Posted in front porch furniture, painting furniture, Repurposing, rocking chair, yard sale finds

Re-purposed Rocking Chair

I’ve been wanting to redo our front porch furniture for a while now. After all, what we had out there was a very, very old rocking swing that was looking pretty bad. The paint has been fading, splinters are coming out and it just is looking kind of decrepit, maybe it’s because we’ve had for over twenty years now. Alas though, we aren’t getting rid of it. My husband has taken it apart and is sanding each of wood plank then we are going to paint it a nice bright red an put it on the back deck for extra seating. It still swings really nicely and my husband just can’t part with it.

We’ve already got our first piece, the 10-gallon milk can that’s been re-purposed into a nice little table.

P1010429 It’s really cute and very inexpensive compared to true outdoor furniture.

My husband and I were walking the dog through our neighborhood and passed by a yard sale and saw this torn up rocking chair – she wanted $10 but we talked her down to $8 (hey, they expect some dickering right?)

P1010403 P1010411 It’s completely missing the bottom, which used to be some sort of wicker weaving. I took my X-acto knife and cleaned the seat up and then sanded it down so there isn’t any more sharp pieces poking out.

P1010413 After putting a coat of primer on it (we used the extra we had from our front door), I used some spackling paste on the back of the chair where there was an engraved design to cover it up. Then my husband sanded it down so it was nice and smooth. Then, I painted it bright blue (again, the same as the front door).

P1010430 My husband added some very strong wood to the bottom (he had some scrap from another project) and now it’s ready for the seat cushion.

P1010432 I picked up a 2″ foam square and a remnant of brown vinyl from Jo-Ann Fabrics. After cutting out the foam cushion I had no idea how I was going to cut out a perfect circle from the vinyl, then my husband said he had something I could use. He brought this in from the garage for me to try, some sort of woodworking compass which worked out perfectly.

P1010433 I really couldn’t think of anyway, other than Velcro, to attach the cushion to the chair without making a big mess, or making it semi-permanent, neither of which I was going for here. After all, this will be in all kinds of weather, and I’m sure it will need replaced at some point.

P1010436 After attaching the cushion down with the Velcro, I started systematically putting in thumb tacks around the vinyl. Once I finished with the tacks I trimmed the vinyl. If you look closely you’ll see the tacks aren’t perfectly aligned but I still like the way it turned out (hey, I never said I was a professional).

P1010439 Ta-DA….here’s the final product. I even took some craft paint with a stencil and painted a little flower on it so it would sort-of match the milk can. I love how it turned out. Not only does it brighten up my front porch, it’s functional, and it was very inexpensive to repurpose. Not only that, but we’ve kept something else from our over filled landfills (which makes me feel really good).

P1010435 P1010437 I used hammered decorative nails for the seat cushion and this stencil with a stippling brush and “Red Apple” Apple Barrel paint to make the stencil on the back of the chair.

P1010431  P1010438 On a side note -we also re-purposed this old cabinet, I found at another yard sale, while walking Brownie. It turned out great. We use it for Brownie’s food on the bottom shelf and we bought two baskets for 50% off at Michaels and I’m using those to store plastic ware for easy access to pack our lunches. We just love how it turned out.

Hope you can find something to re-purpose too!~Bam

Posted in 10 gallon mik can, antique milk can, DIY decorating, front porch decorating, front porch furniture, Home Decorating and Crafts

Metal Milk Can Repurposed

I’ve been working on the front porch, and after painting our door a pretty bright blue I wanted to add a smaller table and then get a couple of chairs to hang out in. I love sitting on the front porch, and here in Indiana we have pretty nice weather three out of four seasons.

I’ve been checking out some posts on Pinterest (my new obsession) and I found some really cute ideas for these old 10-gallon metal milk cans. This got me to thinking about doing this myself for our front porch. Repurposing is a great way to keep things out of our landfills (just my own opinion). At first I started doing some searching on Ebay and then Craig’s List but I just couldn’t find anything that was in my price range.

IMG_0288 My very first baby-sitter made this for my Mom, about thirty-five years ago. I was so bummed that she wouldn’t let me have it, but then they wouldn’t have anywhere to keep their umbrellas. Oh well…

My husband and I decided to take a Saturday morning and go to a local antique shop, the Southport Antique Mall. This place has so many cool things, and the one thing I really like is that almost everything there is really truly an antique. Not the same think as an indoor flea market, where there’s just a lot of random junk.

P1010396 This is what we found. They had a few of these in the shop but only one at $20…I knew the first moment I laid eyes on it, it was mine. We brought it home, cleaned it really well and then my husband set it up for me to spray paint it.

P1010398 I chose a nice light yellow from Rustoleum. One can did three complete coats, which was plenty to cover up all of that gold.

P1010405 I picked out several designs from Cricut, cut them out on the burgundy sticker paper and put it on my milk can. I used the hummingbird cutout from “Pagaoda”, the butterfly from “Paper Lace” and the flowers from “Cindy Loo”. I was going to cut out a dragonfly also but then I decided I didn’t want that much on it. I will say that the sticky paper isn’t very sticky and I put three coats of clear shellac on it to help it stick. If I had to do it over again I might have put a thin layer of clue on it before applying it, but it still worked, I just had to work with it a bit more than I thought I would.

P1010402 My husband and I found this round table top wood from our local Home Depot and it was exactly what I was looking for. I finished with Minwax “Honey 272”.

P1010429 I absolutely love how this turned out and the whole project was less than $40.

Happy Crafting~bam