DIY

My Vintage Chairs Get a Makeover

One the easiest ways to update a pair of vintage chairs is to recover the seat. I watched my mom recover the chairs in our dining room every time she wanted to update the look with out breaking the bank. Today I did just that with a pair of vintage chairs.  I use them as side chairs next to the fireplace to add symmetry to a rather odd space to decorate.

This project was very budget friendly. Luckily, I had enough fabric left over from another project to cover the elegant vintage chairs.  I wanted something bold and colorful that would pop. The fabric I replaced on the seats was dull and lacked any sort of style. They were boring to say the least.

I opted for a really bold jewel toned paisley.  Crazy as it sounds, I’m not the only one to love the pattern. Pier One turned it into melamine plates. I kid you not. Back to the chairs.

Originally, these chairs went with a dining set I inherited from my grandparents. Since we don’t use the dining table or for that matter the dining room, the chairs were an excellent target for this project. My goal was to add color and bold pattern to the living room.

Step by Step Directions to Updating Vintage Chairs

  • Start by unscrewing the seat from the chair frame, setting aside the hardware.
  • Remove the fabric from the seat using a flat head screw driver to pop out the staples.
  • Lay out the fabric you want to use and place the seat over it to make a template. Leave about an 1 inch. More if the cushion is thicker.
  • Cut out the fabric and place the seat on the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Gather the sides and staple to the seat.  I had to play with the gathers to get it to look perfect and clear of the screw holes.
  • Place the seat back on the frame and screw it onto the chair.

It looks fabulous, don’t you think?

DIY Easter Floral Arrangement

Easy DIY Easter Floral Arrangement.

I love decorating for the Easter holiday and each year I look for something new to add to the collection, usually it’s an easy DIY project. This year I found two darling bunny planters at Target and at $3 bucks a piece they were a steal.  At first I wasn’t sure if I would simply pick up two African violet plants or find another bloom to plant. Instead, I opted to use them both for an easy DIY Easter floral arrangements.

I had some oasis left from a previous project and picked up a couple of bunches of baby’s breath.  I loved the idea of using the only baby’s breath. It’s delicate and resembles snow. I thought it would look elegant peeking up from behind their ears. I wasn’t wrong.

Check out the video below to see how I put it all together.

 

 

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Last Minute DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s hard to believe Mother’s Day is only two days away.  Are you ready to celebrate mom?  If not, I have a few do it yourself last minute gift ideas that she will love!

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If you follow me on Instagram you know I have a thing for flowers.  So it should be no surprise that my first mother’s day gift idea is fresh flowers. You can find reasonably priced blooms at the local grocery store. I find Whole Foods has the best quality. Pair them with a unique vase to create a complete gift.  I made the one pictured above using an inexpensive glass vase from the Dollar Store and with a pretty ribbon and button hot glued to it to give it a little texture.

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Another wonderful gift idea is to create a personalized coffee mug for mom.  All you need is an inexpensive white mug, glass paint and an oven. See my blog post here for more info.  You could also use this technique to create a personalized vase.

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Painted terracotta pots make a sweet Mother’s Day gift for mom or Grandma.  Let kids create whatever they want on the pots. Rainbows, butterflies or ladybugs are all cute motifs that kids can easily paint.  By including a package of citronella tea lights, you can turn the pots into adorable candleholders for the back porch.

Thrifty Project: DIY Picture Frame Tray

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Create a beautiful tray by adding handles to a unique piece of tile or an older frame.  You could also buy a wood tray at the local craft store and paint it, or dress it up with decoupage.  Present it to mom with a mimosa and home baked muffins for breakfast.

Let your creativity inspire your own ideas. Sometimes it only takes a walk through the craft store to trigger an idea or two.  You could take the easy way out,  buy her a card and let her sleep in.

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DIY- Polymer Clay Valentine’s Day Ornaments

I have a small ornament tree that is perfect for year round holiday decorating. I love the idea of hanging small ornaments on it, but hate buying them for all of the various holidays. So, I wondered how could I make Valentine’s ornaments for a nominal cost. Perusing the holy grail of craft ideas, Pinterest, I found polymer clay. That’s all I needed for inspiration.

So, after a quick trip to my favorite craft store, I was ready to get my hands a little dirty.  I set out to create these super cute Valentine’s Day ornaments.

Supplies 

To make them you will need one small package of Sculpey III ®, a heart shaped cookie cutter, a doily, ribbon, a knife and a small dowel for rolling out the clay. I bought the starter tool set for polymer clay, it was all of $10 bucks and I figured I would get a lot of use out of it.  I also picked up wax paper to roll the clay out on.

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Directions for Polymer Clay Ornaments

Take a little of the clay in your hand and warm it up by playing with it. Think of it as play dough.  Then, place it on the wax paper and roll it out to about a ¼-inch thickness.  Next, place the doily on top of the clay and press it into the clay with the dowel.  This will leave a pattern on the clay.  When you have the pattern the way you want it, cut out a heart with the cookie cutter.  Once I had the heart cut out, I took one of the tools to place two small holes in the tops of the heart to run a ribbon through.

To finish the ornament, bake it in a 250-degree oven for about 15 minutes.  Any longer and it may burn; any less and it may not cure properly.

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Notes

Polymer clay is durable and does not necessarily need to be sealed. It’s plastic clay and is said to hold up to the wear, weathering and washing.  Still, you may choose to seal your polymer clay creations.  To seal it, brush it with a thin layer of a product called Varathane. I would recommend not letting your kids do this part.

For more info check out these resources:  The Blue Bottle Tree and Waterlily Charms

Dixie Belle Chalk Paint Review

A few summers ago I became infatuated with chalk paint.  It requires no sanding, or priming. Simply prep a piece to be painted by wiping it down and then starting to paint.  I was thrilled to be asked to review Dixie Belle Chalk Paint and I knew exactly which project I would tackle.

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A while back, my mother gifted me these amazing cake tables. I loved the shape and height of them, but the color left a lot to be desired. They were an odd royal blue and went with nothing in my house. I knew that at some point I would paint them; it has not been a priority though. Now I can say they are done and they look fabulous!

I have tried other chalk paints before on the lower end of the price scale, but had not tried theirs yet. It is a better quality than the chalk paints I have used from Michael’s or JoAnne’s and sells at a higher price, still it’s not as expensive as the brand that shall remain nameless. I like that Dixie Belle comes in two sizes and a wide variety of colors.

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For my cake table project, I choose their Buttercream. It’s a warm cream that brightened up the tables beautifully. I expected it to take multiple coats of chalk paint to cover the blue and it did. I painted almost three coats over the blue and let each coat dry before applying the next. I then painted a clear coat over it to give it a little glossy shine.

They sent me stain and a wax, but for this project, I wanted the tables to be less aged and more one-dimensional. I have a few other small projects I intend to work on as well, and will try the wax out then.

I have to admit; I did not follow the instructions, and realized I could have thinned out the paint with a little water. It may have helped it to go on more smoothly. Honestly, I do not think I would have had a better outcome had I watered it a bit.

 

Tell me what you think? Did these come out beautifully? I think they are my new found favorites.

*Sponsored Post – Dixie Belle Paint Company sent me some paint for the purposes of this review.