Easy Chair Makeover with Chalk Paint® and Faux Fur

Confession: I’m a little bit of a chair hoarder. If I see a vintage chair at a flea market and it’s under $20 I usually end up coming home with it. The reason is because accent chairs are SO easy to salvage with minimal cost and effort, and also a good way to change up a corner in a room without going to too much trouble. Besides, who couldn’t use more stylish seating right?

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover with Chalk Paint®I got this bergere chair for $15 at my local flea market and thought it would be the perfect vessel for the magic of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. There are a few reasons I like using Chalk Paint®. Firstly, it goes on beautifully and dries quickly with minimal brush strokes. Secondly, you can easily change the finish and look with Chalk Paint® Waxes. And finally, cleanup is a breeze! Soapy water is all you need for any spills and to clean brushes. For all of these reasons I highly recommend trying this method if you’re new to furniture painting.

For this project I wanted something whimsical with gentle color so went with the color Antoinette, which is a soft pink-lilac.

 

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover with Chalk Paint®

I gave the chair a good wipe down with soapy water and then just used a regular, old paint brush to cover the chair with two coats of paint.

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

See how lovely and even it dries?

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

Next I applied a coat of Chalk Paint® Wax to seal and add a nice finish the paint. I wanted to bring out the carvings and details in this piece so I used White Chalk Paint® Wax.

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

I used a Wax Brush to apply a coat of wax to the entire painted surface.img_4630Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies to bring out the details.Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

Then use a soft cloth to remove any excess wax and buff out the finish.

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®Did you know you can paint fabric with Chalk Paint® as well? I thought about painting the seat with Pure White, but changed my mind and went with a luxe faux fur instead. Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®Quick tip: If you want to easily or temporarily change the upholstery on a chair like this, just use a throw and tuck it into the sides for a quick cover. Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

Voila! An easy painted makeover! If you want to try Chalk Paint® for yourself (and you most definitely should) you can find Annie Sloan Stockists here.

Vintage Bergere Chair Makeover Using Chalk Paint®

I’m in love!

 

This project was sponsored by UNFOLDED but all opinions and ideas are my own. Promise.

 

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DIY: Tropical Retro Inspired Decoupage Easter Eggs

I’ve always loved decorating Easter eggs, and just because I’m a grown up doesn’t mean I can’t continue to partake in the fun. Every year I grab my Easter candy and a carton of eggs and get down to it. There are so many great ways to decorate Easter eggs. There’s the stinky vinegar dye, watercoloring, markers, glitter, the list goes on. Personally my favorite is decoupage. This method allows you to get really creative eggs, with very little effort.

Tropical Decoupage Easter Eggs

I’m always inspired by mid-century themes, so of course I went with that vibe for my Easter eggs.

Tropical Decoupage Easter Eggs

Here’s what you need: Decoupage medium, craft paint, images to cut out, and of course eggs. Stock photo sites and magazines are a great place to find images to cut out.

Paint or dye your eggs first, if you want. Then all you have to do is cut out your little images and use the decoupage medium to adhere them to your egg. Then apply another layer of decoupage medium over the top of it, let it dry, and that’s it!

Tropical Decoupage Easter Eggs

You can have a lot of fun with your designs by layering images to create your own motif or scene.

On one, I painted the egg to create the look of an umbrella and grass. Then I used cutouts of patio furniture and from vintage bathing suit patterns to create a summery scene. On another I layered cutouts of flamingos and leaves.

Tropical Decoupage Easter EggsOr you can just make a random pattern of images around the egg. Like palms, pineapples, sunglasses, and beach umbrellas.

Tropical Decoupage Easter Eggs

I loveeee how these turned out. I don’t want to throw them away! I should have blown the yolks out and not boiled them. Oh well, next time.

Tropical Decoupage Easter Eggs

I’d probably keep them out all year long if I could, but I’m sure the rotten smell and salmonella aren’t worth it. Boo. Tropical Decoupage Easter Eggs

I hope all of you have a stupendous Easter, and I hope Easter Bunny brings you enough candy to make you sick. That’s the best part of Easter.

Tropical Decoupage Easter Eggs

If you would like to download the images I used, click below. For personal use only, please.

Tropical EasterEgg Printout

DIY: Golden Snake Halloween Wreath

I’m the type of person that likes to put something on the front door that lets everyone know “HEY WE’RE FESTIVE AND STUFF”. We live in an apartment so I can’t put any crazy lawn ornaments up and we don’t get any cute little trick or treaters but you will have to pry my front door decor from my cold dead hands. Anyway here’s this year’s wreath!

I decided to go against the traditional circle shape and used an oval grapevine wreath as my base and used plastic spiders and a rubber snake and mice to decorate it. I got these items at Michael’s.

DIY Halloween Wreath Idea

Obviously these things aren’t really my style on their own so I hit up my stash of crafting supplies.

DIY Halloween Wreath Idea

I painted the entire snake gold using a coat of Martha Stewart’s metallic paint in Golden Pearl and then a coat of Martha Stewart’s liquid gilding in gold over the top scales. SHINY! I painted a few of the spiders too.

DIY Halloween Wreath Idea

Then, I painted the mice black using Martha Stewart craft paint and added a little bit of ‘hair’ on their backs with Martha Stewart’s onyx tinsel glitter.

I also sprayed the wreath black and then lightly brushed it with Martha Stewart’s Black Vintage Decor Paint to add some more depth and creepiness.

DIY Halloween Wreath Idea

 

I used hot glue to affix everything to the wreath and then used black sheer ribbon to hang it. Tada!

DIY Halloween Wreath Idea

DIY: Dining Table Makover | Dining Room Projects | Furniture Makeovers

Ohhhhhh this table…. Let me tell you about this table.

I found this beauty on Craigslist in the free section at about 9pm one night. The owner basically said “Come take this piece of sh.. off of my driveway.”. I was like “LOOK THIS IS FREE LET’S GET IT” and we hopped in the car and headed to a very dark, questionable neighborhood about 20 miles away. Jvee, already regretting his decision to take me, had doubts about it fitting into our SUV but we made sure to ignore all safety precautions and drive home with our seats so pushed forward that our faces were basically touching the windshield. We got it home where I proceeded to get into all kinds of trouble during prep.

Step One- I washed all of the dirt, grime, and cat prints off with hot soapy water.

Step Two- I stripped all old paint using Citristrip, which is safe for indoor use. Annoying but necessary in this scenario.

Step Three- Since the leaf was missing, I filled in the center separation with wood filler and wood glue. Don’t get wood glue all over the floor like I accidentally did. DO.NOT.

Step Four- SAND. I used my electric sander that has apparently has a feature that sucks up the dust. Except it doesn’t suck up all the dust and I ended up having to block off the dining room Dexter style with plastic drop cloths. Don’t do this at home. (I have since gotten permission to use the roof of our building for future projects.)

Dexter style kill room?

Now it was time to prime and paint. It was recommended that I use oil paint for a durable smooth finish. I had my doubts about it because of cleanup and fumes but decided to give it a whirl. I HATED IT. I couldn’t get the paint to the consistency that I wanted. I kept adding fume-y thinner to the fume-y paint and then more paint back in to that. Ughhhhh. I had to clean my brushes with turpentine and then store the used turps until I could take them to the hazardous waste center (they are still in my storage). THE FUMES. Someone said to store the brushes in ziplocks in the freezer between uses. Well, I didn’t do it right and all of our food tasted like oil paint because of THE FUMES.

It creeped me out. I started feeling really guilty about VOCs and the hazards of working with those harsh toxins in my home and around my dogs. I mean, I won’t even use bleach in my home because I’m unreasonably paranoid about it! And then I started thinking about how we were supposed to EAT on this table. In my usual obsessive state, I decided to look for an eco-friendly paint to try. That brought me to Safecoat Naturals, a plant based oil paint. I decided it was the perfect time to try it. We purchased their primer, pearl lustre paint in white, and clear acrylaq.

After priming, I lightly sanded down any drip or brush marks with a wet/dry very fine sandpaper (the black kind). I did about 4 coats of paint, lightly sanding with the wet sandpaper in between coats to keep it smooth. A coat of Acrylaq topped it off and created a hard candy coated shell. I am happy to say I am pleased with the experience and the result!

And here it is. The free dining table that I refused to give up on.

DIY: Reupholstered Craigslist Chair using CURTAINS!

Ok, I’m pretty into the whole Hollywood Regency style of decor but it’s not always my idea of fun to spend $800 on an arm chair. I picked up this chair from some chick on Craigslist a few months ago. The seat was sunken in, the fabric was kind of raunchy and stained with mysterious substances, it had a bad paint job, and one of the arms was loose, but it didn’t have bedbugs and at $20 seemed like a steal. I mean right?

When I was finally ready to do this project (when I stopped being lazy) I couldn’t seem to find a fabric I was ready to commit to, especially at up to $40/yd for upholstery fabrics. During a random stop at the nightmare Ross on 3rd, my husband pointed out a curtain panel that would be a good option for the mean time. Then we were like “welll….techincally it’s fabric”. So, for $6 I had more than enough fabric for the chair. Here’s how I did it.

Remove all of the old stuff. Ugh, worst part. Pay close attention to how the old fabric was attached while you’re removing it. You will need to reattach it in the same way. Once the chair is stripped bare (oooh, lala), use the old fabric pieces as a template. I used chalk to outline each piece and then cut them out. If you’re working with a design or pattern it’s a good idea to try to match up it up so the seat and back match each other. It’s probably a good idea to iron or steam out any wrinkles first, which I didn’t demonstrate here because I’m the worst.

To fix the sunken in seat all I had to do was tighten the loose, saggy upholstering webbing and secure with 2 rows of staples. Cut it, pull it, staple it.

Now it was time to get to the fun stuff. I painted the wood frame with primer and a satin white paint. Then I finished it with a coat of clear acrylic for a high gloss finish. I used Safecoat Naturals paint, primer and Safecoat’s Acrylaq sealer for this project. You can use whatever. I was testing eco-friendly paints. This one is pretty good.

The foam was still in relatively good shape so I just covered it with a layer of new batting. I attached my new fabric using my trusty electric staple gun. The size of staple depends on how thick your fabric is. It’s a good idea to start each section with 2 anchor staples (top/bottom, back/front, etc) and then work your way around pulling the fabric taut as you go. I should have taken more photos during this process but oops! Next time, promise. At this point you should trim any excess fabric away from the edges using a blade or small scissors.

Now it’s time for the trim. The finishing touch! The icing on the cake! The….sorry. The most popular choices are cording, gimp braids (har har har), or nail heads. The obvious choice for me was nailhead trim in a nickle finish…it’s like jewelry! These nailhead strips are amazing and super easy to attach. I got it for $10 at Joann’s thanks to a 50% off coupon. If you’re paying attention, so far I’ve spent less than $20 on new materials.

Apply the trim so it’s covering all of your staples. Using a rubber tip on your hammer prevents scratching the nail heads and damaging the wood. Do any touch ups and repairs as needed. I fixed the arm by hammering it back in and using caulking to cover the separated joint.

All done! $20 chair transformed with less than $20 of new materials, of course assuming you already have paint. In LA this would cost like $4,000 and part of your soul.

Home Decor: Goodwill Lamp Makeover

Look at these lamps I want:

Room Service $175
Z Gallerie $139

I was perusing my local Goodwill and found similar shaped lamps for $10 a pop. I could see right through that ugly 70’s wood and brass. I have to say these were easy to accomplish and the slim body works perfectly on my small end tables.

First, I had to sand down the finish and smooth over any imperfections. These are wood so they still had some grain. Even with painting some of the grain texture still shows through, which I personally like.

I taped off the cord and neck of the lamps and primed. I used satin latex paint. The clean up is much easier. It’s also easier to use inside of an apartment because less fumes than oil. After two coats of primer, I slapped on 2 coats of paint.


I found some awesome rectangular shaped lamp shades for under $15 at Target. Only problem was the color. I wasn’t feeling white on white for this project so I popped over to Mood Fabrics and picked up a couple of yards of a navy blue suiting fabric. I lightly sprayed the shades with spray adhesive and put on the new fabric. I should mention that a little spray on adhesive goes a long way. A light spray is the way to go for proper adhesion. Spray onto the shade, not the fabric, so you don’t get weird staining.  Also, it usually stays tacky enough to change the fabric out if you wanted to change it up later. A can of this stuff lasts me forever.

I let the adhesive get on the neck of the lamp for this step. It allowed me to silver leaf that eroded brass away.

And there it is. Finished lamps.