Thursday, September 5, 2013

Upcycle a Thrifted Chair for Under $10!

After buying our daughter a desk for her room, we realized she was going to need a chair. I guess the thought didn't occur to me until the desk was in her room that there needed to be a chair! So being me, I said I would find her a cute chair or fix one up. The search began, it took a while but I finally stumbled on this beauty at the thrift store for 5 bucks!

It wasn't wobbly, stained or smelly! I felt that it needed a paint job and new fabric for the seat and it would be great!
I had the paint at home and the brushes. All I needed to buy was some cute fabric that coordinates with my daughter's room. I found some great fabric at the local craft store and was able to use a coupon so the fabric only cost me $4.30. My total expense was $9.30! Sweet! This is a great project to try if you have never painted or tried to upcycle furniture.
This is simple explanation of what I did to upcycle this Thrifted chair:
Paint brush and/or roller
Sanding block
Wet rag possibly with soap.
Hammer and Tacks or Staple Gun

  • Lightly sand the chair with a sanding block. You don't need to go crazy with this step. Just "rough up the finish a bit.

  • Wipe down the chair with a wet rag. (You may need some soapy water) Then, dry it with a towel or let it air dry.

  • Remove the "seat". Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that secure the seat. Take out the seat and set it aside.

  • Paint the chair. It took me 3 coats to cover the chair the way I liked. I used a brush and a small roller but you can do it however you like. I also gave each coat about an hour to dry before applying the next coat.

  • Cover the seat cushion. Lay the fabric facing down. Place the cushion facing down in the center of the fabric. Starting with one side fold the fabric over the cushion and tack it down. You can use a hammer and some tacks, as I did, or a staple gun if you have one.  Do the same on the opposite side making sure to pull the fabric snug.

  • Fold over the other sides. The other sides will be folded over kind of like you would wrap a present. Make sure that the fabric does not bunch up and then secure them in place.

  • Reattach the seat cushion. Once the paint is completely dry, put the seat cushion back onto the chair using the original screws.

And that is it! Now enjoy that new upcycled chair!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spruce up that Naked Wall!

Last year we got with the program and bought a flat screen TV. It was a very big deal for me because I had one of those wall units that surrounded the big boxy flat screen that we had, and with that being gone I hated staring at the big NAKED wall behind the new TV. I love my new red TV table which you can check out HERE But I needed something to dress up the wall. So my husband suggested doing some kind of rock on the wall and that got the wheels turning!!!
We headed over to the home improvement store for some inspiration and we found that there was a lot of options. There is stones that can be put up with mortar and then need to be grouted, similar to tile flooring. There is stone that can be put up using mortar that doesn't need grouting. And then there is stone that can be put up using no mortar or grout but uses these "clips" instead. It all depends on the look that you are going for and the price range your budget allows. We went with the "clip" stone because we liked the look of it and we felt the application of it would be more our speed than having to mortar and grout all of the stone.
The first thing we had to do was to put up some plywood on the wall as a base for the stone. This was something that the guy at the store did not tell us. It was a good thing we called the manufacturer for some installation tips!
We had to make cuts in the stone to accommodate all of the electrical wiring. This was the most tedious part of the process because the stone is very thick! I apologize for not taking step by step pictures! I was still in a cast from my ankle surgery at this point and also very excited about this project! You can see one of the clips there that is used to secure the stone to the wall, it is the black "bracket" in the picture below.

This particular "stone" that we chose is a stone veneer that can be used indoors or out. It comes in cases that have bricks in 3 different lengths. The bricks need to be staggered in such a way that no joints will line up vertically in consecutive rows. 
The finished product!!!

Amazing! We love the new look in our family room! It really breaks up the huge naked wall.
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