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« on: December 02, 2008 02:03:57 AM »

We just bought our first home, will be moving in 2 weeks.  I can't pack EVERYTHING, so I've resorted to refinishing stuff we have around the house.  Black is my fave go-to color, and it has REALLY perked up some old thrifty finds.

Before and after pics of each piece:

I have 2 of these chairs, $5 finds from thrift.  STURDY, but not cute.

and AFTER:


and we have 2 of these, smaller for the kiddos.  also $5 thrift finds:
before:

and, I made QUICK and simple slipcovers, only about 30  minutes for each chair.  I can't believe how totally simple it was!
after:

these come off easily to toss in the washing machine (preschoolers necessity!)

old desk, something that my MIL bought ages and ages ago, and her kids have worn it pretty well. 
Before:

I then sanded the DICKENS out of it, then used a can of Ebony stain. 


Yummy!  I didn't want to sand the legs, so instead I just rubbed them with the gloss black paint, so the wood grain shows through and it looks to match the rest of the top.


I also updated the brass handle, with a quick brush of turquoise craft paint, then sanded it to shine it up, and then a quick coat of poly to seal it.

and after:



This is my makeup table for the new home, I can't wait!  It just needs a coat or 2 of poly to seal it all, to make it really shiny, smooth, and wipable.

I also painted our nightstand and mismatched bedside tables:
  
I LOVE how shiny the glossy paint looks when the table lamp reflects off of it!
this is also a MIL hand-me-down

this one shows the before and after of the side table, all in one:


Whee!  Paint makeovers rule!
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2008 07:02:28 AM »

OMG, that's all beautiful, especially the desk . . . looks like an antique now!
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008 07:07:52 AM »

Thanks!  That's what I thought too, it really highlights each piece and makes it all look cohesive.
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2008 12:13:53 PM »

the slip covers are GREAT!! do you have any 'during' shots or a tute, or can you sketch out a rapproximate 'pattern' shapes.

I consider myself a pretty skilled sewer, but I spent hours on slipcovers for our dining chairs and they are HORRIBLE! ( I may have over-complicated the matter).
great job!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2008 01:01:34 PM »

the slip covers are GREAT!! do you have any 'during' shots or a tute, or can you sketch out a rapproximate 'pattern' shapes.

I consider myself a pretty skilled sewer, but I spent hours on slipcovers for our dining chairs and they are HORRIBLE! ( I may have over-complicated the matter).
great job!!
jhen


I can explain pretty easily how I made them.   I don't read patterns, so it's  hard for me to use real terms, cause I just figure stuff out as I go!

-Take your fabric, and put it over the top and back of the chair  (WRONG SIDE OUT!), letting it hang down over the top.  Pull it down in the back to the desired length you would like the slipcover to be when finished (these are about 6" from the top of the seat). 
-Now, start pinning the fabric on the SIDE of the back of the chair on one side. 
-Cut the other side to fit, and pin there also. 
-Now that the back is centered and pinned, cut it around the top of the chair, to fit the seat's shape.
-Take one long piece, starting from one of the side flaps in the back that is hanging down, and start pinning it around the seat.  I'm sorry I can't explain this better, hope the drawing helps!
-Once it's totally pinned, pull it off the chair, and stitch up the seams.  Hem the bottom all in one piece, so that it is even.



Done!  You can add a sash into the back seam if you want to tie it, or make a LONG skirt or a pleated one.  For my kids, I added a thin strip of elastic on the underside that attaches in the middle so that it doesn't slip around when they climb on and off.

Hope that all helps!
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2008 05:43:40 PM »

ooooooOOOOoooohhh.. I love it! I love how one color can transform anything.  Its always either black or white to give something a classy feel.  Good job on the slip covers too Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2008 06:36:23 AM »


Real classy! Nice work!
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2008 08:39:54 AM »

Oh my good lord, I freakin LOVE that desk! Fabulous!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2008 10:51:44 AM »

Thanks guys!  This week (or next or whenever I squeeze out the time) all the furniture for my Crafty studio is going RED!
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2008 05:28:59 AM »

Great Work! You surely managed to find the hidden beauty in those objects ^_^
The desk looks superb too Cheesy
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