budget.

My Nuna and I tested out this project and here’s what we came up with. You don’t need to sew the doilies together simply place them on the table. That way you can re-use them time and time again! For her glass dining room table we used 7 large doilies and about 33 little ones. You can probably pull it off with less but we wanted our runners to be overfilled not under.

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First we assessed our inventory.

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We started by setting our favorite large ones on the table first.

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Then we added the smaller ones.

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We figured since the table was busy we would use a very simple centerpiece.

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We were overjoyed with how it turned out! My Nunas doily collection is quite impressive, she has them in all shades. To achieve the different colors she said you can dye them with tea (yes the beverage). To get them to lay flat and very stiff, hand wash them, then set  them on aluminum foil and spray with starch. Lay flat while drying.

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Ta-Da!

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This was my interpretation. I was worried that it wouldn’t look as good because my table is white but I think the different colors turned out nicely for Valentines Day!

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DIY shotski

So if you are like me you were mesmerized by watching watch what happens live, when Andy Cohen got the all mighty and powerful Martha Stewart to take a guzzlet of her cocktail buy shooting it out of a SHOTSKI!? I am always up for a good time...but this my friends had to be mine!

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DIY shotski So if you are like me you were mesmerized by watching watch what happens live, when Andy Cohen got the all mighty and powerful Martha Stewart to take a guzzlet of her cocktail by shooting it out of … Continue reading

How To Mod Podge Furniture DIY

How to Mod Podge furniture
I bought this cute little desk from a garage sale for $10. In great shape but the colors were dated and the knobs didn’t match. 
First, I removed the knobs and bought 4 faux glass knobs from Home Depot, $1.99 a piece. Then, I sanded down the piece with my Ryobi sander and white washed this piece for a shabby chic look. To white wash, I use two parts paint and 1 part water.  Make sure your brush stays dry and only apply a small amount of paint at a time by swiping the strokes back and forth.
The top of this piece was a glossy formica that wouldn’t take paint and would take too long too sand off. I wanted a quick fix so I grabbed a roll of houndstooth wrapping paper and a jar of modge podge. Once you are finished painting the piece, apply a small layer of modge podge directly on the top of the furniture piece. Then unroll the wrapping paper onto the table top smoothing out all the air bubbles. Once you are satisfied with it’s placement, cut off the excess paper around the edges with scissors and apply another thin layer of mod podge on top of the wrapped table top. Make sure to wipe off the sides and under the overhang with a wet cloth and allow the piece to dry overnight or until it isn’t tacky to the touch.
After the top of the table dries, touch up any areas where the mod podge can be visibly noticed. Screw the knobs back on and Voila! The $10 desk looks fashionable and new again!

P.S. the insides of the desk were pretty clean so I used some drawer liner papers from the dollar store and lined the insides of the drawers and used a grey paint to accent the indentations!

re-upholster a chair in one hour or less

How to quickly, cheaply and easily re-upholster a chair

So I bought this adorable chair at a yard sale for $5. I loved everything about it, the colors, etc. 

Even the details were perfect. However, the cushion looked flat and made the colors look dated because of its condition. I decided the cushion had to go. I have a few other tutorials in my blog see: chevron-rocking-chair and chevron sea foam chair re-upholstery

As with every chair re-upholstery, turn the chair over and unscrew the cushion.  
Remove the Cushion, if you wanted to paint the chair now would be the time. 

I didn’t feel like trying to start from scratch so I cheated. I cut open the existing upholstery which was old and deflated. Then I took some craft stuffing I had lying around, and began to fill the back of the cushion up. I  used an old wooden spoon to fill the crevices evenly. 
As you can see, there was plenty of room…
Filling the back of the cushion up still seemed to leave some uneven lumps and bumps so I cut a small opening in the front of the cushion to move stuffing around and create the most even appearance I could. 
After I felt satisfied I grabbed a cute piece of owl duck cloth and went to work, stapling the fabric directly over the existing re-stuffed cushion, pulling as tightly as possible. 

Once you’ve covered the existing cushion, screw the cushion back on and Voila!
Now I know some of you may wonder why I painted the chair white, I re-did this desk for my niece and I needed a chair to match. Whooo Hoooo

Before
After

Striped and Checkered China Cabinet

I’m sure my lack of before pictures make reading this a little less interesting, but I have been re-doing furniture for 6 years now and have only most recently started to share my projects.

Let’s just say that this china cabinet was a poorly cared for piece with water damage and I bought it for 8$.

The original piece had doors covering the two bottom shelves. I tried to make them work but how else could I display all my knick knacks and pictures?

The item inside the crystal ice bucket on the bottom left is my broach bouquet I made for my wedding. So worth the money and DIY time. Maybe someday I’ll post about how I made that. Here is a great tutorial that I used: DIY Broach Bouquet

As you can see here one of these drawers is not like the others. The wood work was missing, I considered ordering all new overlays from myoverlays.com but then figured that if I was trying to re-sell I wanted to keep my costs down. I decided on a MacKenzie Childs Inspired checkered pattern. 

I took the original hardware off and hand painted it with Martha Stewart Metallic in Thundercloud. I also turned it up-sidedown to give a different look. 

Originally I left it with just two different silver colors. But I was bored and wasn’t proud of my piece. 

I used the frog tape to do the edges but in the future I would probably just try and free hand. It didn’t work so well on this piece because of the texture. 

I changed the backsplash from Thundercloud to a gloss black to give the piece more contrast. 

Now it’s got a POP!

I accented the different areas of wood work!

Since the top of this piece reminded me of an awning on a little french shop I thought I would paint it as one. Measure the piece and tape off the different sections so the stripes are the same size. The two stripes on the ends were skinniest. 

Still wasn’t what I’d pictured…..

So I painted the silver on the top with a light white wash coat. 

TaDA!

To paint a checkered pattern. Tape off the area and label.

Mackenzie Childs inspiration

Pinterest Inspiration. Follow me http://pinterest.com/laurenforster/
Cute silver furniture at Z-Gallerie that inspired me!

Chevron Rocking Chair Revised

How to Re-Do a Rocking Chair
I purchased this oversized rocking chair at a garage sale for $5. It was wobbly, chipped, and the seat was awful, not very inviting. 
This blog will show you how to replace an ugly rattan/wicker seat in an otherwise good chair. 

Not only was the seat coming apart but it was cracking and chipped. 

First order of business was to sand off as much chipped paint as possible. This Ryobi hand sander is great for projects like this. I use 120 grit sandpaper.

As you can see the paint is easily sanded off. 

Next, it’s time to cut out the rotted stinky gross wicker. Enter handsaw. 

Looking better already

After all the wicker is removed you will discover a wooden frame where the seat it, remove this and save for later. 

When I tried to remove the wooden frame, the arm rests were in the way. Just look for a screw where the arm rest is attached, remove, and save for later. 

Also, turn the chair up-side-down and remove the screws holding the seat frame in place. Save for later. 

Once you remove the arm rests, the seat frame easily pops out. 

Now, trace the seat frame onto a piece of particle board. One that will be thick enough (1/2 inch) to use as a seat. You can toss the seat frame out once you’ve traced onto new seat.

Now the chair is ready for a primer, a favorite trick of mine is to go to the Home Depot paint department and check out the discounted paint. These items were usually a mistake or a return that they mark down dramatically. Sometime the colors are funky but I got this pale blue paint + primer sample for .50 cents. It was enough paint to coat the chair twice with primer. 
While I live in Phoenix and it’s too hot to re-finish furniture outside, I get the majority of my projects done at night in my family room. I use an old sheet for a drop cloth. I painted the chair with Behr Premium Gloss in Ultra Bright White.
After you cut the wood out you need to get foam or stuffing to create a soft seat. 

In this case I found an old goose down pillow that seemed to be about the right size. 

lay the fabric you choose over the pillow to make sure the design is where you want it. This fabric is from Hobby Lobby (they have the best selection in Scottsdale) Plus you can show them an email in your phone for a 40% off coupon. 

Now it’s time to get the staple gun out. These were scary at first but now I love using it!

Staple the fabric in place making sure to pull tightly. 

Gather the corners as neat as you can. 

After the first round of staples I always do a second round making sure to get as many staples as possible. The cushion can look sloppy if there are any gaps. 

After you paint and make the cusion you are ready to put all in place. Use a screw gun to return the screws the secure the chair. 

Voila! A 5$ garage sale chair can look new again!!!!!

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Epoxy Resin Furniture Chevron

How to use resin/epoxy on furniture:

I Purchased this table from a local garage sale for $2. It was red, chipped and on its last leg. 

Garage sale score! $2 a video by DuchessofCudia on Flickr.

First, I sanded the table and re-enforced the legs with a screw directly on top of the table, I knew that I would be covering it up with fabric. Paint with a primer and then a color. 

Next measure and cut the fabric you are going to use to cover the table. Paint a layer of Mod Podge and then lay the fabric on top allowing it to dry. This will ensure that your fabric will stay put when coating it with resin. I have seen other DIY-ers coat the fabric with Mod Podge and don’t give it the resin coat. In this case the table had a dip in the wood and I wanted to even it out so drinks didn’t spill when I used it. 
Mod Podge is great for furniture projects. 
After the mod podge dries, the last step is to epoxy the table. 
I purchased this kit from Home Depot, follow the instructions making sure to only work on your project in a ventilated area. The epoxy/resin has a powerful chemical smell. It’s also important to let the project dry in a clean, bug and dust free area. It takes 24 hours to dry and if a fly lands in your epoxy, it may ruin the project. In the picture above you can see a dog hair landed and will forever be in the epoxy coat.
Something else to note, Because I chose a grey and white duck cloth fabric, the paint shows through the fabric after the epoxy was added. I couldn’t tell this was the case with just the Mod Podge layer. Make sure that if you are using a light colored fabric to paint the area you are covering carefully. Because I happen to like the effect of the under paint has on the table, I don’t mind, but I would be upset if I was surprised with this after all my hard work.

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Martha Stewart Textured Metallic Paint

Martha Stewart Textured Metallic Paint

I was so excited to Martha Stewart Textured Metallic Paint in Lampblack, I thought it would make a cool finish on a vintage piece of furniture

The piece pictured was purchased at a garage sale for 5$ and was taken after I used my Ryobi hand sander to remove old paint. 

I used the primer/sealer that was recommended with the paint to prime and seal

I wouldn’t recommend using the Martha Stewart primer on top of the Lampblack Metallic Paint, it leaves thick coat and looks odd. 

As you can see the paint is very thick and the brush stroke are next to impossible to hide

If you were thinking about trying the MS  textured metallic paint, DON’T I can’t even imagine what this thick gloppy paint would look good on….maybe a flower pot but that’s about it. Save your $$$$

Martha Stewart Textured Metallic Paint is the worst and I wouldn’t recommend using it!

How Not to Use Martha Stewart Glitter Paint

What not to do when using the Martha Stewart Glitter Paint

If you are like me than you have wandered down the Marta Stewart paint section at Home Depot and ran into the Amazing-ly fun specialty paints Martha Stewart has. The Glitter purple finish immediately caught my eye!I found this sweet little table at a local garage sale for $4 bucks. It was white and was pretty plain (sorry I don’t have a before picture but just try to imagine).

This was my first time using the MS glitter paint so I used the primer/sealer specialty finish that is supposed to go with the glitter paint.

After the “primer” dried, I started coating the white furniture piece with the glitter paint. To my dismay I discovered that the paint was actually clear with purple glitter.

Determined to have a sparkly glitter-y piece of furniture I kept coating this piece. Literally 12 times I kept coating and coating the white piece until it started to actually look purple. I had to make a second trip to Home Depot to buy more purple glitter paint, I had already come so far I wasn’t going to stop now.


In the end it turned out with the desired affect I was looking for but I spent three times what it should have cost to decorate this silly piece of furniture.

But, even though this piece had months to dry, it still hasn’t you can’t set anything heavy on the dresser even still!I wish I would have read these blogs before I wasted so much time and money:

http://builditsewitloveit.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-glitter-paint.html

http://www.ehow.com/way_5391011_adding-glitter-paint.html


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ortBPokqF8I just SOLD the night stand / side table today for $35

The color turned out beautiful but never fully dried.

 I found this drawer liner at the Dollar Tree, I always love putting a drawer liner in all of my projects

 The original dresser had a two prong handle, I filled the two holes in with wood filler and painted over them. If you look very closely you can tell but it’s very hard. The cute pink knob came from target. They cost about $1.25 a piece. 

I painted the sides of the drawer in a glossy black. 

Martha Stewart Precious Metals Specialty Paint/Finish in Mirror

The coolest paint on the market is the Martha Stewart Precious Metals Paint, this project used the color  “Mirror” in the precious metals line, so fun!
So I was garage sailing one Saturday morning when I came across an interesting multi-family garage sale. This chair was in a random corner with a bunch of stuff piled on top. I wasn’t sure if it was for sale and was pleased to find out it was $4.

It seemed to be a nice looking chair but the wicker on the seat was all rotted through. Sorry, not pictured here. 

I could tell a custom painted piece but not well cared for. However, the chair was sturdy and not wobbly which is very important when spotting a candidate to re-vamp. 

First, I cut the rotted wicker seating out of the bottom. Next, I cut a 1/2 thick piece of plywood (with a handsaw)  to serve as the new seat. I envisioned this chair for my sewing craft room. Next, I picked out a foam cushion and fabric and upholstered the newly made seat with a staple gun. 
Before screwing the seat onto the chair (screws can always be found underneath any chair to secure the seat cushion) I sanded the chair down with my Ryobi sander. Hand Sanders are  like $30 and it saves so much time, not to mention your manicure. 

I liked the paint pattern that was on the chair previously but wanted to make the chair silver and black and give it amore chic look instead of french country.

Oh, BTW always look for clues of a well built piece of furniture. By looking underneath the chair I found this custom metal plaque. This tells you that it’s a quality craftsmanship and isn’t going to fall apart. 

The opening in the chair was perfect for a piece of an old chandelier jewel. I hand turned the round screw into the wood after drilling a tiny hole.

Before I screwed down the newly upholstered seat, I hot glued this cording on the wood.

I haven’t experimented with the shabby chic look yet; i.e. the chipped paint and perfectly distressed style.  I tend to like higher gloss paint. Especially for a chair that will “worn and torn” I used Behr premium plus hi-glass pure black. 

I purchased this canvas from Hobby Lobby with a coupon. They’ll take an email coupon from your smart phone, 40% off makes a big difference!

I left TRACY’s name and copyright on the chair for good measure. It’s tiny so you don’t notice it.

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Chair Re-upholstery, How to DIY Sea Foam Table and Chairs

How to re-upholster and re-do this cute table and chairs
I purchased this glass table top and chair set from a local garage sale in Paradise Valley for $20. It was in pretty good condition, they weren’t wobbly and no broken parts. Great candidate for a re-do. First I removed the cushions, if you turn most chairs up-side-down, you will find screws. Remove the screws and off come the cushions. 
After removing the screws, I re-covered the chairs with a Chevron printed Duck Cloth I purchased from Hobby Lobby in Scottsdale. I have found that they have a more fashionable fabric selection than Joanns and will take a coupon from an email on your iPhone.

In case you were wondering, you can pull the fabric tight and then staple down with a staple gun. Staple guns  can be scary at first but keep your fingers out of the way and they are pretty easy to use.
I thought that a sea foam color would go great with my new beach themed guest room. Although we are 350 miles away from the nearest beach I thought it would be a fun and refreshing motif. 
I had a hard time deciding on what color to paint this fancy little table and chairs. I posted a before pic on instagram and I had several votes for yellow & robins egg blue but I finally opted for a sea foam. This pic looks a little blue-ish but if definitely gives off more of a mint color in person.

Oh and it might help if I let you know the color…Martha Stewart-Sea Glass. Since Glidden is making all of Marthas colors at Home Depot now, I was able to get this semi-gloss with a paint + primer thus saving me a step.

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