Sunday, October 27, 2013

Retro 40’s Style Metal Chairs

This is a story of picking at its finest! I really didn’t even want these chairs!!  My friend, Steve, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.  He and I both knew that these chairs would be really cute if given a little TLC.  So they were loaded in the car with the rest of the stuff he thought I needed.  My husband didn’t even blink twice.  He could see Steve and I were having a great time reimagining all of the old beat-up things he had for sale. 

This is a picture of the chairs in process.  I almost forgot to take a picture of how terribly ugly they were.  See… I had already removed the seats and backs and was ready to sand down the metal when I realized that a picture had to be taken.  I promised Steve I would send him the before and after shots.

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Here is a better picture of the actual color of the red cracked and dirty vinyl chair covers and the rusty metal frame.  (WOW! sorry for the garage shot.  Some fall cleaning is in order, don’t you think?)

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So I removed the red vinyl and added some padding to the back of then chairs.

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And added some foam cushioning to the seat.  See how  nice and clean and neat they look?

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I picked out some coated fabric.  Something  bright and colorful.  Perfect for a front porch or kitchen.

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I spray painted  the metal frames a bright orange.

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Then added some tacks to the backs.  You can see them around the edges.  And finally, screwed the seats and backs onto the metal frames.

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Decided I could paint a side table I had in my stash to match.

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Hand painted the design to somewhat match the fabric.  Then painted several coats of satin polyurethane on the top.  This will ensure the top stays in good shape, especially if it ends up on a porch.

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A closer look at the painted top.

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The chairs are so bight and fun…and comfortable.  This grouping was for sale at the October Prairie Market.  (My daughter really wanted one of the chairs for her room…. sorry Honey, your room is already full!)  Hope their new owners are enjoying them.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Suzanne

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Getting Ready For Prairie Market

Wow!  It looks like a tornado went through my house this week!   I have collected everything from throughout the house that needs to go to the sale and it is ready to load.  I had help hauling some of the larger items earlier in the week.  Here is a sneak peak at a few of the smaller items.  Hope it peaks your curiosity enough to stop by either Friday from 4pm – 8pm or Saturday from 8am – 4pm.

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I love love love these vintage suitcases made into chalkboards.  They would be perfect to display on your front porch or anywhere in the house with a favorite saying or words of welcome.  I’m having a hard time parting with them….

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A closer look at the details.  I tied on some vintage lace and keys.

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And a cute little train case….

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Stop by and say “hello” this week-end.  Wine and cheese on Friday night!!! 

See you then,

Suzanne

Monday, August 26, 2013

Grapevine Wreath With Burlap Roses

Hello Friends!  So glad you stopped by today.  I’m sorry to say, I have not been a very consistent blogger.  I find that I am totally enjoying being present in the moment,   I don’t remember to photograph or record the day’s events, let alone the crafts and makeovers.  Guess you could say that this is a season of life when I realize that my kids will soon be moving on to college and then to lives of their own.  I am loving them (and their friends) and not wanting to miss out on anything they are involved in because I have to “create” something.  The creating will always be there….. they will not.

So with that said, I have been making a few new items for  my home and for the upcoming Prairie Market event on October 18th and 19th in Gretna, (Omaha area) Nebraska.  If you are in the area, we hope you will stop by and check us out.

This grapevine wreath was very easy to make.  I used burlap and canvas drop cloth materials along with some scraps from an actual burlap coffee bag.  You simply cut long strips of fabric and then roll and twist as you go. I secured the strips with small dots of hot glue as I went along.  There are many great tutorials on Utube if you need directions on rose making.

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Here you can see the roses a bit closer.  The roses from the coffee bag are the ones with the green on them.  Aren’t they fun?

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Using my hot glue gun, I arranged the roses on the wreath and glued them down securely.

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I had purchased this sign from Hobby Lobby a few years ago and decided it would be a perfect addition.  At my house, everything could possibly get repurposed .  I love love love anything with birds on it. 

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One last look.

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Thanks again for stopping by.  Over the next few weeks I will be posting a few furniture makeovers and items that will be for sale at Prairie Market. 

Suzanne

Monday, May 6, 2013

Rope Lamp–An Easy Make-Over

We refinished our basement a couple of years ago and I am still putting some decorative touches on the space.  Of course, if I can reuse something I already have… all the better.  Here is a very low cost remake of a lamp base.

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This is the lamp as I started attaching the rope.  You can see it has a pinkish colored ceramic base with brass trim.  It was the right size for the room but definitely not the right color or style.   Pinterest had several pictures of projects wrapped in rope and it gave me the idea to try it here.  So off I went to Wal-Mart for rope.  When I got back home, I pulled out my trusty glue gun and started wrapping.  I hot glued it securely to the ceramic and just kept wrapping.

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The base completed. 

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I bought a natural linen lamp shade at Lowes to finish the look.  I love the natural and organic look. 

Evening…

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Daytime…

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Such a quick and easy project!  See you again soon….

Suzanne

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Vintage White Dresser

This pretty little vintage dresser is one of my most favorite finds.  It even came with a mirror which attaches to the back.  I was hoping it was small enough to use as a bathroom vanity in my main floor bathroom but it was just a smidge too big.   I had it priced and ready to send to the Prairie Market Sale last October but I just wasn’t ready to part with it.

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Here is the before . 

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Pretty dinged up and look at that shiny varnish.  But it has really nice detailing and I am a sucker for those casters on the legs.

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Here she is in process.  I used Annie Sloan Old White paint and distressed over the detailing.  I painted the top of this piece because it was in pretty bad shape.

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And now finished with some decorative touches.

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Love the brass hardware.  I left it pretty much as is.

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A few more items for staging.  Love love love this rusty old fan.  And the neat vintage knitting yarn spools from my sister-in-law.

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A picture of my sunroom.  Isn’t she cute in the corner.  Such a sweet dresser.

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You can also see the chair and ottoman which I slipcovered in painters drop cloths and the green side chair (that I have featured before) but now has a new dry brushed white finish over top to soften the look.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I know I have been MIA for a while.  I have been working on a few projects of my own…. really!   And I proved to myself, beyond a shadow of a doubt,  that I  am not “Super Woman” after all.  I needed some time to regroup, work at my nursing job,  hold down the fort while my CPA husband worked long hours during tax season, and spend time with my teenagers who will be flying the coop in the next year and then 2 years after that.   I’ve also enjoyed doing some reading over the winter.  If you are looking for a quick to read series I highly recommend the Maisie Dobbs books by Jacqueline Winspear. 

I look forward to sharing more frequently in the future.  I will be working on a few pieces for the Prairie Market Sale coming again this October.  That’s all for now…

Suzanne

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bright Colored Furniture For a Child’s Room

Okay – So…. one last post before our upcoming Prairie Market Sale this Friday and Saturday.  I painted this little vanity/desk in a bight green color.  I envisioned it in a little girls room or playroom.  It has drawers painted in a creamy white and then some fun knobs from Hobby Lobby that put the finishing touches on it.

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No distressing this time.

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A closer look at the knobs.

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I added a student sized desk chair that was also painted in the creamy white.  Detailed the legs with a bit of bright pink and green.

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Set  a fun embroidered pillow on the chair to add a bit of whimsy and softness.

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She makes me smile!

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Then I painted a small wardrobe in a bright pink color to coordinate with the desk. 

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The inside was painted a soft pink.

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And fun colorful knobs added to this as well.

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Here are the wardrobe and desk together.  Wouldn’t they make a fun little girls room?

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And not to forget… the hand painted table and stools set that also coordinate.

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They were slipcovered with this bright fun flower power fabric!

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The entire set together.

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These pieces and much more will be available to buy this Friday and Saturday during our Prairie Market Sale.  Please stop and say “hello” to all of us!!

Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13

9:00am to 5:00pm

9607 Fairby Drive  Gretna, NE (just east of hwy 6 and Cornhusker)

Suzanne