Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Look Back At One Of My Favorite Projects

HELLO!!  I'm pumped up right now because I'm getting ready for the Haven Conference in Atlanta.  I wrote about the experience after my first time attending the conference last year.  You can read that post here.  I'm looking forward to meeting new people and learning a lot!  

Last week I shared a post about my most popular project.  Today I'm sharing one of my favorite and most popular posts from last year....My Pottery Barn inspired desk.

Who doesn't love when they get that Pottery Barn catalog in the mail?  Well, I sure do and I love pouring over the pages figuring out what I want to try and make.  SO when I found some old wood filing cabinets at Goodwill, I knew what to do with them.  

Here's my inspiration picture from Pottery Barn (I'm still trying to figure out how to make that abacus!)


This is what I started with....two of these lovely wood filing cabinets with brass hardware  This picture was taken after I removed the hardware.


With the magic of some Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Old White, some spray paint in oil rubbed bronze from Rustoleum these cabinets were given new life!


Add in a solid wood panel from the home improvement store, some stain and a number and I had a new desk top.


And BAM! A new desk made by me and inspired by Pottery Barn.


I have to admit at one point last year I had the desk for sale.  Then I changed my mind.  I love this desk and I needed to keep it.  I'm so glad I changed my mind!!


This picture was taken a few houses ago.  Now the desk is sitting in the Hubby's new office waiting for me to get it organized, painted and decorated.  I'll be sharing pictures of it's new home once I'm done.  




 I hope you're enjoying these blasts from the past as much as I am!  It makes me realize how much has happened and changed in the 2 1/2 years I've been blogging.  It seems like only yesterday I started this blog on a dare!  Now I'm attending my second blog conference and going on my third year blogging.  I'm hoping to learn a lot at Haven this year that I can implement here.  Stay tuned to see what I learned.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!







Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How To Paint Upholstery... (AKA Not Sewing Piping)

I'm happy to have Charlotte from Ciburbanity here today!!  I love Charlotte's style and her ability to juggle four children, a successful blog and all that life throws her with such grace.  I know you'll love her post today.  I'm already looking around for some upholstery to paint!  If you're looking for inspiration, make sure to stop by and show her some love on her Facebook page here or on her blog here. Let's give Charlotte a warm welcome and show her some MPFD love!  Thanks for being for sharing Charlotte!


I’m SO excited to be back at My Passion For Decor (even more excited that I get to hang out with my girl, Melody, in just three short days!!!). I'm Charlotte from Ciburbanity and I'm so excited to share my latest chair project. You know how they say a coat of paint can be transformative? Well, they weren't kidding! I've had this chair in my basement for a few months with the intent of reupholstery, but I don't know that I can handle piping for another 12 months. Soooo... I reached for my paint brush! BeforeAfter Chair There are plenty of tutorials out there on the web, and I read a few of them to confirm that most people recommend the same process. I mixed 1/3 regular ol' latex paint, 1/3 fabric medium (mine is Martha Stewart's from Michael's) and 1/3 water. Before painting, tape off any areas of your piece touching the upholstery. The paint should be watery in order to penetrate the fabric, so it will be hard to control and might, ahem, get everywhere.
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For the first coat, give your fabric a pretty good once over with a spray bottle. This will help the paint soak in...I started with a plain and simple 2" brush and applied the paint being careful that my last stroke was going with the grain of the fabric. For little nooks and crannies around the tufting or folds or cracks around the piping, use a smaller firm brush to really get your paint in there good. Ultimately, I used my fingers to rub in the paint and make sure that the whole chair had a uniform coat of the paint mixture. spray-bottle nooks-crannies-chair fingers-rubbing-paint
Let your paint dry for a while (I left mine overnight) and go over it with a fine grain sandpaper block. This step is important as it helps to soften the fabric and remove any areas where the paint might have set a little too heavy. This chair took 3 coats, but it's also a fairly dark color... I could see a lighter color on a lighter upholstery might not require as many coats! 3 coats of painted upholstery Can you believe how this thing used to look? And I'm sure you're wondering about the texture... guys, it's NOT ROUGH.. Pinky swear. If you were blindfolded, you wouldn't be able to tell what material is on the seat. The back around the tufting is a little rougher because it's tricky to get the sanding block in there, but it's more stiff than scratchy. close-upholstered-chair corner-painted-upholstery
This new chair is amazing. Like amazing aMAZing. I'm SO pleased with the color and it was much easier than reupholstering. And piping... I loathe piping. painted-upholstery blue-painted-upholstery elephant-upholstered-chair-paint painted upholstery label Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 11.29.34 PM

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Revisiting My Most Popular Post....White and Neglected Dresser

A little more than two years ago, I refinished a dresser I purchased on Craigslist.  The dresser had great bones, but needed a lot of TLC.  Here's a link to the original post White and Neglected Craigslist Dresser Turned Green Beauty

In case you haven't seen this post, or you've forgotten what it looked like before,  here's how it looked before.


 One of the things I loved about this dresser was the sides.  I'm a sucker for slats!!


When I did this piece I had been working with Chalk Paint™ for six months.  I'd heard a lot of buzz about making DIY chalky paint, so I figured I'd see if it was as great as everyone said it was!  I found my color, Behr's Happy Camper, then used a recipe for DIY chalky paint I found on Pinterest.  

Before I could start painting, I needed to strip and sand the top as well as scrape off peeling paint from the rest of the dresser.   I stained the top in a mix of stain until I was happy with the color.  



I began painting the body of the dresser in my DIY chalky paint in Happy Camper green.  I really love the name of this paint, not to mention the fun color!

This is how the dresser looked as the paint was drying.







After the paint was nice and dry, I went over the paint with a coat of Annie Sloan soft clear wax, then a coat of dark wax.  I lightly distressed the high points and the areas I wanted to highlight.  For the drawer hardware, I spray painted the existing hardware with Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze (my fav spray paint and color!).

Here's the finished dresser.....









I can see why this is my most popular post.  I love this dresser and honestly never thought I would part with this one.  However, after I had the dresser for a bit, I sold it to a friend of mine.  She had always loved this piece and I knew she would give the dresser a good home.  My house is a revolving door for furniture.  There are pieces I love and will never sell, or at least I think I won't sell them!  You never know! 

I hope you enjoyed going back in time with me today.  It was fun to revisit this project.  I think it's important to look back and reminisce from time to time.  

Thank you for reading!!  Have a wonderful 4th of July!  


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#Swapitlikeitshot: Flea Market Swap

I'm thrilled to be participating in a fun swap with nine amazing and SUPER talented bloggers.  I'm still shocked they asked me to join in!!  The premise:   Find something at a flea market or thrift store and send the item/items to the blogger assigned via random draw.  Things got a little trickier because our item/items had to be more specific either, wood, metal, class, ceramic or fabric.  The items also needed to be no more than $10-15 in total.  Fun, right?!!  Are you ready to see what I was sent and what I did with the items??  How about what I sent to my assigned blogger Jessica from Decor Adventures?  I'll give you a hint...I sent Jessica something wood.  

Alright, lets get to it shall we?!

Charlotte of Ciburbanity, my adorable and mega talented friend,  had the job of sending me some fabric flea market treasures.   When her package arrived, I was nervous, but I know Charlotte has impeccable taste so whatever she sent would be lovely.  Like I expected it was awesome!!  I received a beautiful vintage silk scarf and a funky vintage table cloth.  I had lots of ideas and lots of fabric to work with all I needed to do was get to work!



I started right away on my first project.  I'd been eyeing a pouf from West Elm  for awhile, but when I saw the price I knew I could make my own for a lot less.   The vintage scarf Charlotte sent me was the perfect jumping off point for my DIY pouf.  


I found lots of tutorials on Pinterest, but decided I could do this on my own (is that ever a good idea?!).  Please take note of the size of my inspiration pouf  from West Elm and the size in the picture above.  When I finished my pouf,  I was shocked at how big it was.....It was HUGE.  Thankfully I had lots and lots of down pillows and inserts around the house (I'm a bit of a pillow hoarder, I know).   After I was done sewing and stuffing my pouf (with about 20 down pillows),  it dawned on me that I might have been a tad overzealous on my measurements (I can sew, but I'm a fly by the seat of my pants kind of sewer).  It might have been advantageous to actually follow some instructions, but it all worked out just fine.  What I ended up with wasn't a pouf, but rather a very soft and comfortable down filled seat.  

Here's my comfy down seat....

The scarf is the top of the seat and the pillow cover in front is made of that fun vintage table cloth.  I backed the pillow cover with some red fabric I had on hand to give it some pop.





Well, at least it's square like a pouf!  I really love how it turned out and I'm happy I made a mistake great choice with my measurements!

To make this I attached the scarf to canvas fabric to form the top.  The rest of the seat is made by sewing squares of canvas fabric together.  I added a zipper at the bottom just in case it gets dirty and I need to take it to the dry cleaner.  This is bound to happen with a dog and an 8 year old boy running around.


My last two projects were made with the vintage table cloth.  I sewed the pillow cover, but I also made an upholstered top for a vintage beverage crate.  I've been wanting to find something to put by my bath tub in our master bedroom.  This is where I read all my magazines and unwind at the end of the day.  I really needed somewhere to store my magazines and act as a side table.  The crate was just right but it needed a top.


This is the vintage crate I used, which I purchased last summer at a flea market.  The poor little crate had no home and no purpose.  

I was in luck because I had some leftover wood from my outdoor ottoman project.  It was exactly  what I needed for my crate top.  I cut the wood to fit the top of the crate using my table saw.  

Next I had to figure out how to attach the wood top to the vintage crate.  I had originally planned on using hinges, but the sides of the crate weren't thick enough, so I needed a plan B.



Since hinges weren't an option, I thought the top could just sit on top of the crate rather than being attached.  I had to make sure the top didn't move around when it was placed on top.  To make sure this work,  I cut two pieces of wood two inches shorter than my wood top and 3 inches wide.  I was happy with this plan because I could use the crate for something else down the road if I changed my mind (which I do a lot!).  To attach the two boards to the top I used wood glue and screws.  First I drilled my pilot holes (if you don't do this, the wood can split).   I then applied wood glue to the back of the boards and screwed them in place using three wood screws for each board.


My next step was attaching batting and fabric to the wood top.  I normally use foam and batting when I upholster something.  However,  in this case I wasn't using this as a seat, so I didn't need the extra cushioning. Instead of foam I used thick batting and folded it in half to make it thicker.  I cut this to size, then cut my table cloth the same size.  To secure the fabric and batting to the top, I used my trusty electric staple gun . 

For the corners, I cut off the excess fabric then folded it like I was wrapping a present and stapled it  to the wood.


Lastly, I applied two coats of wipe-on poly to the outside of the crate.  I needed to make sure it was sealed since I was using it in a bathroom.  Also, I wanted to bring out the color and graphics on the wood.

Here's my cute little bath-side magazine holder/side table!





I hope you enjoyed my #swapitlikeitshot projects!  I so much fun working on them and finding different ways to use my materials.  I still have a lot of table cloth fabric leftover.....I see more vintage  pillow covers in my future!  

Make sure you stop by and check out Jessica's projects.  I cant wait to see what she did with what I sent her!  Also, you don't want to miss all the other creative projects my blog friends have been working on!!  (see below for links to all their sites)



Here's the list of the bloggers who are participating in the swap.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!!  I really want to hear what you think so make sure to comment or drop me a line. 

Melody