Monthly Archives: February 2014

Welcome sign with Dad’s help!

Hey everyone! I guess I have to get used to posting to the blog now that I have a blog. I’m still figuring this whole thing out!
So, I was perusing Pinterest a few weeks ago looking for ideas to spruce up the entryway to our house. It’s very small, and so while I would love to have a chair and some plants out there, there just isn’t room. So I found these inspirations…

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The black one is from a site where they are for sale. But how silly would it be to buy something that I could make instead?? Silly people. So…I did what anyone would do! I went to the barn of treasures and found some old rotting, carpenter ant infested wood! My grandpa used to haul logs and apparently when they redid the freeway years ago, he brought home a load of the 4×4’s that were used in the guard rail. And then he used them for a fence for my Aunt’s horse…I think?? Then they got piled up at the house and sat for years. And then it’s NOW! And I found them! A huge pile of wood, one of my favorite things! So I dug through the leaves, dirt and pine needles until I was able to free one of the 4×4’s. I wish I’d taken a picture at this stage, cuz it was in real bad shape. But I was too excited and didn’t think of it.
Next, I asked my dad if he would chop it down for me. It was about 5 feet log and I only needed around 3 feet. Anyone who knows my dad knows there’s no such thing as a simple, short project! But this time, it was to my benefit! Here he is sawing it down, sanding it and generally being a great dad!

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As we (hahaha we!) as HE started sawing it down, a ton of huge black carpenter ants swarmed out from inside the log. Just when I though I was creeped out beyond belief my dad started squishing them with HIS BARE THUMB! And then all the childhood memories of him doing this flooded back and I couldn’t decide if I was more nostalgic or grossed out. Again, I should have gotten a picture of the carpenter ant infestation, but I was too busy trying to spray them all down with any spray. I don’t use the squishing method.

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I was more than prepared to just take it as is, and not have the molding around the top, but after showing him my inspiration photo, he had to do it! He’s crazy like that. So we started measuring and chopping small pieces of wood we found around the barn.

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Then we had this!!

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Yay! Then I loaded it up in the van to take home and paint! I looked on Pinterest again for more ideas for the Welcome sign and got the idea to put a little bird on. I white washed the wood and I used my usual pencil lead trick to stencil the letters and bird onto the wood and TADA! A welcome sign on a stand!

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It turned out just the way I wanted it! And the best part is it’s got a little story about my Grandpa behind it, which makes it more loveable!

Another old piece of junk turned into a treasure! Now go find some old wood and make something cool! (Beware of huge carpenter ants!)

Bedroom, now I love you!

Man, this morning flew by! I have an uncanny ability to not realize time is passing while I’m fervently trying to finish up a project. I love projects that I can start and finish in one day. I like to see the finished product so I become crazed with finishing what I started and FAST! Today was my fastest room makeover yet! Our bedroom-decorated in one morning. This room has been bothering me for a long time because I literally have done not one thing to make the poor room look acceptable in any way. It got put on the back burner because all the other rooms get seen by people, so they’re the most important right? Wrong! I want our room to be a peaceful beautiful place. And now it’s on the road to success!

It all started with, yep, you guessed it, the glorious barn! One day when I was there my dad gave me these lovely things. Well, more like, I spotted them in the barn, asked if I could have them, he told me I was weird, and then we loaded them in my van.

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I didn’t know what I’d use these shutters for I just knew something would come to me. And as sure as the sun rises in the morning, something DID come to me! (Via Pinterest, of course!)

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So after having the shutters and the headboard idea for a few weeks, yesterday I decided to go for it. It would have been better if I’d gotten the inspiration to start a huge project before 5pm, but I didn’t and I rolled with it.
So I got out my leftover white thousand year old paint and added some blue and yellow to make turquoise. No surprise there!

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The shutters probably should have been thoroughly scrubbed considering they’d been in the barn for a ‘coons age, but I’m me, so I gave them a couple pass overs with a dry paint brush to get the dust, cobwebs, spider bodies and saw dust off. Everything from the barn is always covered in sawdust. They looked ready to paint to me! had a few helpers!

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I watered the paint down a little because I wanted a whitewashed look. I only did one light coat and you can see brush strokes and some places a little white through. It looks worn and homey rather than freshly painted and new. Which I like. By the time we were done painting it was getting dark. And cold. So we had to bring them in to dry.

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I let them dry overnight and this morning, gave them a little sanding but not much. Then I put them behind the bed and made a little banner. Voila! A headboard!

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Pretty easy! Just the way I like my projects! I also threw together some super fast frames and a wooden sign to hang on the walls. I’ll do a tutorial for the wooden sign in a future post.

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Now our bedroom isn’t ugly anymore! Still needs some work, but it’s definitely going places now!

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Now go find something old and make it amazing! Thanks for reading!

~Ugly Chairs With Potential~

Hey everyone, welcome to my blog!! Here I will share all of my crazy, easy, crafty, money-saving ways of decorating my home and doing most other things. I have basically no knowledge of most of the projects I tackle. I rarely use the right tools and products because let’s face it, who wants to walk around Home Depot with 3 children, looking for a 2″ angled paint brush when my old pastry brush will work just fine! I look online, ask around and wing it! If I lived in a perfect world I would probably walk into Home Goods and come out with $10,000 of gorgeous home decor and my house would look Pinterest worthy. Instead, I buy things at thrift stores, inherit them, or my new favorite-find stuff in my grandpa’s old barn! This stuff is usually hideous or at best, not what I want. This is where the fun starts! I make it so that I’ll love it! Okay, so let’s get started on my first project to post!

We recently moved, I know, shocker of a lifetime, and we needed some more seating for our living room. I went to my all time favorite store The Habitat for Humanity ReStore and found these little babies. $15 each. Yes, they were slightly ugly, but I knew they had potential.

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I used these chairs as is for the last few months and they were okay, but not great. I just didn’t have time to re-do them until recently. First, I knew I had to paint them because they were just too dark. Now, you’re about to think I’m crazy. A couple months ago my mom and I went to a junk sale in an old barn (I love old barn junk!) and I found this thousand year old gallon of white paint. The guy was charging us like $10 for the pile so the paint was virtually free. (I love FREE!) So I decided to use that to make homemade chalk paint for these chairs. I use plaster of Paris to make chalk paint. (I’ll post about that later).

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So I open up the can and find out this is what thousand year old paint looks like.

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With a little water and A LOT of stirring, it looked like this.

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So then I painted on two coats. Yes, I paint in my kitchen because if I go in the garage the one year old will make my house look like the apocalypse happened.

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Then I debated on whether to leave the orange cushions or recover them. I have orange as an accent color in our living room, and I decided I already have enough orange, so I’d recover them. I found this fabric on sale at another favorite store, Hobby Lobby.

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Everyone knows I love turquoise, even my 5 year old niece! So, the next job was uncovering the cushions. Since I hate anything labor intensive and there were about 50,000 staples on the bottom of the cushions, I decided to just cut the upholstery off. That looked like this…

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Cut and rip, cut and rip. And then they were just bare cushions. I cut out pieces of fabric and started to hot glue, (yes, hot glue, because I don’t own a staple gun yet) the fabric to the cushion. Oh, I also ironed the fabric first, so it looked nice and good. (See Mom, I learned something from all those years of ironing!)

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Recovering a seat cushion is easy! Just make sure it’s tight and all the pleats and folds are going in the same direction. Oh, and you can’t be a perfectionist. I do not struggle with perfectionism. Then the seat cushion looks like this …

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I wanted to try glazing for a rich, deeper look to bring out the detailing, so I bought this.

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Then it was time to reattach the seat cushions to the chair and they’re done! What do you think?

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Now I love them!

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Now, go find something ugly and make it loveable! Thanks for reading! 🙂