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Knowing I love painted furniture, my mother-in-law gave me this little cabinet with instructions to paint it. We tried it in a few places before picking a color and when we decided it should go in the girls room, we also knew it needed to be blue.  I had a lot of little helping hands when it came to the painting!

We used my current favorite Annie Sloan Chalk paint color “Provence,” with clear wax over the paint.

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I like this.

Idea Paint.

I’d like to paint something like this.

And I’d use it in the playroom.

So, much fun.

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Yesterday afternoon I was feeling the need to get something accomplished, so I decided to add a little life to this back wall.  I should have taken a before photo, but I didn’t think of it. Basically it looked something like this minus the starfish, framed moths and plant.  It was pretty bare. There used to be a lamp on the table, but I got sick of it so its been out in the garage for a few weeks.

The console table is actually the piece we used as an altar in our wedding ceremony (we were married outside).  So it is special to me and I always love incorporating it into our home decor.  The painting is also very personal as it was painted by my husband’s grandfather.

I love the moths.  They were a gift to my husband (from me) for one of his birthdays before we were married. We were both very sad when one of the wings fell off.  Someday we will get that frame apart so that we can fix that poor guy (I’m pretty sure the male is the small one). Its a tough one to crack though.  We will need to actually pry apart the wood to get inside.

The plant stand is actually a wire cake stand. I think it would look better with a larger pot, but this console table can’t really handle a bigger plant. It would totally get knocked over and that would be sad.  I’m always at a loss for what to put on top of surfaces that small children can reach.  This plant and pot are somewhat questionable, but I think we’re safe for the time being.

Ugh, I obviously need to do something about the visible stereo. Its bugged me for a while. Maybe tomorrow…

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I found these green stands at a flea market a couple months ago for $15 (for the pair).  I originally intended for them to go up in the new office/guest apartment, but I loved them too much to commit them to that space.  It’s my husband’s office and I rarely go up there.  I really would like to see these more often. Everyday would be nice.  I like them that much. I just haven’t found the right place for them yet.

They are 26 inches high, which is about five inches too high to be used as side tables next to our sofa.  They also need something on the top, preferably transparent, so that we can set things on them.

Yesterday as I was picking up some shelves from a guy off craigslist, I grabbed two glass shelves that he was trying to get rid of because they looked close to the right size.  As you can see (you have to look close), they are a wee bit on the small side.  Depending on how and where I use them, I could still see this glass working out, but we will have to see.

Oh, I really love them. I need to find them a home!

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Quite a while ago, I found this little antique child’s barrel rocking chair on craigslist.  I think I paid $10 for it.  I have been meaning to clean it up and recover the cushion and I’ve finally gotten around to it.  Here are the photos of today’s project.  Click on any of the photos for further description of what I did.

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I have this antique table and chairs set that probably still technically belongs to my parents, but thankfully does not go with their current decor.  I’ve been using it since my college days and I still love it. They bought it when I was about 10 years old, so I’ve eaten at it for over 20 years now. Wow.

Over the years that my family has owned these pieces, the chair cushions have been dressed in many different fabrics. In the 80’s, it was a lovely floral print.  My aunt had them for a while and used a textured forest green fabric, that I miss, but it was very worn when I replaced it. After I got married I used some yellow tropical looking napkins from Anthropologie to cover them.  The Anthro napkins were just the right size in case you are looking for fabric for similarly sized seat cushions.

Today its overcast and its suppose to start raining. So, I’ve decided its time for an indoor project! It has only been 9ish months since I recovered them last, but silly me, I covered them in a solid teal fabric that shows everything. Yuck!  So, here we go.

Here is the icky chair at the beginning.

The Before Photo

To get the seat cushion off, I’ll just flip the chair over and push it out and off.  My chairs don’t have any screws holding the seat cushion frame to the chair frame, so I don’t need to bother with that.  If yours do, just figure out where the seat frames are screwed on to the frame of the chair and use the appropriate screw driver.  I have found that these screws are usually located in the corner areas.

Underneath the Chair

While the seat cushions are off, I’ve decided to use some Old English scratch cover and some Scott’s Liquid Gold (because I already had them in my cleaning supplies) on the chair frames.  Its lovely to find hidden crumbs stuck in between the chair back and where the cushion normally sits. Lovely.

Cleaning Supplies

I am also using this opportunity to push the front seat pieces together in places where the’ve been working their way apart.  Since I do not have a rubber mallet, I’m putting some rags in between the chair and the hammer.

The Separating Chair Frame

Hammering Back Together

I’m using a yard of Amy Butler fabric that I bought on Etsy.com.  And because of how hideous the last fabric became and because of how much I love this new fabric, well, I’ve decided to cover the fabric with plastic.  I know you are shocked.  Repulsed a bit maybe?  Since I couldn’t find whatever plastic they used back in the 60’s to cover fabric furniture, I bought a clear shower curtain from Walmart for $6. I know that some of my friends and family will think this is tacky, but you know, I’d rather have “easy to clean” at this point in my life (with #3 on the way). And, I don’t sit on my dining chairs naked most of the time and I am not wearing mini-skirts, so the sticky thing won’t bother me either. So there. I’m going to do it.

Amy butler Fabric & Shower Curtain

Before I can attach my pretty new fabric and lovely shower curtain plastic, I need to take off the old fabric. I don’t always do this, but because I am attaching two new fabrics I feel its necessary this time. I start with the flathead screw driver, but I end up mostly using some little pliers.

Removing the Old

Two Old Fabrics & Lots of Staples

It has only taken me 2 hours, with potty-training breaks and nap times and lunches made and eaten included, to get all the old fabric and staples off.  This is definitely the most time-consuming step.  And, I’m off to change a diaper…

You might want to use gloves when you remove the old fabrics. I have a nice little baby blister on my right ring finger from gripping the pliers.

The Baby Blister

Now on to the fun part!

I’m making sure to clean the surface on which I am cutting the fabric and shower curtain. I don’t want to get any lunch crumbs in between the two that I will have to look at for the next year or two or three.

Cutting the Fabric & Plastic

I am not bothering to iron or steam anything before attaching the fabrics to the seat frames. Pulling them tight when I staple them on should do the trick and save me a whole lot of time.

As you can see, I’m using a whole lot less staples this time around.  The amount I used last time was excessive and only made removing that fabric more of a chore.

Pulling & Stapling

Hammering down the staples helps when they aren’t as flush as you’d like.

Hammering Down the Staples

After the fabric is all stapled on, I like to trim the excess fabric and plastic. It doesn’t need to be perfect.

Trimming the Fabrics

One chair cushion covered!  Someone else is helping me admire it. She’s already blown on the plastic and made toot sounds. See how much fun covering your furniture in plastic can be!  On to the next three…

One Down, Three to Go

I’m done! Four chairs recovered and its still not raining outside. Oh well, it is windy and cold and not a great outdoors day anyway.

All Four Chairs

I wish you luck on all your rainy day projects!

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