Monday, February 27, 2012

French Chair # 2

It was one week ago today that my daughter picked up this chair from the antique store that it was holding it for me . This is the second chair that I was telling you about .


I like pink . But this was all wrong . Plus she was a little warn .


So I took all the upholstery off . See that rolled stuff around the edge ? It just disintegrated in my hands , and I have had allergy problems ever since . Look at the fabric that was separating the padding from the springs .


Once I got her all striped down and cleaned up I started painting her.


Pretty details .


I distressed and waxed her , then started dressing her back up.


I did the CitraSolv method again.

Graphic from the Graphic Fairy .


Peeking to see if it transferred right.


The transfer before the fabric pin.


And after.


Just a little less faded looking . Although that faded look looks great on some things .

Here she is all finished !



And sitting in the living room with her sister .

Do you like them ? I’m just tickled freaky about them .


I sure wish that TV had a frenchy white frame around it !

One last picture for fun.


I just thought it was pretty the way the light came through the lace panels and accented the angel .

Okay , now it’s on to the next project ! Have a great week !

Going to link with these parties…

Brag Monday at the Graphic Fairy

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On the Porch

Tuesday Vintage Style Link Party at Knick of Time

Sunday, February 19, 2012

French Makeover


I found this chair at the flea market.

And as you can see I started taking the trim off before I remembered to take a before picture.

Well now she has a new look…


I painted her Cotton Whisper by Behr then gave her a clear Briwax , then a light coat of Tudor Brown Briwax to show off her curves.


I did a CitriSolv transfer technique on the front panel of the back , I darkened the outline of the graphic from the Graphic Fairy with a Sharpie fabric pin .


I used drop cloth fabric that I bleached for the cover.

Then sat her in the corner of my living room .


She seems very happy there …


I’m happy to have her there !

The best part is while shopping Saturday I found another chair in a booth in one of my local haunts flea markets. I asked the lady at the desk if the person selling it would possibly take any less , ( she was only asking $45.00 , but I thought it was worth a try. ) So she tried to call her , but she wasn’t home . she took my name and phone number and said she would call me and let me know . When she called me later she told me she would take $38.00. Yea !! She is holding it till tomorrow for me . It’s very similar to this with a little carving on it and a little padding on the arms . I have been wanting these for a very long time and couldn’t fine them anywhere , then I find 2 in less than two weeks at fantastic prices .

Here is another little cutie I found at the same place…027

It was really dirty and dusty , so I brought it home and soaked it in sudsy water for a little while then rinsed and dried it , it has a bisque finish and now it is lovely. Cost me a whole $2.00 !

Someone up there knows my pocketbook isn’t very deep and is watching out for me .

I’ll show you the other chair when I get it home .

Thanks for stopping by today . Have a great week !

Linking up with...

If you remember my last post , then you remember this sweet little French style chair that I found at a flea market .

The Creative Blogger Party & Hop at Homemaker on a Dime

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Brag Monday at the Graphic Fairy

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Treasure Finds

Over the weekend Sister and I did some Treasure hunting . We hit an antique show and a few flea markets . I didn’t find a lot of stuff , but what I did find I am happy with .

I have been looking for some Frenchy chairs for some time but haven’t had much luck finding anything with the right shape in a price I could afford . As we walked by this one booth for the second time , Pam said “ What about this one ?” And in this booth piled high with stuff buried under more stuff , was this little beauty.


As you can see I started taking the trim off before it dawned on me to take a before picture .


Here you can see what the trim that was on the front looked like before I took it off .


Isn't she sweet ? I have her finished in my mind . Painted white , recovered in a bleached out drop cloth fabric with French graphics on it. the only thing I could have wished for was a little carving in the wood . But hay ! It only cost me $29.00 ! It is in excellent condition , just the wrong color .

I’ll show her again when I have her done .

I also found this wire storage basket . Have I told you I have this thing about wire and metal baskets ?


See how nice it fits under my island !


That’s it ! That’s all I found . I spent a total of $35.00 including tax . So I was pleased . Now I can’t wait to get started on my French chair . Does anyone know an easy way to get all those old staples out of the old upholstery ?

By the way !

Happy Valentine's Day !

Linking with

Ruby Jean and Sew Crafty Tuesday

Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pantry Redo ( Or Should I Say Finish ? )

Do you see these unfinished shelves in this pantry ?


When this pantry was built ( 7 or 8 years ago ) stuff just got stored in it before I ever got a chance to paint the shelves .

So yesterday I decided that since today was garbage day I would clean it out and get rid of anything that had an expired date on it . And I swear I found some oatmeal and some grits that had been in there since the beginning of time .

While it was so clean I figured it was time to put a coat of paint on those poor naked shelves .


And if you will look back at that first picture you will see a stack of cook books on top of that small cabinet on the side. That has been bugging me for a long time too .

I added some cute red check shelf paper and reloaded this baby .


The cook books now have a home inside and out of sight when the door is closed .


That leaves a little space on top of the little phone cabinet to decorate , and room for the phone books and a pad of paper and a place to put my postage stamps and such stuff .

You can tell by the few things in this pantry . that I am the only one that lives in this house . I suppose I could put Bubba’s food on the bottom shelf now , instead of in the laundry room . I will have to find some pretty red container to keep it in so he can’t get into it when the door is open .

There is such a nice feeling of accomplishment when you finish something that needed to be done .

Linking up with White Wednesday at Faded Charm

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mild Winter

The winter has been so mild around here that the bears in my neighborhood are not hibernating . Instead they are hanging out on my entry table waiting for snow so they can go sledding .

I finished the two in the basket before Christmas , you may remember seeing them sitting around my tree . The two large girls I just finished this week.


They will soon go into a bin (to hibernate ) to wait for next year’s round of craft shows. But in the mean time I am having a little fun with them and sharing them with you .



The two in the basket are from a Sweet Meadows Farm pattern and the two big funky girls are from a Red Dirt Primitives pattern.

In case you can’t read it the tag says “ Love a bear and she will follow you everywhere.”

I hope you have a beary nice weekend !

Going to link with Freckled Laundry and Air Your Laundry Friday .