Beautiful Bulletin Board

Remember this frame?  I decided to glaze it.  It looked beautiful and I loved it…until I started to put together the bulletin board to go inside it.  A bulletin board has been on my list of projects since I moved in, and I was thrilled to finally be getting it done, but it was really not working out.

It looked terrible (real life was worse than the picture).  The brown fabric looked reddish and clashed with the rest of the room, and the frame looked dingy.  So I bought a couple other fabrics to try, but none of them looked any better, so I repainted the frame and suddenly it worked!  The brown fabric was brown and the frame looked beautiful.  Huge sigh of relief.

The bulletin board is just batting and fabric stapled around a piece of cardboard that came with the frame.  I hotglued my ribbon to the back, stapled down the points where they crossed, and then glued little square mirrors at each point.  I absolutely love the mirrors – I’ve never been much of a girly girl, but I do love things that sparkle!

Word of advice – I wouldn’t recommend using a striped fabric, especially one with any stretch, for this type of project unless you’re a very patient person.  My stripes ended up quite squiggly (but its all the same color, so I didn’t care too much).

Into the frame…

And its done!  (Well it still needs to be hung up, but I’ll get to that eventually.)

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Faux Chandelier

I saw this post about creating a “chandelier” a few weeks ago and have been thinking about doing something similar ever since then.  I absolutely love glittery, glam chandeliers, but there was no way to ever fit one in my current apartment.  My lighting is basically a track with three lights, so I thought I would try doing something with the center light, because its directly over my “living room” area.  I didn’t take any before pictures, but you can see part of the track here.

Here are my supplies.  Two different sizes of clear beads, beading thread, and a pair of scissors.  It cost me $3 for the bag of bigger beads and I had everything else already.  But even if you had to buy every single thing, you could do this project for $5-6.

I just knotted the thread, slid on a small bead, a big one, and then repeated at roughly equal intervals for the length of the thread.  Usually I measure things out, but I did this kind of haphazardly and it worked out wonderfully, so I don’t think any planning is necessary for this.  I did 17 strands, each with 6 sets of beads.  It takes a while, but its easy to do while you’re watching tv or something.

Then I just tied the strands around the light and cut off all the loose ends.  You can still see all the knots if you look closely, but who would do that?

I love the way it looks finished.  It shines beautifully when the lights are on, and it gives my seating area a really warm, cozy feeling.  What do you think?

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To Glaze or Not To Glaze?

I found a beautiful frame at the thrift store the other day, but I wasn’t really a fan of the color.

Gorgeous detail though!

So I spray painted it in Heirloom White (I’d heard so much about it that I had to give it a try!) and it turned out beautifully.

Now comes the problem.  My original plan was to glaze it to bring out all of the details.  But now that it looks so nice I’m afraid to try it!  I’ve never glazed anything before and I have no idea how it would turn out.  So what do you think?  Glaze it or leave it be?

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Desperately Needed Repotting

It would be an understatement to say that I don’t have much of a green thumb.  I bought this ficus several months ago, thinking it would be nice to have a plant in my apartment.  But I couldn’t manage to keep it healthy and it kept dropping leaves everywhere, so I kicked it outside.  Then I proceeded to neglect it entirely, giving it its current sad appearance.

This weekend I finally got the time and supplies to repot it. It still had a few signs of life, so I figured it was at least worth a try!

It doesn’t really look any better yet, so its not much of an after picture, but hopefully it will look much better in a few weeks or so.

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How Not To Make A Pillow Cover

Step 1: Don’t measure the actual pillow.  Instead, measure the pillow cover that’s already on it.

Step 2: Decide that the cover on it has too much overlap and subtract a few inches from the length of the back pieces.

Step 3: This is the crucial step.  Do not think even once about seam allowances.  Then cut your fabric.

This would be what I did this weekend.  (Can you tell I’m a very amateur sewer?)  I hemmed the pieces that overlap, pinned all my pieces together and realized they barely touched.  So I repinned it so that they overlapped about half an inch, but that took away from the length of the pillow.  I thought it was a total failure, but figured I’d sew it up and try it anyway.  Miraculously, it fit!  It made for a very firm, plump pillow :).

It peeks out a bit in the back, but who sees the back anyway?

This was my other accomplishment.  Much less stressful 🙂

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How To Replace A Chair Seat

When I started this project, I couldn’t find much on how to redo this type of chair, so I had to figure it out as I went.  Now that I’ve muddled my way through it, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned and hopefully make it easier for somebody else!

As a reminder, here’s what I started with.  The frame was in great shape, but the seat was sagging and pretty gross.

The first step was to completely remove the old seat and the webbing underneath it.

Then I wove chair webbing to create a new seat.  I did all of the pieces going one way first, pulling them as tight as I could and hammering in upholstery tacks, then wove the other pieces across.

I left extra webbing hanging over the sides and stapled it down to the frame after I finished attaching all the pieces.  I don’t think this is actually necessary, you could probably just trim the webbing around the frame, but the webbing I took off the chair was stapled back over the nails, so I just did the same.

The next step was to cut the foam for the seat to size.  I made a paper template and traced it onto the foam, then just sawed away with my scissors (a serrated blade would have been better, but I didn’t have one).

It fit right onto the chair.

Now for the tricky part – covering the seat with fabric.  I took the foam off the chair and cut the fabric a few inches larger than the foam all around.  After one false start, I used spray adhesive to hold the fabric to the foam (but I later pulled it away, so this was more of a temporary aid).  My chair had four spots where arms/the back attached to the frame, so the hardest part was working around those.  I didn’t really have any technique to this, I just cut and patched and tried to pull it tight around the corners without the foam showing.

Once all of the cutout spots looked okay, I fit the foam back onto the chair and it was time to attach it all together.  I worked my way around the chair slowly, pulling the fabric tight, folding it under a few times, and stapling it to the frame.

Once all that was done, I just hotglued some pretty ribbon along the edge to hide all the staples.

All finished!

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Chair Transformation

What a lovely long weekend :). I replaced the seat of this chair with new webbing and recovered it in a beautiful fabric.  Here’s the before.

And now!

Here’s a cost breakdown for anyone’s who’s interested.

  • Chair: $30 (probably could have gotten it for less, but was too excited to wait or bargain!)
  • Chair webbing (6 yds): $5.34
  • Upholstery tacks: $0.97
  • Foam (2 ft): $9.66 (50% off!)
  • Fabric (1 yd): $4.89 (also on sale)
  • Ribbon: $2.09 (40% off coupon)
  • Total: $52.95

So just over twenty dollars for a beautiful new seat on a beautiful chair.  See how I did it here!

On another note, my mom just mailed me some pieces of slate that she thought I could use for something.  They’re old roof tiles I think, and about 12″ by 7″ with two holes drilled in them.  Any ideas?

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