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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage Hi-Chair rehab on: March 05, 2009 03:20:16 PM
thank you all very much!!

it looks beautiful.  did you use a special paint on the metal parts??

I used metal primer under the black and about 3 coats of sealant over the black. Lots of painting...
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: engineering needle storage (pic fiesta- ole!) EDIT:W/TUTORIAL on: March 05, 2009 03:18:41 PM
That is awesome! I love how you thought to use the cover an old book. Ingenious!

thanks! there are enough of them lying around, might as well put some to good use!

Your physics teacher will be impressed with your ingenuity! Clever way of storing your needles and better still that you're recycling at the same time.  Grin Way cool!

I would like to make more things like this to house bobbins, needles, etc... I've gotten MUCH better at sewing and construction since I posted this. Thanks for the inspiration and your comments!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: engineering needle storage (pic fiesta- ole!) EDIT:W/TUTORIAL on: February 18, 2009 09:29:43 PM
I am totally making a version of this tonight....

sweet! post it when it's done!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage Hi-Chair rehab on: February 06, 2009 09:23:26 PM
Those are the most solid, best quality highchairs ever built. I know, my youngest sister is now using the one my mother bought used when my older brother (now 24) was small. It has lived through several recoverings, although it doesn't look nearly as good as yours! The painting on the back is so great!

thank you! I thought about that when I made it. Several of my crafty friends are like "oh, someone would busy that for a show piece"-- to which I reply "then why did I spend so much time sealing it for everyday use?!!???!" I put tons of work into the use-it-every-day thing and I would like someone to actually use it. It's totally sturdy and durable

AWWW! NEKO!!!!

That is totally awesome! Cheesy Who needs a boring brown highchair anyways Tongue

Thanks! haha, I know right? I took alot of the sharp, gross, sticky vinyl tears off of it too. Did I mention that like every inch of this thing was sticky when I bought it? I've impressed myself with how well I can deal with so many mysterious, old, sticky substances

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage Hi-Chair rehab on: February 05, 2009 01:11:49 PM
thanks so much to everyone!! I really appreciate the feedback.

This is a really good job.  What kind of "fabric" did you use for the seat and back?  I hope it's something washable.  It would be a shame to mess up a work of art.

Also, I can't really tell from the pics, but is the back where you painted the kitty metal?

I used vinyl to cover the seat and back, so yes they're totally washable plastic

and yep! the kitty is painted on the back
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage Hi-Chair rehab on: January 28, 2009 04:07:48 PM
alright so I found this old, beaten-up metal hi-chair in my favorite hole-in-the-wall thrift store at the beginning of the summer. I had always wanted to take on more ambitious projects and this was my first stab at furniture. Since I picked this up, I've rehabbed 2 vintage kitchen tables and I'm hooked. And I think my right arm is twice as big as my left from all that sanding and polishing.

the BEFORE pics:


(not pictured: me taking it apart and exclaiming "Ugh! WHY is this STICKY!??! EWW!")

painting in progress:


and the AFTER pics:





I sealed all the painted metal to bajeezus & it's alot lighter than it looks.
let me know what you think!
-L



7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Tattooed Wedges (by popular demand!) on: January 23, 2009 03:37:37 PM
those are so cute...  Grin
i love the good and evil ones...


I came across some more of these shoes and I'd like to use that design again, it was really fun
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: more painted purses *PICS!* on: January 03, 2009 12:48:00 AM
i really like the first one! the pattern is so cool!

thanks! I've got some more to post like that, I'm kind of on a kick
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tattooed train case on: January 03, 2009 12:47:12 AM
I've lusted over this train case for months only to find out yesterday (Christmas Day) that my sister had purchased it for herself! WHAT?! 

But she also commissioned Lauren to make ME a custom train case!!!! I LOVE IT!  It's green with "No Love Lost" painted on the top and sparrows and hearts and it's just fabulous!   Grin

yayyyyy!!! I'm so glad you posted on this thread! I loved painting a custom case and it was pretty difficult not to post it on here Smiley yay, merry merry! I'm glad you liked it!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: upcycled tattooed purses/pouches/etc *oh my pics!* on: December 19, 2008 12:51:13 PM
Ooh   Shocked
I'm currently setting out in a venture to paint a pair of old and ugly birkenstocks. Thanks for the inspiration!

awesome! make sure to post the end result  Cheesy
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