0 How-To: Arm Chair Rehab, Part 2

>> Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Alright! More on how we went from this tragedy…

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…to this lovely little companion.

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Last I left you, the arm chair had been completely rid of the filthy blue fabric from its originally sad condition.

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As I confessed to you before, I don’t have a complete step by step how to for this project since it was mainly a let’s-wing-it-and-see-what-happens experiment. Bad Cara. I know. Moving on.

Once the chair was stripped to the bone, the next step was to add fresh new batting. Some of the original cushioning was in decent shape so I was able to reuse by covering with a thin layer of fresh batting. You can buy a decent sized roll in the fabric department of any craft store for around $10.00 or so.

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After unrolling and cutting the batting to fit over the different sections of the chair, I secured the batting to the underside of the chair with a staple gun. The best part about this step is you really don’t have to worry too much about how neat the staples look. All you really need to be concerned with is that the batting lays smoothly…

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Making a monster-sized mess seems to be a crucial part of the process…

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Stuffed and ready for fabric!

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1 DIY: A Tree for Baby Evan

>> Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rachel’s do-it-yourself tree decor for her little bun in the oven, Evan, is just about one of the cutest projects I’ve seen in a while. A super simple DIY weekend project, a big thanks to my sister for sending her buddy Rachel’s how-to pics my way.

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The finished product above, let’s discuss how you can whip up one of these bad boys for your little one.

First, Rachel sketched the outline for her tree on a piece of plywood and used a jig saw to cut her shape.

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Using the same sketch and cut method, leaves were created from the leftover scraps of wood…

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Rachel then covered the leaves with an assortment of fun fabrics…

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Once the trunk was painted and leaves assembled, baby Evan’s tree was ready to hang in his nursery. So cute, right?

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Great job, Rachel!.Let’s be honest. I’m dying over how stinkin’ adorable the little bird is perched on the top branch.

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0 Just Listed: 905 Karla Circle

>> Monday, April 25, 2011

Wonderfully updated 4 bedroom/3.5 bath home in Sherwood! New paint & crown moulding, two fireplaces, eat-in kitchen, separate dining room, and 2 car garage with tons of storage. Separate office/in-law quarters added to the rear of the home with kitchenette and large bathroom…doubles as the ultimate “man cave.”

Price: $194,900

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Click here for more photos and information on this newly listed home. Happy Monday!

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0 How-To: Arm Chair Rehab, Part 1

>> Thursday, April 21, 2011

Warning. Some of you are going to be extremely disappointed with the how-to for my latest chair rehab…mainly because there really is not much of a how-to at all. After paying a measly $15 for the arm chair in its before state, I felt really good about living on the edge a bit and winging it.

Even though I don’t have steps 1-35 for you to follow, I most certainly intend to fill you in on every detail of this rehabbing adventure. Today we will start with my absolute most favorite part of any project: demo, baby.



If you are on my level of DIY crazy, you learn best by taking things apart and putting them back together again. For this project, that is exactly how I began. Fellow kinesthetic learners rejoice!…and for the rest of you, I hope you like the pretty pictures.

Tearing apart the original upholstery piece by piece and taking tons of pictures helped me get a good feel for how I would put this guy back together again.

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True confession. At this point in the project, I definitely started to rethink the whole wing-it-and-see-what-happens game plan. 

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8 Before & After: Arm Chair Rehab

>> Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The days when I am able to share a completed furniture rehab with my fabulous friends are most definitely among the happiest of my life. Today is no exception.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been cranking away on recovering this $15 steal of a deal…

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With little upholstery experience, this guinea pig was definitely a trial and error process, but I’m glad to report that he actually shaped up to be quite presentable.

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More details on the how-to soon. For now, my fingers are tired and my ears are still ringing from the sweet sounds of the staple gun.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!


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3 Every Dog has its Beauty Day

>> Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Every now and then June talks to me. Normally a freakishly quiet pup, this nugget has been known to alert me when she deems it to be bedtime or that there is prime squirrel meat prancing around the backyard, but when she came and sat next to me with sad eyes as I was cranking away on my latest chair rehab, I knew her needs were not being met. Food? Check. Water? Check. Chipmunks to harass in the backyard? None in sight.

As June stared at me through overgrown eyebrows, it hit me. This canine companion of mine was looking more than a little raggedy. Even gremlins need a little cosmetic maintenance every now and then. 

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Alright, friends. Let’s be honest with ourselves. My little June’s no beauty queen, so the puppy spa was out of the question, and since I’m fairly confident there are no American Kennel Club guidelines for trimming a schnauzer/terrier mix from the Magnolia Animal Shelter, I felt pretty good about winging this one DIY-style.

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Not bad! Next time around, I think we’ll definitely step it up a notch and etch a few shapes into her coat. I feel really good about a lightening bolt.

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0 Close but no cigar…or operable drill

>> Monday, April 18, 2011

Remember that one time on a Friday that I pumped you up for after shots of my most recent chair project on Monday?…

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Gotcha!

Not quite finished yet, but not for lack of trying. It just so happened that this guy decided to quit on me during the tedious task of finishing out a few decorative upholstery nails…

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…or maybe someone just forgot to charge the batteries. Maybe.

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