Monthly Archives: January 2010

Chair Undone

Before Christmas, I decided that it would be nice to have more than one non-dining room chair in my apartment, so I picked up this wooden chair at a thrift store.

I loved the shape and the intricacy of the back, but it definitely needed some work.  It doesn’t look too bad in the picture, but the seat was very sunken and probably wouldn’t have held for much longer.  Here’s what it looked like when I took the bottom covering off.

You can see that the webbing is in pretty poor shape.  But before I got to that, I had to get the top fabric and all the foam/padding off.  After I pried up some of the fabric in the front, I could see the rest of the layers.

The foam and padding were practically disintegrating as I touched them, but unfortunately the glue, staples, and nails that were holding them held quite strong!  There were two different types of staples and I think three types of nails. Removing all the staples and nails probably took me around 4 hours total.

After all of that, here’s how it looks now.

Now I just have to figure out how to redo it all!  I’ve seen tons of tutorials on reupholstering chairs with wooden seats, but none with chair webbing like this one.  Any tips?  I also need to figure out if there’s anything I can do to make the wood finish look nicer – its pretty scratched in some places, but not badly enough that the whole finish needs to be redone.  It just needs some touchups, so any ideas for that would be much appreciated as well!

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Headboard Solution

My lack of a headboard has been bothering me for a while, but I wasn’t sure what I could do about it.  I’d love an upholstered headboard, but even the DIY version is way out of my budget right now.  There was a post on Room Remix the other day featuring this chair and the way they used a scarf to add a punch of color.  It reminded me that I had a similar scarf in my favorite color (teal) that I rarely wear in this SoCal weather, so I pulled it out and found it was the perfect size for a “headboard”.

I didn’t want to put any holes in the scarf or the wall, but I have a nice ledge at just the right height, so I pulled it about an inch onto the ledge and just taped it down in a bunch of spots.  (Yes, I still have Christmas lights up there, but I just think of them as all-season happy lights :).)

I also taped it across the bottom so that it wouldn’t move around.  I ended up with this, but it was a little boring for me.

To add some more visual interest, I added some ribbon.  I spaced them out at equal intervals and then just taped them down as well.  I used a skinny white ribbon because that was what I had on hand, but I think it would also look really nice with a wider patterned ribbon.  Here’s the completed “headboard”.

A little wrinkled, but not too bad for 20 minutes and $0!!

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5-Minute Valentine’s Craft

I wanted to do a Valentine’s Day project today, but I didn’t have a lot of time (or energy), so I came up with this.

I hesitate to even call it a tassel after seeing The Nester’s tassels, but it does add some much appreciated color.  I just cut a bunch of ribbon to the same length and pulled the top together with beading wire.

Cheap, quick, and easy Valentine’s spirit!

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Candlelit Mantle

Today was a rare rainy day off, so I stayed inside and lit some candles.

I picked up all my candle holders at a thrift store for a couple dollars a piece and gave them a quick coat of black spray paint.

I found the glittery “faith” at Michaels for only 20 cents and put it in front of my spare change jar.  It helps remind me to trust God with all of my money worries 🙂

I’m on the lookout for a pretty (and cheap) mirror to fill this big empty spot, but I haven’t seen anything I’ve liked yet.  Any ideas on how to fill it in during the meantime?  Even with the candles rearranged it all feels a bit bare.

Oh, and the new handles for my nightstand/file cabinet finally came.  They’re a bit bigger than I expected, but I like the look.  What do you think?

That’s all for today!

Valentine’s Day Picture Frame

I went to Michaels today and was inspired to do a quick Valentine’s Day project.  I picked up this unfinished frame, some scrapbook paper, and ribbon.

Then I just Mod Podged a piece of scrapbook paper to the front and some pretty ribbon around the sides.  (I didn’t do the best job on the paper, its a little bubbly, but you can’t see it from the front.)

I taped a doily to the back and added some stick-on rhinestones to give it a little sparkle 🙂

Then I finally took down my Christmas candles and put up my new frame.

Much better!

And not bad for under $3!

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Jewelry Display

Today I thought I would post the first project I did after moving in August – these jewelry screens.

I never liked having all my jewelry stuffed into boxes or drawers, especially after I started making my own.  There was just too much of it and I could never find what I wanted.  I made these jewelry screens to hang on an empty wall in my closet and will probably make a couple more at some point to hang more of my necklaces.  Some tall skinny ones that could go on each side of these three would be perfect.

Here are some more details for anyone who’s interested.  I bought some cheap picture frames at Ikea and took out the glass and backing.  These frames were perfect because they were deep, almost more like a shadowbox frame.  You can kind of see in the picture below.

I used regular window screening and just cut it to the size of the glass.  Some sort of wire cutter would probably work best for cutting it.  I used a pair of trauma shears because that’s what I had on hand, and I didn’t have any trouble.  Then I hotglued the screening to the back of the frame (not the very back, but the part the glass rested against).  I found that hotgluing first, then laying the screen down and pushing it into the glue worked best.  You might want to lay the glass back down on top of it to make sure it stays down long enough to dry – I think I put some newpaper or something down first so the glass wouldn’t stick to the glue (if the newspaper does you can just rip it off).

For hanging necklaces and bracelets, I used the smallest S-hooks I could find (you can get them in any hardware store) and stuck them through the screen.  They move side to side a bit, but the weight of the necklaces holds them steady.

Earrings with hooks can just be stuck through the screen and they’ll hang beautifully.  (This is why deep frames are good – you don’t have to worry about them hitting the wall.)  If they have backs, just put them on after putting the earrings through.  Here’s what the back of the frame will look like.

I marked where I wanted the top inside corners of the frames to be, and then put small nails in those spots, but left them sticking out a bit.  Then the frames just fit on nicely.  Probably not the most secure hanging method, but since its not really in danger of being bumped, I went for minimal wall damage.

I love being able to see all of my jewelry in the morning and it also makes putting it away incredibly easy.  I can’t remember how much this cost me, but it definitely wasn’t much, and it took maybe a couple of hours, including organizing my jewelry.

I’ve posted this at Tip Junkie and Thrifty Decor Chick’s cleaning party.  Check out the other projects!


File Cabinet to Nightstand

My nightstand isn’t quite done, but I’ll show it to you anyway…here it is!

You’ll notice there are no drawer pulls yet.  I realized while I was at Home Depot that my handles are longer than the average cabinet handle (3-3/4″ instead of 3″), so there wasn’t much selection.  I came home with these…

…but I really wasn’t too happy, so I decided to keep looking.  After spending way too long on google and random hardware company sites, I still hadn’t found anything I liked in my price range (everything I liked was over $20).  Then I realized there was another place I hadn’t even thought of – Etsy!  Sure enough, I spent much less time looking and found these beautiful vintage handles for only $6!

I’ll post a picture with them as soon as they arrive.

In the meantime, here’s a quick tutorial on how I covered the drawer fronts.  I cut my fabric so that it covered each drawer with a couple inches of overhang all around.  Then I applied a coat of Mod Podge over the top and on the edges.

Then just center the fabric, smooth it over the front, and down over the edges.  I let it dry for a while before I did the corners.  You could do another coat of Mod Podge on top if you wanted to seal it, but I wanted the softness of the fabric, so I didn’t.

The corners are a little tricky, but just take your time with it.  I cut in towards the cabinet in a few areas so I could lay it down straight and then folded the rest over.  You can kind of see in the picture below.  Just use a lot of Mod Podge to keep it down.

On the top and the bottom I just glued the extra around the edge and down.

Then you’ll end up with this.

A simple, quick way to add color and pattern!  You could do this to pretty much any flat surface.  Hope this is helpful!

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