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

wooden frame

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

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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

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