Posted in DIY decorating

Recovering the Kitchen Chairs

This will be the third time I’ve recovered these chairs in the time that we’ve had them, about ten years now. I have yet to take off the old covers, it adds a little extra cushion and takes less time, if I just cover right over them. That right there lets you know just how easy this job is.

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They were a light green and clearly, even after trying to scrub them, I just could not get them cleaned up.

P1010582It’s actually quite simple and very cost effective. I got two yards of fabric from a remnant at Jo-Ann Fabric’s with a 40% of coupon, so the cost was less than $20. YIPPEE!! I already had a staple gun and staples from previous projects around the home. The fabric I bought is a medium thickness upholstery type, brown in color. I knew this time I wanted something darker and very neutral. (eventually we’re going to work on redoing our kitchen floor and I want something that will match just about anything).

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To measure out the amount of fabric I’m going to need, I just lay the cushion on top of the fabric neat the corner of the left side and size it up. I just want to have about two inches left on the sides, otherwise, it just gets in the way and needs to be trimmed off anyway. I did some loose measuring with a tape measure here, but otherwise, I really didn’t use one for the rest of the project. I just eyeballed about two inches and made my cuts. Once I knew where I had the extra fabric on the other side I just trimmed it down so I would have about two inches of extra fabric on both sides then I did the same for the other sides and just went from there.

P1010583I start by folding down the two inch side by about one inch so I have about one inch left to work with. I just think that the double layer of fabric helps the staples stick better and the fabric seems to hold up better that way. Then I just staple down the side about four to five times along the edge. Making sure to press on the staple gun HARD, otherwise, they won’t go all the way through to the wood and then you have to start over.

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Once the first side is done, turn your seat around and pull the fabric taught – you don’t want any looseness to the fabric. Staple as you did on the first side – keeping fabric taught as you go and continue with the other two sides.

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The corners are a little tricky. I staple the fabric down fairly close but not all the way because I’m going to trim any extra fabric here and then “fold” it down so it looks nice (I know no ones going to see it but it just makes me feel better to know it looks nice anyway – OCDish here!!!)

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Be very careful to not trim too much, once it’s gone, it’s gone, there’s no going back.

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I have the extra trimmed off now and I’m going to put a staple on each side close together. I still have the majority of the fabric under my hand which I’m going to fold down.

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Once I have the underneath attached very securely I fold the rest of the fabric down to make somewhat of a point. Trimming any more extra fabric here at the end and stapling down the rest of the corner while holding the fabric taught again at the edge. This makes for a very nice corner finish once it’s completed.

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TA-DA. It looks so much nicer now. It only took me about two hours to recover all four chairs (my husband helped with the manual labor – unscrewing/screwing the seats from the frames) otherwise it would have taken me longer. I do always appreciate his help with my crafty stuff.

I’m a firm believer that there’s no need to spend a lot of money for someone else to do something I can do. Not only that, but it makes me feel good to know that I can change these seat covers out when ever I feel a need for change. I don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to do it.

Hope this inspires some of you to change out your own kitchen seat covers the next time they’re looking a little less than appealing.~Bam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in DIY decorating

Kitchen Back-Splash

I wanted to do something to update our kitchen, at least, a little, and didn’t want to spend too much money doing it. It took a while of hunting around, looking for different products that I felt I could comfortably use on my own. I enjoy working with my hands and especially enjoy the “fruits of my labor” so to speak. When I am painting a room, re-purposing an old piece of furniture or even super cleaning something it just gives me a sense of accomplishment when I’m finished. I not only feel I’ve done something worth while it also gives me a chance to do some deep thinking, or  time to connect with God through prayer.

Our kitchen is  a lime green color which I still really like. However, the back-splash is boringly plain. I wanted to add some contrast to it. Liven it up a bit. Bring it into the Twenty-first century.

I, however, have no idea how to work with ceramic tiles. I wouldn’t even know where to begin with them (I’m sure I could figure it out if I really wanted to). I didn’t want to invest in the time or the money of ceramic tiles either.

BORING!!!!

I went to all of the local hardware stores and found some very nice peel and stick tile sheets. They didn’t have a very large selection of colors and the were very expensive in the stores. Then I turned to Amazon (my go to for almost everything). I found a much larger selection at much better prices.

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I ended up choosing a peel and stick made by Art3d  in this color scheme. It has some green tones to it but also a lot of browns and creams which are the perfect match for our cabinets (which I have no intention of changing currently). I purchased a package of ten 12″ x 12″ peel and stick tiles with a sort of tongue and groove stile side connection.

Because I am a nut like this (or I really like to control what I am doing, or one could say I have a touch of OCD), once I cleaned the walls thoroughly with a damp towel and made sure it was completely dry, I used scotch tape to tape up the tiles on the walls first. I did this for two reasons. 1) I wanted to make sure I actually bought enough product and 2) I wanted to see if I would like the way it looked and if the color scheme was a good match. Once I figured out this was indeed a good match I took them back down and started putting them up for real.

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To make sure I cut out the right part of the tile I put it on the wall backwards and made a mark with my pencil for the area that needed cut out for the switches. This product if very easy to cut.

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I used mostly a straight edge knife, just a craft knife I use for scrap-booking and I used my scrapbook cutting board because I has straight lines on it. I could very easily keep every cut straight. (I had a round cutter but I felt it was too flimsy to work well so I ended up not using it at all).

Here I am at another utility plug. I basically lined the tiles up the rest of the wall for that 12″ x 12″ space and then I VERY carefully cut the slot out the rest of the way with some kitchen shears. Again, super easy!!! So far, so good!!

For this switch I measured the length on the bottom on the back side of the tile sheet and then I measured the height with a metal ruler (another scrapbook tool).

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I wanted to make sure I cut out the correct end so I labeled the back bottom area and then using my measurements I carefully cut out the square with my straight edge and it popped right out. When cutting this product it is a good idea to make small precise cuts and try not pushing into the product too harshly. I would go around one cut about three times each. Slow and easy wins the race…um, right?? It worked out really well for me to do it this way.

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This product if very flexible. When I got to a difficult corner of the wall, where I had to go around the wood trim, I just folded it up and made a mark where I needed to cut. Super easy again. So far I haven’t had any snafus.Thumbs up to me!!

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For this tiny bit of area near the top of the window seal I used a piece of scrap paper that was apart of the backing of another sheet of tile. I used it to make a template which made it very easy to work with when I cut out the last piece of that part of the wall.

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Ta-DA…The final product. I absolutely LOVE the way this turned out. I LOVE that it was super easy and I LOVE that it took me less than two hours to do. For me, this was the perfect project. These tiles have a really nice look to them. They are very sticky, but could easily be moved into position -until you really push them onto the wall. When I had the tile exactly where I wanted it I used a clean, dry dishrag to rub the tiles into position.

I just have to figure out what kind of replacement switch covers I want to change my plastic ones out for and I’ll be finished with this project.

Hope this encourages you to try a super easy kitchen back-splash update also!~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