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A Bench for the Foot of the Bed

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This project has been a long time in the works. A year ago, before I even considered moving to the burbs, I literally picked up these legs out of the trash at a garage sale. (I did ask first.) They once were legs for a side table and were solid wood.

I did not have a plan for them but they were too nice to be trashed.

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When we moved into our new house I knew I would want a bench at the end of our bed. The room is big and I love having a place to sit and put on shoes in the bedroom. I stalled on completing this project because I am trying to keep the cost down in decorating our room. I am way over budget in the den and guest room. (Like double my $100.00 per room budget in both rooms.) Before starting the bench I had spent about $80.00 on the master bedroom and I still have a few things to do. The holdup was upholstery foam. It is expensive. Crazy expensive. The foam for the mudroom bench tufted cushion was $32.00. A friend of my daughter told me she bought foam on Amazon, but it was still going to be $20.00 with shipping.

A trip to Ikea solved the problem. Have you ever been in the “As is” section of an Ikea? It is a great place to find what you didn’t even know you were looking for. Table legs, cabinet doors, scratch and dent furnishings, hardware…the place is fun to look around in for the unexpected. I found a huge cushion for a couch or chair marked $5.00. Plenty big enough for my bench.

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I sliced the thickness of the foam in half using an electric knife then used spray adhesive to attach it to a scrap of plywood pulled from the hoard and cut to fit, added a layer of batting then wrapped an old sheet around the foam and attached it to the plywood with my staple gun. This step keeps the foam in place and smooth while the upholstery is being attached. It has been so long on this project that I could not find a photo of the cushion or the big slice job. I will keep looking.

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In order above: sheet on bottom, then a layer of batting, then foam, then plywood

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use a sheet to line upholstery

Hubby built a frame for the bench base and attached the legs with thumb screws. The frame and legs got painted a couple coats of Behr Revival Mahogany.

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square corner tool

This is a cool tool. It holds the wood at a 90 degree angle so you can attach the parts.

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Here it was while we were fitting the bench top on the base. It looks like we did not have it on evenly.

The upholstery brings a little color into the room. it was $15.00 for two yards. Well it looks like I am going to go over on this room also, but not by much. The bench ended up costing $22.00. Not bad.

bench from side table legs

 

repurposed end table legs

 

teal bench

I love how this looks.

teal paisley colored fabric

 

master bedroom with bench

 

teal master bedroom

I really want to paint the wall behind our bed a darker color. I believe it is going to be Garden Wall by Behr.

building a bench from table legs

 

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Here she is in all her beauty. Hubby wanted some color in the room. I think this fills the bill.

Buffet Table With History

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The best time to shop for anything at a resale shop or an auction is when no one else is willing to be out shopping.  If you want the best deals go when it is raining, early in the morning or, like we just did, when it is blazing hot. It was 102 on the truck thermometer and we were pooped after a day of shopping when I spied this table sitting outside a charity resale shop. It had just been delivered and heat waves were radiating off the black asphalt where it was sitting. The table was marked $60.00.

I walked around inside the store for a little while then asked the lady at the register what she would take for the table. To my surprise she said it was too hot and heavy to bring in so if we wanted it we could have it for $20.00. Sold.

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I really only wanted the legs of the table, but both Hubby and I were surprised at the quality of the table as it was loaded. I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. I need want a buffet table at the end of our breakfast room. I have been secretly jealous of my friend Robin’s green end table with a stained top so the color was obvious…well to me it was.  We worked on getting the base and table top cut from the original table, but it was just so new and commercial looking.  Yes, I am one of those people who like a room to look collected, not bought as a set.  I feel the same about furniture.  I want unique, original and character.  Hubby and I sat in the Garagemahal looking at the piece when it came to my husband.  Use the wood from my dad.  the plank has been sitting in the hoard over a year.  It is heart pine and full of character.  I love that my dad saved it from a trash pile at the place where he worked for 30 years.  According to my dad the wood was used as a drafting table in the shop of Gulf States Utilities.  He said it was built in the 40’s and was already old when he started there in 1960.  A quick measurement let us know that it would work.  Yay!  It needed a quick cut down to the sides to make it fit, a rub down with mineral spirits to clean it, and a coat of poly.  Nothing else.It will live in our house proudly.  I love wood with history.

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The color is a little richer than Behr’s Happy Camper, because I needed it to match my fabric on the chairs in the breakfast area.  I chose Behr’s Jungle Trail.

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One coat of Bona Floor Poly on this was enough to bring out the shine but not make it too glossy.

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I love those nail holes.

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It is hard to photograph a green piece of furniture at Star Hill.  I had to move it to the gravel road to allow it to show up.

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Lots of work took place on this old wood.  I love that my dad saved it from the trash pile and held on to it for more than 10 years before I got it.  It looks amazing.

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It was so well made that the two pieces of wood match perfectly.  We thought it was one  piece of wood until we got it cleaned up.

Hooray for Chair Painting Day

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I am still learning to use a hotspot, so I missed uploading a few photos. I will upload them as soon as I reach civilization. Enjoy.
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The long anticipated chair painting day has come and gone. It was so much fun and I can’t wait to show off the before and after photos. Sweet Amanda and Baby Boy have an amazing group of friends who are united in their love of The Lord, the lost, and college ministry. It is tough for them to connect as often as they would like because they are working on college campuses around the state, The United States and the world. The girls who came to this event I believe all lived in “The Tree House” with Sweet Amanda while in college or were members of her small group. Lauren has been her buddy since birth. I have another blog post in the works about these girls, but today it is all about the chairs.

As the girls arrived there was lots of hugging, squealing and general mayhem.
All the girls signed in on a chalkboard and this determined the chair that they would be painting then taking home. Beth was not going to be able to make the event so we signed her in and The Social Planner, Tanis, worked on a chair for her with help picking color and fabric from the ladies who know her well.

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Here are the lovely chairs before we got busy. I did not pay more than $5.00 a chair from Goodwill, Craigslist and resale shops. Every chair, except one had some structural issue. They had missing rungs, needed regluing, had need badly repaired… the list goes on and on. Hubby spent several days getting them all up to Baby Boy’s wiggle standard. He literally sat on them and wiggled around to see if they were sturdy. Remember that these chairs are going to live in homes that will have college students visiting often.


I numbered each chair with a post-it note so that the girls would know when they got up the hill what they would be working on.

Look at how nice and clean the ladies all looked in this photo! This was after inspecting chairs, but before the paint clothes went on and the work began. They really are stunning young ladies.

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Each of the girls inspected their chair, looked at the paint choices, chose something, then got busy. Some of the girls checked out their fabric options before jumping in, but not everyone!

It was fun to watch the girls working, side by side, each on a different project, laughing, catching up, teasing and commenting on each other’s work.
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Tanis brought her yard chairs for an update too.
As they finished the painting, the upholstery began on the chairs that had padded seats. A big thank you to my friend, Kandy for donating all this amazing fabric.

Here are the finished chairs-before and after.

Sweet Amanda
Behr Sailboat Blue with yellow chevron fabric. This chair originally had caning in the seat so hubby built a new top to go on it that is padded. It can be removed and re-caned if they ever choose to do so.

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Tara
Behr Rapids blue with burlap fabric. She is going to monogram the back panel. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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Yliana

Behr Coral. Oops. I forgot the Mod Podge for this project chair. The seat is going to have a map of Colorado- where she will be moving in July to join her new husband in his ministry to University of Colorado. She roughed out the edges and took the map with her, so I cannot wait to see how it looks complete. Sorry Yliana.

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Lauren
Behr Cinnamon Cake and flowered fabric. This is my favorite off white, brown toned paint. She really classed up this 1970’s charmer. I love the distressing.

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Molly
Valspar Elephant Hide with some fun, funky fabric. This chair gave Hubby fits and I think he was ready to throw in the towel, but at the end of the day it turned out so cute. The piping was in the fabric we got, already done and was plenty big for this little padded poof. It is going with Molly’s craft table that is painted the bright teal you see in the fabric. Yay for having a craft table.

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Beth
Coral that Molly brought so not sure the color. Fabric was teal upholstery fabric. I used the darker coral on the chair back to create an ombré effect. Darkest at top then diluted the color the paint with the cinnamon cake as I went down. I like the effect. Beth surprised us by making it at the end of the day, and we surprised her with a chair!

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chairs from an angle

Here are the lovely ladies with their finished projects all together at Star Hill.
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DIY Show Off

Choosing Bedroom Colors

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Well, today was my first day of work in my new district.  I feel a little lost, but everyone has been so nice to me. I do not have internet at the lake house so my posts will be after work until I can get something worked out up there.  No photos today because while I did remember to bring this post already done ( I love the cut and paste option), I did not bring my SD card to upload my photos.  It is all going to be a learning curve.   I can tell I am going to be spending more time at Star Hill now that my job has changed just because it is an easier commute until the city house gets on the market and sells.  That means more of my stuff is going to end up in our very small lake house bedroom. (Star Hill is 950 square feet, divided into three bedrooms, a family room/kitchen, a laundry room, and a bathroom. The first thing I know I need to do is get rid of stuff I do not need there, then I need to look at storage.  ( I seem to be doing that a lot these days.)

Before this whole journey started I bought three 1970’s Ethan Allen pieces that were part of an entertainment center group at one point. They were a resale find and I loved them because they had sort of shutter looking doors that I knew would be fun to paint and give a relaxed vibe to the lake house. I know how old these pieces are because my brother-in-law and sister-in-law had the complete set just like these pieces at one point.  Two of the three pieces match in size and will make excellent side tables.  I already have a dresser and chest that will stay.  The headboard is taking a hike to the guest room and will be replaced by an old door that I am super excited to get up.

I am really stuck when it comes to the room color.  I think I want gray walls.  I love gray walls.  They are soothing. The gray has to work with red and blue because the entire house has red and blue accents. What to do, what to do… I would love to hear from you.

I already selected the color to paint the new night stands and have one painted.  Pantone Lunar Rock.  I tried a new type paint and I am RUNNING back to Behr.  Nothing I have found works as well as Behr Paint, but I will finish the other night stand with this paint then move on.  Lunar Rock is a light gray, almost white and will be beautiful on the night stands, especially glazed with a charcoal paint.  I sanded and stained the tops a great color called pine cone.

I am not sure what color to paint the new door-headboard.  I am thinking a dark red or navy blue.  Thoughts?

Hubby put up some wide, rustic, pine boards to trim the windows in all the bedrooms this weekend and hung new mini blinds (Don’t judge me, they are easy to take care of and that is the name of the game in a lake house.)  I am definitely going with white-white trim work in the bedroom.  I want my milk glass to make sense in there.  I think there will be dark rustic shelves to display the collection.

Pictures tomorrow, I promise.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter Weekend.  We sure did. It was great to have family and friends over.

 

Living with a Patient Husband

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It is nasty and rainy here. Too humid to paint in the garage because the paint won’t dry. Sad days. I know my hubby loves our wood floor but tonight he let me bring in the big hunkin’ dresser so that I could paint. I feel like Valentine’s Day came early. I love him so. I promise to keep the paint on the drop cloth and will use lots of painter’s tape. The top and pulls are now painted with one coat of Revival Mahogany. Love it. Thanks sweetheart, I needed to get paint under my nails tonight. Please forgive my terrible iPad photos but today was too rough to break out the Canon.

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The Southern Belle’s Christmas Present- Refinishing a French Provincial Dresser

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Christmas presents for grown up kids were so much fun this year. The Southern Belle asked a while back for a dresser. She wanted it black with brushed nickel hardware. I started looking when we were out shopping, thrifting, and junking. Nothing really struck me until I saw a mistreated piece on Craig’s List. It was covered in layers of really ugly paint with pink showing through. Someone had put cabinet hardware on it that reminded me of a cabin.

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To make matters worse, the hardware did not fit ell so the person who thought this hardware would work jammed plastic anchors into the holes.
It took some work on hubby’s part. Getting the hardware off, sanding, filling holes, more sanding before the paint went on.
Hubby got a new paint sprayer, and about the biggest compressor I have ever seen for an early Christmas present. It really made the piece look professionally painted and the Behr paint I love works in this high volume, low pressure sprayer.
Here are the results. For the present she just got a photograph of the piece. It will be getting delivered to North Carolina this spring. Another great reason to visit her.

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It was fun making something that our daughter will enjoy.

Making Necklace Hangers For Gifts

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Before Sweet Amanda married Baby Boy and moved in with him, she lived with some great girls. They will always be a close knit group who loves each other. They exchange Christmas presents each year at their girl party.
Apparently they are all crafty.
Sweet Amanda was excited. She had her crafty presents all lined out until she got wind that another of the crafty girls was making the same thing. Her original plan was to make bookends that I will show you once I get pictures from Molly.
Sweet Amanda was back to square one so she raided my hoard for inspiration. I had a bunch of drawer fronts from several projects and a few from the roadside.

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They were too good to throw away. I also have a collection of knobs, pulls, handles, hooks and other assorted hardware.

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Of course there is a collection of paint colors from past projects in the Garagemahal.

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When everything was assembled, Sweet Amanda decided to make necklace hangers/key racks/scarf and headband holders out of the assortment. That meant selecting just the right items for each of the four friends. The drawer fronts were selected, the hardware was selected, placement was decided, holes filled in and they turned out great. It was so humid that even Baby Boy got involved. He has mad skills with a blow dryer. (He also drilled all the holes.)

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Sweet Amanda filled the holes with wood filler.

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Blow dryer.

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Drilling the holes.

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Each one was unique. This funky one will go to Beth. A girl who has a suitcase chair needs this fun piece.

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Every knob is different.

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Amanda’s buddy Tara got this one. Painted with Martha Stewart Froth.

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This one went to Lauren. It has the coral from the chandelier.

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Molly got the yellow and blue.
This was Hubby’s favorite. He thought it was happy.

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I loved them all. I hope the girls like them too. I hope I get pictures of the other gifts to show you how crafty these girls are. Great job, Sweet Amanda!

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