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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Squint inspired upcycled furniture on: January 22, 2011 05:34:45 PM
thanks again!

Really, the fabrics are bits and pieces I had been saving - leftovers, thrifted, ebay, whatever... I just hoarded a bunch of velvets and brocades for years.  The velvet snakeskinny print fabric was brown and cream that I dyed purple.  That was ebay.  The velvet zebra was from a decorator fabric store clearance bin 12 years ago!  It moved to 3 different states before I used it all! The blue bird fabric is from Olde Time Pottery a couple years ago. It was $4 a yard. I saw it at Joann for $25 or so a few weeks ago.  The olive green is thrifted vintage. It was curtains I think.  I actually probably do remember the story for every single piece.  That's really good or really sad!   Roll Eyes
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Squint inspired upcycled furniture on: January 22, 2011 07:22:29 AM
Thanks everyone!  I know it's not everyone's cup of tea - visitors have made comments using the word tacky.   I have decided that tacky will just be a compliment in my world!
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Squint inspired upcycled furniture on: January 20, 2011 02:59:58 PM
I love Squint furniture.  I drool over the website!  
http://www.squintlimited.com/

I had an old couch and chair my aunt gave me when I got divorced over seven years ago.  (When women get divorced, they receive tons of free stuff in my experience  Wink  )    I always planned to redo the green plaid but never had the time or inspiration.  The quality of the furniture is really good. When I was in my 9th month of pregnancy in '09, I got some nesting going on!  Here are the results.  I used tons of fabric I had been hoarding.  The only fabric I purchased was the fuchsia velvet and the blue birds - both for cheap, cheap at Old Time Pottery.   I can point to the couch when my husband asks why I hoard fabric now!   Kiss

 I also painted the wood frame blue.  I didn't attempt a Squint inspired fabric decoupage on it.  I was really pregnant and in a hurry!

The couch and chair sit in our master bedroom now.  I love them.  





This is the only before picture I can find with most of the couch in it. It was taken at our previous house during the 10th bday party of my now 13 year old.  She would be horrified to know I posted it.  Good think she won't know!  She should be ashamed of her messy playroom at our old house!  I am a little.

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So I recovered my $20 garage sale sectional. on: January 18, 2011 12:17:03 PM
I don't have any specific books to lead you to...I have several older and newer upholstery books and slipcover books.  I did the arms more like slipcovers.  I think any books with pictures would work best.

Also, be sure to pay close attention when you start taking things apart.  Try to keep the old peices as they are to use as patterns.  It helps to take pictures as you go as well.  It's too easy to forget how that went with this, etc.!
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES / Re: Gingerbread House of Cards! on: January 14, 2011 06:42:11 PM
This is so cheeky! 
I love it!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: !st Monster Purse on: January 03, 2011 05:48:11 PM
I am sort of relieved you didn't say they are human teeth!   Grin
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So I recovered my $20 garage sale sectional. on: January 03, 2011 05:47:22 PM
I would not touch that couch in the picture, other than to park my ass in it!

I didn't ask the scotch guard question.  I have used it where it's worked and where it hasn't.  Be sure to do a test patch before you spray.
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: !st Monster Purse on: January 02, 2011 08:44:25 PM
that is hysterical and creative.

What did you use for the teeth?  They look really sort of disgusting in an appropriate way!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So I recovered my $20 garage sale sectional. on: January 02, 2011 08:39:38 PM
mexi - I think you can make a really tight slipcover and sew it onto the couch where you need to especially if you don't want to keep the original fabric. Also, if you can take the wood off and put it back on, you can just glue the fabric under where the wood goes back on.

I think if you used hot glue where you want to sew, it might be hard to get a needle through the glue though. You could try using fabric or tacky glue too.  You might already have some, but if not, I'd get some curved upholstery needles.  They make it so much easier once you get the hang of them.  http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Home-Curved-Upholstery-Needles/dp/B0009V0V5E

You could also use decorative (or plain) upholstery nailheads like this:  http://www.examiner.com/designer-furniture-in-national/diamond-head-upholstery-tacks-add-great-bling  You can use coupons at the usual places for a box of these.  It should only be a few dollars at Joann or Hobby Lobby.  I used them on the edges of the back of one of my reupholstery projects because I was just tired of messing with it and it looks good.

Does that help?
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So I recovered my $20 garage sale sectional. on: January 02, 2011 11:42:58 AM
Thanks again everyone! 

I bought it at a friends garage sale.  She had silly prices on everything.  Wink
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