Monday

Racing stripe dresser for my g'son!

I literally found this outside a dumpster at an apartment complex I used to live in a couple years ago.
It's been this yucky green the whole time, and my daughter has been using it as is.
BEFORE
I'm giving it to my 5 yr old grandson
and he wants his new bedroom to be primary colors and race car theme.
Here it is so far . . .
 Deciding to give him the hutch part or keep it to put on a table for another use.

But now his mama wants the frame to be black - 
afraid the white will get too dirty with little boy hands!
AND
we are going to use dollar store Hot Wheel look-a-likes for the handles.
So, hopefully by the end of week I'll finish this.
PS!!
His Mama just gave me the "green light" to do a 
While you were out
on his room next month when they are on vacation!!
I will be chronicling the whole thing, and so excited!
Now off to making a plan - Pinterest here I come!!  
Have a great day and hug someone today!!
Theresa
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Sunday

$5 HAPPY HUTCH!!!

I bought this at a yard sale almost 4 years ago for $5.
It's part solid wood, particle board, laminated,
pretty beat up . . .
Used home made chalk paint, ooops paint, and a dry brush wash.
(sorry, good camera is broken, resorting to cheap cell phone camera for now, UGH!)
AFTER
BEFORE
I've been wanting to paint it ever since, but was so indecisive,
Until the other day!


I used my home made chalk paint as my first coat.
Chalk paint recipe
2 coats of a blue-gray from oops paint.
Afterwards I dry brushed on some sage green, as a highlight.



After all was dry,
I dry brushed a white satin acrylic paint all over the entire piece
 (except the brown wood)
For that, I simply used a brown acrylic craft paint wash.

The open shelving and upper frame was painted with a satin bright white, that I squirted a glob of dark blue acrylic craft paint into.
This gave it a very subtle blue hue but stayed white.
 Spray painted all the hardware with Rustoleum's Antique Hammered Pewter paint.

AFTER





I wasn't sure what I wanted, other than I have been lightening up my house,
love the beach, cottage look,
and just started painting.

I love it!!
I still need to straighten it up with some brackets,
and want to put some bead board on the back.
What do you think?
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Monday

NO Sew Lamp shade recover tutorial

TAPERED LAMP SHADE recover

I found several tutorials on how to cover a symmetrical drum
but none to cover one that is a tapered with
 NO sewing!

So, with some trial and error, here is one for the books!
Lots of photos!

Materials needed, aside from your fabric & trims:

ES6000 Glue ( I used my hot glue gun towards the end for the trim, but because I was impatient, the ES6000 will hold up better over time)
About 2 dozen clothes pins
Scissors

Here's the basic idea - 

I decided that cutting and sewing each panel together, was too tedious, and honestly, I wanted to cater to those who don't sew, nor had access to a machine. 
I recovered these shades at my clients house,
so my method was fairly simple and turned out GREAT!

Synopsis of Tutorial

I cut panels larger than the needed size,
 glued them on, one by one, using clothes pins to hold in place,
 clipped  & trimmed, the long side edges of each panel to allow for a smooth curved fit,
 glued all along the frame, tucking excess over top and bottom of each panel.


Then used my fabric to make bias tape to cover the seams - again, just cut strips, folded with raw edges meeting in center, ironed, and glued on. (I'll post this tutorial later)
Added trim and beading and Viola'!


HERE GOES - YOU GOT THIS!!!


Remove your old covering
OR
If your original shade is not bulky or wont' show through the new one,
 you can cover over it.
Mine was bulky pleather!
YUCK!

    Went down to the bare bones on one lamp,
left the outer the other.
BOTH lamps I left the INNER lining in place.

TIP:
These strips you see here?
They were used to cover all the raw edges at the top and bottom inside the shade.
I salvaged them and reused them.   


START the covering:
I literally just cut some strips and then
used a pencil to kinda trace right on top of the lamp.
I made sure I had at least 1/4" to 1/2" excess all around.


ASSEMBLY:

Top
Started with one panel, glued the tops first.
Run a line of glue across the top of the panel

Position fabric in place,
making sure and fold some excess into the inside of shade,
 to hide raw edges.
Smooth and press with fingers in place.
(later I used the old trim (bias tape) glued inside to cover the raw edges)
Hold in place with clothes pins until dry.

Do this for each panel, alternating every other one, 
then come back and do remaining panels.
(this helps having space to clip and hold the sides until dry)





Side edges:
 Once top is dry,
 run a line of glue along the sides of the panel on the lamp shade itself,
press and smooth the fabric along the sides
hold in place until dry.

NOTE:
When I went down to the wire frame on one of my lamps,
I was able to use the clothespins to hold the side edges,
If not, just have to sit for a bit and let the glue do it's magic!


Bottom edge: 
Run a line of glue along the bottom of the panel,
 press fabric in place,
 turning raw edges inside,
and secure with clothes pins until dry.




ONCE DRY:
 Carefully trim the edges of the sides very close.
These will need to be covered with either bias tape or strips made out of the same fabric.

To follow: I made mine using strips of fabric, folded, ironed and glued on.
(I'll post this soon)
Added trim and beading 

 Extras
When I took off the original fabric, I found this . . . I was able to fix it with the same technique as above - stretch, glue, secure with clothes pins.

On one of the shades, I ended up taking this layer off and leaving the inside lining only.


Repainted the bases from
bronze to
Rustoleum Antiqued Hammered Pewter
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Faux - Cheap Board and Batten Tutorial

My entry:      BORING!
Budget:         0  - nadda, Zero, that's right, no money for this.
Plan:             Use whatever I had already and make it cottage, beachy, welcoming!
Results:        AWESOME!!!
AFTER
BEFORE
   I seriously was getting so depressed with my uninviting entry.
I have seen a ton of board and batten walls, like you,
 so I'll just give you the basics of what I did.

Like most of you out there who "collect" ooops paint, and supplies for other projects,
I had everything I needed, and if not, I figured I didn't need it!

So, with a little inspiration, caffeine, ooops paint experimenting, and gumption,
I brought the beachy cottage feel into my entry!
I LOVE IT!!

BEFORE
Want to mention, not to be vain or anything, but want others like me, a single Mom, G'ma, full time student, work weekends, and live a very frugal, independent life, I don't have  a handsome hubby, or partner to help me, so I have to read, learn,  experiment, trial and error.

But it feels good to step back and see what I get to accomplish!
SO CAN YOU!!  
so anyhoo. . . 

I already had the lath strips,
and decided they were the perfect height, 
(was too lazy to measure and cut)
I had the 1"x2"s which are the caps, and supports if I decide to put up a narrow shelf.
(those I had to cut.  Yay me, no harm done!)
I finally got to use my new cheap ($20 Harbor Freight) electric staple gun, which does brads too, and went to work.

I started on one end, and measured 12 inches which is the starting edge of each piece.
I rested the boards on top of the baseboards, that way, I didn't have to replace it.  The lath is the perfect depth and is flush with the baseboards.
(Gosh, being lazy was paying off)
Then just had to screw in the 1"x2"
Then I used my finishing sander, and quickly sanded some of the roughness.
(all of 5 minutes maybe, as I wanted the lath kept rough)
I actually wanted to keep it a little rustic and barn wood looking.
I used caulking, yup, had that too, and caulked all along the boards.

I know 90% of most walls done like this are WHITE.
Not mine! 

Of course once I had the walls this pretty blue, I HAD to do the door!!

I even gave all the baseboards, trim and molding a fresh coat of white!

Even if I had purchased the supplies, I figure maybe $20 - 
Lath is cheap, because it's what they use for lattice, it's rough, and hard to find straight pieces.
But it's working for me.

Now it will feel cheerful to walk in the house!
Hugs, Theresa
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