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26 Apr

Well, moving to a new place is of course overwhelming (packing) and exciting (new place to decorate!) and then overwhelming again (sooooo many decisions to make!).

I am in a dining room dilema right now. I wasn’t in love with my current table and chairs anymore. Mostly because I was in love with this IKEA round table … but a round table was not the right thing to put in our eating nook … no, the long skinny table we had at our old place that I sold was actually the right table … but I was not aware of that until we moved … and it was too late …

So, when our new place came with this nice table included I was very happy … (thanks Melody!)

Now, the only thing is, I need chairs. Well, I was excited about finding chairs actually. I knew exactly what I wanted and found these on Kijiji right away for $10 each. Score.

I was hoping to just have to paint the frames – the small picture tricked me into thinking that the seats were maybe a coral velvet, which I would have been perfectly okay with keeping for the time being and maybe just making some covers that come off for washing. Disappointment, the seats were red, like KFC red. Yucky with the white. I have dubbed them “Under New Management – what the French Country KFC kicked to the curb …”

So, something has to be done about them. And Mr. Somewhat was the FIRST to tell me all about it LOL. He was not impressed with my purchase. Sigh, sometimes he has no vision LOL. He hates the cane backs and wants me to upholster them because they remind him of chairs his grandparents had in the 70s and he says the cane backs are too uncomfortable. Boo. Then he was freaking out about the fabric cushions which I was in agreement with him on the desperate need to recover! So then he says the only way he will let me keep them is if I refinish them ASAP. So fine. He rushed me into picking fabric and paint immediately. We went to IKEA – I figured that I could dig something decent out of AS-IS to cover the seats in. I wanted to go light, like linen. I found one thing that was perfect, but of course, not enough fabric. And I felt Mr. behind me with the death stare going so I dug out a bunch of couch cover pieces for this:

image from IKEA

It is a pretty heavy woven brown fabric with black threads in it too. Good. Not exactly what I wanted, but honestly, linen was probably not a good idea at a dining table with kids … especially when it is stapled to the chair and not removable. And there were tons of pieces to it and they were $2.00 each. So I walked out with way more than enough heavy upholstery grade fabric for $12.00 total. And feeling a little guilty since I just screwed someone over who wanted the whole couch cover and I took pieces of it … sigh, whatever, that is IKEAs fault for pricing the pieces individually instead of as a lot. Then it was off to Home Depot for paint. I wanted cream, the Mr. wanted dark since the table is dark. I want contrast though, but for some reason I let him talk me into dark. So here is what I bought:

image from Home Depot

The colour is called “Seal.” I sanded the chairs the other day. I am really liking the heavily distressed look of them right now though … so I am rethinking using the paint I bought for the dresser-turmed-shelf thing (I really want the interior to be pink and think it would look awesome with this on the outside …).

And then the Mr. was mad at me tonight because I asked him to leave the truck outside for the night so I could sand the dresser and break out the paint sprayer. He wants to me focus on packing and not on finishing the chairs and dresser… what?!? So now when I am not done the chairs later this week he is going to ask why they aren’t done yet right? Sigh.

Here is the other dilemma. I really want to be able to see the cane back. I like it. So I was thinking maybe I could get away with only covering the front of the chairs in batting and fabric with a nailhead trim border to spice it up … since he says the main complaint is the cane back is uncomfortable. But then you would be able to see the batting through the cane. Then I was thinking it would be fun to put a layer of burlap first, so that is what you see through the cane. And if he doesn’t go with that I think I will still burlap the back over since I love the look of burlap but not how it feels, so this is a way to see it and not feel it, since it is on the back and recessed. Oh, the other thing I am debating is filling in the decorative thing routered in the top. If they stay distressed it also has to stay, but if I paint them grey then I think it definitely has to go – I think, or would it be weird when it is gone? Too big of a blank space on a decorative chair … I don’t know!!!!

Oh wait, I do know, wow not thinking at all. Thanks to the “retouch” tool in iPhoto I now have this:

And I say, yes I definitely need to fill it in if painting the chairs. Wait, I just had another epiphany. If I do paint the chairs I could do the back cushion in a bold print with white or cream background which would give me the contrast I want and more interest … now to find the right fabric … So many decisions!!!


Get on with it …

15 Mar

I often pick the hard road and I don’t know why — especially when it comes to refinishing furniture. I never choose to strip a piece of furniture that is only varnished … No, I always choose to paint over those things for some reason. But when a truly neglected and over-painted piece of furniture comes into my life I always seem to choose to strip it … and often regret it …

Enter Olivia’s dresser … my Mom picked up this 1930’s/40’s maple waterfall dresser for $10 at her local Fall Rumage Sale. Yes, I said $10.

However, it had seen some hard times … I thought that I could revive it by stripping off the horrible paint jobs that it had endured over the years … The top two coats were a patchy navy blue spray paint job and then a sparse attempt at rolling white over it … Ugly. Unfortunately the bad paint job hid many things from me … Like extensive veneer damage. So as I stripped off the gross old paint with my favourite paint stripper, Citristrip, it became evident that while the wood was very beautiful, it was also very damaged. So after all that work, I ended up having to paint it. I LOVE the end result though, it took to some light distressing well and made the veneer damage seem purposeful. I actually plan to distress it even more! I haven’t sealed it still, even though she has been using it for two years … The best part of it all, is the inside of the drawers … I painted them Wilton Blue and they are such a nice pop of colour everytime I open them up! I know there are lots of people who frown upon painting inside drawers, but now it is so easy to find good low VOC or No VOC paint, go for it! Make those drawers sing! Your clothes won’t smell like paint! I promise. Just make sure the drawers are completely dry before putting them back in!

I recently rescued a deadly heavy nightstand from the garbage garage in our townhouse complex and of course, it is thick with paint and I started to think about refinishing it.

I was a little worried about it’s composition. Since it is SOOOOO heavy I was thinking it might be made of MDF. So I started my detective work by taking off the ugly drawer pull to reveal that the wood underneath is nice, solid hardwood … I think it might be Walnut … I was inspired once again to pull out the paint stripper … So off I went to Home Depot … looking for this …

Only to find it wasn’t there! I have used every paint stripper on the shelf at one time or another and Citristrip is IT. Nothing else comes close to being as easy and effective … Plus it is safer for you and the environment. So I had to take the plunge with a new product. I sat there staring and Mr. Somewhat was getting impatient. Do I try an new stripper or do I buy a Heat Gun? He pushed me into trying the “new” environmentally friendly stripper on the shelf – Safe Coat.

The hardest part of paint stripping is the dwell time, how long to leave it on before scrapping it off, hopefully with all your paint. Citristrip made it easy, the paint bubbled up and that meant you were in business! Safe Coat has been less effective … after three hours (the minimum dwell time) there was no bubbling and after 24 hours (the recommended maximum dwell time) there was only a handful of areas bubbling. I started scraping anyway, worried that letting it dry might make things worse for me in the end … And it became very evident this was not ready to go …

It was turning into some gross paste, as you can see. I think I counted 6 layers of paint to come off the outside shell – the ochre, white, royal blue, light lavender, and then probably two more coats of white. Inside the shelves is just one rock hard coat of paint that is STUBORN. It sits the same in my basement right now. I know that I want the paint off, I am just not sure going for try number two with the Safe Coat is worth it … I think that a Heat Gun might be the way to go. I just really want to get this over with!

Dust it off

24 Feb

I have wanted a large chalkboard menu board in our house for awhile. When I started meal planning two weeks in advance I thought it would be fun to put up the weeks’ menu on it but I no longer meal plan … and after some browsing on the Artful Parent it became obvious to me that we need a big chalkboard at our house but it would not be a menu board … it would be a Via Art Board.

At the begining of the month I spotted a lone frame in the garbage garage (the shared garage in my townhouse complex where we put our garbage in dumpsters and the great people leave their junk and my future treasures off to the side) …

After buying a sheet of MDF, some chalkboard paint and some foam rollers it came together (primer and white paint was already owned).

I ended up doing three coats of blackboard paint because my primer was white, but a tinted primer would have solved that. The foam rollers were so great for giving a smooth surface as though it was sprayed. I have pretty much the whole can of blackboard paint left so there can be many more chalkboard projects in the works! I love the blackboard tabletops Miss Mustard Seed does, so I may tackle one of those eventually. I will need to buy low dust chalk though, the package I picked up at IKEA is pretty dusty, but it was cheap and comes in so many pretty colours.

We hung it up tonight on the wall opposite our kitchen and Via is in love. I drew a flower in the corner to show her how it worked and she took to it immediately.

I am still thinking about the tintable chalkboard paint Home Depot had as well. Wouldn’t a raspberry pink board be so much fun? For now this one is a hit.

I love how the white paint has brought this frame back to life and it still looks good even though it has little dusty finger prints all over it. I had my heart set on a black frame but I knew white was the smart choice. The chair in the photos was made for Olivia’s 3rd Birthday from Ana White’s plans.

We are off to bedtime tonight and hopefully we have more fun tomorrow with our new chalkboard.


I have linked up with Creating a House of Grace’s 39th Twice Owned Tuesday Party!

I have linked up with Funky Junk Interior’s Saturday Nite Special #70 – yay another Western Canadian!

I have linked up to the Chalkboard Linky Party at Freckled Laundry!