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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sanding and painting a bookshelf?? on: September 30, 2008 08:36:11 PM
I know this thread is a bit old, but I wanted to add:

If you do end up painting it with latex paint, put two to four coats of a poly-acrylic clear finish (this is also water based) for provide a hard finish. The finish of a latex surface is soft and will scratch and peel off if it's subjected to a lot of wear, like books being put in and pull out of a bookcase! The polyacrylic finish will prevent this from happening!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mounting Diplomas on: September 25, 2008 06:14:34 PM
We have ours in simple wooden frames. (I got mine at IKEA) My husband's has a mat, mine doesn't. They're just with the other artwork in our respective "offices" in the house. I think because they are hung next to other art, and by the workspace instead of the entryway or something, they're just part of who we are, rather than something snooty. It's maybe not 'fun', but it's clean and chic.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Cafe-style table and chairs for a front porch on: February 24, 2008 12:08:33 PM

A table and chairs set for my front porch, so we can have coffee outside once it gets a little warmer, decorated from finds at a local consignment furniture store. I drive a corolla and couldn't fit it in the car so I ended up carrying the table the home Smiley


The table is obviously made from someone's scrap wood bin - two of the 2x2 legs are poplar and 2 are pine Smiley The top is strand board. I put a veneer strip around the end and then filled most of the top with wood filler to fill the gaps in the strand board. And then painted! I used 100% latex acrylic semi-gloss house paint over exterior primer. I wanted to paint a design on the top but couldn't find the right inspiration. I think I'll do some sort of centerpiece involving a citronella candle instead.

Close up of the seat design:

I replaced the degraded yellow vinyl with a layer of tyvek and followed by cotton duck. I re-used the original cotton padding since it was in good shape, and then used tyvek housewrap we had leftover to protect the cotton from moisture (tyvek is also used in those tear-resistant postal service mailing envelopes). I painted the design using the same acrylic house paint, diluted 1:1 with Golden's fabric medium. To get the outline colors I tinted it with artists' acrylics. Heat set it in the dryer as per the fabric medium instructions - it seems pretty flexible (no indication that it might crack) and it washed well. It'll only be spot washed as it's now part of the chair, so I think it'll hold up fantastically.

The chairs fold up:

They're actually a set of four - I did them all the same way, but two are hanging out in the house for when we have guests over.

They were made by an I'm-sure-now-defunct company called Leg-O-Matic (awesome name!) They have quite an elaborate but wonderful mechanism folding mechanism.

My kitten wanted to get in on the action Smiley

Thanks for looking! We've got a whole bunch more painting to do on the porch (like the chalky aluminum siding and trim in the background) but hopefully we'll have a nice garden-view retreat by this summer.

This whole thing was precipitated by replacing the old gross plywood that was our previous porch ceiling with some beadboard a little more appropriate for the house (built in 1800). Gratuitous ceiling shot:

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Painting cotton duck seat covers for outdoor use - sealing the acrylics? on: February 10, 2008 07:40:23 PM
I am working on a "bistro set" (a small round table and two chairs) for our front porch. The items will be kept outside, but under a porch roof. Here is a photo for reference:

First question: I plan to paint the table and wooden parts of the chairs with exterior latex acrylic (house and trim) paint. I want to paint the top of the table with artist's acrylic paint and then pour a thin coat of epoxy over the top of the table to seal in the painted design and give it a nice hard surface. Will the solvents in the epoxy upset the acrylics when it's poured?

Second question: I am reupholstering the seats of the chairs with cotton duck. I want to paint a design that will mimic the table on the cotton duck, using acrylics, potentially diluted with fabric medium. Do I need to seal the acrylics into the fabric when I'm done, since this it is intended for outside? What sort or spray or sizing would I need?

Thanks for any input / ideas!

Footnote: I'm planning the main color to be a dusty midrange blue, with light gray-blue seat covers.  The idea is to do a two-tone botanical design on the table (sort of like this duvet cover) with the lighter color as close as possible to the color of the chair seats, and a darker color, probably a milk chocolate, as the contrast. Then the same color chocolate would be used for a simple design on the chairs.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Cat Tree with real tree branches on: October 07, 2007 06:55:52 PM
That is very cool! I like the real branches. We just built something for our cat today - wrapping the sisal around those tall posts can be a bit of a pain, but the cats love climbing up it. Yours looks much more attractive than all of that pet furniture they sell at the stores that's just OSB only partially covered in carpet.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: sunny day purses :) (img hvy) on: August 26, 2007 11:41:58 AM
I love the yellow one - great job with the pleats, and how it plays up the pattern!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Plant table on: August 25, 2007 06:46:33 AM
My first attempt at woodworking - although I thought I knew what I was doing when I assembled it in a different order than my instructions said (like I usually do for sewing patterns Wink ) everything had to come apart and get re-assembled closer to the original instructions. Initally I tried to assemble the legs and rails and set the table on top of it, but it was all cock-eyed, and in highsight it was pretty obvious that it would have been cock-eyed.

This was spun off from the coffee table project here - http://www.buildeazy.com/coffee_lounge.html

The basic differences from the project instructions above are the size of both the legs, the table, and the rails, how the legs are attached, and the lip to hold the plant pots in place. The size difference is obvious, as this table is long and skinny and not coffee table shaped. I used 1X2 for the rails instead of 1X4s, which I thought would overpower the piece. To attach the legs, I used hanger bolts (they look like this) which have wood screw threads on one side and bolt threads on the other. This way once the legs are on no hardware is visible from the outside.

The table top is a length of paint-grade board, with 1x3s making the lip around the edge. I glued the frame to the table top with wood glue, ample clamping and some short screws from the underside for good measure. I used poplar wood, because it was inexpensive for a first go at this type of project, plus I liked the purple and green streaks. I used black milk paint for the center portion, and finished the rest with just some sanding and a few coats of water-based polyacrylic.

The floor beneath where this table would go wasn't completely level, so I added some adjustable height metal feet (furniture feet section of Lowe's)

The table in its intended nook

Another picture - we finally finished painting our kitchen Smiley

sprouting garlic enjoying the morning light - the finishing touch was to "borrow" a few stones from a local stream bed for a little organic decoration
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Johnny Cash Dresser on: August 25, 2007 05:54:58 AM
very cool - I like the way the wood grain shows through in the unpainted parts.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Method for sewing room organization on: August 25, 2007 05:39:16 AM
My husband got a sheet of pegboard to hang in his closet to organize cables, and I thought "brilliant!" BUT it usually can only be found in dark brown. So I took the leftover panels, primed them and painted them with some leftover latex paint from the walls of the room (it's a very pale sea green).

To give the hooks the needed room from the wall, I built a frame out of 1x2s and set the pegboard on top of that. Then I got some skinny house trim (from Lowe's - not quite where this stuff is intended to be used originally) and built a  frame for the top, painted it white (matches the trim in the room), and nailed it in place. So the pegboard is just sandwiched between the two frames. I used trim caulk to fill in any imperfect corners Smiley  If you have access to a router, you could just cut a groove into a larger piece of trim and end up with a really sweet frame, completely hiding the pegboard edge (or rather, not using paint to do so)

You can see the black screws (I'm going to touch up with a bit of paint) where the boards were screwed into the wall (through the 1x2 frame which is a bit larger than the white trim). Definitely want to screw this into studs!

The different tins have pins and such in them.

The little boxes and pencil box were found in the peg board aisle at home depot, and spray painted silver to look slightly less garage-y than their original color. They hold machine needles, hand needles, seam rippers and small tools.

The thread rack is just a bunch of 1" peghooks!

All told, the project probably just passed $40, including the 1/2 sheet of pegboard but not counting the paint which was on hand. I couldn't find the 1" peghooks locally (the home and hardware stores here just sold multipacks of peghooks) so I had to order those online.

The best part is, each panel is only attached with four screws into the studs, so if I want to take them down, it's just a little drywall mud in the screw holes and a little paint touch-up.

Now that I can find all of my sewing tools when I look for them, I'm actually in the mood to sew -

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made my own bed and headboard...and i am very VERY pleased on: August 21, 2007 07:32:34 PM
very cool! how did you join the pieces of wood together in the headboard? glue, screws?
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