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