Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Parson's Chair Slipcover

I  bought this chair on Craigslist for $10.00, score!
Before
I even went to the fabric store and bought a pattern, but I think I have some of that y chromosome in me (don't tell my husband). I hate to work with patterns, too much work, cutting it out, pinning, etc. I wanted to re-upolster this and it would have been very easy. I took the chair apart and it would have been super simple. The fabric I wanted to use was just flimsy cotton and I was afraid after stapling, it would rip. So I decided a slip cover was the way to go.
Here is a pattern for all of you that like patterns.
Pattern (unused in this project)
I saw on Pinterest that the back of the chair is the same as a pillow case. I tried it and they were right. So I did the back just like a pillow case, right sides together, but don't sew all the way down because you have to add the seat and sides.
Pillow Case with seam stopping before the end

This is what I mean with the Y chromosome. I don't like patterns, or to follow directions. I like to eye-ball it. I just kept fitting it on the chair and adjusting to make it work.
Sew across the seam making a triangle.
Seams aren't perfect, but will you notice when it is done?


I am learning to stop with the whole perfection thing. (therapy was good, thank you very much).
Cut off a small portion and add a piece the size to fit the seat with some overhang
I wanted to tuck some into the groove in the back of the chair
Overhang, again, eyeballing it. (Sorry)
Side sewn on. Repeat x 1more side  

I'm all about the bling. Add fringe.
Finished Project
In my beading/computer area

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

5.99 Special

My daughter and I went to some supposedly huge neighborhood garage sales this weekend...NOT. We did not find one thing. Most people were selling clothes. I have enough clothes thank you very much. I wanted furniture, or frames, or something that I could re purpose.  We went to a thrift store and SCORE! I found a cute little table/cabinet for $5.99. Yes I said 5.99. I thought of dear hubby right away. I think he needs a little table in front of the window in his den. I am not sure if he thinks that, but we will tackle that later.
At the risk of being ostracized from blogland for life, I am going to share a truth with you. On my first chalk paint project, I dutifully purchased some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, because hey that is just what you do, right. It was nice, I did my two nightstands and a chair and waiting to do the other chair. It worked, it distressed and polished up with the wax.

But, for my little $5.99 table, I went to Home Depot to get the perfect green color that I wanted. Bought a quart for $11.94 and went home and mixed it with my plaster of paris. Here is where my truth comes in, I like the homemade paint BETTER than the ASCP....okay you can delete me now if you must. I can't help it. I feel that it covered better, dried smoother and didn't gunk up the brush as much. I do think that ASCP sands/distresses in a finer powder, but so what. This distressed fine and the color was amazing and the price was even better. So without further ramblings, here are some pictures of my little green table for my hubs.

Doors Before-hardware removed
Sorry I got excited and forgot the before shot



Table top, water rings and damage

Here is the finished product in his den

Not bad for $5.99 huh? He comes home tonight so I hope he likes it.

Monday, May 21, 2012

From Dull to Dazzling-Painting Upholstery

I bought these chairs last year on Craigslist. They matched my quilt in my bedroom and they were okay. While hubby is gone, I decided to redo the bedroom a little. I bought a new quilt with beautiful tones of blue. I decided the chairs just weren't doing it anymore. Since I painted my first chair a while ago, I decided to try the other technique from Kristy at Hyphen Interiors. You can find that tutorial Here. I used the dark teal the blue mixed equally to get a beautiful marine blue that is in my quilt. These chairs have a velvety feel and the spray paint with a some water covered really well and the chair texture was virtually unchanged after a little sanding and just running your hand and a wet sponge over them.  I love the color.
These are the 2 colors I used

The bottom is done with the new and you can see the contrast
Here is one done side by side
Another shot

I love the new color, much more eye-catching than the old dull blue. I have since painted the wood white and distressed it using ASCP.



 I hope you like and try this technique because it is awesome.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Today is Special

Today is special for two reasons. It is my 27th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary honey and thanks for putting up with me for so long. It is also Bella Rose's birthday. She is 7 years old today. I have to go buy her presents on my lunch hour. It is so much fun giving her gifts because she really loves them. She gets so excited and then carries them around the rest of the week. She definitely knows the new toys from the old toys. It is almost like having a small child again. You know what I mean, when the kids are little they love their presents. When they get older, not so much. They want to pick out their present, or just want money.
Enough of that. I am working on a small master bedroom re-do. I have had a few glitches, so that is why I have not been able to post yet. Hopefully tomorrow I will be done. Until then here is a hint of the colors.


I also made a little pillow for my pink chair the other night.
And last, but surely not least, my anniversary present. It's PINK, of course.
You can see the mess of the bedroom in the background. Gotta get to work tonight, so I can surprise hubby when he gets home from Chicago with a prettified bedroom.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Silk Flowers...a Do or a Don't?

I am counting on all of you crafty women out there to help me out on this. Several years ago, I had silk flowers and plants all throughout my house and thought it looked great. Then, I saw a show on HGTV that said that silk flowers and fake plants were soooooo OUT of style. With a puckered lip, I removed all of my beloved plants and flowers. Now, while looking all around your houses, decorations, etc., I see silk flowers again.

Can a person, in good conscience, have silk flowers again without getting whispered about behind her back??? Please tell me your thoughts on this. I love flowers and color, but do not want to be THAT person who doesn't know when something is so out of style.

Here are some of my favorite flowers:
 So to fake or not to fake, that is the question?

Monday, May 7, 2012

I'm So Excited

I woke up this morning to find that I had won an award. Well, I didn't exactly win it, I was awarded it by Meegan at What Meegan Makes. What a great way to start the day. This award is given to blogs with fewer than 200 followers that you find to be up and coming and want to help grow.

These are the Liebster Blog Rules:
1. Post about your win on your blog
2. Link back to the blogger who presented you with the award Bella's Crafty Mom
3. Copy and past the award button to your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Award to 5 blogs that have fewer than 200 followers that you think deserve to be recognized.
5. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Now it is my turn to pass this award along. Here are my picks:
1. The Ferguson's at Garage Sales R Us 
2. Jill at Jillify It 
3. Amy at Sugar and Spice 
4. Karah at The Space Between
5. Ashley at A Crafty House
I want to thank Meegan for thinking of me. This is a great Monday!

Happy Blogging.




Sunday, May 6, 2012

Painted Upholstery Pink Chair

I know that I have been MIA all week, but I have been working hard every night on this chair. I used Kristy's tutorial here on this 25 year old green chair that I had in my craft room hidden under a black slipcover.
Look how gross it is. Dirty arms, dirty head space, dirty, dirty, dirty. Here are some more before shots.
Now, according to the tutorial, your upholstery always looks worse(if that is possible) before it looks fabulous. Here are some in-process shots.
I was a little worried, but I had faith and kept going. I believe these were after 2 coats with the latex paint and fabric medium and lots of sprayed water.

Isn't she gorgeous!!!!!
Now if you don't remember the before,

here it is with the after. I also spray painted the legs black to keep with my pink and black theme. I did 2 coats of latex and fabric medium and then 2 coats of acrylic and fabric medium, just like Kristy did on her first chair (see tutorial above). It is a little stiffer than the original fabric, but I steamed it with an iron and also used some sand paper and blow drier and I think it feels fine. The arms are a little shinier than the rest of the fabric, but I think that is because they had more wear to begin with. I would definitely recommend trying this on one of your own ugly chairs or buy one on craigslist and give it a try. I have wanted a pink chair in my room forever, but you can't find pink slipcovers anywhere. I love the way it turned out. The little foot stool was made from a 19.99 target table with foam and fabric to cover the top and then 4  $2.97 legs from Home Depot painted black. I did add a piece of MDF to the bottom because the pre-drilled holes were a little stripped from the original legs it had on it.
Well, tell me what you think.
Here is Kristy's Chair