I just finished this chair for the kids. It was an old rocking chair, I couldn't even guess the age. It could be from the 70's or it could be older. It was hideous but it had a great rocker underneath that allowed the chair to be stationary but rock on springs underneath. I wanted it to match our bonus room which I'm in the process of redoing for our new classroom. How awesome is this chair going to be to encourage my little ones to "read", with a red basket of books next to it, it will at least be tempting. Here's the scary before picture and read how I made the changes.
See, I told you it was scary...Can you imagine your kids sitting in the lap of this creepy bear chair. It's eyes are too far apart, it's missing a nose and mouth, the poor bow tie is frazzled, it's missing buttons and guess what that yellow is made of...
I took the arms off, tore the fabric away and then carefully pried all the staples, all 1001 of them, out with a flat head screw driver. Here's the sad part...
I cut off that poor bears head. Yes, my 4 year old was very concerned about the bear having its head cut off. I'm sure I'll get to hear about it FOREVER!
I painted the exposed wood red, which was a very dirty beige before and simple covered the seat first, then the back and unfortunately, I did have to use my hot glue gun in places. However, I now have the beauty you see above.
After many years of being this beautiful bright red, I decided to redo the chair again for our little girl. The read was painted a soft robins egg blue and a cream linen was used along with some of my grandmothers lace.
Here's my tip:
When shopping thrift stores, look at the "bones" of the pieces you are buying. If they are frail or weak, don't buy. It'll probably be a waste of time and money. If the structure is good and sound and just needs a little TLC...BUY! You can fix it! YES YOU CAN and maybe even give it a new life over and over again.
A few weeks ago I was struck by my friend Dawn's little glass container full of faux robins eggs. I complimented her on it... and her newly painted buffet... and her really awesome mantle and her new paint color in her dining room and...
well, you get the picture. She's awesome! She has my taste!
A few days later my friend Jenny calls me and says of course, "What are you doing?" and I say, "Painting Easter eggs." and she says..."OOOKAAAAY." And moved on...I think my friends may be afraid to tell me I'm crazy.
I used my acrylic paints called Basics...I love these paints! I started with white and added green, a tad and then a tad of Sienna and mixed. I'd paint a few eggs and then mix either green or sienna and change the color up a bit. I also did cream eggs by using just the white and sienna. I laid them open. This was a very boring process and I had to hand paint them instead of using spray paint because I wanted a variety of colors.
Then, I speckled them. I actually found on my second run, that I could leave the eggs laid open instead of closing them and still speckle them. To speckle the eggs I lightly dipped a tooth brush in brown paint and using my finger, flicked the bristles like below to cause the paint to splatter.
Next time I think I'm going to sand the edges so their isn't a visible rim and try painting them while they are closed instead of open. I'm not sure which is best.
I violently flecked the bristles of this old toothbrush. I even found that using two hands and pulling the brush back a bit and letting the bristles go was also affective for larger splatters.
I love to find created places to put them. High on my mantle in a large vase, fill and old bird cage, put one under glass in in a faux nest...so many fun things to do with them and the color palate is so soothing to the eye.
I've been trying to add more light to my house with lots more white and I was highly curious how shiplap would make me feel. I love the idea of it but is it something I would want lots of? I decided that my laundry room was the place to go for it. I did my best to document the process.
For years I would buy whatever detergent was on sale not thinking a thing about the safety of the product or that it was still costly. I totally trusted manufactures to keep my family safe. Then I learned...
Broken wicker baskets leave me so sad. I use them for so many things. I story stuffed animals in them, use them for toting toys back upstairs, and they serve a mighty purpose with laundry around our house. Sometimes they get tired and worn out like this one...
Oh how I love some vinyl wall lettering. I remember when I first discovered a beautiful company a couple of years ago that held parties at home. I scheduled a party and my consultant canceled and never rescheduled. BOOO! Since I only wanted some basic signs in my home I thought I would use an old skill I've used since high school.
A few weeks ago a friend came over and I shared with her some of the simple techniques I found and she since has invested in her own tools and paint to complete projects she has been wanting for her home. This is so easy it's addictive. The results are instant gratification and worth the time to learn a few tricks. Below are my top 10 favorites....so far.