Thursday, July 28, 2016

Refresh for Summer.....DIY Upholstery

On last week I shared my newly upholstered dining chairs. So today I've decided to show you how quick and easy it was for me to transform them.
Things needed for this:
1. Fabric of your choice.
2. Scissors
3. Staple gun
4. Staples
5. Screw driver



The first thing you want to do is turn the chair over and unscrew the seat from the frame of the chair.
Once you have taken the seat off, lay the desired fabric on the floor or whatever surface you are working on. I placed my fabric on top of the piano because it was easier for me.



Next I eyeballed the fabric and cut it to fit the seat. Please do not eyeball! Please take the time and measure out your fabric, because you want to make certain there is ample enough fabric to staple to the underside of the chair. For example, this seat measured out at about 18 inches across at it's widest point. If  I would have done the application properly I would have added about two inches to my fabric and cut out a 20 inch piece for the seat. This way I would have enough fabric to staple to the underside of the chair.
 
 
Since this is just a demonstration, I did not remove the previous fabric from the chair. As long as the extra fabric does not cause any problems when reattaching the seat I don't remove it.
 

To begin the process I pulled the fabric taut and stapled the first piece of fabric down. Then I went to the opposite side of the seat and did the same thing, making sure that before each staple I pulled the fabric taut. I repeated this process on the remaining sides getting as close to the corners as possible.

 
Now for the corners, which I always do last. I stapled as close to the corners on each side as I possibly could. (I have more control of the fabric when I do it this way) Then I gathered the fabric making sure that it was smooth. I put the first staple smack dab where my index finger is on my left hand. I kept stapling until the corner was finished. I repeated the same process on the remaining corners. 
 
 
 Voila! In about 10 minutes the chair was transformed!
Any reupholstering in you future?
 
Go Out And Make Today GREAT!!! 
 
Lory

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My Summer Centerpiece

I am back today to share my "summer centerpiece" and  later this week I will reveal the complete table. The arrangement is super simple and it adds just the right touch to the rustic table. Enjoy the pics!


 
 
 

 
 

The Bromeliads were picked from my yard.
 
 
 
Close up of the table. I love all the imperfections. You like?
 
 
This is a sneak peek of a portion of the table setting. Reveal coming soon!
 
 
 
Go Out And Make Today A GREAT Day!
 
Lory
 

Friday, July 15, 2016

My Farmhouse Table...

I had been wanting a farmhouse table for years, but since it wasn't a necessity I decided to put that thought on the back burner. Besides I already had a table, so getting another one was not a top priority. I figured, instead of buying a table I could use the money on something that I really needed instead. I'd some how hoped that all my rationale would convince me that I really didn't need the table, but it didn't. However, since I couldn't talk myself out of the table these were the stipulations I set forth concerning it. One, it had to be pre-owned because a newly constructed one would be way to pricey. Two, it had to have lots of character. 3, I was only willing to pay $200 or less for the table. Once the guidelines had been established, I ambitiously began my search at garage sales, thrift shops and on Craig's list. But I didn't have any luck. After several months of searching my ambition waned, and at this point, I was over it! I was ready to give up on having the table all together. However, one day while driving home from work, I noticed my neighbor was doing some renovations to her home. Workers were removing 2x10 cedar planks from the house and putting it to the road for trash pickup. I immediately knew that I could use the cedar planks to construct the top of the table. So I went home and enlisted the help of the Hubs and the Son to salvage as many usable pieces of the wood as possible.


after

before 
This is how the wood looked before the construction of the table began. It would take several hours for the table to look like the finished product in the picture above.
 
 
before
When the construction of the table began I was away from home, but Hubby got the project underway. He cut the cedar planks down to the predetermined size.

before

before
Hubby flipped the wood over and joined the planks with 1x4's. Then he framed the 1x4's with more 1x4's. Finally he cut the corners out for the posts/legs. Sorry no pic of the cut outs.


This is how the top of the table looked once all the wood had been fastened together. The top was worn, weathered, filled with holes, and full of character.

 
4x4 pine posts were used to construct the table legs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Constructing the table didn't take that long but sanding it down was a different story.
 

It took several hours of sanding before Hubby got the look we were after.
 
 
 
Once sanded, the table was thoroughly cleaned and a couple coats of paste wax was applied, to bring out the woods luster. The legs and base of the table were spruced up with a coat of espresso stain. At last, the table was finished! I love the table, it has tons of character and it came in well under my $200 budget. And I guess it's safe to say it was pre-owned. Come back next week to see my farmhouse table all decked out for Summer!
 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Refresh for Summer....Dining Room Chairs

Happy Thursday All! It's time for another Refresh for Summer quick and easy project. My dining room chairs have been in need of a refresh for quite sometime. So I figured now would be a great time to tackle this project. As I mentioned in a previous post it's hot here in Florida. And with that being said, I am only doing projects that can be completed inside. So let's get this makeover on the road!
 

These are the chairs to be recovered. The two chairs on the left were a curbside find. My Husband brought them home one day out of the blue. The chairs on the right belonged to my friend. She didn't want to throw them out so she gave them to me. She figured that I could probably do something with them, and she was right. At this point I really hadn't decided what fabrics I wanted to put on the chairs. All I knew was that I wanted each chair to have a different fabric. So to the fabric stash I went!


I started playing around just to get an idea as to what fabrics I wanted to use. I opted not to recover the third chair at all, since I like the color, texture, and the Asian feel of the fabric. Plus, this way I would only have to recover three chairs instead of four.


I love, love, love the fabric on the first chair so I decided it was a keeper, but the other two chairs (animal print/solid blue striped fabric) not so much. Don't get me wrong I love the animal print and the blue stripe but I just wasn't feeling it.


before
 
 
after
This fabric is amazing! It's bold, vivid and tropical with lots of personality. I love it!!!!
 

after
I think this fabric is amazing as well. Originally it was being used as a pillow cover, but I thought it would compliment the rest of my fabric selections quite nicely. You like?
 
before
Three chairs down and one more to recover. Yay, I could see the finish line.

 after
I chose this brightly colored stripe fabric for the last chair. This is the same fabric I used in my Office Reveal.
 
 
 
Here they are all lined up and ready for the chair Fashion SHOW, and I love the outcome. 
Even though each chair has a different fabric, the fabrics work together harmoniously. This project didn't take long at all. The total time to cover three chairs, was approximately one hour. And the total cost for covering the chairs was ZERO! Who knew? Are you working on any quick and easy summer projects?
 
Go Out and Make Today A GREAT Day!
 
 
Lory
 

 
 
 
 


Monday, July 11, 2016

Color in the Kitchen

Hi all and happy Monday! Today I am sharing a Kitchen mood board inspired by a turquoise stove from the Big Chill. In case you aren't familiar with the Big Chill Company they are a manufacturer of  high quality appliances for your kitchen.They offer RetroProfessional and Classic Styles, with a variety of colors to choose from. These appliances are like art for the kitchen, and they make quite the statement. Enjoy! 





Go out and Make today GREAT!

 Lory



Below is a list comprised of the items on the board. There are a few items that don't have a link sorry!

Stove

Bubbles Chandelier                                                                                    
White Shaker cabinet doors (via)
Granite via 
Chairs (via)


                                                                                                                                         







Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Refresh For Summer.....Revolution

Summer is in full swing and it's super hot here in the Sunshine State. Being that it's so blasted hot, we have decided to put our powder room makeover on hold until a later date. Since it's summer I had been tossing around the idea of doing something different here on the blog, but I really didn't know what. Well, a few weeks ago I was standing in the checkout line at Walmart, and the brightly colored cover of the HGTV magazine caught my eye; along with these two words "Summer Refresh". So I quickly decided that a refresh would be easier, cooler and a lot lighter on the wallet than a renovation. Plus it would be something I could blog about, for the next several weeks. In this series, I plan to do projects that are simple, won't break the bank and won't require a lot of time. The goal is to complete several projects before the end of the summer and then throw a Party in honor of that. Who's with me? Let's get this "Refresh for Summer... Revolution" started.



I revealed my Island Oasis Foyer back in September you can read about it here. We love the end result of this makeover, however I challenged myself to "refresh" it just a tad. Keep scrolling to see the quick change.


Two quick changes were made to this space. I am sure that the first change is quite obvious. I removed the African Art and replaced it with this vivid Seashell image. The image was taken at Historical Bok Tower Gardens a few years ago. Now for the million dollar question. Were you able to spot the next change? It's the hardware! The chest on the left has the original hardware, and the chest on the right was gussied up with Agate drawer pulls. I purchased them several months ago without knowing where I would use them, but they came in handy for the refresh. So far so good huh?


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after

Refresh number three....


before
My daughter drew this Cheetah when she was in Junior High School and it's super sentimental to me. However, I did switch this piece out for something a little more summery below.


Keep scrolling to read......


I love reading this! For me, this is a daily reminder that life is not perfect and when it happens you can either adjust your attitude or sulk. I choose to adjust! This refresh didn't cost me anything but a little time. I simply used what I already had at home. I must admit I really like the changes that were made.
Well that's it! "Refresh For Summer" part one is a wrap. So what do you think? I would love to hear from you!


Go  Out and Make Today Amazing!!!!
Lory