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A Chair at the Table Craft day

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I made this map chair about six months ago.
Map Chair Seat

Map Chair
Sweet Amanda, my most favorite daughter in law, liked it and may or may not have said that she would steal it. In order to save her from a life of crime, we started thinking about planning a day when her buddies could come over to Star Hill for a girls only craft day. Chairs in the country are crazy cheap so I got busy. I picked up these six beauties for @$5.00 each. I have also been collecting ideas for what to do with the chairs. Here are the chairs needing adoption by the girls and some links to great chairs for inspiration:

Chairs to Share

Yep. They really do look like a hoard in the Garagemahal. I have 6 chairs that I have spent a total of $25.00 on. At prices like this you know that some of them needed love.

Chair Repair

This beauty needed parts. Hubby had to make the cross pieces.

Here is a line up of the chairs that have been collected. I kind of feel like the SPCA trying to get someone to adopt pets.

The Blue is strapping hubby used to re-glue the legs.  All good now.

The Blue is strapping hubby used to re-glue the legs. All good now.

We were watching Baby for our friends and she attached herself to this chair.

We were watching Baby for our friends and she attached herself to this chair.

I think this old beauty would look cool with the slats painted in Ombre shades of one color.

I think this old beauty would look cool with the slats painted in Ombre shades of one color.

I have a thing for mission furniture.  Love this beauty.  Will look great uphostered and painted.

I have a thing for mission furniture. Love this beauty. Will look great uphostered and painted.

This beauty needed love to be ready for the chair day.  new parts, glue and screws are in.  Victorian feet, rosette at the top back, and a great shape.

This beauty needed love to be ready for the chair day. new parts, glue and screws are in. Victorian feet, rosette at the top back, and a great shape.

I have two of these for the party.  They have a lot of detail in the back and will really show off a glaze.

I have two of these for the party. They have a lot of detail in the back and will really show off a glaze.

Here are links to some inspriation chairs: Red Painted Chairs, Blue Chair,French Chair, White Upholstered Chair

Here are All Things Thrifty’s Week of Chairs. Love them

I have been picking up fabric in the remnant section and have even collected a few wild shirts from resale shops that might work for the seats.

The girls are going to bring paint from their projects along with what I have in the hoard.

I am looking forward to showing off the results from our chair affair.

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Turning an Old Door and Table Into a Buffet

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Sweet Amanda loves old, weathered, pieces with story as much as I do! When I bought The Southern Belle’s dresser I negotiated two other pieces of furniture for the asking price of the dresser. I got the owner to throw in a night stand that will be going to a Habitat for Humanity home this spring and an old white piece that I wasn’t sure what the original purpose had been but I guessed that it had been in a church at some point. I know that Sweet Amanda will appreciate me getting the piece free, because she is a junker like me! A little research led me to believe the white table was a Bible table. It was white, had peeling paint, crackle on the drawer, and was a little taller than an end table. I knew the table would be the perfect gift for Sweet Amanda with some creativity. I stared at the Bible table for at least three weeks then it hit me… This would make a great buffet for a small apartment. I started looking for parts. I knew I wanted the back to be an old door and I wanted a shelf on it. I cannot tell you why, that is just how I saw it in my head.
It took several weeks but the absolute perfect door was located in Coldspring for $10.00. It had the right amount of chipped paint, but was solid enough to hold up over time. Hubby cut off a small bit of the door for a shelf and to make the horizontal part of the door hit at the right spot on the table so that they could be screwed together. After adding the shelf it still looked incomplete. I knew I wasn’t finished with the piece but after several options that I did not like I almost gave up and started looking for something else to give Sweet Amanda.   A trip to the Coldspring Senior Center Resale fixed my problem. A round, old plaster mirror was the perfect solution. a link to the senior center website here.
I got this amazing mirror for $10.00. It was the deal of the day.

Here it is all put together. I am crazy about this piece. It still needs a coat of polyacrylic to seal the potentially lead paint in place, but other than that, it is finished.

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Here it is in The Lovebird’s Apartment

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and… here are the Lovebirds

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Turning a Chandelier Into a Hanging Lamp

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Getting ready for the wedding, I found a brass chandelier that I bought as part of a $20.00 bundle.  I made out like a bandit on that deal.  If you have been reading the blog long you have probably seen something that I got on that trip at least once a week.  My favorite piece was a milk glass chandelier that will one day be in my bathroom.  The grape sconce in the purple frames, two of the ornate frames, the glass candle holders, my tarnished silver change holders, and six vases that we used at the wedding are just some of the items.

The brass chandelier that I included in the bundle was a working piece and I thought that I would find a place for it one day. 

It was one of those builder’s grade sort of brass like metal light fixtures. 

I knew it would end up being something cool.  I went to my favorite site… Pinterest for inspiration.
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My first thought was for it to become something for the dessert table at the wedding.  http://weddingsby2plushue.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/dsc_00682.jpg

Handmade Teacup Chandelier using repurposed light fixture and vintage teacups in adorable white and pink - ON SALE
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74784759/handmade-teacup-chandelier-using

When I didn’t get the cake stand done I thought that possibly I would do something fun, but Sweet Amanda’s dining room is so tiny and she has a lot going on with the frames.  It would get in the way of  my giant son’s head most of the time when the table is against the wall.

Sweet Amanda and Baby Boy do not have an overhead light in their front room. That is normal for an apartment the age that theirs is, but it means that they need a lot of lamps in the room. Because they are ministers on a college campus and have small groups in their home, the front room is literally wall to wall couches. The space where the window air conditioner is really doesn’t work well for a table lamp so right now they have a red floor lamp that I bought on clearance at Walmart after the off to college stuff went on sale one year. It really doesn’t go with the vibe of the room,  The chandelier was the perfect solution for the spot.  I had a ton of chain, cord, and other lighting parts left over from another project so the solution is to make the chandelier into a hanging lamp that plugs in. 
Their lease says that anything permanently attached has to stay.  This will not be permanent.

I took the light out to the trees at the edge of our woods and then tied it up with twine to allow me to spray prime it. 

I am a terrible spray painter.  I apparently am also a terrible spray primer too.  The primer was gritty, and uneven.  I hated it so much that I got out the paint brush and gallon can of primer and gave it a second coat. 
 I still did not love it so it sat for two weekends while I studied it.  One the best ever garage sale run where I found the giant ornate mirror, I bought five black lampshades with gold interiors for $2.00 that are going to cover the bulbs and provide less direct light in their living room. 

 The walls in the apartment are white, so a light colored chandelier with black shades would not look right.  When Sweet Amanda and her bud Beth came over, the color was selected… coral.


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I should not have been surprised they chose coral.  It is really a popular color right now.  The 2012 Pantone color of the year is a tangerine color that is really close to coral.  http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/category.aspx?ca=88
Hubby and I went to Home Depot to look for coral.  I gave him a color block and he could not pick coral from the block.  Baby Boy doesn’t think it is a real color.

We found a color called tropical coral.  I am going to brush it on.  I know what you are thinking.  Yes I probably am crazy but I do not love spray paint and I couldn’t find a color I liked. 

At Christmas time I am going to look for beads to add to the light. 

Finally this weekend I was able to get the thing painted.  The color was a little scary- almost sherbet colored. I just had to trust it would dry richer and darker. 
Here is the finished product.  It did dry a lot prettier than I originally feared it would.  I also aged it a little with some glaze at Baby Boy’s request. 
I still need to get new plastic covers that look like candlesticks, bulbs, and Hubby needs to finish wiring the plug in part so it is not mounted on the ceiling but is a plug in lamp.

I unwrapped one of the shades.  It will be perfect.  The gold on the inside will go with the gold metals in the room.  This is going to be a great color boost to a mostly brown living room.  I found the fabric below to make some pillows and I have another project to bring in the coral color to the room. 
 Yes, Baby Boy, coral is a real color.



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